A special thanks to Jim Northey for getting this service online!
The novel cornoavirus is causing us to try a novel thing: online worship for Portage Lake United Church.
Join us for online worship service, meeting at our regular time, Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Our service will be complete with music, preaching, scriptures and prayers.
We are using Zoom Meetings to stream our worship service live.
Meeting ID: 159 830 288
Join the worship service at 11 am, by doing one of the following:
- Use a plain old telephone and call (312) 626 6799 and enter the meeting ID: 159 830 288.
- Using a smartphone (iPhone or Android phone) or Computer – enter this URL into your web browser (such as Google Chrome or Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge): https://zoom.us/j/159830288 Meeting ID: 159 830 288
- Another option with a smartphone, if you don’t want to use the Zoom software and only want to listen to the service, you can click on either of these numbers to be connected to the meeting directly without much fuss:
One tap mobile :
+13126266799,,159830288# US (Chicago)
+16468769923,,159830288# US (New York)
UPDATED INTERIM GUIDANCE
Building Closed to All Meetings through April 13th.
To our friends using PLUC for meetings in this time of COVID-19:
Portage Lake United Church has closed its building temporarily as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
This closure is temporary and coincides with the Governor’s Executive Order, lasting through April 13, at which time PLUC will issue new guidance.
We deeply value the good work of the various groups that have found a home in our space. Portage Lake United Church understands the unique importance of recovery groups, as they bring hope and healing to our community. In this time of increased anxiety, your role in supporting one another may be particularly meaningful. We encourage you to reach out to one another, and for groups to continue supporting one another with an online/virtual component using Zoom, Free Conference Call services, Google Hangouts, Skype, or similar platforms.
If you have questions or would like to speak with a minister, contact Pastor Peter Norland at 906-370-3558.
For more information on coronavirus and how to say healthy, see the following sources:
- Governor Whitmer Executive Order: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626–,00.html
- Western Upper Peninsula Health Department: (906) 487-5545 or http://www.wupdhd.org/
- The State of Michigan’s coronavirus website: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
This was our first attempt at worshiping together online, using Zoom Meetings to connect with one another.
A special thanks to Jim Northey for doing all the hard work in setting things up for our service to run online!
Greetings in the name of Christ Jesus.
Portage Lake United Church is canceling our worship service this Sunday, March 13th.
The consistory will be meeting this week and will consider any future suspension of worship and/or whether to make our worship services available online. We will also discuss our congregation’s response and care for one and other and the community as the coronavirus epidemic evolves.
Please know that the decision to cancel worship is made not out of fear, but from caring and caution. Our participation in the society-wide practice of social distancing to “flatten the curve” of any outbreak is one way to care for our neighbors and neighborhoods.
So, on this Sunday, March, 13th, rather than attending worship at PLUC, I encourage you to read the scriptures for the day (listed below), pray for one another, check out the attached hymn that we had planned to sing, and reach out to or re-connect with someone in Christ’s name. This change in our routine is an opportunity to modify the way in which we participate in God’s mission in the world.
I will let you know new developments regarding PLUC as the guidance, situations, and decisions evolve.
May you know and embody the love of God, the compassion of Christ, and power of the Holy Spirit.
The Peace of Christ be with you all,
Pastor Peter Norland
Join the congregations of Portage Lake United Church and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for an Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m., Feburary 26th, at PLUC.
We will be gathering after worship on February 9, 2020 for our Annual Meeting. We will be presenting our 2019 Annual Report, voting on consistory members, and adopting the 2020 Budget.
Get a printed copy of the report in the office, or check it out online here.
Portage Lake United Church is conducting a Congregational and corporation meeting on November 3, 2019, following the worship service.
Business will include the presentation of the proposed 2020 Budget, a presentation of constitutional amendments, an update on Angel Mission, and the overall state of PLUC.
All are welcome to attend; all members are urged to participate.
Click here to see a draft copy agenda which is subject to revision.
A copy of the proposed 2020 budget can downloaded, by clicking this link.
A copy of the proposed changes to the PLUC constitution can be downloaded here.
This is the image of baptismal waters bringing the Holy Spirit into our lives, nourishing the body of Christ in body, mind, and spirit. It is written at the end of John’s Revelation, “[the angel] showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
A Statement from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary President Michael Jinkins
August 14, 2017
When I heard the news of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend, shock doesn’t begin to communicate what I felt reading the reports. Horror. Sadness. Disgust. And profound disappointment make a start.
Please let me be clear from the beginning of my comments.
What I am about to say is theological in character; therefore it must also be political in nature although it is not partisan. I join my voice with Republicans and Democrats and Independents who lament where our nation finds itself today. But what I must say will be more direct than some of the statements made by some of our political leaders, whatever their parties; and it will be explicitly from the perspective of our Christian faith. For this I make no apologies.
Reading the published comments of President Donald Trump, I knew as a Christian, as a Presbyterian minister, and as the president of one of our denomination’s great seminaries, I had to respond unequivocally. To do less would be to shirk the responsibilities of this calling.
President Trump wrote in a Twitter post on Saturday the following:
I recognize that this statement was a nod toward “inclusivity,” as one report put it. But with all due respect to the Office of the President, I must disagree.
We are not Americans first. We’re human beings first.
I am also a Christian, and my faith teaches me something very important that I cannot afford to forget: God didn’t go to all the trouble of becoming incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth to make us Americans or even Christians. God plays for much higher stakes than nationalism or religious affiliation.
God sent Christ to make us human. To use explicitly Christian language, God calls us to be human in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.
Whenever we violate that fundamental calling, the calling to be human, we decide that we have given over to other powers, other loyalties, and other gods in our culture and the world the authority to name us and determine our character and destiny. This is idolatry.
We really need to get clear about this.
Jesus of Nazareth, a Palestinian Jew who never ceased to be ethnically and religiously a Jew, was crucified by powers not unlike those being unleashed in our cities today. Let us not pretend otherwise; to be anti-Semitic is to be anti-Christ. To hate others because of their race, ethnicity, country of origin or religion, is to violate the love of God.
This world is beloved of God, every morsel of it. And if there is anything we know from reading the Bible and observing God’s creation, God loves variety.
God loves variety because God is love. And the God who is love created and blessed every pigmentation and ethnicity of humanity, and doesn’t stand in the door of any church, synagogue, temple or mosque barring the way of anyone who worships.
If we believe for one moment that privileging the voices of hatred is necessary in order to maintain balance in our society, we are kidding ourselves. And if we imagine that the chants of white supremacists, “Jews will not replace us,” and “Take America Back,” and their complaints like, “I’m tired of seeing white people pushed around” are simply the statements of people of goodwill disagreeing about policies, we are guilty of the worst kind of self-deception.
The U.S. Constitution which guarantees freedom of speech does not put shackles upon our consciences. Not to take sides against hatred is not just to be on the wrong side of history (though it is that too); it is to reject our calling as a people of God.
We are human beings, first and last, by creation and calling.
Michael Jinkins, President