Welcome to Portland United Church - the church on the hill overlooking the Crescent Valley, and an important fixture in Saint John's North End area. A hearty welcome is extended to you if you are visiting us here on the internet for the first time. We hope that you will be able to join us for worship each Sunday at 11:00am. We have lots of activities planned for this year with so many wonderful ways to worship God through song, prayer, study, music, sharing meals, welcoming new members. Come and help us, we would love to see you! Thank you for visiting with us and may God continue to walk with you on your journey and give you peace!

2015 and Fall at Portland United.....

The next season of the year, and the glorious colours and activities it will bring is now here. So far our Fall season has been spectacular, for we are enjoying some of the best days of the year - warm sunny days, with a hint of cool in the mornings and after sunset, just a great time to get out and enjoy the various fall fairs, church harvest suppers and the leaves as they change from summer green to a blaze of reds, orange and yellow. It is now the beginning of the next step in the life of Portland United, for we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new minister, the Reverend Sally Budge who will be joining us in November for her first Sunday service on the 15th of the month. In the interim, we have been blessed to have Rev. Ron Vincent fill in from October, for those days he is available. Meantime, we are blessed with the contribution of our members who have taken on the role of guiding us through our weekly services. A huge "thank you" goes out to all who have taken part, and who have eased the transition to our full-time clergy. Our participation in the Saint John Presbytery-wide service "We Are One In The Spirit", which is being held on November 1, 2015, at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre, starting at 10:30 am is being organized, for we are in the logistical mode of getting transportation arranged for those wishing to have a drive to this service. We are looking forward to this, as we will be meeting with our fellow congregants of the churches in our presbytery. As we begin the new season we invite you to join us for our services, with our Portland family, and to share the fellowship we so warmly provide.




Pastoral Care Committee: A reminder for those wishing a visitation

If you know of any member who is shut-in, and would like a visitation by one of the committee members, please contact the church office (632-4030), and Donna will pass along the information to the committee. We are truly blessed to have this hardworking committee who regularly visit those who are unable to attend our services, or who wish a contact with their church in times of need. The Pastoral Care Committee will be meeting on Tuesday June 23rd.


New Scout Group Commissioner

Welcome to Kyle Geldart, the new Group Commissioner for the Portland United Church Scouts. John Moffatt who has lead our Scouting groups for the last few years has stepped down and Kyle has taken his place.


We need your pictures!

We would love to get any pictures that you take of church activities. So you carry around a phone and snap pictures? Would you be willing to take a few? Would you be willing to share them. We would love to be able to post them on our website. You can attach your pictures to an e-mail and email them to pucoffice@nb.aibn.ca or bring them into the office on a data stick. For technical assistance (How do I get these pictures off my phone??!) give the office a call Monday through Friday mornings and we can try to help you figure it out.


Become Involved in your Church!

1. Church Council:

Portland United Church Volunteer Opportunities: The important day-to-day work of the congregation of Portland United is done largely by volunteers. The Nominating Committee is searching for volunteers to fill a number of positions for our Church Council, in anticipation of current members whose terms will expire during the next two years. Terms for membership in the council is for a two year period. The positions on Council consist of a number of committees (13), with chairs of each, and members for each committee (48 in total, but more added as needed).

Current vacancies for you to consider are:

- Pastoral Care (More members would be welcomed: male members needed);

- Youth Representative

Information about these positions is available in the church office in "A Guide To Our Council System". Potential volunteers who have an interest in these positions, and in providing service to the church, are encouraged to contact the church office, or by contacting Bob Bond, Chair of the Nominating Committee (672-1313).

2. Help Wanted!

Our Counting Teams are in need of some help. This job requires a short time after church one Sunday a month. Training will be provided. Please contact the church office if you could assist with this request.


Something to think about

We are each other's holding bread.

Click the link below to read what Anne Lamott wrote about our relationships with the people around us.


"Courage is fear that has said it prayers."


“A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers.” ― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

“Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.” ― Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.” ― Stephen Colbert

“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” - Madeleine L'Engle

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don't need a lot of money to be happy--in fact, the opposite.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

“God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time


Worship Services

Regular services are held each Sunday, at 11:00 am.


Upcoming Service Leaders

Oct. 11: Rev. Dr. Ron Vincent - Thanksgiving
Oct. 18: Betty Hitchcock - Anniversary Sunday
Oct. 25: Rev. Dr. Ron Vincent
Nov. 1: Saint John Presbytery Combined Worship at the Trade and Convention Centre
Nov. 8: Rev. Ron Vincent
Nov. 15: Rev. Sally Budge

This Week at Portland United Church

Wednesday 7th of October
CSLP (hot dogs)
Music Lessons
Thursday 8th of October
CSLP (grilled cheese)
Social Development
Choir Practice
Friday 9th of October
Saturday 10th of October
Sunday 11th of October

Thanksgiving Church Service led by Ron Vincent
Sunday School
Monday 12th of October
Thanksgiving Holiday
Church office will be closed
Tuesday 13th of October
CSLP (sandwiches)
Bible Study
Music Lessons
Wednesday 14th of October

CSLP (soup)
Music Lessons
Thursday 15th of October
CSLP (chicken burgers)
Choir Practice
Friday 16th of October
Saturday 17th of October

Sunday 18th of October
Anniversary Church Service led by Betty Hitchcock
Sunday School

October 19th

Elections - polling stations in the gymnasium

October 23-24-35

Shambala's yearly weekend long retreat

October 31st

Flea Market - tables available to rent, call the church office to book: 632-4040

November 6th

Seniors Wellness Fair

November 15th

First service led by Reverend Sally Budge

Friday November 27th

PUC Christmas Concert (tentative date)

December 7th

Women of Portland lunch