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Making a Difference Day at Benton Harbor

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Monday, November 3, 2014

On Saturday, October 25 four members of Westminster Presbyterian Church left the south parking lot at 8:00 am : destination Benton Harbor; to work at the annual "Making a Difference Day " with FPCBH and  the surrounding neighborhood.  The members which volunteered were Dick Hubbard, Pete and Patricia Land and Brian Spangelo.

We arrived in Benton Harbor a 1/2 hour early, so we and decided to drive to down town area of Benton Harbor to look around.  At the same time we looked for a place to have coffee and maybe a snack. Fortunately, I saw the "Mosaic Store" which I remembered from years past. It is a non profit store staffed by local churches, selling used goods , coffee drinks , and snacks. We enjoyed a great cup of coffee and white chocolate cookies.  At ten on the hour , we arrived at FPCBH , and we were greeted by Julie Brien, pastor Laurie Hartzell, and community coordinator, Corey Bell. Other members of the church and community were also present.

Before we left for our tasks, Julie Brien opened in prayer and gave instructions of were our groups were going to work. Julie and Corey had it well organized and everybody knew what their jobs entailed. Particia Land and Julie Brien and others went to the Morton School to patch, sand , and paint an office. Dick Hubbard and I went and worked on Mr. Green's house ; to put trim boards around  and install a mail box post, and mail box.

At twelve thirty we stopped working and had a fantastic lunch . prepared for by Laurie Hartzell and Corey Bell. It was pulled pork, macaroni with cheese, potato salad, and various desserts. What a great lunch, especially the amount work that went into it.

After lunch every one returned to their particular jobs which were proceeding along quite nicely. However, I did have to buy some extra trim boards and a mail box for Mr. Green's house. In the late afternoon , the painting crew came and painted the trim around Mr. Green's house, while the others put finishing touches on to Morton School's office.

It was a beautiful, sunny warm Saturday for working. All the work was completed before we went home. It was a real blessing to work with FPCBH members, the staff, and the community members. Every one enjoyed the work and fellowship in volunteering their time to help the neighborhood. It was a real blessing.

Why Do We Pass It?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

All Saints Celebration & the Lord’s Supper: Why Do We Pass It? Rev. Chandler Stokes will be preaching on 1 Peter 2:9-10, which declares that God has made us (us?) a royal priesthood and a holy nation. The answer to the question, Why do we pass it?—that is, the elements of communion--is much the same: because we serve as priests. Those affirmations tend to make us nervous. We will explore those affirmations and our nervousness.

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Worship Schedule for November

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Why Do We Pass It?

November 2 - The 31st Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Communion
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-10
Music: John Schlafley, tenor at 8:30a
Joe Ivy, soloist, Cherub and Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


Why Is There So Much Hurt?

November 9 - The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Sacrament of Baptism
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Suffering
Scripture: Matthew 12:24-30
Music: Cheri Reid, soprano at 8:30a
Cantus, Carol and Sanctuary Choirs at 11:00a


Now What?

November 16 - The 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Confirmation Sunday
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Faith
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3
Music: Lee Copenhaver, cello and Helen Hofmeister, harpsichord at 8:30a & 11:00a
Kirk Singers and Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


Thy Kingdom Come

November 23 - Reign of Christ Sunday
Rev. Jen Porter preaching
Scripture Matthew 25:31-46
Music: Westminster Winds at 8:30a & 11:00a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


The Luminous Dark

November 30 - The 1st Sunday of Advent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Psalm 139:1-12
Music: Sarah Faasse, soprano at 8:30a
Chapel Ringers and Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


November Chimes: Thanksgiving for the heart and soul of Westminster

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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

  • Gifts in the Darkness and in the Light - Advent 2014
  • Educational Programs
  • News from Benton Harbor
  • Note from Rev. Porter
  • Much more!
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How Do I Work This?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

We need Scripture and Spirit both. The Bible without the Spirit is a dead word. The Spirit without Scripture is unbridled. It is their integration that gives the Church its life and vitality, its momentum and direction. We cannot be who we are as a community without both of them. This is the question that officers in the Presbyterian Church answer about Scripture: Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s Word to you? Part of this week’s reflection is to lift up is: by the Holy Spirit… It is essential in our understanding of the Bible.

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A Life Given By God - Stewardship 2015

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Life Given By God - Stewardship 2015

Stewardship—this care-taking, this using ourselves well—is an essential part of responding to Jesus, an essential part of being Christian. Stewardship is about how we use our gifts well. 
This year our Stewardship theme is A Life Given By God. Two our our members (Roger Nelson & Paul Karsten) and I have written to the congregation about what Westminster means to us. Here are the links to those letters.

