EPPC Weekly eNews October 21-18

TODAY:  Sunday, October 21 – We welcome Norma Wrightly to lead worship service.

THIS WEEK:  October 22-27

      Tuesday – Portland Community Luncheon at noon.  Menu: creamed salmon, rice, salad and dessert.  All are welcome.  Pay by donation as you are able.

                        Portland Sharing and Caring Committee will meet at 2 p.m. (following the luncheon).  We really need a few more visitors (at least three) as some have had to retire or have                             moved.  It is a great way to get to know more of the congregation, especially if you are fairly new.  Even if you are not sure, do come and see what it is about.

      Wednesday – VIBE DVD Series “When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the Box”  Session 6.  “The King Has One More Move”  Elgin 10 a.m.;  Portland 7 p.m.

      Thursday – Portland Pealers practice at 5:45 p.m.;  Choirs practice at 7:30 p.m.

      Saturday – Hand Bell Workshop in Portland from 10-4 p.m.

  “Just One Of Those Things” Concert

 Elgin United Church

October 27, 2018  7:30 p.m.. 

Join us for a fabulous musical evening

celebrating favourite tunes from yesteryear.

 Hear Marg Ross and Soul Purpose; Rasa Krokys; Morgan Wright and Graham Lowe; Jaime Burt; Matthew Irvine; Doug Dillon;, and Chelsea Lee perform songs made famous by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer, Etta James and more.  

Tickets – $20, available at Suzette’s Hair Shop or visit https://www.eppc-ucc.com for info re purchasing on-line.  Tickets are available from the church office

 

NEXT SUNDAY:  We welcome Barb Dejeet as our worship leader.

Advent Newsletter:  It is that time again!  Please send your “newsy” items to Jan Haskin  ([email protected]) by Sunday, November 4th or drop it in to the church office before that, if you don’t have email.  This is YOUR Newsletter (news from the pews!) so let’s make it interesting.

Do you have a telephone or email?  Portland Council is looking for someone to contact/co-ordinate the readers for the Minute for Mission readings twice a month.  All you have to do is confirm the reader, let Norma know, and she will send out the reading.  If you could do this, please let Norma know – 613-272-2002.  Thank you!

Elgin UC Council News

  1. Appeal to EUC members and friends for fundingto repair the louvered third floor windows of the Bell Tower. This is the final major phase of our restoration of the exterior trim. Our goal is to raise $3,000.00 by Oct 31st, the anticipated completion date.
  2. Alternate Volunteer Positions:  Sandra Smith requires time off for an indefinite period beginning in November. She has been responsible for Decorating, Minute for Mission Readers, & Coffee Host – once a month.
    • Displaying information on our front yard sign
    • At least one more person to be part of our commitment to the Public School’s breakfast program for all students. We  are responsible for the Tuesday shift, from 8:30 to 10:00.
    • Our Audio Visual Team needs a third person for Sunday worship.

    Contact Jim Earl at 359-5164 or [email protected] for more info.

Elgin Ushers and Readers – I will be starting work on the 2019 list soon. New folks are always welcome and appreciated. “Many hands make light work” Current volunteers…thank you! Please confirm your commitment for 2019 as well as any dates of unavailability, by the end of October. Thank you all, again.  Heather (613-273-9291 or [email protected])

ORDER NOW!  The Portland UCW are making tourtières again, to be ready for December 8.  Only a limited number of these frozen, ready to bake meat pies will be available.  So – sign up now – use the sign up sheet on bulletin board or phone Connie, 613-272-6747 or Sheila, 613-272-3531.  Cost $15.

 Senior’s Social on October 25th from noon to 3 p.m. at the Delta Old Town Hall.  Lunch and then live music for people to tap their toes to or get up and dance if they wish.  Come out and have some fun! The meal is free but free-will donations are greatly appreciated.

 

10th Annual “Give Me That Old Tyme Religion”  HYMN SING

Sunday, November 4th, 2018, 2 p.m.

Bethel United Church, 1500 Rideau Ferry Road

Featuring:  Bethel United Church Choir & The Rideau Mellowdears

Free will offering

Come Early and Have Lunch 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Cost:  $ 10.00

Soup & Sandwich & Cookies, Coffee, Tea or Cold Drink

Natural disasters in the Asia Pacific Region:  The United Church Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance, working with other partners in the region, is responding to these devastating events with medical teams to treat the injured, damage assessment teams, food, shelter, and agricultural support to replant crops.  Your donations will support this critical work.  You may donate:

Online via our secure donation page.

Phone: 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque or money order, with your donation amount to:

The United Church of Canada,

Philanthropy Unit – Emergency Response

3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

  “BANDING TOGETHER”

Combined Concert Presented by

The Perth Citizens’ Band &

The Carleton Place and District Community Band

Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m.

Perth Legion Hall, 26 Beckwith Street E. Perth

Admission $10

 

Mission Trip to El Salvador – spring 2019

This trip would happen on or around March 7-15, 2019 (inclusive of the March school break).   The trip would aim to accommodate up to 25 participants – both adults and high school youth –  plus a team of leaders for a maximum group of 30.

Right now, we are looking for “expressions of interest” in being part of this mission exposure. Based on responses, we will be able to plan how to proceed.  Please send your expression of interest to me at:  [email protected] no later than October 22nd.  For more information, please call me at 613-389-2530 (church office, weekday mornings, Tues -Thurs).

Please indicate in your letter of interest:

  • Why do I want to go?
  • What can I bring to this experience and to the group?
  • What do I hope to learn and experience?

