Just received news that Arie has suffered a heart attack on Thursday. Betty and Arie were celebrating their Anniversary in Ottawa. Arie was not feeling well and an ambulance was called. He was taken immediatley to the Heart Institute where surgery was preformed. Everything went well and he will be home recuperating by Monday or Tuesday. God’s miracles of time and place were evident. Thanks be to God.
In Honour, Respect and Gratitude
Thursday of this week is Remembrance Day. This Sunday, November 7th, we will ‘remember” at our worship services. This Sunday, as we gather in Christ, is a time to remember, a time to be silent. A silence that will resound on the Day of Remembrance, November 11th. The two minutes silence which represents the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, when the guns of Europe fell silent. It is a silence where all our thoughts go to these brave men and woman who took part … and it is the only time when the whole country falls silent, thinking about something other than ourselves. … What a moment to cherish, no telephones; no chatter just silence to remember them; a silence you can feel.
What this Sunday and Remembrance Day, November 11th, is actually intended for us to remember. Thousands upon thousands of men and women have given their very lives for the freedom that we enjoy. If not for them, we might not even be able to meet in a church as a congregated body of believers or be able to simply walk carefree down a street or country lane. A freedom which we sadly take for granted. A freedom of which we rarely consider the cost. A freedom which without care, responsibility and accountability will slip away.
Yet despite all the acts of sacrifice and heroism throughout the centuries, we live in a world that is at war with itself. The society of International Law in London states that since the beginning of recorded history the entire world has been at peace less than 8% of the time. Just think, that over the 4000 years of history, less than 300 years saw peace, which means that this world has been at war with itself for over 3700 years, and in that time, more than 8000 peace treatises have been made, and broken. And still, notwithstanding such odds, we forge onward in a quest to purge tyranny and oppression.
So, let’s pause for a moment and remember those who died in service to our country, our freedom, our security, and our choices. And with no intention of disrespect to those who died, remember also those who returned home, broken both physically and mentally. Statistically mental casualties outnumber those killed in action 3 to 1. These brave men and women deserve our respect and support and to be remembered. Not everyone in the world has the privileges we have. We have them because of the sacrifice of these men and women and the lives they offered.
So today we honor and thank the men and women who have given their all for us. We thank them, we honour them and we honour their service.
But let us not forget to remember also the ultimate price that was paid by Jesus Christ who died on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins, who set the example for us, who was crucified, died, was buried, and arose on the third day that we may have the promise of eternal life.
In honour, respect and gratitude
Chair, EUC Council
Portland United Church – Remembrance Sunday
This Sunday, November 7th, we will be honouring our fallen heroes from worldwide conflicts. Rev. Kathy Walton will lead the communion service. Please remember to bring a juice box and a cracker so that you can participate from your seat. Included in the service will be:
· Reading of the Names of those who served for King and Country
· Reading of “In Flanders Fields”
· The Last Post / 1-minute Silence / Reveille
· “O Canada”
We look forward to having you join us on this important Remembrance Day Service.
Chair, PUC Council
Our official board is almost non functional. Currently it is lacking two of the three elected positions a Chair person and a secretary. The Chair persons job is made much easier by a good secretary and that I can tell you from experience. The treasurer is been on the job so long and is getting that old that he should also be replaced.
If you or you know of someone that would take one of these positions let the chair of your council know and they can take the information to the next O.B. meeting. The O.B. will be called to meet by our Pastoral Charge Supervisor late November to early December.
Portland Food Bank
If you have a few hours to spare each month and would like to help at the Portland Food Bank, we can certainly use your help. The Food Bank operates twice a month (First and Third Tuesday from 10 a.m. to Noon). Should you be interested in helping or have any questions, do not hesitate to call Louise Martin at 613-359-5397. I also encourage you to visit our updated website at: eppc-ucc.com/Portland-Food-Bank/
Portland Food Bank
Devotional Thought – November 6, 2021
‘Lest We Forget’ – What does this really mean to us? For many, it is the sacrifices made to preserve our freedom. For the lives that have been taken, some far too young. For the emptiness left behind in the lives of thousands. ‘Lest We Forget’. Strong words, strong message!
But what about the other side of the story? Why war? Why such inhumane treatment of so many? Why did these lives have to end so tragically? Why has there always been wars? Why do we insist on conquering and controlling? What is it that turns our lives into a greedy society? Gimme, gimme, gimme! You would think by now, after thousands of years, there would be no need for such sacrifice. Yet, the news is filled with millions of people who are starving, dying, homeless – wretched lives, without hope, without love, nothing! The sacrifices are great – a mother throwing her child over a fence so the child will live in freedom! A family risking their lives to cross a man-made border so they can find food to eat; a five-year old, walking for 20 miles to get medicine and trying to make it back before his mother dies!
‘Lest We Forget’ – I never mouth the words without deep pain, sorrow, despair, and question: “Why? Why can we not live in harmony, share each other’s burdens, give as giving on to the Lord? What is wrong with us?”
‘Lest We Forget’ – GOD LOVES US ALL!!!
This Remembrance Day, lest we forget, remember. That you are God’s love in the world. You can make a difference. You can plant the seed. You will remember that God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that the whole world would be saved.
Lest We Forget!
Peace and love to each of you,
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge