Profile Committee update
The Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge has a long history, over 50 years as a double charge when Phillips-ville closed in 1968. It has weathered many changes in that time but has maintained a strong presence in both communities. Help us continue to be a vital Christian family as we move forward. Please return the survey that you recently received in order that your Profile committee can prepare a complete and relevant report of our Community of Faith storey for the Official Board. Deadline March 26th.
Elgin United Church
Elgin Council had its Council Meeting on Tuesday the 9th of March. Discussion was held about dates of reopening and the rules around it.
It was decided that Elgin would reopen beginning on March 21. We will hold services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, with Rev. Kathy Walton in the pulpit. The decision was made not to have a service on Palm Sunday, March 28. Restrictions will be in place for physical distancing and masking, and if you plan to attend, please register by the Friday before the service. To register contact Sandra Smith by phone at 613- 359- 5713, or by e-mail at email@example.com. There are only a limited number of places available because we are still under the 30% capacity rule.
One of the main reasons we are only going with 2 Sundays a month for now is we need volunteers to look after sign-in, ushering, and the sound system and power point. If you would like to take a try at any of those positions, please let Sandra know when you call her, and she will direct your interest to the appropriate person- the training is free!
Portland United Church
The active COVID cases in our region continue to climb and the United Counties of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville has been moved to yellow zone primarily due to a flurry of cases in Lanark East and West. The total active cases across the region is now 99 and in our quadrant, Western Leeds & Grenville, active cases have jumped from 1 to 7. That is still within our upper limit of 15 active cases, and we will continue with service on Sunday, March 21 at 9:15 AM. Rev. Kathy Walton will be leading our service this week.
All the COVID protocols that were in place prior to the recent lockdown will be observed including face masks being worn by everyone; everyone sanitizing their hands before entering the church; everyone observing social distancing in the church; everyone bringing their coats, gloves, etc. to their seats; and no coffee in the Fellowship Hall after the conclusion of church. Last week, we had 18 attendees – our limit in the church is 30-35 people depending on the mix of families and individuals.
If the regional classification remains yellow and the active COVID count in Western Leeds & Grenville remains below 15, Rev. Kathy Walton will be leading our services in person for the next 3 weeks. We will plan a communion service on April 4, and everyone is encouraged to bring a small juice box and cracker for a personal communion in their seat.
As the active cases continue to grow, this now becomes even more important – If you plan to attend church, please review the link below to determine if you show any symptoms that would preclude your attendance.
For those not attending church this weekend, 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
“In the arms of the Angel”
Ryan Edward Anthony Halladay
Friday, June 6, 1975 – Thursday, March 11, 2021
After a long and strong battle, Ryan passed away peacefully on March 11th 2021. Ryan was the devoted husband of Christina, loving father of Lauren and Madeline, the only son of Sharon and Clinton Halladay and an inspiration to all who knew him.
A caring husband and father, businessperson, academic and athlete, Ryan loved life, selflessly put others before himself and was a model to emulate. The outpouring of tributes and prayers are a testament to his life and a source of strength and support to his family. Rest in peace.
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at a later time. If you wish to make a memorial donation in Ryan’s memory, please donate to Sunnybrook Foundation. All donations will be directed to the Young Adult Colorectal Cancer Clinic.
Ryan’s Obituary is available at:
Devotional Thought – March 20, 2021
As Easter approaches, I am again reminded of the priceless gift I have been given – a God who loved me so much He gave His only Son to take my sin upon Himself that I might have eternal life.
There is a book in my library that was given to me many years ago. It took me a long time to open its pages. I took exception to the title – A Violent Grace! The author, Michael Card, brought into my circle of thinking such a visceral feeling from that title. Over and over, each time I tried to pick up the book and read it, I would literally feel sick to my stomach. I would begin to cry – can there be any deeper expression of love than someone giving their life for me?
But the questions didn’t stop there. Why was it necessary for someone to give their life for me? There was given to mankind, from the very beginning, a perfect life, a perfect world! Everything we ever needed was supplied. We were given that other great gift – free will!
Ah-ha! There it is, staring me in the face. I was given the gift of choice. And through the centuries, this gift of freedom, choice, and free will brought us to where we are today – still in need of that Person, who was willing to give His life, for my sake.
Some of the chapters in this book are titled as follows:
- HE WAS BORN TO DIE – so I could be born to new life
- HE SUFFERED TEMPTATION – so I can experience victory
- HE WAS BETRAYED – so I might know His faithfulness
- HE WAS WOUNDED – so I could be healed
- HE WAS STRETCHED OUT BETWEEN TWO THIEVES – so I could know the reach of His Love
- HE ROSE AGAIN – so I might experience eternal life
- HE IS KNOWN BY HIS SCARS – so I will take up my cross and follow Him
And so, we are reminded – our life as Christians, our belief in a God who supplies all our needs – came at a great cost. The refrain of a song I know well says: ‘Take up thy cross and follow Me. I hear the Blessed Saviour call. How can I make a lesser sacrifice when Jesus gave His all?’
May this Easter be one of joy and peace as you remember this gift in your life.
“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him…You never saw Him, yet you love Him.
You still don’t see Him, yet you trust him… because you kept on believing you are receiving the goal of your faith – total salvation.”
1 Peter 1:3, 8-9 (The Message)
Liz Church (Pastoral Care Coordinator)