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.  

2021 EXECUTIVE

President:  Anne Ella-Arnold

Secretary:  Jean Heys

Treasurer:  Leslie Stoangi

A.U.C. Council Representative:  Paula Hanna

Grace Unit Representative:  Anne Ella-Arnold

The 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, May 31, 2021

·      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·      virtual meeting by invitation

 

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. While our meetings are virtual, non-unit members who wish to attend are encouraged to contact Anne Ella-Arnold for log in information.

2021 UNIT ORGANIZATION

The 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

·      virtually by invitation

·      14 active members 

Grace Unit:

·      leadersshared position

·      monthly meetings from September to June on the second Tuesday

·      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·      virtually by invitation

·      18 active members 

UPCOMING UNIT MEETING DETAILS

The Seekers' Unit Meetings: 

·      Monday, April 5, 2021

·      1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

·      virtual meeting by invitation

·      Programme:  A Hobby or Pastime that You Have Enjoyed

 

·      Monday, May 3, 2021

·      1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

·      virtual meeting by invitation

·      Programme:  Favourite Flowers or Flower Arrangements

 

Grace Unit Meetings

·      Tuesday, April 13, 2021

·      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·      virtual meeting by invitation

·      Programme:  Gardening and Related Activity

 

·      Tuesday, May 11, 2021

·      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

·      virtual meeting by invitation

·      Programme:  Travel to the Great Bear Rainforest with Irene Clement

 

2020 PROJECTS, FUNDRAISERS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS

·      Grace Unit Collection for Refugee Family:     

·      Aurora Food Bank Fundraiser

·      Christmas Stocking Programme 

·      Christmas General Meeting:  

·      A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund:  
·      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, LOFT Community Services, Margaret Bahen Hospice, 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
2021 PROJECTS, FUNDRAISERS, AND SPECIAL EVENTS
·      Christmas Stocking Programme:  One or two coordinators are needed for this programme to continue in 2021.  Please contact any member of the executive to discuss this volunteer opportunity. 
·      Christmas General Meeting:  This annual event will take place on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. It will be a virtual gathering. The guest speaker will be Allison Stuart, Chair of the Board of the Aurora Food Pantry. All women of A.U.C. are welcome to attend.
·      A.U.C. Reconstruction Fund:  Donations continue to be accepted to put towards some aspect of the reconstruction of our church building.  The current balance is $18,549.24.  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.

NOTES OF APPRECIATION

·      The following A.U.C.W. members volunteered in 2020 to take a leadership role in some aspect of our projects and programming.  Thanks to each of them.Kathie Blackman, Sharon Corbett, Anne Ella-Arnold, Laurie Graham, Paula Hanna, Jean Heys, Helen Roberts, Mary Smith, Kay Snelgrove, Carolyn Stafford, Leslie Stoangi, and Susan Tutt 

·      The members of A.U.C.W. are indebted to Reverend Andy Comar for his frequent assistance in our use of the A.U.C. Zoom account for our unit and executive meetings, and his constant patience as we are in the process of learning this new way of conducting business.

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 The 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.

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

2020 Annual General Meeting:

The annual meeting for this year will be held in the spring of 2021 on Monday, May 3, 2021 from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm with a 1 hour break at 12:00 pm for lunch.  It will be a virtual meeting.  The theme will be Hope.  Patricia James of Saint James’ United Church in Innisfil will be the guest speaker.  As more details become available, they will be shared. A detailed agenda for the day will be included in the 2020 Annual Report.

2020 Annual Report:

This publication will be electronic.  It will be distributed to the local units by mid-April 2021. 

Zoom Account:

The regional U.C.W. has purchased an account which may be used by the local units upon request for virtual meetings. 

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:  Monday, May 3, 2021

·      Time:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

·      Virtual Meeting by Invitation

·      Programme:  2020 Annual General Meeting 

 

Refreshed on March 31, 2021.