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!


ANNUAL YARD SALE APRIL 30th

A big THANK YOU! to all who donated, worked/volunteered, and purchased items leading to the very successful yard sale. With the fellowship we experienced, we can proudly say we did a super job for our church and community. The Bake Sale, and the "Heavenly Hamburger" soup were very well supported. Thanks again to those who contributed to this very highly community-related event.

- Please note that this is not the same type of event as our Annual Flea Market in the fall. Tables will be available for private vendors to rent only at that event tentatively schedule for October 29th. -

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Spring at Portland United.....

The warmth that Spring brings to us has somewhat been lacking - we are still having cold winds and the last remnants of winter weather. But, it will get better, and we will be able to bask in the sunshine we so dearly love to have, and all that goes with the Spring season - gardening amongst the many things we do. Now we are having longer days of daylight, and that adds to our anticipation of the things to come. Church activities are in full swing, and Rev. Sally has been adding to the wonderful experience of having her services each week for us. We are so thankful for having our new minister. Other activities planned are being looked at now, and announcements will follow shortly as we continue the busy schedule of programs for our Portland family. We invite you to join us in our services as part of our Portland family, and to share the fellowship we so warmly provide. Won't you join with us as we journey forth on the path with our saviour?

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KIDS' CAVE at Portland United Church

New! A play area for small kids and babies and their parents to attend the services has been set up in the chapel. We welcome the little ones who are too small to join the Sunday School to bring their caretakers and join us every Sunday morning. Comfortable seating in the chapel will allow parents to listen to the service without having to try to keep small squirmers quiet in the pews, while the kids themselves have play mats and kindergarten furniture and toys to keep them amused.

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If you have a special announcement that you would like to share with our Portland family, this is the spot to have the information shown. Contact the church office to have this updated with the event - subject to review, of course.

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ANNUAL REPORT.....

See the report, attached here for your review (.PDF link). Copies are also available at the church office.

Annual Report 2015.pdf

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Pastoral Care: A reminder for those wishing a visitation

If you or any family member are admitted to hospital please make sure someone calls the church and lets us know. We are unable to rely on getting the information from the hospital. Reverend Sally needs you to get in touch with us. 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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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.

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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 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.

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Something to think about

MASS AT DAWN

by Roy Campbell c 1949

I dropped my sail and dried my dripping seines
Where the white quay is chequered by cool planes
In whose great branches, always out of sight,
The nightingales are singing day and night.
Though all was grey beneath the moon’s grey beam,
My boat in her new paint shone like a bride,
And silver in my baskets shone the bream:
My arms were tired and I was heavy-eyed,
But when with food and drink, at morning-light,
The children met me at the water-side,
Never was wine so red or bread so white.

THE DONKEY
By G. K. Chesterton

copyright 1927

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still.

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.

"Courage is fear that has said it prayers."

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Worship Services

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

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This Week at Portland United Church

For more information please contact the office.
To book space, please contact the office.
If your activity is not listed, or if the information is incomplete please contact the office so the schedule may be updated and corrected. Please note that if your activity is not listed correctly it could lead to a misunderstanding about your priority use. We want to make sure that your group has the space it needs.

How to contact the office: In person: Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 to noon.
Phone 632-4030.
E-mail: pucoffice@nb.aibn.com
You can also leave a note in the mail slot of the church office door when the church office is closed.

Thursday 21th of April
CSLP (mac’n’cheese)
Festival of Music
Choir practice 7 P.M. Everyone welcome
Friday 22th of April
Wee Sing practice in the parlour
Festival of Music
Saturday 23th of April
Festival of Music
Sunday 24th of April
Regular Sunday Service 11 PM
Festival of Music
Grace Communion
Amazing Grace Church in room nine
Monday 25th of April
Festival of Music
Tuesday 26th of April
CSLP (sandwiches)
Festival of Music
AA 8 PM
Wednesday 27th of April
CSLP (mac’n’cheese)
Quilters 9 AM Everyone welcome
Zoomers 2 PM Gym
Festival of Music
Council Meeting 7 PM
Shambhala 6 PM Nursery
Thursday 28th of April
CSLP (chicken noodle soup)
Set up for yard sale
Festival of Music
Choir practice 7 P.M. Everyone welcome
Friday 29th of April
Soup making
Set up for Yard Sale
Festival of Music
Saturday 30th of April
Yard Sale
Festival of Music
Sunday 1st of May
Regular Sunday Service 11 PM with Communion
Festival of Music
Amazing Grace Church in room nine

WEDNESDAY APRIL 27TH 7 PM

The church council will be meeting in the parlour.

Parlour doors open at 6:45.

Committees may reserve space to meet prior to the council meeting.

Please contact Donna to reserve a room.