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!


Advent at Portland United.....

The next season of the church calendar is here - Advent - the weeks preceding the day of the birth of Jesus. And we at Portland have been busy preparing for this time as the sanctuary gets decorated, and soon the tree will be glowing at our Advent and Christmas services. It will be different this year, as we have bid "adieu" to Rev. Jennifer, as she has taken up a new position in Ontario. During the early part of the fall season we were advised that Rev. Don, Jennifer's husband, had answered the call to a church in Peterborough, since Don's time with the Centenary-Queen Square United Church ended when that church officially closed. We knew the day would come for Rev. Jennifer to leave us too, and that announcement came shortly after the fall programs started here at Portland. Luckily for Rev. Jennifer, she was able to obtain a position a short distance from her husband, and so, on November 16, our last service with Jennifer was held. The congregation had a surprise for her - how could we show our appreciation for all she has done here, at Portland. Well, the committee tasked with the job organized a farewell reception, and during the last part of her service, we presented her with a keepsafe momento of Saint John, the city she has called home for the past ten years. She was thrilled with the wonderful framed print done by local artist, and Portland member, Lynn Wiggington, of a scene of Saint John, that she can hang in her home, and reflect on the times she lived here. Her husband Don, and children Ariel and Jonah will soon be all together again. We will miss you Rev. Jennifer. Portland is now in the process of moving forward with the task of looking for a new minister. Time marches on, but our fond memories of the time we had Rev. Jennifer with us will be pleasantly remembered. For now, with Advent here, and Christmas just a few days away, we are busy again, and with our supply minister, Rev. Ron Vincent, we will experience a whole new insight to this season, and with our special services we will conduct. Won't you join us for our Christmas services, with our Portland family?

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SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SERVICES:

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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 Commitee: 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 Ellen 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.

Christmas Week at Portland United Church

Sunday 21st of December:

Christmas Cantata

Wednesday 24th of December:

7:00 PM - Family Christmas Service

11:00 PM - Christmas Communion Service

Merry Christmas