Friendship Tea a way to show thanks

Our first meeting of the new year was held Jan. 4 at 2 pm in the church hall. Nine regular members answered the roll call and we welcomed a new member. President Lynn Lancaster wished everyone a Happy New Year.

Jessie Gaspard and Irma Schalles look over the United Church table of Christmas bazaar items while Barbara Paterson looks on at last year’s Inter-Church Christmas Bazaar.

Jessie Gaspard and Irma Schalles look over the United Church table of Christmas bazaar items while Barbara Paterson looks on at last year’s Inter-Church Christmas Bazaar.

Our first meeting of the new year was held Jan. 4 at 2 pm in the church hall. Nine regular members answered the roll call and we welcomed a new member. President Lynn Lancaster wished everyone a Happy New Year.

Marrion Baatz led us in the devotional taken from Leila Ammerman’s book of devotionals, “Inspiring Devotionals for Women’s Groups”. We opened by singing O God, Our Help in Ages Past and the scripture reading was from Genesis I verses 1 and 2. God is with us today as he was in the beginning. We were reminded to use our God given talents to further His Kingdom.

We did an evaluation of our bazaar, held in December, and agreed it was a success thanks to the support of the community. We did note that we are short of card table sized white cloths to cover the tables for the Tea. If anyone has any they are not using anymore and would like to donate to us, we would greatly appreciate that. Thank you.

We will be holding our annual Friendship Tea on Feb. 15 at 2 pm in our church hall. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge as this is one way that we can show our appreciation to the community for their support in our church events, so come out and enjoy a time of fun and fellowship and food.

The United Church will be hosting the World Day of Prayer on March 4 at 7 pm. All are welcome. The women of Chile prepared the service and we will be having a speaker who has first hand knowledge of the Chilean women and their culture. Zion United Church is at 403 Bancroft St.

Our biggest event of the year will be our annual Bean Supper set for March 14 from 5-7 pm. Watch for posters with more information.

The business part of the meeting was attended to and reports given. Dixie Sydia, our Sunshine lady, sent out many cards during December – some Christmas and some birthday. Also, we gave Christmas cards to the residents of Jackson House at the hospital for their use.

Reta Robertson reported that fewer Campbell soup labels had come in, but many thanks to those who continue to save these for us for our Outreach Program. Please remember that the label must show Campbell soup and the barcode.

Thank you to those who are turning in used postage stamps for us, too. It was suggested and we discussed how we might be able to do more in the way of “outreach” in our community.

We then broke for refreshments. The rest of the business was then attended to and we closed our meeting with the Mizpah Benediction.

If any ladies are interested in what we do, they are most welcome to join us or come as a visitor.

We hope everyone had a Blessed Christmas and we wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2011.