Presbyterian Church (USA)
First Reading: Psalm 19
Second Reading: Matthew 22:34-46 and John 15:9-17
Sunday Service (Virtual- here, Facebook and You Tube)
Oct. 25, 2020 watch below at 9:30 am
Theme: "Under the Cover of Love"
Call to Action!
We will begin opening our website with "calls to action" for our members and friends, The postings below will be "calls" for a variety of activities happening now/soon in our church community. This will serve as a way to be engaged while we are apart and will keep you up to date on key activities.
Call to Action: Christmas for Kids
Video Message from Pastor Chips and Emily Bokern
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.
This program becomes a reality through your financial support and and by volunteering to shop for the gifts. Financial donations can be sent to the church at : PO Box 69, Manitowish Waters, WI 54545.
Saturday, November 7th- 11:30 - Noon (Drive-thru Pick up of Materials)
Saturday, December 12th- 11;30- Noon (Drive-thru Drop off of Gifts)
You can sign up to be a volunteer shopper by emailing the church at : or clicking on the link below and completing the secure sign up form
Call to Action:
Sign up- Zoom Bible Study with Pastor Chips
Pastor Chips will be hosting a "Zoom" online bible study beginning on Tuesday, November 10 with time still to be determined. This informal study will use the web-based software to bring members and friends together in a virtual format. Participants will be emailed a link to sign-on to the tool. All you need is a computer with a camera to join in the discussion. This is a another way to stay engaged while we are apart during the long winter months!
Sign up with the secure link below or email the church office if you would like to join at
Call to Action:
Stewardship-Time to make a pledge to support our ministry
Due Date: November 30, 2020
Number of Pledges Received: 47
Fall brings the time of both harvest and thanksgiving. In this spirt, it is also time for the annual stewardship campaign. This is our time to faithfully return to God a meaningful portion of the many gifts He has given us. Just imagine our Lord’s pleasure when we give out of pure gratitude.
Our church has found many opportunities to serve and support our community. We continue to be dedicated to financially supporting mission work both locally and globally. The financial gifts and offerings to our church also support Christian education, our building and grounds and the compensation of our staff.
As we move forward with this task of annual financial planning, there is good news to share! In spite of the Pandemic and our separation, our congregation has come together with great positive spirit. Specifically, giving has resulted in higher-than-average amounts, and the church has recently received an estate donation and an unexpected one-time contribution to help offset the lost income from Fleazaar.
As we consider our 2021 giving, in light of the many funding priorities ahead, it is important to know that our church depends on three main sources: accessing our investment portfolio, profits from Fleazaar, and congregational pledges. Each source is essential.
In the spirit of gratitude for past response, you are invited to prayerfully join our annual stewardship campaign with a joyful pledge for 2021 — or, if not pledging, a serious commitment to a challenging giving plan for the coming year. 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.
Please return your family pledge form found in the church newsletter or in the link below by mail to the church office, so that financial planning can proceed for 2021.
Video Message from Pastor Chips and Elder John Suffron
New! Links to Worship on our You Tube video channel below!
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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