Presbyterian Church (USA)
First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16
Second Reading: Matthew 2:31-46
Sunday Service (Virtual- here, Facebook and You Tube)
Nov 22, 2020 watch below at 9:30 am
Theme: "God’s Take-Home Exam"
Call to Action: Congregational Zoom Meeting
Meeting Date: December 6, 2020- 11:00am
Active church members are invited to attend a zoom Congregational meeting scheduled for Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 11:00am.
This specially called meeting is for two purposes:
1. To elect new members to serve as church officers -Deacons and Elders
2. To elect members from the congregation at large to serve on the nominating and personnel committees for 2021
All specially called Congregational Meetings are limited to the items in this annoucement. We need a quorum of 45 active members, so please register at the link below. Registration is required with your email address so the zoom link can be sent to you prior to the meeting.
Call to Action: Volunteers for Advent and Christmas Services
Sign up now!
Looking for volunteers to be videoed for upcoming Advent and Christmas virtual services. Volunteers are needed for:
1. Scripture Readings
2. Advent Candle Lighting
3. Musical performances
Please note we will practice social distancing and all Covid safety guidlines to keep the volunteers safe during filming. Sign up on the link below and you will be contacted to coordinate times to be videod. Thanks for helping to make our Advent services extra special.
Call to Action: Annual Christmas Campaign for Winnebego Mental Health Institute
Due Date: December 4, 2020- Noon
The Women's Fellowship is holding its annual Christmas campaign for Winnebago Mental Health Institute.
What is the Winnebago Mental Health Institute?
The Winnebago Mental Health Institute (WMHI), located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been the "safety net in Wisconsin's mental health continuum" since 1873. Staff provide recovery-oriented treatment to Wisconsin residents of all ages living with challenging behaviors and complex psychiatric conditions. All patients are referred by county health and human service agencies and the court system.
Their motto is : Health car for today, hope for tomorrow.
What is the Christmas Campaign?
A call for specific sundry, gifts and monetary donations which will be delivered to the residents at WMHI to make their Christmas a bit brighter. These items can be placed in the container that will be located near the church entrance. Please consider picking up these items as you are out shopping this holiday season. Items are due in the collection box no later than Noon on December 4, 2020
Christmas Campaign Wish List:
Chocolate bars (no nuts),
Women’s body wash,
Journals (no wire or staples),
Ankle socks, puzzles,
Gift Cards: Walmart, Goodwill, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Kwik Trip, and fast food restaurants.
Notes: Gifts should NOT be wrapped. NO glass items or bottles with pumps and NO wire or staples.
Monetary donations are also needed, please make your check payable to “Patient Events Trust Fund #20.” This account can only be spent on patients.
Thank you to the congregation for considering to support this very long-standing Women’s Fellowship charity.
Call to Action: Presbyterian Disaster Relief Virtual Concert
Concert Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM CST
Piano-voice duo Scott and Elizabeth Perkins (grandchildren of Bill and Margo Perkins) are presenting a virtual concert of peppy jazz standards to benefit PCUSA Disaster Assistance! Your free-will donation will serve as a "ticket" to the concert, which will be released on Sunday, December 13 at 1 PM CST and will be available to stream any time until January 2.
There are two ways to donate:
venmo @Elizabeth-Perkins-01 and include your email address
donate directly to PDA (https://pma.pcusa.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/DR000148/) and email a receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for supporting disaster relief and mark your calendars for December 12!
Call to Action: Christmas for Kids-Donations
Due Date: December 12, 2020- 11:30 Noon
Christmas for Kids is a program through which our congregation, along with Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church provide Christmas gifts to Children in our community who could benefit from assistance during the holidays.
Members- Emily Bokern and Kristin Semmerling are organizing the program for the holiday season.
We are estimating that the program will serve about 24 families with 67 children this holiday season. We are excited to confirm that we have distributed all the shopping materials and our volunteer shoppers are out gathering gifts for the kids!
While we have our volunteer shoppers at out at work , this program becomes a reality through your financial support. If you are able please send your financial donation to the church at : PO Box 69, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545.
Saturday, December 12th- 11;30- Noon (Drive-thru Drop off of Gifts)
Call to Action:
Stewardship-Time to make a pledge to support our ministry
Updated Due Date: December 15, 2020
Number of Pledges Received: 57
(An update from Elder, John Suffron from November Newsletter)
Some time in September I received hearty support from Pastor Chips and Session to present a 2-minute video message on stewardship for the congregation. I went about this task with great enthusiasm, and I felt we covered many points quite well. But in hindsight I realized that two minutes was not enough time to properly express my gratitude for our congregational spirit of generous giving during the current year AND appeal for pledged support for 2021. Consequently, I take this opportunity to ask that we all make a COURAGEOUSLY BOLD pledge to continue the work of our church in 2021.
Recognizing the complexity of life in the face of the pandemic, the life of our church must go on. We are one of very few churches in the north which is maintaining a full service schedule as well as a mission commitment. So I ask you to consider what you can contribute, in light of other expenses, and return your pledge form to the church office as soon as possible. To facilitate this effort, the date for pledge return is extended to the end of November, and a pledge form is included with this newsletter.
Manitowish Waters Community Presbyterian Church will survive even though we cannot meet together in person for the moment. I am reminded of the Russian Orthodox Church, shut down in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and not public again until the late 1980’s. That church community went on in secret for nearly 70 years. We will emerge from this pandemic in a much shorter time frame than that, and when we do we must be strong — spiritually and financially. As I write this message, we are considerably behind in our stewardship response, so I ask you to please prayerfully consider and return your pledge for 2021. In addition to your pledge, we also ask that you include the annual “per capita” amount of $32 annually per member ($64 per couple), as it is not included in our church budget. We pay this directly to the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. to support its work worldwide.
With everyone's help we can have our best year ever!
With many thanks,
Video Message from Pastor Chips and Elder John Suffron
Worship with us online!
-Women's Fellowship has cancelled their in-person bible studies and meetings due to Governor Ever's recent encouragemet for Wisconsin residents to "stay at home' due to rising Covid cases in Wisconsin.
-Read our November Newsletter!
=There are 2 more weeks of Pastor Chips Zoom bible study -November 17 and 24. It's not to late to join the conversation on the book of Mark. Sign up on the link here:
-Reminder- Return your annual pledge for 2021 to the church office. The form link above, Tentative Due date: November 30, 2020
-Christmas for Kids Drop off is : December 12, 2020 from 11:30 to Noon, drive through at Church
=LInk for Pandemic Prayer
-Online giving is now available- Scroll down for link, See Ministries/Stewardship for more info
A message from Pastor Chips about worship this fall
Dear Church Members and other Friends,
For the safety of our congregation, the Session decided to continue our “Safer at Home” virtual format indefinitely. I miss seeing your faces, however, given the inherent risks of group gatherings, particularly in meetings such as worship services, and the vast increase of cases in Wisconsin this fall, caution continues to be appropriate. Until a vaccine for the COVID19 virus is available, we are trying to provide you with an excellent virtual experience online, and we are continually trying to improve the services. When safe to do so, to provide broader access to our services, along with our regular worship service, we also plan on continuing some version of the online experience following the present coronavirus challenges. I have recently begun burning videos of the service for persons without the ability to view the services on the internet platforms. If you are aware of individuals needing this ministry, please let me or one of the deacons know, and we will seek to accommodate your needs.
Gratefully yours, your pastor,
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