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Youth Ministries Director Position Available

Westminster is hiring for a Youth Ministries Director position; please help spread the word! Job Description (summary): Westminster is seeking a Christ-centered, intelligent, enthusiastic professional to serve as the leader of our Junior and Senior High Youth Ministries. Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rockford, Illinois is a thriving faith community where we enthusiastically support the children [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:48-06:00September 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Youth Ministries Director Position Available

A Father’s Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn5C8Coi5qU  Bible Old Testament: Read Jeremiah 31:7-14 I will lead them by streams of water, along smooth paths where they will never stumble. I will do this because I am Israel's father; Ephraim is my firstborn son. (v9c -9d NET) New Testament: Read Romans 8:15-17 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery leading [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:48-06:00September 9th, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on A Father’s Love

Bridge Builders

It is much easier to criticize than to praise, or to tear down than to build up.  An unkind word seems to come more naturally than a kind one sometimes.  And we are quick to point out what is going wrong and then leave it to others to figure out how to make it right.  [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-06:00September 2nd, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor|Comments Off on Bridge Builders


September is Reset Month:  Reset your giving.  Reset your time.  Reset your commitment to God. To reset something is, literally, to set it back to its original purpose, its original design. When an electronic device is functioning in a less-than-optimal way, it can be reset it so that whatever was stuck gets unstuck and all [...]

2016-08-18T16:49:41-05:00August 18th, 2016|Categories: EVENTS|Comments Off on Reset

Change it up

You read everywhere how humans innately dislike change. We are supposedly "creatures of habit" and "you can't teach an old dog a new trick," right? Apparently, to avoid change is to be comfortable and secure. If we do not change, we know what is coming next so there are no surprises, at least not the [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-06:00July 30th, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor|Comments Off on Change it up

Why is God keeping me here?

This is certainly one of those questions that I don't remember us discussing in Seminary, but with older members in our congregation, I have heard many ask this question aloud to God or to me, their Pastor, searching for meaning towards their later years in life.  Unfortunately, they didn't give us the answer to this [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-06:00July 22nd, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor|Comments Off on Why is God keeping me here?

Ode to Brad

I definitely would have had trouble coming up with a title for this post if it wasn't for Pastor Bill (since he has been referring to all of our goodbye messages to Brad this week in this manner!).  As you all know, Pastor Brad has taken a call in Florida so his last Sunday with [...]

2018-03-07T23:54:49-06:00July 16th, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor|Comments Off on Ode to Brad


Bible Old Testament:  Read Lamentations 3: 22-24 The Lord’s loyal kindness never ceases; his compassions never end. They are fresh every morning;  (v22 – 23a, NET) New Testament:  Read 2 Corinthians 5: 11-21 So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away—look, what is new has come!  (v 17, NET) [...]

2016-07-01T19:51:07-05:00July 1st, 2016|Categories: From the Pastor, Pastor's Blog|Comments Off on New


During the four weeks of Advent, we will focus on each of these attributes of Christ.  Join us as we see how HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE are revealed to us through Jesus Christ! November 28/29 - Hope Revealed December 05/06 - Peace Revealed December 12/13 - Joy Revealed December 19/20 - Love Revealed

2015-11-15T14:12:34-06:00November 15th, 2015|Categories: EVENTS|Comments Off on ADVENT IS UPON US …