Stories from POP

What others have to say.


Bette moved to Portage to be close to her daughter and grandsons after her husband had died.  Looking for a church, she came to Prince of Peace for two reasons: “my daughter had friends who attended the church and it was a larger congregation.” She wanted a larger congregation where she could “just enjoy being in the pew, after many years of being involved as a reader or in choirs.”  She wanted to come to church and then just leave after service. However, she had always enjoyed singing and music.   Bette thought “that every song told a story.”  After the service one Sunday, Bette felt compelled to walk over and thank the choir for their beautiful music that morning.  She was invited to join them, but she turned them down.  One choir member, Mary Lou, sought Bette out several Sundays and “personally invited me to join the choir”, telling Bette that they were a friendly, welcoming group of people and would love to have her be part of them.  Bette finally decided to go to practice and give it a try. Bette found the group welcoming and very committed to their ministry of music, always showing up to practice and even taping on-line services during Covid. Friendships were formed which connected Bette with a welcoming community of people.  Today she “can’t imagine not being able to join them in sharing stories through their singing.” 


For as long as she could remember, Pam had been deeply concerned about people who didn’t have enough to eat.  Pam remembered that Jesus had said,” Feed my lambs.”  Pam felt strongly that as a nation that had so much, no one should go hungry. During service one Sunday, an announcement was made about beginning a new food ministry.  Pam didn’t know what it involved but quickly signed up to help.  She became the “traffic control person, greeting each person that came, and finding out their food needs.”  Over time, as people returned every first or third Thursday each month, Pam took time to talk with them and get to know them.  She “found joy in them.”  Over time, Pam met many people of different ethnicities and cultures and “loved hearing all their stories.  The beauty of it, is the many relationships I’ve made.  It has humbled me and it has been a real blessing getting to know these people.” Pam is very thankful that her church started a food ministry and was able to support it with both funding and volunteers. 

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