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Severe and Winter Weather Policy

As we enter into another snowy Michigan winter, it’s a good time to review Westminster’s and WCDC’s severe and winter weather policy—particularly where and when to find information about whether or not church events are cancelled.

Westminster’s severe weather policy

During severe weather, Westminster staff will monitor weather broadcasts to determine the appropriate course of action; assume the church is open unless otherwise specified.

If the church is closed, announcements will be made by the following times:

Day of week When announced
Sunday worship By 6:30a
Morning events By 6:30a
Afternoon events By 10:00a
Evening events By 4:00p

Westminster Child Development Center (WCDC)

WCDC typically follows Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS):

  • If GRPS is closed, WCDC will also be closed.
  • If GRPS is closed for non-weather reasons (inservice or holiday breaks), but the weather is inclement, WCDC may close.
  • If GRPS closes only afternoon kindergarten, WCDC will remain open.

Where to find closing information

Radio and television stations:

Online and social media:

Has Nothing Changed?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon    
Sunday, December 15, 2013

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Matthew 11:2–6. John hears what’s going on with Jesus; he looks around and says, “Has nothing changed?” So, John asks Jesus if he’s the one. But John already said earlier that Jesus is the one—he’s made his confession of faith, and now he’s wavering. He’s saying, “I thought you’d be liberating us; I’m still in prison.” Jesus says, “This is what’s going on: Mercy, healing, and hope.” Maybe John was hoping for something more …and aren’t we, too?


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This Sunday in Worship: Has Nothing Changed?

  Worship Advent
Friday, December 13, 2013

This Sunday in worship: Has Nothing Changed?

We’ll worship with a sermon on Matthew 11:2–6. John hears what’s going on with Jesus; he looks around and says, “Has nothing changed?” So, John asks Jesus if he’s the one. But John already said earlier that Jesus is the one—he’s made his confession of faith, and now he’s wavering. He’s saying, “I thought you’d be liberating us; I’m still in prison.” Jesus says, “This is what’s going on: Mercy, healing, and hope.” Maybe John was hoping for something more …and aren’t we, too?

We’ll also have wonderful music and reflection on this third Sunday of Advent. Join us as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ the Lord this Advent season.

This week at Westminster

  Updates Advent Christmas Education Wpa Christmas Eve
Monday, December 9, 2013

Bring your ornaments

As part of our Advent celebration, we invite you to share an ornament from your family tree. If you’re willing to share an ornament and its story, put it on the Christmas tree in the sanctuary and bring the story to Chandler. (Please be sure the ornament is labeled with your name and isn’t too fragile or valuable.)

Thursday: WPA luncheon

You are invited to the Westminster Presbyterian Adults’ Christmas luncheon this Thursday, December 12, at Porter Hills in the Meeting House—11:30a punch bowl and 12:00p luncheon. The EGRHS Madrigals, led by Dr. James Borst, will entertain us with accapella Christmas songs. For reservations, please contact Jan Dildine at janet.dildine@comcast.net or 616-866-9281.

Christmas service schedule

Sunday, December 22: Regular worship at 8:30a and 11:00a.
Christmas Eve: Family service at 4:30p with the Cherub and Carol choirs; a festival service at 8:00p with the Sanctuary Choir, Kirk Singers, and Alumni Singers; and a candlelight service with communion at 11:00p. Nursery care will be provided at 4:30p and 8:00p.
Sunday, December 29: Only one service at 10:00a.

No children’s education/choir hour until January

There will be no children’s education/choir hour on December 15, 22, or 29. In its place, Sherrill Vore has developed an educational resource for families to use at home during Advent. If you did not receive a copy, please contact her at sherrillv@westminstergr.org or 616-717-5541.

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Missed worship? Read the additional bulletin announcements and calendar here.

Nothing to Fear?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon    
Sunday, December 8, 2013

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Luke 2:8–14. The angels in the Christmas story say to the shepherds, “Don’t be afraid.” One of our responses to fear is ritual and its formative, creative, life-giving role in our lives. We’re called to fashion a meaningful response to God, and in doing so we become a part of the story of God. We’re not here simply to watch or be the audience; instead, we’re making this happen—together.


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This Sunday in Worship: Nothing to Fear?

Join us this Sunday as we continue our ‘What Love Requires’ Advent series and look at the familiar story of Luke 2:8–14.

The angels in the Christmas story say to the shepherds, “Don’t be afraid.” One of our responses to fear is ritual and its formative, creative, life-giving role in our lives. We’re called to fashion a meaningful response to God, and in doing so we become a part of the story of God. We’re not here simply to watch or be the audience; instead, we’re making this happen—together.

We’ll have wonderful music to accompany our worship. At 8:30a, Andrew Wilkinson will play the classical recorder with Janlee Richter on harpsichord, and at 11:00a, the Cantus, Cherub, and Carol childrens choirs will sing, and the Chapel Ringers will ring handbells. Be sure to come early to get a good seat!

This week at Westminster

  Updates Music Christmas Advent suicide Camp Henry
Monday, December 2, 2013

Sunday at 7:00p: Christmas concert

Join us for the annual Westminster Christmas concert this Sunday, December 8, at 7:00p. The Sanctuary Choir, Kirk Singers, and orchestra will perform selections from Handel’s Messiah and African-American spirituals, together with our new harpsichord, as well as a sing-along of traditional carols by the congregation. A freewill offering will be collected, and nursery care will be provided.

