2021-10-06 Weekly E-News

EUC AGM Information

Well, vaccinations are increasing, and infections are decreasing, and we live in hope of a return to relative normalcy soon. However, unfortunately we are not there yet, which means the Elgin United Church Annual General (Congregational) Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 15th at 7 pm will still take place via Zoom.  We fully understand this is not ideal, yet we realize the importance of the annual meeting, and this is the only reasonable, legal and safe manner in which it can be held. 

I will email the invitation, information on how to connect, the agenda and other material for the meeting on Sunday June 13th, so watch for it.  Perhaps you have never used zoom, but do not despair, it is quite user friendly, you don’t have to buy anything, just follow the prompts.  If I can do it, so can you!

If you are a bit nervous and would like to “practice” ahead of time, email or call me, and we can set up a trial run.  If you would like to connect by telephone only, that is totally acceptable. Again, the information will be included in the invitation, and you simply follow the prompts.  Unfortunately Zoom does not provide a local telephone number; therefore, should you incur long distance charges, please send the charged amount to me and we will reimburse you.  This information has been sent by Canada Post to our supporters who do not have internet.

Should your copy of the 2020 Annual Report have mysteriously vanished, it is available on the charge website. www.eppc-ucc.com ; click on committees, then AGM in the drop-down and you will see 2020 Annual Report at the top of the list; click it and voilá.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from everyone at this important gathering as we reflect on the past year and plan going forward.

On behalf of the Elgin United Church Council, blessings and be well

Clinton Halladay

Chair EUCC


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

Just a short reminder that the above meeting is Sunday the 27th at 1:30 in the afternoon.

I will be in touch with the executive soon to get your advice on the agenda and getting your reports.

Everyone by now should have a copy of the profile report. If you think you have changes that should be in the report please get a hold of a member of the profile committee and let them know soon not at the last minute. I had one I thought was wrong but I got corrected.

On the 25th in the morning 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

Portland United Church

Thank you to the 25 people who attended the Annual Congregational Meeting last Sunday.  It was an informative hour capped by an excellent presentation from Brian French regarding his internship at a university Christian organization called The Navigators.  A brief on The Navigators is below for your consideration.

In the United Counties of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, we have seen active cases decrease from 6 last week to 5 this week and active cases in ULGC West (our region) decrease from 1 to 0.   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.  That will be reviewed at a Portland United Church Council meeting on July 7.

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


  • 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.

Hansen Downer

Chair PUCC


June 6, 2021

The Lord has called me to an internship with The Navigators of Canada!

Greetings friends,

I’m extremely excited to have joined The Navigators of Canada staff team at Carleton University, with a focus to foster Christian community amongst 30,000 students! My internship launched on May 4th and runs until June 30, 2022.

The Navigators help people experience meaningful community and equip them through spiritual disciplines to live out their faith authentically and guide others to the transformative power of Jesus. This vision really resonates with me.

My own calling to serve Christ began as a 14-year old attending a leadership program at a Christian summer camp. Experiencing this community gave me a renewed understanding of God’s unwavering love. This profound impact continued while attending university, and I can’t wait to help foster this kind of community through my internship with the Navigators.

For almost 40 years the Navigators have been committed to actively engaging in community with students at Carleton University. They’ve sought to provide an approachable, trustworthy place to learn more about what it means to live a life rooted in God’s Word.

Practically, this can involve community events and experiences, small group bible studies, sharing meals together, and one-to-one mentoring with students.

You can play an integral role in my ministry through your prayers and financial support.  Each Navigator ministry is made possible by the gifts of interested friends and churches.  To minister most effectively, I am responsible to raise 100% of my budget by August 15.  Doing so will allow me to be fully present with students on the Carleton campus through various discipleship and outreach initiatives.  I am looking to have people partner with me through monthly donations of $50-250.

Would you prayerfully consider becoming a financial ministry partner? All contributions are fully tax deductible.

Thank you for joining me as I walk alongside students and help them engage with the living God.

In Christ,
Brian French

P.S. Contributing to my Navigator work at Carleton University is convenient over our secure website: www.navigators.ca/french

P.P.S. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions! I’d love to chat more about this with you.

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

EUC Birthday Bonanza!

When you look at the birthday list that follows, you can see that many special people seem to be born in the spring!

Belated greetings to:

May 29- Reuben Smith

June 5- Harry Smith

June 7- Alex Price

Happy birthday wishes to:

June 13- Clint Halladay

June 16- Michelle Knapp

June 27- June Smith

Each individual on this list is a wonderful creation with unique gifts and talents, and each is a vital member of the Christian body. We give thanks for every one of you, and send you our love and birthday blessings.

Devotional Thought – June 12, 2021

This has been a really good week for me. With spring moving into summer, I seem to have renewed energy (maybe it’s the COVID pounds I’ve been able to shed!). But in all seriousness, what renews our spirits?

I’m sure I am not the only one who gets drawn into buying those newsstand magazines that promise weight loss, glowing skin, renewed energy, and so much more! There is an old expression that says: “Many people suffer poor health, not because of what they eat, but because of what is eating them.”

As I considered today’s devotional, I was reminded of the reality that we have all heard so many times – life is really about feeding the soul! I have a question to pose to each of you: ‘What are you doing to promote spiritual well-being within yourself?” You may be suffering in your body, but are you being nourished spiritually?

According to the news, we are moving forward toward returning back to being able to be together. I, for one, can hardly wait. Yet, in the meantime, I want you to feel renewed in spirit. Here are a few familiar verses to encourage you.

  • Stressed out – Cast your care upon the One who cares for you – 1 Peter 5:7
  • Worried – Give your concerns to Jesus and trust Him to meet your needs – Matthew 6: 25,26
  • Discouraged – I am the One who sustains you – Isaiah 46:4 and Isaiah 40:31

As you live out your life this week, continue to place your trust in God. He will continue to fill your heart with joy, peace, and a hope that overflows into the lives of the people around you. Romans 15:13.

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

Liz Church (Pastoral Care Coordinator)


This week I attended a service held at the Human Rights Building in Ottawa. It was to mourn with our Indigenous brothers and sisters the discovery of the bodies of 215 children. As I listened with head bowed and shame at this part of our history, I heard a poem that was written right after this discovery. The author has given permission to share this.

I can’t wrap my head around the terrible discovery of the children buried in the

Kamloops Residential School grounds. The constant reference to them as “remains”

stirred strong emotions in my heart and I capture those feelings in this poem.


What remains of the remains?

Remains … what remains is shame,

A betrayal of trust,

An atrocious history that no apology

Can ever make right …

There were powerful people

That should have known,

That should have intervened,

It was not so long ago,

We celebrated a hundred years of nationhood

In 1967,

While children were being killed,

Being turned into remains,

Remains of innocence, laughter,

Curiosity, joy, a language,

Remains of a parent’s love and pride,

A grandparent’s legacy …

Remains of flesh and blood

Stolen from families,

Ripped from the arms that once

Held them tight,

Remains … what remains is

Our disregard of humanity,

Our faith in institutions

That tortured indiscriminately,

Our loyalty to those who

Vowed to live as Christ,

But who continued to crucify Him instead,

The remains … such a sad, woeful term

For what we really found …

Beneath our collective national guilt,

Not remains … but lives …

Hands and arms, legs and feet,

That ran, and skipped and jumped,

Tongues and eyes and ears,

That spoke and heard a language

Voiced by their ancestors,

Hearts that beat against

The bosom of a Mama,

Remains … what remains is

Not remains … but our loss of innocence.

© Silvia Fiorita Smith, May 31, 2021 fiorisyl@yahoo.ca


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