2020-28-11 EPPC Weekly e-News

EUC Community Check-in

November 28, 2020

Our condolences to Donna Bennett, whose mother Joan Lapointe passed away on November 2 from cancer.

Some of you may remember Joan, as she would attend Elgin United services with Donna when she was here for a visit.

Donna was blessed to spend the last 3 months with her parents in Nanaimo.

Donna, you will be in our hearts and our prayers at this difficult time, and we give thanks for the life of your wonderful mom.


EUC Community Check-in
November 28, 2020

Don ‘t forget the Build a Mountain of Food Event at Gordaniers Store in Elgin on Saturday, November 28.

Volunteers will be on-site from 9 am to 4 pm to accept donations of food or monetary contributions for the Elgin Foodbank.

Your support is so crucial at this time of year to help the most vulnerable in our community,

and to stock the Foodbank for the holiday season and into the new year. We look forward to seeing you there!

As we head into the Advent season,

the United Church of Canada is providing an Advent Calendar that can be accessed and printed via this link:


The daily activities are simple yet meaningful, and will help us focus our minds and prepare our hearts for the coming of our Saviour.


Advent Update – Portland United Church

Portland United Church will be holding an Advent (Nov. 29), Rev. Kathy Walton will be leading a live in person service at 9:15 AM.

That service will be live streamed on FaceBook for those who wish to join us from home

and will be available for viewing later in the week on a link that will be provided on the EPPC FaceBook site.

The worship service will include communion, and everyone is encouraged to bring a fruit drink and cracker

so that they can join the communion celebration from their seat.

There will be no passing of fruit drinks or crackers among the congregation in keeping with COVID-19 protocols.

The following week, December 6, will be White Gift Sunday for the Portland Food Bank

to supplement the Build a Mountain of Food Drive being held on December 5. 

Please bring your non-perishable gift to the church service.

Rev. Kathy Walton will be leading a live in person service at 9:15 AM.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Hansen Downer hansen.downer@gmail.com  cell   613-799-3440


Advent Update – Elgin United Church

Elgin United Church will be holding an Advent (Nov. 29), Rev. Kathy Walton.

Our building will be open for the four Sundays of Advent: November 29, December 6, 13 & 20.

There will not be a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service.

Register your intention to attend with Clinton Halladay, 613-359-5607 or clint.sharon@halladay.ca

in order to ensure we know the number of worshippers and have the required records for contact tracing.

Rev. Kathleen Walton will be leading Worship and we are planning special music.

November 29th is Communion Sunday and due to COVID-19 restrictions you are asked to bring your own elements.

All provincial and local health unit protocols are in place.


It’s a Go!

The Elgin United Church online auction goes live on Facebook December 2nd at 6am through to December 9th at 6pm. 

We are showcasing local businesses, artists and entrepreneurs who contribute to and

support our great community every day.

There is something for everyone.

Proceeds are being shared with the Food Bank and Toy Drive.

Details and rules are posted on our Facebook page:


Please tell your friends and share with your personal groups.

Community committed – Community strong!


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. 



Every year Elgin United has a tradition of filling ‘goody bags’ to be included with the Christmas Hampers that the Foodbank distributes.

The hampers ensure that individuals and families in need will be able to experience a delicious and nutritious Christmas dinner,

while the ‘goody bags’ ensure that there will be some extra special treats to bring smiles and joy.

These hampers are so essential for those who would not be able to afford a Christmas meal or special treats without our help.

This year, when so many have experienced job loss and financial and emotional strain, our support is needed more than ever.

If you would like to donate to the cost of the treat bags, you may drop a cheque in the offering plate when you are at church,

and please mark on the memo line: Goody bags.  

If you won’t be attending church, you can still donate on the EPPC website to the EUC general fund and again specify Goody bags in the message area.

We will be putting the bags together on Saturday, December 12, and delivering them to Bethel Church on Sunday, December 13 right after our church service.

If you plan on attending that day, it would be a great help if you could pick up a few bags on your way out of church and drop them at Bethel on your way home.

Our many hands working together can make a difference and bring smiles to many faces this Christmas. Thank you! 

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