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Sermon: The Mess That A Conversion Makes

Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Brouwer

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019 | Two services at 8:30a and 11:00a | Heritage Sunday with Communion | We welcome Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Brouwer as our guest preacher for this special service honoring and including our Fifty year and more members. Dr. Brouwer has served a number of Presbyterian congregations and, most recently, the International Protestant Church in Zurich. Join us as he leads us in worship using Acts 9.1-6 and “The Mess That A Conversion Makes.”


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Upcoming May & June 2019 Guest Preachers

 
Monday, April 29, 2019

Introducing our May & June
2019 Guest Preachers

May 5 & 12 | Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Brouwer  

Douglas J. Brouwer is a Presbyterian pastor who has served churches in Illinois, Michigan, Florida, and most recently Zurich, Switzerland. He is the author of several books, including How To Become a Multicultural Church, a memoir of his experience with a multiracial, multiethnic congregation in one of Europe’s largest cities. He holds degrees from Calvin College (BA), and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv, DMin.) He is now retired and lives near Holland, Michigan.

May 19, 8:30a | Kyle Kooyers 

Join us as we welcome Kyle Kooyers to the pulpit. Kyle is a Candidate for Ordination in the PC(USA), a Westminster member, and a program manager for the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

May 19, 11:00a | The Sanctuary Choir will sing Vesperae Solennes K. 339, accompanied by orchestra, during the 11:00a service.

Memorial Day Weekend | Begin one service at 10:00a

May 26 | Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink 

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink has served as the Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Pittsford, NY since November, 2017. He was Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church, Bay City, MI for 19 years and had served several other Presbyterian congregations. He has preached here at Westminster a number of times and early in his ministry he served as program staff at Camp Henry.

Westminster also holds a service on Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Henry. Rev. Jeremy Bork, Minister for Youth and Their Families, will lead the Camp Henry service at 10:00a.

| One service at 10:00a |

 

June 2 | Rev. Dr. Suzanne McDonald

Rev. Dr. Suzanne McDonald is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland. Born and raised in Australia, she studied in the United Kingdom and received her Ph.D from St. Andrews University. She also has taught at Westminster College, Cambridge and Calvin College and is the author of two books and several essays and articles, including John Knox for Armchair Theologians.

 

 

 

June 9 | Rev. Denise Anderson

Rev. Denise Anderson is the Coordinator for racial and intercultural justice for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and was the Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (2016). She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and continued her studies at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. She served as pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, Maryland and is a member of the NEXT Church strategy team.

 

June 16 & 23 | Rev. Scott Hoezee 

Rev. Scott Hoezee is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary. He has served Christian Reformed congregations in Fremont MI and Grand Rapids and has been a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ. He is the author of several books, including the just-published Why We Listen to Sermons.

 

 

 

 

June 30 | Rabbi Michael Schadick 

Michael Schadick has been the rabbi of Temple Emanuel, one of Westminster’s interfaith partner congregations, since 2000. He received his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1994 and his BA in Economics from Connecticut College in New London, CT. Before coming to Grand Rapids he served congregations in Orlando, Florida and in Plantation, Florida. Rabbi Schadick is an active participant in local interfaith activities and loves to spend time each summer on the faculty of the Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, WI.

Sermon: Grief and New Beginnings

Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday, April 29 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity | As an artist, pastor, and retreat leader, Lisle works with communities of all kinds across the nation. She is the founder and creative director of A Sanctified Art LLC, a collaborative arts ministry providing multimedia resources for worshiping communities. Join us for this unique worship experience as we witness Rev. Lisle proclaims the Word visually.


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Sermon: Telling a Truer Story

Rev. Jeremy Bork

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday, April 21 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Jeremy Bork | Near the end of Luke's account of the resurrection, when the women share the news with the apostles, their words sound like "an idle tale," and they don't believe them. What made the message so hard to believe, and what makes it difficult to believe today? What are the stories we believe about God, the world, and ourselves, and how might the hope of Easter invite us to believe and tell truer stories? Join us at 8:30 and 11:00 as we wonder into and celebrate resurrection.


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Sermon: What Do your Poinsettia’s Look Like Now?

Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

| AThe Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence is the Transition Co-Leader/Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Lake Michigan. Fran serves on the Board of Trustees for Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, the PCUSA’s only historically black seminary; she also serves on the GA Racism Truth and Reconciliation Committee, and is past moderator of the GA Committee on Theological Education. Prior to her service as the Transitional Co-Leader/Stated Clerk, she served for 9 years at the First Presbyterian Church in Niles, MI, and prior to that as Executive Director of Laughlin Memorial Chapel, a faith-based community center, in Wheeling, WV.


