2020-14-11 EPPC Weekly e-News

EPPC Announcements

November 14, 2020

 Nov. 12- Happy first birthday to Morgan Gordanier! (Cindy’s darling granddaughter).

Morgan will be celebrating surrounded by her loving family bubble, and the joy will not be dampened by current challenges.

Nov. 29 marks the 51st wedding anniversary of Clint and Sharon Halladay.

As a couple you have always modelled what it means to put family first, and we send you our love and best wishes.


Third annual Tourtiere sale by

Portland United Church UCW.

$18.00 each.

Pies frozen and ready to bake.

To order:

Call Connie @ 613-272-6747 or Sheila @613-272-3531

We will make arrangement for pickup off the pies at the Portland United Church at the side door.


Portland United Church remains OPEN for Sunday Morning video worship services at 9:15 AM.

Attendance is capped at 30-35 people (depending on mix of families vs. individuals) following COVID protocols.

Everyone must sanitize their hands before entering the church, masks must be worn and social distancing observed.

The normal weekly attendance has been 15-18 people.

Video services from alternating churches are shown each week now that Reverend Takouhi has finished her services with Portland United Church.

The congregation does not sing along with the hymns on the video.

Apart from Sunday morning worship and Bell Choir practices, the Church remains closed at all other times.


Starting on November 29th, Elgin United

are planning on opening for Sunday worship for the four weeks of Advent.

 All Provincial and local Health Unit protocols will be followed.

A letter will be sent this weekend to congregants outlining the details for Elgin United.

Rev. Kathleen Walton, a long-time spiritual friend, will be conducting the Worship Services and

arrangements are underway for special music within the constraints of current regulations.

As our capacity is 25 persons at Elgin and it is very important that you register your intention to attend as soon as possible by contacting:

Clinton Halladay, 613-359-5607 or clint.sharon@halladay.ca

Portland United Church will continue to remain open for Sunday morning virtual services through November 22.

 Starting on November 29th through the 4 weeks of Advent and 2 Christmas Eve Services, Rev. Kathleen Walton will be conducting in person services at Portland United Church each Sunday at 9:15 AM.

The church capacity is 30-35 people depending on the mix of families and individuals.  We will continue to follow our walk-in approach to those services unless we exceed that capacity, at which time we provide information on how to register for subsequent services.

We anticipate that we will need registration for the Christmas Eve services and further information and directions will be posted by mid December.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise; however, at the moment our immediate area is case free.

The Christmas Season is a special time for everyone, and we pray we can celebrate together as a Christian family.

Your health and safety are also important.

We will continue to monitor conditions and are prepared to change plans should that be necessary.

We will continue to stay in touch.  Be well and stay safe


Portland Food Bank

This year the Build a Mountain of Food for the Portland Food Bank

will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in front of the Royal Bank in Portland.

Currently the Portland Food Bank assists between 16 to 18 families (approximately 42 adults and 10 children) on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month as well as providing Christmas hampers.

Our numbers may be slightly down in terms of the number of families, but we have noticed that the number of adults per household is greater than before because of families consolidating under the same roof.

On a personal note, Cheryl Stoddard, who was the Manager of the Portland Food Bank, officially retired last May after several years of running the Food Bank.  Cheryl has left a great legacy and we would like to continue it.

Your current volunteers at the Portland Food Bank are:  Louise Martin (Manager), Norma Cummings & Joan Kelly (Portland United Church) Bruce Boles (Portland) Céline Péladeau (Chaffey’s Lock) and the assistance of the Portland United Church Members who always step in every time we need additional help.

Volunteers at the Food Bank are asking for your support and generosity to make this campaign a huge success:

spread the word, come, and visit us in Front of the Royal Bank, and donate food or money. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Norma Cummings (613-359-0151) or Louise Martin (613-359-5397).

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on December 5th, 2020.

Louise Martin


Portland Food Bank

Tel.:  613-359-5397


Athens UCW

After our October meeting, our first since March, we decided to still sell our famous tins of assorted squares this year.

Therefore, orders are now being taken by phoning our office 613 924 2175.

Tins vary in price from $10 to $20.  Squares are sold by weight.

Order taking will cease Nov 14 with pickup from 11 am to 2 pm on Nov 21st (the day we would normally have held our bazaar).

Mary Rae Knapp

Athens UCW


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