2016-06 Interfaith Food Pantry of Portage County – Grand Opening

Interfaith Food Pantry


P.O. Box 72
Plover, Wisconsin 54467

You are invited to the Grand Opening of the new Interfaith Food Pantry building.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 4:30 – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Interfaith Food Pantry Building, 2810 Post Road, Plover

Event Schedule:
4:30 – 5:00: Gather and social
5:00 – 5:15: Welcome and Introduction of Guests and History
5:15 – 5:30: Formal Opening, Ribbon Cutting, Invocation and Blessing by Local Clergy
5:30 – 5:45: Acknowledgement of Contributors
5:45 – 7:00: Tours, Snacks, Displays, Social


IFP is a 501c3 non-profit corporation operating from 2005 to March 2016 in rent free donated space and prior to that (since inception in the late 90’s) at The Springs United Methodist Church.

  • Beginning in April 2016, the pantry has relocated to a new 5,000 square foot facility at 2810 Post Road, Plover. This building is owned by the Village of Plover and provided to the pantry on a no cost lease.
  • The purpose of the pantry is to act as hands of the community to serve the Portage County residents in need of supplemental food.
    The pantry serves any resident of Portage County, commonly including unemployed, underemployed, elderly, handicapped, single parent or large households.
  • The pantry provides regular service twice per month, the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 PM.
  • The pantry serves an average of 650 persons (about 160 households) at each pantry or about 1,300 persons (320 households) per month.
  • Each household receives food in proportion to household size: about 50 to 80 pounds of food per each pantry.
  • Items distributed include meat, potatoes, frozen products, canned and boxed items, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, eggs, bread and bakery items.
  • Each pantry distributes about 9,600 pounds of food (nearly 10 tons per month).
  • Sources for food include Feeding America Food Bank, local retailers, restaurants, farms and food processors as well as food drives, church contributions and individual donations.
  • Funding sources of operational costs are collected from grants, church and individual donors. Total food costs are about $1,500 per month and operational costs are about $1,000 per month.
  • A capital fund drive to equip our new facility has been conducted with contributions from local businesses and individuals. Goal is $100,000.
    All labor is 100% volunteer. This includes an average of 300 person-hours per month in procurement, sorting, distribution and administration of food.
  • The pantry is governed by a 12 person board of directors representing the pantry and local volunteer service.
    Contact: Tahn Grosse, President, Interfaith Food Pantry of Portage County, Inc., PO Box 72, Plover, WI 54467. Phone: 715-544-0895, Email:me_eshpro@hotmail.com

2016-06 A Message from Associate Pastor Hyejung Hwang

I enjoy seeing the children run up for Children’s Moment on Sunday morning. It reminds me of my childhood. I used to run to church from home, which took only 10 minutes. Even that short time seemed to feel long. My home church is a small church in a rural area. We did not have a variety of activities in church, but there was something that drew me to church with such excitement.

I believe God has led me to grow in a loving relationship with Him through worship services and in the many other ways there are to experience God. Playing piano in worship gave me an opportunity to be involved more and an opportunity for my faith to grow as I grew up. Worship was a fun place from time to time in my younger age, to be affirmed that I’m truly the Beloved by God in my youth, which is the time to think of who one is. And to be recharged by the Holy Spirit, worship has been like a joyful family around the table always welcoming me.

As I plan our new worship at the Plover location, I’ve been reflecting on worship in my life and my family’s life and what I want to share with others about worship. Now I understand that worship is my response through my life to God’s calling. For some, worship may be a safe haven from the fears, angers, and anxieties of the world. Some may just need a quiet place for the moment to take one of life’s deep breaths. For others, worship is a community to experience connection and to support people who are alone. We gather for different reasons and expectations, but I believe God, our continuous loving God, desires us always to love Him and our neighbors fully and completely. I want to praise the God who will never give up on us. Wherever our worship place is, church, home, on the street, and whatever our worship style is, I want to encourage you to take moments to stop and listen to what God is saying to us. In this noisy world and in our busyness during summer, I hope you can pay attention and receive the blessing that God has given to us each day and each Sunday as we gather together.

In my childhood with strong traditional worship background, I never thought we would eat waffles as a part of worship, but I am now so excited to say that our gathering on Sunday morning will be more open, creative, and relaxed. Come and join us for a new worship style, Waffle Church, the first Sunday of the month at the Plover location.

