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Words of Life

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, March 29, 2015

The 8.30 service Sunday will be a call to our faithfulness to the Word: to be a place where the Word takes root, where what God needs spoken, what God needs done, has a will to bring it into reality. The 11.00 service will be a beautiful expression of the church’s faith and confidence in the grace of God. We invite you to bring your memories of loved and cherished ones, to commune with them while the music gives voice to our prayer and our praise. Please join us.

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April Chimes: Pastoral Care “the essence of praxis”

  Chimes News
Friday, March 27, 2015

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

  • Pastoral Care Team
  • Care and Connection with Confirmands
  • Making Connections, Building Relationships
  • Educational Programming
  • Much more!
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Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship Lent
Sunday, March 22, 2015

“Knowing" is part of the language of covenant in Scripture; “knowing” communicates an intimate sense of God’s love. And to be known is an extraordinary thing, especially when it comes to God’s knowledge of us—because that knowing is always accompanied by love.

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Vanuatu devastated by cyclone, WPC encouraged to contribute

  News Updates
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Over the years, a number of WPC members have visited Vanuatu, including David Walter, former member, who spent time there as a mission-teacher. The area was recently devastated by a category 5 cyclone, the aftermath of which can be seen at the link below. Reportedly, at least 11 were killed during the "monster" storm and up to 90% of the buildings in the capital were either destroyed or damaged. Aid agencies are describing the event as catastrophic and are concerned with imminent food shortages - perhaps the most challenging the area has ever faced.

Westminster Presbyterian Church members are encouraged to make contributions written to WPC-Vanuatu. They will be passed on to the Presbyterian Disaster Agency.


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Holy Week Services

  Worship holy week
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Palm/Passion Sunday
8:30a Rev. Stokes preaching on Genesis 12
11:00a The Sanctuary choir singing the Fauré Requiem

Maundy Thursday Service at Porter Hills
3:00p Rev. Jen Porter preaching

Maundy Thursday at Westminster
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
7:00p Rev. Jen Porter preaching

Good Friday
12:00p Community Worship Service at Central Reformed
Rev. Stokes and others preaching

The Week ends with
Easter Sunday Celebration
8:30a and 11:00a Rev. Stokes preaching

Life of the Party

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Our young people (grades 3 through 8) have been working on the musical, "Life of the Party," which they will present at both services this Sunday, March 15. This musical is based on the stories of Mary & Martha and deals with family conflict, making time for Jesus in the midst of hectic lives, and trusting God when things get tough. The musical is both lighthearted and dramatic!

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Dianne Carroll Burdick Exhibition at WPC

  News Updates
Thursday, March 12, 2015

There is a new art exhibit in the WPC art gallery! Dianne Carroll Burdick will display her photography titled “Spring” during March and April. A reception for Dianne will be on March 15 following the worship service, from 12:20p to 2:00p. Please stop by and view this interesting exhibit, and join Dianne at her reception on March 15. 

Find more info about Dianne Carroll Burdick and her art click here.


MissionMatters Invitation

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

On behalf of the Capital Campaign,
Paul Karsten, Carol Lautenbach, and Chandler Stokes invite you to celebrate and learn more about MissionMatters.

Please join us at one of the locations listed below. 

Mingle with fellow Westminster friends | Enjoy small plates and drinks Be part of MissionMatters by learning more about the campaign

RSVP two weeks before the event of your choice.
616-717-5530 | 


March 12, 2015 | 7-9PM
Kristine and Craig Hanson
739 Gladdstone Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

April 28, 2015 | 7-9PM
Sharon and Kurt Stiansen
1719 Scott Creek Dr. NE, Belmont

March 18, 2015 | 7-9PM
Mary Carrington
1043 Madison SE #1, Grand Rapids

April 29, 2015 | 7-9PM
Ben Boerkoel
7186 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids

March 30, 2015 | 7-9PM
Lynne and David Swets
326 Madison SE #1, Grand Rapids

April 30, 2015 | 7-9PM
Karen and Chandler Stokes
103 Newberry NE, Grand Rapids

April 23, 2015 | 7-9PM
Leigh and Mark Eriks
27 Library NE #706 and #705, Grand Rapids

May 5, 2015 | 7-9PM
John Nienhuis and Jerry Nardin
555 Clark NW, Comstock Park

April 26, 2015 | 7-9PM
Quan and Gaetan Gerville-Reache
4851 Meadow Springs Trail SE, Ada

May 7, 2015 | 7-9PM
Susan and Kent Riddle
5342 Waterwood Dr. SE, Lowell



MissionMatters Pledge

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Note: Did you know that stocks can be gifted to MissionMatters? Information is available at the MissionMatters table or through Kathy Cisler ( in the church office. More info can be found here.

The Shape of Freedom

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, March 8, 2015

This Sunday, March 8, 2015 in worship: The commandments are so often thought of as a burden. They were not so intended—not at all. Read in their context, they tell us quite clearly that God establishes a relationship with Israel and only then offers the law. “Obedience to law is thus not a response to the law, but a response to God and to all that God has done.” (Leanne Reed) The law is an amazing gift.

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Dying in Christ

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Last week we looked at the first covenant—the divine heartbreak that binds God to us. This week the heartbreak is not all that different, but it is a much later covenant; we will explore the new covenant “in Christ’s blood.” It is not a simple concept and yet so much of our tradition alludes to this covenant. Come and join us as we celebrate communion together and enter the mystery that is Christ’s saving love.

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March Chimes: Praxis

  Chimes Lent Praxis Youth Sunday Camp Henry wcdc Membership
Friday, February 27, 2015

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

  • Membership: Welcoming new members
  • Camp Henry: Preaching the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.
  • One Great Hour of Sharing
  • Educational Programming
  • Much more!
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Worship Schedule for March

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dying in Christ

March 1—The Second Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
John 12:20-33
Music: Westminster Women's Choir at 8:30a and11:00a


The Shape of Freedom

March 8—The Third Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Exodus 20:1-17
Music: Chandler Stokes, baritone at 8:30a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


The Children's Musical

March 15—The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Carol Choir and Chapel Singers



March 22—The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Mark 14:53-72
Music: Karl Falb, Violin at 8:30a
Cherb Choir & Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


The Faure Requiem

March 29—Palm-Passion Sunday
Music: Violin at 8:30a
Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra at 11:00a

Heartbreak of God

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The theme for Lent this year is The Grammar of Faith: Covenant. And the story of the flood is the story of God's covenant with us, God's steadfast love toward God's people. Come and hear how the Good News is woven into this ancient story from Genesis. 

Additionally, we will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at the 8:30 service and commission Barb Wybrecht for ministry in Haiti at the 11:00 service.

Divine Heartbreak

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Divine Heartbreak" This Sunday, February 22 is the First Sunday in Lent. We will have two services--one at 8.30 am and one at 11.00 am. Rev. Stokes will be preaching on the "Heartbreak of God." The focus will be on the story of the flood, which raises serious questions about God and destructive power. How can this be a story of the God we know in Jesus Christ? What is God's intent? Join us.

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