2022-06-04 Weekly E News

Looking for something to do this Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon? The final two performances of This Year, Next Yeardirected by Norma Cummings, are on at Studio Theatre Perth.  Set in Bournemouth England in 1944, this is a heart-warming story of a mother and her three daughters during the last months of WWII.  For info go to studiotheatreperth.com.  

Thanks Norma

There are two fund-raising concerts planned for this summer:

  • County Road 44 on July 16
  • Mary’s Merry Minstrels on August 13

June 5, 2022 – Pentecost Sunday.  You are invited to wear red to celebrate the birthday of the Church and the Spirit filling the lives of the disciples’ enabling them to continue Jesus’ ministry.

Frances French Halladay Burial Place Annual Memorial Service Sunday, June 5, 2022 @ 2:00 PM In Elgin United Church. Donations towards upkeep are welcomed.

Fellowship after church will be reviewed once again at the June 21st Council meeting.

On Tuesday, June 28th the Portland Pealers will host the Community Luncheon at 12:00 noon. Please come out and support this worthwhile fundraiser for the Community Flex Fund atCountry Roads Health Center.

UCW Fruit Pies will be ready for the End of June @ $18.00 each.  Please sign up on the Bulletin Board. You can reach Connie at 613-272-6747 or Sheila at 613-272-3531.

It is with a heavy heart we give our condolences to Joan Horsfall’s and her family in the passing of her daughter Wendy Turner.  Our prayers and our sincere sympathy goes out to Joan and her family.

Portland United Church Council

Devotional Thought – June 4, 2022

As I sat in A&W this week waiting for my friend to come through her surgery, the time seemed to drag on.  And I began to think about this thing we call time. What makes it appear to be too long or too short? Our imagination fills with so many thoughts.

And then my mind moves to this Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, for those who follow the church calendar. The disciples, waiting in that room. Waiting, and waiting. Did they know what they were waiting for, what to expect?

Surprise!! Fright!! Astonishment!! I have no idea. But if a tremendous gust of wind blew through our sanctuary while we were in there you can be assured, we would, even today, be terrified. Add to this the descending of fire and nothing being burned up. And the speaking of languages, most we could not understand!

It is an astounding event. I have heard it referred to: “It’s 9:00 somewhere!” This took place in the morning, 50 days after Christ’s death and there were thousands of people who experienced it. That sound ‘like’ a mighty, rushing wind, was felt by all who were present in the room. But when they started speaking in foreign languages, the sound was so loud that thousands around in Jerusalem heard it and came running. Thousands were added to the believers and a community was born.

Back to that idea of time – some would say we need another Pentecost! And yet, God never stopped filling the believers with His message. He never stopped sending us out to minister and share His love. He has never stopped wanting the world to live in peace. He has never stopped calling us. So, what happened? TIME! We have heard it said that we will find time to do the things that really matter.

I have to ask – ‘Does it matter?’

Peace and love to each of you,

Liz Church -Pastoral Care Director

Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge


Please share this message with your communities of faith, friends, family and community partners.

We’re back for in person day camp in the Ottawa area!!

Camp Dates and Locations:

Week 1: July 11 – 15, 2022 – Bells Corners UC

Week 2: July 18 – 22, 2022 – Barrhaven UC

Week 3: July 25 – 29, 2022 – Emmanuel UC

Week 4: August 2 – 5, 2022* – Online Camp

Week 5: August 8 – 12, – Rideau Park UC

Registration fee: $150/wk including before and after care (8:30am-4:30pm)!!

To register go to www.camp-awesome.ca

We’re hiring staff too!  Check out the website for further information.

If you are interested in learning more about Camp Awesome and possibly hosting one in your community please contact Kristy Drost at campawesomeottawa@gmail.com.

Dana Ducette


Minister, Youth and Young Adults (YAYA)

Eastern Ontario and Outaouais Regional Council 12 (EOOR )

United Church of Canada

Mobile: 613-608-8411