ED Helena Bergen presents fundraising cheque to Oneida women.This past May, we put out a call to assist the women at First Oneida Baptist Church in restoring their kitchen in the aftermath of a fire in the basement of their building. The kitchen at First Oneida lies at the heart of the church’s presence in the Oneida First Nations community in southwestern Ontario. Hundreds of cups of coffee and meals for kids, youth, families, and every generation of women in the community flow from this kitchen.

In a very short time, our fundraising goal for re-stocking the kitchen and improving its function was not only met, but surpassed. What a joy it was to see women respond without hesitation and what a display of unity. It was also a wonderful blessing and encouragement to the First Oneida church and an affirmation for them as the began the work of getting back into their building. Other groups in the Baptist family also came forward to assist with other aspects of restoring the building while another church in the community opened up their space so First Oneida could continue to meet in the interim. At the time of writing this, sights have been set to resume worship and ministry in the First Oneida building this fall.

We are deeply grateful for everyone who lifted Oneida up in their prayers these past months and for all the women and groups of women who sponsored the purchases of items needed for the kitchen at First Oneida Baptist. Thank you for your generous giving, prayers and messages of love and support. May God’s blessing be upon the givers, the gifts, and upon First Oneida’s continued presence and ministry in the Oneida community.

CBWOQ gratefully acknowledges these women and groups who gave to the kitchen

Roslyn Barrettara, Joy Benner, Helena Bergen, Norma Fleming, Corinne Furtney, Lois Garrett, Cecelia and Cynthia Hamlin, Edith Karpetz, Elizabeth Cullen-Keidann, Nancy Kyle, Heather Rumble-Peterson, Doreen Raymer, Charlene Root, Grace Strathdee, Hilary Vanderwater, Gail Whitely, the Baptist Women’s group at Harmony Baptist Church, Niagara; the Baptist Women’s Group, Immanuel Baptist Church, Fenelon Falls; the Nancy Rebecca Missionary Society of First Baptist, Chatham; the Norman Dabbs Missionary Circle, Central Baptist, Sarnia