Need help with food?

Our Helping Hands ministry is still helping individuals and families to get access to food and or auto fuel during this covid-19 time.

Additionally, we are partnering with the food shelf of Trinity Episcopal Church in Houghton, providing vouchers for fresh produce at Jim’s Food Mart.

Trinity’s food pantry is open the first and third Thursday of every month from 10:30-12(ish).

Our New Beginnings Angel Mission Free Store in Calumet is still providing food through its food shelf. During this time, Angel Mission is open Wednesday and Saturdays 11a.m.-2 p.m. for the food pantry and donation drop off.

How to Give Online

For a printable version of this document click here.

How to Access Online Giving for PLUC

To access online giving, Click the PLUC Give Now Button.

Click Button to Give Now.

Clicking on it will directly open the Presbyterian Foundation Online Giving form.

Accessing Online Giving the First Time: Creating a Profile

The first time you access the giving page you will need to create a profile.

Click Button to Give Now.

  1. Click the PLUC Give Now Button to open the Presbyterian Online Giving form. 
  2. Your first time you will need to click on Create Profile.  
  3. That will bring you to the Create Profile page.  Enter your email address twice.
  4. On the next page, enter your name, address, phone number, and email address.
  5. The last two lines will ask you to create a password and then re-enter the password.
  6. To complete your profile, click on Create Profile.
  7. When your profile is complete, you will be taken to the Online Donation page.
  8. Now, you can make a donation by clicking on Add Transaction.
  9. The right hand side asks you to enter your donation and its designation (General Fund, Helping Hands, etc.).  The left hand side will ask for information on how you will pay the donation (New Account Checking, New Account – Saving, or Credit/Debit Card).  

Accessing Online Giving after the First Time

The giving process is simpler once you create your profile.

Click Button to Give Now.

  1. Click the PLUC Give Now Button.
  2. Login on the Presbyterian Giving form by entering your email and password. Click Login.
  3. You will be directed to the Transaction page where you can enter your donation and its designation.

After your donation

Once the transaction is processed you will receive an email confirmation of your donation from either the Presbyterian Foundation or VANCO (the company that processes your donation).  Each year in January, the Presbyterian Foundation will send you an email listing all your donations in the previous year which can be used for tax purposes.

Online Worship Sundays at 11 a.m.

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 once again.

Click here to join service.

For a copy of the Online Bulletin Click Here.

Detailed Instructions to join the worship service:

Zoom Meeting ID: 159 830 288
User your telephone to connect to worship:
dial 1 (312) 626-6799 then enter meeting number 159 830 288

Building Closed Through April 14th.


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:

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control:

Service canceled March 13, 2020

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