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Rev. Jen Porter

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Living perfectly, loving perfectly, Jesus is calling us disciples to quite a lot. But not alone, these words that seem to raise the stakes on just how serious we really are about following him, do not doom us to failure. Jason Byassee says instead they are “a word of judgment meant to drive us into the arms of grace.”

Worship Schedule for July 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015


July 5—The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. Jen Porter preaching on
Matthew 5:38-48
Music: Bruce Klein-Wassink and Josh Leckrone


July 12—The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Romans 6:1-11
Music: The Wilkinson Family


July 19—The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. David Baak preaching on
Ephesians 2:11-22
Music: Diane Helle, Violin


But I Say To You...

July 26—The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. Jen Porter preaching on
Matthew 5:1-7, 29
Music: Sanctuary Choir


Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The simplest difference between what we often think of as education and what Jesus intended in his teaching is simply this. Jesus did not call us merely to be students, but to be disciples. And that is a different thing; it requires something more of us.

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Rev. Jen Porter

Sunday, June 21, 2015

There is deep spiritual hunger in the world. How do we share our rich faith in Christ which orients all lives to life. In the words of Randle Mixon, how do "we find the imagery and language that allow us to enter another's world in order to speak our truth honestly, respectfully, and effectively"?

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June Chimes: Retrospective

  Chimes MissionMatters Education
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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

  • Retrospective: A Narrative from Chandler Stokes
  • MissionMatters
  • Educational Programming
  • Music
  • Much more!
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MissionMatters Construction Timeline

  News Updates MissionMatters
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

We now have a plan for the construction being funded by your MissionMatters pledges, and work is moving forward.

At the joint Session and Trustees meeting on Monday, June 1, the leadership of Westminster developed a plan for the construction being funded by the capital campaign:

Phase 1, replacement of the Sanctuary roof, was completed in 2014.

Phase 2, remodeling and expansion of the Camp Henry dining hall, will begin in October 2015.

Phase 3, work at 47 Jefferson Street SE, including remodeling of and improvements to the Westminster Child Development Center, the Downtown Food Pantry, and the Columbarium, will begin in spring 2016.

Because building permits could not be obtained before July 6, and because construction at 47 Jefferson is estimated to take five months, this three-phase schedule allows all construction to proceed at a reasonable pace and without impacting Westminster programs this fall.

We are now within reach of our goal to have 90 percent of the funds for the projects pledged or in hand before Phase 2 begins. The schedule also provides additional time for us to continue to seek outside grant money, such as that already pledged by the Frey Foundation.

As of June 1, 72 percent of the $2,500,000 goal has been met. With your prayerful support and pledges, we will soon have the additional 18 percent needed to begin construction of Phase 2. If you have not already made your pledge to MissionMatters, please do so as soon as possible. You can pledge online, contact the church office to have a pledge card mailed to you, or pick up a pledge card at church. Absolutely every gift matters.

Thank you for your participation, prayers, and pledges.


Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, June 14, 2015

We commission our youth for their trips this summer and we commission the staff at Camp Henry. Rev. Stokes will be preaching on The Vocabulary of Faith and the way that the word "human" is used both inside and outside the tradition. If God became human, what does it mean that we too have been created human?

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High School Youth Group and Kirk Singers Mystery Trip

  Youth News Updates
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The High School Youth Group and Kirk Singers will be leaving for their Mystery Trip on Saturday, June 20. This year, they’re going to central Appalachia for a Mystery Trip of service and adventure. Whether they’re in the wilderness or the city, the surprises encountered each day will offer new opportunities for service, and to know God and themselves better. The Kirk Singers will be singing at various locations throughout their trip, including a Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 21. Please keep the leaders and students in your prayers as they embark on this mysterious adventure!

2015 Westminster Softball Schedule

  softball News Updates
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Day Date Time Facility Opponent Home/Away
Tuesday 6/9/15 7:15 Manhattan Park Rabid Bats A
Tuesday 6/16/15 6:15 Manhattan Park Varnum A
Tuesday 6/23/15 7:15 Manhattan Park St. Stephens Martyrs A
Tuesday 6/30/15 6:15 Manhattan Park HexArmor H
Tuesday 7/7/15 6:15 Manhattan Park Micro Visions Inc. H
Tuesday 7/14/15 7:15 Manhattan Park Juust a Bit outside H
Tuesday 7/21/15 8:15 Manhattan Park Grace Episcopal H
Tuesday 7/28/15 8:15 Manhattan Park GRYP H
Tuesday 8/4/15 6:00 Manhattan Park The Grass Stains A
Tuesday 8/11/15 8:00 Manhattan Park Team 3 A


Manhattan Park is located at 3180 Cascade Rd SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506.


Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, June 7, 2015

“For freedom Christ has set you free,” says Paul. And at the very same time, we understand ourselves to be slaves to Christ, those who are bound in obedience to Christ. The paradox is that we find in our service to Christ, perfect freedom. Join us in celebrating Sherrill Vore’s ministry and in re-discovering the freedom promised in our servitude to Christ.

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What the Spirit is Saying

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, May 31, 2015

This Sunday, May 31, is Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate (of all things!) a theological concept. In keeping with the season of Pentecost, we will be focusing in particular on one aspect of the Trinity: The Holy Spirit. Called Comforter, Advocate, Spirit, Wind, and many other things - the Spirit is also the glue that binds us as a community.

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Worship Schedule for June 2015

  Worship Worship Schedule Education
Tuesday, May 26, 2015


June 7—The Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Recognition of Graduates
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Galatians 5:1, 13-15
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore,
and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
                         -Galatians 5:1


June 14—The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Commissioning Youth Mission Trips
Commissioning Camp Henry Staff
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
But sin is best understood under relational categories.
Under this framework, sin is simply 'a way of being for which God never intended humans to live.'

                       -Dr. Greg Love


June 21—The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. Jen Porter preaching on
Acts 17:16-34


June 28—The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Matthew 11:28-30
The word "education" comes from the Latin "educare" - to draw it out.


The Vulnerable Spirit

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Please note, everyone, that we move to one worship service at 10AM this Sunday! It is Pentecost and we will explore one of the essential gifts of the Holy Spirit—hope. My colleague Tom Are writes: “We hope for a life that we have never seen in ourselves, but we have seen in Christ.” It is a profound hope, rooted in our trust and confidence in God’s promise. Join us at … 10AM! on Sunday, May 24.

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MissionMatters Art Auction

Monday, May 18, 2015

When in our Music God is Glorified

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ms. Herz-Sommer had a lot to teach us: “Beethoven was the most unhappy person,” she wrote to her son, Ariel, when he was away at school, “but gives to us in his music, hope, strength, faith, he wants to say: Life is worthwhile, even when it is very, very difficult.” Her letters convey a sense of urgency, almost an anxiety: not that he would suffer or fall ill, the lingering terrors of many survivors, but that he would fail to appreciate fully the art that gave her own life meaning. (from

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