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Please extend my sincere thanks to all the women who helped provide and serve food after John's (Lichtenberg) last Thursday. It is such a healing time for people to come together for fellowship and comfort.
            May God bless you!
                        Sharon Pederson

Imagine this - the God who created the heavens and the earth reaches out to us in common, everyday ways to help us know and experience the power and presence of God and the Kingdom.
This summer our worship times will explore how we experience God in the world around us. Like Sherlock Holmes, we will examine and consider the "clues" that we have to learn more about God who comes to us in and through Jesus Christ.
"Just Following The Clues!" will explore the ways in which God and God's Kingdom is revealed to us in and through the Scriptures  - in such "mysterious" ways as people, animals and plants.
What might we discover about God?
Come for summer worship and check out the "clues" and see where they lead us (or "to whom" they lead us)!            

I want to thank everyone who helped by making our first cupcake sale so successful!  It started with a donation of supplies and everyone from the church made a huge impact in this way.  Then it was off to baking on Friday the day before the sale.  With lots of help from Nancy Schaper, about 500 cupcakes were baked. After they were baked we had Cindy Moyer, Pastor Dave, Kathy Hankins, and Gabe Bandekow who did an awesome job making boxes, packing, and labeling. 
Then came Saturday and it was time to set up for the sale.  Andrew Bandekow and my sister pitched in and got the tent, table and sign up and ready.  Sarah Hankins and Gabe with the help of his aunt and grandparents went to pass out goodies in the parade advertising for our sale. Pastor Dave, Kathy, Sarah, Jarrett and Gabe helped with the sale.
A fun time was had by everyone.  We were able to sell over 100 boxes of cupcakes.  We had only 7 boxes left on Sunday morning that we sold during fellowship hour.
We made a total of $595 for the
Mission Trip
I can’t thank you all enough for your support during this first Canal Day Cupcake Sale.  What a fantastic event it was and we can’t wait for next year!
Tara Bandekow

On Thursday, August 23 the Session and Deacons of PPC will come together for our annual "joint meeting."
We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall beginning @ 6:00 p.m.

Hi Rosemary (and Women's Association),
Thank you all so much for making the drive, visiting, and for all your kind donations!!
Cassandra (Mary House)

If you are interested in being a part of a "ukulele group" to learn how to play and to play music together, contact the Church Office or put your name on the list on the kiosk.

We gather for our Summer worship services at 10:05 a.m.

 We are looking for those who may be interested in helping to evaluate, share ideas and insights and offer suggestions and recommendations for the use of "technology" here at PPC.
This "Technology Project Group" is a short-term group whose task will be to consider ideas and options for the use of technology for worship and education - to better support the work and ministry of the church.
If you are interested, please "sign up" on the sheet on the kiosk in Parry Hall.
If you would like more information, please contact the church office.       

PPC's "mission trippers" continue to sell 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.
If you are interested in purchasing cards, contact the Church Office.

Included with this month's newsletter is the registration form for this year's "Shipwrecked" VBS.
VBS will be held Monday, July 30-Friday, August 3. Each day the VBS will run from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Portage United Methodist Church.
We are also looking for "volunteer leaders" to participate - anything from leading a group to helping with snacks or being there for registration. Contact the church office if you are interested in this.
The cost for the week-long VBS is $15.00 / child or $40.00 max/ family.
VBS is available for young people 4 years old through 6th grade. Those 7th grade or older are encouraged to consider a volunteer role.
If you have questions about this summer's VBS, please contact the church office.

Imagine what it might be like to be at PPC for the very first time!  
That is the purpose for having "greeters" on Sunday mornings for worship.
This is an important ministry opportunity as we seek to reach out and welcome visitors into this church community.
We believe PPC is a wonderful, warm and caring community of God's people. And we want others to experience that which we have found here.
And we are seeking "volunteers" to sign-up to help collect the offering during worship.
But, in order to make this work we need your help!!!
There is a sign-up sheet on the kiosk in Parry Hall.
Please indicate your preference to help provide this important ministry here @ PPC.
Thank you!

