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Sermon: I Bind Unto Myself

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Fifth Sunday in Lent | I Bind Unto Myself | Rev. Jen Porter | Scripture: Ezekial 37:1-14 | Music: Helen Hofmeister, piano | Please click "Read Sermon PDF" below for the bulletin.


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Sermon: Christ above me; Christ beneath me

Rev. Laurie Hartzell

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Fourth Sunday in Lent Christ above me; Christ beneath me Rev. Laurie Hartzell | Scripture: Exodus 16:1-15 Music: Diane Helle, violin; Josh Leckrone, Baritone; and Cheri Reid, Soprano at 11:00a. Visit https://engage.suran.com/wpcgr/s/give/new-gift to give online. Click "Read Sermon PDF" for the bulletin and hymns.


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Sermon: Christ to comfort and restore me

Gene Ryan

Sermon    
Sunday, March 15, 2020

ONE LIVE-STREAMED Service at 11:00a | March 15 | Third Sunday in Lent | Christ to comfort and restore me Gene Ryan | Scripture: Jonah 4, Romans 8:35-38 Music: Josh Leckrone, Baritone, Cheri Reid, Soprano at 11:00a. Click the "Read Sermon PDF" button below for the bulletin.


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Westminster’s COVID-19 Response

 
Thursday, March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

Dear Westminster family,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The staff has been following the developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) closely. We’ve been receiving updates and guidance from local and state officials as well as our denomination. The information seems to change daily as we continue to learn about this virus.
The safety and health of Westminster members, friends, and our whole community are our highest priority.  

Governor Whitmer has suggested that communities of faith with more than 100 people cancel their services. Therefore, we will not be opening the doors for worship this Sunday. We will, however, livestream the 11a worship service with Gene Ryan preaching. The service bulletin will be emailed to the church email list and be available on the church website. We encourage those with livestream capabilities to get together with a few others who don’t have that capability. This, of course, means that other activities planned for Sunday-- church school, worship centers, the nursery, faith formation offerings, Winds practice, the after-worship soup luncheon, youth groups, etc.-- will be canceled for this week.  

In addition, all activities and events at the church will be postponed at least through March 20. We are discerning ways to support our neighbors who need food and safe places during the day.

You may think these precautionary measures are extreme. Maybe they are. Medical professionals and governmental leaders are telling us that seeking to prevent the spread of this virus is essential. This virus is particularly dangerous to people over the age of 60, and many people under the age of 40 could be carriers with no presenting symptoms. This makes this virus particularly dangerous for a multi-generational church family likes ours. We have the added blessing and challenge of being a facility that is used by all ages throughout the week. It is our responsibility to make sure we are doing everything we can to care for those in our community who may be most susceptible to this virus.

I want to repeat that the leadership of the congregation is monitoring the situation carefully, and if there are major changes with our community we will respond accordingly. We will do everything we can to communicate our evolving response to you effectively. Please feel free to contact Rev. Laurie Hartzell at laurieh@wpcgr.org, or Kathy Cisler at kathrync@wpcgr.org with any concerns.

This Lent we have been living with the Breastplate prayer of St. Patrick. As we live into this season of uncertainty around this virus, we know that Christ is before us and behind us. Christ is with us and within us. Christ will comfort and restore us. Indeed, Christ surrounds us all – even amid pandemics! And Christ often shows up in the likes of us! So please take the time to check on vulnerable people in safe ways. Aren’t phones a gift? 

Grace and peace,

Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Interim Executive Pastor

Sermon: Christ behind us, Christ before us

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | March 8 Second Sunday in Lent | Christ behind us, Christ before us. | Rev. Jen Porter | Scripture: John 14:1-7, Exodus 14:10-14, 19-20 Music: Helen Hofmeister, Harpsichord 8:30a & 11:00a. Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


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Sermon: Christ be with me, Christ within me

Rev. Laurie Hartzell

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | March 1 First Sunday in Lent | Celebration of the Lord's Supper Christ be with me; Christ within me Rev. Laurie Hartzell | Scripture: Acts: 17:24-28 Music: Stacey Bosman Tanner, cello at 8:30a. Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


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Walk for Good Food 2020

 
Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Access Walk for Good Food is Sunday, May 3 2020. Save the date!

 To register for the 2020 Access Walk for Good Food, visit http://accessofwestmichigan.org/walk/

If you have any questions contact Angie Kelley at angiek@wpcgr.org or (616)717-5581.

Sermon: Moved

Rev. Jeremy Bork

Sermon    
Sunday, February 23, 2020

Join Rev. Jeremy Bork for Transfiguration Sunday to hear his sermon, "Moved."

Sermon: #Blessed

Rev. Laurie Hartzell

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Join Rev. Laurie Hartzell on this Sixth Sunday after Epiphany.


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Sermon: Looking for Jerusalem

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

February 9 Fifth Sunday after Epiphany To All Who Were Looking Rev. Jen Porter Preaching | Scripture: Luke 2:25-38 Music: Westminster Men's Choir at 8:30a and 11:00a.


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Sermon: Let Love Lead

Rev. Jeremy Bork

Sermon     Youth Sunday
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Youth Sunday! | Every year, the middle school and high school youth are given the opportunity to envision, plan, and lead a worship service. Our youth group theme this year "Let Love Lead” will guide the flow of the service. In addition to all the expected moments of worship, seniors will offer reflections on their time at Westminster. Join the youth at either service on February 2 as they creatively and faithfully lead our community in worship. Music: Kirk Singers at 8:30a & 11:00a


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Sermon: Following the Light

Rev. Laurie Hartzell

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Rev. Laurie Hartzell will lead us in worship on this Third Sunday after Epiphany. Jesus called fishermen by the Sea of Galilee to follow him. As God's people, we, too, are invited to follow the light of Christ in our work and our lives. We will explore "Following the Light" in a sermon based on Matthew 4:12-22. Elders, deacons and trustees, called to follow Christ in unique church ministries, will be ordained and installed during the 11:00a. worship service. In addition, we will honor Rev. David Baak's service and ministry during the 11:00a service and in a luncheon after the service.


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Sermon: Power to Release

Kyle Kooyers

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Join us as we welcome Kyle Kooyers to the pulpit. Kyle is a Candidate for Ordination in the PC(USA), a Westminster member, and a program manager for the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. Kyle will reflect on "Power to Release" based on John 18:33-19:11, where we encounter two infamous conversations between Pilate and Jesus that creates an ambiguity as to who is actually on trial. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporally defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant”


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The 2019 Annual Report

 
Friday, January 17, 2020

Westminster's 2019 Annual Report is now available! Please click below to read the online version.

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