Elgin-Portland United Church
Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge would like to congratulate all students advancing and wish them a safe and adventurous summer.
On Canada Day weekend some people you might know- Margaret Martin, Roberta McKinney, Wendy Lowe and Shaun Seaman plus 15 others will be exhibiting their art as part of the Rideau Lakes Studio Tour. It’s a great opportunity to see the artists in their studios and to explore this beautiful area. For more information check it out at rideaulakesstudiotour.ca
At-home Communion Sunday, July 9th we will have communion at Church. For those unable to attend but still wanting to partake we are providing this service. Please call the Church office at (613) 272-2002 or Liz Church at (901) 441-5357 and Iwill visit at your home with the Sacraments. The office hours are on Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and our speak to our secretary Annette Clarke. Blessings on each of you.
Bethel United Church
We have been invited to attend a Potluck and Worship Services on July 9th starting at 5:30 pm at Bethel United Church in Rideau Ferry. Time for meeting new and old friends and sharing in some old time Gospel. Thank you to Rev. Lynn Gardiner for this invitation. Hope to see you there.
Elgin United Church
Yogi Berra said, “if the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be”. How perfectly that describes Canada. Let us acknowledge our mistakes, make amends, eliminate extremism, celebrate diversity and be Canadian. Happy Canada Day!
Happy Birthday to Shannon (Carbino) Montgomery, Sunday July 2nd and Zachary Campbell, Saturday July 8th.
Don’t forget to take in the Rideau Lakes Studio Tour this weekend. Information is available at rideaulakesstudiotour.ca
The Red Brick School (RBS) home of the Elgin and Area Heritage Society, begins a summer open house event Sunday July 2nd. The RBS will be open for visits and tours every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm through to September 3rd.
Be sure and take in the Anniversary Jubilee themed Elgin Days running Thursday July 6th through Sunday July 9th. Saturday July 8th is jam packed with activities, including bake table, basket raffle, It Takes a Village Dog Rescue, BBQ and smoked meat sandwiches on the lawn at Elgin United Church.
Thank you Zoe Dudzinsky for an amazing concert following Elgin United’s Worship Service last Sunday, and to Morgan Wright for arranging it to happen. Cant wait for the next one. Blessings.
Celebration of Life for Elsa and Ab Emmons (parents of Wanda Seward) will be held on July 22, 2023. Details to follow.
Portland United Church
Congratulations to Brian and Emily French on their marriage last Saturday! We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.
Another Spring pie sale is over and we thank all the loyal customers and helpers. Special thanks to Sheila McKeage for her hard work in the major coordination of this event.
The Forfar Strawberry Social will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2023 at the Forfar Community Center. 2 sittings, 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Call Tammy or Doris Day t 613-272-2474 for advance tickets (recommended). Adults $20.00, Children 5-12 $10.00. Includes ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, coleslaw, roll and beverage with strawberries and ice cream for dessert. Take-out available.
County Road 44 – Bluegrass Band – Portland United Church Saturday July 8th @ 7 pm. A goodwill offering will be received.
MarkOne – Portland United Church July 22nd @ 7:00 pm. A goodwill offering will be received. Join Multi-Instrumentalist Mark Mulrenin as he presents a performance of musical entertainment for the whole family. Listen to hits from the 50’s to the present and enjoy Mark’s stories and sense of humour while playing guitar, ukulele, saxophone, flute and keyboard.
Summer Donation Reminder
Summer activities often disrupt our routines and church donations but our church continues to pay bills through out the summer months .With this in mind here is a reminder of some of the ways regular donations can be made to secure ongoing church activities .
- In Person donations are always welcome
- The church mail address is 10 Colborne St ,Portland ON K0G1V0
- PAR there are brochures in the friendship room outlining how automatic monthly payments can be made from your bank acct .
- interac e-Transfer – go to your bank account to set up Portland United Church as the recipient then use – email@example.com as the email to send it to. No password is required, the donation will go directly into our bank account. Please fill in the memo space with what the donation is for along with their mailing address( for receipts).
- Donate Now Button found on the Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge website
We look forward to exchanging stories about our summer experiences .Please be safe
Joan Kelly after many years as the music rep on council has decided to step down. We are actively looking for some one to step forward to fill this role . Joan continues to help us as we strive to find a replacement .
Larry Cochran has decided to step down from his role on the Ministry and Personnel Committee. PUC is actively looking for a second rep to back up Arie Hooganboom . The committee is made up of four representatives 2 from each Church under the leadership of Maureen Bee. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please contact myself or Maureen to find out more .
Devotional Thought, July 1, 2023
The power of punctuation! Let me explain. My son sent me the above picture, with the explanation: ‘I made it to the gas station!’ I simply wrote back: ‘Good.’ Within seconds, he wrote back: ‘Are you mad at me?’
You see, he has become accustomed to my ‘quick wit’ and sarcasm. I called him. And we conversed about what the period at the end of my statement really meant. To me it said: ‘I’m so glad. At least you didn’t have to walk to a garage, buy a gas can, fill it with gas, and walk back to your car.’ To Chris is meant: ‘She must be annoyed that I let the gas tank run on empty and I will have to buy another gas can (since this scenario had happened just a few months previous!) I better text her.’
We live in a time when words are easily misunderstood. And texting cannot add the emphasis needed to fully let another know the message you want to convey. While the world sees this technology as wonderful (and it is!), we also see the difficulties in truly communicating. Emojis are a little underwhelming when expressing true feelings. Snapchat disappears before you have the chance to respond. The list could be expanded and the inadequacies relayed in the words of this reflection. But I believe you may be getting the picture.
More than 2000 years ago, Christ walked among the people. They could see Him, read His expressions, hear Him. One of the most amazing results from this is that people really wanted to remember these teachings. And so, we have God’s teachings recorded for us.
We don’t have to guess at what He wants us to know or remember. There is a perfect communication given us. And we are further blessed in that we can quickly look up interpretations for His Word. They leave little room for doubt about many subjects. The period at the end of each sentence needs no explanation.
Here are a few of these:
Jesus loves me.
I can cast my burdens on the Lord.
The Lord is my Shepherd.
I’m richer than a millionaire just because He cares.
Trust in God.
He knows me by name.
Be not dismayed.
Take time and add to this list. Look up the references in God’s Word that reinforce these promises. Always remember, there is no second guessing what the Lord means. You can depend on The Voice of God speaking clearly. Just listen!
May you shine as God’s Light in the world!
Director of Pastoral Care
Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge
WE MAY MISS THE VOICE OF GOD
SIMPLY BECAUSE WE ARE NOT LISTENING
Camp Awesome is a full-day faith-based day camp summer program, July 17-21 at Trinity United Church, Smiths Falls, that is active, engaging and fun for children. We combine vacation bible school teachings, including stories, songs and crafts, with interactive games and theme day fun. Healthy snacks provided!
Camp Awesome has a program for every age group:
CA Camper – Ages 4 * – 12
CA Crew – Ages 12 – 13
Youth Leadership – 13+
Cost per child is $150 for the week at Trinity United Church, Smiths Falls, with a free (return) bus from Perth (pick up at St. Paul’s United, Perth at 8:15am, returning at 4:25pm).
Financial assistance is available for families.