Welcome to Westminster Presbyterian Church
513 S. Bench St
Galena, IL
61036

About Us

WE CELEBRATE THE PRESENCE OF GOD - JOIN US!

 "Loving God and Serving People"  Mark 12:29-31 


  ​​"We are committed to "worship, fellowship, and study together keeping our celebration of God's presence among us in the forefront.".
(Pastor - Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh) 


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. On 5th Sun

WORSHIP

 

  • WHO WE ARE - We are committed to "worship, fellowship, and study together keeping our celebration of God's presence among us in the forefront.".  (Pastor Stacy Cavanaugh) 
  • Our regular worship service is at 10 a.m. in our church sanctuary with Children's Worship in the lower level during the worship service - from September through May. Children are in the sanctuary for the regular worship service  until after the Children's Sermon and prayer.
  • 1st Sunday of the month - On the 1st Sunday of the month we have communion. We welcome all believers to participate. 
  • 5th Sunday of the month - Combined Worship is held on the 5th Sunday of the month with 1st Presbyterian Church, United Methodist Church, Lord of Love Lutheran Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Services are at 10:15 AM at The Center for the Arts, 219 Summit Street, Galena, IL - lower level..
  •  Combined Special Services such as World Communion Sunday and the United Churches of Galena Combined Christmas Concert held at St. Michael's Church, Galena, ILon the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving at 7:00 PM.

OUR LOCATION:

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.. 

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JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS

Each month our church has a variety of events. Here are some highlights from the monthly newsletter for more details.

Pastor’s Note - Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh

     

JANUARY, 2018

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Pastor’s Notes   Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh

We begin this month with one of the most significant celebrations in our Christian lives together – the Epiphany. We know it as the time when the three wise men came to visit the infant Jesus. The wise men or Magi or kings were not just wealthy stargazers. What is significant about these visitors is that they are the first non-Jewish visitors to Jesus. In the Epiphany, God is coming for all people, not just those who had previously considered as God’s chosen. 

This may not seem like a big deal to us, but it marks the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, son of God. Throughout his life and teaching, Jesus keeps expanding the circle of who is included in God’s promise to people who had previously been considered outsiders. The absolute enormity of God’s love is beyond anything any of us can imagine.

In the United States, Epiphany is not usually celebrated with any specific traditions. By the time we get to Epiphany, many of us have put away all of our decorations, returned to the pre-holiday routines, and are ready to move back into our normal rhythms. In 2005, I spent a January term in Mexico for an Alternative Context in studying the church during my seminary studies. We arrived on Epiphany. This was a celebration to rival Christmas in the area where we were staying. 

Our congregation celebrates Epiphany with our Epiphany stars each year. I would also invite you to remember the first Epiphany, and to see how far and wide we can share God’s love with a longing a weary world.

With grace, peace, and love,

Pastor Stacy

C.A.R.P. - Christian Association of Retired Persons from Westminster/First Presbyterian Churches

  

At the invitation of resident Isobel Bell, the Christian Association of Retired Persons met at Prairie Ridge on December 6th. Twenty-three members of Westminster and First Presbyterian Churches, residents and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch in the facility's beautiful dining room and were then treated to a tour of the building. Our thanks go to Isobel for the generous invitation and to Jean Dregne for arranging the luncheon and the tour. 


The next meeting will take place at the Beijing Palace in Galena at noon on January 3rd. Please let Pam McKinsey know if you will attend by phoning or texting her at 815.281.2453 or emailing her at pamela219@juno.com. As always, all are welcome!!

Mission Fund Offerings for the Coming Months

The Mission Fund for the coming months are :  

  • December mission - "THE MOP SHOP" in Elizabeth, Ill. 
  • January mission - Galena Salvation Army - Needs more money than usual due to fact they didn't have as many bell ringers.  A very worthwhile project.
  • February mission - Make a Wish - they fulfill a wish for a very ill or child with disabilities and collect monies to make his /her wish come true. Sometimes it includes the whole family to take part in the destination of the wish.  It is a very special time for the entire family.
  • March mission - Medical Benevolence Foundation is transforming lives together with the indigenous (churches in need) in developing countries to build sustainable medical ministries in some of the poorest ministries in some of the poorest countries around the globe.  It is important to also build sustainable health care as our mission and to ensure these facilities has the opportunities to hear The Good News of the Gospel.  They use our gifts to provide training, materials and resources to heal both body and soul.

January Annual Congregation Meeting followed by Birthday Brunch

There will be available the Annual Report with 1 copy per family.

Monthly Newsletter

Our monthly newsletter has more details about our church life. These our available at church or through email when you request to receive these.

  

WESTMINSTER UNITED PRESBYTERIAN 

CHURCH OF GALENA

513 South Bench St., P.O. Box 255

Galena, IL 61036-0255

Website: www.galenawestminster.org

E-mail: wupc@att.net

Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh, Pastor

JANUARY, 2018

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Pastor’s Notes   Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh - posted earlier on the website.

SESSION

The Session met on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 and opened with a prayer.

All members were present with the exception of Ralph Muchow.

Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh and Deacon Jon Davis served communion to Nancy, Ann, Chuck, Shirley, Calista, and Donna.

The Christmas Eve Service will be a 6:00 p.m. Candlelight and Holy Communion Service.

From December 26th until January 1st Rev. Cavanaugh will be on vacation; thus, Rev. Jim McCrea will be on call. The December 31st Service will be a shared service at First Presbyterian Church at 10:15 a.m.

The Annual Meeting and Birthday Brunch will be in January 28. 

Courtney and Michael Badran will be doing the bulletin and the Newsletter. Their email address is Info@galenachapels.com. Thus, send anything that you want in the bulletin to them at that email address.

The Peace and Global Witness offering has amounted to $195.00 with 75% being sent in to Blackhawk Presbytery and the remainder to be determined by the local congregation to designate for peace and justice. It was determined to give our portion to the River View Center. 

The Estimate of Giving forms along with the Involvement (Time & Talent) forms needs to be returned.

Next meeting will be on January 17th. Closed with a prayer.

Sue Sitzmann, Clerk of Session

DEACON MEETING

DECEMBER 10, 2017

1. Opened with a prayer by Rev. Cavanaugh.

2. Reviewed and received as printed the September’s meeting.  

3. Deacon of the month –

  •  January – Fran Rosenthal
  •  February – Eileen Henrichs 
  • March – Jean Muchow

4. Old Business – Dubuque Mission Meal 

In the future the amount of meat should be increased and both soft and hard tacos should be used. 

5. New Business – 

  • The small loaf of communion bread will now be purchased at
  • at Piggly Wiggly.
  • Circle of Prayer – There was discussion regarding having an e-mail rather than telephoning. It was decided to send a letter to each member getting their preference. Also, a new person will need to get it started and that person must be a member of the family who is ill.
  • There is no policy in place for the people serving as a contact person as to the amount of information needed. Mr. Davis said he will put together a policy to follow.

6. Educational Projects - Volunteer Hospice of Illinois is looking for volunteers for respite care. Rev. Cavanaugh will contact them and ask for a speaker to talk to interested people in our congregation.

7. The minister served communion along with Deacon John Davis in December to 

Calista, Shirley, Donna and Ellen in Assisted Living, Nancy at Bell Tower and Ann at her home

The next meeting will be on March 18, 2018 at 9:15 A.M. 

Meeting closed with a prayer by Jon Davis,

Jean Muchow

Clerk

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C.A.R.P

At the invitation of resident Isobel Bell, the Christian Association of Retired Persons met at Prairie Ridge on December 6th. Twenty-three members of Westminster and First Presbyterian Churches, residents and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch in the facility's beautiful dining room and were then treated to a tour of the building. Our thanks go to Isobel for the generous invitation and to Jean Dregne for arranging the luncheon and the tour. 

