U.C.W. – Christmas anticipation in the air

Monthly column of news and activities from Ashcroft's United Church Women.

Ten ladies attended our Nov. 6 meeting at the church hall.

Reta Robertson, vice president, in Lynn Lancaster’s absence, welcomed everyone. She lead the Devotional which was in remembrance of our military men and women who went to serve our country in wartime. She read the poem In Flanders Field, written by John McRae, who by his poem, paid tribute to his fallen comrades. We then sang the hymn Let There Be Peace On Earth, and we shared our remembrances of the 1939-45 world war.

Reta displayed the national banner made by a lady in Victoria to celebrate the 50th anniversary f the United ChurchWomen. It will be passed on to another U.C.W. group at a later date.

Old Business was then dealt with. We each brought Christmas cards to give to the Oasis residents of our hospital for their use.

The Bake Sale we held at the Cache Creek Post Office was very successful, and a big Thank You goes out to all our U.C.W.ladies and those outside our U.C.W. Who brought baked items to sell. We really are very appreciative of your donations.

The Inter-church Bazaar Dec. 1 noon-2 pm plans were discussed in detail and jobs were allocated to each one. That day begins with the Health Care Auxiliary’s Christmas Sale from 10 am to noon in the community hall, so come out to that sale and then a few steps over to the Zion United Church Hall for lunch and Christmas bake sale, crafts and items made by the Anglican Church and United Church women. Watch for posters and a notice in the Ashcroft Journal’s Coming Events.

The Correspondence was received and Reta read Highlights from the Naramata Centre about their program, workshops and courses that they offer for the rest of 2012 into 2013. A letter was read in part from the national U.C.W. About changes and other information.

Our Zion United Church will be hosting the World Day of Prayer on March 1, 2013, written by the Christian Women of France.

We then had our refreshment break before the reports. The Treasurer’s report was handed out and accepted as written. The other reports were given orally for our information. Our past Sunshine lady, Dixie Sydia, has moved to Kamloops so this job will now be done jointly by Dorothy Pears and Reta Robertson.

The Outreach Report by Reta reminded me about our church hosting Soups On at the Anglican church hall on Nov. 9. We thank all those who save Campbell soup labels and used stamps that help with Christian work elsewhere.

Dec. 14 at 5:30 was the date set for our annual Christmas party.

Our next meeting will be Jan. 8 at 2 pm. We formally recognized our executive who let their names stand for another year.

We wish everyone a blessed and safe Christmas and hope to see you all at our Bazaar Tea and Bake Sale. We also wish everyone a Happy and Healthy 2013.

We closed with the U.C.W. Prayer.

Phyllis Gray