Elgin-Portland United Church
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
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, Morgan Wright’s famous smoked meat sandwiches on the lawn at Elgin United Church.
Celebration of Life for Elsa and Ab Emmons (parents of Wanda Seward) will be held on July 22, 2023. Details to follow.
Happy Birthday to Cindy Carbino on her special day Monday July 10th.
Special Anniversary greetings to Krista and Todd Gill who celebrate Saturday July 15th.
Thank you to Bonnie Bilton for sharing her talent by providing piano accompaniment for worship at Elgin, Sunday July 9th.
We welcome Jim and Anne Barton to. worship in Elgin. We thank Jim and Anne are sharing their gift of music with us through the Ministry of Music and the Choral Blessing.
Portland United Church
Thank you to Janet McKeage for helping us out again on the piano for worship at Portland United Church, Sunday July 9th.
County Road 44 – Bluegrass Band – Portland United Church today Saturday July 8th @ 7 pm. A goodwill offering will be received.
July 16th @ 1:00 p.m. Music in the Park. North Crosby Hall.
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.
July 27-30th Delta Fair.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org 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 .
The Ministry and Personnel Committee is actively looking for a second rep to back up Arie Hooganboom from PUC . 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.
Liz Church received word this week that her son-in-law, Peter MacNeil, passed away suddenly. Liz, her daughter Cheryl, and their children, want to thank you for your support and messages of condolences. These next few weeks and months will be tumultuous for them as they work through their grief. Pray God’s blessing of peace upon them.
Devotional Thought, July 8, 2023
Are you ever happy and sad at the same time. Or have you noticed this to happen more often than not? Not sure about you, but I have certainly had that experience. And this past week has been living proof that the presence of Holy Spirit walks, talks, comforts us. For me, the reality of life and death have been prevalent. But above all this, the Comforter has given me the adequate strength I needed.
Most of you know that I travelled to Halifax and picked up my 2 grandchildren from there. A plan is developing for them to spend the summer with their father and of course, with me! Happy times!
Now the crunch time! While travelling to Halifax, my sister called me. Cancer is taking over her body and she may remain in this world for only a short time. Having just spent a few days with her, and having talked about our Eternal Home, and our loving, Heavenly Father, she is at peace. Sad times, happy times! Co-existing together.
My story for this week does not end there. My son-in-law, Peter, married to my daughter Cheryl, in Mississauga, passed away, unexpectedly. This news I received within an hour of arriving in Halifax. Overwhelming, heartbreaking news. And yet, I was in the right place. His elderly parents live in the Halifax area. And I was able to reach out to them, be with them, share memories with them. Again, sad times, happy times! Co-existing together.
I cannot explain to you how the power of God works. I only know it does! He places us where He needs us, at just the right moment. Without even our awareness, He prepares our journey.
The joy of family, the sadness in our lives, intertwines. Alone, we would be lost, overwhelmed with grief. But God, in a way beyond our understanding, shows us His love. I cannot walk this life on my own.
Some of you, my readers, relate well to this season of life – happiness and grief! I cannot express all this in a few sentences but this I can say with assurance. God loves me! His promises are reliable. He walks with you and He is your Constant Companion. You are never alone.
Look around you this week. Be aware of the Presence of God. Thank Him for His grace and love. And even in the small things, be aware of your blessings – friends, family, daily miracles, given to you so that you will continue to grow in strength and in the knowledge that, beyond this life, is the Life we desire – a place made ready just for you.
May you shine as God’s Light in the world!
Director of Pastoral Care
Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge
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.