United Church Women (UCW)

Valentine's-Tea-1The United Church Women of Northlea have been active since 1950, and have served our congregation with dedication and caring. One of them may greet you when you arrive at church. Another might serve you coffee. A few may sing in the choir, or teach Sunday School. Some chair church committees and many actively contribute to the Northlea congregation, the North Leaside community, and groups and organizations far and wide.

The stated purpose of the UCW is to unite the women of the congregation for the total mission of the church, and to provide a medium through which we may express our loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian witness, study, fellowship and service. We support one another as we go through our daily lives, and raise funds for our own varied activities and to support Northlea United Church for special events and projects.

Women of all ages are invited to continue their faith journey by joining the United Church Women.

Valentine's-Tea-3The Anniversary Unit welcomes new members. From September to June we generally meet once a month. At our first meeting we schedule the year’s monthly activities. This year our meetings included creating Christmas wreaths, jewellery, wellness speakers, a dietician, a valentine’s tea and a dining out evening at the Mandarin. Upcoming events include a speaker on preventing falls, and an evening on books. We look forward to having more women of the congregation joining us.

There is an Executive who decides on the general budget, potluck supper and any special events. We have four separate units of the UCW and each unit has input into executive decisions.

An Annual General Meeting and Potluck Supper is held in May. After the supper we have a guest speaker, followed by a short meeting to adjust and approve the budget and financial statement and to discuss any other UCW business.

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Valentine’s Tea Party

What can I say! This beautiful event was hosted by Wendy Atkinson, Babs McKnight, Jackie Morris & Jane Richardson. I compared the spread to having high tea at the King Edward or the Windsor Arms hotels. There was a beautiful floral centerpiece on the buffet table that was groaning with Valentine goodies; lovely scones made in the shape of wedges (gluten free) served with fresh cream and three types of preservatives; gorgeous heart-shaped cookies individually hand-decorated, so nice you didn’t want to bite into them; and other goodies too many to mention.

Individual tables of four were set up and the hosts had transported from their homes fine bone china cups, saucers & plates, china teapots, silver trays & cutlery, and beautifully hand-embroidered tablecloths. (There’s nothing like a cup of tea served in a china cup!). Heart-shaped chocolates decorated both the buffet and individual tables. No detail was missed; absolutely exquisite.

We even had the Temple dog visit with us at the end of the event and he was delighted to receive a Valentine treat!

Thank you Wendy, Babs, Jackie & Jane and those members who supplied goodies for such an enjoyable afternoon spent with fellow members. Do we have to wait until next Valentine’s Day to enjoy a similar event?

Elizabeth Finlay

World Day of Prayer – Many Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a very successful World Day of Prayer service at Northlea on Friday, March 4. Representatives from 11 churches participated. Before the service we watched a DVD produced by the women of Chile. Marc McNamara taught us all to sing the Spanish hymn “Nada te turbe”. Rev. Jim welcomed everyone and introduced the speaker, Mathew John, who spoke on the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Robert Pringle recorded the service. The CD is available to borrow and then return so others may enjoy the service. We also have a DVD about Chile. To borrow it please speak to Wendy or June. A special thank you to the members of UCW who welcomed everyone and provided refreshments after the service: Dorothy Saunders, Barb Osborne, Lillian Robus,Jane Crawford, Anne Medlock, Irene Kuznick, June Powell, Norma Crawford, Isabell and Nancy Robertson and Sheila Dempster.