The Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge Profile Team
The Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge Profile team is putting together a Community of Faith profile as mandated by the United Church of Canada.
In the next week or two you will be receiving a short survey, by email or a printed paper copy, to help us see what matters most and how we can remain a viable community of faith.
The survey is being sent to ALL members of the EPPC.
At that time, we ask you to share your ideas for our future.
Thank-you from Jane Campbell, Katy Gibson, Rhonda Elliott, Michelle Knapp, John Noble, Jane Pickard, Andrea Thompson, Elizabeth Wright.
Elgin United Church
With the province having reopened this week, thoughts turn to when we might reassemble for in-person worship. The safety and well-being of worshippers is our primary concern and responsibility.
At a meeting on February 9, 2021, your EUC Council considered several options for reconvening and unanimously agreed to the following plan, subject to provincial and local COVID recommendations and regulations:
- In-person worship will be held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month (this is the same as PUCs plan);
- In-person worship at Elgin will begin on March 21, 2021;
- We will NOT have services in the building on other Sundays;
- Kathleen Walton has tentatively agreed to lead worship.
A council meeting is planned for March 9, 2021, at which time we will review this plan and make any appropriate changes. We will inform you of council’s decision and recommendations as soon as possible following the meeting.
We also discussed the need for volunteers to assist with several aspects necessary to facilitate our Sunday reopening. These are not onerous, and I ask you to consider helping out. Please contact me or any council member for information.
Thank you, blessings and be well
EPPC News for PORTLAND UNITED CHURCH
Your PUC Council will meet again on March 2 to review plans for reopening. Western Leeds Grenville has one active case this week, so keep up the good work everyone. We may be able to have a video service in the church on March 14 and a live service with Rev. Kathy Walton on March 21, so keep your fingers crossed.
In the interim, we would recommend the following four 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
Devotional Thought – February 27, 2021
My mother left this earth and went to be with her heavenly Lord just over 15 years ago. And like each of us who have experienced such a loss, there are times we miss that smile or the laughter of our loved one. Yet, I know it is more than that which I miss.
As most of you know, I came from a large family (14 children). As you can imagine, my Mom seldom left the house. But that is not what I remember about her. Circumstances never slowed her down. She didn’t need earthly riches to know happiness. I never heard her talk about how lonely she was, or not having fellowship with other people in our town.
There was never a time that we kids would come home from school and find my mom alone. Another mother, experiencing a hard time, would be sitting in one of the armchairs, sipping a cup of tea. And Mom would be wiping away the tears, or holding her, showing love and care.
She would be out at the clothesline, hanging those endless lines of laundry. And the next-door neighbour would be there, conversing with her. Or the aboriginal people who lived close to our town would be there, sometimes selling their wares, but always enjoying a cup of tea, sitting on our doorstep, talking with Mom. And of course, there was the regular visits from door-to-door salesmen. Other faith traditions often visited as well. My Mom could carry on a conversation with anyone and everyone. And it seemed like they all knew they had found someone who genuinely listened and cared.
And I am reminded of what a privilege to have that abundant love in my life. Because of her, many others in the community were loved. Because of her caring, many people came to her for comfort. Because of her, my life was blessed. She was not a demonstrative person. She was just using the gifts God had given her.
And then it comes to me again and I ask myself – am I doing all I can to be that positive influence to those around me? 1 Thessalonians 3:12 is my prayer for each of you and for myself – “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else…”
Have a blessed week.
Portland United Church – Turkey Dinner