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2015 Lent Worship Schedule

  Worship Lent Ash Wednesday
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

LENT 2015
The Grammar of Faith:
Covenant

February 18—Ash Wednesday
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Numbers 21:4-9
Quit Whining?

 

February 22—The First Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Genesis 9:8-17
Divine Heartbreak

 

March 1—The Second Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
John 12:20-33
Dying in Christ

 

March 8—The Third Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Exodus 20:1-17
The Shape of Freedom

 

March 15—The Fourth Sunday in Lent
The Children’s Musical

 

March 22—The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Mark 14:53-72
Known

 

March 29—Palm-Passion Sunday
The Faure Requiem

Rooted and Reaching

Westminster Youth

Sermon     Worship Youth
Sunday, February 8, 2015

"Rooted and Reaching" We are blessed at Westminster to have a thriving youth ministry as well as a vibrant music ministry where our youth are invited almost every Sunday to offer their gifts to God as part of the public and visible worshipping life of the Church. On one Sunday each year, we are further blessed as the youth are invited and empowered to plan and enact the whole drama of the Sunday liturgy together.


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Leading from the Center

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, February 1, 2015

“Leading from the Center” is recognized as an effective way to get things done in business, politics, etc.…it’s a common sense approach. It is also what is suggested by the promise of “raising prophets among us” (Deuteronomy 18.15-20 and Mark 1.21-28)— the focus of worship on Sunday. This is part of the series “Body Language: What Has Changed Us” and explores the question of intrinsic authority—a principle illustrated by the ordination and installation of our newly elected officers. Rev. David Baak, preaching.


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February Chimes: MissionMatters

The February issue of Chimes is now available. In this month's issue: 

  • Mission Does Matter
  • Mission Matters - WCDC Benefits
  • Mission Matters - Camp Henry Dining Hall Expansion
  • MissionMatters - Upgrades for the Pantry
  • Much more!
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The 2014 Annual Report and Meeting

  annual meeting News annual report Updates 2014
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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 2014 Annual Report is now available.

2014 Annual Report | 2014 Financials

 

We invite you to join us at the annual all-congregation meeting on Sunday, January 25 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.

Mission Does Indeed Matter at Westminster.

  MissionMatters
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mission does, indeed, matter at Westminster.

We believe we were sent here to do what God has called us to do. That is our mission as a church: to do what God has called us to do. It is what matters most of all.

At the very least, our mission is to fulfill our stated congregational vision: to do justice, love, kindness, and walk humbly with our God. Our mission is to do what the charge at the end of worship tells us every week as we go out to be the church:go into the world in peace, have courage, hold onto all that is good, return no one evil for evil, strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, and help the suffering. Honor all people, and love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Without a roof over our heads and our sanctuary, we would not have the kind of worship that drives our work for God and that keeps us focused on our work in mission. So, we must see that the roof is paid for.

But mostly, mission is what we do for people outside the walls of our sanctuary. For the first time in a Westminster capital campaign, instead of tithing a portion of the funds raised to an"outside the walls" mission, we are dedicating more than half of the $2,500,000 to be raised to the core missions of Westminster: the Westminster Child Development Center, Camp Henry, and the Downtown Food Pantry. All three missions are critical parts of the Westminster vision.

The following pages give information about the needs of these areas.

MissionMatters Brochure | Case for Support

Easter Season Communion Dates

  Worship communion
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Worship Committee announces the Communion schedule for the next few months, through the Easter season.

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on these dates:
Sunday, February 8 (Youth Sunday) rather than February 1
Sunday, March 1
Thursday, April 2, Maundy Thursday, both at Porter Hills (3:00 p.m.) and in the Sanctuary (7:00 p.m.)
(not on Easter April 5)
Sunday, May 3
 

Worship Schedule for February

  Worship Worship Blog Lent Ash Wednesday
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Body Language

What has Changed?

