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News & Events

"NEW" BIBLE STUDY BEGINNING
The Rev. Dr. Carol Hermann will be offering a "Bible Study" opportunity on the 1st and 3rd Sundays - beginning @ 8:45 in the morning (before Sunday morning worship).
Carol will be organizing the Bible Study materials which will be shared.
The Bible Study will be starting on September 17th @ 8:45 a.m.
If you would like more information, you can contact the Church Office or Rev. Hermann.
Thank you Carol - for sharing your time and gifts with us here @ PPC.      

"HANDBELLS" ARE RINGING AGAIN
PPC's Handbell Choir will begin rehearsals again on Monday, September 18 @ 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.

"CHANCEL CHOIR" REHEARSALS BEGIN
The Chancel Choir will have its' first rehearsal for the Fall on Wednesday, September 6 @ 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.           

"GUITAR LESSONS" CONTINUE
Those who are interested in learning the basics of playing the guitar are encouraged to join us on Monday, September 11 @ 7:00 p.m. in Parry Hall.
We will be meeting on Monday nights @ 7:00 p.m. (EXCEPT for the last Monday of the month).
Everyone is welcome!
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Pastor Dave.

A.C.T.S. - WED, SEPT 13
A.C.T.S. - "After Confirmation Talks (and) Service" is a group of post-confirmation class young people who come together for discussion, service, mission and fun!
Any young person who has gone through the Confirmation program here @ PPC - and any young person who is 9th grader through 12th grader is invited and encouraged to come and be a part of this group.
We will have our first meeting of the Fall on Wednesday night - September 13 - beginning @ 6:35 in the meeting room of Westminster Center.
We will be talking about future meeting times and what we would like this group to be and do.
If you cannot make this meeting, please let Pastor Dave know.
Questions? Contact Pastor Dave.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

"NEW" CONFIRMATION CLASS IN FALL?
If you (or a friend, neighbor) are interested in being a part of the Fall 2017 Confirmation experience here @ PPC - TAKE NOTE!
We are planning to offer a "new" Confirmation Class experience this Fall - but will need to know if we have young people who are interested in participating.
We will have our first meeting time on Wednesday, September 20 @ 6:35 p.m. (after the "Wed Nite Worship").
This class would be for young people who are 8th grade or older!
Please contact the Church Office if you (or someone you know) would like to take part.
If you have questions, please contact Pastor Dave.          
EDUCATION MINISTRIES BEGIN SOON!!!
PPC's Education Ministries will start up in September.
Our "Sunday Morning" young person's class will start @ 9:30 a.m. on September 10.
The "Wednesday Nite" class for young people will meet @ 5:30 p.m. on September 13. 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.
You will be receiving more information soon!
Please be sure to invite friends to come and share in this great experience.

"WED NITE" WORSHIP - SEPTEMBER 13
We will again offer our "Wed Nite Worship" experience beginning September 13 @ 6:05 p.m.
This is an "interactive" worship experience for God's children "of all ages."
All are welcome!
Invite your friends and neighbors!
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.

Sunday, October 1, 2017
World Communion Sunday
@ 10:05 a.m.

MINISTRY AND WORSHIP @ TIVOLI
PPC is blessed to provide the worship service at Tivoli on the 3rd Monday of each month @ 10:00 a.m.
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 will share worship on the THIRD Monday September 18th @10:00 a.m.

“SHARING SUPPER” – SEPTEMBER, 2017   
The “Sharing Supper” will be shared on Monday, September 25.
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 September 25 @ 5:00 p.m.

COATS OF MANY COLORS COAT DRIVE

The Salvation Army Coat Drive will take place October 1-22 with distribution October 27& 28.  Bring in your old winter coats, hats, mittens and children’s boots in October. 

Mark your calendar for the Harvest Dinner on November 11.  More information to come in the October newsletter.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
Once again this year we are doing a school supply drive.  There is a container in Parry Hall for the supplies.  Some of the items needed are No. 2 pencils, Children’s blunt scissors, Dry Erase Markers, Spiral notebooks, Plain colored folders, loose leaf paper,  Crayola crayons, Elmer’s glue sticks, big erasers, colored markers etc. We will conclude this drive on September 10.

SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
Once again this year we are doing a school supply drive.  There is a container in Parry Hall for the supplies.  Some of the items needed are No. 2 pencils, Children’s blunt scissors, Dry Erase Markers, Spiral notebooks, Plain colored folders, loose leaf paper,  Crayola crayons, Elmer’s glue sticks, big erasers, colored markers etc. We will conclude this drive on September 10.

PEACEMAKING OFFERING
The Peacemaking theme this year is
“ Proclaim Christ’s Peace.”   What you’ve known as the Peacemaking Offering has been transformed into the “Peace & Global Witness Offering.”  Be with us on October 1 as we celebrate World Communion Sunday and receive the Peace & Global Witness Offering Offering. On this day we join with Christians around the world to celebrate the unity that we find at the Table of the Lord.   And we receive the Peace & Global Witness Offering to support the efforts of our congregation, our synod and presbytery, and our denomination to spread the peace of Christ in places near and far.
The money collected from the special offering will be divided with 25% staying locally while 75% goes to Presbyterian Church USA.

NEW ELDERS AND DEACONS
The nominating committee is beginning the process of election of Elders and Deacons for the
new year.  If you have suggestions or ideas please contact Elders Nancy Schaper or Rhys Brenner.

TERRI LYNN NUT & CANDY SALE
During the month of October we will be doing a Terri Lynn Nut & Candy pre-order sale.  You will pre-order and pay for what you would like.  More information will be in the October newsletter.

CARD PARTY
Mark your calendars for October 6 when a Euchre card party will be held in the church dining room.  A free will offering of $5.00 includes cards and a meal. A donation to the food pantry would be appreciated. The meal will be served at 6:00 PM and cards start at 6:30 PM.  All proceeds from this Euchre party will be directed towards our Yakutat pledge.  Come and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship

CONCERT AT THE PORTAGE
The Events Committee served desserts at the Concert at the Portage at the VFW Hall on August 9.  “Universal Sounds” was the group performing and there was a good crowd.  We went through 30 pies and made a profit of $331.00 towards the general operating budget of the church.  Thank you to everyone who donated pies, served the pies and ate the pies.  They were all wonderful. 

FOOD PANTRY
Remember the food pantry.  The shelves are pretty empty after a busy summer. Our basket is always out in Parry Hall.

PRODUCE DAYS
There will be a Produce table every Sunday
in September: 3, 10, 17 and 24.  Bring your produce, flowers, jellies, etc and select the summer’s bounty.

Mark your calendar for the Harvest Dinner on November 11.  More information to come in the October newsletter.

 

For more about any of these events click here for our September Newsletter

 

EVENTS COMMITTEE NEWS
So far this year we hosted one brat sale and the pie dessert at The Concert at the Portage. Thanks to all who donated pies and supported our brat and hot dog sale. We made a profit of $636.08 between the two sales.   
We’ve also had three Euchre Card Parties and a luncheon to benefit Yakutat that made $785.68 which leaves us with $214.32 left to complete our $1000.00 pledge.
With the events listed above we were able to donate $636.08 for the general operating budget of our church plus $785.68 for our Yakutat pledge for a total of $1,421.76. 
We also have a brat and hot dog sale at Festival Foods Brat Hut on September 2 to benefit the general operating budget of our church and a card party on October 6 to hopefully complete our Yakutat pledge.


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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