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 Summer at Portland United.....

Summer has officailly arrived, and everyone is looking forward to the joyous time this season brings and to being able to get out doors and enjoy all that one does in the summer, from gardening, travelling, vacationing and just being able to enjoy a lazy day in the sun. What ever you have in mind this summer, we wish you all a great and safe time as you spend time with family and friends. We are continuing our work for the summer at Portland, and even though some programs have now ended for the season, the church is still a busy spot with summer sessions starting for other programs that are held here. The Joint Search Committee has been meeting in the important task of selection of a candidate to lead us in our church family and life, as we move forward, and announcements will be made with updates. We were very pleased that Rev. Ron Vincent had agreed to work with us as our spiritual leader, but his tenure has come to an end as of our service of June 21. Where has the time gone since our first meeting with Rev. Ron? We have embraced and enjoy our time with Rev. Ron, and we thoroughly enjoyed his services. After service we had a special luncheon time with Ron and Pat, sharing the fellowship with members of the congregation and with friends Rev. Ron had from his previous church. A farewell gift was presented during this service, and Ron can now look forward to continuing his retirement. Best of luck to you, Rev. Ron and enjoy your travels and times you will spend testing the waters with all those flies on your fishing trips. We have many services planned for the next few months under the leadership of the Worship Committee during this time of transition, here at Portland, and we invite you to join us for our services, with our Portland family, and to share the fellowship we so warmly provide.

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JNAC REPORT

The JNAC report was passed by Presbytery at their meeting on March 20th. We have successfully completed another step in the process towards finding a new minister! It may seem to be taking quite awhile, since Jennifer left us in October, but in fact we have been managing to work our way though the required process without any delays.

Unfortunately although several candidates were interviewed, we have not yet found anyone who seemed like they would be a good fit. We feel it is important to make our offer to the right person. Choosing a minister is like choosing a new family member. It's a decision that has to be made sensibly with consideration. We want to find someone who will be happy here and who will help us to serve and to grow spiritually. So the search continues, and the Joint Search Committee will keep meeting as new candidates are found.

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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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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.

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New Presbytery Representative

We thank Gillian Barfoot for taking on the job of Presbytery Representative.

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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:

- 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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Something to think about

“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

“The peculiar idea that bigger is better has been around for at least as long as I have, and it's always bothered me. There is within it the implication that it is more difficult for God to care about a gnat than about a galaxy. Creation is just as visible in a grain of sand as in a skyful of stars.

The church is not immune from the bigger-is-better heresy. One woman told of going to a meeting where only a handful of people turned out, and these faithful few were scolded by the visiting preacher for the sparseness of the congregation. And she said indignantly, 'Our Lord said *feed* my sheep, not count them!' I often feel that I'm being counted, rather than fed, and so I am hungry.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, The Irrational Season

One of the hardest lessons I have to learn is how not to be judgmental about people who are judgmental. When I see how wrong somebody is—how shallow it is to look at the Resurrection as a mere, explainable fact—when I see only the mistakenness of others, then I am blinded to their being children of God, who are just as valued and treasured as are those who more nearly agree with me.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, The Rock That Is Higher: Story as Truth

“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

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PRAYER FISH

The Portland United Church Official Prayer Fish Construction Committee has been hard at work devotedly designing, Christianly cutting and colouring, gluing for the greater glory of God and spiritually sparkling, spackling and stuffing. The final phase is at hand. The little prayer fish which were prepared by the congregation will go into the big prayer fish and it will hopefully be completed so that it will be on display next Sunday morning before it starts its journey to Halifax. Due to time constraints and the water soluable glue employed in its construction, instead of swimming, our prayer fish will be traveling overland by means of Canada Post. Seriously though, we thank everyone who has participated in sharing our prayers for the future.

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Worship Services

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

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Summertime at Portland

The Centennial School Lunch Program is done for the summer. Quilters, the weekly choir practice and Beavers are taking a break and will meet again in September. Regular music lessons by Music From the Heart are also done for the year but they will hold two week-long music summer programs, Music Summer Camp from July 13 to 17 and Broadway Boot Camp for older students from August 24 to 27. But don't think that the church will be empty and quiet! Stepping Stones the program that prepares children for Kindergarten started on June 29th and runs until the last day of August.


This Week at Portland United Church

Friday 24th of July
Stepping Stones
Talk with Me Parents Meeting
Ina and Jim 60th Anniversary
Saturday 25th of July
Sunday 26th of July

Church Service led by Brent Nelson
Grace Communion
Monday 27th of July
Stepping Stones
Talk With Me
Scouts
AA
Tuesday 28th of July
Stepping Stones
Wednesday 29th of July
Zoomers
Shambhala
Cubs
Thursday 30th of July
Stepping Stones
Al-Anon
Friday 31th of July
Stepping Stones
Saturday 1st of August
Sunday 2nd of August

Church Service led by Brent Nelson
Monday 3rd of August
Church closed for Civic Holiday

Saturday 19th of September

PASS

Wednesday 23rd of September

Council Meeting

Friday November 27th

PUC Christmas Concert (tentative date)