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Sermon: Falling Upwards

Rev. Linda Knieriemen

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

We welcome the Rev. Linda Knieriemen as guest preacher on July 14. Linda is the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Holland. A 1990 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, she served as associate pastor here at Westminster between 1995 and 2005. She has served in several denominational roles and held positions with the Synod of the Covenant and Madison Ave (NY) Presbyterian Church. She is married to David Walter.

Sermon: All Is Not Lost

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink has served as the Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Pittsford, NY since November, 2017. He was Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church, Bay City, MI for 19 years and had served several other Presbyterian congregations. He has preached here at Westminster a number of times and early in his ministry he served as program staff at Camp Henry.


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Sermon: They Are Stronger Than Us

Rabbi Michael Schadick

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Michael Schadick has been the rabbi of Temple Emanuel, one of Westminster’s interfaith partner congregations, since 2000. He received his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1994 and his BA in Economics from Connecticut College in New London, CT. Before coming to Grand Rapids he served congregations in Orlando, Florida and in Plantation, Florida. Rabbi Schadick is an active participant in local interfaith activities and loves to spend time each summer on the faculty of the Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, WI.


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July, August, & September Guest Preachers

 
Monday, June 24, 2019

July 7 | Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink has served as the Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Pittsford, NY since November, 2017. He was Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church, Bay City, MI for 19 years and had served several other Presbyterian congregations. He has preached here at Westminster a number of times and early in his ministry he served as program staff at Camp Henry.

 

 

 

 

 

July 14 | Rev. Linda Knieriemen

The Rev. Linda Knieriemen is the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Holland. She is a 1990 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and served as associate pastor here at Westminster between 1995 and 2005; as Moderator of Lake Michigan Presbytery; and, as a member of the PCUSA General Assembly Council.  She has also served as Coordinator for Health and Hunger Ministries at the Synod of the Covenant, interim associate pastor at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York. Born in New Jersey, Linda moved to St Paul Minnesota at age twelve and has degrees from the University of Minnesota (BS Nutrition and Dietetics) and the University of Michigan (MPh). Linda is married to David Walter and enjoys his three children, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Their household includes Porter, an energetic and affectionate springer spaniel. 

July 21 | Kyle Nolan, Westminster Minister for Mission and Faith Formation

July 28 | Rev. Julie Emery

The Rev. Julie Emery has been serving as the minister/head of staff of another Westminster: Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford, CT since October 2014.  Before her call to Connecticut, the land of “steady habits”, Rev. Emery served churches in New Hampshire and New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from the University of Michigan and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2004.  She has served the PCUSA in various roles with her Presbytery, the 2018 General Assembly, NEXT Church, and the Pastoral Innovation Network of New England. Julie grew up in Grand Rapids and is the daughter of long-time members Ron and Pat Hoekman, from whom she unsurprisingly learned her love of water, music, justice and mission work.  Julie and her husband, Jason have two boys, Aiden (13), and Chase (11), a black Labrador retriever and two crazy kittens. A proud “hockey mom” during the cold season and believes that a summer just isn’t a summer if her toes don’t touch Lake Michigan. 

August 4 | Rev. Sarah Juist 

The Rev. Sarah Juist is the pastor of Hanover Presbyterian Church in Hanover, Ohio, where she has served since 2017 after she had served here at Westminster as Interim Minister for Christian Education and Family Ministries. Sarah grew up in Fulton, Illinois and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and after a small detour, received her Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Sarah is passionate about engaging and creative worship, encouraging the ministries of all people of all ages and abilities in the church, and organizational leadership. In addition to her work at HPC, she also serves on the Presbytery of Scioto Valley’s Care of Church Professionals Commission and the United Way of Licking County’s Community Impact Division. With the rest of her time, she loves to crochet, take in good books, bake homemade bread, and go exploring with her very spoiled beagle mix, Hope.

August 11 | Rev. Jeremy Bork

August 18 | Rev. Jen Porter

August 25 | Rev. Paula Anema Sohl

The Rev. Paula Anema Sohl is the Associate Minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ashland, Oregon. She completed her MDiv at Pacific School of Religion in 2011 and has been an Ashland resident for most of the past 24 years. She and her husband raised kids [in Ashland] and is delighted that her work in the church involves kids. She loves their energy and their wisdom. She is happy incorporating music, dance, ritual, and manual arts into all facets of her ministry. She is grateful for the bold witness and warm welcome of her church.

 

 

 

September 1 | Rev. David Baak (Sanctuary) Rev. Jen Porter (Camp Henry)

September 8 | (Celebration Sunday; two services begin) Rev. Jen Porter

September 15, 22, 29| Rev. Doug Van Doren

The Rev. Doug Van Doren, was pastor of Plymouth United Church of Christ for forty years, retiring in 2018. Under his leadership, Plymouth moved from barely surviving to a robust, active congregation in ministry focused on social justice and inclusion. He has chaired and served on many local boards including the Grand Rapids Urban League and Planned Parenthood of West Michigan and was co-founder of Concerned Clergy of West Michigan. Doug has served regional (Grand West Association and Michigan Conference) and national settings of the United Church of Christ and chaired the committee that brought all the mission efforts of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) together under a Common Global Ministries Board. He is married to Colleen Mahon-Van Doren and have two sons, Camilo (deceased) and Aidan. Doug is also an internationally recognized sea kayaker and sea kayak instructor.

Sermon: Come Upon You

Rev. Scott Hoezee

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Rev. Scott Hoezee is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary. He has served Christian Reformed congregations in Fremont MI and Grand Rapids and has been a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ. He is the author of several books, including the just-published Why We Listen to Sermons.


