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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**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 year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His heaven -
All’s right with the world!

~Robert Browning

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. Kraft

It’s spring! Farewell
To chills and colds!
The blushing, girlish
World unfolds
Each flower, leaf
And blade of sod—
Small letters sent
To her from God.

~John Updike, "April," A Child’s Calendar, 1965

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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

ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC

Following the service

Sunday May 31st

This Week at Portland United Church

Friday 22th of May
Talk With Me
Music students
Saturday 23th of May
Joint Search Committee
Sunday 24th of May
Sunday Service
Sunday School in the Quilters’ room
Set up for Spring Dessert Musicale
Monday 25th of May
Spring Dessert Musicale
Scouts
Music students
AA
Tuesday 26th of May
Centennial School Lunch Program (sandwiches)
Beavers
Music students
Wednesday 27th of May
Quilters
Centennial School Lunch Program (macaroni’n’cheese)
Zoomers
Council Meeting
Cubs
Shambhala
Music students
Thursday 28th of May
Centennial School Lunch Program (sloppy Joe’s)
Choir
Music Lessons
Al-Anon
Friday 29th of May
Music students
Saturday 30th of May

Sunday 31th of May

Memorial Hymn Sing Service
Sunday School in the Quilters’ room
Annual Church Picnic
Grace Communion
Music From the Heart recital

Saturday 6th of June

Joint Search Committee meeting

Sunday 14th of June

Congregational Meeting to discuss the appointment of a new minister

Wednesday 24th of June

Council Meeting

Friday November 27th

PUC Christmas Concert (tentative date)