Portland EPPC News
Portland United Church will be open for an in-person service on Sunday, July 11 at 9:15 AM. Rev. Kathy Walton will lead the service. Standard COVID protocols will apply – masks and social distancing are required, singing will not be allowed, and you will be asked to sanitize your hands prior to entering the church. Our capacity is 30-35 people depending on the mix of families and individuals. The church will be open for services on a weekly basis on every subsequent week. It appears that Elgin will open on July 18 and if that happens, Rev. Kathy will join us again on July 18. If Elgin does not open on the 18th, then we will have either a virtual service or a minister led service in the church. Subsequently, Rev. Kathy will join us on the 1st and 3rd Sunday each month and the council is working to identify ministers or lay personnel for the intervening weeks.
Joint service and final profile presentation to the joint congregations.
Just an advance heads up that the Joint service of Elgin and Portland United Churches and final profile report will be done Sunday the 22nd of August 2021. The service will start at 10 a.m. at Elgin United Church in the sanctuary and the profile report will be done after the service.
All voting will be done by ballot and will be counted by one person from each church and Wayne Harris from EOORC to oversee. All of the voting will be done, counted, and the results know just in case there is a tie before anyone leaves the building.
You will be getting a final version of the profile depending how you get your information from your church. Via email or if you don’t have email by Canada Post sometime in the near future.
Treasurer , Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge
EUC Community Check-in
With deep sorrow I share the news that Lynn Burt’s sister, Ellen, passed away in London on Monday, July 5th. Ellen was able to be at home throughout her illness, where she was blessed to have family members with her. Lynn and her daughter Jaime had a wonderful visit with her the second weekend in June, and Jaime took her flute to play for Ellen. What a gift that time together was, and what a memory to treasure.
Please keep Lynn, her immediate and extended family in your heart and in your prayers during this difficult time. Lynn, we send you our love and support and virtual hugs.
Rideau District High School Hall of Excellence.
Congratulations to Dave Burt and Will French on their recent induction into the Rideau District High School Hall of Excellence. These two fine members of our pastoral charge have distinguished themselves in their academic and athletic achievements, and both have been exceptional role models and educators in their teaching careers. They have also spent countless volunteer hours organizing and coaching sports for youth, and we all know how much they have contributed to our churches and to the wider community.
Your faith family sends both of you our best wishes and congratulations on these well- deserved awards!
If you would like to view some photos of the awards presentation to Dave and Will, along with their bios, you will find them at the beginning of this video from the RDHS graduation:
Devotional Thought – July 10, 2021
Is it finally coming to an end? Are we turning the corner and returning to our previous existence? Are things going to be ‘normal’ again?
There is no one reading this that needs me to explain. COVID is finally being contained and we are slowly taking back control. In fact, this week will be the first time in months that many of you will attend a live church service. And it feels good. But what of all the time that has transpired since we last met together. What have you been doing – not only in your daily living, but in your Christian life?
I personally have frittered away far too many hours in idleness. Sitting and watching TV Episodes of a favorite show, hour after hour; planning to do housework; getting out the shredder to rid my office of unnecessary clutter. Yet, the housework is not completed, the office is still cluttered and my filing is far from done.
When COVID restrictions first hit us, I was gung-ho – the perfect time to do all those tasks that had been put to the side. And yet, here I am, 18 months later, still facing many unfinished chores. How much time is really necessary?
Yet my focus for this devotional is much more complicated. It is about Christ, and His place in my life, in your life! I want to share these words with you. They are written by Jean Flemming in her book called ‘Between Walden and the Whirlwind’: “To add Christ to our already-busy life is to complicate living; to allow Christ to absorb all the elements of our life is to simplify it. Life is simplified when there is One Centre, One Reason, One Motivation, One Direction and purpose.”
Matthew 6:33 says: “Seek first the Kingdom of God….” God is not just an item on our list. He came to be part of your whole life. Seeking God first is our focus. Paul in his letters states it like a hammer hitting the mark each time – Life is In Christ, With Christ, For Christ, From Christ.
As we start to recover from this pandemic may we not move back to where we were but focus forward with a renewed spiritual emphasis to live our lives as God’s people for this time of recovery!
Peace and love to each of you,
Pastoral Care Coordinator