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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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  September 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
Clara Thompson -- October-November
Bill Dow -- December-January
Julie Waterdu/Paul Francis -- February-March

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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.













Clara Thompson, our Worship Leader for Oct.-Nov. Welcome, welcome!

I was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and educated in Denver, Colorado (University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology - a Methodist seminary, though I've always been Presbyterian).  I then spent a year in northern California before happily landing in Oregon, Wisconsin, where I was blessed to serve as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church for 30 years.  I retired in 2009 and, since retirement, have served in the John Knox Presbytery in various capacities.  I was called out of retirement and was delighted to serve as a half-time Parish Associate at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, WI from September of 2015 until December of 2019 ... when I retired for the 2nd time!  


I am happily married to Paul D. Thompson (Ruling Elder, PC(USA), currently serving on the Session of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Madison).  We have five children and seven grandchildren with whom we enjoy spending as much time as possible... when there's not a pandemic keeping us apart.  My hobbies in retirement include knitting, quilting, and climbing mountains.  I also enjoy hiking, boating, gardening, swimming, and just about anything out of doors.  I love to spend my summers in northern Michigan and my favorite ice cream is Mackinac Island Fudge, preferably eaten in a waffle cone on Drummond Island, Michigan.


It is with joy that I look forward to worshiping with you at FPC-Pardeeville in October and November.  Together may we listen for and hear God's Word and respond in faithful service as we live into the discipleship to which Christ calls us!

Lay Liturgist List

Sept. 20 -- Jean Porter
Sept. 27 -- Audrey Holt-Grosnick

Oct. 4 -- Judy Skaar
Oct. 11 -- Elaine Butler
Oct. 18 -- Don Honaker
Oct. 25 -- Lila Waldman


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.

"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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