Roger Nelson Paul Karsten Rev. Chandler Stokes

As you have heard on Sunday mornings and as you can read in the letters linked above, pledging is how we make responsible plans for Westminster's future. We invite you to be a part of those plans! If you haven't already sent in or carried in your pledge for Westminster's ministry in 2015, you may do so online through the following link:

Pledge Online


Thank you for your amazing and faithful support of Westminster's work.

I Asked For Wonder - Rev. Jen Porter Installation

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

"I Asked For Wonder" A sermon by Rev. Jeff Petersen. The installation service for Rev. Jen A. Porter on October 19, 2014.

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Where Did All This Come From?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

As throughout the confirmation series, we find again that the questions we ask really do matter. And when we ask about the Source of “all this,” religion does not answer the scientific question, but it tells a deep and resonant story about the universe. And the metaphors we use for that Source (Should we name that Source with a verb like “Love” or with a noun like “Father”?) lead us deep into the complex and mysterious heart of God. And those metaphors also make a claim on who we are; they call us to be participants and not mere observers in the universe.

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Family Bonfire and Potluck Dinner

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Come celebrate fall at the WPC Family Bonfire and Potluck Dinner.  Saturday, October 18 at 5:00p, hosted by the Calderon/Shupe family, 7170 2 Mile Rd., Ada, Michigan.  Hot dogs, beverages and s’mores provided.  Bring lawn chairs, table-settings, and a dish to pass. We’ll share in yard games, fun, and fellowship.  Everyone is welcome. RSVP by signing up in the Gathering Place or contacting Jen Kotchenruther at, or 974-9018.

Who is Jesus?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Knowing who Jesus is helps us understand how to be stewards of our lives, how to be good caretakers of the amazing human life we have each been given. And being in relationship with Jesus, that is, knowing Jesus, not just who he is, pursuing this question fully, also empowers us to become good stewards. That's a lot. Really? Is that really possible?

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10,000 Places, and More…

Rev. Jen A. Porter

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

10,000 places, and more..." Acts 8:26-40 The Ethiopian Eunuch asks Philip some central questions about faith: Am I included? It this word for me, today? Churches around the world proclaim on World Communion Sunday that we are all connected. We come to this table with our innumerable differences to the one- and through the one- who unites us all. To the table and out into the world, we are all part of the answer that Christ gives.

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Worship Schedule for October

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014


10,000 Places, and more…

October 5—The 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. Jen Porter preaching
Acts 8:26-40


Who is Jesus?

The Stewardship of a Human Life
October 12—The 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Third Graders receive their Bibles
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Jesus Christ
John 1:1-5, 14
And the Word became flesh…
—John 1:14


Where Did All This Come From?

The Stewardship of Creation
October 19—The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reception of New Members
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on the Creator
Genesis 1:1-4
And God said, “Let there be light; and there was light.”
—Genesis 1:3


How Do I Work This?

The Stewardship of What We Have Received
October 26—The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reformation Sunday Stewardship Dedication Sunday
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Scripture & Spirit
2 Peter 3:14-18
So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
speaking of this as he does in all his letters.
There are some things in them hard to understand…

—2 Peter 3:15-16



Stewardship: A Life Given By God (October 12-26)

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Worship 2014
Within our Series on Confirmation:

Confirmation: Questions for a Lifetime of Faith


We have a three-week section devoted to Stewardship—

Stewardship: A Life Given By God (October 12-26)

Some years ago the following short hymn text was commissioned by Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Throughout this confirmation series, we are singing this as a response during the presentation of the offering. It is particularly appropriate to the stewardship section of the confirmation series. These words say what may of us feel to be the way that God has blessed us, as we return our gifts to God on Sunday morning:

For the life that you have given,
for the love in Christ made known,
with these fruits of time and labor,
with these gifts that are your own:
here we offer, Lord, our praises;
heart and mind and strength we bring;
give us grace to love and serve you, 
living what we pray and sing.


The devotions, which I prepared for the October Chimes are also closely linked to the stewardship theme. The October issue of Chimes is available here.

October Chimes: Westminster Membership, Stewardship & News

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

  • Educational Programs
  • Membership at Westminster
  • Staff Updates
  • Core Missions
  • Downtown Pantry
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WPC Deli

  News Updates WPC Deli ArtPrize
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The WPC Deli will be Sunday, October 5 following the 11:00a service in the dining room, or you may get your lunch “to go.” The Middle School youth will once again be offering a deli style lunch in conjunction with ArtPrize. Suggested donation is $8; the money raised will go toward the MS youth group summer trip. Contact Shelly at with any questions.

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