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            Thanks to all who donated pies for the Concert at the Park on June 19th. 
            Thanks to all who donated food and worked for the funeral of Phyllis Balliet on July 12th. 
            We will be hosting the Fall Workshop for John Knox Presbyterian Women on Saturday, September 28th.  We will need workers.  You could also attend and enjoy the day. 
            Our next meeting will be September 14th at 9:00 a.m. at Dino's.  

After Labor Day we will embark on a new worship schedule here at PPC.
Well, actually it is our "old" worship schedule that we had last year.
On Sunday, September 8 our Sunday worship services will return to their 10:05 a.m. time.
Wednesday, September 4 will be the first of our "Wed Nite @ PPC" worship services at 6:05 p.m.
Please note: our "Summer" Sunday morning worship services at 9:30 a.m. will continue through September 1.

ACTS (After Confirmation Talks and Service) is a group of young people who have completed "confirmation" or who are of the middle school-high school age group.
In the past this group has done different things and had different purposes.
This fall we are looking to "breathe new life" back into the ACTS group.
Those who are involved in the ACTS group will decide "what" they want to do, "how often" they want to meet and "where" they want to meet among other things.
If you are interested in ACTS group, contact Pastor Dave and we will plan to get together in late August or early September.

We can't begin to express the kindness we felt for the women who baked pies, salads and worked to serve meals to our friends and family. It was one less thing that we didn't have to worry about.
Well appreciated!
Randy and Cathy Balliet

PPC will once again be helping the "Portage Summer Lunch Program" by packing lunches on Sunday, August 25.
We will meet at the VFW Hall @ 5:00 p.m.
If you are interested, please "sign up" on the sheet on the kiosk in Parry Hall.
So far we are serving an average of 100 young people a day at the 4 sites in Portage.
Everyone is welcome to come and "help make a difference" in the lives of young people in the Portage community.

There were a few conversations last year about the possibility of organizing a "live nativity scene" here at PPC on the same evening as the "Living Windows" downtown.
For 2019 the "Living Windows" will be on Saturday, December 14, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
If you are interested in being a part of the "Live Nativity Planning Group," add your name to the sign-up list on the kiosk in Parry Hall.

PPC received notification that we were the recipients of a "matching donation" from Divine Savior Healthcare.
Divine Savior's "matching donation program" enables employees to have their donations to eligible organizations "matched" by Divine Savior.
We sincerely appreciate this special gift from Divine Savior and from the ones who donated toward PPC.
If your employer has a similar program, consider designating PPC as a recipient.

If you are interested in reading and discussing "Neighborhood Church - Transforming Your Congregation Into A Powerhouse For Mission."  together as a church community please contact the Church Office soon.
We are hoping to start the "reading and discussion" groups in September.
The cost for the book is $13.00. There are scholarships available.
So, if you are interested, let us know ...

    • Call the Church Office @742-2752
    • Email -

    • Sign-Up on the sheet in Parry Hall.

            Once we know who is interested, we will establish the "times" for discussion groups.            If you have questions, please contact Pastor Dave.

Don't forget - our Sunday morning worship services begin @ 9:30 a.m. - through Sunday, September 1.
Be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to come and share with us over the summer months - in a place that is "prayer conditioned."

Well that time of year is here “or soon will be”, when all of our Churches in Columbia County come together in one way or another to serve our community through the Touched Twice clinic on September 21st.
An event of this size takes much planning and many volunteers to meet the needs of our communities. This event is much bigger than one individual or church could ever handle. We are looking to serve over 400 individuals and families with much needed medical, dental, physical, food and spiritual needs this year. With that being said, we would like for you to consider sending a group or individuals from your congregation to help volunteer in the following areas:

  • Prayer
  • Fundraising
  • Coordinators
  • Check-in
  • Security
  • Pastoral Care
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Graphic Design
  • Media
  • Setup/Tear down
  • Advocates
  • Concessions
  • Transportation

            If you interested, contact Pastor Justin O'Boyle at City of Refuge Church either by phone at 742-4035 ... or by email at
Thank you for your time and consideration


2019 Per Capita Information

            Our 2019 "Per Capita" amount is $32.60 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!


Let your vehicle shine like the summer sun!!!
You can have a clean vehicle and help support PPC's "mission trippers" at the same time when you purchase 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.
For each card sold the "mission trippers" earn $16.00!
If you are interested in purchasing cards, contact the Church Office. Thanks!


One of the things that River Haven Shelter is doing is reconnecting with the community in order to recruit volunteers to help in the work and ministry of the shelter.
Being available 24/7 for those in need necessitates a significant number of people to be a part of the work of the shelter.
This is a perfect opportunity for those who seek to help make a difference in the community by offering your time and presence as a shelter volunteer.
To find out what volunteer opportunities are available or for more information, contact the River Haven Shelter @ 742-7687.
Thank you!

Here are a few Scripture lessons you may use for your prayer, reflection and discussion as you dare to ask the question - "what is God's vision - what is God's dream for PPC?"

  • Matthew 28:19-20
  • Acts 1:6-8
  • Joshua 1:9
  • I Kings 19:11-15
  • Jeremiah 1:4-10
  • Matthew 6:25-33     Isaiah 42:5-9
  • Mark 6:30-49
  • Isaiah 61:1-2                    
  • II Corinthians 9:10-15
  • Isaiah 55
  • I Samuel 3:1-10
  • Acts 2:1-4

            These Scripture lessons are intended to provide a foundation as we begin to pray, reflect and discuss. Use these lessons in any way that enables you to best to listen for God as we dare to ask the question of God's vision and dreams for this church community.
If you have other Scripture lessons that you would like to suggest, just email Pastor Dave and we will add them to the list.

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, August 4, 2019
@ 9:30 a.m.
"The 8th Sunday of Pentecost"

Divine Savior Healthcare in Portage, as a respect to patient's privacy, does not make patient information available at the front desk. However, there are  two ways that pastors and churches will have information on those in the hospital:
1)         If patients and/or families request a member of the Spiritual Care staff to contact the church office or the pastor
2)         If the patient or family contacts the church office or pastor directly.
If you have questions, please contact Pastor Dave.


“SHARING SUPPER” –  AUGUST 26, 2019   
The “Sharing Supper” will be shared on Monday, August 26!!!
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 August 26 @ 5:00 p.m.

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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