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Worship Schedule for December

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Moving in the Darkness

December 7 – The 2nd Sunday of Advent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11
Music: John Nienhuis, baritone at 8:30a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


The Light of Hope

December 14 – The 3rd Sunday of Advent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Music: Peter Falb, cello, and Karl Falb, violin at 8:30a
Cantus, Cherub, Carol Choirs, Chapel and Kirk
Singers, and Sanctuary Choirs at 11:00a


The Light of Love

December 21 – The 4th Sunday of Advent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Romans 16:25-27 and I Corinthians 13
Music: Westminster Winds at 8:30a and 11:00a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a


Christmas Eve, Sitting in Darkness

December 24 – The Nativity of the Lord
4:30p – Family Service Music: Children’s Choirs
Rev Chandler Stokes preaching at 8:00p and 11:00p
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7 and Matthew 4:12-23
Music: 8:00p Sanctuary Choir, Kirk Singers, and
Alumni, 11:00p – Leslie Wilkinson, violin, and
Andrew Wilkinson, flute



December 28 – First Sunday After Christmas
Rev. Jen Porter preaching
Scripture: Luke 2:22-40
Music: Sarah and Kate Huizinga, sopranos at 11:00a

Thy Kingdom Come

Rev. Jen Porter

Sermon     Sermon Sermons
Sunday, November 23, 2014

As we stand between our confirmation series and the season of advent, we finish this church year remembering the vast kingdom of Christ. Our shepherd king shows us the way, gathering in a people who can join in loving the world.

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Severe Weather Policy

  Updates News policy
Monday, November 17, 2014

During severe weather, staff will monitor weather broadcasts to determine the appropriate course of action. For winter weather, the church and WCDC follow Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) for daytime events.

The church is assumed to be open unless otherwise specified. Staff should make a determination about the safety of coming to work and notify their supervisor as appropriate.


  • Who decides: Pastors, church administrator, and facilities manager.
  • Criteria:
o If GRPS is closed, daytime events at Westminster will be cancelled—including the Downtown Food Pantry and Open Door Ministry programs.
o On Sundays and non-school days, by decision of staff.
o The church office will remain open, unless otherwise specified. • By when: 6:30a


  • Who decides: Pastors, church administrator, and facilities manager.
  • Criteria: By decision of staff.
  • By when: 12:00p 


  • Who decides: Executive and assistant directors of WCDC. •
  • Criteria:
o If GRPS is closed, WCDC will also be closed.

o If GRPS is closed for inservices, but the weather is inclement, WCDC may close.
o If GRPS closes only afternoon kindergarten, WCDC will remain open.

Now What?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

This is what Prof. Thomas Long says: We do not get to draw a line in the sand and say, “OK, God, when I get this problem of suffering worked out in my mind, I'll step over the line toward you.” Or, “OK, God, when you begin to honor my sense of justice, then I will trust you.” No, we have to step over the line and fall on our knees in prayer and faith. Only in the light of our trust in God is there anything to see.

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Why Is There So Much Hurt?

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Asking God Why? Is the right thing to do; we can’t really help ourselves from asking. And asking this question keeps us in relationship with God—and that is good. But is God really responsible for all this suffering? The God of Jesus Christ enters suffering, and there are things in this world that are not the friend of God.

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Downtown Food Pantry Partners with Meijer for Simply Give Holiday Campaign

  News Updates food pantry Pantry
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Downtown Food Pantry has partnered with Meijer for the Simply Give Holiday Campaign at the 28th Street and Kalamazoo store from November 2nd through January 3rd.

The partnership is a tremendous opportunity for the Downtown Pantry. Meijer has provided them with $10 donation cards that can be handed out to our congregation. November 14th and 15th are DOUBLE MATCH days! For every $10 donated at this store on these 2 days, Meijer will donate an additional $20 resulting in $30 to our pantry. It's not often that you can triple your money so easily, so please take advantage of this!  It is important to note that it is ONLY the 28th Street and Kalamazoo store that we are partnered with.  

A portion of the proceeds will be shared with the Central Reformed Food Pantry, a sub-pantry of the Downtown Food Pantry.


Information on the Meijer Simply Give Program can be found
Meijer Simply Give card

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

  Worship Worship Blog Advent
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

  Chimes Benton Harbor Advent Education
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

Sermon     Sermon Sermons
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

  News Updates Family Bonfire
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.

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