Pastor Hyejung

2016-06 A Message from Pastor Howard Hintzman

Belated happy Aldersgate Day! Did you celebrate with great food and festivity on May 24th? Did you join in a small group on that day as a way to grow in your relationship with Jesus?  Ok, if you don’t know what I’m talking about I’ll explain. In Methodist terms, Aldersgate Day remembers the point in John Wesley’s life when he had a “heart strangely-warmed” experience. After years of searching for what he felt he was missing in his life with God, Wesley had an experience with God, which would change his life forever. He realized in that moment and in many successive moments that he was very much loved by God, forgiven of his sins and was called to live a life of faith in all ways.  

One of the ways that Wesley’s life was enriched because of this experience was in the use of his money. He taught this, “Earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can”. When he spoke of giving all you can he included the discipline of tithing, giving ten percent of what one earns at the least to the work of God. Over a lifetime, he found himself keeping his expenses at a minimum and increasing instead how much he gave away. Tithing is something we are called to do as faithful disciples, just like prayer, scripture reading, worship and service.
Over the next six weeks, you are being invited to practice tithing, giving ten percent of your income to the work of God through the church and in caring for the needs of others. You may even find yourself having a heart-warming experience, as did Wesley only in this way because of your generous expression of love for God through the giving of your money. God promises that you and the church will be blessed because of your faithful response in this way. If you already are giving at least ten percent, for this period of time we invite you to increase your giving by another percent. I am at a level of giving a little more than 11.5% of my gross income to God and have found the Lord of creation to always be faithful, helping me get my priorities in order. I will increase my giving by one percent over the next six weeks as part of this spiritual discipline.  God will bless you when you take a step up in giving. Till next time…hjh

“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?”  ― John Wesley

2016 Annual Conference

Annual Conference 2016

This year the annual gathering of Wisconsin United Methodists at Annual Conference in Middleton will be June 10-13.   Together we will worship God, commission and ordain clergy, hear stories of mission, renew relationships, and care for the business of the conference.   Lay and clergy members attending this year will be Mary McComb, Yvonne Chojnacki, Hyejung Hwang and Howard Hintzman.   Please be in prayer for the conference.

Watch Annual Conference Live – Online
The Annual Conference session will be live-streamed so you can watch from home or with a group at your church. Click here to connect once Annual Conference begins.

2016-06 A Stewardship Message

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Faith-filled Ways to say “Thank You” to God this summer:

As you plant flowers in your garden, say thank you to God for their gift of color. Give at least as much back to God as you spend on flowers this year.

Use your time and talents to raise money for outreach. Do you have a garden? Do you have more zucchini than you can eat? What about tomatoes, beans or sweet corn? Maybe you have some friends and neighbors who would gladly give a gift toward a mission of your church in exchange for some of your vegetables – fresh, frozen or canned.

Put a container in the middle of the kitchen table and invite family members to make a special offering – perhaps even $1/day to say thank you for a joy each day.

If your grocery bill tends to rise during the summer because more people are home and you have more visitors, try planning your menus around what’s on sale each week. Then with the money you save, you can make an extra gift to the mission and ministry of the church.

Remember, God doesn’t take vacations from us! If you’re heading out on a special vacation – enjoy! Give thanks for the memories you’ll make by signing up for online bill pay through your bank. Then your offerings will be sent to the church automatically whether you’re on vacation or in your regular pew each week.

Honor those you love with a special gift to the overall mission and ministry of the church through our apportionments. “A-portion-ment for others” can be a wonderful way to remember loved ones as a part of their gift for birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones.
Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation
750 Windsor Street, Suite 305 Sun Prairie, WI 53590
1-608-837-9582 or Toll Free 888-903-9863 Email: wumf@wumf.org

2016-06 Do you or someone you know need a Stephen Minister?


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STRESS: Constraining forces or influences that can cause bodily or mental tension.

We have all felt it, and know what it is. But sometimes the stress level reaches a point where things begin to break. Don’t let your stress reach that point. Stephen Ministers are available to help you work through life’s difficulties and to give you a safe confidential place to vent your troubles. For more information on Stephen Ministry, contact Randy Hermes, Coordinator:  715-341-4152 or rchermes@hotmail.com, or Pastor Howard: 715-344-3557 or hhintzman@stevenspointumc.org.

2016-06 St. Paul’s Church Camp is Here!

