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

About Us

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


  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 




  • WHO WE ARE - We are committed to worship, fellowship, and study together keeping our celebration of God's presence among us.
  • Our regular worship service is at 10 a.m. in our church sanctuary.
  • Children's Worship and Sunday School is 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 - Communion - On the 1st Sunday of the month we have communion. We welcome all believers to participate. On Communion Sunday, we have a combined Worship & Communion Service with 1st Presbyterian Church. We alternate the location between the two churches. The location for each service is listed on the calendar for the church and on the church website , in the church bulletin and in the church newsletter.
  • 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 10:30 AM at The Center for the Arts, 219 Summit Street, Galena, IL - lower level..
  •  Combined Special Services - On the 1st Sunday of the month we have communion with 1st Presbyterian Church. We welcome all believers to participate.  at location either in our sanctuary or at 1st Presbyterian Church's sanctuary on alternate months.
  • There are also other special Sundays when we have Combined services with other Galena Churches. Watch the calendar on the church website, in the church bulletin and in the church newsletter for details about these services.
  • 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 Churc

No upcoming events.

Pulpit Supply / Greeters & Ushers


PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER the needs of our church and how we can pray together for the Lord's leading for our church in all things.


December 1 -- Rev. Jim McCrea @ Westminster 

December 8 – Rev. Jenna Couch 

December 15 – Rev. John Byker 

December 22 – TBA December 29 – Combined Services (5th Sunday) at 10:30 am, Galena Arts Center 



December 01 – Darlene Rosenthal and Fran Rosentha

 December 08 – Norma Weis and Jean Muchow 

December 15 – Dorothy & George Petitgout 

December 22 – Alice and Jon Davis 

December 29 – 5th Sunday Combined Services at Galena Arts Center 




  If you pledged and wonder if you are “on target” with your giving for 2019, let Helen know so that she can check your contributions for the year and let you with what is recorded. ALSO, December 29, is a 5th Sunday combined service at the Galena Arts Center, you can just put your envelope in the collection plate, the same as you do any other Sunday. However, some of you may not be to that service, remember that the Financial Secretary-Treasurer needs your contribution definitely by Monday, December 30, for it to be counted as a 2019 Contribution. All receipts must be banked on the 31st of December.  



 Per Capita for 2020 is $38.47 again this year. As you will recall, Per Capita is the church’s apportioned shared expenses of the presbytery, the synod and the General Assembly for ecclesiastical purposes. This is a regular expense that Westminster must pay each year; the amount can vary from year to year. It would be greatly appreciated if you do not pay your Per Capita until January 5, 2020.  

C.A.R.P. - Christian Association of Retired Persons luncheon

NEXT Luncheon - The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 6 th at Guler’s Corners, locate


 On Wednesday, November 6 th , 17 members of the joint Westminster/First Presbyterian Churches and their guests met at Guler’s Corners for great food and fellowship. This was the first time the group met at this location, and everyone enjoyed the experience.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, December 12th at Prairie Ridge in Galena. The cost of the lunch is $12.00, and is payable at the front desk on the day of the meeting. 

The kitchen staff must know the number of guests to prepare for, so an accurate count needs to be given to them one week in advance. If you plan to attend, please contact Pam McKinsey no later than Thursday, December 5 th by email at pamela219@juno.com or by text or phone at 815.281.2453. 

During the winter months, the gatherings will take place in Galena. So watch the newsletters and bulletins for the locations, and be prepared for weather-related changes. 

                                  As always all are welcome! 



 Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of Jesus at the Second Coming. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming". The term "Advent" is also used in Eastern Orthodoxy for the 40-day Nativity Fast, which has practices different from those in the West. 


 Presbyterian Women will meet on Wednesday, December 11, at 11:30,  to assemble our fruit and cookie plates for our homebound, shut-ins, and church employees. Everyone is to bring a dozen cookies for the plates, with fruit and diabetic candy already donated. At noon we will have a potluck. The business meeting will follow.  



Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and cel

 In the lead up to Christmas, many of us spend time in search of the perfect gift — the gift that communicates to friends and family how much we know and love them. We search our memories for indications of what gift might cause the faces of our loved ones to light up. We scour the stores and shops, hoping to come across the thing that will communicate a depth of love that our words cannot. As important as gifts to loved ones are, we have an opportunity to give gifts that help many people we do not know through the Christmas Joy Offering. These gifts in particular draw us back to the manger and God’s perfect gift to us — Jesus Christ. Jesus came to live among us, bringing light into darkness, and reconciliation to God and to one another. A perfect gift from a gracious God. During this Christmas and Advent Season, we celebrate leadership; past, present and future through support of the Christmas Joy Offering. We do so because church leaders greatly impact our lives of faith, walking with us down the path to be more like Jesus. We want those church leaders and their families who find themselves grappling with a critical financial need to have the resources they need which are provided through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions. We also support the offering to help our future leaders in the church and world, like those educated at our Presbyterian related schools and colleges equipping communities of color. Supporting these students helps the whole church develop leaders who reflect the wideness of God’s intended diversity. For those supported through the Christmas Joy Offering, this help is truly a gift from above. May our gifts, and the leaders who receive them, point us always to the truth of the one whose birth we celebrate, Jesus Christ — the truly perfect gift. The Christmas Joy Offering will be received any time during the month of December. Envelopes for that purpose are available on the small table at the back of the sanctuary or ask the greeter/usher. 



  • Dec. 4 -  United Churches Christmas Concert Benefit for Food Pantry 7pm at St. Michael's Church, Bench St. Galena, IL
  • Dec 9 -order deadline poinsettias - Valley Perennial - red, white &  novelty varieties. 6 1/2” size- $12.99 for red or white; Novelties -$18.99. Have other sizes. 777-0546.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­STAMPS - Changes in Collection of Stamps for 2019


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.


. . . 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. 


  • November - Jo Daviess County Workshop for the Handicapped will be the recipient of our Home Mission Offering
  •  December’s will go to the Presbyterian
  • Giving Catalog for our Foreign Mission Offering. In fact, if you would like your December Mission Fund money to go to a specific item, pick up one of the Presbyterian Giving Catalogs which are available on the table in Fellowship Hall.   As was stated before, feel free to take a copy of the Presbyterian Giving Catalog home if you would like to select a particular item. Make sure that you designate that item(s) with your donation! Then designate your choice when you put your December Mission Fund envelope in the offering plate. If you have any additional questions, contact Helen.







 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.

More About Us


  • Pastor: Currently Pulpit supply, Rev. Jim McCrea, !st Pres., Galena Presbytery is our Moderator
  • Financial Secretary/Treasurer: Helen C
  • Publication Coordinators:  All bulletin information needs to be sent or given to  Marty R
  • 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 C 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 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.



  • ​​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: 10:30 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.  


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 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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