Wednesday: WOW! family movie night

This Wednesday, December 4, bring the family and come for dinner at 5:30p followed by The Muppet Christmas Carol at 6:00p; the movie runs about 80 minutes long and is appropriate for ages 5–6+.

Conversation about suicide

Two weeks ago in worship, Rev. Stokes addressed questions related to suicide, and offered a time when we might gather to talk openly about a very difficult and taboo subject. It is a subject that needs light. This Wednesday, December 4, at 6:00p, two therapists from our congregation will lead a conversation about how suicide has touched our lives. Please join us.

Huge savings on Camp Henry registration!

Are you as excited as these guys for summer camp? Westminster members who register by Friday (December 6) will save $80 for week long camps or $40 for day or mini camps. Think of it as a Cyber Monday sale for your summer plans! Even if you’re unsure of your summer schedule, register anyway to take advantage of this significant discount: View the 2014 camp sessions and register online!

What Love Requires

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon    
Sunday, December 1, 2013

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Isaiah 2:2–4 as we begin Advent. We sometimes have a hint or an echo of something profoundly beautiful—something of God in this life—and it’s important to seek it out. But, by and large, the world is not the way it’s supposed to be. To this situation, Isaiah offers God’s promise of love, and God also brings us love in Jesus Christ. Love: That’s it. That’s what we're to be looking for, seeking out, witnessing and witnessing to: Love.


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This Sunday in worship: What Love Requires

  Worship Advent
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Join us this Sunday as, together, we look at Isaiah 2:2–5 and begin the Advent journey.

We sometimes have a hint or an echo of something profoundly beautiful—something of God in this life—and it’s important to seek it out. But, by and large, the world is not the way it’s supposed to be. To this situation, Isaiah offers God’s promise of love, and God also brings us love in Jesus Christ. Love: That’s it. That’s what we're to be looking for, seeking out, witnessing and witnessing to: Love.

We’ll hear music from the Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a, sing a song from the new hymnal, and have a discussion of Catching Fire, the second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy, during the 9:30a education hour.

This week at Westminster

Sunday: Hanging of the Greens

Join us this Sunday, December 1, as we decorate our church home to welcome the coming of Christ. We’ll have the opportunity to listen, learn, play, and create crafts to share or take home; worship and a light dinner will be offered. RSVP to Sherrill Vore or Rev. Katherine Baker.

Relief for the Philippines

The Worldwide Ministries Committee (WWMC) is sending $5,000 to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for the Philippines. WWMC invites you to add to that—send your contributions to the office this week, designated for disaster relief, and we will send our money the first week of December.

Christmas concert

Save the date: Join us Sunday, December 8, at 7:00p for selections from Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and African-American spirituals by the Sanctuary Choir, Kirk Singers, and orchestra, directed by Helen Hofmeister Hawley, as well as a sing-along of traditional carols by the congregation.. A freewill offering will be collected, and nursery care will be provided.

Thanksgiving

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Thanksgiving Reign of Christ
Sunday, November 24, 2013

The annual, national Thanksgiving Day is a metaphor for thanksgiving as a daily practice of our faith for our time. Both can be responses to the message of this, the last Sunday of the liturgical year—the Reign of Christ Sunday. A sermon by Rev. David Baak on Colossians 1:9–23.


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December Chimes: The Light of Worship

The December issue of Chimes is now available. In this month’s issue:

  • How and why we worship
  • Our music program
  • Resources for Advent
  • Youth ministry assessment
  • Christmas Joy offering
  • Core mission updates
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This Sunday in worship: Thanksgiving

  Worship Thanksgiving
Monday, November 18, 2013

The annual, national Thanksgiving Day is a metaphor for thanksgiving as a daily practice of our faith for our time.  Both can be responses to the message of this, the last Sunday of the liturgical year—the Reign of Christ Sunday. Come for a sermon on Colossians 1:11–20.

We’ll hear wonderful music from the Action Brass quintet at both services and the Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a.

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate—and give thanks for—the reign of Christ.

This week at Westminster

  Updates Wow EaRN Westminster Works Feminist Womanist Theology
Monday, November 18, 2013

Tuesday: Employment networking event

The EaRN/Westminster Works program invites you to NetWork 2 NewWork, an employment networking event, on Tuesday, November 19, from 5:00–8:00p! Everyone is welcome to attend this free professional gathering focused on networking and building careers. RSVP at www.nw2nw.org. Space is limited to the first 100 participants.

Wednesday: WOW! with Feminist/Womanist theology

Join us this Wednesday for Westminster on Wednesday (WOW!). Come for dinner at 5:30p, and stay for conversation with friends, or join the Feminist and Womanist Theology discussion group at 6:00p for “The Real Housewives of Abraham: Sarah and Hagar, Dueling Matriarchs,” a dialogue about the women and feminist voices in the bible, throughout history, and in our public spheres.

Saturday: Catching Fire

People who would like to follow up on this month’s WOW! viewing of The Hunger Games can gather to see its sequel Catching Fire at Celebration Cinema North. We’ll gather in the lobby at 2:15p for a 2:45p showtime on Saturday, November 23. Purchase of tickets online in advance of that day is encouraged. We’ll discuss the movie during the education hour on Sunday, December 1.

Praise

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Praise suicide
Sunday, November 17, 2013

A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Psalm 8. The psalmist declares, “You have set your glory above the heavens.” Praise, praise, praise—that our lives may be an expression of praise. Yet praise does not deny the pain or other realities of the world—including suicide, as our congregation recently experienced. Rather, worship names that which is worthy, and so we praise even in the midst of pain.


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