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ANNUAL MEETING - SUNDAY, JANUARY 28
PPC's Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation will be Sunday, January 28.
We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall / Dining Room for this meeting time.
Our worship and meeting will be shared together as we celebrate that which God has done in and through this church community - and as we faithfully anticipate that to which and for which God is calling us.
"Treats" will be available during the meeting as well.
Our worship / meeting begins @ 10:05 a.m.

 

"GUITAR LESSONS" CONTINUE
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.

A.C.T.S./ HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH @ PPC
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.
We are meeting together on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays @ 6:35 p.m. Come and join us!!!
Our next gathering dates will be January 10 & 24.
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.

"CLERK'S CORNER"
            On Thursday, January 18 the Session held their first meeting of 2018, the special, organizational meeting during which new members are greeted, Elders choose the committees on which they will serve and goals for the coming year are discussed.
            One suggestion mentioned involved me, the Clerk of Session (who by the way is elected each year at this meeting). It was suggested that the Clerk could put a small article in the newsletter with highlights from the each Session meeting. This brought up an interesting point: Session meetings, unless formally closed, are open to any member of the congregation. I don’t know when the Session last held a closed meeting but I suspect it’s been a long time. The term Ruling Elder makes Session members sound like special people in some way. But Elders are just everyday, normal people trying to guide this wonderful church through good times and bad. They would welcome input, ideas, concerns. So if you’re not busy on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm, join us. You would be most welcome.
                        Kathy Raimer

2018 Per Capita Information

  

Our 2018 "Per Capita" amount is $31.00 for each active member.
Please take a moment to drop off your Per Capita (for each member) on Sunday morning, in the mail or by stopping by the church office.
If you have a number of members in your household, you do not have to pay for everyone at one time. Pay as you can.
Also, we appreciate those who choose to make a donation on behalf of someone or as a gift to PPC which helps us cover our church's total.
If you have questions, please contact the Church Office.
Thank you!

"DIXIELAND" WORSHIP SERVICE - FEB 11
Plans are in the works for another "Dixieland Worship Service" on "Fat Sunday," February 11.
Members of the Red Hot Dixie Group will be here to help lead our worship experience.
There are also plans being made for a "potluck fellowship meal" after worship.
Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors for a great and unique worship experience here @ PPC.

FAT SUNDAY
Mark your calendars for February 11.     The Events Committee will be hosting a MardiGras celebration following a “Dixieland” worship  service with members of the “Red Hot Dixie Group” helping to lead worship.  Last year they were a big hit and it was a wonderful worship experience.  Most people celebrate “Fat Tuesday” (the day before Ash Wednesday) by eating everything they want.  We are going to celebrate “Fat Sunday” by having a potluck luncheon followed by bingo in the church dining room following morning worship. You may bring your favorite dish or a MardiGras dish such as jambalaya, grits, turkey gumbo etc.  You may bring your dish to the kitchen before worship.  If it needs to be cooked or heated, the ovens will be on.  The committee will provide milk and coffee to drink.  A free will offering will be taken.  Last year everyone had a great time.  COME JOIN THE FUN! 


"LUNCH IS SERVED - 2X" - FEBRUARY 17!
February is anything but quiet for the PPC Presbyterian Women's Group.
This is the month we do the Community Meal at the Episcopal Church. The Community Meal was started a few years ago on the 3rd Saturday of each month.           
John Knox Presbytery also holds their "video meeting" at different churches around the Presbytery, of which PPC is one of the host sites - which includes a "lunch meal."
In order to help us prepare the lunch we are looking for donations and helpers to help with the meal. 
There will be sign-up sheets on the kiosk in Parry Hall.
If you have questions you may contact Donna Mohr 742-3723, Elaine Crammond 742-3899 or Kathy Hankins 742-2752.   


HELP WITH "HOMESTEAD TAX CREDIT?"
            Do you need your Wisconsin Homestead Tax Credit prepared and filed?
            Lee Roundy has volunteered to prepare and mail Homestead Tax Credit (Schedules H & H-EZ) paper filings for PPC members for free.
Appointments can be set up after worship on Sunday, Feb 4th, Feb 18th, Mar 4th, and Mar 18th. Check the Kiosk in Parry Hall for the Homestead Tax Credit Fact Sheet to see if you qualify for the Credit.   Lee will take the members on a first-come, first-served basis.
Appointments last 15 minutes, on average.  If you’re married, your spouse is required to be present.  For your security and credit preparation accuracy, please bring your photo ID or driver’s license, Social Security card, all forms of taxable and non-taxable income, 2017 property tax bill if you own your home or completed Rent Certificate if you rent (blank certificates available on Kiosk).  If you are required to file an income tax return (1040A, 1A, etc.), this credit will be prepared by your regular tax preparer as a part of that income tax return.

