Ash Wednesday ~ March 6, 2019

March 8, 2019, we will hold an Ash Wednesday service in the Sanctuary at 7:00 am. After the service, please join us in Roberts Hall for a light breakfast. In the evening, there will be a joint Ash Wednesday supper and service held at First United Methodist Church at 6:00 pm. Additional information is forthcoming.

Westminster in Prayer

The Family of Rose Hanes ~ Please keep Pat Burns and family in your prayers
The Family of Jack Padilla ~ Jack is related to Heather Landon; He was 15 years old and committed suicide ~ Hold the family in your prayers while they go thru life without him
The Family of Jim Dietz ~ Jim passed away last week ~ Please keep Dylce and Louise in your prayers
The Family of Bob French ~ Bob passed away yesterday ~ He’s been in Baldwin Healthcare since Christmas
The Family of Garry Gorton
The Family of LeRoy Fredricks ~ Also keep Norene Hobbs in your prayers as she was his beloved partner for over 19 years
The Family of Harold D. Hinderliter who passed away January 23rd ~ He was a former member of Westminster
The Families of Tammy Gorton and Beth Griffin in the passing of their beloved sister, Janie Ebeck
Gene Seaton ~ Friend of Gary Harris’s ~ Gene has lung cancer
Mary Cearfoss ~ Doing well after hip surgery! At Wellsville for Rehab and trying to pace herself with all the activities they have there
Deanna Fox ~ Back in the office part-time after hip surgery. She is doing well, praise God!
Jeff Thompson, Terri’s husband ~ Hip replacement surgery went well and he is home!
Kathy Sandstrom and Family ~ Shirlene’s cousin, Kathy lost her daughter, Kelsey to a blood clot. Kelsey was pregnant with her second child
Cooper Heishman ~ Update on Cooper; No change for last 11 days; Started moving his fingers when spoken to; Responsive, but still in a coma; Was given meds to bring him out of the coma, but no success at this time
Kathy Reynolds ~ Multiple Myeloma; Her chemo has started; She is very tired; Please keep Bob in your prayers also as they travel this path together
Darlene Lister ~ Judy Hasty’s friend whose cancer has returned; Asking for healing and strength as she continues her treatment
Wynona Hayward ~ Rock Creek ~ In Hospice
Dorothy Chaney ~ CANCER FREE!
Sheri Sellers ~ Nedra and Jack’s friend, Janie Nourot’s daughter-in-law; A team of doctors performed surgery on Sheri and she will be going home today (Monday, February 18th); She will need rehab, but we are grateful for successful surgeries
Loisann Eversmeyer ~ Marie Stewart’s aunt who had a stroke; she was moved to Wellsville Retirement Home
Allison Williams ~ Angela Lisle’s sister has chronic health issues and small children; New meds have caused other issues; She also has received news about a family member with a serious illness
Brenda Garron-Carroll ~ Terri Thompson’s Aunt in NY; Severe stomach pain, hospitalized twice and the doctors cannot pin down the cause
Carol Sue Brown ~ Nedra Porter’s sister, several health issues; Her husband, JayDee is waiting knee surgery
Erik Warren ~ Ongoing health issues
Dick and Marge Martin and their grandson, Sage and family ~ Sage has leukemia
Jauslyn Quinn ~ Terri Thompson’s granddaughter (17 years old); Spent a night in Children’s Mercy and the doctors cannot pin down what is causing her pain; She previously had pancreatitis
Linda Neece ~ Friend of the Sands family who is terminally ill
Allen Cain ~ Terri Thompson’s friend’s son who has been suffering from seizures and is now in KU Hospital for the 4th time. He is having testing on his brain to try and determine the cause
Renea George ~ Mother of one of our Small Steps Preschool teacher ~ Update: Going thru chemo
Les Bradford ~ Friend of Damon Williams, LaDora Jackson’s son; Les’s mother was just diagnosed with cancer; Please keep their family in your prayers
Riley Howell ~ 6 year old little girl at Children’s Hospital; Has a respiratory infection that needs to clear prior to chemotherapy treatments
Kristie Batten ~ Hasty Awards employee with cancer; Going thru chemo and coping well
Patty ~ Terri Thompsons’s friend who is going thru chemo for multiple myeloma
Bill Smell ~ Recovering from a fall and broken arm
Beth Mollett ~ Doctor found a heart murmur. Pray for healing; Praise that she is engaged to Richard who was in church with her!
Gary Vathauer ~ Joyce Records’ Dad who has had seizures and a torn rotatator cuff ~ In Brookside Skilled Facility
Les Arnold ~ Joe Ferguson’s cousin, Steve Warren’s friend~severe injuries from being thrown from a horse
Stonci Marsh ~ friend of Karen Harris’s ~ 2nd round of chemo
Michelle Johnson’s sister’s husband, Larry ~ Larry is in need of chemotherapy, but unable to get until his kidney functions better
Sarah ~ Friend of Courtney Sands ~ She had a car accident with critical complications ~ Praises to God as Sarah found out she WILL be able to walk
The Family of Ivy Maxwell
Charlene Gibbs, Sherril Unruh’s neighbor ~ huge blood clot
Paul Pennock ~ Nedra Porter’s brother who has health issues
Jodi John ~ Friend of Don Carr
Virgil Croucher ~ Friend of Bob Dunn
Shirley and Hans ~ Don Carr’s sister and brother-in-law; Shirley has alzheimers and Hans is going blind
Ron Robison ~ Judy Hasty’s best friend’s husband ~ Holding his own
Angela Lisle
Debbie Hutton
Christopher Browne and his Sister, Caroline ~ Christopher called in and asked for prayers for healing; He for his heart and his sister for epilepsy and depression; Strength for both
Larry Swinnerton ~ Michelle Johnson’s father ~ in Hospice
Vicki ~ A friend of Linda Rishel’s who lives in Topeka; Vicki is home and slowly regaining some strength and energy; Due to the radiation and chemo, has a feeding tube Casey Ward
Trevor Riley ~ Doing better and hoping for his surgery in March
Leons Restaurant ~ Pray for the employees of this restaurant as they had to close
Janie Nourot ~ Nedra Porter’s friend
Those who have lost jobs and are looking for employment
Our 2nd Friday Community Dinner Friends
Those who have lost loved ones
Those who were affected by natural disasters and those who are helping in the rescue
Our Missionaries
Our Military
Victims of Hate Crimes
LifeCare Center
Our Nations Leaders ~ President Donald Trump and Vice-President Michael Pence
Our Enemies
Pray for all those who put their lives on the line everyday for each one of us ~ Police, Fire Department, Emergency Workers

