2021-19-09 Weekly E-News


Portland United Church

This Sunday’s Service will be led by Rev. Kathy Walton and we will have overflow capacity in the Friendship Room.  There will be no election polling this weekend with the final election day poll returning on Monday.

Reminder to all that the Celebration of Life gathering for Doug Bond will be Saturday from 1 PM – 5 PM at the family homestead at 2751 Hwy. 15 in Portland.  Please bring a mask with you as COVID precautions will be in place.

Hansen Downer

Chair – PUC Council

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Portland United Church – Apple Pie Sale

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Douglas Bond

A Celebration of Life for the late Douglas Bond will take place on Today, September 18th, 2021, located at the family homestead at 2751 Hwy 15 in Portland, Ontario.

Please drop by for a visit between 1:00-and 5:00pm and share a favourite memory of this most memorable man.

Please bring a mask with you. Covid precautions will be in place.

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Bell Choir

Practicing at 10:30 A.M. – 12 P.M. every Sunday after our morning service.

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Devotional Thought – September 18, 2021

We have recently been focused on growing our church communities. We struggle to find ways to do that. It seems like the answers are not easy to come by. And we can all say with certainty, change is not easy.

I read this week, a poem by Max Lucado. Some of the words from it go like this: “Just give me a tear-a heart ready to mold. And I’ll give you a mission, a message so bold – that a fire will be stoked where there was only death, and your heart will be flamed by My life and My breath!”

Is it not somewhat overwhelming when you think about this? A perfect God, in whose image we are created, wanting us to come to Him – not necessarily whole, but in our brokenness. Torn, worn-out, unable to think straight, fresh out of ideas.

I don’t know about you, but I find this a scary proposition. After all, I only want people to see me at my best. I want to have all the right answers, give direction, preach the love of Jesus. Who wants to parade their weaknesses in front of the world? Why would I want people to know that I struggle, that I mess up, that I sometimes want to give up the Christian fight. And join the world of complacency. It appears to be the easy road.

But then, I listen to the news, and cry with the millions who are in desperate need for hope, for love, for the basic desire to live. And then I cry for myself – for even thinking that I could abandon this world, this need in our community to share with them the Good News – you are not alone. You have a Creator who wants you to know His love, His comfort, His strength. And I, Liz Church, have been given the privilege to do my part to lighten their load, minister to them, wash their feet, feed them, clothe them, and pass on to them the real truth – God loves each one.

And I do not do this alone. You, my fellow believers, are all part of the quilt. Each one of you are a little torn piece, being molded by God. And together, we make a beautiful quilt, covering our community with love, care, and the true message of the Gospel – go make a difference. And find those other pieces of the quilt that need to be sewn together by God’s love. Let’s not leave any holes, let’s keep working on it, with the loving hands of Christ, until all people know, they are a part of the family of God.

So, after a lot of thought, I’ve come to a conclusion. There is no idea too outlandish, no solution that cannot be looked at, no wrong answers. Share with each other and let’s bring our ideas together in how we can build God’s church so that our communities are known throughout the land as people who love God.

Peace and love to each of you,

Liz Church

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge