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            The Session has continued to explore opportunities for our worship accompaniment.             We have been blessed that Lee Roundy and Carol Hermann have offered their musical gifts and time for different worship services. And we appreciate those services in which Judy Taylor has helped lead us in our "a capella" worship times.
            Yet, what we have discovered in these last months is that it is very difficult to secure "worship accompaniment" in and around Portage.
            Among the options of which the Session became aware was the use of "digital hymnals." We consulted with the Session of First Presbyterian Church in Cambria who have used their "digital hymnal" for over 1 1/2 years. And we even had one of their members bring their device to PPC for an "onsite demonstration."
            As we considered this option, we received an "anonymous donation" to purchase a "digital hymnal" of our own - which we have done. We are very grateful for this generous gift to PPC.
            It is a pretty impressive device that allows us to  adapt and adjust the music to our own style, pace and form with which we are accustomed and comfortable. Our "red hymnal" is already downloaded on the device.
            This "digital hymnal" is not intended to replace a "live-in person" worship accompanist. If we find a person / persons to fill this role, that will be wonderful.             Rather, we will use this "digital hymnal" as a "supplement" to our worship accompanists.
            Beginning in December, the "digital hymnal" will be introduced at different times in some of our worship services.
            We understand that there will be a "learning curve" - both for those who are learning to use it - and for we who will be learning to sing with it. We hope that everyone will be patient as we learn together.
            We will have a "learning time" on Wednesday, December 4 beginning about 6:45 p.m. for anyone who would like to learn more about the "digital hymnal" or who might like to learn how to use it for worship services.
            The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 1.
            We have 3 different devotionals for your use - one for young people; one for middle/high school youth; and one for those beyond high school age.
            These devotionals will be on a table in Parry Hall for you to take with you.
            If you are unable to pick one up and would like us to either mail or drop one off for you, please contact the church office and let us know.

What is B-Y-O-O, you ask?
It means "Bring Your Own Ornament."
You are invited to bring an ornament from home to hang on the church Christmas tree in the sanctuary.
On Christmas Eve (or any time after) you can take the ornament home with you again.

All young people participating in the PEACE / Wed Nite education classes, please note the following dates and information

Saturday, December 14, 2019
11 a.m. - Christmas Program Practice and Christmas Cookie Decorating
12 p.m. - Pizza Lunch
1 - 3 p.m. - Christmas Caroling at Local Nursing Facilities
(everyone invited to join in)

Sunday, December 15, 2019
10:05 a.m. - Christmas Program at the
Informal Worship Service

On Sunday, December 15 @ 3:00 p.m. we will be offering a "movie night" here at PPC.
We will be showing "The Star."
"The Star" is a family friendly "animated" movie about a small, but brave donkey named Bo who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and teams up with Ruth the lovable sheep and Dave the dove with lofty aspirations.
Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the star on the adventure of their dreams - AND become part of the greatest story ever told.
We will plan to have popcorn here. You are welcome to bring your own drinks.
Come and share in this inspirational experience as we prepare for Christmas.

The Adult Bible Class continues to meet on the third and fourth Sundays of the month at 8:45 am in the Bell Tower Room. 
Now that we have studied the passage about the walls of Jericho that came tumbling down, our lessons for December will focus on that which happened following this momentous happening.          We will meet on December 15th and 22nd in the "Bell Tower Room."
Do come and join us for some exciting conversations about the Book of Joshua. 
All are encouraged to come and join us. 

The PEACE class (all age education class) meets @ 5:30 p.m. for class (there is a "snack time" included).
Then our "Wed Nite" worship experience has moved to 6:15 p.m. This is a shorter, more "interactive" type of worship service which encourages the young people to actively participate in the service and the message.
Everyone is invited to come and share in this unique worship on "Wed Nite."
And be sure to invite young people of any age to share in the PEACE experience too!

On Sunday, December 22 we will again "dedicate" gifts received from our "Wish List."
If you have or are planning to provide something from the "Wish List," please contact the church office so we have a record of what has been given.
Once again the members and friends of PPC continue to be very generous and very supportive of God's work and ministry in and through PPC.
If you have questions about the "Wish List," please contact the church office. Thank you!

We will be having a "congregational meeting" on Sunday, December 8 - at the conclusion of our morning worship.
The purpose of this meeting will be to receive the report of the Nominating Committee and to act upon this report as we elect new Ruling Elders and Deacons.
Please be sure to keep those who are being called to these particular types of ministry in your prayers.

PPC's Handbell Choir rehearses on Tuesdays @ 9:00 a.m. in Parry Hall!
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the "bells" or who would like to be a part of this wonderful group is invited to just show up or contact Kathy Hankins @742-2752.
No experience is necessary! Just a love of music and a desire to have fun!

All who would like to come and make a joyful noise to the Lord are invited to come and be part of PPC's Chancel Choir.
The Chancel Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings @ 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Judy Taylor.

Check out PPC’s website at and you will find that our monthly newsletter is now “on-line.”
Just click on the link (on the left column) and it will take you to a menu where you can choose the particular newsletter you would like to read.
We will not, however for privacy and security reasons, be including the “prayer list” in the on-line resource.

