AURORA UNITED CHURCH WOMEN (A.U.C.W.)  

CONTACT:  Anne Ella-Arnold at a.ella.arnold@gmail.com or 905-751-1315  

2019 EXECUTIVE Past-President:  Helen Roberts

President:  Anne Ella-Arnold

Secretary:  Pat Innes

Treasurer:  Leslie Stoangi

A.U.C. Council Representative:  Paula Hanna

Unit Leaders:  Pat Innes, Nancy Newman, Mary Smith  

EXECUTIVE MEETINGS

Executive meetings are held on the last Monday evening of January, March, May, August, October, and on the first Monday evening of November.  

UPCOMING EXECUTIVE MEETINGS DETAILS

·       Monday, October 28, 2019

·       7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·       Home of Mary Smith  

·       Monday, November 4, 2019

·       7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·       Home of Leslie Stoangi  

UNIT MEETINGS

Monthly unit meetings consist of worship, programmes which include guest presenters and outings, and fellowship.  Every woman of A.U.C. is welcome to attend these meetings.  

2019 UNIT ORGANIZATION Seekers Unit:

·       leaderMary Smith

·       monthly meetings from September to June on the first Monday (alternative date when there is a conflict with a statutory holiday)

·       1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

·       Trinity Anglican Church—Historic Chapel

·       16 members  

Grace Unit:

·       co-leadersPat Innes and Nancy Newman

·       monthly meetings from September to June on the second Tuesday

·       7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·       Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence—Theatre

·       16 members  

UPCOMING UNIT MEETING DETAILS Seekers Unit Meetings: 

·       Monday, November 4, 2019

·       1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

·       Trinity Anglican Church – Historic Chapel

·       Programme:  Speaker from Newmarket Museum about WWI Artifacts  

·       Monday, December 2, 2019

·       1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

·       Trinity Anglican Church – Historic Chapel

·       Programme:  Christmas  

·       Tuesday, December 10, 2019

·       6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·       Trinity Anglican Church – Binions Great Halll

·       Programme:  Christmas Potluck and Annual Meeting  

Grace Unit Meetings

·       Tuesday, November 12, 2019

·       7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·       Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence – Theatre

·       Programme:  2020 Programme Planning  

·       Tuesday, December 10, 2019

·       6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·       Trinity Anglican Church – Binions Great Halll

·       Programme:  unit meeting in conjunction with Christmas Potluck and Annual Meeting  

2018 PROJECTS AND FUNDRASIERS

·       Spring Book Sale

·       Camp Big Canoe Donations Collection

·       Grace Unit Loonie Auction

·       200th Anniversary Luncheon

·       Sale of Cobs Bread Discount Cards

·       Christmas Stocking Programme for Clients of the Women’s Centre of York Region

·       A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund

·       Recipients of Our Donations:  Aurora Food Pantry, Aurora Historical Society, Aurora United Church, Blue Door Shelters, Camping Opportunities Fund, Gran Aurora, Hope House Community Hospice, Inn from the Cold, L'arche Daybreak, Milkbags Unlimited, Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers, Sandgate Women's Shelter, United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund, The Women’s Centre of York Region, Women's Inter-church Council—Fellowship of the Least Coin, Yellow Brick House, York Region Street Outreach Crosslinks Housing and Support Services (Loft Community Services)  

2019 PROJECTS AND FUNDRASIERS

·       Spring Book Sale:  The receipts totaled $962.20, which will be used to support local charities.  The sale coordinators sincerely thank all members of the community who supported this successful fundraising project.  

·       Sale of Cobs Bread Discount Cards:  We had another successful sale of Cobs Bread Discount Cards just prior to Easter.  We are grateful to all who supported this fundraising project.  One hundred percent of the proceeds will be put into the A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund.  

·       Camp Big Canoe Donations Collection:  In May, donations of sporting equipment, craft supplies, musical instruments, costumes, and Canadian Tire money were accepted.  Thank you for the support that your donations will provide for the attendees of this U.C. of C. camp.  The donations were delivered in June.

  ·       Joint Unit Potluck and Loonie Auction:  On June 11, 2019, twenty-six members of both Grace and Seekers Units met for a potluck dinner.  Following the meal, the loonie auction raised $205 to support Inn from the Cold.  

·       A Gathering of Friends:  On Monday, October 7, 2019 A.U.C.W. held a meeting with a cluster of nine others churches in Shining Waters Region.  Forty-three people attended.  The event included fellowship, musical entertainment by David Pilkey, worship, and refreshments.  

·       Christmas Stocking Programme:  The cutting of 90 stockings took place in May.  All of the stockings have been sewn and are ready for distribution.  The date for distribution will be announced here when the information is available.  

·       Christmas Potluck and General Meeting:  On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, in Binions Great Hall, A.U.C.W. will meet to have their annual celebration.  Bonnie Thamm Evans, Executive Director of Welcoming Arms, will be the speaker for the evening.  As for all A.U.C.W. events, all women of A.U.C. are welcome to attend.  

NOTES OF APPRECIATION

·       A.U.C.W. is very grateful to the Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence for offering free meeting space to Grace Unit up to ten times per year for its monthly unit meetings.  This organization has been offering space since the autumn of 2014.

·       Many thanks to Cobs Bread in Aurora for allowing us to sell their discount cards and to realize one hundred percent of the sales for our A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund.  

SHINING WATERS REGION U.C.W. (REGION 10)  

The fifth newsletter will soon be electronically distributed. Watch your email.   Togetherness Day was attended by one hundred fifty-five U.C.W. members from Shining Waters Region.  Welcoming remarks were given by David Leyton-Smith, and presentations were given by Beulah Hayley, National U.C.W. President, and Sandra Kirby, L.L.W.L.   The next meeting will be the 2019 A.G.M., held in the spring.  When the details have been set, they will be communicated to the A.U.C.W. membership.  

REGIONAL MEETINGS

Meetings are held twice a year.  All women of A.U.C. are welcome to attend these meetings.  

UPCOMING REGIONAL MEETING DETAILS

·       Date:  T.B.A.

·       Time:  T.B.A.

·       Place:  T.B.A.

·       Programme:  2019 A.G.M.  

HISTORY OF AURORA UNITED CHURCH WOMEN   Since its inception on January 1, 1962, the Aurora U.C.W. has seen the existence of many units. Originally, they were simply numbered, then given inspired names such as W.H.O., Wohelo, Chimo, Serendipity, Genesis, Shalom, and Wellspring.  The current units are Seekers and Grace.   Service to others is a guiding principal for U.C.W. and its work throughout the years has involved fundraising to support church functions, charities, and outreach projects.  Over the years, members of A.U.C.W. have dedicated countless hours organizing and selling at rummage sales, Christmas bazaars, Fall Events, and used book sales, producing and selling chocolate Easter eggs, managing the Christmas stocking programme, and carrying out other projects to provide funds where needed.  Our work continues.  

Refreshed on October 24, 2019.