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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

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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

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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

Sermon: The Problem of Good or Threatened with Resurrection

Rev. Riley Jensen

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sunday, November 24 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Riley Jensen | We look forward to welcoming Rev. Riley Jensen back to the Westminster pulpit this Sunday. Riley was our Senior Pastor and Head of Staff from 1998-2007. After retiring, Riley was part of the founding leadership team for “Presbyterian CREDO” (a health and wellness program for Presbyterian Clergy) until 2017 acting as a Conference Leader. He will preach on “The Problem of Good” or "Threatened with Resurrection” based on Mark 10:17-22. Please join us in worship for our Thanksgiving Ingathering for the Pantry and as we commission our volunteers.


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Sermon: All In

Rev. Amanda Benckhuysen

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Our guest preacher on Sunday is the Rev. Amanda Benckhuysen who teaches Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew at Calvin Seminary. She is currently researching and writing in the area of biblical ethics. Her most recent project is a short book on biblical perspectives on immigration and, additionally, The Gospel According to Eve: A History of Women’s Interpretation, was just released. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband Martin and her daughters Kiya and Syann. She will preach on Isaiah 43:1-7, a sermon titled “All In.”


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Sermon: Unfinished

Rev. Jeremy Bork

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Thirteen 9th graders wrap up their confirmation journey this weekend where they will be received as Westminster's newest members. After a feast on Saturday night with their families, mentors, and members of Session, we will celebrate their milestone in worship on Sunday at the 11:00 service. The lectionary this week offers strong encouragement from the prophet Haggai. Haggai's words of hope follow the destruction of the temple, and in the valley of not knowing what will come next, God's people are promised, "The latter splendor of this house shall be greater than the former." Join us as we reflect on our own deconstruction, rebuilding, and where we find ourselves today.


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Sermon: Impatient Patience

Kyle Nolan

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday, November 3 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Kyle Nolan | Feast of All Saints Observance | The Quaker peace activist and educator Elise Boulding taught her students to recognize that each of us touches a two-hundred year present. Join us in worship this Sunday as we wonder at the visions of the prophet Daniel, take counsel from Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain, and read aloud the names of the departed saints who have touched our own present.

Sermon: Called to Invest

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

STEWARDSHIP 2020 DEDICATION SUNDAY | The prophet Joel has something to say about God’s abundance and the power of God’s spirit among us. So does the reformer Martin Luther. Join us in worship as we reflect on how we are Called to Invest, especially this day as we bring our pledges for our congregation’s ministry in this next year.


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