PUC 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 84 last week to 67 this week and active cases in ULGC West (our region) decrease from 16 to 2. 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 https://www.wesleychurch.ca/
· A later service – 11 a.m. at Bethel UC Rideau Ferry https://www.facebook.com/BethelUnitedChurchRideauFerry/videos
· Bracebridge United Church, Bracebridge, ON http://www.bracebridgeunitedchurch.ca
· St. John’s United Church, Kemptville, ON http://www.kemptvilleunitedchurch.org/
Elgin United Church Council held a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, April 27th and I am sharing important highlights which I will be of interest to you:
- We discussed the possibility of restarting in-person Worship Services. We understand the sensitivity of this situation and respect the desire to get to a place of relative normalcy; however, we are not there yet. The Provincial lockdown is in place until May 19th, and no one can predict the future. Our next council meeting is Tuesday, May 25th. At that meeting we will further discuss reopening in light of the best information available at that time. Our primary accountability and responsibility is your health, safety and well-being, and with that is mind, coupled with the pandemic protocols, we look to safely restarting in-person worship in June. We will keep you informed as plans develop.
- The EUC AGM is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. It will be conducted via Zoom but there is opportunity for anyone to connect via phone. This will ensure equal access for everyone whether or not you have Internet. Details will be issued following the May25th council meeting. The Annual General Meeting is very important and you are urged to attend.
Thank you for your support, service and faith. Blessings and be well,
EUC Community Check-in -May 1, 2021
Belated birthday greetings to Charalee Smith, who celebrated her special day on Monday, April 26. I can report that she appeared as youthful and lovely as ever at our Zoom council meeting on Tuesday! Your church family wishes you many blessings and much joy in the coming year, Charalee.
Please continue to keep Donna Bennett in your thoughts and prayers as she continues her treatment. I know that your support and love mean so much to her.
Secretary Annette Clarke
I have decided with the new lockdown I would feel more comfortable working from home. I can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-272-6747.
Devotional Thought – May 1, 2021
I am lying on a bed in my grandson’s room. He is 10 years old, but his mind works so differently than mine. Everywhere I turn my head I am amazed. There are large coloured posters of the universe, each one giving us the name of the planets in our solar system. There are astronauts doing climbing exercises in preparation for their trip to the moon. There is a picture of a space launch. And then to top it all off, there is ambient lighting which can be switched to different colours depending on my grandson’s mood. There is a globe and some robots and a space shuttle replica which he built from Lego. There are rockets and orbs that project stars and moons on the ceiling.
For many people you might say these are normal toys and interests for a 10-year old. But what is remarkable is that Eoghan is autistic. He talks very little and communication is not always forthcoming. But if you ask him about any of the things I mentioned above, he will tell you – the names of the planets, the lighting, and its myriad of colours, and the purpose of the globe to tell us where we live. He is mechanical and able to figure out almost any situation you can think of. In his own world, all is well. And I have to ask, can we say the same for us?
In the Scripture we are asked to trust God. We are called to find peace in the assurance that ‘Jesus Love Me’. We are challenged every day to put our faith in God. The future may seem uncertain at this present time but remember that God is already in our tomorrows. We may never know why certain things happen in our lives, but we know with assurance that God walks with us and He leads the way.
It is my prayer for each of us that we can say with the Psalmist in Psalm 28:7 – ‘The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.’ God has promised to be with us in every situation of life. Hold fast to His many promises.
Even though we are not meeting in person, take time today to raise your song of praise to God. It will encourage you and give hope to your soul. It will help to build your trust in God as you glorify His name from your own spirit. Go ahead, lift up your voice in thanksgiving and praise.
Prayer: Thank you for being open to hear us as we sing to You. We call on Your Holy Name and give thanks to Your faithfulness. Encourage us as walk today, knowing you are walking with us. My heart cries out to You: I WILL TRUST IN YOU!
Grace and peace to each of you. In Christian love,
Liz Church (Pastoral Care Coordinator)