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Sermon: How My Mind Has Changed: About How God Saves

Rev. Riley Jensen

Sunday, January 20, 2019

This Sunday, we continue with the series "How My Mind Has Changed." Riley Jensen returns to preach his second of three sermons "How My Mind Has Changed: About How God Saves." Father Richard Rohr reminds us that "Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity. Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God." Join us for worship as we also commission the group traveling to Cuba.

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2018 Annual Report & Meeting

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Westminster Presbyterian Church 
Session Narrative Report regarding the 2019 Budget
Annual Meeting January 20, 2019

2018 Final Income and Expenses

We are very grateful to the congregation for completing 2018 with a surplus of $12,633.70. Significantly increased year-end gifts, pledges and “Double December” provided $1,765,004.71 in revenue against $1,752,371 in expenses—both income and expenses were under the 2018 budget of $1,779,840.

2019 Income 

Westminster pledging income has been generous but has remained flat for the last several years, while costs in all areas have increased and some programming has been sustained by Special Funds—designated gifts, Memorial Trust grants and restricted funds. However, for 2019, there is a significant drop in anticipated regular income—nearly $200,000 less than last year. There are several reasons for this, including any effect that this transition year may have:
               Several households have moved away
               Several households have reduced their pledges.
               Special designated funds are ending, as expected
               Expenses have increased for facility, program, and personnel.
               Other factors that we do not know, including changing tax laws or individual priorities.


Session Ministry Prioritization:

WPC has long included many part-time staff persons in such areas as children’s education, nursery, youth, greeters, sound, music, and other program areas. Since 2010 we have added programming in communications (after a congregational survey); mission (with our “participation rather than patronage” focus); administration (adding the executive pastor and mission administrative assistance); and, faith formation (after our congregational study.) The Session used 2010 as themost recent year that provided a baseline in each program area as a way of living into the funding available and of retaining at least minimal capacity in all program areas.

Accordingly, the reduction in both regular and special income will impact program and personnel in  Mission, Communications, Faith Formation and Administration. Current staffing levels are retained in Music, Youth, Children’s education and Pastoral Care since these ministry functions are principally unchanged since 2010 except that Congregational care has been merged with Pastoral Care. 

Impact of reductions to meet the 2019 Budget.

  1. Non-Personnel:
    • The Core Missions have generously agreed to provide budget assistance to the General Fund in 2019:
      1. Camp Henry will reimburse $5,500 for central services and WPC Mission funds will not fund $4,500 for scholarships
      2. WCDC will increase custodial salary reimbursement by $4,000 and WPC Mission will not fund $6,000 for scholarships
      3. WPC Mission funds will reduce Pantry salary support by $5,000
      4. WPC Mission General funds (last allocated for three years to Camp Henry and three years to WCDC) will be suspended: $24,000.


  • NEXT Church funding is reduced by $7,000 in 2019 to $5,000
  • We have made non-personnel reductions in technology, hospitality and professional expenses.
  • Reduction in Communications program functions for 2019 to the most basic internal informational functions (bulletin, Weekly, News and Notes, etc.) to be included, as has been done before, in the responsibilities of the Executive Pastor, within the current .4 FTE assignment.
  • All program budgets are reduced 5% from 2018 levels (Membership/Growth/Development, Hospitality, Education, Faith Formation, Families, Music, Youth)
  • We have increased both Administration and Facilities allocations, but to a level of 2% less than the amounts requested by committees and staff. We expect to review actual costs and make further adjustments as necessary in July, 2019.


  1. Personnel (total reduction by January 1, 2020 of five persons in a total of 4.625 Full Time Equivalent (FTE)*positions  
  1. Eliminate January 1, 2019: 1.0 FTE Custodial position not filled for 2019
  2. Eliminate December 21, 2018: .375 FTE Administrative Assistant 
  3. Reduce February 1, 2019: by 10 hours/week (.25 FTE) Financial Manager 
  4. Eliminate February 1, 2019: 1.0 FTE Mission Associate (.5 FTE Mission Admin Asst/.5 Prog Assoc) 
  5. Reduce February 1, 2019: Director of Communications and Mission to half time (.5 FTE) for four months for web completion and ServeGR coordination. Position to be eliminated on May 31, 2019. (.5 FTE)
  6. Eliminate December 31, 2019: Minister for Faith Formation and Mission (1.0 FTE) 


Staffing Level                                      2018                   2019                                     2020

Total Full Time Equivalent (FTE)*     18.4                    15.3                                      13.8

Persons                                                33                    30                                            28


Changes                                                           Reductions:                              Reductions:

                                                                        -Admin Asst                 .375     -Dir Comm & Miss    .5           

                                                                        -Custodial                      1.0        (as of 5/31/2019)**

                                                                        -Reduce hrs Fin Mgr     .25       -Minister FF & Miss 1.0

                                                                        -Mission Assoc                         .5           (as of 12/31/2019)

                                                                        -Mission Adm Asst       .5

                                                                        -Dir Comm & Mission             .5

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Sermon: How My Mind Has Changed: About How God Changes God’s Mind

Rev. Riley Jensen

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Riley Jensen, our senior pastor from 1998-2007, returns for a three week series titled: How My Mind Has Changed. Preaching from Jonah and 1 John, this week's sermon is "How My Mind Has Changed: About How God Changes God's Mind." Join us for worship as we celebrate the sacrament of baptism.

