2021-19-06 Weekly E-News

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.

A short part of the meeting will be reflecting of the past but most of the meeting will be looking forward to where we are going and what we are doing from here.

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.

Treasurer Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge

Portland United Church

In the United Counties of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, we have seen active cases increase from 6 last week to 8 this week and active cases in ULGC West (our region) increase from 0 to 3. The virus clearly has not gone away, and the Delta variant is genuinely concerning.   Please be diligent wearing masks and social distancing and get your second 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. Should we be able to meet on July 11, Rev. Kathy Walton has said she would be willing to lead an in-person service

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

Portland United Church, Chair

Elgin United Church Council

Information & Update

Several members and supporters of Elgin United attended the Annual General Meeting via Zoom the evening of June 15, 2021. All reports were approved as published in the Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge Annual Report.

Under new business, motions were received and passed:

· Addition of two Corresponding Members of Council to help give both council and the congregants a broader view of the workings of EUC;

· Renaming of the Social Convener position to Community Partnership Coordinator to better reflect EUCs community involvement: “Community Committed – Community Strong”.

Aside from the two motions, given the work envisioned with church property, we also added two trustees.

Andrea Thompson was nominated, accepted and was approved for one of the Corresponding positions, Sandra Smith was nominated, accepted and approved for one of the Trustee positions and Cindy Carbino agreed to remain in the renamed Community Partnership Convener roll.

The Vice-Chair, one Corresponding Member and one Trustee position remain vacant, and we will actively seek interested parties to serve.

Our 2021 Operating budget was approved as presented with the proviso that, given the uncertainty of the times, amendments can be made in the appropriate manner.

A huge thank you to all who have done and continue to do their part during these unusual times.

Our regular council meeting via Zoom is Tuesday, June 22nd at 7 pm at which time we will receive a draft of the Profile Report and have an opportunity to question and offer edits. The edited report will be presented to the Official Board on Sunday June 27th. At joint Congregational Meeting will be convened at a later date. Stay tuned and be involved.

Blessings and be well

Clinton Halladay

Chair, Elgin United Church Council

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

Devotional Thought – June 19, 2021

I am getting excited about summer coming up. It looks like I may be able to travel ‘home’ and see some of my family that I haven’t seen in person for quite some time (just like the rest of us, I know!) I am reminded that with this exciting adventure on the horizon, I may want to update my wardrobe. It would seem so many colours are a bit drab. But with summer approaching I’m in the mood for bright, bright, bright.

And then there is the pasty skin colour that needs attending to. All the cucumber peel-off face masks may not do it for me. Only enduring the radiant sunshine for a few moments, a day will colour me beautiful!! I will give it a try.

As I think about all I want to accomplish for that summer make-over I am reminded that this COVID stuff has probably left us lacking in the spiritual sense as well. Perhaps the colours of your spiritual life need some refinement. Those radiant rainbow colours of God’s love may have become a bit tarnished. Here a few hints to start you on your transformation.

Be amazed at what is under that mask – peel it off! Ouch, that hurt! All the anxiousness and discouragements that I thought I left behind have crept up on me. I had almost forgotten the freshness of that first time when I came and gave my life to the Lord and claimed His promise to always be with me. I have succumbed to letting the hurt, the loneliness, the pain envelop me. I have become complacent in my spiritual living. I don’t want to work so hard, or be challenged. I know longer dream of flying, but just staying put. The challenge for each of us is to peel off that mask! Be reminded of the beauty within each of us, given to us by a God who loves us beyond any words I could write.

Every day as I finish talking with my granddaughter, she says, ‘I love you’. And my response is always, ‘I love you more’. But she has taken up making sure I understand how much she loves me by then saying, ‘I love you most!’

There is no response to top that. And that, my dear friends, is God’s message to us – ‘I LOVE YOU MOST’.  So many verses of Scripture remind us that we are the object of His affection. He has engraved your name on the palm of His hand. You are His beloved.

We can say good-bye to our faded, colourless life by simply remembering this: Stay in the light, walk in the truth and live your life for God and others.

And I pray that with each new colour you add to your wardrobe, or your cottage, or your kitchen, you will be reminded that the God of all colours loves you Most!

Peace and love to each of you,

Liz Church

Pastoral Care Coordinator

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