"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
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..
Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. There is something profoundly beautiful about taking time as a community to give thanks. This year, we have the honor of hosting the United Churches of Galena’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving service. Knowing that once we get home on a Sunday morning, it is difficult to get motivated to come back out, our service is at 12:30 pm on Sunday, November, 18, 2018. After our morning worship at Westminster, we will gather for our annual Harvest Potluck and then go back upstairs for ecumenical worship. We have invited our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout Galena to join us for this potluck and Thanksgiving worship. They are to sign up and let us know what general categories they are bringing: vegetables, starches, or desserts.
November also marks some transitions in our life together. After being called as your pastor in early December of 2006, the end of November of 2018 will mark the end of this call. My last Sunday morning preaching is November 18, 2018 and my final act of public worship in Galena will be the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service that afternoon. I will moderate the November Session meeting on November 19th, and then will take some vacation to prepare for my move at the end of the month.
During my time as your pastor, I have been impressed with the lay leadership in this church. You are truly those people who love one another and strive to share that love with your community. You persevere in prayer, seek new ways of being in mission, and offer your time, talent, and treasure to the church. Marty Rosenthal and Helen Carroll are working on finding pulpit supply to lead you in worship in the coming months. Blackhawk Presbytery will appoint a moderator for your Session beginning in December. The Deacons will make sure that everyone who is in the nursing home, assisted living, or temporarily unable to make it to worship still gets communion and visits. I have confidence that God continues to have dreams for all of you, and I trust that you have elected competent and compassionate leaders in your elders and deacons who will help to lead you into God’s future. I will be leading you in worship through the first three Sundays of November, and then Marty Rosenthal will preach on the final Sunday of the month.
November begins with one of the most profound celebrations of the Christian year: All Saints’ Day. This quiet celebration recognizes that throughout our faith journeys, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. As Christians, we celebrate the gift of resurrection, knowing that we were baptized into Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. On November 4th this year, we remember the saints who have gone before us to welcome us into God’s eternal kingdom. On November 11 and November 18th, we mark the last non-celebration Sundays in our long period of Ordinary Time. We will conclude our exploration of the life of Jesus in Mark’s gospel as we prepare for the beginning of a new liturgical year. On November 25, we celebrate the last Sunday of the liturgical year as we recognize the Reign of Christ. We recognize that Christ rules our faith and our lives as we celebrate Christ the King.
I have been blessed to have been called as your pastor, and I will continue to hold you all in prayer as you prepare for the future that God has in mind for you.
With grace, peace, and love,
Our annual Harvest Potluck will be held following Morning Worship on Sunday, November 18, which is also Rev. Cavanaugh last Sunday with us. First Presbyterian will also be worshiping with us at the 10 am since Rev. McCrea is participating in the service.
Sign-up sheets for the Harvest Potluck will be passed during worship this Sunday, November 4, and the following week.
Since Westminster is responsible this year for the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, it was decided to have all the Protestant Churches who participate in this service to also join us for the Harvest Potluck. Each of these churches also has the same sign-up sheets that Westminster has. Thus, we will have more of an idea how many will be coming for the actual Potluck.
The Union Thanksgiving service will be held at 12:30 p.m. with other churches participating. Hope to see you then!
UPDATE FROM SESSION
As of November 19, 2018, Westminster United Presbyterian Church will no longer have a full-time pastor. We are not closing our doors on Dec. 31st. It is now the full responsibility of the Session to fill the pulpit and assure regular worship will continue until it is no longer possible. The Session and Deacons will continue to serve this congregation.
Pulpit Supply Schedule
November 25th Rev. Peg Casper
December 2nd 1st Presbyterian Church -Worship & Communion
December 9th Rev. Diane Jochum
December 16th Sunday School Christmas Program
December 23rd Rev. Diane Jochum
December 24th Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols, 6 pm
Pam McKinsey, Organist
December 30th Combined Service Center for the Arts 10:15 am
January 6th 1st Presbyterian Church - Worship & Communion
January 13th Rev. John Byker
Weather, illness or whatever can change this schedule. We are working on a fallback system. Presbytery is assisting us but it us up to us to organize everything. We are the only ones knowing how to make the puzzle fit together. One advantage of pulpit supply is that if we can pick and choose. As we progress with pulpit supply it will become easier.
Presbytery is going to allow us to use members of the congregation to lead worship more often (if necessary). It should be a regular service and the sermon should try to relate to the liturgy. If the sermon is only two minutes long and the whole service is just 30 minutes it counts. We really need patience and understanding. In addition to the Deacons every member can participate in visitation to assisted living, the nursing home and the home bound. You will need to be thinking about weddings, baptisms and funerals.
Our Church is paid for, but we still have to maintain it, pay for utilities and pay for pulpit supply. It is imperative that everyone continue tithing. There are many jobs to do and we need volunteers. When you receive your time and talents letter please be as generous as possible.
