2021-05-06 Weekly E-News

It is with sadness that Maureen McVey Cairns reports that Andy Theriault (the husband of Eleanor Theriault who was a long-time member of Portland United Church) passed away on Saturday evening. Andy was a “larger than life” soul, and those who knew him have many memories to bring smiles to faces. Our sympathies go out to Maureen (his daughter) and Andy’s extended family. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Scotland Funeral Homes – a brief clip from their website is below:

Peacefully at his residence on Saturday May 29, 2021. Andy Theriault of Portland, in his 86th year. Beloved husband of the late Eleanor Bradley. Loving father of Dianne McVey (Bob Mayhew) of Perth, Bruce (Sheila) McVey of Woodlawn and Maureen McVey (Mark Cairns) of Portland. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations made to Portland United Church or the Poppy Fund of the R.C.L. Branch # 231, Portland would be appreciated.


Portland United Church – Annual Congregational Meeting – Please plan to attend – June 6 at 1 PM

Everyone should have received updates either by email or postal service with information to connect to the Annual Congregational Meeting this Sunday (June 6). 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.

In the United Counties of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, we have seen active cases decrease from 32 last week to 6 this week and active cases in ULGC West (our region) decrease from 2 to 1. Please be diligent wearing masks and social distancing and get your vaccine as soon as possible. If things continue to improve, hopefully we may be able to resume church services in July.

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/

· St. John’s United Church, Kemptville, ON http://www.kemptvilleunitedchurch.org/

· 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.

Hansen Downer

Chair, Portland United Church

Elgin United Church Council

Time sure does fly, even when it feels like we’re standing still, and as Yogi Berra is quoted as saying “it’s déja vu all over again”. Throughout this strange time, your Elgin United Church Council has been busy. We have some important sharing for you:

  1. The complete minutes of our meetings are posted on the website www.eppc-ucc.com for your review, and I will gladly mail printed copies to anyone who wishes them. This is very important work in the life of our church and community, and I urge you to take interest and participate.The Elgin United Church Annual General Meeting is scheduled for June 15, 2021 at 7 pm. Given the pandemic restrictions, the meeting will be held via Zoom. Fear not, everyone can participate and detailed instructions, as well as the agenda, will be sent to everyone prior to the meeting. We realize this is not the best way to hold the AGM; however, we must have it before the end of June and as we cannot assemble, it is the only way.
  2. Your Elgin Council met on May 25th and a key matter of importance was brought forward. In response to the Elgin survey results in which the majority of people said the building was important to them, Pat Greenhorn, on behalf of council, applied for and received a United Church grant in the amount of $4,000 for the hiring of a consultant(s) to investigate the viability of our building and to report on options and opportunities best suited for our community. A Vision and Transformation Team will hire and work with the consultant(s) in this venture.
  3. The Official Board, with several members of council attending, met on May 26th and received the draft Profile Committee report. Much discussion took place. As councils had not previously seen the report, it was decided that Profile Committee members would attend the next meeting of each council, present the report and receive feedback to be included in the final draft. Andrea Thompson, plus Elizabeth Wright, Jane Campbell and Michelle Knapp, as available, will meet with Elgin Council at our June 22nd. Feedback received from each council will be incorporated into the report, as appropriate, and presented to the Official Board on June 29th. The report will then be presented to the congregations at a Joint Congregational Meeting. Given the restrictions due to COVID, information on when and how this step will take place will be communicated later.


Clinton Halladay

Chair, Elgin United Church Council

O.B. AGM, Regular meeting and final approval of the Profile report.

Originally the O.B. was to meet for the AGM and meeting on the 27th at 1 pm and again on the 29th at 7 pm to review and approve the final, we and they hope, profile report. The two oldest members of the O.B. got together and decided this was too much so we moved them to 1:30 on the 27th. Just like Council AGMs the Official Board has to notify at least two Sundays ahead of an AGM so I will be putting a note in the e-news for now until the 26th. I am assuming that the Profile committee will be busy doing final adjustments on their final report right up until the 24th.

On the 25th you will get everything you need for the O.B. meetings including zoom coordinates, the agenda, and reports needed and the final profile report.

Ted Treasurer Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge

Devotional Thought – June 5, 2021

Most people reading this devotional will know that I love to sing. I know I’m not the greatest singer in the world but I believe God has given me a gift that I use to bless others.

But I have to tell you – my kids would beg to differ. In the mornings, when they were young, and a bit hard to get up for school, I would often stand outside their bedroom doors and sing along with the record player, “Good morning, good morning, good morning, it’s time to rise and shine….” Inevitably, their response was always the same: “Stop singing, I’m awake!” And I would leave and go downstairs, knowing they did not want a repeat performance!
Most people reading this devotional will know that I love to sing. I know I’m not the greatest singer in the world but I believe God has given me a gift that I use to bless others.

I have had many times in my life since then that I have stopped singing. Not because someone told me to, but because I felt I had no song to sing. And I have had times when my singing was much more laborious, almost an agonizing cry – crying out to God to save me, but unwilling to listen to His voice. Then finally, after many months and years of that desert experience, God came to me and gave me this song from His Word – Psalm 51: 10-12 – “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Over and over I said these words, and sang these words, until I could rise victorious.

I believe that these times we are now living in have led some to struggle and I would want you to get back your song. Discouragement comes to all but we have a faith and a hope in the God of all creation. Turn it around, sing again. And sing with me verse 15: “Lord, open my lips; and my mouth shall sing forth Thy praise.”

Remember, my dear friends, this may not happen on your first time or your second. Persevere, and your song of praise will burst forth and you will feel refreshed and renewed. God’s perfect peace will bring you joy and as you burst forth in song, the SONshine of God’s love will be passed on.

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

Liz Church (Pastoral Care Coordinator)

UCW Annual Spring Pie Sale

Friday, June 25, 2021

Portland UCW Fundraiser

Portland United Church

Preorder by June 19, 2021

Pickup outside main entrance off the parking lot.  Please have exact change.

Blueberry, Cherry, Raisin, Strawberry Rhubarb.  Frozen, ready-to-bake.  $15.00 each

To pre-order call Sheila @ 613-272-3531 or Connie @ 613-272-6747

Click to access the login or register cheese