News & Updates

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.

High School Youth Group and Kirk Singers Mystery Trip

  Youth News Updates
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The High School Youth Group and Kirk Singers will be leaving for their Mystery Trip on Saturday, June 20. This year, they’re going to central Appalachia for a Mystery Trip of service and adventure. Whether they’re in the wilderness or the city, the surprises encountered each day will offer new opportunities for service, and to know God and themselves better. The Kirk Singers will be singing at various locations throughout their trip, including a Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 21. Please keep the leaders and students in your prayers as they embark on this mysterious adventure!

2015 Westminster Softball Schedule

  softball News Updates
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Day Date Time Facility Opponent Home/Away
Tuesday 6/9/15 7:15 Manhattan Park Rabid Bats A
Tuesday 6/16/15 6:15 Manhattan Park Varnum A
Tuesday 6/23/15 7:15 Manhattan Park St. Stephens Martyrs A
Tuesday 6/30/15 6:15 Manhattan Park HexArmor H
Tuesday 7/7/15 6:15 Manhattan Park Micro Visions Inc. H
Tuesday 7/14/15 7:15 Manhattan Park Juust a Bit outside H
Tuesday 7/21/15 8:15 Manhattan Park Grace Episcopal H
Tuesday 7/28/15 8:15 Manhattan Park GRYP H
Tuesday 8/4/15 6:00 Manhattan Park The Grass Stains A
Tuesday 8/11/15 8:00 Manhattan Park Team 3 A


Manhattan Park is located at 3180 Cascade Rd SE, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Community Good Friday Service

  Worship Good Friday News Updates
Monday, March 30, 2015

The 80th Community Good Friday service will be held at Central Reformed Church on Friday, April 3, from 12:00-2:00pm. The service will feature music from some of the finest soloists in the area, hymn singing and meditations on the Seven Last Words from the Cross.  Participating churches are Westminster Presbyterian, First United Methodist, LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed, First (Park) Congregational, Fountain Street, the Cathedral of St. Andrew, and Central Reformed.  A free-will offering will be taken for God's Kitchen.  All are welcome -- come when you can, leave when you must.

Vanuatu devastated by cyclone, WPC encouraged to contribute

  News Updates
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Over the years, a number of WPC members have visited Vanuatu, including David Walter, former member, who spent time there as a mission-teacher. The area was recently devastated by a category 5 cyclone, the aftermath of which can be seen at the link below. Reportedly, at least 11 were killed during the "monster" storm and up to 90% of the buildings in the capital were either destroyed or damaged. Aid agencies are describing the event as catastrophic and are concerned with imminent food shortages - perhaps the most challenging the area has ever faced.

Westminster Presbyterian Church members are encouraged to make contributions written to WPC-Vanuatu. They will be passed on to the Presbyterian Disaster Agency.


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Dianne Carroll Burdick Exhibition at WPC

  News Updates
Thursday, March 12, 2015

There is a new art exhibit in the WPC art gallery! Dianne Carroll Burdick will display her photography titled “Spring” during March and April. A reception for Dianne will be on March 15 following the worship service, from 12:20p to 2:00p. Please stop by and view this interesting exhibit, and join Dianne at her reception on March 15. 

Find more info about Dianne Carroll Burdick and her art click here.


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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The 2014 Annual Report and Meeting

  annual meeting News annual report Updates 2014
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Each year, Westminster produces an annual report of its life and ministry during the past year. The purpose of this report is to inform and remind us of the multitudinous ways in which God has been faithful in the life of our congregation. We’re pleased to announce that the 2014 Annual Report is now available.

2014 Annual Report | 2014 Financials


We invite you to join us at the annual all-congregation meeting on Sunday, January 25 following the 11:00a service—lunch is provided! You can ask questions of principals from staff, Trustees, and session, hear an update about our MissionMatters capital campaign project, celebrate the Lord’s faithfulness and generosity, and remember the saints from our congregation who have passed into the fuller life of the Church Triumphant.

We’re Hiring!

  News Updates
Friday, January 23, 2015

Please find the listings for the positions that are currently available at Westminster Presbyterian Church below.

Head Custodian
Job Description
Westminster Presbyterian Church – Grand Rapids, MI
Supervised by:  Facilities Manager


Position Summary:

This position is accountable to the Facilities Manager.  The primary focus of this position is to insure that Westminster’s facilities are properly maintained and cleaned to host church and related ministry events and programming.  This involves oversight, planning, scheduling, execution, and follow-up.

Job Classification:  Non-Exempt, hourly position, 35 hours per week

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Prioritize, schedule, and direct custodial tasks on a daily, weekly, and annual basis.
  2. Schedule and coordinate major cleaning projects with other staff members.
  3. Maintain and clean all carpeted areas.
  4. Maintain and clean all tiled areas.
  5. Coordinate with other staff members, committees, and leaders to ensure proper set-up, equipping, and restoration of classrooms and other facilities.
  6. Make minor building and equipment repairs.
  7. Order, store, inventory, and secure building supplies and materials.
  8. Provide emergency “on call” services.
  9. Have a good understanding of the building, mechanics, and equipment to be available to step in for Facility Manager as needed
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.
  11. Works with others as a team to accomplish church goals.

Essential Skills

  1. Relate well to members, visitors, and staff.
  2. Possess interpersonal skills to effectively supervise the custodial staff.
  3. Able to effectively and safely operate equipment to maintain the interior and exterior of the WPC campus.
  4. Attend to details and thoroughness.
  5. Able to work flexible hours, and be available for special events as needed and respond to emergency “on call” situations.
  6. Capable of moving heavy and/or awkward objects.
  7. Employ safe work practices.
  8. Able to work in a Christian, faith based environment.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Kathy Cisler at

Administrative Assistant for Mission
Job Description
Westminster Presbyterian Church - Grand Rapids, MI
Supervised by: Church Administrator

Job Classification: Non-exempt, hourly position, 35 hour per week

Position Summary:

This position supplies administrative support to the program staff responsible for the following ministries:

 Associate Pastor for Mission and Pastoral Care
 Minister for Mission
 Church Administrator

Key duties and Responsibilities:

For Mission:

  1. Track mission participants in event registration, receive and record the required deposits, forms etc.
  2. Maintain Mission Participation lists and web interface
  3. Research travel arrangements and track dates and deadlines for mission trips
  4. Maintain all committee minutes for committees under Minister for Mission and Associate Pastor
  5. Update and maintain, in CDM+, all committee members for groups under Minister for Mission and Associate Pastor
  6. Back-up as needed for office staff, including maintaining membership database and related functions; financial database entry; calendaring and mailing; filing; greeter’s desk; maintaining office machines; etc.
  7. Other duties as assigned by Minister for Mission and Associate Pastor

Skills Required:

  1. Ability to positively interact with staff, volunteers, parishioners and public
  2. Strong computer skills: MS Office, Publisher, Outlook, and CDM+, In Design
  3. Ability to work with internet/websites and social media
  4. Strong communication and listening skills
  5. Excellent command of the English language: correct grammar, proofreading, editing, and composition skills
  6. Experience operating office machines and equipment
  7. Possess a sense of flexibility
  8. Must be detail oriented and have good organizational skills
  9. Self – starter and problem solving abilities necessary

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Kathy Cisler at

Jeremy Bork called to be Middle School Youth Director

  Staff News Updates Youth Youth Group
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WPC Youth is excited to announce the hiring of our new Middle School Youth Director, Jeremy Bork. A native of Iowa, Jeremy studied Youth Ministry and Christian Education at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and is currently a Master of Divinity student at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI. You may have seen Jeremy around WPC already, serving the congregation as both a Seminary Intern and a volunteer leader for the Middle School Youth Group and Middle School Church School. 

Jeremy’s previous work in ministry includes youth ministry internships for RCA churches in Iowa and New York, as well as serving as a leader in his college’s campus ministry and working as a program director at Ingham Lake Bible Camp in Wallingford, Iowa. 
Jeremy’s responsibilities as Middle School Youth Director will include planning and running Youth Group and Middle School Church School on Sundays as well as leading retreats and serving as a spiritual leader and mentor to the middle school youth.  
Jeremy has a heart for equality and justice. He longs for racial reconciliation, food and animal justice, and the welcome of all persons in the church. Jeremy is super excited to be part of Westminster’s community and is eager to dive deeper!


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!

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

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