Being able to share positive news and information is exciting and uplifting and this was the mood at the April Session meeting. Adam is now officially an employee of PPC and we have applied for the Positively Portage! matching fund grant offered by the Portage Area Community Charitable Trust to help cover his salary or any individual with barriers to employment who may come to us through Northwoods. There is no guarantee we’ll receive the grant but you never know if you don’t try.
We received three new members on Easter Sunday and will be receiving two more in April and the four members of our Confirmation Class in May.
The Region 5 Youth are planning a mission trip to Camp Westminster in Michigan in June; we’ll be getting more details soon.
We have a brat sale coming up May 12 and another scheduled for Labor Day Weekend at Festival Foods our first experience with them. Festival had some pretty strict rules about how the sale was to be run but that was before they met up with Nancy Schaper. She is a good negotiator but even so these sales will be different. We’ll see how they go. PPC will serve a meal at the Columbia County Fair in July and will host “Universal Sounds” at Concert at the Portage on August 22.
The John Knox Presbytery meets four times a year, twice face-to-face and twice by video. The meeting in May is a face-to-face in Oelwein, IA a three hour one-way drive from Portage. The upside to this event is that Oelwein is not far from Decorah, IA home of the Whippy Dip famous for its ice cream and walking tacos. Whippy Dip has a website - check it out. If this isn’t incentive to attend this meeting I don’t know what is.
A CHANCE TO LEARN THE "UKULELE?"
If you have ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele or have wanted to play together in a group - well, here's your chance.
Elizabeth Martens plays the "ukulele" and is willing to teach anyone who is interested.
So, if you are interested in being a part of a "ukulele group" contact the Church Office or put your name on the list on the kiosk.
Once we see if we have interest, an initial meeting time will be set and we'll be off and "rockin the Uke."
VOLUNTEER "2 B" A GREETER!
Though we may not always think about it, one of the important ministries of the church is that of the "ushers" and "greeters."
Ushers and greeters are the first people that visitors will encounter as they try to find their way for worship.
We are looking to have a more "organized" program for our ushers and greeters.
So, we are looking for "volunteers" who are willing to help show just how welcoming and fantastic this church community really is.
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.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY CLASS - IN MAY
The Adult Bible Class will be meeting on Sunday May 6th and Sunday May 20th and then be finished for the summer.
We are beginning studies on women and men from the Bible.
The discussions continue to be lively, informative and inspirational.
Our classes are led by the Rev. Dr. Carol Hermann.
Come and experience the Adult Bible Study class. All are welcome!
WORSHIP "JAM" @ PPC
Here's our Worship "Jam" schedule for May.
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.
In April we will "jam" on:
* Wed, May 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
* Wed, May 16 @ 7:30 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Dave. Thanks!
"GUITAR LESSONS" @ PPC
Those who are enjoy playing guitar or who are interested in learning the basics of playing the guitar are encouraged to come and hang out with us.
In May - we will be meeting on Monday May 7 and 14.
We will be trying something a little different with our "lesson time."
On May 7 - we will be working on the "basics" (out of our lesson book)
For those who want to work on chords and playing some music.- we will focus on these during our May 14 lesson time.
We will not be having Guitar Lessons on Monday, May 21 or May 28.
We meet in Parry Hall @ 7:00 p.m.
Everyone of all skill and experience level is is welcome!
If you cannot make every time - that is fine! Just come when you can!
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Pastor Dave.
CONFIRMATION CLASS NEWS ...
PPC'S Confirmation Class includes: Braden Schaller, Elizabeth Martens, Gabe Bandekow and Ben O'Rourke.
In April we have focused our studies on worship - our worship services and our worship space. We are also discussing topics in preparation for writing our own "statements of faith."
During our classes in May we will be writing our final drafts of our "statements" as well as meeting with the Session and preparing for Confirmation Sunday. We are also planning to help the Portage Food Pantry.
The Class has been doing local mission projects, including helping again with the "Sharing Supper" program.
PPC should be proud of these young people as they "live out their faith" in helping and caring for the people in their community.
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 and continue to serve as the "hands and feet of Jesus."
Mark your calendars - Confirmation Sunday will be May 20, 2018.
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 May - May 21st@10:00 a.m.
