Weekly Update
Pastor Bill Interviewed by KCCI about Refugee Garden
Pastor Bill was welcomed to KCCI, Channel 8's noon news, last Thursday to discuss the Refugee Garden.
VBS Starts in 11 Days!
Please register, volunteer or donate!

Register: Go to westpres.org/vbs. Please register early so we can get supplies ready!

Vacation Bible School is July 16-20 from 9-12 p.m. and Sunday July 22 during worship.

Volunteer: E-mail Susan at SDenton@westpres.org to volunteer. We need helpers for prep, decorating, classes and more!

Donate : Check out the donations/borrow board in The Commons! We are looking for plates, food coloring and more. We also are looking for to borrow items such as Christmas trees and kayaks.
Sunday, July 8, 10:00 a.m.

  • Pastor Scott will preach "Courage to Overcome History"

  • Scripture readings are 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 & Mark 6:1-13.
  • Calvin Partnership Offering Received

Please note, the worship start time change mentioned in worship and in e-mails will not occur until September 9.

Announcements and Events
Calvin Partnership Offering
Westminster’s Partnership Offering will be received this Sunday. This offering is used to benefit the Good Samaritan Fund at Calvin Community, our partner in ministry. The fund provides assistance to Calvin residents in need.

Westminster has maintained a close “partnership” with Calvin Community for nearly 50 years. Our Partnership Offering helps to affirm that relationship. Please give generously. Please make checks payable to Westminster Church with “Partnership” on the memo line, or give online at westpres.org/donate
My Visit to Summer Choir
by Laura Sherlock
As I walked up to the chancel that Sunday I was a little anxious. The choir is so talented and a group that has had many devoted singers for years. Would I fit in?
Clarifying Who We Are & What We Value
After holding 11 listening sessions with various groups from our retired members to our children, hearing from 255 survey respondents and looking at the ministries of 19 churches in our area, our Session has embraced an exciting direction for our coming academic year. Some of the information we gathered was clarifying. Much of it was resoundingly positive. Some of it was...   
Coming Soon:
The "Wiggle Room"
The Wiggle Room will transform our Narthex into a space where families can enjoy the service while providing their children with a bit of “wiggle room” t o explore and play quietly during worship.
Communion Cups
We are excited to announce that we will now have bio-degradable Communion cups. The cups are made out of corn, produced in Iowa, compostable and biodegradable.
Kids in the Kitchen
Summer Camp
Kids ages 3-7 are invited to join in our Kids in the Kitchen Preschool Camp. It will meet on Thursdays July 26, August 2, 9 & 16.
Friday Office Hours
The office closes at noon on Fridays, now through Labor Day weekend.  
Building Closed on Saturdays
In the past, the church was open from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. To improve building security, the building is closed on Saturday mornings unless there is a scheduled event.
Personal Notes

  • Glen Hollister, Mercy


  • to Greg Beachy family in the passing of Greg's mom, Reba Beachy at Kavanaugh House June 27.  Click here to read her obituary.

Westminster Calendar

Click  HERE  to see what's happening at Westminster 
this week and in the weeks to come!
To schedule a meeting or event, please   Contact Joan.
Group Information
Westminster is a fairly large church with nearly 1100 members. Small groups help bring the church down to a manageable size. We have numerous groups that bring together folks with similar interests. 

If you have any updates to this list, or questions about any of these groups, please contact Joan at 274-1534.
Book Club's next meeting is Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. in Simmerman Lounge. July's book is “Aquarium.”  (The group usually meets the first Wednesday of the month, but their meeting date has been changed for July, due to the 4th of July holiday) Click here for more information.
Pizza Lovers' Group meets the second Tuesday of the month.
Their next meeting is July 10, at 5:15 p.m., at Godfather's on University.
Restaurant Group 2 meets the third Saturday of the month.
Their next gathering is being planned.
Stitchin’ Time will meet Thursday, July 26, at 1:00 p.m. in Hope Alcove. Bring your knitting, crocheting or sewing, and
join us!
Restaurant Group 1 meets the First Saturday of the month.
Their next gathering is being planned.
The Gay-Lesbian-Straight Affirmation Group's next meeting will be in September.
Afternoon Bridge has moved to their summer schedule. They will meet Thursday, July 26 , at 1:00 p.m. in Simmerman Lounge. R.S.V.P. to 274-1534 if you'd like to join in!
Men's Group meets each Wednesday for breakfast at 
6:30 a.m., at the Waveland Cafe. During the summer they meet the third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. for dinner at the Windsor Heights Hy-Vee. Their next dinner is July 18.
Men’s Basketball meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in The Commons.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
4114 Allison Ave. Des Moines, Iowa
515-274-1534 www.westpres.org