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Sermon: Big Enough Questions

Sherrill Vore

Sunday, January 6, 2019

January 6th is Epiphany Sunday. It marks the close of our season of Advent/ Christmas by inviting us to think once more about light and gifts, surprises and mystery. We'll read the story of the visit of the three wise men to the little family in Bethlehem and wonder together about how amazing it was that those visitors recognized the light of God there, before them. Indeed, that is the nature of an epiphany--to see God revealed in a moment of time, in a concrete experience and know what it is that you have seen.

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Sermon: Hope In The Dirt

Kyle Kooyers

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Christmastide, or the "twelve days of Christmas," is a period of time in the church calendar celebrating the gift of God brought to us in a the dirt of manger in Bethlehem. To us, perhaps, it's better known as the season of gift returns, last minute impulse buys, and the countdown to a New Year's resolution. With the days still dark and the distractions and obligation of the season looming large, how do we live into the hope of Christmas in the very places we find ourselves today? Jeremiah offers us an image of life in light of resolute hope as he purchases something completely unexpected... Spoiler: it's not a partridge in a pear tree!

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Sermon: Turning Toward Love

Rev. Jeremy Bork

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Rev. Jeremy Bork is preaching this Sunday, and in place of a typical sermon, he'll offer a first-person, creative retelling of Matthew 1:18-25 from the perspective of Joseph. Jeremy will wonder his way into the story as this soon-to-be husband who learns he's a soon-to-be father. And just maybe, by leaning into our own imagination, perhaps each of us will find ourselves somewhere in the story, too.

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Sermon: Turning Toward Joy

Rev. David Baak

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The message of John the Baptist is a hard word in Advent but it is also clear about the one who is to come: “he will baptize you with the Holy Spirt"…So, John “...proclaimed the good news to the people.” But, the people’s question still was (and is): “What then shall we do?” The answer (from the prophet): “Rejoice and exult with all your heart.” As Walter Brueggemann says, “...especially exultant is that joy which is completely unexpected, or which breaks suddenly into the midst of our gloom.” Join us Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 for music from harp and choir and a word about...turning toward Joy.

Sermon: Turning Toward Peace

Kyle Nolan

Sunday, December 9, 2018

“There is no way to peace along the way of safety,” wrote Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "For peace must be dared, it is itself the great venture and can never be safe.” The great theologian, pastor, and prophet who died in a German concentration camp toward the end of the Second World War longed for peace in his own time. He didn’t live to see it. Had he outlived the war, it’s possible that he wouldn’t have called what followed “peace.” “Peace,” he said, “is the opposite of security.” Along with second Sunday of Advent comes another prophet, John the Baptist, who might seem an unlikely herald of peace. But if we are to take the words of his father seriously, that’s precisely what he was preparing us for: the One who would "give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Join us.

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Sermon: Turning Toward Hope

Rev. Jen Porter

Sunday, December 2, 2018

This first week of advent we turn toward hope. In the midst of a world that appeared to be falling apart, Jeremiah brings a declaration of comfort and hope. We can see differently. What is coming is of God. God brings new things to life. In advent we begin again. Join us for worship, Rev. Jen preaching on Jeremiah 33.

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Sermon: God Is Always Home: Part 3

Rev. Dr. Chuck DeGroat

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Rev. Chuck DeGroat leads us this Sunday for one final week. As we have considered the story of the prodigal son, we have reflected on what might have been going on in both the younger son and the older son. There are many things that keep us from knowing that we are always home in God. Join us as we find our way home again.

Sermon: God Is Always Home: Part 2

Rev. Dr. Chuck DeGroat

Sunday, November 18, 2018

This Sunday we welcome back Rev. Chuck DeGroat as we continue with the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15. We are invited to remember that "God Is Always Home" and to consider our own being home in ourselves and with God. We never have far to look or far to go. Join us, for worship. All are welcome.

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Sermon: Take the First Step…

Rev. Jeremy Bork

Sunday, November 11, 2018

At the climax of this week's passage, the gospel writer records, "Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus." For the last two months, our 13 confirmands have been considering the boat in which they've been coasting along and the ways Jesus is calling them to leave their place of comfort and join him in the wind and waves of the world. Join us this Sunday as we celebrate these 13 confirmands and listen together for the voice of the one who calls each of us by name to take the first step.

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Sermon: God Is Always Home

Rev. Dr. Chuck DeGroat

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Dr. Chuck DeGroat is a professor of pastoral care and counseling at Western Theological Seminary, and he is “committed to spiritual and emotional formation for the sake of mission.” He has spent the last 20 years in seminary training and pastoral ministry, including several church plants and two church-based clinical counseling centers. Chuck participated in our 2016 Westminster Camp, so he may be familiar to many of you! Most recently, he was a teaching pastor at City Church San Francisco, where he co-founded Newbigin House of Studies, an urban and missional training center. His academic specialization is in the intersection of psychology and the Bible, and he has published three books. Chuck and his wife, Sara, have two daughters.

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Prayer Gathering for Shalom

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Stewardship 2019 Pledge Commitment

Monday, October 29, 2018



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