Prairie Presbyterian Church



February 29, 2024

God, my maker, hold me this day,

with the same hand that shapes the mountains,

with the same hand that cradles the deep.

Keep my heart soft and supple,

make my faith strong and firm.

Renew me, re-form me, re-create me

into the image of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Feasting on the Word year A page 108

Sunday Worship

March 3, 2024


Rev. John Pethtel

“From A to Z: A Journey from Anger to Zeal”

Scripture Lessons

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

John 2:13-22

Up-Coming Worship Assistants

March 3rd - 10:30 am

Greeters: Frank & Donna Liston

Ushers: Richard & Karen Johnston

Liturgist: Kathy Crandall

Kids Kirk: Katie Blija

March 10th - 10:30 am

Greeters: NEEDING 2 People

Ushers: Bob & Lindi Paull

Liturgist: Laurie VanderJagt

Kids Kirk: Nicole Barlass

If you'd like to serve as an usher, greeter, or liturgist...

the sign-up sheets are on the table in the narthex.


Thursday, February 29th

NO Lenten Study

Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm

Sunday, March 3rd

 Sunday School 9:15 am

Adult Bible Study 9:15 am

Worship / with Rev. John Pethtel 10:30 am

Worship Committee (after worship)

Fellowship Committee (after worship)

Tuesday, March 5th

Lenten Study 10:00 am

Tuesday Crafters Breakfast 10:00 am

Personnel Committee 1:00 pm

Christen Ed Committee 6:30 pm

Wednesday, March 6th

Lenten Study 12:00 pm

Thursday, March 7th

Lenten Study 5:00 pm

Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm

Friday, March 8th

Prairie Pals 10:00 am

Sunday, March 10th

 Sunday School 9:15 am

Adult Bible Study 9:15 am

Worship / Communion 10:30 am

Mission Committee (after worship)

Monday, March 11th

Finance Committee 3:00 pm


Tuesday, March 12th

Lenten Study 10:00 am

Tuesday Crafters 10:00 am

Build & Grounds Committee 3:00 pm

Wednesday, March 13th

Lenten Study 12:00 pm

Thursday, March 14th

Lenten Study 5:00 pm

Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm

Sunday, March 17th

 Sunday School 9:15 am

Adult Bible Study 9:15 am

Worship 10:30 am

Mission Committee (after worship)

Church Announcements

Easter Baskets: As Easter is approaching, the Christian Ed Committee is looking for donations of Easter baskets/buckets, wrapped candy, unwrapped candy (which will be put into plastic eggs), and small toys/books. The Sunday School children will be building Easter baskets for donation to the Salvation Army on Palm Sunday (March 24th) so the deadline for donations is Sunday, March 17, 2024. If you prefer to have the Christian Ed Committee shop for you, we will happily accept monetary donations.

Prairie Pals: The March meeting of our Prairie Pals women’s group will be held at church Friday, March 8 at 10:00 am (please note the new time). As usual, please bring whatever you want for your lunch. A dessert and beverage will be provided. If possible, please let us know if you will be able to join us.


Governor Evers has declared March 8 as “Share the Goodness Day” in Wisconsin. Cathy will provide us background and information on this day to inspire a global day of explosive goodness! Please wear some yellow if you have it to help spread the sunshine. Part of our program will be coloring book marks so please bring some colored pencils to share if you have them.


To help “Share the Goodness” please bring a donated item or monetary donation as listed by the Christian Ed committee for the Easter Baskets that will be assembled by our youth on Palm Sunday. These baskets will go to the Salvation Army.

We will have a fun treat cup activity that will remind us of some of the meaning of the Easter story.

 Hostesses for the month are: Judy, Marilyn, Jackie, and Cathy

The March Cart Item Is: Canned Vegetables! The items will be divided between local food pantries. Thank you to everyone who helps fill the cart! Thank you for bean-ing a friend to people who are in need. You are all such sweet peas.

Lenten Series: Rev. Bruce will provide three opportunities for the Lenten Study Series. The theme comes from two books: Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, by Kathleen Norris, and What's So Amazing About Grace, by Philip Yancy.

Days and times are:

  1. Tuesday at 10 am during regular Bible Study,
  2. Wednesday at noon
  3. Thursday at 5 pm

Each time will be the same theme with a time for a light meal and fellowship. If you cannot make one time, maybe you can connect at another.

At each of the studies, there will be a light lunch of soup and bread. There is a sign up sheet on the table in the Narthex for you to sign up to bring a soup or bread for the Wednesday or Thursday Lenten Study.

Birthday Greetings: We would love to see your name and birthday in the Prairie Press so that people can send you well wishes and love. If you are interested in having your name and birthday in the publication, call the office or leave a note on Sandi's desk with your information. Also, you may add it on the church directory draft copy that is located near fellowship hall.

