With an early Lent and Easter this year, we are invited to begin giving prayerful consideration to the 2016 One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Since 1949 Presbyterians have shared God's love with our neighbors in need around the world through One Great Hour of Sharing. Last year, our Easter gift was distributed as follows:

​     32% Presbyterian Diseaster Assistance, providing relief to 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 2016, we are collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering on Passion/Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 and on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. Please help us exceed our prior Year's goal of $600.00. For more information see the OGHS page.

Chili Cook-Off - United Churches of Galena 

The United Churches of Galena will sponsor the first Chili Cook-Off in September. Rev. Cavanaugh will have entry forms if you would like to make a crockpot of chili for this event. Watch for details for the 2017 cook-off.

GREETINGS FROM MISSION RECIPIENTS IN NIGER Our favorite part of playing & living in Niger is “playing outside under the shade of a tree in the dust and sand.”  The leaves we found outside our house are, “marenga (good for eating), mango and pomegranate. They are still green because we just got done with the rainy season here.”  We like to do things here with the kids like “playing with soccer balls, rolling tires, and even playing tickle wars!”  We hope you have fun “playing in leaves, building snowmen and wearing warm clothes and stockings.” Your friends, Adeline and Simeon (children of missionaries Michael and Rachel Ludwig) 
**See the December 2014 Newsletter for more from our friends in Niger.**


Below are some details about some of the activities we have as part of our church life.

  • Children's Church - Children adjourn to the lower level after the Children's Sermon every Sunday from September through May.
  • Coffee Fellowship after morning worship service
  • CARP - Christian Association of Retired Peopl- Now combined with First Presbyterian Church. Meets at noon the 1st Wednesday of every month at different restaurants in the area. Each month, the restaurant for the next month is decided and announced about the week before. During the winter months, in town restaurants with parking lots are selected, but the other months of the year the group may stay in town or travel to a nearby town. All are welcome to share a noon meal and friendly conversation.
  • Social Night Out - Games and activities for those in the Galena-Stauss nursing home at 6 p.m. the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For 2016. Westminster is responsible for the leadership for the following months - February 16, April 19, June 21 and October 18. All begin at 6 p.m..   Reminders about the time and date are announced in the church bulletin. Contact Lydia if you are able to volunteer to assist the residence and/or provide sugar free treats and game prizes.
  • PW (Presbyterian Women) - Information about the monthly meeting is announced in newsletter, bulletin and on website.
  • Men's Breakfast - Announced in calendar and bulletin. Currently, the Men's breakfast is held Wednesday morning at 9:30 A.M. at the Midwest Medical Center Cafe, in Galena.
  • Apple Tree Project - materials gathered and assembled in August before the start of school. This has become a combined project with St. Michael's Church and Lord of Love Church.
  • Church World Service Kits:This is a project organized by Presbytery. Our church is one of the participating churches providing a selection of School Kits, Hygiene Kits, Baby Care Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets. Our goal for participation changes each year.
  • Souper Bowl of Caring - More than 25 years ago, Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: "Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those who are without even a bowl of soup to eat." Since that day, more than $100 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. Through this mission, young people, especially, learn what it's like to make a positive difference in the world - as they collect food, raise money and volunteer to work in charities that provide shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry and compassion to those in need:  Be part of this movement that is sharing God's love with those in need. While enjoying the football playoffs throughout January leading up to the Super Bowl on February 7, 2016, please consider giving generously to the Souper Bowl of Caring (monetary or with a can of soup or soup mix). Every dollar and/or can of soup donated will go directly to the Galena Food Pantry.
  • ​2016 - On Sunday, 
  • World Day of Prayer - Combined service with other Galena churches.
  • United Christmas Concert - Date and time announce with concert held at St. Michael's church. Free will offering is for the Galena Food Pantry.
  • Ash Wednesday Service - 2015 on February 18 at Westminster United Presbyterian Church. It is a shared service between Westminster Presbyterian, Lord of Love Lutheran, and Galena United Methodist.
  • 2015 Lenten Community Dinner and Hymn Study - at 6:00 PM until 6:45 PM at Galena Methodist Church for 5 sessions for dinner of soup, bread, relishes, desserts, coffee and lemonade. After dinner you are welcome to leave or stay for the hymn study offered for those interested. The study on Lenten hymns ("Will You Come and Follow Me? An Adult Lenten Study on Hymns:). It doesn't presume you know, have sung or want to sing or like a particular hymn. There is more information about this in the February Newsletter.
  • Maundy Thursday Service - 2015 at Grace Episcopal Church. This year we will join our friends at Grace Episcopal Church for an agape meal followed by worship on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Grace Episcopal Church.
  • The agape meal starts at 6:00 PM in the Grace Episcopal parish house. This meal is not exactly a Christian Seder (Jewish meal commemorating the Passover). or a Lenten soup supper. Instead, this meal evokes the type of meal that the early Christians would share each week before worship. The fare is simple - soups, salad, dates, nuts, hummus, pita bread, and wine (or grape juice). The meal is punctuated by several toasts and several times of reflection. This is a sit-down meal so we do need to have a head count of those who plan to attend. If you have not signed-up in the fellowshiip hall and plan to attend, please call Rev. Cavanaugh at 1-815-776-0253 as soon as possible.
  • The shared Maundy Thursday service at 7 - ​Whether or not you attend the agape meal, all are invited to our shared Maundy Thursday service at 7 PM at Grace Episcopal Church. This solemn and beautiful service commemorates the last night Jesus shared with his disciples before his arrest. During this service, we will remember that Last Supper in our celebration of the Eucharist. We will remember Christ's loving service as we are invited to participate in a footwashing. We will remember the love that Christ showed for us by enduring arrest, trial, and execution on our behalf as we journey to the cross through the hearing and reading of scripture. Please join us on Thursday evening for this solumn service of enacted prayer and remembrance.
  • 2015 United Good Friday Service: The three days leading up to Easter are among the holiest time of the Christian year. Each year, the United Churches of Galena hosts a Good Friday service to remember the day of Jesus's death even as we prepare to celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday. This year, Westminster United Presbyterian Church is hosting this solumn and beautiful service. The service begins at Noon on Friday, April 3rd and will last approximately 45 minutes. It includes special music from a shared choir, directed by Pam McKinsey, prayers, solumn intercessions, solumn reproaches of the cross, and a time for reflection and enacted prayer. Even though this service remembers Christ's painful crucifixion, we Christians deem it "good" because death is not the last word. As we prepare to celebrate Christ's resurrection on Easter, please consider joining us as we remember that Christ's great love for us came at a great cost.
  • Combined Vacation Bible School - Details to be announced.
  • Community Soup Supper every Wednesday in February 2015 from 5-7PM at First Presbyterian Church. 

Community Hunger Luncheon

  • The Hunger Luncheon benefits the United Churches of Galena Community Food Pantry which helps families in need. This is the only major fundraiser for the Galena Food Pantry.
  • 2015 
  • Each church is asked to sponsor a table for $200. Each table will seat ten (10) people; thus, each individual's donation would be $20.
  • This year a unique lunch (cod fish, bread, olive oil and grape juice) will be served. A shor program will be held based on the Scripture of Jesus feeding the 5,000. 
  • Westminster is seeking 10 individuals who would like to attend. Contact Rev. Stacy Cavanaugh or Helen if you would like to attend.