The United Church bean supper (pictured here in 2016) is being cancelled after 70 years.

The United Church bean supper (pictured here in 2016) is being cancelled after 70 years.

United Church bean supper is cancelled after 70 years

The annual event, a fixture in Ashcroft since 1947, will not be held this year.

Our February meeting was held on the 7th, with six ladies in attendance. President Shirley Dobson welcomed us and thanked us for coming out on such a cold day.

We began our meeting with the UCW prayer. Phyllis Gray led the devotional from the book Beside Still Waters by Betty Radford Turcott. She opened with a prayer, and the Scripture reading was Colossians 3: 9-17. We are encouraged to love and serve others, no matter what their nationality or religion, or the colour of their skin, might be. We are all to follow Jesus’s example. We closed with a prayer.

The agenda and January’s minutes were accepted as written. Since we are hosting the World Day of Prayer in our church on March 3 at 7 p.m., we finalized plans for that.

There was much discussion around the Bean Supper, and whether or not we are able to hold one this year. We decided not to have one this year, and instead to have some bake sales as fundraisers instead. Watch for posters about dates.

Correspondence was next, and five items were dealt with. We received material for the World Day of Prayer written by ladies from the Philippines, so that will be the theme. We had an email from Carmen Scalacascan about her work in Mexico, and Our Daily Bread was offering “Easter Reflection” booklets, so we ordered some for the congregation. News and information was received from the national UCW president, with up-and-coming meetings. Naramata sent updates about things happening there.

Reports were next, and treasurer Colleen Mierau handed out her written report, which was accepted. Sunshine lady Hilda Drinkwater gave her report, and said she sent out seven cards. Phyllis Gray (publicity) reported next, and Hilda (archives) said everything was up-to-date.

Phyllis reported having received more than 100 Campbell’s labels, and many used stamps. The Campbell’s labels must have the name “Campbell’s” and the bar code intact. Many thanks again for all you ladies who save these for us, as they help with Christian work elsewhere.

Reta reported that the United Church will be hosting Soup’s On on March 10 at the Anglican Church hall. We then paused for refreshments.

New business was next on the agenda, and we were asked to each bring three Easter cards for the next meeting. These will be given to residents of long-term care at the hospital for their use.

Our next meeting will be on March 7 at the United Church hall at 2 p.m. Devotional and refreshment ladies were noted. The meeting closed with the United Church Women’s prayer.