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            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, November 17 we will "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!

On Sunday, October 13 PPC shred with members of "New Directions 4-H" in a "4-H Sunday" experience.
It was a blessing to hear about the activities of the New Directions club and of how 4-H helps to encourage young people to grow and learn and be adventurous and confident.
We, here at PPC, are thankful for the leaders and for the young people of New Directions 4-H as they continue on with a new year of opportunities.

Our next Women's Association meeting will be held on November 2nd at 9:00 a.m. at Dino's Restaurant.  All women are invited and encouraged to come and be a part of this wonderful group. There's no application form! And there's still no membership fee! Just come and share together!
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, November 3, 2019
@ 10:05 a.m.
"The 21st Sunday after Pentecost"
"All Saints Sunday"

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

We are looking for "readers" for worship services during the upcoming Advent and Christmas seasons.
Among the worship services you could participate:  "Greening of the Church" - December 1; "Service of Hope" - December 8 @ 2:00 p.m.;  Christmas Eve; Christmas Day - or any of the other Sunday worship services.
If you would be interested in participating as a "reader" in any of the Advent or Christmas worship services, please indicate on the "sign up" sheet on the kiosk in Parry Hall.
Or contact Pastor Dave at the church office.

Once again the congregation of the Presbyterian Church has generously supported our community. Thank you!

                        The Portage Food Pantry
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.
PLEASE NOTE! We share worship on the Monday NOVEMBER 11TH ... @10:00 a.m.
This is the SECOND Monday - for November ONLY!!!


            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 Sunday, November 17 we will "dedicate" our new digital church sign.
Through generous donations we have been able to purchase and install our digital sign.
As it has been noted: "if you're looking for a sign from God - this is it!"
And we really believe this!
The community has taken note of the sign and have commented how much they like it.
But, even more, we are able to share with those around us all of the good things that God is doing in and through this church community.
Come and share in this special time of "dedication" as we give thanks to God.
Following the service there will be a "time of fellowship" together.

Some of us walk into Advent tethered to our unresolved yesterdays –   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 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 tonight 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, November 25!!!
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 November 25 @ 5:00 p.m.

Thanks to all who helped/attended the Women's Fall Workshop on September 28th.  The salad luncheon was a hit.  Stephenie Hovland's presentation on "What Brings You Joy?" was inspirational.  We put together 43 fabric kits.  Everyone enjoyed the day.
We have rescheduled our "paint nite" to sometime in May. 
We will hold our Holiday House on December 7th from 10:30 until 1:00.  We will again feature chicken noodle and beef barley soups for the luncheon at a cost of $6.  We will be looking for helpers, food items and bake sale items.  A sign up sheet will be in Parry Hall to sign up.  We are also looking for craft items.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna Mohr, Elaine Crammond or Kathy Hankins.
Our next meeting will be at Dino's Restaurant on November 2nd at 9:00.  Please join us for breakfast and fellowship.

The Adult Bible Class will be remembering what God has done as the Israelites crossed the Jordan River and the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. 
We will be talking about these events on November 10th and 24th.  We have some interesting conversations as we study the Book of Joshua. 
We meet on the second and fourth Sundays at 8:45 am in the Bell Tower Room.
All are encouraged to come and join us. 


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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