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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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  August 2020  
Upcoming Events


On-Line Worship Service
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
"Coffee Hour"
11:00 AM


 "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."


An Update on the Session's reflections:

July 20, 2020

Dear Friends,

It's Monday night, the evening after our Session meeting. The day's berries are picked, the evening's fish caught, and we are watching the comet from our front porch. Elaine is trying, without success, to get a picture. It has nevertheless been a good day on the farm.

When the Session met today, we wrestled with our monthly dilemma: what to do about returning to in person worship? A couple of things seemed clear.

One: The virus does not seem to be going away. It has, in recent weeks, gotten worse, in our state, and in our respective counties.

Two: By everyone's measure, we are an "at risk" population.

Three: We need not reinvent the wheel.

So, after reviewing guidelines for reopening the church, prepared by the Wisconsin Council of Churches, and endorsed by John Knox Presbytery, we decided to adopt them for our church. They are available on the WCC website, or if you email me (at I will send you a copy.

The first level recommendation is that churches not consider changing what they are doing  until the virus numbers are showing a two week decline. As you know, we are nowhere near that figure. And so, for now, we will continue to worship together online. We have noted many positive aspects to this new marvel, not the least of which is increased attendance. Giving remains healthy, which you are encouraged to continue, and the pew cushions are not wearing out!

We also decided to revisit this every month. The realities change so quickly that it is impossible to set long range goals, and we want to be able to move quickly when it's time to move. So you will hear from us every month about what is happening. For now, we hope you will continue to curl up on your couch with a cup of coffee in your slippers and join us as the body of Christ! We thank you for your patience and faithfulness. Peace, David

"There has never been a crisis so grave that the church of Jesus Christ, if it’s being faithful, has decided to sit back and stay out of it. We have a mission, a job to do. Christ calls us, all the more sincerely, when times are tough. Please join us in renewing your commitment to God’s work in the world through the energy, intelligence, imagination and love of First Presbyterian Church!"


Pastoral Care
David Butler

Worship Leader
     Hugh Drennan -- August-September

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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.













Lay Liturgist List

Aug. 2 -- Judy Skaar
Aug. 9 -- Elaine Butler
Aug. 16 -- Trudy Burkert
Aug. 23 -- Lila Waldman
Aug. 30 -- Connie Pease
Sept. 6 -- Steve Thompson

How/where can I make my donations to the church?

It's simple.  Just mail it to either the church (105 S. Main St., Pardeeville, WI  53954 or PO Box 660, Pardeeville, WI  53949) or to Judy Skaar.  Thanks to all for your continuing support.  Peace to you.

Up-coming worship leadership!

Our worship leader for Aug.-Sept. is Hugh Drennan.  Here is a bit about him:

"I was born and raised on a family farm in south-central Iowa outside a small town, which you are likely to become more acquainted with in my sermons. I received my B.A. in sociology from Central College in Pella, Iowa. I taught school a bit and loved it, it was hard to leave teaching but God was pushing me to get to seminary. I graduated from Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1972. My first ministry was as a college chaplain at a community college in Mason City, Iowa. Delightful. Following that call I had churches in Shelby, Iowa, an interim ministry in Beloit, WI, and churches in Madison, WI, Cambridge WI (the longest call, 17 years), and my final call position was in Winona, MN. In Cambridge I met my wife, Doreen and we married, I instantly gained an entire family of 3 grown and married children, 6 grandchildren (soon seven) Since then we have had the joy of 16 great grandchildren.


In retirement it seemed that every time we moved into a new community and started attending a church the pastor would retire and I would fall into providing pastoral leadership. I enjoyed those ministries very much as well. In retirement I have spent time reading and writing doing my part to fill the Internet with more opinions on various topics. I like to work with wood, puttering in our basement with various projects. Doreen may tell you my passion is golf. I took up golf in retirement and quickly became addicted. As one of my golf partners commented, “Golf is like religion. You constantly strive for perfection knowing it will never come.”  I agreed.


I look forward to being with you in your new and exciting form of ministry as we strive to be the perfect disciples of Jesus. We won’t be, but it will be fun and challenging to try. Game on!"

"Coffee Hour"

In the comfort of your own home!  We will have the opportunity to spend a little time after worship catching up on how everyone's doing.  So grab a cup and stick around.  It's nice to see folks' faces.

Vanessa's hours

To be determined.  Please call the church office for an update.

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