The next meeting will take place at the Beijing Palace in Galena at noon on January 3rd. Please let Pam McKinsey know if you will attend by phoning or texting her at 815.281.2453 or emailing her at pamela219@juno.com. As always, all are welcome!!\


Church Ministry and Outreach

(A subcommittee of Westminster Presbyterian Women)

  • December mission - "THE MOP SHOP" is in Elizabeth, Ill.  
  • January mission - Galena Salvation Army - Needs more money than usual due to fact they didn't have as many bell ringers.  A very worthwhile project.
  • February mission - Make a Wish - they fulfill a wish for a very ill or child with disabilities and collect monies to make his /her wish come true. Sometimes it includes the whole family to take part in the destination of the wish.  It is a very special time for the entire family.
  • March mission - Medical Benevolence Foundation is transforming lives together with the indigenous (churches in need) in developing countries to build sustainable medical ministries in some of the poorest ministries in some of the poorest countries around the globe.  It is important to also build sustainable health care as our mission and to ensure these facilities has the opportunities to hear The Good News of the Gospel.  They use our gifts to provide training, materials and resources to heal both body and soul.

Submitted by Fran Rosenthal

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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN (P.W.)

Westminster’s Presbyterian Women (P.W.) met on Wednesday, December 13th, at noon for our annual Christmas potluck. Following lunch, our bi-monthly meeting was held. Moderator Pam McKinsey opened the meeting with a short story, “Where Is God?” 

The Least Coin offering was received The Secretary’s minutes were approved as printed. The Treasurer’s report was approved as printed also.

Old Business: Church World Service results were that Westminster sent 50 School Kits and 20 Hygiene Kits. The total received at the November Presbytery meeting was 1502 School Kits, 622 Hygiene Kits, and 264 Clean-Up Buckets. 

Christmas Sales Table is ongoing. 

Money Left from Apple Tree Donations: Since there were funds left from the local “Apple Tree” donations, the question had been raised as to what to do with these. After some discussion, it was decided to “hold” this money in our treasury with the designation of “Apple Tree” funds. This decision was made based on the fact that 4 other churches had sent donations for this purpose.

P.W. Thank Offering: As of 12/13, a total of $155 were received for this purpose, which will be sent in.

New Business: Mission & Outreach: Designation of the following for the upcoming 3 months:

  • January – The Galena Salvation Army
  • February – Make a Wish
  • March -- MBF, Presbyterian Medical Mission

Election of Officers: The following were elected as P. W. officers for the upcoming year: 

  • President – Pam McKinsey,
  • Vice-President – Darlene Farrey
  • Secretary -- Helen Carroll
  • Treasurer – Karen Lenstra

Upcoming Events: World Day of Prayer is scheduled to be held on Friday, March 2, at Grace Episcopal Church. However, no information has been received as of this date. 

2018 Spring Gathering will be held on Friday, April 27, at the Princeton First Presbyterian Church.

February Meeting: Hopefully, we can host a Foreign Exchange Student at a time that is convenient for that individual for our February meeting. Date will be determined. 

Christmas Plates were made for 4 employees and 8 members who in Assisted Living , Nursing Home, and/or shut-ins. 

Submitted by


Helen Carroll, Secretary


ESTIMATE OF GIVING AND TIME & TALENT INVOLVEMENT SHEETS

As of this publication date, a total of 44% of the congregation has returned their 2018 Estimates of Giving form. We have over 34% of the 2018 Proposed Budget to be met yet. YOU can help lower that amount. Please consider doing your part.

The congregation as a whole has returned approximately 50% of their Time and Talent Involve-ment sheets. This is good! However, if you have not returned yours, please take the time to complete it and returned that, too. Remember, more hands make for lighter work! 

Your 2018 Per Capita amount is $36.34. You can pay this at any time now after the 1st of ­­­­­­­­­­January. 

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GREETERS/USHERS, LITIGUISTS AND COMMUNSION SERVERS

  



Greeters/Ushers /  Communion   Servers / Liturgists

 







 

January 7 - Norma Weis &

Darlene   Farrey / Darlene Farrey &

Marty   Rosenthal  Marty Rosenthal

  

January 14 - Wesley & Beverly

Mellskog / Isobel Bell

 

January 21 - Steve & Carrie Kovoutrk / Darlene Farrey


January 28 - Darlene Rosenthal & Eileen Henrichs /  Beverly Mellskog

 

  

ANNOUNCEMENT


Reminder to send your Bulletin and Newsletter articles to Courtney and Michael Badran, who are going to be our new Publication Co-ordinators.

Courtney Badran’s email is (info@galenachapels.com) and her cell phone number is 773-310-2172. 

However, the Annual Report information should be given or sent to Helen Carroll. Her email is hm.carroll@att.net. These are due Sunday, January 7, so that distribution will be on at least one week (if not two weeks) before the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 28, 2018, following Morning Worship.

GET INVOLVED!

UNITED CHURCHES CHILI COOK-OFF - 12th Annual

  The United Churches of Galena is a Chili Cook-Off as a way to raise funds for the UCG Galena Emergency Fund helping those when they are in neeed. 

Date: Feb 4th @ 5PM

Where: Crossroads Community Church, Galena

Bring: A Chili to share in the contest, your family, a snack, yourself and be ready for a great time!

Chili winner will be announce at Half-Time

For more information call" 1-815-541-3977

SUNDAY SCHOOL PROGRAM

During the school year, our church has a Sunday School program. Children are in the church service until after the Children’s Sermon when they, and Sunday School teachers,go to the lower level for the Sunday School program. Children return to the sanctuary for communion, baptisms and other special events scheduled to include the Sunday School. There are also times when Sunday School members participate in the worship service. .

CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

On this website is the calendar for our church. Events and activities are added as become known and repeating activities are already entered. One week at a time is shown but at the bottom of the calendar listing is a button for "More Events" that  you can use to see later dates on our calendar.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN'S GROUP

The PW Women's group is actively involved in a variety of projects many of which the whole church becomes involved also. Activities includ,e but are not limited too; the Apple Tree Project, Church World Services for school and hygiene kits, Thank Offering, Rummage and Christmas Sale, and Mission offering projects. 

SOME OF CHURCH ACTIVITIES

Below are some details about some of the activities we have as part of our church life. Sunday School for children, Coffee Fellowship after morning worship, monthly CARP (Christian Association of Retired People) lunches with retirees from 1st Presbryterian, PW (Presbyterian Women), Weekly Men's breakfast, Souper Bowl of Caring and others.

UNITED CHURCH'S OF GALENA

The United Churches of Galena has many activities that bring the churches together to worship and grow in our Christian faith. Special Combined Services includes Lenten services, World Day of Prayer, United Good Friday Service, Shared Maundy Thursday service, Community Hunger Luncheon, Chili Cook-Off, World Communion Sunday, Pre-Thanksgiving Service, Christmas Concert, Ash Wednesday Service

Watch for details close to the actual event.

Churches now working with us on the Apple Tree project - St. Michael's Catholic and Lord of Love Lutheran.

Food Pantry - This group organized the Galena Food Pantry program.

  • DONATIONS: To work at covering different areas of need, each month have suggested non-perishable food items for donations for that month but any donations are welcome including food items and/or money. 
  • VOLUNTEERS are needed from the churches and the community to help with the work involved with maintaining and implementing the needs related to the food pantry. All work is done on a volunteer basis.

More About Us

OUR STAFF

  •   "We are committed to "worship, fellowship, and study together keeping our celebration of God's presence among us in the forefront.".  (Pastor Stacy Cavanaugh) 

 

  • Pastor: Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh
  • Financial Secretary/Treasurer: Helen Carroll
  • Organist: Carol Godwin 
  • Publication Coordinators:  Courtney and Michael Badran,   info@galenachapels.com  and Courtney's  her cell phone number is 773-310-2172. 
  • ​Custodian: David Morales​


OUR CHURCH HISTORY

 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.


