2021-21-02 EPPC Weekly E-News

Elgin United Church Council Update With the province having reopened this week, thoughts turn to when we might reassemble for in-person worship.  The safety and well-being of worshippers is our primary concern and responsibility. At a meeting on February 9, 2021, your EUC Council considered several options for reconvening and unanimously agreed to the following plan, subject to provincial and local COVID recommendations and regulations: In-person worship will be held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month (this is the same as PUCs plan); In-person worship at Elgin will begin on March 21, 2021; We will NOT have …

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2021-13-02 EPPC Weekly E-News

EPPC News for PORTLAND UNITED CHURCH Although Kingston is now considered a Green Status area by the Provincial Government, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville are not in that category yet and the church will remain closed for worship through March 7.  Your PUC Council will meet again on March 3 to review plans for reopening after the Provincial Government issues their revised guidelines later this month.  Western Leeds Grenville currently has only one active case, so keep up the good work everyone.  If everything works out as we hope, we may be able to have a video service …

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2021-06-02 EPPC Weekly E-News

Elgin Portland Pastoral Charge The Profile committee has been meeting weekly since January 20th to start the process of defining the needs of our faith community. The team includes members from Elgin & Portland – Katy Bond, Jane Campbell, Rhonda Elliott, Michelle Knapp, Graham Lowe, John Noble, Jane Pickard, Andrea Thompson. In the coming weeks you will receive a short survey to assist us in our research. Thank-you for your support. Jane Pickard Profile Committee – IMPORTANT I have been informed that my profile update last week may have led to some misinterpretation or confusion. The Profile Committee is composed …

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2021-30-01 EPPC Weekly E-News

This message is an update from Elgin United Church Council. Pulpit Vacancy: Since Rev. Takouhi’s departure the end of October our pulpit has been vacant. The first step in analysing our situation and moving forward is a Community of Faith (CoF) Profile Committee. The purpose of the Profile Committee is to gather information, review and discern our current strengths, challenges, ministry initiatives and goals. They will use several tools to accomplish this: financial statements, demographic information interviews and the results of our recent survey to mention only a few.             Our Elgin United Church Profile Committee members are, Andrea Thompson, …

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2021-24-01 EPPC Weekly E-news

EPPC News for Portland United Church As everyone knows, the province is on lockdown through the end of January and there can only be 10 people maximum, socially distanced in church services. We don’t know what will happen after the end of January. Your Portland United Church Council will be meeting on Wednesday, February 3 by Zoom to discuss next steps once the Province outlines their plans for February and beyond. That means there will be no church services through February 7. In the interim, we would recommend the following two options for viewing a service in the safety of …

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2021-16-01 EPPC Weekly E-news

Due to COVID restrictions, the church’s outside doors will remain locked to visitors.   As of 12:01 this morning Jan 14 2021 new Ontario stay at home rules came into play.  Annette will be working in the office/home for the duration of these “stay at home rules”.  There are some pretty fair fines in place if we are in violation, up to $100,000 for an employer. So this is to let you know as Treasurer and Payroll Officer for Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge if you decide to violate these rules and get caught that Elgin-Portland Pastoral Charge will NOT be paying …

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2021-09-01-Weekly e-news

ELGIN UNITED: DOORS ARE CLOSED BUT HEARTS ARE OPEN Although our building may be closed right now, our outreach continues to make a difference in lives here in our community and on the other side of the world. Please read below for an update on Zyra Joy, our child that we support through World Vision in the Philippines. In  recent years, sponsorship programs have been criticized for being too narrow in focus and reaching only one child when there are so many needs in their native countries. However, the community-based solutions of World Vision mean that for every child that …

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2021-2-01 Weekly e-News

Portland United Church In keeping with the Government of Ontario Guidelines for the lockdown that started at 12:01 AM Boxing Day and continues for 28 days, there will be no Church Services during the month of January.  The PUC Council will re-evaluate at the end of January to determine if the church will be opened for in person sermons and/or video church services.  In the past you have been given several alternative services to view in the comfort of your home through the EPPC News.  Please go into the links that were provided to you in the past.  Here are …

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2020-24-12 Weekly e-news

Portland United Church Now that the Active Case count in Western Leeds and Grenville is below 16 (it was 9 on Monday evening), Portland United Church will be holding 2 Christmas Eve Services led by Rev. Kathy Walton. Both will include YouTube Music videos. 4 PM will be a family service with no communion 7 PM will include a communion, so you are encouraged to bring a juice box and a cracker to participate in the communion at your seat One of those two services will be live streamed on the Elgin Portland United FaceBook site (as of Tuesday afternoon, …

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2020-19-12 Weekly e-news

Portland United Church The active COVID cases in Western Leeds and Grenville have been  37, 36, 37 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Those counts far exceed the threshold of 16 that causes the Sunday church services to be cancelled.  As a result, the church will be closed on Sunday, December 20th, 2020. At this point, Christmas Eve services are also in jeopardy. If the active COVID case count in Western Leeds & Grenville is 16 or higher on Tuesday, December 22 or Wednesday, December 23, Christmas Eve services will be cancelled. If the services are cancelled, everyone registered for those …

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