PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN 

​The Presbyterian Women's Group has a variety of projects that are listed separately. Please check the newsletter for more details about this. Additional information is also available on the page for our Presbyterian Women's group.

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A special thank you for willingness to serve as the  2017 officers.

  • Moderator - Pam, Vice-Moderator - Darlene, Secretary - Helen, Treasurer - Karen

Mission Projects - 2017

  • January - Galena Salvation Army, The Salvation Army of Jo Daviess County located in Galena as it helps those in our community that are having a hard time due to displacement from their homes through fire, job loss, or illness. Temporary shelter and replacement of lost goods are found for thema as they struggle to regain the place in society.
  • February - Rockford Rescue Mission 
  • March - FINCA, FINCA (Foundation for International Community Assistance) provides financial services to help the poor in our global community build small businesses, and create jobs to work their way out of poverty. Many are women who are the sole support of their families as they try to provide a better future for this children. In this month of Mother's Day, think of these other mothers that are desparately trying to improve the lives of their families.
  • April - Presbyterian Giving Catalog - based upon the amount given, items will be picked from this catalog of needs to pick items to help in poor areas worldwide.
  • DECISIONS FOR ADDITIONAL MONTHS WILL BE MADE AT THE NEXT MEETING.
  • May
  • June - MBF - Presbyterian Medical Mission - Medical Benevolence Foundation as it tries to balance immediate, urgent medical needs with long-term sustainability in developing countries. The technology, training and supplies are in short supply and out of reach for many healthcare workers in these countries. With the help of donations they are trying to fill that void.
  • ​July - Apple Tree Project - The July Mission fund will be collected for the Westminster Presbyterian Women's "Apple Tree" project in conjunction with other Galena churches. They provide school supplies for the kids in K-8 in the Galena school district who are in need. Pick an "apple", provide supplies on the apple and help the  kids to grow in knowledge.
  • Dental Fund - We will again assist children with their dental needs through our Dental Fund. The new school nurse, Amanda Beyer, will be contacting us when the needs of the Primary School kids are evaluated.
  • August - A reminder that the August Mission Fund is being collected for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church to care for communities affected by crises and catastrophic events. In the United Sates, it is responding to devastation brought on my nature's fury from storms, fires, floods, tornadoes plus humanity's in-humanity to others by burning churches in many regions of the country. You can give hope to devastated people by donating to this month's mission fund.
  • September - The September mission fund is being collected for Church World Service (CWS). CWS responds to the world’s needs. This year we will be donating items for 35 school kits and one clean-up bucket. The mission fund money will be used for additional supplies needed to complete the kits plus shipping and handling of the kits when they are sent to the area in most need.
  • October - The October mission fund will be collected for the Galena area youth groups, i.e.: Boy Scouts, Girl
    Scouts, and 4-H Club for their work in guiding area youth to be future leaders.
    November - The November mission fund will be collected for the Wounded Warrior. Wounded Warrior
    Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound
    coincident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. Offering variety of
    programs and services, Wounded Warrior Project is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury, from the physical to the invisible wounds of war. Help those who sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms by donating to this worthy cause.
  • December - The December mission fund will be collected for The Workshop whose mission is to promote the general welfare of individuals with disabilities in Jo Daviess County. It is committed to developing, maintaining and expanding county-based services for individuals with disabilities. The state of Illinois is behind in its billing
    payments and therefore, The Workshop is behind in their regular bill payments. Help The Workshop keep its
    doors open by donating the mission fund.Tyler's Justice Center for Children - This non-profit advocacy center provides the services of referrals for crisis and interim counseling, forensic interviewing, specialized child clinical therapy, education and support to abused children and their non-offending family members in Carroll, Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties.
     


2017 Upcoming meetings - April 8th, June 10th, August 12th, October 14th and December 9th with a potluck at noon.


Special Projects

  • Apple Tree Project, Birthday OfferingChurch World Services School Kits, Thank Offering, PW Christmas Sale​, Rummage Sale, Social Night Out Bingo at the Galena-Stauss Nursing Home.
  • "Social Night Out" Bingo -  A "Social Night Out" bingo will be held at the Galena-Stauss Senior Care Community Center on Tuesday June 16 at 6:00 pm. Volunteers will be needed to assist at each of the tables. Monetary donations or treats will be appreciated. All food should be of the "low Sugar/no sugar added" type including individual fruit cups, pudding servings, etc. Contact Lydia (1-815-777-8232) or Donna (1-563-845-1759) if you can help or donate treats so we don't duplicate efforts. Future "Social Night Out" dates will be posted.

Church Ministry and Outreach Committee

  • This is a subcommittee of Westminster Presbyterian Women. More information below.

The Mission work of Westminster Presbyterian Church is varied and active. Mission outrage includes our church, our community, our country and our world. Sometimes this is through planned annual projects. At other times it is spontaneous as when some members have gone to assist with the Presbyterian Outreach for flood victims and members have found ways to assist through special projects to meet urgent needs. There is always more information about these mission projects included in the monthly church newsletter. Here are some of our regular mission projects of the church:

the mission work of the church

2015 Peace & Global Witness Offering

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

World Communion  Sunday – October 4, 2015

The Peace & Global Witness Offering—formerly known as the peacemaking Offering—supports the efforts of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to live out a deeper commitment to peacemaking as part of our faithfulness to God.


The allocation of our Peace & Global Witness Offering each year is as follows:

  • 50 percent funds the denomination-wide national Presbyterian Peacemaking Program;
  • 25 percent supports ministries of peacemaking within the Blackhawk Presbytery and our local Synod of Lincoln Trails;
  • 25 percent Westminster retains for peacemaking ministries within our own church and local community.

We will receive the Peace & Global Witness Offering Sunday, September 27 and during shared worship at the Galena Middle School on World Communion Sunday, October 4. The envelope in your offering boxes will say “Peacemaking Offering”; rest 
assured that it is the same as the Peace & Global Witness Offering. The General Assembly in 2014 approved transforming the Peacemaking Offering to the Peace & Global Witness Offering to build on a rich tradition of our church’s commitment to peacemaking as well as to engage with our global partners in new initiatives of reconciliation.


Special envelopes are also available on the table in back of our own sanctuary. Please put your name on the envelope if placing it in the shared worship offering, so that we’ll know that your contribution is associated with Westminster. If you’d prefer to wait, you may also choose to give during worship at Westminster throughout the remainder of October.

2015 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING

The Need is Great and So Is Our Calling

Since 1949 Presbyterians have shared God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world through One Great Hour of Sharing Our Easter gift will be distributed as follows"

  • 32% Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, providing relief for those affected by natural disasters
  • 36% Presbyterian Hunger Program, providing food to the hungry.
  • 32% to the Self-Development of People, helping to empower the poor and oppressed.

​For 2015, we are collecting the One Great hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering on Passions/Palm Sunday, March 29 and on Easter Sunday, April 5. Please help us reach our goal of $600.00.

One Great Hour of Sharing "Fish" Banks

Throughout Lent and as we approach Easter, we have asked our young people (and any interested adults) to "count" items and then put a designated amount of change into their fish bank for each item counted.

Passion/Palm Sunday, March 29

We remember that Jesus was celebrated on Palm Sunday when he came into town. This Holy Week, put in one coin for every birthday you have celebrated. (For example, if you will be 80 this year, put in 80 coins. If you will be 5 this year, put in 5 coins.) Consider making a gift for someone having a special celebration (birthday, anniversary) this year.

Easter Sunday, April 5One Great Hour of Sharing Received! Bring your fish banks to church.

                            David Cavanaugh - on behalf of the Stewardship and Interpretation Committee


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Each month two members of our congregation represent our church at a meeting of representatives of all churches participating in the combined outreach to the community. Th

  • Food Pantry - This group organized the Galena Food Pantry program. To work at covering different areas of need, each month have suggested non-perishable food items for donations for that month but any donations are welcome. Volunteers are needed from the churches and the community to help with the work involved with maintaining and implementing the needs related to the food pantry.
  • Special combined services - Lenten services, World Day of Prayer, Pre-Thanksgiving, Christmas Concert


UNITED CHURCHES OF GALENA

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY​