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 905-751-1315  

IN RESPONSE TO THE INFORMATION THAT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORS ARE MAKING AVAILABLE, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE DETAILS OF ALL EXECUTIVE, UNIT, AND REGIONAL MEETINGS POSTED HERE MAY HAVE TO BE ADJUSTED AS THEY GET CLOSER.  WHEN IN DOUBT, PLEASE CONTACT ANNE ELLA-ARNOLD.  

2020 EXECUTIVE

President:  Anne Ella-Arnold

Secretary:  Jean Heys

Treasurer:  Leslie Stoangi

A.U.C. Council Representative:  Paula Hanna

Grace Unit Representative:  Anne Ella-Arnold

Seekers Unit Representative:  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 26, 2020

·      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·      at the home of Anne Ella-Arnold

 

·      Monday, November 2, 2020

·      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·      at the 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. 

2020 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

·      14 members 

Grace Unit:

·      leadersrotation

·      monthly meetings from September to June on the second Tuesday

·      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·      Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence—Theatre

·      17 members 

UPCOMING UNIT MEETING DETAILS

Seekers Unit Meetings: 

·      Monday, September 14, 2020

·      Meeting on Zoom at 1:30 pm

·      Zoom information was sent by email

 

·      Monday, October 5, 2020

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Grace Unit Meetings

·      Tuesday, October 13, 2020

·      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·      Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence—Theatre

·      Programme:  T.B.A.

 

·      Tuesday, November 10, 2020

·      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·      Chartwell Hollandview Trail Retirement Residence—Theatre

·      Programme:  Programme Planning for 2021

 

2019 PROJECTS, FUNDRAISERS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS

·      Spring Book Sale

·      Sale of Cobs Bread Discount Cards

·      Camp Big Canoe Donations Collection

·      Grace Unit Potluck and Loonie Auction

·      A Gathering of Friends

·      Christmas Stocking Programme

·      Christmas Potluck and General Meeting

·      Recipients of Our Donations:  Aurora Food Pantry, Aurora United Church, Blue Door Shelters, Camping Opportunities Fund, Gran Aurora, Hope House Community Hospice, Inn from the Cold, L'Arche Daybreak, 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) 

2020 PROJECTS, FUNDRAISERS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS

·      Grace Unit Collection for Refugee Family:  At the February meeting of Grace Unit, cash donations of $400 were accepted for the family which A.U.C. is sponsoring.   

 

·      Camp Big Canoe Supplies Drive:  Because of the public health crisis, camp this year will look quite differently.  At this time a wish list of items to be donated is on hold. 

 

·      June Fundraiser:  During the month of June, Grace Unit and Seekers Unit raised $1,600 to support  Aurora Food Pantry. 

 

·      Christmas Potluck and General Meeting:  This annual event will take place on Monday, December 7, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Binions Great Hall at Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria Street, Aurora.  The guest speaker will be Carol Edward, Vice-President of Hospice Palliative Care at Margaret Bahen Hospice.  All women of A.U.C. are welcome. 

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. 

 

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

Charitable Donations:

Because the region has a surplus of funds, the executive has decided to give $1,000 to each of the following five organizations to further the mandate of U.C.W.:  Camping Opportunities Fund, United Church of Canada Mission and Service Fund, 40th Anniversary Fund at Emmanuel College, Women for Change—Zambia, and Massey Centre.

2019 Annual Report:

The executive of S.W.R.U.C.W. is preparing the report which will be electronically distributed to each local unit in September.

Togetherness Day 2020:

Unfortunately, this event which was scheduled for Wednesday, October 7, 2020, has been cancelled due to the global pandemic.

2020 Annual General Meeting:

The annual meeting for this year will be held in the spring of 2021.  As details become available, they will be shared.

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:  2020 Annual General Meeting

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 September 13, 2020.