Mission 2008 CD

Have you seen it? At the February meeting of the Presbytery, the Resource and Program Coordinating Team showed a presentation highlighting many of our local mission projects.

Did you know that more than half of the program budget of the presbytery is used to provide grants to agencies and groups in our communities that feed the hungry and provide clothes, education and other services to those who need them?

Each church received TWO copies of the CD. One for the Mission Committee and one for the Pastoral staff. If you haven’t seen it – ASK! Find out where your mission dollars are going.

Highlights from the February 9th Presbytery Meeting

The February Meeting of Winnebago Presbytery was held at Frame Memorial Church in Stevens Point. The day opened with a joyous worship service filled with music! The Frame choir sang, there were many congregational hymns and outgoing Moderator, Elder Barbara Jordanger preached on faith and music.

The morning continued with reports from Finance, Personnel, Committee on Preparation for Ministry and the Resource and Program Coordinating Team.


In 2007, the Presbytery ended the year with a $13,364 deficit. However, the projected deficit for 2007 was $42,049 so all in all, a positive outcome. Per Capita was paid at 100% (THANK YOU) and mission pledges came in at $214,485 – a full $4000 more than budgeted (THANK YOU AGAIN).

As planning begins for 2009 it is likely that there will be a $1 increase in Presbytery per capita and a request for a 3% increase in mission giving.


The Global Partnership Task Group announced a trip to our partner Presbytery in Colombia in late summer (August) or later in the fall to jointly explore and study environmental and human rights issues. The cost is estimated at $300/person with participating churches adding $200. Global Partnership will subsidize the rest. People interested in going should contact the Presbytery office no later than April 1, 2008.

The Mission Grants Task Group helped us kick off a year of Mission. Mission 2008 is the theme for Presbytery meetings this year and each meeting will highlight the many areas of mission we support. A CD with a brief presentation on the 2008 Local Mission Grants was shown and distributed to every church. The presentation can be seen here. (It is large and takes a few minutes to download.)

Elder Rosangela Berbert (First Presbyterian – Oshkosh), Coordinator of Project Open Door, a counseling service to under-insured youth, gave a presentation on behalf of the Samaritan Center. Winnebago Presbytery has financially supported both the Samaritan Center and more recently, Project Open Door.

The meeting broke for a wonderful lunch of lasagna, warm bread, tasty salads and fabulous desserts. A big thanks to the many hands that went into providing, preparing (and cleaning up) lunch!

Elder Anne Dropp gave a Synod School preview. Winnebago Presbytery will be offering scholarships to between 25 and 30 individuals to attend Synod School beginning July 27th at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake Iowa. A presentation about Synod School can be found here. Brochures for publicity can be found here. Registration and class catalogs will be available soon.


Barbara Jordanger recognized The Rev. Chuck Valenti-Hein with a word of thanks and a small gift on behalf of the Council for his twelve consecutive years of service!


The Committee on Ministry report included a welcome to The Rev. Bob Goebel who will begin his new pastorate at Athelstane and Wausaukee on March 1.

The day ended with the installation of new officers. For 2008, the Rev. Tom Willadsen is the Moderator and Commissioned Lay Pastor, Dennis Mannering is the Vice Moderator.

Picture from the day can be found here.

Pioneer Church Recognizes 50+ Year Members

Every Member Sunday was celebrated October 21 at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Marinette.  Every member is encouraged to attend that day as the congregation recognizes those individuals who have been members for 50 or more years and remembers those who have passed away since the last recognition.                                          Petersons

Congratulations to Roy and Jean Peterson who both achieved the 50 year mark in 2007!

Twenty-one other members were recognized for the 50+ years they have been a part of the life and ministry of Pioneer Church in northeast Wisconsin.  They are:

52 years:  Avis Nelson, Marlene England, Lois Hawk
53 years:  Ida Moraga
55 years:  Betty Messenger
56 years:  Pat Panosky
57 years:  Bea Goss, Jean Twining
58 years:  Henrietta Stepniak, Mary Jane Malmstadt, Patricia Pottratz
59 years:  Alice Whitford
60 years:  Art Nelson
61 years:  Henrietta Leason
63 years:  Jim England
64 years:  Curt Amundsen, Jean Eggener
71 years:  Carol LaCombe
74 years:  Morris Mundt
76 years:  Jim Whitford
84 years:  Ruth Mars

Well done, good and faithful servants!

Eli Cook – Reflections on her Visit in Winnebago

Elisabeth Cook (Eli) a Presbyterian Church Mission Worker from Costa Rica was in Winnebago Presbytery October 13th – 18th.  During that time she visited nearly a quarter of our congregations.

 Eli writes:  Eli Cook

My time in the Winnebago Presbytery took me through Shawano, Crivitz, Forest Larger Parish, Schofield, Steven’s Point, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Neenah, Appleton and Aniwa. It was a time of sharing, learning and of meeting many wonderful people. Thank you for welcoming me into your congregations and your homes. As part of Mission Challenge 07, I have been blessed and privileged to spend these days sharing with you about Presbyterian World Mission and about my own work in Costa Rica and Latin America. Your prayers and faithful giving make all this possible. For this, I thank you in the name of my 230 mission worker colleagues.  Learn more about Eli’s work in Costa Rica  here.


That’s right – If you were at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Schofield last week, you had to bring your own chair! Elder Curt Kolberg wrote us saying

“This past Sunday we celebrated “Bring a Chair Sunday” at Covenant Community Presbyterian Church in Schofield. We recognized that it has been one year since our official ground breaking. We had a huge turnout in the unfinished sanctuary and gave tours of the soon to be completed lower level classrooms. We will hold Sunday School in the lower level as the fall session begins. Our goal is to celebrate Advent in the new sanctuary.”

Marcia Thomas Installed in Abbotsford

A festive worship service marked the installation of The Rev. Marcia Thomas as the Designated Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Abbotsford on Sunday March 11. Pictured below is the installation commission with Marcia. Back Row: Rebecca Libke, Cyndy Little, Barbara Jordanger, and Ted Sperduto. Front Row: Lucy Rupe, Sarah Moore-Nokes, Judy Nighorn, and Mary Sperduto. Congratulations Marcia!


Nelson Craig – Pastor Emeritus

If you attended the last presbytery meeting you know that the Reverend Nelson Craig has been named the Pastor Emeritus at First Presbyterian Church Winneconne. This last weekend the congregation had a celebration in his honor. Pictured below: Nelson, his wife Beverly and the Rev. Mara Rivera who is the current pastor of the church. Congratulations Nelson!

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