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Sermon: Majestically Backwards

Rev. Scott Hoezee

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Rev. Scott Hoezee is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary. He has served Christian Reformed congregations in Fremont MI and Grand Rapids and has been a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ. He is the author of several books, including the just-published Why We Listen to Sermons.


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Sermon: Can You Hear Me Now?

Rev. Denise Anderson

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Rev. Denise Anderson is the Coordinator for racial and intercultural justice for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and was the Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (2016). She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and continued her studies at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. She served as pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, Maryland and is a member of the NEXT Church strategy team.


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Sermon: Where Do We Look?

Rev. Dr.Suzanne McDonald

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Rev. Dr. Suzanne McDonald is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland. Born and raised in Australia, she studied in the United Kingdom and received her Ph.D from St. Andrews University. She also has taught at Westminster College, Cambridge and Calvin College and is the author of two books and several essays and articles, including John Knox for Armchair Theologians.


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Camp 2019 Online Registration

 
Monday, May 20, 2019

Sermon: A More Profound Alleluia

Kyle Kooyers

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019 | Two services at 8:30a and 11:00a | Join us as we welcome Kyle Kooyers to the pulpit. Kyle is a Candidate for Ordination in the PC(USA), a Westminster member, and a program manager for the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

Sermon: A Great Multitude No One Could Count

Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Brouwer

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019 | Two services at 8:30a and 11:00a | We welcome back Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Brouwer as our guest preacher this Sunday. Dr. Brouwer has served a number of Presbyterian congregations and, most recently, the International Protestant Church in Zurich. Join us as he leads us in worship using Revelation 7:9-17 and John 10:22-30.


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Sermon: The Mess That A Conversion Makes

Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Brouwer

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019 | Two services at 8:30a and 11:00a | Heritage Sunday with Communion | We welcome Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Brouwer as our guest preacher for this special service honoring and including our Fifty year and more members. Dr. Brouwer has served a number of Presbyterian congregations and, most recently, the International Protestant Church in Zurich. Join us as he leads us in worship using Acts 9.1-6 and “The Mess That A Conversion Makes.”


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Upcoming May & June 2019 Guest Preachers

 
Monday, April 29, 2019

Introducing our May & June
2019 Guest Preachers

May 5 & 12 | Rev. Dr. Douglas J. Brouwer  

Douglas J. Brouwer is a Presbyterian pastor who has served churches in Illinois, Michigan, Florida, and most recently Zurich, Switzerland. He is the author of several books, including How To Become a Multicultural Church, a memoir of his experience with a multiracial, multiethnic congregation in one of Europe’s largest cities. He holds degrees from Calvin College (BA), and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv, DMin.) He is now retired and lives near Holland, Michigan.

May 19, 8:30a | Kyle Kooyers 

Join us as we welcome Kyle Kooyers to the pulpit. Kyle is a Candidate for Ordination in the PC(USA), a Westminster member, and a program manager for the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

May 19, 11:00a | The Sanctuary Choir will sing Vesperae Solennes K. 339, accompanied by orchestra, during the 11:00a service.

Memorial Day Weekend | Begin one service at 10:00a

May 26 | Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink 

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink has served as the Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Pittsford, NY since November, 2017. He was Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church, Bay City, MI for 19 years and had served several other Presbyterian congregations. He has preached here at Westminster a number of times and early in his ministry he served as program staff at Camp Henry.

Westminster also holds a service on Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Henry. Rev. Jeremy Bork, Minister for Youth and Their Families, will lead the Camp Henry service at 10:00a.

| One service at 10:00a |

 

June 2 | Rev. Dr. Suzanne McDonald

Rev. Dr. Suzanne McDonald is Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland. Born and raised in Australia, she studied in the United Kingdom and received her Ph.D from St. Andrews University. She also has taught at Westminster College, Cambridge and Calvin College and is the author of two books and several essays and articles, including John Knox for Armchair Theologians.

 

 

 

June 9 | Rev. Denise Anderson

Rev. Denise Anderson is the Coordinator for racial and intercultural justice for the Presbyterian Mission Agency and was the Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (2016). She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and continued her studies at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. She served as pastor of Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, Maryland and is a member of the NEXT Church strategy team.

 

June 16 & 23 | Rev. Scott Hoezee 

Rev. Scott Hoezee is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary. He has served Christian Reformed congregations in Fremont MI and Grand Rapids and has been a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ. He is the author of several books, including the just-published Why We Listen to Sermons.

 

 

 

 

June 30 | Rabbi Michael Schadick 

Michael Schadick has been the rabbi of Temple Emanuel, one of Westminster’s interfaith partner congregations, since 2000. He received his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1994 and his BA in Economics from Connecticut College in New London, CT. Before coming to Grand Rapids he served congregations in Orlando, Florida and in Plantation, Florida. Rabbi Schadick is an active participant in local interfaith activities and loves to spend time each summer on the faculty of the Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, WI.

Sermon: Grief and New Beginnings

Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday, April 29 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity | As an artist, pastor, and retreat leader, Lisle works with communities of all kinds across the nation. She is the founder and creative director of A Sanctified Art LLC, a collaborative arts ministry providing multimedia resources for worshiping communities. Join us for this unique worship experience as we witness Rev. Lisle proclaims the Word visually.


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Sermon: Telling a Truer Story

Rev. Jeremy Bork

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday, April 21 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Jeremy Bork | Near the end of Luke's account of the resurrection, when the women share the news with the apostles, their words sound like "an idle tale," and they don't believe them. What made the message so hard to believe, and what makes it difficult to believe today? What are the stories we believe about God, the world, and ourselves, and how might the hope of Easter invite us to believe and tell truer stories? Join us at 8:30 and 11:00 as we wonder into and celebrate resurrection.


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