Pie Social!!

Pie Social August 15th

     The annual fund raiser for the Deacons is almost here!

     Those Church members who can help at the event, please come and help serve. It gets busy! Please have your pies cut into 8 pieces for easy serving.

     In order to have time to get things ready, please have your pies to the Library by 5:30 p.m. In case of rain we would go to the High School. Please pray for dry weather!

     Wear your church t-shirts if you have one since we really want to reflect our team spirit! It’s only with everyone’s help that we can have a successful pie social. Thank you all for your willingness to serve! – The Deacons

Summer Schedule Is About to End.

Our worship time will return to 10:00 on Sept. 8. Let's get together. 

Adult Christian Education...

...will begin the this year discussing Barbara Brown Taylor's book Holy Wisdom.  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.

Book Club!

The First Presbyterian Church book club will meet at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11, at Dino’s in Portage for lunch and a discussion of the book The Tattooist of Auschwitz.  Please contact Lila Waldman if you would like to join us.  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 for the week of August 12, 2019

Mon., Aug. 12, 4-7:30
Thur., Aug. 15, 9 AM - 1:30 PM


Aug. 18 & 25
     JoEllen Spear &
     Audrey Holt-Grosnick
Sept. 1 & 8 
     Elaine & David Butler
Sept. 15 & 22
     Severyn Dykstra & 
     Will Vail

Lay Liturgist

Aug. 18 -- Trudy Burkert
Aug. 25 -- Connie Pease
Sept. 1 -- Chris Kelly


Our New Model -- The Ministry Team!

A Journey of Discernment

     As you know, we’ve been in the process of seeking a new pastor for about 16 months.  Our process has 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 some.  

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:

      Doug Loving -- July-Sept.
      David Butler -- Oct.
      Julie Waterdu -- Nov.-Dec.
      Dave King and Linda Kuhn -- Jan.-Feb.

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


What must we all do to help this model fly?

      Communicate, communicate, communicate!  Ask questions.  Express delights.  Express confusion.  Express expectations that are, and aren’t, being met.

      This model is authentically new, never-been-tried before, and we plan to refine it as we go along and identify the need.  Please.  This is a model for all of us.  Together we can establish it as something that truly works, for us and for others.  And here we go!


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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