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Heather Colletto appointed Minister for Mission

  News Updates
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Heather is thrilled to get to know the people and the work of Westminster. She is passionate about connecting individuals to his/her unique role within a mission. A non-profit donor relations professional, she has previously worked in Slovakia and northern Thailand, but most recently served as Development and Communications Coordinator at the YWCA West Central Michigan just one block away. She is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and holds a BA in English from Rutgers University.

Heather and her husband, Michael, moved in Grand Rapids in 2010. They live in Eastown, where Heather is a board member for the Eastown Community Association. Their daughter, Beatrice, is 14 months old and attends Westminster Child Development Center. Beatrice and the family cat are blissfully unaware that they are about to share the spotlight when Baby-to-Be arrives in March!

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.

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

  News Benton Harbor Updates
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.

A Life Given By God - Stewardship 2015

  stewardship News Updates
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.

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.

WPC Deli

  News Updates WPC Deli ArtPrize
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The WPC Deli will be Sunday, October 5 following the 11:00a service in the dining room, or you may get your lunch “to go.” The Middle School youth will once again be offering a deli style lunch in conjunction with ArtPrize. Suggested donation is $8; the money raised will go toward the MS youth group summer trip. Contact Shelly at with any questions.

Fall Women’s Retreat

  Women's Retreat News Updates
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Hebrew word bara suggests the idea of shaping or creating.  It names the way in which we are invited into partnership with God in the shaping of our own lives and those around us.  During our retreat time this year Rev. Katie Baker will help us explore the biblical foundation of that invitation and some of the many ways that we embody that creative agency.  We may not be poets or painters, singers or actors but there are, in fact, countless ways that we see, process, and then respond creatively to our world, to one another, and to our God.  Come share your own experience and try out a new form!  There will be a number of workshop opportunities to learn and practice creativity via cooking, mandala-making, choral reading, knitting/quilting, photography and yes—painting and writing!  These will be led by members and friends of WPC.  Registrations are available NOW in the Gathering Place, by calling the church office, or by downloading the form here

Here are the details:
October 10—11, 2014
(late Friday afternoon through 4:00p Saturday)
Friday/Saturday fee is $51, Saturday only is $24. Partial Scholarship help available as needed
Please contact Susan Jennings regarding registration or with questions!, 717-5542

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County Wide Food Drive

  News Updates food pantry
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Westminster Food Pantry is gearing up for one of their most important days of the year. The County Wide Food Drive is on the horizon, and will take place on October 11, 2014. We are seeking donations of non-perishable food items from now until that date. Donations can be brought directly to the church.

During this drive alone, Westminster’s Food Pantry receives several months’ worth of foods, including items such as canned vegetables and canned fruit. These donations are an enormous help in our quest to serve our clients. Please contact the Westminster Food Pantry with any questions by calling 616-717-5581.

Below is a list of suggested items to donate.


  • Canned meats
  • Beans & rice
  • Cereal
  • Pasta Sauce (no pasta at this time please)
  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Beef Stew
  • Soups
  • Low fat/sodium foods
  • Personal care items (shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Household items (laundry soap, dish soap, etc.)

Flu Shot Clinic on Sunday

  Updates News
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We have an opportunity to obtain flu vaccines for you and your family at WPC, Sunday, September 14. The flu clinic will be held from 9:30am to 12:30pm in the dining room. The injections will be $30. Cash, check or insurance is accepted for payment. Please bring your insurance or Medicare card with you this Sunday. Please consider this preventative measure for your health and the health of those around you. Help to minimize the outbreak of the flu for WPC this year.

Two Week Update from Benton Harbor

  News Updates Benton Harbor
Thursday, September 4, 2014

A new youth group leader has recently been hired at First Prez and is scheduled to begin work on September 14th. Gentry Phillips, the coordinator of the summer youth leadership program that ended in July, will meet regularly with our youth twice a month for Sunday school and once a month for youth group. We are excited for his arrival and our continued partnership with him.

In celebration of a new principal at Morton Montessori, a 1st-8th grade located across the street from First Presbyterian Church, colorful walls have been painted in the office by First Prez staff members Lee Ann H. and Julie Brien. The change of leadership has brought much joy into the community and enrollment has increased in the school. First Presbyterian Thursday night’s prayer group had the opportunity to walk around and pray throughout the school for two weeks in anticipation for a great school year. Praying with the principal and secretary was a remarkable time of joy, hope and love. We are all excited for this new partnership to grow and bloom throughout the year.

Presbyterian Women of Westminster: Mexican Potluck Dinner

  News Updates
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Have you ever wanted to know the woman sitting in the pew ahead of you or meet other women of Westminster?  Join us for a Mexican Potluck Dinner Wednesday, September 10, gathering at 5:30 pm, with dinner at 6:00 pm in the dining room.  Please bring a Mexican-type dish to pass.  It will just be good food and fellowship!  We hope you can join us.

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