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Sermon: #Blessed

Rev. Laurie Hartzell

Sermon    
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

Sermon    
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

Sermon    
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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Sermon: Beloved Beforehand

Rev. Laurie Hartzell

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Sunday, January 12, 2020


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Sermon: Finding Our Way Into Love

Rev. Laurie Hartzell

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Sunday, December 22 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Laurie Hartzell | Advent 4 Together we find our way into the promise of Christmas and into all the story holds. This Advent, we walk through Isaiah’s imagery-filled witness of God and God’s people. Households will call us into worship with the lighting of the advent candle and each week we will hear the scripture spoken both before and after the sermon. And, art created by members of the congregation for prayerful meditation will be on display in the chapel. What might we learn, notice, and receive along this way this year? Rev. Laurie Hartzell will lead us through week 4 of Advent by Finding Our Way Into Love. Scripture Isaiah 7:10-16. All are welcome!


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January 2020 Preachers at Westminster

 
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Upcoming Preachers at Westminster

December 29—Rev. Dr. David Van Dyke | First Sunday of Christmastide
David Van Dyke retired in 2018 after serving for eleven years at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota after serving for ten years at Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio. He holds degrees from Western Theological Seminary in Holland and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He and his wife, Nancy, now live in Saugatuck.

January 5—Rev. Dr. David van Dyke | Epiphany Sunday

January 12—Dr. Ann Updegraff Spleth
A Disciples of Christ Minister, Dr. Updegraff Spleth is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Kiwanis International Foundation. She has also served as Vice President for External Relations for Christian Theological Seminary, Director of Major Gift Planning for Goodwill Industries and as a consultant for The Columbia Partnership. Dr. Updegraff holds degrees from Transylvania University, Vanderbilt Divinity School and the School of theology in Claremont, California. She and her husband, Rev. Randall Spleth, have two adult children. They live in Indianapolis.

January 19—Kyle Kooyers
Kyle is a Candidate for Ordination in the PC(USA), a Westminster member, and a program manager for the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

January 26—Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Rev. Hartzell is serving as Interim Executive Pastor/Transition Senior Pastor in a three-quarter time role as Rev. David Baak retires at the end of January. Rev. Hartzell has been the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Benton Harbor for the past ten years.

Sermon: Into Joy

Rev. Jen Porter

Sermon    
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Together we find our way into the promise of Christmas and into all the story holds. This Advent, we walk through Isaiah’s imagery-filled witness of God and God’s people. “Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord.” We step into hope. “They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain.” There will be peace. “The eyes of the blind will be opened.” And, oh the joy that comes. “God will give a sign,” a sign of pure unbounded love, love made flesh. Along with our preachers, elders have been invited to pray us through this season. Households will call us into worship with the lighting of the advent candle and each week we will hear the scripture spoken both before and after the sermon. And, art created by members of the congregation for prayerful meditation will be on display in the chapel. What might we learn, notice, and receive along this way this year? Rev. Jen Porter will lead us through week 3 of Advent by Finding Our Way Into Hope. Scripture Isaiah 35:1-10.


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Sermon: Finding Our Way Into Peace

Gene Ryan

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Seminary Intern and Westminster Middle School Youth Coordinator Gene Ryan will lead us into week 2 of Advent with his sermon "Finding Our Way Into Peace." Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10. Absolutely all are welcome!


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Sermon: Finding Our Way Into Hope

Rev. Jeremy Bork

Sermon    
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Rev. Jeremy Bork | On this first Sunday of Advent, Isaiah takes us up God’s holy mountain. At the summit, we find neighbors from all corners of the earth, and the violence within us transformed into unity and peace. But when we look around our world today, we know we’re not there yet. Join us in worship this Sunday as we locate ourselves on the journey toward the mountain and wait for the coming of Hope in the flesh.


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2019 Advent Preachers: Finding Our Way

 
Monday, November 25, 2019

Together we find our way into the promise of Christmas and into all the story holds. This advent, we walk through Isaiah’s imagery-filled witness of God and God’s people. “Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord.” We step into hope. “They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain.” There will be peace. “The eyes of the blind will be opened.” And, oh the joy that comes. “God will give a sign,” a sign of pure unbounded love, love made flesh.

Along with our preachers, elders have been invited to pray us through this season. Households will call us into worship with the lighting of the advent candle and each week we will hear the scripture spoken both before and after the sermon. And, art created by members of the congregation for prayerful meditation will be on display in the chapel. What might we learn, notice, and receive along this way this year?

 

December 1—Advent 1 | Rev. Jeremy Bork | Minister for Youth and Their Families
Title: Finding Our Way Into Hope
Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5


December 8—Advent 2 | Gene Ryan | Seminary Intern           
Title: Finding Our Way Into Peace
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10


December 15—Advent 3 | Rev. Jen Porter | Associate Pastor
Title: Finding Our Way Into Joy
Scripture: Isaiah 35:1-10
 

December 22—Advent 4 | Rev. Laurie Hartzell | Interim Executive Pastor and Transitional Leader
Title: Finding Our Way Into Love
Scripture: Isaiah 7:10-16   


December 24—Christmas Eve Services

4:30p Family Service
Nancy Greidanus | Minister for Children and Their Families
Rev. Jen Porter | Associate Pastor
Title: Witnessing Christmas

        
8:00p and 11:00p
Rev. David Baak | Executive Pastor?
Title: What, Really, Is the Point of Christmas?
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7

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