Portland United Church
Annual Congregational Meeting
The PUC Council has set Sunday, June 6 at 1 PM as the date and time for the Annual Congregational Meeting. We need to announce that in church for 2 weeks prior to the meeting, but since we may not be able to have church services prior to that date, it will be included in the weekly news update emails. It probably will be a Zoom meeting since the virus is showing no signs of abating.
In the United Counties of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, we have seen active cases drop from 132 last week to 84 this week and active cases in ULGC West (our region) increase from 10 to 16. Please be diligent wearing masks and social distancing and get your vaccine as soon as possible.
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
Secretary Annette Clarke
I have decided with the new lockdown I would feel more comfortable working from home. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. I will drop into the office to check for messages and pick up the mail from the post office on Wednesday and Thursday. I am able to access the office emails as well as the website from home.
ELGIN: It is time to renew our subscriptions to the Broadview magazine. If you wish to renew please let me know as soon as possible by email or phone. Price is the same, $25.00.
In order to keep the price the same the number of issues has been reduced from 10 to 8 issues. For us to be eligible for the group rate, which is 55% less than the newsstand price, we must have more than 5 subscribers. Please contact me as soon as possible.
Sandra Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-359-5713.
PORTLAND: It is time to renew our subscriptions to the Broadview magazine. If you wish to renew please let me know as soon as possible by email or phone. Price is the same, $25.00.
Although we only currently have 4 subscriptions to renew so our cost may increase. For us to be eligible for the group rate, which is 55% less than the newsstand price, we must have more than 5 subscribers. Please contact me as soon as possible.
Connie Cochran, at email@example.com or 613-272-6747.
Devotional Thought – April 24, 2021
I’ve had some opportunity in the past few weeks to reminisce about a passage of Scripture I had long since forgotten about – 1 Samuel 7, especially verses 10-12. Now I don’t pretend to be a scholar but occasionally, words come back to me and I need to study afresh their meaning. In these few verses I have found inspiration for today’s devotional. Look closely at these verses and I believe you will be as amazed as I.
Samuel was a man called by God from an early age, and one who served God all his days according to scripture. While he travelled throughout Israel, he came back to this special place, his home, Ramah. It is here that we find the word ‘Ebenezer’ (not a word you would want to have to spell in Scrabble with all those E’s). It is the meaning of this word that I want to focus on today.
Ebenezer – So far the Lord has helped us. That is what the word means. Samuel set up an altar to his God, in memorial to God’s faithfulness. And that same God is our God.
I am missing our times of worship together, our singing praises, our communion time, your smiles and laughter, just being together! And I know it is the same for each of you. But I am reminded, as I read through these verses of Scripture, of a hymn our choir sang not long before our closure – Come O Fount Of Every Blessing. You might be surprised to know these words were written by a young man at the age of 23. During his early teens, Robert Robinson lived in London where he mixed with a notorious bunch of hoodlums and led a life of debauchery. At the age of 17 he attended a meeting being led by evangelist, George Whitefield. While he went there to ridicule and disrupt the service, he ended up claiming Christ as his Saviour and became known as a scholar and minister.
Here are the words from our Hymn Book. As you read them you will be reminded that God is and will always be here for us. These are tough times for so many. Our connections are fractured. And our peace of mind is threatened. But know for certain that as you take the time, and raise your Ebenezer, you too will be encouraged when you repeat those words – So far the Lord has helped us. Rest in this knowledge and peace will be yours.
COME, O FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING
Come, O Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Your grace.
Streams of mercy, never ceasing call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it, mount of God’s unfailing love.
Here I pause in my sojourning, giving thanks for having come,
Come to trust at every turning, God will guide me safely home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God,
Came to rescue me from danger, precious Presence, precious blood.
O, to grace how great a debtor daily I am drawn anew!
Let that grace now like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to You.
Prone to wander, I can feel it; wander from the Love I’ve known.
Here’s my heart Lord, take and seal it; seal it for Thy very own.
Grace and peace to each of you. In Christian love,
Liz Church (Pastoral Care Coordinator)