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First Presbyterian Church of Pardeeville
  • 105 South Main St.
    Mail: P.O. Box 660
    Pardeeville, Wisconsin 53954
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  February 2020  


Pastoral Care -- David Butler
Worship Leader for March - April -- Bill Dow


An introduction to Bill Dow

Pastor Bill and Ruby came to this area in 1974. He taught Industrial Education at Portage Senior High School and Ruby was a public health nurse for Marquette County, becoming Director of Public Health in 1978.

They adopted three boys, Dan, Mike, and Tony and purchased a farmette in Montello where they raised sheep, honey, sunflowers, and grain sorghum. During this time, fondly referred to as “the hippy farming years,” Pastor Bill worked part-time as a land conservation technician for Marquette County. 

In 1992 Pastor Bill became a corporate trainer for Parker Hannifin Corporation, certified in Phillip Crosby’s Quality Education System. He also worked as a manufacturing engineer and finally as plant engineer and maintenance supervisor at the Refrigerating Specialties Division in Mauston, WI.

In 2000 Pastor Bill entered the process of candidacy in the United Methodist Church as a licensed local pastor. His first appointment was in 2001, serving Amhurst UMC and Buena Vista UMC in Portage County, WI. He was then appointed to Westfield Faith UMC and Coloma UMC. His final appointment was to New Lisbon UMC, Necedah UMC, and Camp Douglas UMC. He retired in July of 2014.

They live in a log home by the Wisconsin River east of Mauston, WI, enjoying outdoor activities that include making maple syrup and wine. Pastor Bill was an active private pilot for 20 years. He now flies radio-controlled models and teaches youth through the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagle Build and Fly program.


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Our mission is "to be a caring community of God's people who live by Christ's teachings, reach out to others to share the love of God, and celebrate the good news of Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, thought, and action."

We would delight in having you join us for Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m!  All are welcome.  And for our Mission Brunch.  And for Adult Education.  And the Book Study.  Well, you get the picture.  You are welcome.

A Journey of Discernment

     We spent about 16 months during 2018-2019 searching for a new pastor.  Our process led us to the realization that we needed a new model of ministry for our church.

     As we pondered this, we identified two essential elements:  worship, and taking care of our members and others.  We decided to explore a model that has these as two separate roles.  We would search for someone to assume pastoral care responsibilities, and others to lead us in worship. We have found ministers to fill both of these roles.  

Pastoral Care -- David Butler assumed this role on July 15, 2019. His responsibilities are as follows:

  • Provide pastoral care to the congregation.
  • Accompany a member of the Board of Deacons to deliver communion to home-bound.
  • Moderate session meetings.
  • Attend committee meetings at First Presbyterian Church as needed.
  • Meet with potential new members.
  • Attend meetings of John Knox Presbytery.
  • Officiate at the sacrament of baptism or assign this to the worship leader.
  • Officiate at funerals (pastor's prerogative, as requested)
  • Moderate the annual congregational meeting.

The Worship Leader's responsibilities are as follows:

  • Prepare the worship bulletin in final form and mail it to the church secretary.
  • Preach and lead Sunday worship and any other services within his/her contracted time.
  • Officiate at Holy Communion within the worship service.
  • Moderate congregational meetings held in the context of worship.
  • Attend Worship and Music Committee meetings as needed.
  • Receive new members during the worship service.
  • May officiate at baptism at the direction of the pastor.

The following have agreed to be our
Worship Leaders:

     Dave King and Linda Kuhn -- Dec. 22, 2019 - Feb. 2020.
     Bill Dow -- Mar.-April 2020

Beyond this, we are open and seeking new (or returning) leadership.










Linda and Dave! Thanks to you both!

Feb. 23 is the last Sunday that Linda Kuhn and Dave King are contracted to lead us in worship.  It has been a joy and a blessing to have them here, and we hope that they will join us again sometime in the future.

Mark your calendars!

March 22ndThe annual Soup and Sandwich Supper is scheduled for 6 pm with Worship service to follow. 

Ash Wednesday Service at First Presbyterian Church

There will be an Ash Wednesday service here at First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30.  If you wish to have this as a starting point for you Lenten journey, you are invited to participate.

Adult Christian Education...

...begins a new book on Mar. 1!  We will be discussing Yearnings, by Rabbi Irwin Kula.  We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 in the conference room, and are always open to having more folks involved.  Let's get together.

Vanessa's hours

Tues., Feb. 25
      9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Thur., Feb. 27
      8:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Lay Liturgist

Mar. 1 -- Trudy Burkert
Mar. 8 -- Steve Thompson


Mar. 1 & 8
      David & Elaine Butler
Mar. 15 & 22
      Ron & Sandy Pulver

Please Note

Going forward, the liturgist scheduled on Sundays is asked to do the welcome and announcements during worship service. If you happen to be aware that you are unable to keep your scheduled Sunday to do the liturgy, please contact the office.

Pardeeville Area Community Lenten Services

February 26th
Ash Wednesday
ardeeville United
         Methodist Church
11:30 am- lunch
     to follow

March 1st
     Wyocena Community
  "Believe in the
6pm dinner- service

March 8th
     North Scott Baptist
Glory in the
     6pm dinner- service
     will follow

March 15th
     Wesleyan Bible

Take up the
     6pm dinner-service
     to follow

March 22nd
     First Presbyterian
Give thanks
           for the Cross"
6pm dinner-service
     to follow

March 29th
     Grace Presbyterian
Preach the
     6pm dinner- service
     to follow

April 5th
     St. Mary’s Catholic

          12 stations of the
     6pm service-dinner
     to follow

April 10th
     United Methodist

     12 pm lunch- service
     to follow

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