This message is an update from Elgin United Church Council.
Since Rev. Takouhi’s departure the end of October our pulpit has been vacant.
The first step in analysing our situation and moving forward is a Community of Faith (CoF) Profile Committee.
The purpose of the Profile Committee is to gather information, review and discern our current strengths, challenges, ministry initiatives and goals.
They will use several tools to accomplish this: financial statements, demographic information interviews and the results of our recent survey to mention only a few.
Our Elgin United Church Profile Committee members are, Andrea Thompson, Jane Campbell, Michelle Knapp and Graham Lowe.
They are presently underway and once they have completed their mission, council will review, and the report will be presented at a congregational meeting.
Portland United has a similar committee as well and after the reports have been presented to the respective congregations,
an amalgamated report is submitted to Eastern Ontario Outaouais Regional Council and the Pastoral Relations Process begins.
More detailed information is available on the United Church of Canada website:
According to the Ontario Provincial Government website (quote):
the enhanced public health and workplace safety measures are anticipated to be in place until at least February 11, 2021.
The results of these measures will be evaluated throughout the provincial emergency to determine when it is safe to lift any restrictions, or if they need to be extended.
Until such time as these measures are lifted, in-person worship is not possible.
Your council is meeting via Zoom February 9, 2021 and will review all available information, recommendations and limitations at that time.
The return to in-person worship is very important to everyone;
however, your safety and well-being as worshippers is primary.
We will assess and determine the safest and most practical way forward for the resumption of worship services and will notify you immediately of the decision.
Until it is safe to once again assemble, I encourage you to worship in the manner that you find spiritually rewarding, enlightening and comforting.
We had previously informed you of the estimated cost of maintenance and repairs regarding our church building.
Trustees Adrian Overdulve, Jim Earl, Roberta McKinney and Ted Brett have examined the building,
reviewed the estimates and prepared a report for council.
When we are again able to assemble, the full Trustee’s report and recommendations will be presented at a congregational meeting for discussion and action.
Thank you, blessings and be well
Your EUC Council
EUC Community Check-in
If you cast your mind back to December 2019,
you might remember that we partnered with PUC for an Advent project to support Iglesia Bautista school in El Salvador.
This is the site where several of our youth, Rev. Takouhi, and Pauline French have visited on UCC mission trips.
The money our congregation raised was sent on to the school in 2020, and was enough to support a local child, Alejandra Liseth Garcia, at the school for a year.
We recently received lovely and heartfelt thank you notes from Alejandra and her mother,
and also from the sponsorship coordinator at Emmanuel Baptist church in El Salvador.
Although the letters were sent in September, they were only received at Christmas 2020.
Also, rest assured there has been no relocation of EUC, and we are not in Port Elgin on the shores of lovely Lake Huron!
Thank you for your generous donations to this project that allowed this little girl access to education and a brighter future.
Letter from Alejandra : (translated from Spanish by my friend Gabriella)
Brothers: Port Elgin United Church August 2020
My name is Alejandra Liseth Garcia.
I welcome this moment to direct myself in greeting you effectively and
at once to thank you for your maximum effort in what you do to help us.
Since these times of the pandemic.
What you have provided me with, is a great support which has allowed me to move forward as I have gone though a very hard crisis.
I am forever grateful for you, and your efforts in helping me, my dear benefactor brothers.
God Almighty, protect me and keep them for me wherever they are, keep them with me always.
God, please take care and bless these homes today, tomorrow, and always. May God bless you in a very special way.
My name is Marta Eugenia Mendoza. I am Alejandra Liseth Garcia’s mother who wrote this on behalf of her as she cannot write yet.
She is a 4 year old kindergartener.
Letter from Emmanuel Baptist church:
Bothers and sisters, Port Elgin United Church
Our gratitude for your love and support for Alejandra Liseth.
We pray for you during this difficult time around the world for the pandemic.
Please pray for our scholarship program.
Eden de Castro,
Responsible Scholarship Program,
Emmanuel Baptist Church
EPPC News for Portland United Church
As everyone knows, the province is on lockdown through the end of January and there can only be 10 people maximum, socially distanced in church services.
We don’t know what will happen after the end of January.
Your Portland United Church Council will be meeting on Wednesday, February 3 by Zoom
to discuss next steps once the Province outlines their plans for February and beyond.
That means that there will be no church services through February 7.
In the interim, we would recommend the following three 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 in the middle of the page
A later service – 11 a.m. at Bethel UC Rideau Ferry
Bracebridge United Church, Bracebridge, ON
John’s United Church, Kemptville, ON
The Profile team for the Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge
The Profile team for the Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge has had a couple of meetings to begin
the process of defining the needs of our faith community.
In the coming weeks you will receive a short survey to help us in this process.
Thank-you for your support.
2020 Annual Report
Preparation has begun for the 2020 Annual Report.
Most of the committee reports have already been submitted.
PUC is looking for a volunteer to create a Historical Report for this year’s Annual Report.
Peggy Bond was our historian in the past, and last year Norma Cummings volunteered to write one for the 2019 Annual Report.
If you can help us out this year, please be in touch with Annette in the Pastoral Charge office.
The report needs to be completed by mid February.
Reports should be e-mailed to Annette Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would rather submit your report by paper, please drop it into the mailbox in the vestibule of the parking lot entrance of Portland United Church.
Annette Clarke – Secretary
Pastoral Care Devotional
I often remember but don’t always follow through with very important knowledge.
But this week I want to remind each of us and challenge you to follow through on this advice:
” I believe kind words do much to lift our spirits!”
In a time when we are feeling discouraged, alone, disconnected and so much more I challenge each of us receiving this E-news to do the following:
Take time to send an email, make a phone call, send a text to two people whom you know need a word of encouragement.
It could be a poem or just single words – something like this:
Make it your own. The person receiving it will be uplifted and feel loved.
Make their day by reminding them they are special.
John 15:12 tells us to love each other as God has loved us.
We can do this. It’s up to you to bring this Love into our community and to those around us.
God’s blessing on each of you as you continue in your faith journey.