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Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Portage Presbyterian Church Community:
            Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and peace!
            Here's the "Latest Update" of information to at this time!

   "Help Wanted" 
I bet you have seen this sign in many businesses around town. Well Portage Presbyterian Church also has the “Help Wanted” sign up. In the case of Portage Presbyterian, it means we need you to volunteer because God’s work is never done without people giving their time, talents and money.
            We need you to volunteer to work for nothing but the knowledge you are helping your Church and your fellow man. Consider Matthew Chap. 25, verses 31-40.
            Portage Presbyterian is fortunate to have several people who happily give their time, energy and, yes, even their money to make this a giving, living Church.
            However, we still have some critical positions to fill, namely three members (Elders) of the Session.
            There are few qualifiers. If you are an active member of Portage Presbyterian Church and feel a calling to help guide the Church for the next three years, you are qualified. We have one meeting a month to discuss needs of the congregation. The Elders help steer committees on finance, special events, member outreach, fellowship, personnel and memorials.
            In summary, it is not difficult but, it is important work and you can be part of reason Portage Presbyterian succeeds. If you want to be part of something important and the Holy Spirit is tapping you on the shoulder to serve and give, contact Pastor Dave, Alex Harvey or myself.
                                                Respectfully in Christ,
                                                            Larry Day
                                                            Elder

A "Per Capita" Reminder ...
As we come to the end of the year we offer a "reminder" about Per Capita - this is an amount that each "active member" is assessed to help support the "larger church" of which we are a part. Presbytery, Synod and the General Assembly use the "Per Capita" to help cover costs for their support and ministries to us and for us.
The amount for 2020 is $33.70 per active member.
If you have paid your "Per Capita" - thank you!
If you have not paid "Per Captia" - it is not too late! You can still turn in "Per Capita" payments until the end of the year.
If you have questions, please contact the Church Office or Pastor Dave

"Free" Christmas Day Dinner - get your "reservations" in!
Reservations for carry out or delivery can be made by calling the church office at 608-742-6006 or Nancy Schaper at 608-742-7242 and leave a message and we will contact you back.  Reservations must be made by December 22nd.

"Cookies - Cookies - Cookies"
For all who have offered to donate cookies/bars for the Free Christmas Dinner - please have them at church no later than noon on Wednesday, December 23rd.  Kathy is in the office at  8:00AM. And, just in case you have any broken cookies, Pastor Dave is also in the office.

"Online Bible Stories" - For Advent - Each week we share an "online Bible story" for young people (and God's people of all ages")
     Our "Online Bible Stories" during Advent will focus on the stories told by "the Advent Candles" and some of the "decorations" we see and enjoy
     These will be available on PPC's "Facebook Page"

At the present time we are offering worship in a variety of ways.
You can share "in person" in the sanctuary. Please note: that we are following the guidelines and protocols established by the Session
            We continue to "broadcast live" worship in the parking lot on your FM radio in the parking lot - we are "live" on 90.5 FM.
            We also continue to offer "live videos" of the Sunday morning worship services on PPC's Facebook page.  and on PPC's "YouTube" Page.
            If you would like to receive our weekly worship bulletins - please let us know. We can "mail" them or we can "email" them to you.
            We also can make DVD's of worship services available for those who may be interested. If you would like a DVD and need to "borrow" a DVD player, we have them for your use. Just contact the Church Office and arrangements will be made to get them to you!

 

Christmas Eve Worship Services
5:30 p.m.
- "Drive In Candlelight" Service in Parking Lot
Tune to "90.5 FM" on your radio - tune in PPC's "Facebook Page" for the Live video

6:30 p.m. - "Christmas Eve Candlelight Service" -
on PPC's "Facebook Page"

7:00 p.m. - "Christmas Eve Candlelight Service" (in the sanctuary)
 (We will follow the "Guidelines" established by the Session for "in sanctuary" worship services)

Please make "reservations" with the Church Office by Wednesday, December 23
So we can sure we have "adequate space" for everyone to worship in a safe manner.
Thank you!