Summer is coming and so is church camp.

St. Paul’s Church Camp has been in existence for 39 years and the staff is gearing up for year 40 – July 24-29, 2016. It will be a week of fun, fellowship, swimming, faithfulness time, campfire songs, games, and much, much more. Campers will explore the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark through the musical “Noah’s Incredible Cruise.”

St. Paul’s Church Camp is open to church youth and their friends who have completed third grade through eleventh. Feel free to pick up a registration form in the Gathering Area. Remember to register early…the earlier you register, the more the price is discounted!

If you have any questions about St. Paul’s Church Camp, please contact either Selma Taylor (715-344-3505) or Yvonne Chojnacki at (715-344-3557).
Camp scholarships are available. There is also a discount for families with more than two children.

Don’t miss out! Sign up today.

2016-06 News and Upcoming Events


God has a wonderful way of blessing wonderful people!

Congratulations to all our 2016 Senior High School graduates: Brittany Frank, Colette
Bernsteen, Ethan Tainter, and Jacob McChrystal.

Congratulations to our 2016 UWSP School graduates: Jessica Brennan and Cody

Best wishes and good luck to all of you in your future endeavors.




We have two persons who have gone through the recent training for Stephen Ministers.

Annette Bernsteen and Holly Neale will be commissioned on Sunday, June 19 at our regular worship services. We shared the training with our friends at Frame Presbyterian and Trinity Lutheran Churches.


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First Sunday or each month at the Point location.
Blessing of the Animals



Sunday, July 17, 2016, 8:45 am at the Plover location


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Happy Birthday to our 90 and over
members, constituents and friends


Joyce Church      June 14      91
Mary Wright      June 22       93
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Saturday, June 25, 2016
8:00 am at Point location

Join men of faith for breakfast & fellowship.
Menu: Egg casserole, rolls, juice and coffee
June 23, 2016
Lunch @12:00 noon at Point location

Middler Senior



“Home Safety”
Presenters: The Stevens Point Fire Department

Hosts: Jim and Nea Miller

Questions or to make a Reservation
Call Point office @ 715-344-3557
Reservations appreciated!

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Save the Date!  Outreach is again coordinating the annual Fall Fest.  Fall Fest 2016 is set for September 18 from 11:30 to 2:30 at the Point location..  It will begin immediately after the service in the south parking lot.  There will be games, activities, bouncy obstacle course, entertainment, food, beverages, and more.  Mark your calendars and watch for more information.

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During 10 days in Portland, delegates passed an increased budget, celebrated a number of church milestones and voted to create a new version of the hymnal. A move to adjourn at 6:30 every night meant no late-night sessions and hopefully healthier, less stressed attendees. Visit Click here to read the full wrap-up of General Conference from UM Communications.


Tickets on sale now for CWCT Production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with Tom Felt cast as one of the brothers.

The Central Wisconsin Children’s Theater (CWCT) will bring one of the world’s most loved musical productions to central Wisconsin June 19-21 as they present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the story is based on the “coat of many colors”, story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis.

“With a cast of nearly 75 talented youth from throughout the area, we are excited to bring this production and its family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music to the audience,” said Joelle Murray, CWCT executive director.

Performances will be held at the UW-Marathon County Center for Civic Engagement James, F. Veninga Theater and are scheduled for Sunday June 19 at 7 p.m.; Monday, June 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students 18-under and seniors over age 65. Tickets may be purchased at http://showtix4u.com or by calling 715.842.4416. All seats are reserved. The ticket window opens one hour before each performance. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.
7:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes, Sausage, Bacon, Pastries, Fruit, Juice, Milk, Coffee


(Please use 3rd Street Entrance – Door A)

715-384-2292 | www.wumcmfld.org






God’s grace can bring us all new life.

Photo by Alexandra Holland. Caption from
Upper Room daily devotional

2016-06 New Worship Service – Waffle Church

Waffle Church

We invite you to the Lord’s table!
Our Plover location will have a new monthly worship service, called Waffle Church.
We will sit or stand around the table, sing, share our stories, be creative to respond to God’s words, and we will eat waffles and fresh fruit, which are also part of worship. There are no hymnals, nothing to read, nothing to hold in your hands. Just bring empty hands and hearts to be filled with God’s grace! Everything is based on the love of Jesus! You can come alone, with friends, with a partner, or with your children. This worship is for everyone of all ages.
This worship service will be on the first Sunday of June, July, and August, 8:45-10am at the Plover location.