Session of Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Galena, attempted to have a Session meeting on October 17, 2018, at 7 p.m., but was unable to have an official meeting due to lack of a quorum. Thus, there were only discussions and no formal action other than to pay the bills.
Those Elders present were: Helen Carroll, Beverly Mellskog and Marty Rosenthal, and Pastor Stacy Cavanaugh. Those absent were: Lara Rosenthal-Levens with an excused absence, and Ralph Muchow and Susan Sitzmann with unexcused absences.
The following information was given to those present:
Worship—First Presbyterian will be worshipping with us on Sunday, November 18, since Rev. Jim McCrea will be participating in the service as this is Rev. Cavanaugh’s last Sunday with us.
There will be a Christmas Eve service on Monday, December 24, at 6 p.m. However, we will not have communion. Members are reminded to order their poinsettia early if they want them to be delivered to the church.
Personnel—Susan Lipnick will be the pianist for the first three Sundays in November (4, 11, and 18).
Nominating Committee—Bev Mellskog’s and Marty Rosenthal’s first term on Session will expire this year. Rosenthal will act as chair of the Nominating. The Deacons will need to appoint a representative.
Next Session Meeting will be held Monday, November 19, due to Thanksgiving, November 22.
Clerk of Session Pro-tem, Helen Carroll
Diverse, yet one in Christ
For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. – Romans 12: 4-6a
Since 1888, the PW Thank Offering, collected each fall, provides a tangible way to express our gratitude in the form of an additional “thank offering to our Lord” for the special blessings in our lives. The 2017 Thank Offering provided almost $400,000 during 2018 in support of mission projects to improve the lives of women and children in need.
For 2018, the national PW’s Creative Ministries Offering Committee chose 16 projects—12 national and 4 international—to receive grants from the 2017 Thank Offering. The recipients provide an array of services in their communities—including programs for the homeless, for school children who are food insecure over the weekends, and health and nutrition services for underserved women in poorer nations such as Egypt.
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· 40% supports hospital and community health programs that in turn place priority on helping the most needy members of God’s community;
· 60% is used for other new creative ideas for mission.
The 2018 Thank Offering is scheduled, fittingly, for the weekend prior to Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 18. Special blue envelopes will be available in back of church or in the pews. This is one of two special offerings taken each year to support the mission of the church worldwide. To learn more about the 2018 PW Thank Offering and our grant support this year for these 16 mission projects, visit us on the web at https://www.presbyterianwomen.org/what_we_do/support-mission/thank-offering/. Thank you for your generous support.
— David Cavanaugh, on behalf of Westminster Presbyterian Women
Fifty (50) School Kits and thirty-five (35) Hygiene Kits will be sent this year to CWS by Westminster. Supplies for these kits are purchased and donated by members and friends of the church. This Mission Project operates similar to the local “Apple Tree” project, meaning that you pick an apple requesting particular school supplies and/or hygiene item.
The September Mission Fund monies will go towards: Handling and Shipping of these Kits to their designation– wherever in the world that may be.
As of this printing, there are still some apples and hygiene slips that can be “picked.” It is hoped that these are picked soon in order to still get in on school sales at the various stores.
The deadline for returning these items is Sunday, October 7. Then on Wednesday, October 10, Presbyterian Women (PW) will assemble these kits at 11 am. The kits will be taken to the Presbytery meeting in November.
Since we will not have Sunday worship at Westminster on Sunday, October 7, since it is World Communion Sunday, items can be brought to church or dropped off prior to that date.
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.
WESTMINSTER UNITED PRESBYTERIAN
CHURCH OF GALENA
513 South Bench St., P.O. Box 255
Galena, IL 61036-0255
Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh, Pastor
J8, 2018, following Morning Worship
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
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
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 Pastor Stacy or 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
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Would you like more information about our church? Do you have a prayer request? Do you know someone who is in need of contact with a clergy? Would you like to share something with us? You can reach us using with email the form below, by mail, or telephone. Our phone number and mail address are on this page. The church also has a Facebook account.
HOSPITAL PASTORAL CARE
If you or a loved one is in the hospital and would like a visit from our pastor, please make sure to let us know. Rev. Cavanaugh will make every effort to visit anyone in the hospital within 24 hours of learning of their admittance. Please do not assume that the hospital has called.
The pastor and 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 Pastor, the church office, or any elder or deacon and ask to be added to the list.
It is our greatest gift to care for one another. Please help us to care for you and your family by keeping us in the loop.
If you would like a visit outside of our monthly communion visits or to be added to the prayer list, again please let the pastor, deacons, or elders know so that we can call you. We make every effort to visit the homebound, but sometimes we do not realize that you are unable to make it to church unless you tell someone.
Phone 815-777-0973 and Email – email@example.com.
Home phone for emergencies or pastoral question – 815-776-0263.
Office – Monday – Thursday. If out of office, leave a message on the answering machine. Pastor doesn’t always check email or messages at church on Fridays and Saturdays.
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513 South Bench St, Galena, Illinois 61036, United States
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.