We invite you to join us to worship and fellowship at Westminster Presbyterian Church. We sincerely hope you receive a blessing.
Our Sunday morning worship is at 10:00 AM.
When there is a 5th Sunday in the month, we have a combined worship service with some of the other churches in Galena. This is held at 10:30am at the Center for the Arts lower level, 219 Summit Street, Galena, IL, 61036
We are conveniently located at 513 S. Bench Street. (See map later on site.) Our church and steeple can be seen from the highway and from the highway bridge. We are located just above the floodgates on Main Street. There is one step to get into the church building. Once inside there are stairs or an elevator to the sanctuary level. There are also a variety of parking options that include parking on Bench St, parking behind the public library located farther on Bench St (the library is closed on Sunday), Main Street, or the public parking lot just inside the floodgates. There are stairs going from Main Street to Bench Street a short distance from Westminster Church. One set of Stairs is in front of the library and the other is next to the parking lot on Main Street. So, there are a variety of ways to reach us and also a variety of options for parking. See the Contact Us section for a map and additional information..
PULPIT SUPPLY SCHEDULE
November 3-- Rev. Jim McCrea @ First Presbyterian
November 10 – Rev. Jenna Couch
November 17 – Rev. John Byker
November 24 – Rev. Diane Jochum
GREETERS and USHERS
November 3 – at First Presbyterian
November 10 – Diane Burlison & Marty Rosenthal
November 17 – Lara Rosenthal Levens & Pauline Allendorf
November 24 – Bev & Wes Mellskog
First Presbyterian does a similar All Saints/Souls remembrance as
what Westminster has done in the past. There will be a piece of paper in
the bulletin. If you wish, you can write down whoever you wish to be
remembered (family member/friend). These will collected to be read
later in the service.
Communion will also celebrate during the Service.
PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER the needs of our church and how we can pray together for the Lord's leading for our church.
On Wednesday, October 2nd, twenty members of the joint Westminster/First Presbyterian Churches Christian Association of Retired Persons and three guests took their annual pilgrimage to St. Donatus.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal at the Kalmus Restaurant, then traveled up the road to the Mississipp Abbey for carmels and other sweet treats, and finished the journey at Czipar’s Apple Orchard to buy
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 6 th at Guler’s Corners, located at 1895 Wisconsin 80. This is between Hazel Green and Cuba City, at the junction going to Benton.
Also, please also mark your calendars for Thursday, December 12 th , when the group will meet at Prairie Ridge in Galena, as planned for us by Carol Godwin. The cost of the luncheon is $12.00 and is payable at
the front desk on that day.
The kitchen there must have an accurate count of the number of people attending by Thursday, December 5 th , so if you plan to attend, you will need to notify Pam McKinsey by text or phone at 815.281.2453 or by email at email@example.com prior to that date.
The facility will be decorated for Christmas, so the experience should be a great one!!
AS ALWAYS, ALL ARE WELCOME!!
September 15, 2019
Opened with prayer by Jon Davis. Present: Jon Davis, Cyndy Muchow, Jean Muchow, Gerald Spensley and Norma Weis. Absent: Eileen Henrichs.
Reviewed and received minutes from June 09, 2019, meeting as printed.
Deacon for following months: October – Jon Davis and Cyndy Muchow
November – Norma Weis
December – Jean Muchow
Old Business: Jon said the Food Pantry at the High School is going well, and he helps unload the truck when it comes in. Because they received more produce than they can use, one-half of it goes to the Elizabeth Food Pantry. Students at the Galena High School can obtain food products during the week if there is a need.
New Business: There was discussion regarding doing projects that require a limited amount of funds. Jon had prepared a list of many good ideas that we can look into.
In the past there was discussion regarding Primary School children that may need a coat, mitts, or shoes, and family cannot afford them. It was decided to work on this project in our church. Our entire congregation can be a part of this as they may know someone with primary age children who have outgrown these items and would be happy to donate them. These items will be stored in a small space in our storage room. We will notify the Primary School of our plans to begin the project.
Shut-ins at the nursing home and assisted living have been visited and served communion in the past months. Plans are also being made to visit or send cards to our church members not able to attend church for health reasons.
Meeting closed with a prayer by Jon Davis.
Next meeting will be held on December 15, 2019, at 9:15 AM.
Jean Muchow, Secretary
Presbyterian Women (P.W.) met Wednesday, October 9, at 11 am to assemble the 10
hygiene kits and 50 school kits for Church World Service. There were 8 individuals who
participated. A big Thank You goes to Pam McKinsey, Marge Olivier, and Helen Carroll,
who sewed the school bags.
At noon, the group was joined by 2 more individuals for our delicious potluck. The
business meeting was held following our meal.
Moderator Pam McKinsey opened the meeting. The Least Coin offering was received. The Secretary’s and Treasurer’s reports were approved as printed.
Old business consisted of the update on the United Churches of Galena Apple Tree, our
Church World Service project and the Mission Fund recipients. At our December meeting
the following 3 months will be determined.
New business consisted of sending a card to Bev Mellskog, the PW Thank Offering, which will be received Sunday, November 24, our 220 Mission Pledge and our Fruit and Cookie Plates to shut-ins and homebound members. Everyone attending is asked to bring 1 dozen cookies for the plates.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 11. We will gather at 11:30 am to assemble the Christmas Plates. A potluck will be held at 12 (noon), with the business meeting to follow.
Secretary, Helen Carroll
Since 1888, Presbyterian women have expressed their deep sense of gratitude for God’s blessing in their lives by giving back to their communities and around the world. Through the Thank Offering, we can help fund programs that provide
education, safe housing, food, clean water, health care and so much more.
Special THANK OFFERING envelopes will be available for this collection, which will be received on Sunday,
November 24. However, you can make your contribution at any time – just be sure to designate that it is for the “Thank Offering.”
The 18 projects chosen for funding this year is available on the table near the bulletin board.
1) Do not save metered mail.
2) Do not save permit number posting.
Save Pre-Sorted, Non Profit, Bulk Main and Pre Sorted Standard Stamps.
3) If the postage has been printed into the envelope, not onto the envelope, it is called a Cut Square. Alliance Stamp Ministry can use these.
4) We continue to make use of DAMAGED STAMPS!
5) Dealers still require a border of ¼ to 1/3 inch of paper around the stamp. If the border is less than that, the stamp can still be sold, but at a lower price. The stamps are sold by the pound and you are cutting off our profits.
6) Alliance Stamp Ministry still has a market for regular postage that is UNCANCELLED.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
. . . for the Stamps you sent to the Stamp Ministry. The income from their sale goes to support preparation, publication and distribution of a Spanish language curriculum for Sunday Schools. More than 50 lesson series have been published and are being used in churches of 40 different denominations in Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, Spain and even the USA.
In July 2018, the ALLANCE STAMP MINISTRY with God’s help, reached ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!! This brings us to a grand total of $1,021,300.00 since the inception of the Stamp Ministry back in 1972.
As of the end of December 2018, $46,300 (the total for 2018) has been generated in support of the Sunday School Program. Thank you so much for your support of this vital ministry.
Copies of the Presbyterian Giving Catalog are on the table under the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. Items in this catalog can be used year round for gift giving. Consider using this especially for your hard to buy for friends and relative
Please let the Session know if you know anyone interested in playing an instrument for our services.
All are welcome
to join s in the lower sanctuary for a coffee time after the worship service.
If you would like to provide the treats for a Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet available on the kitchen counter for anyone who wants help out by bringing something for coffee hour.
WESTMINSTER UNITED PRESBYTERIAN
CHURCH OF GALENA
513 South Bench St., P.O. Box 255
Galena, IL 61036-0255
Pastor -Currently pulpit supply
Custodian: David M
Not long after the 1832 Blackhawk Indian War in this area, the first meeting that led to the formation of Westminster United Presbyterian Church was held. Westminster Presbyterian's roots go back to 1845.
Below is a button link to a summary of the historic timeline for Westminster Presbyterian Church church History.
CHURCHES - The shared services are with Westminster Prebyterian, Lord of Love Lutheran, Galena United Methodist, and First Presbyterian.
Location: Unless specified otherwise in announcements, the location for the services will be at the Galena Center for the Performing Arts, Summit Street, on the lower level.
Parking is available on the level or on the street level. This is in the former doctors' clinic building in the area that was the fitness center.
Time: 10:30 AM
GALENA COMMUNITY BUILDING GROUP - The Galena Community Building Group, which was an extension of the 2016 Lenten Sacred Conversations on racism, invites you to their meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at Galena United Methodist Church. This group focuses on education about the plight of our non-white neighbors and advocacy for vulnerable populations within our city.
OUTREACH PROGRAM - The Galena Public Library has started an outreach program. Do you know anyone in our library district who has a library card and would benefit from having books, DVDs, etc, delivered to their door? This might be a person who has a disability or an emergency (at home caring for a sick parent or child) that make it impossible to physically go to the library and has no one else readily available to pick up material at the library. The patron needs to fill out an information form and a questionnaire of their likes and dislikes. Please contact Linda Klug -- Circulation Services Librarian at 815-777-0200 on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday at the Galena Library.
We serve the Lord and our church members as well as our community with the message of the Love of God and His Love and Compassion for each of us.
While our Church Leadership has the responsibility of the operations of the church, each of us is called to serve the Lord and share the message of His Love and Forgiveness. We hope you find a way to serve the Lord by being part of our congregation - as a regular or as a visitor.
For each board and committee, there is a monthly report in the church newsletter Check these for current information about the activities of these boards, committees and activities of lay leaders in the church.
Elders and Deacons fulfill the functions and responsibilities of these boards and oversee the various committees and establish programs for the church.
The SESSION (ELDERS) is responsible for the mission and government of our church. It receives new members, leads our participation in mission, provides for our worship and growth, challenges our stewardship, oversees our finances and property, maintains relationships with other church bodies and provides direction for program areas and activities.
The BOARD of DEACONS coordinates the ministy to those in need, to the sick and friendless and any person who may be in distress. Ministries include serving communion at church and to shut-ins, overseeing our Circle of Prayer, volunteering at the food pantry, overseeing our coffee hour after worship, visiting and calling on those in need, sending welcome cards to visitors, and birthday cards.
The COMMITTEES play an important role in a variety of ways and areas as specified by the committee. The work of these boards and committees help take care of the business and spiritual functions of the church.
There are many ways to be involved in implementing the life of the church. Below is a listing of the current committees and a short description about their function. There is also a monthly report from each of the committees in the church monthly newsletter
Each one of us is a lay leader called to serve the Lord wherever we may be: "But in all things presenting ourselves as the ministers of God,"
2 Corinthians 6:4a King James 2000 Bible
What are you looking for to worship the Lord and grow spiritually? Talk to someone else at church to see if there is a way we can work together on this.
"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."
Romans 12: 4-8 NIV
We hope you enjoy our site and that you will join us to worship and fellowship.
Would you like more information about our church? Do you have a prayer request? You can reach us using with email the form below, by mail, or telephone. Our phone number and mail address are on this page.
HOSPITAL PASTORAL CARE
If you or a loved one is in the hospital and would like a visit call our church phone number and leave a message. Please do not assume that the hospital has called. At this point, we do not have a full time pastor but leave a message on the church phone and someon will get back to you.
The deacons bring monthly communion to ANYONE who wishes to receive it. If you are unable to attend church for a time, whether that be for one month or several, and you would like to have communion, please call the church office, or any elder or deacon and ask to be added to the list.
We love to have visitors whether for one visit or many!
513 South Bench St, Galena, Illinois 61036, United States