            Here's our Worship "Jam" schedule for the Summer.
            All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome and encouraged to come and "jam" for about an hour or so.
            We work on music which we enjoy and which we usually share during our "Informal" worship services on the 3rd Sunday of each month.
            During the Summer we will "jam" on the Wednesday "before" our Informal Sunday:
                        * Wed, July 11 @ 6:30 p.m.
                        * Wed, August 15 @ 6:30 p.m.
            If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Dave. Thanks!

"Guitar Lessons" will continue over the summer - but on a somewhat "irregular" schedule.
Because of everyone's summer activities, we are planning on meeting once a month.
Pastor Dave will be contacting those who have been participating to let them know of upcoming gathering times.
If you are interested, please contact Pastor Dave at the church office for more information.
Everyone of all skill and experience level is welcome!

The “Sharing Supper” will be shared on Mondays, July 30 & August 27!!!
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 July 30 & August 27 @ 5:00 p.m.

         The Events Committee will be hosting a brat sale at Festival Foods Brat Hut on September 3.  We will be ready to sell by 10:00 AM so come for lunch or a late breakfast.  All profits will be donated to the general operating budget of the church.
 Any questions contact Nancy Schaper.

Our Produce/Bake Sale Days have been going great.  Originally scheduled for the second Sunday of the month we welcome fresh produce on any Sunday.  As we know when it is ready it should be picked.   Our next scheduled days are July 8, August 12  and   September 9 but if you have items ready be sure and bring them any Sunday. They will be displayed for a free will offering and the money received will be used for Mission Stewardship projects.  Any questions contact Nancy Schaper.

During the month of May our Pounds for the Pantry drive collected 770 pounds of food for the Portage Food Pantry.  Once again we surpassed our goal of 500 pounds.  Continue to remember the food pantry in your prayers and remember our basket is always out for donations. 

The Pentecost offering was collected on May 20, which was Pentecost Sunday.  We collected a total of $291.91 of which 40% ($116.76) stays with our congregation to be used on children’s programs.  Thank you for your support

On Wednesday evening, August 22, the Event’s Committee will be providing dessert at the Concert at the Portage that is being held at the VFW. The group performing that evening is Universal Sounds. It always a fun evening so come join us at the park. There is a concert each Wednesday evening during the summer.  This will be a fundraiser for the church and we are asking for donations of home-made pie. This group should have a large attendance when it plays so we will need lots of pies. There is a sign-up sheet in Parry Hall or you can contact Nancy Schaper (742-7242) to get your name on the list.  If possible please use a disposable pie pan.  The pies need to be brought to the church by noon on August 22.  Any questions contact Nancy Schaper.

On June 1 we hosted a card party to benefit our Yakutat mission.  We had 24 people playing cards and served ham sandwiches and creamed chicken along with chips, bars and drinks.  Thanks to the members of the Events Committee for providing the food and drinks.  We also collected 153 # of food for the food pantry.  This has been a wonderful mission our church is providing and the people that come to play cards always remind us of that.  If you have never attended one of our card parties, come and join us and see what they are talking about it.  It is a lot of fun!


As was mentioned in last months newsletter we are providing the Wednesday night (July 25th) dinner at the Columbia County Fair.  We will be serving from the grandstand. We will be selling chicken, pork or beef brisket sandwiches along with your choice of cole slaw, potato salad or potato chips plus cookies.  We are hoping to serve at least 200 meals so we need help from everyone to make this a success.  There are sign up sheets for help and cookies on the kiosk in Parry Hall.  We need help from 2:30-5:00 or 5:00-8:00 PM.  We will need 34 dozen cookies (not frosted) at church by Tuesday morning.             
If you are not able to sign up and are able to help and/or donate cookies please contact Nancy Schaper (608-742-7242) or Donna Mohr (608-742-3599).    All proceeds benefit the general operating budget of our church.

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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