Church Family in Care Centers
Vintage Park: Mary Lou Sheldon, Norene Hobbs, Carol Gorton, Darold Cain
Rock Creek West: Marilyn Nordeen, Phyllis Foster, Faye Hunt, Becky Lepley
Rock Creek Skilled Nursing: Joel Nordeen, Shirley Barnes
Out of Town: Loraine Hanscum, Virginia Cordle
Baldwin Rehab Center: Cal Ewing
Wellsville Retirement Community Center: Wanda Ballinger

Garry D. Gorton

Garry Gorton, a 57 year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019. He served as an Elder and on the Board of this church. Family and friends may meet from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm on Friday, January 25 at Dengel and Son Mortuary. Saturday, January 26th at 10:00 am, services will be held at Westminster with private family interment at Highland Cemetery in Ottawa with military honors by the United States Air Force.

We will miss this precious gentleman…he was someone you just loved being around! He was the patriarch of the family who Westminster holds dear to their hearts…Lawanda, his beloved wife, sons Brian (Tammy), Craig, Brent (Christy), and Chris (Jane), brothers Jack Porter (Nedra), Rex Porter (Dolly), Steven (Janet), sisters, Patty Wait, Shirley Hansen, and sister-in-law, Carol Gorton. He had 10 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. The Gortons all sat together in the same place for years. It was a joy to see Garry and LaWanda with their beautiful granddaughter, Megan and her husband, Steven, children Jasmynn, Piper, and Aurora all together for so many Sundays in the same pew (along with Brian, Tammy, and Craig).

The family suggest memorial contributions to Westminster Presbyterian Church, c/o Dengel and Son, 235 South Hickory, Ottawa. All are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Garry’s Tribute Wall at

Such a loved man here at Westminster and now in God’s arms

Heartland Camps

Please be on the lookout for brochures at the Welcome Center as well as in the Church office with information on the Day and Overnight Heartland Camps. There are two locations in Parkville, MO as well as Olathe, KS. Weekly sessions are offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-5:30 pm from May 27th-August 9th. There is early drop off and late pick up available at both locations. Age groups include: Completed K-3rd; Completed 4th-6th; and Completed 7th-8th. Overnight Camps are on 320 acres in Parkville, MO and weekly sessions run from June 23rd-August 2nd. The age groups include Senior High, Middle School, and Elementary (starting at completed 2nd grade)

Horse rides, swimming, archery, hiking, group games, zipline, rockwall, and more for those 4th grade and up.

To learn more, call 816-891-1078 or check it out and register online at

‘Come and build relationships and share the greatest love story ever told through daily Bible study, worship, and fellowship.’

Church Ladies Monthly Birthday Lunch

If you are interested in being a part of the ‘Church Ladies Monthly Birthday Lunch’, please contact Donna in the office (242-1824) or email at We have some ladies who have been meeting at Applebees once a month at 12:00 pm on Fridays to celebrate the birthdays of the month. We do not want to leave others out who may enjoy a lunch out and celebrating one of our church family and/or friends – The more the merrier!!

We first ask the birthday girl/s what Friday they have free, then send an email out and will let you know what Friday works. Donna will make reservations for a table at Applebees, so she just needs to know if you can make it.

We always have such a great time and hope we can have more of you join us!! Again, please let Donna know if you would like to be included.

Benevolence Fund

Every now and then, there are members of our church or our extended community who could use a little extra help. When, we at WPC, are aware of these needs we try and help out. One of the ways we help is through the giving of either Price Chopper or Walmart cards. The funds from these cards come from our Benevolence Fund. The Fund has been depleted over the past year. If you are in a place in your financial life, where you feel you would like to give a little something to the fund, that would be most welcome. When giving, please indicate the monies are for the Benevolence Fund. In appreciation for what you can do for those in need, thank you!

Best Choice Labels

When you purchase Best Choice products at Price Chopper, please take a minute and cut off the UPC (proof of purchase) portion and turn them into the church office.
We earn $30 for each bundle of 1,000 UPCs and receive and additional $30 bonus. Proceeds will go to a special project chosen by the Christian Ed Team.

A HUGE THANK YOU to one of our church members as well as her co-worker who collected 607 Best Choice labels. We need ONLY 119 more to have our 2,000 labels to send in. Thank you for your help in making a difference!