Elgin United Church
Elgin United Church’s second annual on-line Auction from November 24th – December 1st will again be on our Elgin United Church Facebook channel. This year we are sharing 40% of the proceeds with South Crosby Public School and Rideau District High School (20% each) to assist less fortunate students. The effects of C-19 notwithstanding, for a community to prosper, we must support each other, especially the most vulnerable in our midst. By working together, we, local businesses, charitable organizations, and the public will be a strong and committed community. Together we can make a difference! Elgin United Church, “Community Committed, Community Strong”. If you would like to donate, or know someone who would, please contact Cindy Carbino, firstname.lastname@example.org or Maureen Bee, email@example.com. And don’t forget to bid!
Portland United Church
We had the largest attendance since the start of COVID for our Remembrance Day Service on November 7 – 39 people! As a follow up to a question raised with the congregation on October 31, we will be discussing the potential of requiring vaccination cards to join our services at our PUC Council meeting on November 17.
We should have new high speed internet service within the next 6-8 weeks that will support Livestreaming our services. That will allow non-vaccinated members and others to watch live services from the comfort of their home.
Here is an update on Sunday Service leaders from now until Christmas for Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge
- 14 Charlotte Hoy
- 21 Liz Church
- November 28th – First of Advent and Communion Kathy Walton
- December 5th – Second of Advent Kathy Walton
- December 12th – Third of Advent Kathy Walton
- December 19th – Fourth of Advent Kathy Walton
- December 24th – Christmas Eve – 4 p.m. in Portland Kathy Walton and 7 p.m. in Elgin
December 26th To Be Announced at a later date.
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 13, 2021
Going on a trip. What does it take to get ready for such a journey? I can tell you right now, that preparation is tiring. I have been making plans for the last 2 months to finally be able to visit my son in Halifax. At first, I thought I would fly. Then I realized that I have far too much with me. So, I’ll take the car. Every day, there is something else I think about and add to the list. After all, there are 2 grandchildren as well! And 4 sisters, and 4 brothers, and all their family. And throw in Christmas. Well, you know where this is going – there will be room for me in the car, and hopefully, my coffee mug!
Even with all the preparation, there is little doubt that I will forget something. Somewhere in the list-making frenzy, I will fail to write down that little gift I stuffed away in the summer to bring to my sister, or the sweatshirt for my grandson, or the diamond painting kit for the granddaughter, or…..! I will be in the car, halfway to Montreal, and it will come to me – rats! phooey! rotgut! – I wanted to bring that baby outfit for my new great niece! I knew I should have put it on the bed so I wouldn’t forget!
Have we not made life so much more complicated than we need to? If I arrived in Halifax, with nothing but the clothes on my back, my family would welcome me with open arms. There would be tears and laughter. Stories would be aplenty, filling in all that has happened in the last 2 years, since COVID hit!
I’m not saying that preparation is wasted, but working out every detail can be tedious and distracting.
That is so like our Christian life, isn’t it? We feel that we have to get everything in order before we approach God. We have to be in the right frame of mind, been on our best behaviour, said our prayers, did some good deeds. And then, we’re ready to seek our Creator out. We bring our lives, all wrapped up in a neat package – and God only wants us! The fancy lingo, the bright ideas, the well-versed prayers – while nice, not necessary! God already knows us inside out! And He only wants us to come, partake of His banquet of love, understanding, strength, courage, forgiveness, trust, well-being, hope, joy!
As you approach the upcoming Christmas, remind yourself of only one thing – Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Peace and love to each of you,
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge
The Fourth Annual Tourtiere Pies
Portland United Church UCW
Brink Productions Presents
Wright & Lowe
Emmanuel Heritage Centre
HWY 15, Portland, ON
7 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021
Tickets $20.00 Call 613-359-5168
COVID vax & masks please!!!!