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Words In Your Mouth

Rev. David Baak

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jeremiah was called to be a prophet and protested that he was “only a boy” and didn’t have the ability to speak out. God assured him that God would put the “words in your mouth.” We are called to be prophets in our day and God assures us that we will be given the ability, the courage, and the words to be able to speak. That is especially true for our officers—elders, deacons and trustees—who will be ordained and installed and are charged to serve the congregation with "energy, intelligence, imagination and love” into the understanding of our calling. Info for those who have signed, or would like to sign "An Appeal to Christians in the United States" can be found here:

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Worship Schedule for February 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Glow in the Dark

February 7 - Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
Youth Sunday
Scripture: Ephesians 5:8-9
Music: Kirk Singers

The Baptismal Cord - Lent 2016

The Baptismal Cord

February 10—Ash Wednesday
Imposition of Ashes & Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Isaiah 43:1-7
Music: Sanctuary Choir
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
-Isaiah 43:1

Love is Eternal

February 14—The First Sunday in Lent
Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
1 Corinthians 13
Music: Lee Copenhaver, Cello at 8:30a;
Sanctuary Choir & Cherub Choir at 11:00a
Love never ends. - 1 Corinthians 13:8

Dual Citizenship

February 21— The Second Sunday in Lent
Annual Meeting
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Philippians 2:1-5 & 3:17-4:1
Music: Hannah Tripp, Soprano at 8:30a;
Sanctuary Choir and Cantus Choir at 11:00a
But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Philippians 3:20

North Star

February 28—The Third Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Jeremiah 31:31-37
Music: Westminster Winds at 8:30a & 11:00a;
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a
Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day
and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night…

-Jeremiah 31:35



Grace: A Discussion of the Actor’s Theater Performance

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Leader: Church member, Bernice Houseward and guests from Actors’ Theatre.

Join representatives from the cast and production team at Actors’ Theatre for a discussion of this powerful play focused on inter-faith relationships within families and the global community. Performances are January 28-30 and February 4-6. Visit Actors' Theater Grand Rapids for details.

When the Waters Rise

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The hard truth about global climate change can be deeply dis-heartening. There is a great deal in motion that we will not be able to stop. That is where hope comes in. We are a people defined by hope. We believe in a God Who raised Jesus from the dead. We believe in a God Who turns the shadow of death into daybreak. We are called to live into that hope.

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The 2015 Annual Report & Meeting

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Each year, Westminster produces an annual report of its life and ministry during the past year. The purpose of this report is to inform and remind us of the multitudinous ways in which God has been faithful in the life of our congregation. We’re pleased to announce that the 2015 Annual Report is now available.

2015 Annual Report | 2015 Financial Report


We invite you to join us at the annual all-congregation meeting on Sunday, January 24 following the 11:00a service—lunch is provided! You can ask questions of principals from staff, Trustees, and session, hear an update about our MissionMatters capital campaign project, celebrate the Lord’s faithfulness and generosity, and remember the saints from our congregation who have passed into the fuller life of the Church Triumphant.

Black Lives Matter

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Of course, all lives matter. The session has recently reviewed and approved a document that includes the following: Black Lives Matter is contextual. To insist that black lives matter is not less than insisting that all lives matter. It is the necessary affirmation of the same conviction in a particular circumstance. Precisely because all lives matter, we must be prepared to affirm even more loudly the worth of those lives harmed by injustice—the lives of any who have had reason to question whether society values them at all. We insist that black lives matter, then, because the historical and contemporary injustice done to people of color demands it.

