United in Spirit – Annual Bean Supper on March 14

The monthly meeting report from the Ashcroft Zion United Church Women.

Seven United Church ladies met for our second meeting of the new year on Feb. 2.

Jacklyn Desrosiers lead the devotional with a reading from the booklet God’s Little Lessons on Life for Women. It was about peace which is not necessarily the absence of noise and confusion but the calmness and assurance of God’s Love for us. The bible readings were Romans 5:1, Psalm 37:11, Isaiah 55:12 and Philippians 4: versus 6 and 7.

The agenda was adopted as printed and the minutes of the last meeting were approved as written.

Old business was dealt with as we handed in three valentines each to be given to residents of Garden Oasis at the hospital for their use.

Next was correspondence – new Daily Bread booklets for March, April and May were handed out and also a newsletter from their ministries about a young couple who were struggling to make ends meet. Because of the radio program “Unquenchable”, they were able to turn their lives around and be drawn to the Lord and their children too. We also had newsletters from the national UCW and one from Carmen Salacsacan in the Philippines, a missionary whose work we help to support.

Reports were given and Shirley Dobson, our new treasurer, handed out her written report which was voted on and accepted. Verbal reports were from Dorothy Pears for Sunshine, Phyllis Gray for Publicity, Archives given by Reta in Hilda Drinkwater’s absence, and Outreach by Reta.

Our United Church will be hosting Soups On Feb. 12 at the Anglican Church hall. Reta said she had been given many Campbell labels and thanks to all those who save these for us to help with Christian work elsewhere. Please make sure the bar codes and labels are intact.

We then paused for refreshments and a brief time of Fellowship.

New Business brought us together and it was noted that the AnglicanChurch will be hosting the World Day of Prayer on March 4. Two of our ladies will help with the planning for this.

We next made plans for the 70th Bean Supper to be held on March 14 with two sittings, the first from 5-6 pm, and the second from 6-7 pm in our church hall. We could not do this without the help of many U.C.W. friends. This is a milestone event for our little church and for Ashcroft: our annual Bean Supper is the longest ongoing social activity in Ashcroft, starting in 1946.

We are to bring three Easter Cards each for our next meeting on March 1, to be given to Garden Oasis residents to use.

Devotional and Refreshment ladies were chosen for the March meeting. Any ladies who are interested in our work would be most welcome to join us or come as a visitor.

We closed the meeting by repeating together the Mizpah Benediction.

There will be posters up and a notice in Coming Events of The Ashcroft Journal about the Bean Supper so watch for these.

Phyllis Gray