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!

Fall at Portland United.....

The season has changed to what some look upon as the most beautiful in the year - the Fall season - the time when nature shows a beautiful palette as the leaves turn into a burst of glorious colour. Summer memories abound but now we can look forward to another busy time at Portland. This year marks the 190th anniversary of our congregation, and there are many events planned to celebrate this milestone. But that is only a small portion of the activities that we have for you to become part of. Bible study; choir; quilting; Christmas concerts; P.A.S.S. (Portland Adult Social Scene); Communions, Advent and Christmas season will keep us and you active and able to enjoy these many activities. This is going to be a fabulous fall at Portland – why not join us!


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Fall, 2016 Portland Light Newsletter

Portland Light Fall 2016.pdf


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190th A N N I V E R S A R Y Events.

Don't miss these events as we celebrate our 190th year as a congregation. We offer a variety of things for you to attend and take part in, and you will learn so much more about your church - our home and its members. See the posters below for details.

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.



Do you have any special announcements to let our Portland Family know about? If so, please drop a note to the office, and we will review what is presented and place the information here.




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

Annual Report 2015.pdf


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.


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.


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.


Something to think about

A poem for Pentecost


by Denise Levertov c 1949

All others talked as if
talk were a dance.
Clodhopper I, with clumsy feet
would break the gliding ring.
Early I learned to
hunch myself
close by the door:
then when the talk began
I’d wipe my
mouth and wend
unnoticed back to the barn
to be with the warm beasts,
dumb among body sounds
of the simple ones.
I’d see by a twist
of lit rush the motes
of gold moving
from shadow to shadow
slow in the wake
of deep untroubled sighs.
The cows
munched or stirred or were still. I
was at home and lonely,
both in good measure. Until
the sudden angel affrighted me––light effacing
my feeble beam,
a forest of torches, feathers of flame, sparks upflying:
but the cows as before
were calm, and nothing was burning,
nothing but I, as that hand of fire
touched my lips and scorched by tongue
and pulled by voice
into the ring of the dance.

“There is a distinctive magic to Pentecost — full-blown ecstasy, an almost illicit experience of God. That first Pentecost, after tongues as of fire rested on everyone and Jesus’ friends and family spoke in other tongues, people gathered around to watch at nine in the morning. What they saw didn’t look like many Sunday morning church services. What they saw looked more like the aftermath of a party.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, What does this mean? But others sneered and said, They are filled with new wine.’ They weren’t drunk, of course, but they looked like it. Wouldn’t that be something, to be so taken up with God that onlookers think we’re drunk with sweet wine? Wouldn’t it be remarkable to ride the edge of ecstasy?” –Jack Levison

"Christians have no business thinking that the good life consists mainly in not doing bad things. We have no business thinking that to do evil in this world you have to be a Bengal tiger, when, in fact, it is enough to be a tame tabby—a nice person but not a good one. In short, Pentecost makes it clear that nothing is so fatal to Christianity as indifference."
Author: William Sloane Coffin Jr.

"Courage is fear that has said it prayers."


Worship Services

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


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.

Sunday 18th of September

Following the Service BATTLE OF THE SOUPS! All welcome

Wednesday 21st of September

9 AM Quilters All Wlecome

Bible Study All Welcome 7 30 PM

Thursday 22nd of September

7 PM Choir Practice All Welcome

September 24th, 7PM Marianne and Peter Haines 50th Anniversary Open House 1 to 4 PM All Welcome


Council Meeting 7PM All Welcome

No Bible Study

October 2nd: Blessing of the Animals Sunday Service

October 5th: Bible Study

October 9th: Communion Sunday Service

October 15th: 190th Anniversary Supper