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A Stream in the Desert

Rev. David Baak

Sunday, January 10, 2016

We see the world sometimes through our hope and confidence in God, and sometimes through our fear and doubt. We return to the Word, to center us again in God's covenant and in whose we are. Gregory Jones reminds us that "God's forgiveness requires us to confront our tendencies to see the world either as "lighter" than it is or as "darker" than it is." We gather, and listen for God to speak.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Join us Monday, January 18, 2:00-4:00p in the Gathering Place. We will have music, fellowship and a few other activities. We will have music and fellowship as well as a few other activities. If you haven't experienced Westminster during the week, this is the gathering for you! All are welcome. We will need volunteers to help out and to provide light, healthy snacks

Be the Match Registry

Monday, January 4, 2016

Our own Health and Wholeness Committee is sponsoring a Be the Match Registry THIS SUNDAY, January 10, in the Gathering Place. Be the Match Registry connects blood cancer patients searching for a cure to life-saving donors like you. It's simple to join; with some simple paperwork and a self-administered cheek swab, you could potentially save the life of someone you’ve yet to meet. Stop by the Gathering Place after either service to join the registry. The cure for blood cancer looks like you. ‪#‎bethematch‬‪#‎teamcheekswab‬ ‪#‎missionmonday‬

First Hand Aid Dinner & a Movie

Monday, January 4, 2016

Although about baseball, as the story unfolds A Lesson in Diplomacy is really about the change from a focus on baseball to the GVSU players beginning to understand the importance of their mission: representing the United States in their baseball playing and their work in Humanitarian efforts through First Hand Aid. It is an amazing film.  The team also spent time in Guines at the Presbyterian Church, also a Westminster partner.  The movie runs about 1hour and 20 minutes (in the Chapel). RSVP for dinner to Erin: 717-5530 or


The Fragile Word

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The word, especially when it comes in the form of a prophetic challenge is fragile; it is easily rejected or ignored. It is not only Jesus’ words that are rejected, but he himself. His rejection comes well before his trial in Jerusalem. Please join us during January for this exploration of the prophetic word. It will not always be comfortable for us. It will not always be easy for us, but it will always proclaim God’s hope for the world.

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Worship Schedule for January 2016

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Fragile Word

January 3 - Epiphany Sunday
The Sacrament of Communion
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
John 1:1-18
Music: Andrew Wilkinson, Flute, Leslie Wilkinson, Violin at 8:30a;
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

A Stream in the Desert

January 10—The Baptism of the Lord Sunday
The Sacrament of Baptism
Rev. Jen Porter preaching on
Isaiah 43:1-3, 14-21
Music: John Schlafley, Tenor at 8:30a;
Joe Ivy, Baritone, Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

Black Lives Matter

January 17—Second Sunday after Epiphany
Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Isaiah 62:1-5
Music: String Ensemble at 8:30a & 11:00a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

And When the Waters Rise?

January 24—Third Sunday after Epiphany
Annual Meeting
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Luke 4:14-30
Music: Kathy Vander Velde, Soprano,
and Lambert Zuidervaart, Bass at 8:30a;
Carol Choir, Chapel Ringers, and Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

Words in Your Mouth

January 31—Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Ordination & Installation of Officers
Rev. David Baak preaching on
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Music: Westminster Men's Choir at 8:30a & 11:00a


Take a Deep Breath

Rev. David Baak

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Luke 4.41-52 is the traditional reading for the Sunday after Christmas: Jesus in the Temple at age 12….where, when his parents finally found him, one can imagine that they “took a deep breath.” At the end of a chaotic, distressing and violent year, how do we move forward into what promises to be at least as complicated a time as has been the past? Take a deep breath. Jesus, confident, a “non-anxious presence” gives us hope for the future and a model for our behavior. Join us for the 11:00am service.

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Rev. Chandler Stokes

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The poet Goethe’s dying words were: “Light, light! Let there be more light!” Another poet in response said, “Why more light? We do not die of the darkness so much as the cold.” Our focus on Christmas Eve will be on the “warmth” of the gospel. In the Incarnation, our God did not become an idea but flesh and blood, a warm-blooded human being: there is the Good News.

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Holiday Hours

Monday, December 21, 2015

Please take note of our Holiday Office Schedule:

Closed at noon on Christmas Eve, December 24;
Closed Christmas Day, December 25;
Closed New Year's Day, January 1.
The Food Pantry will be closed on Thursdays, December 24 and 31.

WCDC will be closed December 24, 25, and January 1.

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