2022-07-23 Weekly E-News

Elgin United Church

The two front door locks on Elgin Church have been changed. See Clinton Halladay if you need you’re key replaced.

The RLELC day programme at Elgin United is up and running with several children in attendance.

Elgin still has an older panasonic flat screen TV and a number of dishes remaining. You have until August 1st to give them a home. Contact Clinton Halladay. Call 613-359-5607, text 613-217-0054 or email clint.sharon@halladay.ca

Advance notice. Mark your calendars for October 14, 15 and 22 for exciting Elgin United Events. Details later, stay tuned.


Elgin United Church Council

Portland United Church

Clint Halladay will be leading our service this week.

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Bonnie and Blaine Tackaberry as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an evening of fun and fellowship at the Athens Joshua Bates Center on Saturday, July 23rd from 8:00 to 11:00.  What a super couple they make!

We are offering coffee/tea after church with paper cups with the option to move outside.  We’ll continue as long as everyone is comfortable.  Remember that some of our congregation prefers to wear a mask and we need to be respectful of their choice.

Unfortunately, the concert that was planned for last week with County Road 44 had to be cancelled due to a Covid outbreak among the band members.  We hope they have a speedy recovery and look forward to rescheduling them.

Don’t forget this Tuesday, July 26th, Country Roads Community Health Center is hosting the Community Luncheon beginning at 12:00 noon at Portland United Church.  No charge.  Donations are welcome and will go in support of the CRCHC Flex Fund.  Hope to see you there.

Morgan is taking a well deserved break during the month of August. We look forward to welcoming John Wanless former Minister of Music at Trinity United in Smith Falls for at least 3 of the 4 Sundays.


Portland United Church Council




Mary’s Merry Minstrels

A Fiddlers’ Concert

August 13, 2022 – 7:00 P.M.

 An evening of toe-tapping, sing-along

Portland United Church  

(Doors Open at 6:30)

10 Colborne Street

Portland, ON, K0G 1V0

No admission charge.  Free will offerings accepted.

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 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


Devotional Thought – July 23, 2022

Hit the rewind! I fell asleep. Hit the rewind, I didn’t catch that. Hit the rewind, that phone call was a little longer than I expected. Or I’m interrupted by life and I need to make supper, I need a cup of coffee, Mother Nature is calling! And I forgot to hit pause. Have those words ever been uttered by you? Too many times I’ve heard them from my own lips, saying them to no one but myself (since I live alone!).

Words, or words similar to them, apply to us throughout our time here on earth. Stop and smell the roses, take a break, the world will still revolve if you take a day off!

I got to thinking about this in my life. Occasionally the past unexpectedly creeps in and we want to rewind and live it again. Or make it right, or forget it. And for some of us, we want a rewind because our time here is moving too quickly and there is so much living to do.

From a spiritual point, the words that give us the best perspective come from the familiar passage in Philippians 3: 13, 14 (Living Bible) – ‘No, dear friends, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.’

I know I take encouragement from these words. Trying to relive a past that has already been given over to the Lord and forgotten by God seems like a futile venture in craziness. Perhaps it is not a rewind button that I am looking for. Maybe it is a pause button, just so I can enjoy life – never a fast forward one!

I cannot help but reflect on the rewind – there are moments that I want to take out, look at and give praise over and over again. My life, even with its ups and downs, is one that I feel so blessed to have and I want to shout it for all to hear: “My God reigns!”

Reflecting on this devotional and the spiritual lessons from Rev. Powell last week I was sent a post that I want to share with you. Perhaps is will encourage you as you live your life. Everything is not solved at once but at all times God walks with us:

As you face the ups and downs in your journey, be encouraged that One who has promised to be near shares your joys and heartaches with you.

Blessings, peace and love to each of you,


Liz Church -Pastoral Care Director

Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge