United in Spirit – Shrove Tuesday and Bean Supper

Monthly meeting report from the Zion United Church Women in Ashcroft.

Eight ladies answered the Roll Call at the United Church Women’s February meeting. President Reta Robertson warmly welcomed everyone.

Joyce Freeman led the devotional taken from the booklet There is a Season by Betty Radford Turcott. The scripture was luke 10:38-42, the story of Mary and Martha. Mary’s to listen to Jesus and Martha’s being too busy to really pay attention to Jesus’s teaching. Are you a Mary or a Martha? Sometimes we need to step back and decide what our priorities are. Joyce closed with a prayer.

Old business was attended to as we finalized our Friendship Tea plans. We are hoping for a good turnout as this annual event is only way we can show our community friends how much we appreciate their support for our fundraising events.

Many pieces of correspondence were dealt with: newsletters from Carmen Salacsacan and her missionary work in the Philippines; Naramata Centre; Centre for Christian Studies; news from U.C.W. Groups; and B.C. Conference. The Conference is May 7-9 in Abbotsford. Also, Reta received a long distance phone call thanking our Sunshine Lady Dorothy Pears for the lovely birthday cards from U.C.W. We also received the form to fill our for the statistics report.

A written treasurer’s report was handed out and approved by treasurer Colleen Mireau. Sunshine, Publicity, Archives and Outreach reports were given orally for information. Reta received quite a few Campbell’s labels off their products, soups and others from those in the community who save them for us. These are sent off to help with Christian work elsewhere, so we are grateful. To all who save them for us, Thank you!

We then broke for refreshment time.

New Business was next and we noted that the World Day of Prayer will be held this year in the Anglican Hall on Saturday, March 8 at 11 am, followed by lunch. Note the day and time change.

Our 68th Bean Supper will be held March 10 from 5-7 pm with two sittings, from 5-6 and 6-7. Final plans were discussed and small changes were made. Watch for a notice in coming events inThe Journal and posters. This is our main fundraising event of the year so we hope we will be well supported. This is the longest on-going event in this community and a time of Fellowship and Food. We only missed one year since 1945. We thank all those in advance who help and support us.

Shrove Tuesday is March 4 with Zion United Church hosting. Final plans to be made. Our next meeting will beheld March 4 at 1:45 pm instead of 2 pm to accommodate the Shrove Tuesday meal at 5:30. It is by donation. This is a joint church event and the men from the Anglican church and the United church usually do the cooking.

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

If any ladies are interested in our work they are welcome to join us or just come as a visitor.

Phyllis Gray

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