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  October 2019  

Pastoral Care -- David Butler
Worship Leadership for Oct.- Mid-Dec. -- Julie Waterdu

Thank you for visiting our website!

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:

      Julie Waterdu -- Oct. 6 and 20
      Guest worship leader David Berggren -- Oct. 13
      Guest worship leader Lisa Herman -- Oct. 27
      Julie Waterdu -- Nov.-Dec. 15
      Dave King and Linda Kuhn -- Dec. 22-Feb.
Beyond this, we are open and seeking new (or returning) leadership.










Book Club!

The First Presbyterian Church of Pardeeville book club met on October 10 to discuss The Tattooist of Auschwitz.  In attendance were Don Honaker, Trudy Burkert, John and Lila Waldman, Audrey Holt-Grosnick, and Mitzi Manthey from the Pardeeville Public Library.  Our next book will be A Mercy by Toni Morrison.  We will meet to discuss this book on Thursday, January 16, at 11:30 a.m. at Dino's Restaurant in Portage.  Please contact Lila Waldman if you would like to join us. 


...guest Worship Leader for Oct. 27 Lisa Herman.  We're glad you'll be here.

Challenge! Committee Chairpersons! Budget Requests!!

It's that time of year again!  We will soon begin work on the 2020 budget and we need all requests turned in on or before Nov. 1.  You may give them to Elaine Butler or Judy Skaar.  Let's shock everyone and have them in on or before the due date.  Com' on! We can do it!

Opportunities to serve your church...

...include the various committees that are yours to join.  They are:  Building & Grounds; Christian Education; Fellowship, Outreach, Mission, & Evangelism (yes, that's one committee); Memorial; Stewardship & Finance; and Worship & Music.  If any of these strike your fancy, please let Vanessa or a member of the Session know.  May this be the year when God moves your heart to pursue a calling to one of these.

Session will be meeting...

...Oct. 21 at 1:30.

Memorial Committee will meet...

...Oct. 28 at 10:30.

Need a shirt or apron?

First Presbyterian Church shirts and aprons are available to those who are interested.  If you would like one, please contact Ruth Thompson.  A minimum order of 5 is needed before they will be printed.  (Costs are covered by the Deacons.)

A Change to Our Worship Leader Line-Up

Julie Waterdu will be leading us in worship October 6 and 20, all of November, and December 1-15.

We will have two guest worship leaders this month.  David Berggren will be preaching on October 13, and Lisa Herman will be with us on October 27.

Linda Kuhn and Dave King will begin their time with us on December 22, and will continue through February 2020.

Adult Christian Education...

...has begun!  We are discussing Barbara Brown Taylor's book Holy Envy.  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.

Updating Contact Information

We are working on updating the contact information and birthdays of members and friends of the church.  Please stop by the offrice, call, or email your current information as you find the time.  Thanks!

Vanessa's hours

Tues., Oct. 15
     5:00-8:00 PM
Wed., Oct. 16
     8:00-9:30 AM
     4:00-8:00 PM


Oct. 27 & Nov. 3
     Terry & Connie Pease
Nov. 10 & 17
     Ron & Sandy Pulver

Lay Liturgist

Oct. 27 -- Audrey Holt-Grosnick
Nov. 3 -- David Butler


Greeters/Ushers & Lay Liturgists for the rest of the year

There is now a July-Dec. list of  dates for Greeters/Ushers and Lay Litergists.  It can be found under the heading of "Ministries". 

Thank you to all who participate in sharing these responsibilities.  If you aren't currently involved and would like to be, please contact Vanessa and she will be pleased as punch to include you.

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