2021-10-10 Weekly E-News

Portland United Church

Please join us for a Thanksgiving service led by Licensed Lay Worship Leader Barb DeJeet.  This weekend we will be blessed with the music of Morgan Wright and the Portland Pealers.

Hansen Downer

Chair PUC Council



I am sad to report after over four years Cam MacKay chair of the Official Board has submitted his resignation.  A normal term for a chair is two years but Cam had medical problems and missed a few meetings, so he volunteered to serve another two-year term to make up for that time.

His last two years have been pretty rough. Within a week after the 2020 O.B. annual meeting Covid hit, and we were in shut down and still partially under it.  At that O.B. meeting our secretary submitted her resignation and with Covid no chance to even advertise for a new one.  Then our minister tendered her resignation leaving that void.

Then he was into everything that goes along with putting a profile together. So, all these things add up to a person that was busier than he wanted to be and not being computer capable had trouble with zoom etc.  I think Cam did well to last as long as he did, and I congratulate him for it and thank him for all the time he put in.

Where do we go from here? Sometime in the near future Rev. Arlyce will call an Official Board meeting to deal with this.  Meanwhile if you or you know of anyone that you might think would be interested in serving on the Official Board as Chair, Secretary or Treasurer let your council Chair know so they can take it to the next Official Board meeting.  Thank you Cam for all your hard work.

Ted Brett

Elgin United Church – Fall Crafter and Vendor Market

To showcase and support local crafters and businesses ELGIN UNITED CHURCH is hosting a Crafters and Vendors Market with all table rental proceeds going to outreach and community work.   Join us on Saturday, October 16th from 10am – 4pm rain or shine at 300 Hartsgravel Rd (corner of Summers and Hartsgravel) for some unique shopping.  Hotdog & drink lunch available.


Devotional Thought – October 9, 2021

Myriad – isn’t that a beautiful word. Especially at this time of year. If you were to look this up, you would find a simple definition. It means countless or extreme great number.

This is why I say it is such a great word for this season. We have a myriad of colours in nature. The trees are in full different hues – reds, oranges, greens, yellows. We see the fields, those that have been harvested and those still awaiting the farmer’s attention. Colour abounds.

And then we think of Thanksgiving and once again the word ‘myriad’ hardly describes the overwhelming emotion experienced by many. There is love all around as we give thanks for our lives. Nothing says it is perfect. But all exudes love, abundance and care.

On this Thanksgiving week-end may each of you look anew at all we have in our lives and give thanks to the Creator who supplies all our needs.

Count your blessings, name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Peace and love to each of you,

Liz Church

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge


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