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!


New Year, New Season and 2016 at Portland United.....

We all turn a page at the end of December, all to look forward to the next chapter of what will be presented to us. The turn of the page for us is the turn of a new year - 2016, and of the next time in our church calendar - that of Epiphany. This is the season of the "reveal", the time when Jesus is named, and presented, or "reveled" to the world as we celebrate the revelation of God to mankind in human form, in the person of Jesus. It is also the time we celebrate the 12th day after Christmas when the three Wise Men present their gifts to the Christ Child. This again symbolically shows us we officially have our gift from God, as these gifts the Wise Men present is the gift from God. As we begin the new season 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 turn the page of the new year?

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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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With sadness we announce the loss of a member of the Portland United family, in the passing of Jean Lyon, on January 25, 2016. Jean was a long-time member of the choir, and had strong ties with the group. The funeral service will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016, from Brenan's Funeral Home, at 12:00 noon. Our prayers we send to Jean's surviving family - her children Ken, Philip, Don, Paul, and Patti.

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ADVANCE NOTICE!

The AGM is tentatively scheduled for February 28, 2016 following church service. A request is being made now to have all 2015 reports or input forwarded the church office by January 29, 2016. The Annual Report is planned for distribution on February 21, 2016.

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With the support from our congregation for volunteering in preparations for cooking, serving and cleaning; and from our many friends who enjoyed a delicious meal, we are very pleased to announce that our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper was a tremendous success. Thanks to all for making this happen, and for letting our church continue with the programs we provide to our community.

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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

Those Winter Sundays

by Robert Hayden
copyright 1966

Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.

I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he’d call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,

Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know
of love’s austere and lonely offices?

"Christianity is a permanent revolution, a constant questioning of what is around us and who we are. The pain of another is personal pain, we are our neighbour, we exist and live in a collective of grace and to exclude any other person is to exclude God. It’s a message that should positively bleed from our very soul."

- Michael Coren

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

- Fred Rogers

"I don’t know much. But I know that each time I see something heartbreaking on the news, each time I encounter a problem outside, the answer to the problem is inside. The problem is AWAYS me and the solution is ALWAYS me. If I want my world to be less vicious, then I must become more gentle. If I want my children to embrace other children for who they are, to treat other children with the dignity and respect every child of God deserves, then I had better treat other adults the same way. And I better make sure that my children know beyond a shadow of a doubt that in God’s and their father’s and my eyes, they are okay. They are fine. They are loved as they are. Without a single unless."

- Glennon Doyle Melton

"Courage is fear that has said it prayers."

“A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers.” ― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

“Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace.” ― Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.” ― Stephen Colbert

“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

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don't need a lot of money to be happy--in fact, the opposite.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

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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.

Friday 12th of February
Music Lessons & Workshop
Saturday 13th of February
Music Lessons Workshop
Shambhala devotions followed by potluck
Sunday 14th of February
Regular Church Service led by Betty Hitchcock
Coffee and Conversation following the service
Monday 15st of February
Music Lessons
Tuesday 16th of February
CSLP (Sloppy Joes)
Music Lessons
AA 8 PM
Wednesday 17th of February
Quilters 9 AM Everyone welcome
Lenten Series 10:30 AM
CSLP (Grilled cheese)
Zoomers 2 PM Gym
Bible Study 7:30 parlour All welcome
Music Lessons
Shambhala 6 PM Nursery
Thursday 18th of February
CSLP (Sandwiches)
Music Lessons
Choir practice 7 P.M. Everyone welcome
Friday 19th of February
Music Lessons & Workshop
Music from the Heart rehearsal in Sanctuary
Saturday 20th of February
Music Lessons Workshop
Music from the Heart recital
Sunday 21th of February
Regular Church Service led by Rev. Sally

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The AGM is scheduled for February 28, 2016 following church service. The distribution of the Annual Report is planned for Sunday, February 21, 2016.