FREE Christmas Day Dinner - December 25
This will be the 22nd year the Portage Presbyterian Church has opened its doors on Christmas day for a free mid-day dinner for people in our community.  With the health and safety of our church and the community in mind we will offer our Christmas Dinner through pick ups and delivery only.  Deliveries will be made only in the city of Portage.  
We will have a meal of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, vegetable, cranberry and rolls along with bars and/or cookies for dessert.  
Reservations for pick up or delivery can be made by calling the church office at 608-742-6006 or Nancy Schaper at 608-742-7242 and leave a message and we will contact you back.  Reservations must be made by December 22nd.
        We are in need of help that day so if you are available to help please call Nancy.  We will also need cookies and bars so call Nancy if you can donate dessert or have any questions.

PPC is on "AmazonSmile"
Select "Portage Presbyterian Church" as your preferred "CHARITY"
on "Amazon Smiles"
and PPC will receive 0.5% on all of your purchases


Kwik Trip "Ultimate" Car Wash cards    
Time to get the "crud" off your vehicle? Do we have a deal for you!!! We are still selling the Kwik Trip "Ultimate" Car Wash cards - for a reduced cost of $36.00 / 5 washes. Checks can be made out to "PPC Youth." Contact Pastor Dave to purchase your cards. Thanks

"Chicken Soup Mix" - Perfect for the Holidays!
The Women's Association has "decorated" jars of the Chicken Soup mix available for $3.25/jar.  These make a nice gift to have on hand.  
            Let Glenda Day know if you need it delivered by calling her at 608-429-1313.

 The "Little Pantry" at Westminster Center
We have found that PPC's "Little Pantry" is a busy place indeed - food items are arriving and leaving quickly.
If you would like to donate non-perishable food items - and / or "personal care items" - please leave them in Westminster Center, the Church Office or in Parry Hall at the church. If you would like to have items collected, please contact the Church Office.

"Christmas-Joy Offering" in December
The Christmas Joy Offering will be continue to be received any time during December. Please check PPC's "Facebook Page" for videos about the blessings that this special offering brings into the lives of students, retired pastors and others in need.


Thank you for your ongoing participation and support!
Your prayers, your care for one another and your neighbors, your presence from a distance continue to testify to the faith and courage and ministry to which God has called and to which God continues to send us. God continues to lead us, inspire us and provide for us as we seek to follow God's lead.
Even with all of the uncertainties that this pandemic has brought into all of our lives and into the community, YOU continue to find ways and opportunities to share and participate in God's work and ministry in and through PPC.
The Session is grateful for YOUR faithfulness and generosity in continuing to  financially support the church's ministries to the best of one's abilities. Thank You!

  PPC's Confirmation Class Updates!
PPC's Confirmation Class is taking a break!
            We have had a busy schedule recently as we have "volunteered" to ring bells for the Salvation Army at WalMart and have "volunteered" to pack food boxes once again during our monthly service to the Portage Food Pantry..
            We will not be meeting until "next year" - in January - on Wednesday, January 6.
            Please keep these young people in your prayers as they continue their Confirmation journey: Evie, Bennett, Garrett, Josie, Bailey, Oden and Gracie.
            And thank you to Nicky Cross, who has been participating as our adult mentor.


Sharing "Joys" and "Concerns" for Worship
If you have "Joys" and/or "Concerns" that you would like to share for our Sunday worship experience, please  contact Pastor Dave no later than Saturday afternoon.
You may email or you may leave message at the church office.
We will not use "last names" when we share these during worship!
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Dave
       
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Dial your radio to FM Channel - 90.5
if you are in the "Parking Lot" area near the church
you will be able to hear our worship services and other activities here at PPC!
Also, the FM broadcast reaches out a few blocks around the church -
you may be able to hear us live at home too!
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Making a "financial" offering for the work and ministry
here @ Portage Presbyterian Church is "easy!" ... You may choose to ....
Mail it to the Church Office
or
Drop it in the "mail slot" or During "open hours"  at the Church Office
or
Use the "online giving" option
Go to your website - www.portagepresbyterian.com
On the "home page" you will find the  button.
Click on the button and follow instructions.
Online "offerings" can be recurring or one time gifts.
or
NEW!!! - on "Amazon Smiles"
Select "Portage Presbyterian Church" as your preferred "CHARITY"
and PPC will receive 0.5% on all of your purchases

Thank you for your help and support of God's ministry here at and through PPC!

 


Our Office


You are always welcome at The Portage Presbyterian Church!

The Staff:
Pastor: David Hankins
pastordave@portagepresbyterian.com

Financial Secretary:
Vanessa Chapman
(Vanessa is normally in the office Thursday afternoons from 2:00-4:00 p.m.)
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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