Ashes to Go!

In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday marks the start of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. For centuries, Christians have received a cross of ashes on their forehead at the beginning of that season as a reminder of mortal failings and an invitation to receive God’s forgiveness. Ashes to Go in past years has been about bringing this sacred action to people who have lost their connection to a church, or have never participated before. In this pandemic time, Ashes to Go is all the more revelant.

Pastor Peter offering ashes on a cold, sunny morning.

Christmas Eve Service and Pageant

Join us on Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m. for a live worship service and premiere of our 2020 Christmas Pageant . This year we have a different kind of Christmas pageant: light-hearted, socially-distanced, and crowd-sourced by the congregation video. It is truly a Christmas Pageant fit for 2020.

2020 PLUC Christmas Pageant

If the above video isn’t working, check out the links below:

or here:

Evening Prayer, Wednesdays During Advent

This year, Portage Lake United church is joining with three other aread churches in hosting weekly online evening prayer services on Wedenesdays.

The link will be updated here each week prior to the start of the service.
This week, the service is streamed over Facebook Live.
December 16, 2020:

Portage Lake United Church is hosts the first week, on December 2nd. Grace Lutheran Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host the following weeks.

If you miss the live service, you can check back here and replay a video whenever you want.

December 16, 2020
December 9, 2020
Holden Evening Prayer, December 2, 2020 at Portage Lake United Church

Worship with us!

Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

We are gathering for worship in person and online. Join us!
Our new worship time is 10:30 a.m.

Our worship service is complete with music, scripture reading, preaching and prayers.

The church will be open on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

Updated Covid-19 precautions:
Due to the increased risks posed by the delta variant, we once again require everyone meeting in groups, including the worshiping congregation to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.

Additionally, we also ask the congregation to observe social distancing, practice good hand washing and hygiene habits, and stay home if sick.

If you want to join us online, connect using Zoom. The Zoom meeting opens at 10:00 a.m. so you can connect with others. At 10:300 a.m. our service begins.

We use the zoom platform to stream our worship services.

Click here to join service.

This sunday’s Bulletin:

Detailed Instructions to join the worship service:

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 856 5934 0593
Passcode: 180322
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Telephone: dial 1 (312) 626-6799 and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode as prompted

Nov. 2020 Congregation/Corporation Meeting

We are meeting after worship, November 15, 2020, for a Congregation and Corporation Meeting.

Our meeting will be held on line via zoom and in person (following covid protocols).

You can see a draft of the meeting documents by clicking the links below.
Please note: these documents may change until they have been finalized at the November 12th Consistory meeting.

November 6, 2020

Weekly Announcements

Upcoming Congregational Meeting

Our November Congregational/Corporation meeting will be held over ZOOM following Worship on November 15 following worship. We will be reviewing the 2021 proposed budget, voting on the Church Treasurer and Financial Secretary, and receiving a report from Pastor Peter on what has been going on and plans for the future.

A Virtual Progressive Dinner

Want to eat together online? What happens when church family that eats, together, in front of a screen?
We are looking at holding a “progressive dinner” over ZOOM.
Let the office know if you would be interested in doing something like this, and especially, let us know if you would like to “host” a section of the meal.
Pastor Peter will even help you produce “a cooking show segment” if you would like to host. Please let the office know by November 12 if you are interested in participating.

Presbytery Point Camp

The annual meeting for Presbytery Point Camp will be held on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7pm via Zoom. If you would like to participate in this call, please contact Rev. Jim Porter for login information.

Presbytery Point’s Mug CAMPaign has begun!
Order your mug by November 14th for the chance to get your mug by Thanksgiving.
These make great Christmas gifts and will ship directly to your door!
All proceeds go to Presbytery Point Camp.
Click the link below to purchase.