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  

2019 UNIT ORGANIZATION

Seekers Unit:
·       leader:  Mary 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-leaders:  Pat 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
·       19 members  

UPCOMING MEETINGS

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

.   Seekers Unit: 
·       Monday, February 4, 2019
·       1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
·       Trinity Anglican Church—Historic Chapel
·       Programme: " My Favourite Book or Movie"

 Monday, March 4, 2019 
·       1:30 pm – 3:30 pm 
·       Trinity Anglican Church—Historic Chapel 
·       Programme: TBA

Grace Unit:
·       Tuesday, February 12, 2019
·       7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
·       Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence—Theatre
·       Programme:  The Story of God  

     Tuesday, March 12 12, 2019 
·       7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
·       Mandarin Restaurant, Yonge Street, Newmarket
·       Programme:  Dinner Out

Executive:
·       Monday, January 28, 2019
·       7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
·       Home of Helen Roberts  

Regional:
·   Thursday, January 24, 2019
·    Time:  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
·    York Pines United Church, 3150 Aurora/LLoydtown Road, Kettleby
·    Programme:  Presbyterial to Regional Transition Planning
·    Bring your own lunch  

2018 PROJECTS AND FUNDRASIERS

·       Christmas Potluck and General Meeting: All women of the congregation were invited to attend this annual gathering. 
The guest speaker was Ann Watson, Executive Director of Inn from the Cold.  About 45 women attended.  

·       Christmas Stocking Programme for Clients of the Women’s Centre of York Region:  The congregation of A.U.C. strongly supported this programme again this year.  We were able to fill and deliver the 86 stockings which were requested.  And enough additional monetary donations were received to purchase the fabric for next year’s programme.  

·       Sale of Cobs Bread Discount Cards:  As the result of the generous donation from Cobs Bread in Aurora, we are selling these cards for $20 (a $50 value) after church services.  Cards may also be purchased from members of the executive.  One hundred percent of the proceeds will be put into the A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund.  

·       200th Anniversary Church Service and Luncheon:  We donated $500 to be used to subsidize the lunch.  

·       Grace Unit Loonie Auction:  In June 2018, Grace Unit invited Seekers Unit to meet for a potluck dinner followed by a loonie auction.  We raised $210.  The recipient of our auction proceeds was Milkbags Unlimited.

·       Camp Big Canoe Donations Collected:  During the month of May, the A.U.C.W. collected donations for Camp Big Canoe to help defray the expenses of running the camp.  They were delivered in June.

·       Third Annual Spring Book Sale:  The sale was a success, in spite of the inclement weather.  We made $488.45, which was used to support local charities.

·       A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund:  Donations continue to be accepted to put towards some aspect of the reconstruction of our church building.  The balance at the beginning of December 2018 was $16,882.57.  A decision as to what will be purchased has been put on hold until we have a clearer vision as to what will be the best way to use the donations.

·       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)

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 100% of the sales for our A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund.

TRANSITION OF LIVING WATERS PRESBYTERIAL TO REGION 10  

Since January 1, 2019 A.U.C.W. is a member of Region 10 as a result of the reorganization of the United Church of Church. As transition plans are finalized, we will have a clearer understanding of how we will continue our ministry. When those plans become available, they will be sharen with the membership of A.U.C.W.

REGIONAL MEETINGS

Meetings are held four times a year. All women of  AUC are welcome to attend these meetings.

UPCOMING REGIONAL MEETING DETAILS

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Time: 10 am - 3 pm 
  • York Pines United Church, 3150 Aurora/Lloydtown Road, Kettleby
  • Programme: Presbyterial to Regional Transition Planning
  • Bring your own lunch

FORMATION OF THE UNITED CHURCH WOMEN ON JANUARY 1, 1962  

Prior to the formation of the United Church of Canada in 1925, two types of women’s groups were hard at work in the church both at home and abroad.  Guilds or Ladies’ Aids, later known as the Woman’s Association (W.A.), had been organized for decades in many congregations to help build and maintain the church, to ensure the Christian education of the members, and to serve as needed.  Their focus was to support the home, the local church, and the community.  Most of these guilds went unrecorded.  And the Woman’s Missionary Society (W.M.S.) had its roots in women’s missionary organizations in the late 1800s.  Although the mandate of W.M.S. changed over the years, the focus was always on education and world mission.   When the United Church of Canada officially formed in 1925, the Woman’s Association and the Woman’s Missionary Society were continuing to work hard at their mandates.  In 1961 the W.A. had a membership of 215,387, and the W.M.S. had a membership of 96,444.  On January 1, 1962, these two women’s organizations amalgamated to form the United Church Women (U.C.W.).  The initial membership of the U.C.W. was 300,000, making it the largest women’s movement in Canada at that time.   Since its inception in 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.  

Refreshed on December 14, 2018.