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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Pastor’s Notes -- Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh


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,    

Pastor Stacy




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

NOVEMBER, 2018  

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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!




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.

Thank you 

 Prayerfully submitted,

The Session


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 

2018 Presbyterian Women’s Thank Offering

Additional Information


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.

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
  • 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

Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh, Pastor

J8, 2018, following Morning Worship 

  • ​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

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.