AFFILIATIONS

  • ​​Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ​- https://www.pcusa.org
  • Blackhawk Prebytery www.blackhawkpresbytery.org
  • Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center http://www.strongholdcenter.org/
  • United Churches of Galena is an organization of many of the churches in Galena and nearby. The minister and a representative from each of these churches meet on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August) to share with each other their joys and concerns and support one another in these.  They also plan and prepare for the shared activities such as World Day of Prayer Service, Good Friday Service, Thanksgiving Eve Service, and a Community Christmas Concert. For several years there has also been a multi-congregation Vacation Bible School at some time during the summer. The date, time and location of these special events are announced near the time of the event. Furthermore, there is also a shared provision for caring for needy individuals passing through our community.

KEY SCRIPTURE

  •   " How shall we walk by faith to serve the Lord?  Prayerfully seek the Lord's leading. AND 
  • Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  ​2 Timothy 2:15 King ames Version (KJV)King James Version (KJV)by Public Domain 

5th SUNDAY SHARED SERVICES WITH 4 CHURCHES

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

Dates: The shared services for 2017 will  be: Jan 29, APRIL 30, July 30, September service will be on World      Communion Day, Oct 29, Dec, 31?Shared services for 2018 will be: April 29, July 29, September 30, and December 30.

Time: 10:15 AM 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.  

THE DAILY WORK OF THE CHURCH

Elders, Deacons and Committees

 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.

The ELDERS and the DEACONS

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

  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

  • The Stewardship and Interpretation Committee coordinates our giving of time, talent and money including development of effective ways to identify and present stewardship opportunities to the congregation.
  • ​The Church Ministry and Outreach Committee  is a sub-committee of the Presbyterian Women's group. It responds to the call for aid locally, nationally and internationally to victims of floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and famine.
  • PW (Presbyterian Women) members work on the annual Apple Tree project providing school supplies to needy local school children and on the annual Church World Service project meeting whatever challenge is brought to the committee, including School Kits and Hygiene Kits. This group makes sure that visitors are aware of opportunities to get involved with our various church programs. [Did they miss  you? Volunteer! Find out who to talk to about volunteering. OR, attend a PW meeting and volunteer there!]
  • The Worship Committee enhances the quality of our worship, including special services (e.g. Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday), choral and instrumental music, lay liturgists, e.t.c..
  • The Church Life Committee oversees social activities including Birthday Brunch, Sundae Sunday, Harvest Potluck, picnics and other special celebrations.
  • Personnel
  • Presbytery Representation
  • Property and Finance Committee has responsibilities that include the maintaining good use of our facilities and the use of our finances. This includes establishing the budget for the church and making decisions related to this. This committee reports to the Session.
  • Volunteer! Without being on a board or committee, there are so many ways that you can serve the Lord here at Westminster. Look for opportunities to do so. Don't wait to be asked! Volunteer! 

LAY LEADERS

  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  

How may we enrich our service to help meet your needs?

What are you looking for to worship the Lord and grow spiritually? Talk to Pastor Stacy or someone else at church to see if there is a way we can work together on this.

Prayerfully consider how you may be able to serve the Lord at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

  "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  

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Westminster United Presbyterian Church

513 South Bench St, Galena, Illinois 61036, United States

(815) 777-0973

Hours

Contact Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh: I will be at the church office on M-Th every week.   While I may be in and out for meetings and home visits, I will get any message that comes in at the church (815) 777-0973 anytime from Sunday after church through about 2:45 PM on Thursday. Between Thursday afternoon & Sunday AM, I can be reached at home (815) 776-0263 for emergencies and pastoral questions. I don't always check e-mail on Fridays and Saturdays. There is an answering machine at church & at home.