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 Spring at Portland United.....

With Spring firmly with here, we continue a new and interesting time for us at Portland, for our church is now in the next phase in our search for a new minister. The Joint Search Committee tasked with the hiring process has been meeting for the past few weeks and they have established the criteria for selection of a candidate to lead us in our church family and life, as we move forward. Alas, time marches on and so too do our lives and the work at Portland. We are very pleased that Rev. Ron Vincent has agreed to continue until the end of June to carry on as our spiritual leader. We have embraced and enjoy our time with Rev. Ron, and we are enjoying his services. Spring weather is now getting more seasonal, and snow is finally melting away, with each day a different look than the one before, as those snow banks recede, and we can start to see our front and back yards once more. But, the season marches on, and one can see signs every day of the approaching warmer weather, including the birds that are showing up in our backyards. We have many services planned for the next few months with Rev. Ron, and with the leadership of the Worship Committee during the days when Rev. Ron has off (he is retired, you know), we invite you to join with us as we enter the next phase in our journey of life here at Portland. Won't you join us for our services, with our Portland family?

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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. The first meeting of the Joint Search Committee has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday the 19th.

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The Portland Light

The Spring Edition of The Portland Light is now available for you to pick up at the church. If you would like to receive a copy of the Portland Light by e-mail, please contact the church office at pucoffice@nb.aibn.com

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A huge THANK YOU! goes out to the organizers of the "Heavenly Handbags" fund-raiser, held Saturday. The event drew a good number of participants, and thanks to all who purchased a treasure to take home. The funds raised will certainly assist in the operation of our Portland programs ...........

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SATURDAY MAY 2nd
YARD SALE
and
BAKE SALE

Portland United Church
Church Hall
from 8 A.M. until noon

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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 (1 position);

- 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

The church is not in the morals business. The world is in the morals business, quite rightfully; and it has done a fine job of it, all things considered. The history of the world’s moral codes is a monument to the labors of many philosophers, and it is a monument of striking unity and beauty. As C.S. Lewis said, anyone who thinks the moral codes of mankind are all different should be locked up in a library and be made to read three days’ worth of them. He would be bored silly by the sheer sameness.

What the world cannot get right, however, is the forgiveness business – and that, of course, is the church’s real job. She is in the world to deal with the Sin which the world can’t turn off or escape from. She is not in the business of telling the world what’s right and wrong so that it can do good and avoid evil. She is in the business of offering, to a world which knows all about that tiresome subject, forgiveness for its chronic unwillingness to take its own advice. But the minute she even hints that morals, and not forgiveness, is the name of her game, she instantly corrupts the Gospel and runs headlong into blatant nonsense.

The church becomes, not Ms Forgiven Sinner, but Ms Right. Christianity becomes the good guys in here versus the bad guys out there. Which, of course, is pure tripe. The church is nothing but the world under the sign of baptism.

(Robert Capon, Hunting the Divine Fox: An Introduction to the Language of Theology)

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Worship Services

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

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Watch for the activities for this next week at Portland United Church

This Week at Portland United Church


Wednesday 22nd of April
Festival of Music
Quilters
Centennial School Lunch Program (mac’n’cheese)
Zoomers
Big Brothers, Big Sisters meeting in the parlour
Council Meeting
Cubs
Shambhala
Music Lessons
Thursday 23rd of April
Festival of Music
Centennial School Lunch Program (chicken nuggets)
Choir
Music Lessons
Al-Anon
Friday 24th of April
Festival of Music
Talk With Me
Saturday 25th of April
Festival of Music
Rogers TV Set-Up
Junior Concert
Music Lessons
Sunday 26th of April
Sunday Service
Sunday School in the Quilters’ room
Grace Communion
Music from the Heart rehearsal
Monday 27th of April
Festival of Music
Scouts
Music lessons
AA
Tuesday 28th of April
Festival of Music
Centennial School Lunch Program (grilled cheese)
Bible Study
Beavers
Music Lessons
Wednesday 29th of April
Festival of Music
Quilters
Centennial School Lunch Program (sloppy Joe’s)
Zoomers
Cubs
Shambhala
Music Lessons
Thursday 30th of April
Festival of Music
Centennial School Lunch Program (pancakes)
Joint Search Committee Meeting
Choir
Music Lessons
Al-Anon
Yard Sale Set Up
Friday 1st of May
Festival of Music
Talk With Me
Saturday 2nd of May
YARD SALE
Festival of Music
Rogers TV Set-Up
Junior Concert
Talk With Me
Music Lessons
Sunday 3rd of April
Sunday Communion Service with Brent Nelson
Sunday School in the Quilters’ room