Kathy Curtis new president of Trinity-St.Stephen’s UCW

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UCW notes with Marina Russell

The UCW at Trinity-St. Stephen’s held a Christmas Celebration early in December. 

The Dollar-a-Month mini-Christmas stockings were gathered, and a potluck dinner was enjoyed by over 70 women of the congregation. 

Men from the congregation, in the spirit of Christmas, took over kitchen duties during the evening to give the women a much-appreciated break! 

Following the dinner, a Christmas program featured several skits by UCW members, and a carol-sing under the direction of Margaret MacDonald.  Guest accompanist for the evening was     Jim Scopie, who delighted the audience with his renditions of ‘The Music Box Dancer’ and ‘Hallelujah’ on the keyboard.

A brief business meeting followed in which Jean Smith thanked all who had helped with the Christmas Cheer program, the Turkey Dinner and Bethlehem Market. Members volunteered to deliver the mini poinsettia plants to our shut-ins. The   UCW Christmas Party concluded with a Worship Service in the Sanctuary.

On Jan. 7 the Annual Meeting of Trinity-St Stephen’s UCW for 2013 preceded the regular monthly UCW meeting. Annual reports, presented by executive members, were accepted, retiring officers were thanked, and those for the new year were introduced. 

The retiring president, Jean Smith, was warmly thanked for her creative and dedicated leadership   over the past two years - and was presented with a gift by Timmy Howatt, on behalf of the UCW.

The new president of the UCW, Kathy Curtis, accepted the gavel and, with Jean Thompson continuing as recording secretary, called the January 2014 general meeting to order.

Mary Lynn Cameron and Margaret MacDonald of Unit 2 led a service of worship following which congregational concerns were noted and minutes of recent meetings were read and approved.   

The president advised that   Gloria Fraser would represent the UCW at Church Council and Jean Smith will continue to be our contact with Chignecto Presbyterial UCW and Maritime Conference UCW.

Betty Duizer gave the Correspondence Report; Jean Thompson, the Treasurer’s Report; Grace Scott, the Amnesty International Report; and Vera Faulkner reported for Social. Evelyn Bishop indicated that Trinity-St. Stephen’s had delivered 72 boxes of groceries at Christmas and expressed thanks to all who had donated food and helped pack and deliver the boxes.    

For Christian Life and Growth. Evelyn Bishop reported on the participation of the Sunday School children in the White Gift Service, collecting food items for Christmas Cheer, sending a monetary gift to Zimbabwe for the purchase of a goat, and taking part in the Christmas Eve service.

Gloria Dickinson requested a current membership list from each unit. Timmy Howatt indicated a vice- president is still needed for UCW General.

Gloria Fraser thanked everyone for the mittens, scarves and hats on the Mitten Line in December.  All items went to ‘ Christmas for Kids.’

The meeting adjourned with Jean Smith reminding members of the Chignecto Presbyterial Annual Meeting in Brookdale on March 22 and the  Maritime Conference UCW Annual Meeting in North Sydney April 25 – 27.

- Submitted by Marina Russell


Organizations: Trinity-St.Stephen, UCW Christmas Party, Worship Service Amnesty International White Gift Service Mitten Line Chignecto Presbyterial Annual Meeting

Geographic location: Zimbabwe, Brookdale, North Sydney

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