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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

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

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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In A Day

Sermon     Worship Worship Blog
Sunday, January 11, 2015

We say, as Christ's body, that in our baptism that we have become Children of God. We quickly realize as we live into our faith, that the things that change us happen in a day and over lots of years. What has changed me? We continue to walk with that question as we reflect on Jesus' baptism.

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Can we interest you in a trip to Cuba?

  Mission Cuba
Monday, December 29, 2014

We invite you to learn more about a trip to Cuba—we will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Marc Bohland, our trip organizer, at 356 Maryland NE, Grand Rapids (just south of Michigan).  The trip is sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church, specifically the WorldWide Ministries Committee.  The dates are April 23-May 1, 2015.  Know that all of you are welcome at this meeting, if only for your curiosity and information—no obligation and no immediate confirmation is necessary; a deposit of $150 is needed by the end of January or shortly thereafter for those who decide to participate.  Here are a few of the “basics:”  (And, if you are interested, then it’s also time to apply for or update your passport.)

  • We will travel with First Hand Aid (see for further details) and our trip’s primary purpose is Humanitarian Aid for patients in hospitals and families in Cuba.  
  • But, in addition, this will be an educational, inter-cultural experience because we will have a chance to interact with a number of people, from the families in whose homes we will stay to government officials.  
  • We will also have plenty of time for being tourists—without the constraints that the Cuban government usually imposes on visiting groups, thanks to First Hand Aid’s status.  
  • Finally, this group is being formed within the mission of Westminster Presbyterian Church and we will have a number of opportunities to reflect together on our experience in Cuba and the difference that may make for our faith and lives here at home.

All of which is to say, we know of no better “combination” trip where we are able to both give a lot and receive so much.
The all inclusive fare is $2,835—this includes everything except some lunches, extra evening activities, alcohol and “spending money.” Specifically included are:
Housing in casas (private rooms in family homes)
Cars in Cuba; drivers, etc
Paperwork and program fees on both sides of the ocean
Visas for Cuba
Parking in Toronto
Exit Visa out of Cuba

Deposit of $150 by the end of January.  You may pay the fare in installments after that but you should be ready to pay the remainder by the first of April. 

We are recruiting up to 18 persons to travel, for a  unique combination of service (medical supplies), education, and tourism that is possible only because we travel to bring in medical supplies. This is a Humanitarian Aid trip to hospitals and clinics in Havana and Guines, Cuba and to visit the Guines Presbyterian congregation. First Hand Aid, now in its 16th year, provides medical supplies, family support and a “Meals on Heels” program in one of the Havana neighborhoods. Additionally, travelers will have an enriching cross-cultural experience and enjoy some of the tourist attractions of both the city and the countryside. For more information, contact David Baak at; cell: 340-6782. 


Rev. Jen Porter

Sermon     Sermon Sermons
Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Revealed" God often comes in ways that are easy for us to miss. We give thanks for the Holy Spirit at work in the world, and for the dedicated witness of the faithful in our midst. Simeon and Anna have waited for decades

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Worship Schedule for January

  Worship Worship Blog
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Body Language

What has Changed?


What Good is an Epiphany?

January 4– Epiphany Sunday
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12  
Music: Leslie Wilkinsion, Violin, and Andrew Wilkinson, Flute at 8:30a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


In A Day

January 11 – The Baptism of the Lord
Rev. Jen Porter preaching
Scripture: Mark 1:4-11
Music: Viviana Kloostra, Soprano at 8:30a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


Courtney Smith and MissionMatters

January 18 – The Second Sunday after Epiphany
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Music: Nancy Patterson, Mezzo-Soprano at 8:30a
Chapel Ringers and Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


The Day You Actually Want to Hear From John the Baptist

January 25 – The Third Sunday after Epiphany
Rev. Tom Are, Jr. preaching
Scripture: Luke 3:7-17
Music: Westminster String Ensemble at 8:30 and 11:00a Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a Annual Meeting following the 11:00a service

Sitting in Darkness

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermon Sermons Worship Worship Blog
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

“Sitting in Darkness" - God did not wait till the world was ready, till...the nations were at peace. … God did not wait for the perfect time. God came when the need was deep and great. Come celebrate with us the Birth of the Messiah, the Light of the World.

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Heather Colletto appointed Minister for Mission

  News Updates
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Heather is thrilled to get to know the people and the work of Westminster. She is passionate about connecting individuals to his/her unique role within a mission. A non-profit donor relations professional, she has previously worked in Slovakia and northern Thailand, but most recently served as Development and Communications Coordinator at the YWCA West Central Michigan just one block away. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and holds a BA in English from Rutgers University.

Heather and her husband, Michael, moved in Grand Rapids in 2010. They live in Eastown, where Heather is a board member for the Eastown Community Association. Their daughter, Beatrice, is 14 months old and attends Westminster Child Development Center. Beatrice and the family cat are blissfully unaware that they are about to share the spotlight when Baby-to-Be arrives in March!

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