Ushers and Greeters Needed: We would always love for you to be a greeter or an usher. There are empty Sunday's that need to be filled. If you are available, please sign up for a morning or two. Thank you!

Aluminum Cans: If you did not know, we collect aluminum cans. Bring in your empty, rinsed out cans. Toss them into the blue barrels that are located outside the front entrance. They are then taken to be recycled, and the proceeds go to the Living Water Mission.

Sunday School: Sunday school for all ages starts at 9:15am. Adults are studying the Gospel of John with Tom Rios.

Prescription Bottles: Thank you all for bringing in your empty prescription bottles. RPPC is rocking! Please continue to bring them in. HealthNet re-uses those medicine bottles. If you cannot get label off, blacken out the information so it cannot be read. Thank you!

Pastoral Care: If pastoral care needs arise, please call Rev. Bruce Jones at 608-205-7428 to assist you with emotional, social, and spiritual support. If you or a family member are admitted to the hospital, the best practice if you'd like a pastoral visit is to call Rev. Bruce instead of expecting the hospital staff calling the church office. Please do not hesitate to call at any time of day or night for pastoral emergencies.

Lost & Found Box: If you are missing anything, be sure to check the lost and found box that is on the floor in the coat closet.

Books Galore!: There are many interesting books available to you in the Sonshine room anytime of the year. Feel free to take some for your enjoyment and summer reading. You may bring in your books that you are finished with and we will add them to our shelves for others to read.


March is

 National Reading Month!

Share your favorite book and author and then look for the RPPC favorites list in an upcoming

Prairie Weekly

Favorite Book Link

Holy Week Worship

  • Sunday March 24th, Palm Sunday -

RPPC 10:30 am

  • Tuesday, March 26th, NO Bible Study

  • Thursday, March 28th, Maundy Thursday - 1st Presbyterian Church downtown 7:00 pm

  • Friday, March 29th, Good Friday - RPPC Sanctuary open for reflection 12:00 - 3:00 pm

  • Sunday, March 31st, Easter Sunday - Sunrise Service in the garden

(tentatively planned for 7:00 am)

Easter breakfast 9:00 am

Easter worship 10:30 am

Community Happenings

Free Senior Pass: The School District of Janesville offers a Senior Discount Pass that provides free entry to any athletics event (excluding WIAA tournament games), and theatrical or musical performances at either Craig or Parker High Schools. This benefit is available for SDJ residents over the age of 65. Passes are available at the Educational Services Center, 527 South Franklin Street. Bring a photo ID and proof of residence.

Badger Talks: Join Allison Jonjak, Cranberry Outreach Specialist with the Division of Extension | Agriculture Institute of UW-Madison for a crash course in how the geography, climate, sociology, and farming culture of Wisconsin combine to make the most productive cranberry region in the world. Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 pm in The Ridge Hotel, W4240 WI-50, Lake Geneva.

Paper Quilling for Beginners: Lake Geneva Public Library is offering Learn the art of paper quilling, also called paper filigree. Quilling originated in ancient China and is a beautiful technique for decorating cards and other items. All supplies provided. Registration required. This program is made possible by a grant from the Center for East Asian Studies at UW-Madison. Wednesday, March 27th @ 6:00 pm or Saturday, April 6th 2 10:00 am. Registration required.

Jigsaw Puzzle Competition: Saturday, March 9th

10:00am – 12:00pm at Lake Geneva Public Library

Spaces limited and registration is required. Join 10 teams of

2-4 people for a spring puzzle contest! They provide puzzles, snacks, and prizes - just come ready to do a 500-piece puzzle and have some fun (they have a good puzzle lined up this time, too!). All ages are welcome. Currently there is a waiting list to attend this competition.

A Bit More

Welcome and God’s peace to you. Regardless of who you are, where you have come from, we welcome you to our worship. May we all experience something of God’s grace this morning! Before and following worship, you are invited to join us for refreshments in Fellowship Hall.


If you are visiting or seeking a church home, we invite you to explore all that happens in the life and ministry of this church. Speak to our pastor or someone next to you for more informationChildren are always welcome in worship. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided in the nursery.

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Winter is here and the possibility of significant snow or ice storms are good. If you are not sure if the church is open for a meeting, worship or any other business, check the WCLO radio website ( You can find closings on the home page under "information". We will also send any closing information to TV channels WKOW 27, WISC 3000, and WMTV 15.

Mission Statement

The members and friends of Rock Prairie Presbyterian Church

worship God, our Creator; believe in salvation through Jesus Christ His Son,

and live daily with guidance from the Holy Spirit. We share His message

of love and salvation with others through worship, prayer,

fellowship, and service.

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