Posts Tagged With 'Mission'

Share: UIX: With an eye on changing the world by acting locally, ServeGR makes volunteering easy

  Volunteer Mission ServeGR
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Last week, was featured in Rapid Growth Media. The online publication's Urban Innovation Exchange section featuring the new site "highlights the people and projects transforming West Michigan through sustainable efforts." The article is a great way to learn more about how ServeGR came into being and what we hope it will do for our community! Please share the article link on your social media networks to get the word out!


Chimes Volume 2016, #1: The Geography of Mission

The Volume 2016, #1 issue of Chimes: The Geography of Mission is now available. In this issue: 

  • Introducing Linking Lives
  • Rev Stokes Letter: Mission 2016
  • The Geography of Mission
  • Mission Committees
  • Camp Henry Forest Management
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Much more!
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Hunters, Help Fight Hunger

  community food club food pantry Mission
Friday, September 25, 2015

Please remember our Downtown Food Pantry and Community Food Club this hunting season!

Hunters, consider donating your ground venison that has been processed, sealed, and dated by a licensed facility. When you donate your meat, the cost of processing is tax-deductible.

Quality meat is cost-prohibitive for the pantry and for clients, so donated venison is particularly helpful. Venison is a healthy, extra-lean protein that is sustainable, low in cholesterol, and free of antibiotics or steroids.

When sharing the donated meat, we'll hand out easy venison recipes to clients to encourage them to try venison in everyday recipes like chili, spaghetti, etc.

For more information on how to donate, contact Heather Colletto, Minister for Mission, at or 616-717-5536. She can connect you with other Westminster hunters to share their experience donating meat and answer any questions you may have.

Food Pantry: Simply Give

  food pantry core missions Mission
Monday, August 17, 2015

The Meijer Simply Give program is back for another year! From now until September 12, 2015, each $10 donation made at the Meijer on Kalamazoo and 28th Street will be doubled by Meijer and given directly to the pantry. On September 3 (Hunger Action Day), 4, and 5, donations to the Meijer on Kalamazoo and 28th will be tripled!

Please donate your tens, twenties, fifties, and hundreds to Simply Give.  Meijer has made the promise, we must make the commitment! More info here.

May Chimes: Education “Worship, Study, and Faithful Acts of Service…”

  Chimes Education Mission
Thursday, April 30, 2015

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

  • Education
  • Elder for Children's Ministries
  • Educational Programming
  • Partnership for Mission
  • Much more!
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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. 

October Chimes: Westminster Membership, Stewardship & News

  Chimes food pantry Mission Staff
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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Feasibility Study

  roof Mission Updates Camp Henry food pantry wcdc
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Westminster Welcome...Seven Days a Week

The plan for addressing the facility needs of our core missions and our roof is ready for you to review. Before any fundraising begins, we need your opinion, which will be kept confidential, to determine the level of support for the plan.

First... Read this Letter

Second... View this video:

Third…Read this Letter

Fourth...Take this Survey


If you have questions regarding either the online or materials you will receive this week - or if you want to request a personal interview, please contact Kathy Cisler, Church Administrator, at 616-717-5533 or Thank you in advance for your guidance.

Please support the Camp Henry scholarship fund

  Updates Camp Henry Mission
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Dear Westminster members and friends,

We are asking you to support our mission at Camp Henry with a financial gift. While Camp Henry has experienced tremendous success over the past year with record enrollment, new capital improvements, and a strong staff, there is one area where Camp Henry is in significant, urgent need of support:

The Camp Henry Scholarship Fund is drastically underfunded.

Foundations grants for scholarships have been reduced by a combined $32,000, and we are committed to only offering scholarships once we have the money. We have 73 campers on a waiting list, who need financial assistance in order to attend Camp Henry this summer—and this number grows daily.

The current need is $29,967 to get those 73 campers into camp.

Because we are financially healthy, every dollar you send goes directly to the scholarship fund.

We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure money is not a barrier to attending Camp Henry this summer.

Camp Henry is not possible without the faithful and consistent support of WPC. We invite you to be a part of extending the Westminster Welcome at Camp Henry and to helping us move these campers off of the waiting list and into camp.

—Rev. Chandler Stokes, senior pastor, and Dr. Jeff “Jake” Jacobs, executive director of Camp Henry

Click here to donate online

Congregational mission inventory survey

  Updates Mission survey
Sunday, March 30, 2014

In our emphasis on mission, we stress participation, rather than patronage, in our mission work. This vision of participation begins with a simple discernment of our expertise and values, and an invitation to those around us to join us in our passions—even as we develop new ones.

With that in mind, will you to please take time to complete our Congregational Mission Inventory Survey? It’s a brief, open-ended questionnaire that allows you to express how you might like to participate in mission.

Click here to take the survey

February Chimes: Our New Hymnal

  Chimes hymnal Mission roof Watanabe refugee Updates
Thursday, January 30, 2014

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

  • Q&A about the new hymnal
  • Renovation of the sanctuary roof
  • Pasta dinner raises over $5000
  • Mission update from Julie Brien
  • Watanabe window featured in art exhibit
  • Help out with refugee resettlement
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Take a Step: MLK celebration 2014

  Martin Luther King MLK Heartside Mission
Monday, December 30, 2013

Building our Community: Take a Step

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

The first step in building community is being together.
Join us in the Gathering Place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, from 2:00–4:00p for the fifth annual Westminster–Heartside Martin Luther King Day Celebration.

The second step in building community is sharing something of yourself with others and receiving what they offer to you.
Come share music, art, poetry and prayer. Be a performer. Be in the audience. Be here.
This year church members will be joined by Heartside and Kendall Artists, musicians from True North campus ministry and musicians and poets from the neighborhood.

Come to the Mission Action Table on January 5–19 to find out how you can participate. Whether you are a musician, writer, artist, reader, listener, enjoyer or not sure what you can contribute, stop by and we’ll talk!

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.

November Chimes: Our Core Missions

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

  • Focusing on our core missions: Westminster Downtown Food Pantry, WCDC, and Camp Henry
  • Introducing the new Community Food Club
  • Looking ahead to Advent
  • ArtPrize 2013 wrap-up
  • New members
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Prayers reminder for Cuba

  Updates Cuba Mission
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Our worldwide missions team is in Cuba this week with First-Hand Aid, bringing medical supplies to three different hospitals. Please keep them in your prayers.

Photo by Simon Cocks.