Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge
The Joint Trustees of the Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge are inviting you to a picnic to help celebrate and recognize the contributions made by our Volunteers of the Community Clothing Coop. A poster is hanging in each Church with further details, but give consideration to attending on Sunday August 13th, 2023, as we plan to leave the Public Docks in Portland (between 4:00 and 4:30), and head out to Colonel By Island for a Hamburger and HotDog BBQ! We will eat, sing, and rejoice in the great ministry provided by the many volunteers of the Community Clothing Coop. There is no charge to attend, and all food will be provided; bring your water bottle and possibly a lawn chair (picnic tables are also available). See Adrian Overdulve or Will French to reserve your spot!
Elgin United Church
Happy Birthday Karen Pyne. May your special day, Saturday Aug 5th, be totally awesome.
Good bye July, hello August. Surprise us! We’re ready for less negativity, less stress, more laughter, more love and more good stuff. Blessings all.
Don’t be left out. Book your tickets now for the Ontario Small Halls concert with Mikhail Laxton, October 13th at Elgin United. Tickets at ontariosmallhalls.com
Portland United Church
Another successful concert last Saturday with MarkOne. Thank you for coming. We’ve heard nothing but glowing comments about how amazing it was.
Get ready for Mary’s Merry Minstrels on August 19th!
July 27-30th Delta Fair.
Devotional Thought, July 22, 2023
Earlier this month, a congregant came and mentioned a story to me. Now, I don’t remember it all. But this part I do: ‘I feel like I’m hitting a brick wall’. And I guess we have all been there. It was the next statement that struck home: “You know, brick walls can be used to lean on!”
So, I got to thinking about all the brick walls I have faced and how I made use of them. I remember a time, many years ago. No matter how hard I tried to change my situation, it came back. No one was listening to me. I was frustrated beyond belief. It was like the brick wall was closing in on me. In a moment of despair, I turned! And there was the gate. Until that moment, I felt hemmed in. It was as if the Lord opened my eyes. In that instant, the clarity of my path was shown to me. Just the right person was there, showing me the help that was available. And from there, I kept progressing until this present day.
Now, there were a few times, the brick wall began to build, almost to the point of blocking my way. It was then, I again realized, that removing brick by brick might be the way to go. Don’t tackle everything at once. Face the facts of life. Work at it. Seek guidance. Use the right tools. And, as the walls of Jericho tumbled, so can yours.
But sometimes, the process will be painful, hard work! And you will be exhausted. It is then you can lean on the wall in front of you. Let it be your Strength. Look at the wall and see God in it. Rest and take note of the powerful Support you are leaning on. And then, face the obstacle, move on with courage and determination.
From time to time, it might be necessary, to look at the humorous side of what is happening in our lives. Writer Oscar Wilde famously wrote: “I like talking to a brick wall—it’s the only thing in the world that never contradicts me!” So, take a breath, laugh, figure out where you are headed, and get moving. Progress will be the reward for you.
So, as you stand in front of that brick wall today, be assured there are others, standing in front of theirs. And whether you are laughing, crying, yelling, praying, God is in your midst. You are never alone.
May you shine as God’s Light in the world!
Director of Pastoral Care
Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge