2020-13-12 EPPC Weekly e-news

Elgin United Church – NO SERVCE THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020

We just heard from Rev Kathy Walton that she will not be leading services due to the risk associated with the spike on cases in COVID 19.

There will be no service in Elgin.

Thank you Clint Halladay


Portland United Church Council




On Thursday, December 10 the number of active COVID cases in the

Western Region of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville was 19.

That exceeds the PUC Council guidelines established to protect the safety of our congregation and limit the potential of spreading the virus.

As a result, the Church building will be closed on Sunday, December 13 and there will be no service.

The PUC Council will review the active COVID status weekly and determine when the church can be opened again.

We would recommend the following two options for viewing a service in the safety of your home

Wesley United Church in Newfoundland – service should start at 9:30 a.m. our time.

Scroll down for live service link box on right


A later service – 11 a.m. at Bethel UC Rideau Ferry



Your PUC Council met on December 9 and the key topic of conversation was Active COVID cases in the region.

On December 8, after an outbreak at an elementary school in Westport, the cases in Western United Leeds & Grenville have spiked to 13 and

across all of Leeds & Grenville, they are 40.

On December 1, the numbers were 4 in Western Leeds/Grenville

and 12 across all of Leeds & Grenville.

During that same period, the cases in Kingston have reached an all-time daily high.

The Ontario Government now has issued new guidelines for the various color codings for regions

and Duncan Pickard, our finance chair, categorized them for Western Leeds & Grenville based on population as follows:

Green only when the case count reaches 8 or above, we change to virtual services at home (church closed)

Green and Yellow when the case level reaches 23 or above, we change to virtual services at home (church closed)

Green ,Yellow and Orange  when the case level reaches 53 or above, we change to virtual services at home (church closed)

The PUC Council, in general, feel safe in the yellow category,

but are very uncomfortable in the Orange category.

Your Council chose a mid point in the yellow category as the point we automatically close the church for that week.

As a result,  if there are 16 or more active cases on either Thursday OR Friday in

Western Leeds & Grenville,

there will be no service on the following Sunday.

Hansen Downer will notify the 28 people who have attended church to date that there will be no service on Sunday (either by phone or email).

The Leeds & Grenville Health Unit information on local cases can be found at this location https://healthunit.org/health-information/covid-19/local-cases-and-statistics/.  Scroll down to Archived COVID-19 Surveillance Reports and Maps, click on December, and click on the latest date.

Previous services can be seen at any time on the Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge FaceBook page

at https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=the%20elgin-portland%20pastoral%20charge

The December 6 service has been viewed by 129 people so far,

so your Portland United Church is getting incredibly good exposure!


Portland Food Bank

December 5 in front of the LCBO and Royal Bank in Portland.

Once again the members of Community displayed their continued generosity and as of today (December 9)

we have raised $16,720.36 in cash donations and 3,600 lbs of food.

Do note that this amount is higher than what was reported on last Sunday, because donations are still coming in.

Thank you to all the volunteers who were at the event or working behind the scene sorting and storing the 3,600 lbs of food and

to you all the faithful servants who care for the most vulnerable in our midst.


The Elgin United Church online auction

Thank You   ~   Thank You

The Elgin United Church online auction has wrapped up and was a huge success.

The church, the Elgin Food Bank and the North Leeds Toy Drive are overwhelmed by your generosity.

As of this writing final tally is being made and winners notified.

Elgin United Church extends a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who donated,

helped pick-up, coordinate and catalogue the many items, and of course to everyone who participated by bidding.

Congratulations to those persistent winners.

A special thank you to Cindy Carbino who initiated and organized the idea,

Chantel Hickey who created and monitored our Facebook page,

and Maureen Bee who greatly assisted in administering the page.

The list of donors appearing below is a testament to the pride you have for our wonderful community.

Thank again for stepping up in this difficult time

Community Committed – Community Strong

Your Elgin United Church Online Auction Team


23&Co – Krista Gill

Linda, Elaine & Kathy

Andrea Thompson

Loonie Sports Club

Angie Chisamore

McCullough Family

Angie Phillips – Independent Scentsy Consultant

Marion & Dave Cooper

Baker & Sons Tires

Maureen Bee – Tupperware Consultant

Bee Happy Honey – Elaine Peterson & RJ Stevenson

Nancy Mustard – Skincare/Beauty Consultant/Area Developer

Bushgarden Farmstead Cheese -Nigel Smith

One night accommodation at the Gathering Place AirBnB – Jan & Doug Burt, Owners

B-You-Tiful Essence: Lorrie McAuliffe Esthetician/Owner

Partylite Basket – Karen Earl, Partylite Affiliate


Clinton Halladay

PB Enterprises – Penny & Barry Haskins

Debra Jodoin

Rideau Lakes Building Centre, Castle Building Centres –  Jim & Charlene Summers, Owners

Doug MacDonald – Sculptor – Rue Royale Stone

Roberta McKinney

Elgin Drugs

Shaun Seaman

Extreme Landscape & Construction – Brock Tye, Owner

Shaklee Products – Joanne McLean

Franklin’s Marina

Suzette’s Hair Shop – Suzette Raison, Owner

Gordanier’s Freshmart

Todd Gill

Happy Crafts by Patience

Tracy Ottenhof

James Campbell

Tracy Perrin – Tupperware Consultant

Jim Rowat

Vase & Votive – Darlene Lake, Owner

Karen Pyne

Wayne Kerr


Leggett Family Farm – Kathy, Bruce & Carl


EUC Community Check-in-December 13, 2020


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.

If you can help with delivery on that day, please let me know at  coatsworth.greenhorn@gmail.com.

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

Job Opportunity – Custodian for Portland United Church

Many thanks to Carolyn and Hillary Mustard for many years of service keeping the church shining.

We are looking for someone to take over the cleaning duties.

Please contact Larry or Connie Cochran at 613-272-6747 if you are interested.


Rev. Betty Davey (Betty Sangster) has been emailing out a daily short reflection,

“Morning Connection”, during this pandemic.

If you would like to be added to her email list please contact her at  bettydavey18@gmail.com .

 If you think you would like to receive a little positive inspiration

each morning (Monday – Friday) this might just be the way!



As you know year end is fast approaching which means as treasurer,

I am responsible for publishing the financial reports.

One of the year end tasks is to have an independent review done of the books and

procedures to ensure the annual report is an accurate reflection of what happened.

This is not an Audit.

Unfortunately, during last years upheaval, I forgot to have this task done as a result there are two years in need of review.

If you or someone you know is interested, please contact me at dpick@kingston .net


Duncan Pickard