Elgin United Church
Celebration of Life for Elsa and Ab Emmons (parents of Wanda Seward) will be held on July 22, 2023 @11:30 Elgin United Church follow by the interment burial at Halladay Cemetery. Family is inviting you to the Lions Hall for refreshments.
Thank you to all who planned, baked, cooked, helped and supported Elgin United Church on Elgin Days. You make a difference. Community Committed, Community Strong.
Cindy Campbell celebrates her birthday on Thursday, July 20th. Happy Birthday Cindy.
Book your tickets for the Festival.of Small Halls at Elgin United Church October 13th featuring Mikhail Laxton. You can find Mikhail on YouTube or at mikhaillaxton.com. Tickets available at www.ontariosmallhalls.com
Portland United Church
Thank you to Liz Theobald for helping us out again on the piano for worship at Portland United Church, Sunday July 16th.
Blaine Tackaberry reports that the cemetery has been upgraded with the addition of the Columbarium. Plans are in the works for landscaping and he welcomes your ideas and assistance to implement them. Pricing is in place to accommodate both individuals and families.
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.
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.
Devotional Thought, July 15, 2023
This morning I was sent a comic strip. Picture this: Two police officers, an elderly lady in handcuffs, her husband lying on the floor, a table with a completed jigsaw puzzle. And this is the caption: ‘The evidence suggests that she got up from the puzzle to make herself a cup of tea. When she returned her husband had come into the living room and put the last piece of the puzzle in!’
While this to me is hilarious, because it is a cartoon, I wonder how many times the little things in life send us over the edge. And what is behind these outbursts or melodramatic instances?
We have often used the phrase ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’. And as children we played a game of loading up a wagon until we couldn’t move it. We wanted to test the strength of it. Of course, we didn’t know that loading one more child into the red wagon was going to break the wheels. We were just out to have fun. Little did we know this lesson in our early lives would repeat itself over and over in adult life. How difficult it is for most of us to find balance.
Imagine for a moment the tightrope walker. Just a little too much tilt of the pole he is carrying, to the left or right, too much compensation to one or the other and down they fall. Even as an expert in this practise of balancing, there are moments when being off kilter will result in an undesirable result. It happens.
And there are moments in my life and I believe in your life, when these outcomes are hard to maintain. We have become adept at trying to work this out. And on most days, we succeed. But that tightrope is at times susceptible to being thrown off. And we struggle.
Here is a truth we must accept – One cannot find balance, it must be created. So, every day, each moment we live, we take time to examine our priorities. Ask the question: Will the world fall apart if I don’t do that? Is this the path I need to walk down today? Will the Lord be glorified? Am I doing my best to live a Christian life? Am I allowing this world and what it offers mean more to me than God’s path for my life?
Every day, as we live, you will experience those ups and downs, those days when hiding in your room is what you need to do, when reaching out to another is the balance of friendship and love you give to another, when acting far beyond what you thought possible is the moment of balance. It will be different for each of us.
I have in my possession a beautiful Inuksuk. And as I gaze at it, I am reminded of the meaning behind it. It was given to me by a special friend with whom I walked with spiritually. It was her expression of appreciation. The symbol of hope and friendship.
Perhaps you have a focal point in your possession that reminds you of the balance you are seeking – a favorite Bible verse, a wall plaque, a friend that you call, a prayer to the Almighty. Whatever it is for you, go there each day and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit that you will continue to be balanced in your life, as you walk and talk with the One who provides all this for us – Christ Jesus!
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.