United Church Women
The women of our congregation are a force to be reckoned with! Small but mighty, they meet once a month but are constantly active. Whether it's contributing to a weekly church service, or donating money or gifts to local families, charities, or to world-wide mission, they do it through compassion, caring, generosity and love of God.
Many thanks to Sandra Kuttis who presented the following at the June 2018 meeting:
At our Christmas meeting, several members of our UCW, myself included, received life membership pins as part of the 50th Anniversary of the UCW. As honoured as I was, my accomplishments felt small compared to the other women in the room – all of you - my Christian mentors. When I think about the empowered women of my generation, I'm reminded that they stand on the shoulders of brave women pioneers. These Christian Women should be celebrated. Our scripture reading tonight is from Psalm 46:1-3, 5
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Celebration is an ancient ritual and gives us a way to feel good about ourselves, and our accomplishments. When we celebrate we are reinforcing something important to us. We celebrate important acts, the passage of time and longevity of people and events. Celebration is historical and biblical. Without celebration, there would be no markers or milestones by which to gauge or judge history. Celebration enables us to mark important events and people and reflect on what has been in the past, to envision what might be in the future. We should celebrate great women of faith so I decided to revisit historical beginnings and the women most responsible for our growth and success. What follows is important history, and much more. Enjoy, and celebrate:
Let us pray: God of all, God of hope, we pray for the brave women pioneers who paved the way for us. We pray for women and girls today that they will be all they can be. Give us the courage to speak and work for equality and justice until the earth is filled with righteousness and love. Amen.
I want to thank each woman here for their contribution in making Hampstead United Church what it is today and for inspiring me. Obviously there are more women here tonight and many more at Hampstead that I admire, but for time’s sake, I limited my list to women aged 69 and older. I want you to know how much you mean to me and how much you mean to Hampstead. I hope we can learn from your experiences and realize your hopes for our future. It was Catherine Booth who said: "If we are to better the future we must disturb the present." We need more women today who will disturb the status quo. I pray that this celebration of our history will inspire a new generation of women to rise to the challenges of our church today with holy courage. ~ Sandra Kuttis
Receiving a lifetime members pin, and rolling a quilt.
Celebrating 50 years of U.C.W.
Elaine, Mary, Dorothy, and Mildred are Hampstead's charter members.
Celebrating the union of two people by hosting a shower for Carrie.