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That's right! There will be "no rehearsal" for this year's Christmas program on Sunday, December 17th @ 10:05 a.m.
Because - we are doing an "Unrehearsed Christmas Pageant."
Young people "of all ages" are encouraged and invited to participate as we share the amazing story of Jesus' birth.
So, if you want to have a part in the Christmas program this year - just show up on Sunday, December 17 and you can choose your part and your costume.
See you then!
Be sure to invited family, friends and neighbors to share in this unique sharing of the Christmas story.

Some things stay the same – other things change!
So it is with our “Christmas worship in a barn” service.
Yes, we will be holding our annual “barn service” again this year on Sunday evening, December 17 @ 5:30 p.m. This worship time provides members, friends and folks from the community an opportunity to get beyond the “Christmas blitz” to rediscover a more simple, and yet powerful, Christmas worship experience.
And to share this in a "real barn" with farm animals!
The location of the “barn service”  is the Heinze Farm - W10079 Hwy 127.
For those unfamiliar with Hwy 127, you go on Hwy 16 toward the Dells and turn on Hwy 127 just past the I-39 interchange, going past the Columbia Correctional/the Prison.
Come and share a real unique and inspirational Christmas experience.
And be sure to dress warm! See you there!

New Year’s Eve is a time when we tend to  to reflect on what has been and to anticipate what will be.
So it will be for us here at PPC. As we gather for our annual “New Year’s Eve” "informal" worship service, we will be taking time to reflect on this past year and where we have seen and have experienced God present and at work. And we will be looking ahead in great anticipation at what God will do in our lives, in our church and in our world.
Come and share a special time of worship as we sing, pray, reflect, share the Lord’s Supper and rejoice.
Our New Year’s Eve "informal" worship, including the Celebration of the Lord's Supper, will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Following the evening service, a special "fellowship opportunity" is being planned by the Deacons.

If you are interested in being a “reader” for  Christmas Eve or in providing “special music” during the worship service on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, please check out the sign-up sheets in Parry Hall and let us know.
Questions? Talk to Pastor Dave

There will be a "special" Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 10 following our morning worship service.
The purpose of the meeting is to receive the report of the Nominating Committee and to vote for Ruling Elders and Deacons for the coming year.
Thank you to the Nominating Committee for their faith and diligence in this special work.

The Rev. Dr. Carol Hermann will be leading "Bible Study" on the Gospel of Mark on the 1st and 3rd Sundays - beginning @ 8:45 in the morning (before Sunday morning worship).
The Bible Study will meet in the "Bell Tower Room" near the Clark Street entrance.
If you would like more information, you can contact the Church Office or Rev. Hermann.

PPC's Handbell Choir has its rehearsals on Mondays @ 6:00 p.m. in Parry Hall.
Ringers of any age or skill level are welcome to come and be a part of this unique music ministry.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Kathy Hankins.

The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings @ 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall / Dining Room.
Anyone who enjoys singing and participating in the music ministry during worship is encouraged to come and be a part of this wonderful group.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Judy Taylor.          

We offer a "Wed Nite Worship" experience beginning @ 6:05 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
This is an "interactive" worship experience for God's children "of all ages."
During our Wed Nites in December we will be focusing on the "messages of our Advent candles" for us today.
All are welcome!
Invite your friends and neighbors!

Those who are interested in learning the basics of playing the guitar are encouraged to join us on Monday nights @ 7:00 p.m. (EXCEPT for the last Monday of the month).
We will  be meeting in Parry Hall.
Everyone is welcome!
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Pastor Dave.

PPC'S Confirmation Class has started their journey!
Our Confirmation Class includes: Braden Schaller, Elizabeth Martens, Gabe Bandekow and Ben O'Rourke.
We are meeting together every other week @ 6:35 p.m. During our "off week" we have "preparation work" sent to us by Pastor Dave for the next class time together.
Be sure to watch the PPC Facebook page and the PPC Facebook "Group" page.
If you know of any young person, 7th grade or older, who would like to be a part of this group - please contact Pastor Dave
Please be sure to keep these young people in your prayers as they continue this faith journey.

PPC's Education Ministries are up and running!!!
Our "Sunday Morning" young person's class starts @ 9:30 a.m.
The "Wednesday Nite" class for young people will meet @ 5:30 p.m. This class then continues as we gather for an interactive worship experience we call "Wed Nite Worship" @ 6:05 p.m. Everyone is invited to share in this worship time.
Please be sure to invite friends to come and share in this great experience.

The "greening" or decorating of the church will be a little different this year.
Everyone is invited to come on Sunday morning, December 3 (the First Sunday in Advent) for a pancake 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.

The “Sharing Supper” will be shared on Monday, December 18 - a week earlier!!!
Serving begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Bartels Middle School cafeteria.
 “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 18 @ 5:00 p.m.

PPC is blessed to provide a monthly worship service at Tivoli.  
We have found that our worship service is one of the better attended worship times – and that is great news!
We are looking for additional people to come and help get people to and from the chapel.
You will have the opportunity to share in a special worship experience as well as being able to interact with some very nice people. Chaplain Monica remarks how much the residents enjoy having people come and share worship with them.
If you could help with this ministry once in a while, contact Pastor Dave.
NOTE! We share worship on the THIRD Monday in December - December 18th @10:00 a.m.

A.C.T.S. - "After Confirmation Talks (and) Service" is a group of "high school age" young people who come together for discussion, service, mission and fun!

ANY YOUNG PERSON is welcome and encouraged to participate - there is no membership fee & there is no form to sign. Just come and hang out as we explore ways in which God is at work in our lives and ways in which we can share God's good news with those around us.
In November we participated with other young people in Region 5 of John Knox Presbytery as we came together in Oxford at the First Presbyterian Church to put together "blizzard boxes" for those who receive home delivered meals in Marquette County.
We continue to explore ways in which we can help River Haven, including fund-raisers and helping to pack "homeless bags" to be distributed.

In December we are planning to "ring bells" for the Salvation Army.
We are meeting together on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays @ 6:35 p.m. Come and join us!!!
We would enjoy having you share the journey with us! 
Be sure to check out the ACTS@PPC Facebook page too!!!
Questions? Contact Pastor Dave.

The Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings @ 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall / Dining Room.
Anyone who enjoys singing and participating in the music ministry during worship is encouraged to come and be a part of this wonderful group.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Judy Taylor.           

Perhaps you have read or heard about the efforts of our own Mercedes Alves who is collecting "can tabs" to be donated to the "Ronald McDonald House."
Mercedes decided that she would like to collect the "tabs" in memory of her big brother Gunner who was killed in a car accident. She also wants to donate these "tabs" to the "Ronald McDonald House" as a fund-raiser for the special ministry that they offer to families who have children in hospitals. Mercedes and her family were staying at the Madison "Ronald McDonald House" at the time of Gunner's accident.
Mercedes and her family are looking for volunteers to help "count the tabs" on Monday, January 15 in the basement of the City Hall.
If you can come and help "count the tabs" contact the Church Office and we will pass the word to Joe and Katie and Mercedes.
Come and help Mercedes as she seeks to make a difference for others.

A huge "thank-you" to all of you who prepared  food  items for Dad's funeral luncheon. Everything was so good!
Thank-you too, for those that waited tables and did all the things behind the scene that made it so special for our family and friends. 

                        Sincerely, The Polnow family

Thank you (Portage Presbyterian Church) for allowing the "Creative Arts Festival" to be held at the Portage Presbyterian Church.
The kids AND adults had a fabulous artistic day!

                        Sincerely, Jen Martens

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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