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 Easter at Portland United.....

We have welcomed a new year and a new and interesting time for us at Portland, for our church is now planning for the next phase in our search for a new minister. The committee tasked with the hiring process has been formed to select a candidate to lead us in our church family and life as we move forward toward completing this very important step in the process. We wished Rev. Jennifer and her family our goodbyes back in November, and we will remember the many fond memories of her tenure here. Alas, time marches on and so too do our lives and the work at Portland. We are very pleased that Rev. Ron Vincent has accepted a short-term supply until the Easter season. We have enjoyed meeting Rev. Ron, and we are enjoying his services we are attending. We extend a warm welcome to Rev. Ron, and to you. The winter weather has meant we cancelled a few services, but we are seeing the end of winter in a few weeks and we look forward to the Easter season and to spring. We have many services planned for the Lenten time leading up to the most Holy of time in our church calendar. Please see the list of services planned for this time. Won't you join us for our services, with our Portland family?

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P L E A S E N O T E .....IMPORTANT NOTICE....

The annual meeting that was scheduled for February 22, 2015 had to be re-scheduled for March 1, 2015. We were prepared for the AGM after service on February 22, 2015, but because of the low attendance at the service, due in part to the latest winter storm that impacted attendance at the service, the decision was made to hold the meeting after the March 1, 2015 service. This will give our members the opportunity to take part in the AGM, and for those members who still wished to pick up the copy of the annual report for their review. All members of the congregation are urged to obtain the annual report for review, to allow discussion during the meeting next Sunday.

Because the issue that was to be dealt with at this previously scheduled meeting, that of passing the JNAC report, and to have it go to the next level in the process, and because a Presbytery representative was able to make the scheduled time, the recommendations as outlined in the report were presented, and voted upon. This will allow us to proceed now with the actual selection committee to commence its work as we can now start to look for a new minister for our church.

Your tax receipts are now also available in the Narthex after the service on Sunday or in the church office the rest of the week.

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Thank you to the volunteers and organizers who made our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper a success!
Everybody says the food was good!
This fund raiser brought in a total of $1,103.90 after all expenses.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We are now collecting submissions for the spring issue of The Portland Light. Please bring your submission in to the office or give it to David Galbraith. Our deadline is March 13th.

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MEETING POSTPONED

The Council Meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 7 P.M. has been postponed due to the weather report. It is rescheduled to Wednesday, March 4th at 7 P.M. in the parlour. Committees may meet prior to the meeting.

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EASTER MEMORIALS

If you would like to place a memorial in the Easter Bulletin please contact the Church Office. You can speak to Donna directly if you call Monday through Friday mornings, or you can leave a message at other times by calling 632-4030.

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**N O T I C E **

The "Joint Needs Assessment Committee" report is now on line for you to view. Click here to read the report.

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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S BARRY - Celebrating 50 years of Church Music Leadership!

A book of photos from the Open House has been made, and if you wish to view it, please contact the office, and arrangements can be made to view it.

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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.

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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 searcing 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:

- Presbytery Representatives (2 positions);

- 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.

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Worship Services

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

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Lenten and Easter Services Schedule

Instead of giving up something for Lent as many people do, why not use this time to try to get closer to God? The Lord's Prayer, "...forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us..." reminds us that when we hold grudges and keep score we are going in a direction that is bad for us spiritually. It is part of human nature to look after our own interests and be suspicious that others may be taking advantage of us; obviously it is not good to let other people abuse you. But at the same time this is the road to unhappiness to be constantly on the defensive blaming other people if they disappoint us. The season of Lent is a good time to work on spiritual growth by letting go of this tendency to keep score in terms of ourselves versus others. Turning to God can help us be aware of the times when we let fear and suspicion motivate us. During Lent we can practice generosity and find joy in greater closeness to God and to other people.

The mid-week Lenten Communion Services will be held again this year with Rev Ron Vincent officiating.
Services will be each Wednesday morning at 10:30 throughout Lent (February 18th until April 1st) in the Chapel.
Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the Narthex

Note: To find out if the Wednesday morning Lenten Service is canceled, please check for school closures. Our service will also be canceled whenever the Anglophone School District South is closed due to bad weather.

Palm Sunday Service will be on March 28th at 11 am.

Maundy Thursday Communion Service will be April 2nd at 7pm.

Good Friday Service will be April 3rd at 11 am led by members of the Worship Committee

Easter Sunday Service will be April 5th at 11 a.m.

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This Week at Portland United Church

Friday 27th of February
Saturday 28th of February

Al-Anon
Shambhala
Sunday 1st of March
Regular Sunday Service with Communion
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (rescheduled from Sunday Feb. 22nd)
Baby shower in the parlour
Monday 2nd of March
Scouts
Music lessons
AA
Tuesday 3rd of March
Centennial School Lunch Program
Sea Belles in the Sanctuary
Bible Study in the parlour 7:15 P.M.
Beavers
Music Lessons
Wednesday 4th of March
Quilters
Centennial School Lunch Program
Lenten Service 10:30 in the chapel
Zoomers
Council meeting in the parlour
Cubs
Music Lessons
Thursday 5th of March
Centennial School Lunch Program
Choir
Music Lessons
Al-Anon
Friday 6th of March
String Quartet
Saturday 7th of March
Al-Anon
Shambhala
Sunday 8th of March
Regular Sunday Service