Summer activities take the place of meetings

Zion's United Church Women take the summer off from meetings but the activities continue.

Nine ladies of the United Church Women met in the church hall for our last meeting before the summer break.

President Lynne Lancaster welcomed everyone and Joyce Freeman led us in The Devotional taken from the book There is a Season by Betty Radford Turcott. The scripture was John 15:1-5 Jesus the True Vine. We are the branches and we need to abide in him in order to bear much fruit. She closed with a prayer.

After initial motions to accept the agenda and the May minutes, Old Business was dealt with.

Our church service for June 30 will be led by the United Church Women. We hope to get our deep cleaning of the church and hall done sometime this summer.

Correspondence was next with news from Naramata and Moderator Gary Patterson, who will be in Naramata July 10-17.

Reports were given starting with the written Treasurer’s Report, with some monies allocated to church insurances. The Sunshine, Archives, Publicity and Outreach reports were given verbally and filed for information. Dorothy Pears, for Sunshine, sent out quite a few crds to others for special occasions in their lives. Hilda Drinkwater stated that the Archives albums are up to date. Phyllis Gray for Publicity noted that the writeup for the May meeting was in The Journal and other publicity for the church yard sale was done by her and Reta Robertson. A thank you to The Journal for putting these dates in Coming Events for us. This is a great help! Reta Robertson related news of our Outreach program and thanks all those who continue to pass on Campbell soup labels and used stamps to us so that we can help others in Christian work. We hosted Soups On in our church a couple of times lately as the Anglican Hall was booked for other events.

We then had our coffee and refreshment break and a time of Fellowship.

New Business brought up the Biking For Bibles event in August. The cyclists will be riding from Merritt to Ashcroft Aug. 4 and there will be about 40 riders here for supper that night and staying over. We will be providing that supper along with help from the Anglican ladies. The cyclists will then be going through the Okanagan and back to Merritt. Frank Mireau will again be one of the riders.

Our church yard sale went well so we thank all those who supported us with their donations and purchases.

We discussed fundraising ideas and a Stay At Home Tea is slated for later in June.

Our next meeting is Sept. 3 at 2 pm. If any ladies are interested in our work, you are welcome to come to a meeting as a visitor or to join us when you can. We closed with prayer and repeated the United Church Women’s prayer. Everyone is wished a safe and joyful summer.

Phyllis Gray

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