OB update re voting for joint congregational meeting Aug. 22nd in Elgin – THERE WILL BE A MOTION PUT FORWARD BY OB AT THE START OF THE MEETING ALLOWING ADHERENTS TO VOTE.
August 22nd, 2021, Joint Service Elgin/Portland United Churches and final Profile recommendations.
A decision was made that because number of vaccines in the province are not going up as fast as expected and Covid numbers are going the wrong way we are going to use the Lion’s Hall.
The Joint Service of the Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge will be held at the Lion’s Hall in Elgin. Time will be 10 am for the start of the service led by Liz Church. The joint meeting will follow the service and will be chaired by Cam McKay.
Our pastoral Charge supervisor for the day will be Wayne Harris chair of Pastoral Relations for the Region.
Voting will be done by secret ballot and Liz Church and Ted Brett our Regional reps will oversee the counting along with Wayne Harris.
The Hall has limit capacity because of social distancing so each church will be allotted 35 spots to fill.
Treasurer, Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge
Portland United Church
The Profile Committee Review will be held next Sunday, August 22 at the Elgin Lions Hall in Elgin.
There will be a joint worship service at 10 AM followed by the Profile Committee Review at approximately 11 AM depending on how long the worship service lasts. Liz Church will be leading the worship service for us.
We will have a motion at the start of the meeting to allow adherents to vote as well as full members. Your vote will help set the foundation for our congregation for years to come. We had 50 people from Portland complete the Profile Committee Survey and we hope to see a similar number of members at the August 22 review.
Reminder that Tuesday at 1:30 is the next UCW meeting downstairs at PUC observing all Covid protocols. We look forward to seeing everyone. New members are most welcome!
Devotional Thought – August 7, 2021
Have you ever given real thought to the word GRACE! Once, a long time ago, a very good pastor friend of mine, summed it up this way: “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense”. And for a long time, this was the only way I looked at Grace. And certainly, for myself, this truth still stands firm.
But then I got to thinking. How far spread does this truth really go? Who else does it apply to? What else does it mean? And so I did some digging. If you were to plant a full field of spiritual crops, how big would the plot have to be to contain Grace? I would suggest that no perimeter could contain what we have been provided.
So many sacred verses in Scripture tell us that we can have abundant grace, grace to supply all our needs, grace, full and running over. We could refer to 1 Timothy 1:12-17. Paul talks about our Lord’s grace being exceedingly abundant, bringing love and faith.
I know that during this time of separation from each other we have struggled. We want to continue to trust – our friends, our family, our church leaders. But most imperative is that we must continue to trust God. I believe when we take stock of our lives, we fall back to that basic reality – God’s riches at Christ’s expense. 2 Peter 2:18 clearly tells us that spiritual growth does not happen overnight; we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Grace transforms our desires, motivations, and behaviour.
As we continue to struggle with changes in our lives, I would pray that each of us grab hold of the grace afforded us. Through this grace, our lives permeate God’s love, peace, forgiveness, joy. We take heart, knowing that God’s grace grounds us.
2 Corinthians 12: 8,9 reminds us that in all things, God’s grace is enough, every moment, every day!.
Peace and love to each of you,
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge
Music in the Park – Sunday, August 22, 2021 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Heritage Park, Elgin
Morgan Wright and Graham Lowe
All are Welcome No admission Charge
Bring Your Own Chair
Covid Protocols will be in Place
Rain Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021 /2-4 pm.
Sponsored by: Elgin and Area Heritage Society