Elgin United Church
As I write this it is a beautiful morning, the sun is shinning and my Cardinals are singing gleefully.
Sunday July 18th was Elgin United’s first in-person Sunday worship in a long time and in spite of the COVID restrictions, a good number of congregants enjoyed a refreshing and thoughtful service lead by Rev. Kathleen Walton.
Sunday was also the first time we used our new monitor for the accompanying PowerPoint, having retired our “tired” projector. Many positive compliments were received, although we still have some minor tweaking to do.
Given how well the service and seeing old friends, without hugs and handshakes, was received, we will hold in-person worship every Sunday, with a leader, going forward. Good news indeed. Please note that capacity limits, 30 maximum, social distancing, masks, COVID screening and registration before entering still apply.
The joint congregational meeting to receive and vote on the report of the Profile Committee is tentatively planned for August 22nd, Worship at 10, meeting at 11. Location will be confirmed closer to the date as COVID protocols at the time will determine.
May you enjoy a blessed day,
Joint Congregational Meeting – August 22, 2021
A joint congregational meeting is planned for August 22, 2021, to receive and vote on the report of the Joint Profile Committee. All can participate, only members may vote. We plan to meet at Elgin United for a joint Worship Service followed by the Joint Congregational Meeting.
The report and background information has been sent and we urge you to familiarize yourself with it, attend the meeting and lend your voice to the way forward for Elgin United and the Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge.
More information will follow as we approach the meeting date.
Journeying by the Grace of God
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
Portland United Church
The 26 people in attendance at Portland United Church on Sunday, July 18 were treated to another wonderful service from Rev. Kathy Walton. The July 25 service will be led by Licensed Lay Worship Leader Norma Wrightly. Rev. Kathy Walton will continue to join us on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.
This week, we were also blessed with in person music from a tremendous local musician, Morgan Wright. Morgan was a great addition to our in-person service after many, many weeks of YouTube videos. Morgan will be joining us weekly for the foreseeable future.
Since this week’s attendance was down from last week’s 30 attendees, I may have scared some people away by noting that we were close to capacity. The COVID capacity of the church sanctuary is 30-35 people based on 6 feet of social distancing and the mix of individuals and families. However, we have added additional audio capabilities in the Friendship Room next to the sanctuary and downstairs so that we should be able to accommodate at least another 25 more.
Unfortunately, the low speed of our internet connection in the church will not support livestreaming our services. We are working with WTC to upgrade our capabilities and in the interim, we will examine other alternatives for recording the services.
Profile Committee Update
The Profile Committee recommendation has been reviewed by the Portland and Elgin Councils and has been approved by the Official Board. This week, you should have received a copy of the full report including the recommendation and the backup details that led to that recommendation. You are encouraged to spend the necessary amount of time to read the documentation and determine if you agree or disagree with the recommendation.
A joint EPPC review of the Profile Committee report is tentatively set for August 22, 2021 in the Elgin United Church. The review will be preceded by a worship service, and we will be in COVID Phase III starting Friday, July 16. You must be a member of the church and be present to vote, so please allocate time in your calendar to join us on August 22, 2021 at 10 AM for the church service and 11 AM for the Profile Committee Review.
As you will note, 50 people from Portland United Church provided their input to the Profile Committee (thank you!) and we are hoping that 50 or more people from PUC will attend the EPPC Review of the Profile Committee report on August 22, 2021.
Your vote will help set the foundation for our congregation for years to come.
Our 2-person cemetery committee is about to repaint the fence posts in the cemetery, and they are asking for volunteers to help with the painting. If you would like to join, please contact Blaine Tackaberry at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message with the church office.
As noted, we only have 2 people on our cemetery committee (Blaine Tackaberry & Bruce Haskin) and we need a few more volunteers to assist with the maintenance of the cemetery. Most of the work is in the spring and fall for cleanup. If you are willing to help, please contact the church office.
Portland Community Hall
The Portland Hall Board invites you to the annual homemade BBQ chicken dinner on Saturday,
July 31st at the Portland Community Hall from 4:30 until they are gone.
Take out only following Covid protocols.
Menu: 1/2 chicken, Bob’s macaroni salad, and incredible coleslaw, cake, and beverage $18.00.
The Forfar Community Hall (Elgin Lion’s Hall)
Devotional Thought – July 24, 2021
I’m not sure how many people reading this newsletter have had the opportunity to restore old furniture.
That first moment when you see the ragged edges, the broken legs, the saggy cushions, the stuffing dragging on the floor. The excitement builds in you as you ask yourself: ‘Can I bring this back to life? Is it even worthwhile?” You begin the slow process of stripping away the old covering, checking out the bare bones and discovering the work that is entailed. All the time you are working, you picture this ‘new’ piece of furniture and where you will place it in your home. You persevere. And after weeks, and maybe even months, the finished work sits before you. And you are overwhelmed with pride.
As I think about this, my mind begins to whirl with thoughts of Jesus as a boy and a young man. As He worked away at his carpentry projects, did His mind wander? Did He remind Himself that He must be about His Father’s business! Where would He go, what would He do? Where was His journey to end? Or did He concentrate on what was before Him and see it through to completion!
I was just talking with Connie as I write these words. And we were joking about our lives and our thoughts – sometimes scattered, but always heading toward a goal. And I come back to that piece of furniture, repurposed, ready for service.
I am thrilled to write each of you this reminder from scripture – “He who began a good work in you, will carry it to completion.” Isn’t that amazing! As His masterpiece, we are His workmanship. Sometimes we only see the flaws, sometimes we even want to throw it away. But, my friends, we need to persevere.
There are so many encouraging verses in our Scriptures. I will leave you with a few and challenge you to read them and take them as your own to bring you strength and comfort as we continue to live our lives for the One who gave His all –
2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 1:3; Isaiah 40:31; Jeremiah 29:11; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Romans 8:31; Philippians 3: 13-14; Philippians 4:6-7; Provers 3:5-6; Lamentations 3: 22-24.
Peace and love to each of you,
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge