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

About 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




  • 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  with services at different locations and Combined Christmas Concert held at St. Michael's Church, Galena, ILon the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving at 7:00 PM.



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.. 

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Galena, IL

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  “The Session of Westminster United Presbyterian Church of Galena, Illinois, issues a call for the Annual Congregational Meeting to be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019, immediately following morning worship for the purpose of receiving reports of the Session, the Board of Deacons and other organizations of the church; election of church nominating committee, election of church officers and transacting any other business as may be appropriate” 



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

Galena, IL 61036-0255

Website: www.galenawestminster.org

E-mail: wupc@att.net

Pastor - Currently Pulpit Supply  

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Lent Begins Ash Wednesday - March 6, 2019


                    This year’s stunning devotional invites us on a spiritual and visual pilgrimage through the holy season of Lent . . . through the final days of our Lord’s ministry . . . his passion . . . his death on the cross . . . and finally his glorious resurrection at Easter. 

Relying on the powerful words of the Psalms, we peer at the heartbreaking ravages of the world through Jesus’ eyes: poverty, racism, sexism, corruption, violence and so many other social ills that afflict God’s beloved children. For those of us intent on bending the arc of history toward justice, it might be tempting to become agitated and exhausted. But with God, there is always hope. 

So, through magnificent photography and a spiritual discipline called visio divina — praying with art — we open our eyes with new awareness and gratitude for the beauty of creation. The devotional offers a dazzling smorgasbord of soul-stirring original photographs, each with a short guided meditation to lift our hearts and fortify us for the rest of our Lenten journey.

The text, meditations and original photography are all the loving work of the Rev. Krin Van Tatenhove, long-time Presbyterian pastor, hospice chaplain, substance abuse counselor, traveler, photographer, and amazing storyteller.

If anyone would like to order this Lenten devotional, contact Alice Davis, by Sunday, February 17. Her cell phone number is 815-541-0315.



The annual Birthday Brunch will be held Sunday, February 3, 2019, following the Annual Congregational Meeting.  

The menu will consist of egg casserole, rolls (or breads), orange juice, coffee and milk. A free-will donation basket will be available to help defray expenses.

Plan to attend by signing up prior to the actual event. The reasoning is so that we have enough for everyone attending. Sunday, January 27, is the last that you can sign up unless you call someone on the Church Life Committee (Jean Muchow, Darlene Farrey, Fran Rosenthal, Eileen Henrichs, Sue Sitzmann, or Helen Carroll.




“Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help we are mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat.” Little did Rev. Brad Smith know that these worlds of prayer would spring to life. Little did he know that the hearts and minds of students across the U.S. would prove to be fertile soil for the movement of God’s grace being born that Sunday morning long ago. Of course, we are talking about the Souper Bowl of Caring.

On the first Sunday of February, the country’s attention turns to the Super Bowl. And while we should enjoy the game, perhaps God wants to stir us to imagine something more.

What if the hundred million viewers of the big game would give a dollar or two each to help feed a neighbor in need? What if students across the country were mobilized and encouraged to collect canned goods and money that would all be given to a charity they choose? What if churches across the land would take the lead in transforming that weekend into a time of giving and caring?

The students of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, got the ball rolling when 22 churches participated that first year. Since that kickoff, this youth-led effort has mobilized people from every state and every stripe to give an aggregate of $90 million in cash and cans to soup kitchens and food banks across the country. What a joy to have watched this movement of God’s grace grow all these years! What a delight to imagine what could yet come to pass. 

Written by Rev. Brad Smith, pastor, Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S. C. 

We at Westminster United Presbyterian, Galena, will also be doing the same – collecting donations of cash and/or non-perishable food items for the United Churches of Galena FOOD PANTRY. Canned goods, plus personal care items, will be welcomed. 

When? Sunday, February 3! 

REMEMBER, everything donated stays locally in Galena!



The January meeting of C.A.R.P. took place at Emmy Lou's Restaurant in Galena, with 11 members attending. The winter took its toll, causing several members to be unable to attend because of illness. Still, the group enjoyed great conversation and food.

To help you to plan ahead, the group decided on lunch destinations for the next three months. In February, the group will meet at Bejng Buffet, in March, at Gobbie's, and in April, at the Green Street restaurant in the DeSoto Hotel.

So--- the next gathering will be on Wednesday, February 6th at 12:00 noon. If you plan to attend, please let Pam McKinsey know by texting or phoning her at 815.281.2453, or emailing her at pamela219@juno.com.

PLAEASE PLAN TO COME.... AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS! It is not necessary to attend either of the Presbyterian churches in order to participate with the group. 



February 3 Lara & Marty

February 10 Darlene F & Fran 

February 17 Dorothy & George 

February 24 Fern & Lori 



February Mission Fund

will go to Make A Wish;

Laura M will be giving a Minute for Mission on this program;

March’s Mission Fund money will go to Living Water for the World.


 No Session information was submitted for the January meeting which was held Tuesday, January 15th.  



As you may or may not know, Rev. Cavanaugh was installed at the Union Presbyterian Church, Monroe, Wisconsin, on Sunday, January 13th.

Her new address is: 

2707 5th, 

Monroe, WI 53566.

Pulpit Supply Schedule


January 27th - Rev.   Jim Breed

 February 3rd - Rev.   Jenna Couch

 February 10th - Pastor   Adam Mostert 

February 17th - Rev.   Diane  Jochum 

February 24th - Open 

March 3rd - Rev.   Diane Jochum

Presbyterian Women


  Jun Kim from South Korea, the Foreign Exchange student living in Galena this year, will give his presentation on his country and life there on Sunday, February 10, at 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. 

Cookies and beverages will be served following his presentation. 

Women from the Lord of Love Lutheran Church and the United Methodist Church are also going to be



  The December Mission Fund went to the Presbyterian Giving Catalog. It was a very successful cause .  

  The following items were selected:

    pairs of Piglets, flocks of Chickens, Jerry Cans, bag of Moninga Tree Seeds,

Water Filter System, Kitchen Kit, Sewing Machine, Set of Farming Tools





Please let the Session know if you know anyone interested in playing an instrument for our services.


    New Sign-up sheets are available by the kitchen for anyone wanted to help out by bringing something for coffee hour.

More About Us


  • Pastor: Currently Pulpit supply 
  • Financial Secretary/Treasurer: Helen Carroll
  • Publication Coordinators:  All bulletin information needs to be sent or given to  Marty Rosenthal, roseys1968@att.net, by Wednesday of each week in order that the info will appear in the following Sunday’s bulletin; and All Newsletter info needs to be sent or given to Helen Carroll, hm.carroll@att.net.  



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

Galena, IL 61036-0255


Website: www.galenawestminster.org

E-mail: wupc@att.net

Pastor -Currently pulpit supply

​Custodian: David Morales​



 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.

Church history



  • ​​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.



  •   " 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 



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: 10:15 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.  


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.


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

  • 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! 


  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  


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.

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Westminster United Presbyterian Church

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

(815) 777-0973