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 - 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 10:30 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

No upcoming events.


Tuesday, July 16th, at 12 (noon), at Crossroads Church


The  school supplies gathered by contributions from the churches in the United Churches of Galena have all been gathered, assembled and distributed. before the start of the 2019-2020 school year. 

"Thanks to all of you for the great response to the United Churches of Galena "Apple Tree Project" both in actual items purchased and donated and for the great donations. The Mission Fund for July went towards this project.

There are still apples available on the Church World Service Tree that need to be picked. School supplies are on sale now; purchase and take advantage of these sales. The Mission Fund for the month of August will go toward the CWS shipping and handling fee."




The Church World Service apples also can be picked.  These school kits will not be taken to the CWS Distribution Center in Elgin until later (early Fall).  

However, why not take advantage of the school savings that stores (Wal-mart, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Target, Staples, etc.) are offering at this time.  Save $$’s if you can.

 The P.W.’s Challenge for this year is 50 School Kits and 10 Hygiene Kits.


Bulletins and Newsletter Information

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

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

NEXT Luncheon at noon on August 7th at the Olive Garden Restaurant in Dubuque

 On July 3rd, sixteen members of the combined Westminster/First Presbyterian Churches Christian Association of Retired Persons met at the Beiijing Buffet for a great lunch and warm fellowship. 

Bridge construction work forced us to postpone a previously-scheduled meeting at the Olive Garden, but in August we will try to forge ahead. So, the next meeting will take place at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 7th at the Olive Garden Restaurant in Dubuque, Attendance is not limited to Presbyterians, so if you have friends of other denominations who would like to join us, please feel free to invite them to any of our next gatherings.  

Please let Pam McKinsey know if you will attend the next meeting by phoning or texting her at 815.281.2453 or emailing her at pamela219@juno.com

As you plan ahead, please mark your calendars for September 4th, when we will meet at Chestnut Mountain, and for October 2nd, when we will make our annual pilgrimage to St. Donatus. We have also been informed that Prairie Ridge would be happy to host us again, so we might want to look at that destination for a November or December meeting. 

As always, ALL ARE WELCOME!!!!    

Deacons, Propety & Finance and Session

Summer Break

  For July the Deacon, Property and Finance and Session did not meet. Meetings resume in August. 






Westminster Pres Women (P.W.) met Wed, June 12, at noon


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 PW did not meet in July. The next meeting will be at 1pm on August 14th.

FREE FOOD – The 3rd Monday of the Month

First Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Bench Street, will be hosting

First Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Bench Street, will be hosting on the third Monday of 

each month from 5:00-7:00 p.m. .Be our guest for free food prepared by a fabulous cook, Laurie Rische, and free entertainment provided by local musicians. Where else can you have so much fun for so little?

For more information contact: www.firstpresgalena.org for Laurie’s Kitchen Free Food for Galena


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­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. 


  • July - Local United Churches Apple Tree Project Local School Supplies Project
  • August - CWS (Church World Services) Kits Processing Fees of $2.00 per kit


During the summer months our scheduling for the Greeters and Ushers and also for the Liturgists will be listed in the weekly bulletin.

Pulpit Supply Schedule




 August 4 -  Rev. Jim McCrea @ 1st Presbyterian. Communion will be served 

August 11 - TBD

August 18 - Rev. John Byker 

August 25 -  Rev. Jenna Couch

September 1 - Rev. Jim McCrea @ Westminster Communion will be served - Combined Service with 1st Presbyterian Church, Galena

September 8 - Rev. Paul Uzel

September 15 - Rev John Byker

September 22 Rev. Diane Jochum



 Copies of the Presbyterian Giving Catalog are on the table under the bulleting 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.


    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, Rev. Jim McCrea, !st Pres., Galena Presbytery 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.

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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Westminster United Presbyterian Church

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

(815) 777-0973

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