Leading from the Center

February 1– The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Ordination and Installation of Officers
Rev. David Baak preaching
Scripture: Deuteronomy 18.15-20 and Mark 1.21-28
Music: Westminster Men's Choir at 8:30a & 11:00a
Carol Choir at 11:00a

Youth Sunday - Rooted and Reaching

February 8 – The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Youth Sunday
Music: Kirk Singers at 8:30a & 11:00a

To Lead What We Started Out Watching

February 15 - The Transfiguration of the Lord
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Mark 9:2-9
Music: Midwinter THAW Concert
Westminster Winds

LENT 2015

Quit Whining?

February 18 – Ash Wednesday
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9
Music: Sanctuary Choir

Divine Heartbreak

February 22 – The First Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17
Music: Josh Leckrone, Baritone at 8:30a
Cherub and Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a
 

The Day You Actually Want to Hear From John the Baptist

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, January 25, 2015

A note from Rev. Stokes: “Tom is also one of my best friends. He has been an inspiration to me, ever since I became a part of the Moveable Feast—our lectionary study group that we have shared since 1998. His is certainly a voice in the pulpit that speaks to me, regularly and compellingly. He is a sixth generation Presbyterian pastor and it shows. Tom will be here for the weekend: leading our session and leadership retreat. And will be meeting with our staff on Monday morning. You are invited to attend his presentation on Saturday morning, January 24, from 8:30-10:00am.”


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We’re Hiring!

  News Updates
Friday, January 23, 2015

Please find the listings for the positions that are currently available at Westminster Presbyterian Church below.


Head Custodian
Job Description
Westminster Presbyterian Church – Grand Rapids, MI
Supervised by:  Facilities Manager

 

Position Summary:

This position is accountable to the Facilities Manager.  The primary focus of this position is to insure that Westminster’s facilities are properly maintained and cleaned to host church and related ministry events and programming.  This involves oversight, planning, scheduling, execution, and follow-up.

Job Classification:  Non-Exempt, hourly position, 35 hours per week

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Prioritize, schedule, and direct custodial tasks on a daily, weekly, and annual basis.
  2. Schedule and coordinate major cleaning projects with other staff members.
  3. Maintain and clean all carpeted areas.
  4. Maintain and clean all tiled areas.
  5. Coordinate with other staff members, committees, and leaders to ensure proper set-up, equipping, and restoration of classrooms and other facilities.
  6. Make minor building and equipment repairs.
  7. Order, store, inventory, and secure building supplies and materials.
  8. Provide emergency “on call” services.
  9. Have a good understanding of the building, mechanics, and equipment to be available to step in for Facility Manager as needed
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.
  11. Works with others as a team to accomplish church goals.

Essential Skills

  1. Relate well to members, visitors, and staff.
  2. Possess interpersonal skills to effectively supervise the custodial staff.
  3. Able to effectively and safely operate equipment to maintain the interior and exterior of the WPC campus.
  4. Attend to details and thoroughness.
  5. Able to work flexible hours, and be available for special events as needed and respond to emergency “on call” situations.
  6. Capable of moving heavy and/or awkward objects.
  7. Employ safe work practices.
  8. Able to work in a Christian, faith based environment.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Kathy Cisler at kathyc@wpcgr.org.


Administrative Assistant for Mission
Job Description
Westminster Presbyterian Church - Grand Rapids, MI
Supervised by: Church Administrator

Job Classification: Non-exempt, hourly position, 35 hour per week

Position Summary:

This position supplies administrative support to the program staff responsible for the following ministries:

 Associate Pastor for Mission and Pastoral Care
 Minister for Mission
 Church Administrator

Key duties and Responsibilities:

For Mission:

  1. Track mission participants in event registration, receive and record the required deposits, forms etc.
  2. Maintain Mission Participation lists and web interface
  3. Research travel arrangements and track dates and deadlines for mission trips
  4. Maintain all committee minutes for committees under Minister for Mission and Associate Pastor
  5. Update and maintain, in CDM+, all committee members for groups under Minister for Mission and Associate Pastor
  6. Back-up as needed for office staff, including maintaining membership database and related functions; financial database entry; calendaring and mailing; filing; greeter’s desk; maintaining office machines; etc.
  7. Other duties as assigned by Minister for Mission and Associate Pastor

