United Church Women

U.C.W. PURPOSE

To unite all the women of the congregation for the total mission of the church and to provide a medium through which they may express their loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, fellowship, and service.  

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

CONTACT:  Anne Ella-Arnold at a.ella.arnold@gmail.com or 905-727-1935  

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 MEETING DETAILS

·       Monday, May 27, 2019

·       6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·       Home of Anne Ella-Arnold  

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: 

·       Tuesday, June 11, 2019

·       6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·       Trinity Anglican Church – Binions Great Hall

·       Programme:  potluck dinner followed by loonie auction, proceeds to go to Inn from the Cold  

 

·       Monday, September 9, 2019

·       1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

·       Trinity Anglican Church – Binions Great Hall

·       Programme:  T.B.A.  

Grace Unit Meetings

·       Tuesday, June 11, 2019

·       6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·       Trinity Anglican Church – Binions Great Hall

·       Programme:  potluck dinner followed by loonie auction, proceeds to go to Inn from the Cold  

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 the church’s front foyer on April 28, May 5, and May 12, donations of sporting equipment, craft supplies, musical instruments, costumes, and Canadian Tire money will be accepted in the bin so marked.  Thank you for the support that your donations will provide for the attendees of this U.C. of C. camp.  

·       Christmas Stocking Programme: 

The cutting of the stockings will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Binions Great Hall.  Please advise Kay Snelgrove or Mary Smith of your intention to join in.  

·       Joint Unit Potluck and Loonie Auction: 

Both Grace and Seekers Units will meet on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 for a potluck dinner followed by a loonie auction.  The proceeds will be donated to Inn from the Cold.  

·       A Gathering of Friends:  On Monday, October 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm in the Historic Chapel at Trinity Anglican Church, A.U.C.W. will hold a meeting with a cluster of churches in Shining Waters Region.  As for all U.C.W. meetings, all women of A.U.C. are invited to attend.  R.S.V.P. to Anne Ella-Arnold by Friday, September 27, 2019 if you are planning on being present.  Programme details will be shared here in the near future.  

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.

·       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  

The third newsletter, Shine, has been published.  An electronic copy has been sent to each member of A.U.C.W.   The next regional meeting will be held this year in Barrie.  All members of A.U.C.W. are welcome to attend.  Registration forms have been available since late March.  At this, the annual meeting, an executive will be struck. 

Nominations have been requested for the following positions:  President, President-Elect, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Portfolio Leads in Camping, Communications, Outreach, 40th Anniversary Award, and Website Coordinator.  

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

UPCOMING REGIONAL MEETING DETAILS

·       Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14, 2019

·       Time: 9:15 am – 9:00 pm and 9:15 am – 3:30 pm

·       Burton Avenue United Church, 37 Burton Avenue, Barrie

·       Programme:  Annual Meeting

·       Pre-registration is required and due by April 30, 2019  

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 May 5, 2019.