2023-09-30 Weekly E-News

Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge

Saturday, September 30 is National Truth and Reconciliation Day.   A day set aside to recognize the colonial impact of residential schools, and the tragedy of missing children and their families and the institutional survivors. 

Take the opportunity to learn more about this tragic period of Canadian History and the cultures and histories of our indigenous brothers and sisters.

Sunday October 1st is World Communion Sunday. A day to celebrate Christian Unity in fellowship with sisters and brothers in Christ around the world.

Elgin United Church

 Happy belated Birthday to Pat Greenhorn. Hoping your day was extra special.

Reminder to mark your calendar for a busy October with Elgin United:

    • Small Halls Concert October 13th,@7 p.m. featuring Mikhail Laxton at Elgin United. Tickets at ontariosmallhalls.com
    • Crafters & Vendors Market October 14th @ 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 300 Hartsgravel Rd, Elgin. 23 vendors to choose from.
    • Canadian Women in Song concert October 21st @ 7.p.m. at the Elgin United. For tickets on line go to eventbrite.ca   Then go to search and type in Canadian Women in Song and it will come up. You can even pay for your tickets and print them out.

Advance notice of a Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) in Dementia Care education session hosted by Elgin United Pastoral Care Group from 1-4pm Sunday, November 19th at the Elgin Municipal Complex. All are welcome. More information will be shared closer to the event.

Elgin United Church Council

Portland United Church

Pies Never Tasted So Good


You will have to wait for an extra week.

Pie making has been moved to

October 3 – Making Dough

October 4 – Making Pies

October 5 – Making Dough

October 6 – Making Pies

Chit Chat is open on Thursday mornings from 10:00 until noon downstairs.  Come and enjoy a coffee or tea and visit with your neighbours.

“Rideau Sewers were busy over the summer contributing their time & often various supplies to make a colorful array of beautiful lap quilts for the Perth/Smiths Falls hospitals.

The recipients include palliative care and cancer patients as well as those on dialysis.

Not a sewer!  You can also participate by contributing funds to buy fabric.  All proceeds go into making the quilts.”

Contact Jane Pickard or Joan Horsfall


Portland United Church Council


Devotional Thought, September 30, 2023


I love to study clouds. Not in a scientific way. But just in the casual way of what you can see in them. In fact, the cause of clouds and the kind of cloud overhead has little to do with my interest. It is all about the shapes I see in them.

Clouds have been in our lives for what seems like forever. But unless we are praying for a clear day for a picnic, or an evening rain to bring all the fishing worms out, or a cool day for walk-a-thon, we are probably unaware of the clouds, until someone brings them to our attention, or our plans are affected.

Giving some further thought to this, I imagine myself lying on the ground (tick protection applied!) and creating a story from what I see. For a moment, I see Larry there, moving around, a gentle giant. And I begin to think of the many conversations we had and his telling me: ‘Everyone has a story; once you understand their story, you will know how to help them.’

In our lives, we are given gifts. In our Bible Study this week, we called them ‘rainbow’ moments. I would dedicate this devotional to our dear friend, Larry. Most of us will recall a ‘rainbow moment’ spent with him. And I would pray for all those who are feeling like those rainbow moments have been covered by the clouds. And I know, those cloud-filled moments will take shape and give way to the Son-light of God’s love. You will be renewed. You will rise up on Eagle’s Wings, knowing God holds you in the palm of His hand.

To each of you, may you be blessed.

Liz Church

Pastoral Care Director

Elgin/Portland Pastoral Charge