It is getting "that time of the year" when one likes to have one's car "clean."
You can have a clean vehicle and help support PPC's "mission trippers" at the same time when you purchase Kwik Trip "Ultimate" Car Wash cards.
Each card has FIVE car washes on it.
If you were to purchase these at the store, they would cost $50.00 ($10.00/wash)
But, the Mission Trippers are selling these cards for the price of $36.00 / card.
For each card sold the "mission trippers" earn $16.00! Contact the Church Office. Thanks!

The PPC Women's Association will be holding their annual "Holiday House" on Saturday, December 7th from 10:30 until 1:00.      Come and enjoy a bowl of chicken noodle or beef barley soup, cheese and crackers, desserts and beverage for $6. 
A wide variety of baked sale items will also be available.
If you are making some yummy baked goods you may bring them to the church on Friday, December 6th from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Otherwise you may bring them to the church the day of the Holiday House beginning at 8:00 a.m.  We would like them as early in the morning as possible.
Come and check it out!
You are encouraged to take time before each Communion to reflect on the meaning of the Lord's Supper for you, for PPC and for the world.
The "Directory for Worship" notes that "in preparing to receive Christ in this Sacrament, the believer is to confess sin and brokenness, to seek reconciliation with God and neighbor, and to trust in Jesus Christ for cleansing and renewal."
As Presbyterians, we believe that coming to the Lord's Table is not a right, but a privilege given to those who come in faith, repentance and love - the gifts of God for the people of God.

Sunday, December 1, 2019
@ 10:05 a.m.
"The First Sunday in Advent"
"Greening of the Church" Worship

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
@ 6:15 p.m.
"Wed Nite" Interactive Worship

Sunday, December 8, 2019
@ 2:00 p.m.
"A Service of Hope"

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
@ 5:30 p.m.
"New Year's Eve" Worship

Sunday, January 5, 2020
@ 10:05 a.m.
Service of Ordination and Installation

            Everyone is invited to come on Sunday morning, December 1st (the First Sunday in Advent) for breakfast and to help decorate and prepare the sanctuary and church for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
            We will start decorating @ 8:00 a.m. You may stop for breakfast at any time you like.
            Then, we will stop our decorating to join together in our time of worship.
            If we have decorating to finish, we will do so after the worship service.
            Those of any age, skill level or decorating prowess are encouraged to come and share in this time together.

Yes, that's right - SNOW!
The Administration and Corporate Affairs Committee is looking to find someone who might be interested in providing snow removal at the church and Westminster Center during the upcoming winter season.
If you might be interested or know of someone who may be interested, please contact Fred Taylor or Kevin Foster of the ACA Committee.

On the way to Bethlehem, God gives us a hand….”   
For many of us Advent and Christmas can be times of families being together, of singing joyous songs, smiles and renewed hope.
However, for some of us, this is also a time which may be difficult and challenging. We may be dealing with things such as ...

    • a change in or loss of a job
    • the break-up of a relationship
    • a death of a loved one
    • a change or loss of health
    • a loss of hope
    • anger from unresolved situations
    • feeling overwhelmed by all of the demands and expectations
    • a sadness that comes with the progressive darkness of the days

            These are all some of the things that we may carry with us as we move through this time of the year - and which can make this season one of fear, dread and sadness.
Our “Service of Hope” worship service (on Dec 8 @ 2:00 p.m.) will provide anyone who comes a safe place, a sanctuary, where we can acknowledge what we are feeling without fear or judgment.
This is also a time when we reach out again to God, trusting that God will reassure us and renew us with His peace, His presence and His promise.
As we state for this evening, our prayer for this worship time is that we might have a moment of quiet peace as we reflect together on our journey to Bethlehem and this coming Christ. God will give us a hand in the darkness of our sorrow to move forward and to welcome the light of Christ, our eternal hope.
The “Service of Hope” worship service will be on December 8, @ 2:00 p.m. and will include the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Please be sure to come and to invite anyone whom you think might find this unique worship experience and space helpful.

The “Sharing Supper” will be shared on Monday, December 16!!!
Serving begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Bartels Middle School cafeteria.
The "Sharing Supper" is served from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
“Sharing Supper” is a meal, sponsored by community groups and organizations. It is intended to bring people in the community together, around tables, where we get to know one another and have an opportunity to learn more about what is happening in the community around us.
A unique part of this experience is the “Kid’s Corner” designed especially for the younger folks. Here young people will have a chance to hear stories and do craft projects related to what is happening around us.
All are welcome! Bring your friends and neighbors.
Come and share in this unique and wonderful experience – on December 16 @ 5:00 p.m.

Our Office

You are always welcome at The Portage Presbyterian Church!

The Staff:
Pastor: David Hankins

Financial Secretary:
Kathleen Mittelstaedt
(Kathy is normally in the Church Office on Mondays)
Church Secretary:
Kathy Hankins
(Kathy is in the Church Office Wednesday and Friday: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

The Portage Presbyterian Church
120 West Pleasant Street
P.O. Box 222
Portage, WI, 53901
Phone: (608) 742-6006

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