Skills Required:

  1. Ability to positively interact with staff, volunteers, parishioners and public
  2. Strong computer skills: MS Office, Publisher, Outlook, and CDM+, In Design
  3. Ability to work with internet/websites and social media
  4. Strong communication and listening skills
  5. Excellent command of the English language: correct grammar, proofreading, editing, and composition skills
  6. Experience operating office machines and equipment
  7. Possess a sense of flexibility
  8. Must be detail oriented and have good organizational skills
  9. Self – starter and problem solving abilities necessary

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Kathy Cisler at kathyc@wpcgr.org.

Jeremy Bork called to be Middle School Youth Director

  Staff News Updates Youth Youth Group
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WPC Youth is excited to announce the hiring of our new Middle School Youth Director, Jeremy Bork. A native of Iowa, Jeremy studied Youth Ministry and Christian Education at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and is currently a Master of Divinity student at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. You may have seen Jeremy around WPC already, serving the congregation as both a Seminary Intern and a volunteer leader for the Middle School Youth Group and Middle School Church School. 

Jeremy’s previous work in ministry includes youth ministry internships for RCA churches in Iowa and New York, as well as serving as a leader in his college’s campus ministry and working as a program director at Ingham Lake Bible Camp in Wallingford, Iowa. 
 
Jeremy’s responsibilities as Middle School Youth Director will include planning and running Youth Group and Middle School Church School on Sundays as well as leading retreats and serving as a spiritual leader and mentor to the middle school youth.  
 
Jeremy has a heart for equality and justice. He longs for racial reconciliation, food and animal justice, and the welcome of all persons in the church. Jeremy is super excited to be part of Westminster’s community and is eager to dive deeper!


 

MissionMatters - Mission Does Indeed Matter at Westminster!

  News Updates MissionMatters core missions
Monday, January 19, 2015

Mission does, indeed, matter at Westminster.

We believe we were sent here to do what God has called us to do. That is our mission as a church: to do what God has called us to do. It is what matters most of all.

At the very least, our mission is to fulfill our stated congregational vision: to do justice, love, kindness, and walk humbly with our God. Our mission is to do what the charge at the end of worship tells us every week as we go out to be the church:go into the world in peace, have courage, hold onto all that is good, return no one evil for evil, strengthen the faint-hearted, support the weak, and help the suffering. Honor all people, and love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Without a roof over our heads and our sanctuary, we would not have the kind of worship that drives our work for God and that keeps us focused on our work in mission. So, we must see that the roof is paid for.

But mostly, mission is what we do for people outside the walls of our sanctuary. For the first time in a Westminster capital campaign, instead of tithing a portion of the funds raised to an"outside the walls" mission, we are dedicating more than half of the $2,500,000 to be raised to the core missions of Westminster: the Westminster Child Development Center, Camp Henry, and the Downtown Food Pantry. All three missions are critical parts of the Westminster vision.

The following pages give information about the needs of these areas.

MissionMatters Brochure | Case for Support

January Chimes: Leadership

  News Updates Chimes MissionMatters MLK Session
Monday, January 19, 2015

The January issue of Chimes is now available. In this month's issue: 

  • Session Report
  • Minister for Mission: Welcoming Heather Colletto
  • Sneak Preview: Capital Campaign - MissionMatters
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
  • Much more!

Courtney Smith and MissionMatters

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship Worship Blog
Sunday, January 18, 2015

How did one become a Christian abolitionist in 1861? It was not as simple as it might sound. At the climax of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus commands his disciples to baptize and to teach. Presbyterians have long believed that loving God with our minds is critical, in part because it is critical to our practice of justice. It was critical that Courtney Smith had been empowered to read the Bible with more than his heart, but also with his mind. Join us as we explore the connections between our abolitionist past and our present hope to serve faithfully.


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