Please restrict your expression of interest to one page.   If this is of interest, we really want to hear from you and we are hoping to have an equal number of high school youth and adults.

The Full letter may be seen below:

September 25, 2018

Greetings sisters and brothers in Christ,

Since 2007, the Bay of Quinte Conference has been involved in mission awareness programs, taking groups to Cuba in 2007 and 2009 and since then visits to Igélsia Bautista Emmanuel (Emmanuel Baptist Church), a Mission Partner of the UCC) in El Salvador.  As well as visits, a team was sent in 2016 to join a UCC national delegation to participate in an Ecumenical Peace and Reconciliation Conference.  Our last Conference visits were in March 2017 and March 2018.  Bay of Quinte Conference and two Ottawa churches had safe journeys and did not have any personal safety concerns.

Since the Conferences will no longer exist and will be replaced by Regional Councils as of January 1, 2019, a “cluster” of ministers and lay people, with experience in travelling to El Salvador, has been talking about developing an inter-regional mission awareness trip for March of 2019 that may involve participants from (soon to be former) Ottawa Presbytery and (soon to be former) Bay of Quinte Conference.  Emmanuel United Church in Ottawa has had a formal partnership with Iglésia Bautista Emmanuel for many decades, stemming from the first wave of Salvadorans arriving in Ottawa as a result of the civil war (1980’s).  There is a lovely El Salvador link between Emmanuel United Church and Bay of Quinte Conference through Rev. Bill Smith, who served as minister at Emmanuel during this period and is currently serving as Executive Minister of Bay of Quinte Conference (until Dec 30th).

The primary purpose of the 2019 trip is to increase awareness of UCC mission by forming/deepening releationships with one of the UCC’s Mission and Service Fund partners.  You can anticipate learning about the historical, political and economic context that informs Iglésia Bautista Emmanuel’s mission and ministry.  There will be visits to the Oscar Romero museum, crypt and chapel where he was assassinated, as well as the memorial wall of those killed and disappeared during the civil war.  It is likely we will visit the UCA, the University of Central America which houses the museum that commemorates both Romero and the massacre of the six Jesuit priests, which sparked international outrage that led to the 1992 peace treaty.  We will also visit several missions of the church, including a school, youth centres and rural missions.

As with other trips, this trip would happen on or around March 7-15, 2019 (inclusive of the March school break).   This trip would aim to accommodate up to 25 participants – both adults and high school youth –  plus a team of leaders for a maximum group of 30.  We have some funds carried over from the 2018 trip and entrusted to us from the Bay of Quinte Conference but we will still need to engage actively in fundraising to make this experience accessible to all.  Although not known at this time, it is also possible that we will take on a special project such as a building project.  In the past such projects have required raising up to an additional $10,000 (US).  We will ask participants to pay for the cost of travel, accommodations, meals, etc. which will be in the range of $1700-$2,000 per person.  In addition to fundraising for a special project we may undertake, individuals will need to anticipate fundraising to meet the cost of the trip itself.  Family and friends, your home church, colleagues and school might be sources to consider.

Right now, we are looking for “expressions of interest” in being part of this mission exposure. Based on responses, we will be able to plan how to proceed.  Please send your expression of interest to me at:  [email protected] no later than October 22nd.  For more information, please call me at 613-389-2530 (church office, weekday mornings, Tues -Thurs).

Please indicate in your letter of interest:

  • Why do I want to go?
  • What can I bring to this experience and to the group?
  • What do I hope to learn and experience?

Please restrict your expression of interest to one page.   If this is of interest, we really want to hear from you and we are hoping to have an equal number of high school youth and adults.

The people currently involved in the planning of this March 2019 trip are Rev. Wanda Stride (Woodville UC), Rev. Warren Vollmer (Frankford UC), Rev. Jean Stairs (Edith Rankin Memorial UC, Kingston), Jim Lamb and Phyllis Macrae (Global Partners Committee, Emmanuel UC, Ottawa), with Rev. Bill Smith (Executive Minister, Bay of Quinte Conference) serving in an advisory capacity.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With anticipation, faith and hope,

Rev. Jean Stairs

Cluster Coordinator for March 2019 Mission Awareness Trip

 

 

Informal Gathering of United Churches in the Eastern Ontario Outaouais Region to Discuss Outreach Ministries

Saturday, November 10, 2018, St. Paul’s United Church, 25 Gore Street West, Perth,  1.613-267-2973;    [email protected]

Meeting Objectives:

  1. To get to know each other and learn about outreach ministries across Region 12.
  2. To identify opportunities to share insights and innovative practices.
  3. To provide some input to the Regional; Commission on priorities for 2019 and beyond

Tentative Agenda

9.30 AM Registration.  Coffee, Tea and Water available

10.00 AM Welcome and Outline of the Day.

10.15 AM Round the Table Discussion. Please come prepared to share some highlights of Outreach Ministries in your Community of Faith

Note:  The facilitation of the discussion will depend on the size of the gathering. Please keep presentations brief. Written summaries would be welcome.

12.00 Noon Identification of common themes, and priorities

12.30 Fellowship Time and Informal Lunch.  Please bring your lunch. St. Paul’s will provide refreshments.

1.30 PM Adjournment

Registration:

So that we can anticipate numbers, please e-mail Dawn Best of St. Paul’s United Church, Perth [[email protected]] AND Charles Barrett of Riverside United Church, Ottawa [[email protected]] if you plan to join us. We would also appreciate knowing if your plans change and have to cancel.

 

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