Posts Tagged With 'Missionmatters'

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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June Chimes: Retrospective

  Chimes MissionMatters Education
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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

  • Retrospective: A Narrative from Chandler Stokes
  • MissionMatters
  • Educational Programming
  • Music
  • Much more!
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MissionMatters Construction Timeline

  News Updates MissionMatters
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

We now have a plan for the construction being funded by your MissionMatters pledges, and work is moving forward.

At the joint Session and Trustees meeting on Monday, June 1, the leadership of Westminster developed a plan for the construction being funded by the capital campaign:

Phase 1, replacement of the Sanctuary roof, was completed in 2014.

Phase 2, remodeling and expansion of the Camp Henry dining hall, will begin in October 2015.

Phase 3, work at 47 Jefferson Street SE, including remodeling of and improvements to the Westminster Child Development Center, the Downtown Food Pantry, and the Columbarium, will begin in spring 2016.

Because building permits could not be obtained before July 6, and because construction at 47 Jefferson is estimated to take five months, this three-phase schedule allows all construction to proceed at a reasonable pace and without impacting Westminster programs this fall.

We are now within reach of our goal to have 90 percent of the funds for the projects pledged or in hand before Phase 2 begins. The schedule also provides additional time for us to continue to seek outside grant money, such as that already pledged by the Frey Foundation.

As of June 1, 72 percent of the $2,500,000 goal has been met. With your prayerful support and pledges, we will soon have the additional 18 percent needed to begin construction of Phase 2. If you have not already made your pledge to MissionMatters, please do so as soon as possible. You can pledge online, contact the church office to have a pledge card mailed to you, or pick up a pledge card at church. Absolutely every gift matters.

Thank you for your participation, prayers, and pledges.

MissionMatters

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     MissionMatters Worship Mission
Sunday, May 10, 2015

The story in Mark 12:38-44 is about the widow who puts her whole life in the temple treasury. Hers is an act of sacrifice to an institution that has failed her. And yet she is noticed and blessed by Jesus for her sacrifice. What can that mean for us who seek to serve Christ through the life of an institution.


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Worship Schedule for May 2015

  Worship Schedule Worship MissionMatters
Monday, April 20, 2015

Praxis Makes Perfect

May 3—The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Mark 12:28-37
There is no power out of the church that could sustain slavery [even] an hour,
if slavery were not sustained in the church.

                         -Frederick Douglas quoting Albert Barnes, 1852
Music: Stacey Tanner, Cello at 8:30a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

MissionMatters

May 10—The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Community Service at CRC
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Mark 12:38-44
Westminster Presbyterian Church seeks to lead and serve by
Stewarding our resources, including those of time, money and Creation.

                       -Westminster Vision and Mission 2010
Music: Deb Eid and family at 8:30a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

When in Our Music God is Glorified

May 17—The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Choir Recognition
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Revelation 4:1-11
"It protected us from hate," she wrote, "and literally nourished our souls."
                      -Alice Herz-Sommer on music in Terezin
Music: Sanctuary Choir at 8:30a & 11:00a

The Vulnerable Spirit

May 24—Pentecost
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Acts 2:1-21
The Spirit is wind and not wall. It is possiblility and not coercion.
It is opportunity and not threat.

         -Walter Brueggeman
Music: Sanctuary Choir at 10:00a

What the Spirit is Saying

May 31—Trinity Sunday
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Romans 8:12-17
When we cry, "Abba! Father!"it is that very Spirit
bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

-Romans 8:15-16
Music: Sanctuary Choir at 10:00a

MissionMatters Invitation

  MissionMatters
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

On behalf of the Capital Campaign,
Paul Karsten, Carol Lautenbach, and Chandler Stokes invite you to celebrate and learn more about MissionMatters.

Please join us at one of the locations listed below. 

Mingle with fellow Westminster friends | Enjoy small plates and drinks Be part of MissionMatters by learning more about the campaign

RSVP two weeks before the event of your choice.
616-717-5530 | erinv@wpcgr.org 

 

March 12, 2015 | 7-9PM
Kristine and Craig Hanson
739 Gladdstone Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

April 28, 2015 | 7-9PM
Sharon and Kurt Stiansen
1719 Scott Creek Dr. NE, Belmont

March 18, 2015 | 7-9PM
Mary Carrington
1043 Madison SE #1, Grand Rapids

April 29, 2015 | 7-9PM
Ben Boerkoel
7186 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids

March 30, 2015 | 7-9PM
Lynne and David Swets
326 Madison SE #1, Grand Rapids

April 30, 2015 | 7-9PM
Karen and Chandler Stokes
103 Newberry NE, Grand Rapids

April 23, 2015 | 7-9PM
Leigh and Mark Eriks
27 Library NE #706 and #705, Grand Rapids

May 5, 2015 | 7-9PM
John Nienhuis and Jerry Nardin
555 Clark NW, Comstock Park

April 26, 2015 | 7-9PM
Quan and Gaetan Gerville-Reache
4851 Meadow Springs Trail SE, Ada

May 7, 2015 | 7-9PM
Susan and Kent Riddle
5342 Waterwood Dr. SE, Lowell

 

 

February Chimes: MissionMatters

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

  • Mission Does Matter
  • Mission Matters - WCDC Benefits
  • Mission Matters - Camp Henry Dining Hall Expansion
  • MissionMatters - Upgrades for the Pantry
  • Much more!
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Mission Does Indeed Matter at Westminster.

  MissionMatters
Tuesday, January 27, 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

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!