 

2018 "ONE HEART" WOMEN'S SEMINAR
This annual inter-denominational seminar speaks to each woman's heart.
Come celebrate our 25th One Heart Anniversary with special guest speaker Jennie Afman Dimkoff and worship leaders Cindy Wilson and Jeanne Metcalf.
Jennie is an international speaker, trainer, and storyteller. We will get to know Jennie through her PowerPoint presentation "Life Changing Friendship", “Love Notes and Promises”, and “Circle of Friends”.
8:00 am - Doors open and coffee and muffins are available.
9:00 am - Program begins with prayer and worship music
Lunch included

                        Day concludes at 3:00 pm
The cost for this seminar is $27 per person ($35 at the door)
Checks can be made to One Heart and mailed with the registration form to Bonnie Mulhern, 523 W. Carroll St., Portage, WI 53901
For more information, call Bonnie at 608-742-6893
PPC Women have been represented at this seminar through the years and this year will be no different.
If you are interested in attending and would like more information, feel free to contact Rosemary Minnema or Liz Bellmore.


CONFIRMATION CLASS INFO ...

PPC'S Confirmation Class includes: Braden Schaller, Elizabeth Martens, Gabe Bandekow and Ben O'Rourke.
In January we reconnected after the holiday break. Our study times have explored "Jesus as Savior" and "The Bible."
The Class is also very interested in doing local mission projects. They are volunteering to help with such programs as the "Sharing Supper" and the "Weekend SnackPack Program." 
Also the class will be talking more about their statements of faith.
Mark your calendars - Confirmation Sunday will be May 20, 2018.  
Our classes meet 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.
Please be sure to keep these young people in your prayers as they continue this faith journey.

 

EDUCATION MINISTRIES UPDATE!
PPC's Education Ministries are up and running on Wednesday nite!!!
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.

 

A.C.T.S./ HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH @ PPC
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.
We decided that we would meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays @ 6:35 p.m. Come and join us!!!
Our next gathering date will be February 14 (Ash Wednesday service and for a short time following) ... & 28.
We would enjoy having you share the journey with us! 
Be sure to check out the ACTS@PPC Facebook page too for any updates or information!!!
Questions? Contact Pastor Dave.


UPCOMING COMMUNION SCHEDULE

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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Ash Wednesday Worship Services
@ 12:15 p.m. (noon-time) & @ 6:30 p.m.

 

MINISTRY AND WORSHIP @ TIVOLI
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 February - February 19th @10:00 a.m.


"REGION 5 YOUTH GATHERING" @ PPC

Young people from the Region 5 area of John Knox Presbytery (of which Portage is a part) will be gathering @ PPC on Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 1:00 p.m. for a "third gathering time."
PPC will host this gathering which will be a great time of fellowship, learning, fun and food.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Pastor Dave at the hurch office.


2018 "REGION 5" MISSION TRIP MEETING

We continue to discuss possibilities for a 2018 Summer Mission Trip experience for those in Region 5 of John Knox Presbytery.
It was decided by those in attendance that this would be an "multi-generational" experience - which means "everyone" is invited and encouraged to take part.
If we have young people younger than middle school age, there would need to be an adult who will make the trip with them.
We have narrowed our focus to the following options for the trip - Chicago area? Milwaukee? Rockford area?
We will be making a decision as to where we will be going at our meeting on March 11 in Portage.
So, if you would like to participate there will be a meeting on Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 2:30 p.m. at PPC!.
If you are interested and cannot be there for this meeting, please contact Pastor Dave so we know you are "interested" so we can get you on THE list!

 

“SHARING SUPPER” – FEBRUARY, 2018   
The “Sharing Supper” will be shared on Monday, February, 26!!!
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 February 26 @ 5:00 p.m.


YAKUTAT LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER
In March the Events and Mission Stewardship committees  will be hosting a luncheon to work towards our mission pledge to Yakutat Presbyterian Church.  More information and the date will be in the March newsletter.  Make plans to join us for a wonderful lunch and fellowship.


Our Office


You are always welcome at The Portage Presbyterian Church!

The Staff:
Pastor: David Hankins
pastordave@portagepresbyterian.com

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
E-mail: office@portagepresbyterian.com







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