United in Spirt – Christmas bazaars and parties planned

Monthly news from the United Church Women of Zion United in Ashcroft.

Nine ladies attended our last format United Church Women meeting of the year. Reta Robertson stood in as president in the absence of Lynn Lancaster and welcomed everyone.

Joyce Freeman lead the devotion taken from “Program Ready”. She opened with prayer, then read about the work accomplished by Prescilla, a Christian woman from biblical times, and how much she and other women of those times contributed to Christian work. She was a prominent female in times when Christians were persecuted. The Bible reading was from ACTS 18:24-28. The devotion was closed with prayer.

Old business was dealt with next and many details about our Inter-Church Bazaar were planned, and jobs were assigned to different members. The bazaar will be held in the Anglican Church Hall on Nov. 30 from 11:30-1:30. Lunch will be available and Christmas baking and crafts will be made for you to purchase. Watch for posters and a notice in The Journal’s Coming Events.

The Christian retreat held at Naramata was attended by four of our members and everyone enjoyed the words of wisdom and the fellowship with other women.

Correspondence was next on the agenda. We received a newsletter from First United in Vancouver about their work and some of the things they need to help the less fortunate in their area. There is a need for sox, underwear and clothing for cooler weather for street people. We also received a newsletter from Carmen, the lady missionary whose work we help to support. Because her mother needs a lot of care, she is staying in her home country of the Philippines and helping her and doing part time missionary work there.

The reports were next and treasurer Reta Robertson handed out her written report. The sunshine, publicity, archives and outreach were given orally for information. For outreach, we will be hosting Soups On on Nov. 15 in the Anglican church hall.

We then broke for refreshments and fellowship.

We reconvened for New Business and we were reminded to bring baking and crafts if we can for the bazaar tables.

Two members will be planning the Friendship Tea in February.

Our church family Christmas party will be Dec. 20 at 5:30 beginning with a pot luck supper. Those who would like to come are welcome to help us celebrate this joyous season.

Nominations and elections were held and voted on.

Our next formal meeting will be held on Jan. 7 at 2 pm. Devotion and Refreshment people were assigned for the January meeting. We were saddened to learn of Marge Daniels’ passing. She was a faithful member of our U.C.W. for many years and a good friend to many of us.

We closed with the UCW Benediction before leaving. We wish everyone a joyous, blessed and safe Christmas and holiday season.

Phyllis Gray

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