2016-06 Ministry News

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Hope this newsletter finds you looking forward to the summer and new choices. Enjoy God’s natural beauty all around you!!!

Sunday, May 22, we recognized persons who have been teachers, leaders and facilitators for the past season. So if you were not present, please know we appreciate and thank you for “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”.

Things you can still be a part of this summer: check out the “Places to Go, Things to Do” board, Quilting Ministry on Wednesdays, Men’s Group (UMM) breakfast Saturday, June 25, Place of Peace Dinner, Thursday, June 16, Middler/Senior Luncheon, Thursday, June 23, Dinner for 6, check with Lynn Rasmussen, “Little Free Library” bike hike to check other locations, Jeff Troestler will keep us posted on details!

(NOTE: Middler/Senior lunches are not just for Middlers and Seniors, they are for ALL ages . . .
Please come and enjoy great programs, excellent food and wonderful fellowship).

Rally day is set for Sunday, September 11, 2016. We will have ways for you to explore possibilities for next season, people to talk to, and ways to sign up and get re-connected in the fall.

We are still working on our survey, trying to be thorough in what we ask and how. We look forward to your taking time to respond. May summer bring new joys and awareness of God’s presence.

Blessings, Patti (715-341-4152 or phermes@stevenspointumc.org) and Nea (715-344-0157 or jimandneamiller@att.net).

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The “Lavender Springs Spa” women’s retreat held, Saturday, April 30th was wonderful. We had 22 ladies present and 3 gentlemen( Tim, Jim and Vern) who served our luncheon. Thank you to the team who assumed leadership roles: Mary, Cathy, Lois, Anne, Jessica, and Karen. And thank you to those of you who chose to be a participant. It was a great day filled with good people, good leadership, good food, good fellowship, and most of all God’s presence! Looking forward to next year…the Adult Ministry Team.

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For the Four Months Ending April 30, 2016

Operating Summary

Income (Contributions)
Contributions for the first four months exceeded budget by $23,572 or almost 15%. This is a great start to the budget year.


Overall Expenses for the first four months are under budget by $7,816 or about 5%. A fair number of budget categories were slightly under budget. Again, a great start.


The early results of contributions are encouraging. Thank you for your continued generosity!

Do you know that 54% of the Apportionments (our giving to United Methodist Church ministries beyond the local church) we give go towards Missions? These include things like tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, etc. Hungry people are fed, homeless people are housed, & those whose lives have been torn apart are helped by your gifts. Apportionments are not something we do, they reflect who we are. The total given to Coins of Compassion for the four months is $2,613.57.

The Roof Loan has a balance of $160,469.91 as of April 30. Your support is needed as we continue to pay this down.

We challenge each of you for the next six weeks to give 10% of your income. We are called by Scripture to give generously, with a cheerful heart. Sometimes we may feel anxious about taking the step “beyond what we think we can give”, but after prayer trust God for the results. The act of giving allows God to change our hearts so that ultimately we end up giving to Him cheerfully. Try this challenge & see what a difference you will notice in your life.

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Thank you
Social Creed Ministry would like to thank the following people who have and continue to adopt flower beds on the Stevens Point parking lot:

Howard & Julie Hintzman, Don & Barb Huibregtse, Scott Frazier, Kim Houston, Bonnie Lund, Carol Pringle, Karl Weyers, Charley & Olive White, Julie Wallace and Kay Witt.

Thanks to the Prairie Fire Crew for burning the prairie:  Scott Frazier, Harv Hayden, Don Huibregste, Pete Kasson, Bonnie Lund,  Jim Miller, Dave Patterson, Dave Pringle, and Charley White.

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Youth Raise Over $400 for Imagine No Malaria

Youth gathered in Hazel Calkins Fellowship Hall on Sunday, April 17, for the 2nd Annual Dance-A-Thon to benefit Imagine No Malaria. Youth raised in excess of $400 at this year’s fundraiser! Thanks to all our Youth, youth ministry leaders, parents and community for their support to grow awareness of, advocate for, and raise funds for the education, prevention, and treatment of this deadly disease.

Follow Youth Ministry on Facebook at facebook.com/stpaulsumcyouth.point, or contact Laura Courtright Burns at
715-340-4523, lauracourtright@gmail.com for more information on Youth Ministry of the United Methodist Church.