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Go Into the World in Peace, For I Am With You

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Charge at the end of our services is the final reminder of how our worship of God is intended to form us as we re-enter the world. We “go in peace” and we are to “have courage”—and we are to remember that when we re-enter the world, we are accompanied by God. God is with us. That is how we are even able to re-enter the world, let alone re-enter it with courage, trusting in love as the only power we have.

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Further Than We Can Walk

Sunday, October 18, 2015

On Sunday afternoon, October 18, Christopher Mergener was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). His ordination was historic in our Presbytery. It was a joyful, blessed occasion. Here is a link to the sermon Further Than We Can Walk preached on that day.

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Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, October 18, 2015

This is what the old hymn says: We give Thee but Thine own Whate’er the gift may be All that we have is Thine alone A trust, O Lord, from Thee. How shall we live, if we recognize that we own nothing, that everything we have is a gift? That’s worth spending some time, giving some time, to understand. Join us.

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What Does it All Mean?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Since grace is so huge, it is no wonder that each week, in describing our Prayer of Confession, the bulletin says: Trusting that God is love, we express our lament, our brokenness, and our failings to God. There is room for all of that in the heart of God: sorrow, hurt, pain, guilt. We needn’t shy away from any of our alienation or brokenness—that’s how deep, how broad and how high is the grace of God.

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You’re Invited to the State Street Block Party!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

On Friday, October 16th, all are welcome to offer a "Westminster Welcome" to our neighbors at a first-ever block party at Foster Park at the corner of Cherry Street, State Street, and Madison Avenue. From 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., enjoy food from across the city, door prizes, and family-friendly fall activities, plus tours of HQ, the homeless teen drop-in center.

Our own Community Ministries Committee is a proud sponsor of the event, another way in which they serve our neighbors. Other sponsors include HQ, Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association, and.

Heather Colletto would love to know if you’re going so that we can anticipate how much of Westminster will be present, though RSVPs are not required.

You can reach her at or 616-717-5536. Come enjoy the delicious food, participate in family-friendly activities, and support our community. See you there! Foster Park is at the intersection of State Street, Cherry Street, and Madison Avenue.

Send your Spirit, Lord

Rev. Jen Porter

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Herbert McCabe draws the connecting of our eucharist, literally "thanksgiving," being a thank you that says "This gift makes me think of you." A colleague, Travis West, reflects that in the same way that communion is a sign pointing us to consider God's presence and activity in the world and our lives, so every meal is an invitation to remember that every meal is "God's love made edible."

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Stewardship 2016: Pray & Work

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pray & Work is the theme for the 2016 Stewardship Campaign that begins on October 11 with our annual Stewardship Luncheon and culminates with Dedication Sunday on October 25.  The preaching “sub theme” for these weeks is "The Stewardship of Prayer and Work” that will cover the stewardship of time, of money, and of self. Is there anything in our lives that cannot be included under the headings of time, money, and self?  Join others in conversation around this theme on October 11, following the 11:00a service.

From Rev. Chandler Stokes:

It seems to me that the concept of stewardship always comes down to this simple verse:
We give Thee but Thine own, whate’er the gift may be.

There’s a joke about a contest between scientists and God about making a world. Each with his or her own resources would make a bird. So the scientists went first and began by taking up a hunk of earth. And God said, “Hey, you gotta bring your own dirt.”

It’s very easy to forget how much of what we have and who we are is a gift from God. And, when we do, the tradition calls us to consider ourselves stewards or caretakers of these gifts, of everything we have. We are not owners but caretakers. That’s where the idea of stewardship begins and invariably leads.

Worship Schedule for October 2015

  Worship Schedule
Wednesday, September 30, 2015


October 4—The Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Communion Sunday
Rev. Jen Porter preaching on
Revelation 7:9-17
Baptism & Communion
Music: Elise Turke and Adrian Pool, duet at 8:30a;
Sanctuary Choir and Carol Choir at 11:00a

The Stewardship of Prayer & Work

What Does It All Mean?