"REGION 5 YOUTH" @ BARABOO
Young people from the Region 5 area of John Knox Presbytery (of which Portage is a part) will be gathering @ First Presbyterian Church in Baraboo on Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 1:45 p.m. for a "fourth gathering time."
We will be meeting at the church and then making our way to Devil's Lake for a time of reflection, some hiking and other activities and a cookout.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information or might need a ride, please contact Pastor Dave at the church office.
“SHARING SUPPER” – MAY, 2018
The “Sharing Supper” will be shared on Monday, May 21!!!
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 May 21 @ 5:00 p.m.
YOU CAN "SIGN UP" FOR "SIGNS"
As the "construction season" has unfolded around PPC, it has become apparent that the church building is much more visible than it has been before. Have you noticed that you can see PPC from downtown now?
Would YOU be interested in being a part of a "short-term" group that would be asked to evaluate our "outdoor signage" and make a recommendation to the Session?
If so, please contact the Church Office to let us know you are interested.
When we have a list of people interested, the group will then begin their work.
Note: this is a "short-term" participation possibility.
If you have questions, please contact the Church Office.
EYE GLASS COLLECTION
The Portage Lions Club is collecting used prescription eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses and hearing aids for distribution to the needy in underdeveloped countries. Children’s glasses are especially in high demand.
A collection box will be available at the church during the month of May. Any questions contact Nancy Schaper
POUNDS FOR THE PANTRY
Our Pounds for the Pantry Drive begins on May 1. Our goal is to collect 500# during the month of May. When you bring your items to church rather than put them in the basket set them on the table in Parry Hall and we will record the weight on our chart so that at the end of worship everyone will know how much we collected and how close we are to our goal of the 500#. Last year we collected 682.5 # so let’s try and match or beat that this year. A reminder that some of the items needed are jelly, spaghetti noodles and sauce, Tuna and Hamburger Helper, canned fruit and vegetables, pancake mix and syrup, peanut butter, bottled juice, canned stew, cereal, tuna, Manwich, ketchup and mustard, This is also a good time to bring the heavy items such as flour, sugar, bottled juice and laundry soap. Check for expiration dates because we cannot accept any item that has expired.
MISSION STEWARDSHIP BAKE SALE
Our next bake sale will be following worship on Sunday, May 13, which is Mother’s Day. Our first two bake sales have been a great success. Along with a big variety of baked goods we have had fresh eggs, strawberry jam and strawberry rhubarb jam. We look forward to the nicer weather in hopes some plant seedlings etc. will be brought in. The proceeds from the bake sales/produce days go towards our Mission Stewardship Celebration in October.
Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit remains with us still, connecting us with the church of the past, continuing to inspire the church of today, and pointing us to the church of the future. Each year, this celebration is marked by receiving the Pentecost Offering, which nurtures the faith of those who are the church to come---children, youth, and young adults.
Psalm 71 testifies that a foundation of faith established during childhood helps endure lifelong faith and service. The patterns and lessons established during these formative years continue to bear fruit throughout a person’s life. By giving to the Pentecost Offering you participate in helping our children, youth, and young adults grow up to proclaim with the Psalmist, “O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.” It also supports programs for children and youth at risk, nationally and locally. Our church will retain 40% of this Offering which gives us the opportunity to invest in the future of the church by supporting ministries that encourage, develop, and support our young people, as well as provide assistance to at-risk children.
The Offering will be collected on Pentecost Sunday that is May 20th and Sunday May 27th. Offering envelopes are available in your envelope box and in the pew racks along with being attached to this newsletter. Plus we will again have coin boxes to collect your loose change. On the table in Parry Hall there are “Church boxes”. Last year we collected $206.00 of which $83.40 stayed locally. Let’s try to “up” that amount this year. Several members mentioned that they liked having the coin box on their kitchen counter to collect their change.
BRAT and HOT DOG SALE
Mark your calendars for May 12. The Event’s Committee will be hosting a Brat, hamburger and Hot Dog sale at Festival Foods. 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.
EUCHRE CARD PARTY
Mark your calendars for June 1, which will be our next card party to benefit Yakutat.
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING
Thanks to all of you who answered the challenge to raise $100.00 above the $285.00 we raised in 2017. We definitely did better than that and collected $592.99 which is $307.99 more. The coin boxes made a lot of the difference. You are AWESOME!!!