United in Spirit – Thanksgiving and Christmas plans made

Monthly report from Ashcroft's Zion United Church Women.

Eight ladies answered the roll call on Sept. 2 to begin a new season for Zion United Church Women. President Reta Robertson welcomed everyone and thanked them for their dedication to the work of Zion United ChurchWomen.

Jackie Desrosiers lead the Devotional from the book Earth Gospel by Sam Hamilton Poore, a book of prayers and devotions. The scripture was Genesis 8:20-22 of God’s great love for all things he has made. She closed with a prayer and Blessing – “All shall be well.”

The business was then attended to after the agenda was accepted. This meeting was at 1:30 but we decided to go back to 2 pm meetings because of a conflict which made it not suitable to meet at 130.

Correspondence was dealt with, with a newsletter from Naramata which is still having labour problems. This has resulted in them having to cancel all programs and activities until further notice. A letter and news came from Carmen Salacsacan of her work. Nest was a newsletter from 1st United Mission in Vancouver about things they need, especially men’s items. VST sent their magazine VST Perspectives. The last item was from RBC Acess – their summer newsletter. We get Our Daily Bread booklets from them.

Reports were then given. The Treasurer, Colleen Mireau, presented her written report which was moved and seconded. The other reports, Publicity, Sunshine, Archives and Outreach, were given verbally. It will be U.C.’s turn to host Soups On at the Anglican church hall on Sept. 19.

Reta continues to collect Campbells labels and used stamps, which help with Christian work elsewhere. A big Thank You to all who save these items and give them to Reta.

We paused then for refreshments and fellowship time.

When we reconvened, we discussed the New Business and talked about the up and coming Inter Church Bazaar, so watch for posters on this. The cleaning of the manse carpets was discussed as well. We will be purchasing church calendars for 2015 this year.

Our next meeting will be Oct. 14 at 2 pm. We will be decorating the church on Oct. 11 at 10 am for Thanksgiving Sunday. We will provide Thanksgiving/Thinking of You cards to the residents at the hospital’s Garden Oasis for their use. Devotional and Refreshment people were set up for the next meeting.

We closed with a special Blessing after adjournment. Any ladies interested in our work who would like to come as a visitor or join us are most welcome.

Next meeting will be Oct. 14 at 2 pm.

Phyllis Gray

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