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Register for Camp 2019

 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The registration form for Camp 2019 is available below. You can download, print, fill it in, and mail it or bring it to Kathy Cisler. Please contact Nancy Greidanus at nancyg@wpcgr.org with any questions.

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Sermon: The Island of Misfit Toys

Rev. Dr. Bill Evertsberg

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sunday, April 7 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Dr. William A. Evertsberg | We welcome Rev. Dr. William A. Evertsberg to our services this Sunday. Rev. Evertsberg is the Senior Minister at the Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth Illinois and served here at Westminster from 1990-1997. A graduate of Calvin College and Princeton Theological Seminary, Bill has also served congregations in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.


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Sermon: The Spirit of the Thing

Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sunday, March 31 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts | The Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts Sr. is President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA, a position he has held since the spring of 2010. We are happy to welcome his return to Westminster.


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Sermon: Rock The Boat!

Westminster Youth

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Join us in worship this Sunday for the presentation of the annual children's and youth musical at both services 8:30a and 11:00a. This year's title is Rock The Boat! and is the story of Noah and the Ark. The Carol Choir (grades 3-5) and the Chapel Singers (grades 6-8) have enjoyed working on the songs for this musical. The music is fun and tells the biblical story as well as including a message about taking care of our world.

Sermon: I’m Not Sure What To Do Next

Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville is the Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life for Alma College in Alma, MI. He is a graduate of Alma and served The Peoples Church in East Lansing for seven years.


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Sermon: Learning How to Squint

Rev. Dr. Tom Long

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday, March 10 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Dr. Tom Long | Rev. Dr. Tom Long is the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching; Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. He is an award winning author of many articles and books.

Sermon: Expect the End of the World

Kyle Nolan

Sermon     Ash Wednesday Lent
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

"See, now is an acceptable time; see, now is a day of salvation!” In the frenzy of our daily lives, the urgency of Paul’s invitation to be reconciled to God can strike us as odd, intrusive even. There is so much to do…can’t that wait? Ash Wednesday is an invitation to intrusion, to stillness, and most of all to freedom. It’s a reminder of the fragile, precious passage of our lives. Join us at 7pm for a traditional service of the Imposition of Ashes — an ancient rite of repentance and preparation for our long lenten pilgrimage to the cross.

Sermon: The Luckiest Moment Was Not Enough

Gene Ryan

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sunday, March 3 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Gene Ryan | Gene is the Middle School Ministries Coordinator and Seminary Intern at WPC. A student at Western Theological Seminary, he holds a degree in Religion from Hope College. Join us for worship this Sunday as we hear how "The Luckiest Moment Was Not Enough."


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Sermon: By Faith

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Rev. Jen Porter | When we read the great litany of faith in Hebrews 11, we find a list of fairly absurd, ridiculous and even unbelievable acts of faith. The list includes repeated sacrifice and hardship and many steps into what is unknown. And, none of them even received what they had been promised. And, that is the good news. Join us Sunday as Rev. Jen preaches about our faith and as we welcome another group of New Members into our congregation. Again, this week we will be a different church. Praise be to God for all the names and stories and lives that we share in this life of faith and at WPC.


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Upcoming March & April 2019 Guest Preachers

  News Updates
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Gene Ryan | March 3 | Gene is the Middle School Ministries Coordinator and Seminary Intern at WPC. A student at Western Theological Seminary, he holds a degree in Religion from Hope College.

Kyle Nolan | March 6, Ash Wednesday | Kyle Nolan is the Minister for Faith Formation and Mission. He will lead the Ash Wednesday service on March 6 at 7:00p.

Rev. Dr. Tom Long | March 10 | Rev. Dr. Tom Long is the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching; Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Thomas G. Long’s primary area of research is homiletics (the history, theory, and practice of preaching his introductory textbook, The Witness of Preaching, has been translated into a number of languages and is widely used in theological schools around the world. In 2010, Preaching magazine named The Witness of Preaching one of the 25 most influential books in preaching for the last 25 years. Long gave the distinguished Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale, which were published in his 2009 book Preaching from Memory to Hope.

Long is also deeply interested in biblical studies, practical theology, and liturgy. He has written commentaries on the biblical books of Hebrews, the Gospel of Matthew, and the Pastoral Epistles, and his books on the Christian funeral, Accompany Them with Singing and The Good Funeral (co-authored with noted poet and funeral director Thomas Lynch), have generated interest both in the academy and the media. His book What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith, which addresses the issue of innocent suffering and the goodness of God, was selected as the Book of the Year for 2011, an award given by the Academy of Parish Clergy to the best book published for parish ministry in the previous year.

Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville | March 17 | Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville is the chaplain and director of spiritual life for Alma College. Andrew earned his Doctor of Ministry in Reformed Theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen and holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a BA in History from Alma College. Prior to his position at Alma, he served for seven years as the senior pastor for The Peoples Church of East Lansing, a 1,200 member interdenominational congregation with full standing in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, and the American Baptist Church. Before this, he served four years as the pastor for Church in the Hills in Bellaire, MI.

Andrew and his wife, Rachell, are proud Alma College alumni and feel particularly blessed to return to the College they love. They have two children, Denali and Bryce, both named after National Parks. Andrew was the chaplain for Denali National Park in 2005 and has also served as chaplain for Hospice of NW Michigan, Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, and currently is the chaplain for the East Lansing Police Department. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys long distance running with his border collie, Detroit sports, and cheering on his children in dance, sports, and musical events. Andrew and the children play a variety of musical instruments and their whole family loves to travel, camp, hike, bike, run, duck hunt, and fish together.

Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts | March 31 | The Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts Sr. is President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA, a position he has held since the spring of 2010. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is one of the ten theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the only one that is historically African American.

Paul graduated from Princeton University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and African American Studies. Paul later received the Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in New Testament Studies from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Paul is also an Academic Fellow of The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Celigny, Switzerland.

Paul is a contributing writer to Pastoral Care: A Case Study Approach by Orbis Books in 1998, and to Feasting on the Gospels by Westminster/John Knox Press released in December 2013. He writes occasionally for the Presbyterian Outlook, and has been a cohort leader with the Louisville Institute. A popular speaker, Paul has preached at the NEXT Church Conference, the Montreat Youth Conference, the Mid-Winter Lectures at Austin Presbyterian Seminary, the Baccalaureate Service at Presbyterian College, and at congregations around the country.  

Paul and his wife, Nina, have one daughter and two sons.

Rev. Dr. William A. Evertsberg | April 7 | William A. Evertsberg is the Senior Minister at the Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth, Illinois. He has also served the Abington Presbyterian Church in Abington, Pennsylvania (1985-1990); the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1990-1997); and the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, Connecticut (1997-2013). Calvin College (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.) tried, in vain, to educate him, but awarded him diplomas nonetheless.

Bill and his wife Kathy (née Van Dyken), a dental hygienist, have a son, Michael (29), a graduate student at the University of Michigan; and a daughter, Taylor (24), a second-grade teacher in Greenwich, Connecticut. Bill’s three favorite things are Books, Bikes, and Barks. He also fancies Wolverines (in Ann Arbor), Tigers (in Detroit), Patriots (in New England), and the sparkling erudition of Riley Jensen, Jack Stewart, and Chandler Stokes.

Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence | April 14, Palm Sunday | The Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence is the Transition Co-Leader/Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Lake Michigan. Fran serves on the Board of Trustees for Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, the PCUSA’s only historically black seminary; she also serves on the GA Racism Truth and Reconciliation Committee, and is past moderator of the GA Committee on Theological Education. Prior to her service as the Transitional Co-Leader/Stated Clerk, she served for 9 years at the First Presbyterian Church in Niles, MI, and prior to that as Executive Director of Laughlin Memorial Chapel, a faith-based community center, in Wheeling, WV.

Fran and her husband, David, who serves as Pastor/Head of Staff at the First Presbyterian Church in Auburn, IN, have five children, Phillip, Jonathan, Donna, Sallie, and Ross. Ross will graduate this May and will be attending Kalamazoo College where he will study engineering and play football. In her spare time Fran enjoys walking, gardening, crocheting, kayaking, and hiking.

Rev. Jen Porter | April 18, Maundy Thursday | Rev. Jen Porter is the Associate Pastor at Westminster. She will lead the Maundy Thursday service at 7:00p at Westminster. We will celebrate Communion.

Rev. Jeremy Bork | April 21, Easter Sunday | Rev. Jeremy Bork is the Minister for Youth and Their Families at Westminster. He will lead our Easter Sunday services at 8:30a and 11:00a.

Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity | April 28As an artist, pastor, retreat leader, and creative entrepreneur, Lisle works with communities of all kinds across the nation. In addition to leading retreats and serving as artist-in-residence with churches, she is the founder and creative director of A Sanctified Art LLC, a collaborative arts ministry providing multimedia resources for worshiping communities. As an ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she approaches her work as an artist primarily through the lenses of pastor and theologian. Residing in Black Mountain, North Carolina, with her husband and two wiggly pups, Max and Maven, she has a deep love for exploring mountains, creative opportunities of all kinds, and new ways to be church. Her work and writings have been featured in Reformed Worship, Call to Worship, NEXT Church, and Presbyterians Today. Learn more about her work by visiting lislegwynngarrity.com and sanctifiedart.org.

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