Fall Colors at Westminster
This Sunday...

Sunday, November 5:  All Saints' Day

All Saints' Day is a special day in the life of the church. This Sunday we honor those saints who have gone before us and laid a foundation of faith and commitment in our lives and the life of our congregation. To honor our saints, we will solemnly read the names of those Westminster members who have died in the past year.

  • The Scripture readings will be Psalm 139:1-12 & 2 Timothy 4:1-7 
  • On the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Pastor Scott's will preach
    "Can't Keep From Singing."
  • We will celebrate Holy Communion together.
Classes, Groups and Activities

Don't Forget! 
Set your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday, November 5!

All Things Considered welcomes Mary Kramer
All Things Considered welcomes Mary Kramer, former State Senator and United States Ambassador under George W. Bush.  Mary will talk about the Caribbean Islands and the impacts of the recent hurricanes.

Please note: All Things Considered has changed its location and now meets in the Chapel after worship. 


Support Group Update:
Moved to November 9
  • Job Loss
  • Loss of Relationships
  • Death
  • Traumatic Events
  • Accidents
  • Life's Challenges and Hurts
  • Chronic Illnesses
Westminster's Deacons are sponsoring a special support group starting November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Simmerman Lounge. The group will be led by Debra Younger LMHC, from Mosaic Family Counseling Center.

Debra will walk with the group toward healing and a better understanding, to help continue our life journey toward happiness. If you are interested in attending please e-mail Susan at SDenton@westpres.org.

Learn more at  westpres.org/support

Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Auction 

The Youth Christian Education Committee is excited to announce a new fundraiser for the Sr. High Mission Trip. 

We need your help! We are asking church members to enter their favorite chili or dessert. 

Like to Make Chili?:
For the Chili Cook-off, chefs will supply one full pot (at least 6 quarts) of chili. Event attendees will choose their favorite chili after sampling. There will be a prizes awarded for the best 3 chili entries.  Click here to sign up or sign up in The Commons after worship Sunday.

Like to Bake?:
For the Dessert Auction, members are asked to provide desserts to be auctioned off in a live-auction style. Click here to sign up or sign up in The Commons after worship Sunday.

Do you like to eat chili and desserts?:
Sign up to attend the event where you will try each chili entry and vote for your favorite. You'll also be able to bid for your favorite dessert. 

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids (maximum of $40 per family). 

Click here to sign up  or buy tickets in The Commons after worship Sunday

Anchor Coffee House Welcomes The Prairie Gators
J oin us Saturday, November 11. Anchor Coffee House doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m.
The Prairie Gators take you on an accordion-fueled virtual trip through Cajun country and, French Louisiana music history. A typical Prairie Gators set stokes the fires of Cajun-zydeco-creole cultures, but is prone to a bit of musical wandering.
($15 advance/$20 door)

Youth Collecting 
Hand and Feet Warmers
The Youth learned from Lorie Williams, from JOPPA, that those experiencing homelessness are in need of hand warmers and feet warmers. In response, the Youth will be collecting hand and feet warmers for during the month of November. 


Family Promise Host Week
We are looking for volunteers during our Family Promise Host  week coming up November 5-12.
Volunteers are needed to prepare meals, serve as supper hosts, and serve as evening hosts. These are all family-friendly volunteer opportunities.

Next Parents' Night Out
is Saturday, November 11
Westminster's Youth are hosting "Parents' Night Out" activities once a month to fundraise for their mission trips. 

The next night out is Saturday, November 11, from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out!
The cost is $20 online (at least 24-hours prior to the event) or $25 at the door.  For ages infant-10 years old.  Children who are under three years old will be supervised by trained nursery staff. Senior and Junior High students will provide fun and games for kids ages 3 to 10. 

Mitten, Scarves and More Harvest Ending Soon

We provide many 3- and 4-year-old preschool children with mittens, scarves and hats each fall.
In addition to outerwear, other items in constant need are  socks, underwear and sweatpants

Monetary donations are also appreciated. Please look for the harvest displays and donation baskets at the Franklin and Allison entrances. 

Final collection will be Tuesday, November 14. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Prayer List

If you, or someone you love, has a joy or concern to be lifted up to the congregation for prayer, please e-mail us to be added to our prayer list.   

Personal Notes

Hospitalized or in Health Care Centers...
  • Vern Hintze- Methodist Downtown 
  • Barb Brindley - Legacy Pointe
  • Marcy Nelson - Calvin Healthcare
  • Ken Meeker - Ramsey Village

  • To those celebrating special November birthdays (90 years and above):
    • Frank Loeffel, 91 years
    • Ralph Schilling, 91 years
    • Robert L. Maddox, 94 years
    • Mary Grefe, 95 years
    • Mary Minear, 96 years
    • Margaret Curtis, 93 years
    • Betty Homann, 99 years
    • Dorothy Huntbach, 92 years
    • Archie Rohden, 92 years
    • Dorothy Vance, 92 years



Click here to watch past sermons. Our sermon archive has sermons from as far back as 2014.  To watch any of them click on "Watch" for a video screen to pop up.  
If you click on "Guide" you will find a PDF of the sermon transcript. These are available approximately three weeks after the sermon has been preached. 

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 Reminders
Westminster is a fairly large church with nearly 1100 members. Small groups help bring the church down to a manageable size. We have numerous small groups. They bring together folks with similar interests. 

  • Restaurant Group I will meet Saturday, November 4, at 5:30 p.m. at the Urban Grill.
  •   Pizza Lovers will meet Tuesday, November 14, at 5:15 p.m., at Godfather's Pizza at 42nd and University.
  • Men's Group group meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Seminary Center during Faith Formations, and at 6:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Waveland Cafe.
  • Men's Basketball meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in The Commons. 
If you have any questions about any of our small groups please click here to e-mail Joan
or call 515-274-1534.

Rev. Dr. Scott Paczkowski, Senior Pastor/Head of Staff - E-mail Scott
Rev. Dr. Bill Ekhardt, Interim Associate Pastor - E-mail Bill

Westminster is a welcoming Christian family, joined in discipleship to pray, learn and serve.

We welcome all persons as participants in our congregation, regardless of age, race, gender, marital status, physical condition, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, or any other human condition.
4114 Allison Ave. Des Moines, IA 50310
At the corner of Beaver and Franklin
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