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.. 

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Pulpit Supply / Greeters & Ushers



November 3-- Rev. Jim McCrea @ First Presbyterian

November 10 – Rev. Jenna Couch

November 17 – Rev. John Byker

November 24 – Rev. Diane Jochum



November 3 – at First Presbyterian

November 10 – Diane Burlison & Marty Rosenthal

November 17 – Lara Rosenthal Levens & Pauline Allendorf

November 24 – Bev & Wes Mellskog




First Presbyterian does a similar All Saints/Souls remembrance as

what Westminster has done in the past. There will be a piece of paper in

the bulletin. If you wish, you can write down whoever you wish to be

remembered (family member/friend). These will collected to be read

later in the service.

Communion will also celebrate during the Service.


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


On Wednesday, October 2nd, twenty members of the joint Westminster/First Presbyterian Churches Christian Association of Retired Persons and three guests took their annual pilgrimage to St. Donatus.

Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal at the Kalmus Restaurant, then traveled up the road to the Mississipp Abbey for carmels and other sweet treats, and finished the journey at Czipar’s Apple Orchard to buy

autumn specialties.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 6 th at Guler’s Corners, located at 1895 Wisconsin 80. This is between Hazel Green and Cuba City, at the junction going to Benton.

Also, please also mark your calendars for Thursday, December 12 th , when the group will meet at Prairie Ridge in Galena, as planned for us by Carol Godwin. The cost of the luncheon is $12.00 and is payable at

the front desk on that day.

The kitchen there must have an accurate count of the number of people attending by Thursday, December 5 th , so if you plan to attend, you will need to notify Pam McKinsey by text or phone at 815.281.2453 or by email at pamela219@juno.com prior to that date.

The facility will be decorated for Christmas, so the experience should be a great one!!

                                               AS ALWAYS, ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Deacons, Propety & Finance and Session




September 15, 2019

Opened with prayer by Jon Davis. Present: Jon Davis, Cyndy Muchow, Jean Muchow, Gerald Spensley and Norma Weis. Absent: Eileen Henrichs.

Reviewed and received minutes from June 09, 2019, meeting as printed.

Deacon for following months: October – Jon Davis and Cyndy Muchow

 November – Norma Weis

December – Jean Muchow 

Old Business: Jon said the Food Pantry at the High School is going well, and he helps unload the truck when it comes in. Because they received more produce than they can use, one-half of it goes to the Elizabeth Food Pantry. Students at the Galena High School can obtain food products during the week if there is a need. 

New Business: There was discussion regarding doing projects that require a limited amount of funds. Jon had prepared a list of many good ideas that we can look into.

In the past there was discussion regarding Primary School children that may need a coat, mitts, or shoes, and family cannot afford them. It was decided to work on this project in our church. Our entire congregation can be a part of this as they may know someone with primary age children who have outgrown these items and would be happy to donate them. These items will be stored in a small space in our storage room. We will notify the Primary School of our plans to begin the project.

Shut-ins at the nursing home and assisted living have been visited and served communion in the past months. Plans are also being made to visit or send cards to our church members not able to attend church for health reasons.

Meeting closed with a prayer by Jon Davis.

Next meeting will be held on December 15, 2019, at 9:15 AM.

Jean Muchow, Secretary


Presbyterian Women (P.W.) met Wednesday, October 9, at 11 am to assemble the 10

hygiene kits and 50 school kits for Church World Service. There were 8 individuals who

participated. A big Thank You goes to Pam McKinsey, Marge Olivier, and Helen Carroll,

who sewed the school bags.

At noon, the group was joined by 2 more individuals for our delicious potluck. The

business meeting was held following our meal.

Moderator Pam McKinsey opened the meeting. The Least Coin offering was received. The Secretary’s and Treasurer’s reports were approved as printed.

Old business consisted of the update on the United Churches of Galena Apple Tree, our

Church World Service project and the Mission Fund recipients. At our December meeting

the following 3 months will be determined.

New business consisted of sending a card to Bev Mellskog, the PW Thank Offering, which will be received Sunday, November 24, our 220 Mission Pledge and our Fruit and Cookie Plates to shut-ins and homebound members. Everyone attending is asked to bring  1 dozen cookies for the plates.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 11. We will gather at 11:30 am to assemble the Christmas Plates. A potluck will be held at 12 (noon), with the business meeting to follow.

Secretary, Helen Carroll




Since 1888, Presbyterian women have expressed their deep sense of gratitude for God’s blessing in their lives by giving back to their communities and around the world. Through the Thank Offering, we can help fund programs that provide

education, safe housing, food, clean water, health care and so much more.

Special THANK OFFERING envelopes will be available for this collection, which will be received on Sunday,

November 24. However, you can make your contribution at any time – just be sure to designate that it is for the “Thank Offering.”

The 18 projects chosen for funding this year is available on the table near the bulletin board.



  • Nov 9 – Lord of Love 10th Anniv Celeb/Installation of Bruce & Lisa Burbank, Invitation on bulletin bd.
  • Nov 12 –  Blood Drive. Flyer on bulletin bd.
  • 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. 


  • The September Mission Fund went to Riverview Center.
  • October’s Mission Fund will go to The Mop Shop, and
  • 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 Offerning. 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. 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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