BETTY HELEN BOND (September 2, 1930 – June 23, 2021)
Even as this E News goes out, most of you will be aware that Betty has passed away and without a doubt, she will be missed by many. Heartfelt sympathies are extended to family and friends.
Betty had always been actively involved with her church family. In her earlier years she was the organist at her Church in Forfar. When she began attending the Portland United Church, she was an enthusiastic member of the choir where she sang Alto and blessed everyone with her beautiful voice. She was also the President for the United Church Women.
For the many years she lived at Mill Bay Court she loved to participate in the activities provided there. Her morning coffee in the Common Room was a regular event. Everyone enjoyed her company and humour at Vicky’s coffee hour on Sundays. Card games and monthly dinners were part of her typical routine.
As time past and Betty’s health was comprising her social engagements, there were many people at Mill Bay Court who gladly and graciously made sure she was still a part of the group.
Betty’s last months were lived with her family where she loved to be. There she was cared for with infinite love from her daughter, her son and their families.
God has called Betty home, but we are blessed to have known her and will carry her memory in our hearts forever.
The link for Scotland Funeral Home and Betty’s obituary can be found below:
Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge
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.
All of the reports, zoom co-ordinates, agenda, and profile reports should be in your hands as they were sent out via email yesterday. If you didn’t get the package email me at email@example.com and I will send it out right away.
Looking forward to seeing everyone Sunday.
Treasurer Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge
Portland United Church
In the United Counties of Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, we are happy to see a substantial decrease in cases. 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
- 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.
Portland United Church, Chair
EUC World Vision Update
We have recently received an update on our sponsored World Vision Child, so I wanted to share this with you and remind you of the mandate and vital work of World Vision.
World Vision is a global relief, development and advocacy organization that partners with children, families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Sponsored children do not receive direct cash benefits. Better yet, monthly sponsorship donations are pooled with those from other Canadians who support kids in the same area, leveraging them for maximum effectiveness based on the needs of the community. Local staff works with the community to build a vibrant, sustainable future, allowing people to thrive even once workers have moved on to help other communities.
Our sponsored child, Zyra Joy, lives in the community of Sorgoson in the Philippines. The World Vision principles of community development are benefitting her, her family, and the entire community through a variety of projects:
- Children learn of their rights and responsibilities and are empowered to be future leaders through participation in the ‘Child Leaders’ programs at school
- Health of children and families has been improved thanks to the construction of toilets and the provision of hygiene training in the community
- Women have been trained and received loans to start their own small businesses
- A school library is being built
Here is a short update from Zyra Joy, and the picture shows her happily participating in one of the hygiene training sessions.
Hello, my name is Zyra Joy
I live with my parents. I have 3 brothers. I help at home by running errands. I am in Grade 7. I am currently enrolled in junior high school and my favourite subject is my national language. I like to play badminton. I am in good health.
THANK YOU for our continued and generous donations. Your support is making real and lasting change in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children-for good.
Devotional Thought – June 26, 2021
I read a quote this week: ‘Faith – it does not make things easier, it makes them possible.’ As I contemplated these words, I began to look at a number of situations I’ve faced recently. I am an impulsive person. Kinda like the ‘jump first, look at what’s at the bottom later’ sort of person. This has landed me in some situations I can tell you. But sometimes, I am just looking for an easier way to accomplish what I need to do.
I have shared with you recently that I am working on being more healthy. Like thousands of other people, I have tried my share of diets. And after some success, fell back in to my old ways of eating and you, intelligent people out there, know the result of that. But I have to tell you – this time I know I will succeed. One realization I had was that this is not a fad, it is a necessary lifestyle change. And the second realization is even more important, I am not alone. My friend and I constantly encourage one another, check up on each other, give suggestions, listen when it’s a bad day and pickup the pieces if it’s a VERY Bad Day. And we continue.
Now I ask you, is that not just like FAITH. Faith isn’t something you try. It is a lifestyle. You live by faith when it is hard. And when it is easy. The power of the Holy Spirit given to us by God is always there – living in each of us. Activate this power. We have to ask Him. He doesn’t barge in! He is a gift that has been given to each of us – to guide us, to strengthen us, to encourage us.
I would desire to fill pages with the truths of Holy Spirit, some which I have experienced and many I have yet to understand. During some of those excruciating bad times, I wanted to cry with the Psalmist: “Where can I flee from your Spirit? Or where can I run from your Presence?” But with God’s infinite love holding fast to me, I was able to sing in praise: “Your hand will guide me there, and Your hand keeps a firm grip on me.” (Psalm 139: 7-10)
Many times, my friends, I have forgotten that FAITH is a lifestyle. But I say with assurance today that as I pray, I give thanks to God who reminds me that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, FAITHFULNESS, gentleness and self-control. And so, with confidence, I challenge each of us to take this gift we have been given and share it with all who will listen. Show them through our actions and words that this Lifestyle is forever.
Peace and love to each of you,
Pastoral Care Coordinator