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            One of the missions of our association is to provide personal care bags to individuals and organizations in our community. In the past, we have donated to the Portage school system the Pregnancy Crisis Center, the free community clinic and River Haven shelter.
            We presently have 37 bags ready to share thanks to your donations.
            This is an ongoing Mission and we continue to need the following items

  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo
  • Lotion 
  • Deodorant
  • Band-Aids 
  • Combs and brushes 
  • Individually packaged toothbrushes 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Dental floss 
  • Single load boxes of laundry detergent 

            These items all need to fit in a gallon Ziploc bag.
We also accept monetary donations to purchase needed items.
We gratefully received 30 each toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss when requesting a donation from Midwest Dental. You may want to ask your dental office if they would like to donate also.
Thank you for helping us with this mission, 
Kathryn Curtis 
                                    Glenda Day 

Are you interested in being a "reader" for any of the Holy Week worship services?
These worship opportunities include - Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Early Easter or Late Easter.
If so, please contact Pastor Dave or sign-up on the sheet on the kiosk in Parry Hall.

"Hosanna - blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord - Hosanna in the highest"
We will celebrate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem with an exciting and inspirational Palm Sunday worship experience.
The waving of the palm branches, the singing of songs, the reading of the Scriptures, the shouts of celebration and anticipation will all be part of Palm Sunday's worship service.
Palm Sunday's celebration will then overflow out into the streets as we gather for the "Donkey Walk" with Sandy the donkey leading us in a procession around the neighborhood.
Come and experience Palm Sunday. Invite your friends and neighbors too!

On Thursday of Holy Week we will again offer 2 different worship opportunities.
There will be a worship service @ 12:15 p.m. (noon-time) in the sanctuary. We will Celebrate the Lord's Supper as a part of this worship time.
We will also have a time for worship in the sanctuary @ 6:30 p.m. which will also include the Lord's Supper.

You are invited to come and worship as we gather for our Good Friday worship experience.
We will share a "Tenebrae" worship service beginning @ 7:05 p.m. in the sanctuary.
"Tenebrae" is a "service of darkness" in which the sanctuary will get progressively darker during the worship service.
Readers will lead us through the last hours of Jesus' life as he suffers crucifixion on the cross.
This is a moving, reflective worship experience which helps to remind us of all that God has done for us in and through Jesus Christ.
Invite your friends and neighbors to come and experience a real Good Friday.     

We will celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus with two different worship experiences on Easter Sunday morning.
Our early "Sonrise" service will be held @ PPC beginning @ 7:00 a.m. This is a more informal service. If weather permits, we will gather together near the prayer garden behind Westminster Center. If the weather is more inclement, we will gather inside.
Then we will have our Easter Morning Worship Celebration @ 10:05 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Please note: we will not be serving an Easter breakfast this year. However, we will offer a "self serve" breakfast bar between the services. You can come, eat and visit for awhile. Or you can "take and go" if you are on the way somewhere.

Ken Manthey will be with us in worship on Sunday, April 28 to share information on the mission and work of the Gideon International.
You will have an opportunity to donate to the work and mission of the Gideons on this Sunday and to talk more with Ken.

The Adult Bible Class is now studying some of the lesser known stories in the Bible. 
For example, did you know that there is a talking donkey in the Bible? 
Come and join us on April 14th, to learn about this.  We meet at 8:45 a.m. in the Bell Tower Room and always have an interesting discussion. 
Then on April 28th, we will learn about the midwives who refused to obey the king of Israel.  As a result, Moses was born and survived.  What a difference that all made in our biblical history. 
So come and join us in these interesting discussions.
The Adult Bible Class is led by the Rev. Dr. Carol Hermann. 

You are encouraged to take time before each Communion to reflect on the meaning of the Lord's Supper for you, for PPC and for the world.
The "Directory for Worship" notes that "in preparing to receive Christ in this Sacrament, the believer is to confess sin and brokenness, to seek reconciliation with God and neighbor, and to trust in Jesus Christ for cleansing and renewal."
As Presbyterians, we believe that coming to the Lord's Table is not a right, but a privilege given to those who come in faith, repentance and love - the gifts of God for the people of God.

Sunday, April 7, 2019
@ 10:05 a.m.
"5th Sunday in Lent"

Thursday, April 18, 2019
"Maundy Thursday"
@ 12:15 p.m. (noon-time)
@ 6:30 p.m. (Evening Worship)
Both Services are in the Sanctuary

PPC is blessed to provide a monthly  worship service at Tivoli.  
We have found that our worship service is one of the better attended worship times – and that is great news!
We are looking for additional people to come and help get people to and from the chapel.
You will have the opportunity to share in a special worship experience as well as being able to interact with some very nice people. Chaplain Monica remarks how much the residents enjoy having people come and share worship with them.
If you could help with this ministry once in a while, contact Pastor Dave.
NOTE! We share worship on the  Monday April 15th ... @10:00 a.m.

The Portage Presbyterian Church has a participant in the Presbyterian Church-wide national youth gathering at Purdue University in July.
Jarrett Foster will be attending as a part of the John Knox Presbytery contingent to attend the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. This is an event for high school age youth in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Jarrett will be joining with approximately 4999 other Presbyterian youth for a week of fellowship, worship, learning and fun.
Congratulations Jarrett on your decision to participate.
Be sure to keep Jarrett in your prayers as he prepares for this adventure.

“SHARING SUPPER” –  APRIL 29, 2019   
The “Sharing Supper” will be shared on Monday, APRIL 29!!!
Serving begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Bartels Middle School cafeteria.
The "Sharing Supper" is served from 5:00-6:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE - there has been a change in the ending time for the "Supper."
“Sharing Supper” is a meal, sponsored by community groups and organizations. It is intended to bring people in the community together, around tables, where we get to know one another and have an opportunity to learn more about what is happening in the community around us.
A unique part of this experience is the “Kid’s Corner” designed especially for the younger folks. Here young people will have a chance to hear stories and do craft projects related to what is happening around us.
All are welcome! Bring your friends and neighbors.
Come and share in this unique and wonderful experience – on April 29 @ 5:00 p.m.

Our Office

You are always welcome at The Portage Presbyterian Church!

The Staff:
Pastor: David Hankins

Financial Secretary:
Kathleen Mittelstaedt
(Kathy is normally in the Church Office on Mondays)
Church Secretary:
Kathy Hankins
(Kathy is in the Church Office Wednesday and Friday: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

The Portage Presbyterian Church
120 West Pleasant Street
P.O. Box 222
Portage, WI, 53901
Phone: (608) 742-6006

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