October 11—The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Third Grade Bible Presentations
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Romans 14:7-9
Confession of Sin & Assurance of God's Grace
Music: Cantus Choir at 8:30a; Sanctuary Choir and Kirk
Singers at 11:00a

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

October 18—The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reception of New Members
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Ephesians 3:14-21
Offering & Doxology
Music: Westminster Winds at 8:30a & 11:00a;
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

Go Into the World in Peace, For I Am With You

October 25—The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Stewardship Dedication
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
I Thessalonians 5:12-28 & Matthew 28:16-20
Charge & Benediction
Music: Nancy Patterson, Mezzo Soprano at 8:30a
Sanctuary Choir, Cherub Choir, Chapel Singers at 11:00a


The Architecture of Worship

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, September 27, 2015

This Sunday in worship: The order of worship takes us from Preparing to Hear the Word, like Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem to prepare for the coming of the Word—it takes us from there to our Going out to Be the Church, the Word made flesh in the world. Worship is a retelling of the story of the Incarnation. And because Jesus becomes flesh first as a child and also later bids us welcome children, there is an element of this story that always involves our understanding Christ's welcome to children. Join us as we explore these mysteries together.

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Chimes Volume 2015, #1: The People at Worship

  Chimes Worship Music
Friday, September 25, 2015

The Volume 2015, #1 issue of Chimes is now available. In this issue: 

  • The Changing Chimes
  • Grace and Peace
  • Worship Schedule
  • The People at Worship
  • We Just Can't Keep from Singing
  • Much more!
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Hunters, Help Fight Hunger

  community food club food pantry Mission
Friday, September 25, 2015

Please remember our Downtown Food Pantry and Community Food Club this hunting season!

Hunters, consider donating your ground venison that has been processed, sealed, and dated by a licensed facility. When you donate your meat, the cost of processing is tax-deductible.

Quality meat is cost-prohibitive for the pantry and for clients, so donated venison is particularly helpful. Venison is a healthy, extra-lean protein that is sustainable, low in cholesterol, and free of antibiotics or steroids.

When sharing the donated meat, we'll hand out easy venison recipes to clients to encourage them to try venison in everyday recipes like chili, spaghetti, etc.

For more information on how to donate, contact Heather Colletto, Minister for Mission, at or 616-717-5536. She can connect you with other Westminster hunters to share their experience donating meat and answer any questions you may have.

Pastor Abel Mirabal Padilla visits from Cuba

  News Updates Cuba
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pastor Abel Mirabal Padilla is visiting from Cuba—he is the pastor of the Guines Presbyterian Church (outside Havana).  Abel is in the United States visiting several partner congregations in Illinois and New York as well, who, along with Westminster, help support the ministry of the Guines congregation.  Pastor Abel will participate in the services this Sunday and will hold a “Meet and Greet” time at 9:30 a.m.—everyone is welcome!

Pastor Abel visits with Westminster Staff

Upcoming New Member Orientation

  News Updates new member
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Interested in joining Westminster?  Absolutely everyone is welcome!  If you'd like to become a member or simply want to learn more about the life and mission of Westminster, our next New Member Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7 & 14, 5:30-8:30p. New Members will be received during the 11:00 worship service on Sunday, October 18. To register, contact Susan Jennings at or 616-717-5542.

Buy a Brick - Transform Camp Henry

  core missions News Updates Camp Henry
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Dining Hall is the oldest building at Camp Henry. Originally built in 1936, it has had additions added to all four sides. Every camper or guest that has ever been to Camp Henry has utilized this same iconic building.

During the Winter of 2015/2016 a significant renovation of the Dining Hall will take place – increasing the capacity from 187 to 300 and providing a brand new commercial kitchen, new bathrooms, a walk up snack window, and a new conference room – as well as over 3,000 square feet of additional storage.

We are thrilled to be able to retain the current Dining Hall while at the same time making these significant and necessary additions.

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Let Us Pray

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Maybe prayer sounds easy to you. Maybe it sounds daunting. Either way, my hope is that you will find prayer more accessible, more readily available to you after Sunday’s service. And a further blessing this Sunday is that we will all get to pray together—in silence and in word. Join us.

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