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 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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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


Pastor’s Notes   Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh

As September begins, we are moving into a different rhythm than the summer months. In our house, we are into the rhythm of the school year with a different schedule and new opportunities. At church, we return to the sanctuary and welcome those who had worshipped on Saturdays throughout the summer back into our Sunday worship.

This month, our epistle reading moves us through James. Interestingly, this particular letter has been the source of some controversy in church history. The reformer Martin Luther called it a “straw gospel” worried that it suggested that our works were required for God’s grace. Other early church leaders were strong advocates for this letter because they believed that part of our baptismal calling was to live out a life of discipleship.

I am more in this second camp. James bluntly tells us that faith without works is dead. Though I agree with Luther in the sense that we cannot earn God’s grace, I believe that there is more to being a Christian than just going through the motions. For example, while it is appropriate to pray that the hungry are fed, we are also called to share our resources with those who are food insecure. This may be by supporting the United Churches of Galena Food Pantry through our donations or volunteer hours, shopping for and delivering groceries to food insecure families, volunteering with the River Bend Mobile Food Pantry, helping with the newly developed food pantry at Galena High School, or preparing and serving a meal at the Dubuque Rescue Mission. Part of living into our identity as Christians means that there is congruence between what we believe and how we behave.

Interestingly, James also speaks about “taming the tongue,” noting “How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire” (James 3: 5b). In an age where the rhetoric in our daily lives includes a lot of inflammatory language, we are reminded that Christians are called to speak blessings and of God’s justice instead. 

As we gather together as a congregation again, I am looking forward to exploring James’ words with you this month.

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

Mission & Outreach: It was determined that he following be designated for the upcoming 3-month Mission Fund:  October -- Presbyterian Disaster Relief;  November -- Galena ARC; and 

December -- Presbyterian Giving Catalog 

Call for Congregational Meeting


The Session of Westminster United Presbyterian Church issues a call for a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, September 16, 2018 immediately following worship for the purpose of requesting that Blackhawk Presbytery to dissolve the pastoral relationship with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh and dissolve the position of installed pastor for Westminster Presbyterian Church effective December 31, 2018 or when Reverend Cavanaugh receives a call due to fiscal restrictions. 

Bulletins and Newsletter Information


In the future, 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

Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh, Pastor

J8, 2018, following Morning Worship.



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. 

Local Apple Tree Update:


 The tables in Fellowship Hall were full of 78 school backpacks and bags for local needy school children. These were assembled on Monday, August 6, and distributed on Monday, August 13th.

Call for Congregational Meeting


The Session of Westminster United Presbyterian Church issues a call for a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, September 16, 2018 immediately following worship for the purpose of requesting that Blackhawk Presbytery to dissolve the pastoral relationship with Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh and dissolve the position of installed pastor for Westminster Presbyterian Church effective December 31, 2018 or when Reverend Cavanaugh receives a call due to fiscal restrictions. 

More About Us


  •   "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​


 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

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.  


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  


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Westminster United Presbyterian Church

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

(815) 777-0973


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.