2020-19-12 Weekly e-news

Portland United Church

The active COVID cases in Western Leeds and Grenville have been  37, 36, 37 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Those counts far exceed the threshold of 16 that causes the Sunday church services to be cancelled.  As a result, the church will be closed on Sunday, December 20th, 2020.

At this point, Christmas Eve services are also in jeopardy.

If the active COVID case count in Western Leeds & Grenville is 16 or higher on Tuesday, December 22 or Wednesday, December 23, Christmas Eve services will be cancelled.

If the services are cancelled, everyone registered for those services will be notified by email or by phone.

The following two links are suggestions for watching an on-line service for this Sunday, December 20, 2020.


http://www.bracebridgeunitedchurch.ca/ Lessons and Carols December 20


Hansen Downer


As we go back into the world of no physical church services at Portland United Church and the end of 2020 approaches quickly there are a couple of reminders.

  1. In order to be counted as a Donation on your 2020 tax receipt your donation needs to be transferred or postmarked prior to Friday Dec 31 .

Portland United Church accepts donations 3 ways

  1. A cheque can be mailed to:

      Portland United Church PO Box 251 Portland ON K0G1V0

       2. An E transfer can be made to donateportlandunitedchurch@kingston.net

       3. On the Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge website. Press the Donate Now button

However, you chose to donate your support continues to be greatly appreciated.


Duncan Pickard


Elgin United Church

 In-person services at Elgin United are cancelled until further notice. Council will review on January 26, 2021.

One of the responsibilities of your council is to offer worship in a safe environment.

At this time, with the number of COVID-19 active cases continuing to rise,

we do not feel this responsibility can be achieved with any certainty.

Virtual services are available on Facebook and YouTube.

A more informative communiqué will be sent shortly.

Blessings and be well.

Clint Halliday

Christmas Goody Bags for Elgin

On Saturday, December 12, Christmas goody bags for 26 families were packed at Elgin United Church,

and then delivered to Bethel Tabernacle.

The bags were received with appreciation and great joy and will be distributed by Elgin Foodbank along with the Christmas hampers.

These bags included special ‘extras’ such as cookies, cake mix, chocolates, microwave popcorn and hot chocolate, pancake mix, syrup, some socks, and Christmas cards.

These items are treats that will bring smiles and be enjoyed by the families who receive them.

Thanks to all who donated so generously to cover the costs,

to Donna Bennet for guidance, and to Maureen Bee, Cindy Carbino, and Karen Pyne

who were vital helpers in packing the bags.

Together, we have created a lot of happy hearts in our community this Christmas.


Pat Greenhorn


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