2021-29-05 Weekly E-News

Annual Congregational Meeting – Please plan to attend

This week and next week all members of the congregation who have access to email will receive an email with the information required to log into the Annual Congregational Meeting on June 6 at 1 PM.   Those who do not have access to email will have the information hand delivered.  You will be able to access the Annual Congregational Meeting via smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac OR BY TELEPHONE.  Please join us for the annual update.

After many years of incredible service as our treasurer, Duncan Pickard has resigned from the PUC Council.  Duncan has kindly agreed to work with us through year end to train a new treasurer.  As our Annual Congregational Meeting approaches please prayerfully consider if you would be willing to serve as the Treasurer of the PUC Council.

In the United Counties of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, we have seen active cases increase from 21 last week to 32 this week and active cases in ULGC West (our region) remained at 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


  • A later service – 11 a.m. at Bethel UC Rideau Ferry


  • Bracebridge United Church, Bracebridge, ON


  • St. John’s United Church, Kemptville, ON


  • Join Seeleys Bay United Church online every Sunday at 10:00am!

Our “Worshipping in Stiles” services are broadcast on our Facebook page every Sunday beginning at 10:00am.

Following the service, the services are also available for viewing on our Youtube channel, which has closed captioning available.

The Elgin United Church Annual General Meeting

The Elgin United Church Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for June 15, 2021 at 7 pm.  As we are yet unable to assemble, the meeting will be held by Zoom.  Those who do not have access to the internet can connect by telephone.  The agenda and instructions on how to connect will be sent to everyone well before the meeting. 

The AGM is an important meeting in the workings of our church and I urge you to mark you calendars and make time and arrangements to attend.

Thank you, blessings and be well

Clinton Halladay

Chair, EUC Council

Devotional Thought – May 29, 2021

‘Open our minds, O God, even when You lead us where we never thought to go.’- Michael L. Lindvall

I believe that in these days we are beginning to feel that COVID 19 has finally started to be controlled and our lives will begin to return to normal. But I also believe that our normal will appear very differently to us. For some, your lives changed drastically over these past 15 months and you may never be able to return to who you were or what you did. For others, the change was more subtle and you will slowly begin to reclaim your freedom.

My challenge, and one I would like to give to each one who reads these words, is to go into this new part of your journey with an open mind. For some this will be a big ask! I believe that we have been challenged during these months in so many ways, and in one huge way, and I ask, what will church look like when I go back?

There will be some friends who have passed on. There will be members who no longer attend. We may struggle until a new minister comes to us! And I’m sure you can fill in numerous ways that change has come.

I recently read the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowing facts is information, is knowledge. But wisdom is found in life’s experiences and our reflection on them.

John 14: 16-17 reminds us that we are not alone. Holy Spirit dwells in us. He is on our side. He speaks to God on our behalf. He comforts us. All our challenges, or failures are known to Him. He encourages us to continue in our walk with God. He guides us. And He has promised to help us.

So, as we work on this new future together, remember we have a God who is preparing the way for us. Trust Him. And pray that His words will come through loud and clear. As you face a different world and a new life, claim His promise to walk with you, lead you, strengthen you and love you.

Grace and peace to each of you. In Christian love,

Liz Church (Pastoral Care Coordinator)

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