This Sunday...

Sunday, October 8
  • On the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, Pastor Scott's sermon will be
    "Faithful Amidst Arrest."
  • The Scripture readings will be Daniel 6:16-23 & Acts 21:27-36.
Classes, Groups and Activities
What is a Superhero of Stewardship?
by Tim Wilson, Director of Development and Stewardship

Popular culture is replete with stories of superheroes. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and so on have been part of the American landscape for decades. Just in recent years, there have been dozens of superhero movies; but this tradition dates back to the silent film era, long before the magic of computer-generated graphics.

Scripture contains one story after another of superheroes - David, Rachel, Ruth and Moses, to name a few - who preceded Christ, the ultimate Superhero. The New Testament also includes the deeds of other superheroes - Mary, the Disciples, Mary Magdalene, and Paul.

Classes, Groups and Activities
Prayer Vigil

Thank you to everyone who helped with our special prayer service Monday night for Las Vegas.

If you'd like to watch the Candlelight Prayer Service, please click here

To watch just Scott's message please click here.

Anchor Coffee House starts off its season with Lyal Strickland!

J oin us this Saturday, October 7. Anchor Coffee House doors open at 6:30 p.m. and all shows begin at 7:00 p.m.

A singer, songwriter, and farmer-born, raised, and living in the Missouri Ozarks, Lyal Strickland balances songwriting, touring, and raising grass-fed beef. His songs come straight from the heart with a heavy dose of reality. 
($15 advance/$20 door)

All-Church Clean-Up Day

The All Church Clean-Up Day will be Saturday, November 4 , not this Saturday as announced in the bulletin and in worship. 

The Building & Grounds Committee invites you: individuals, couples, families, seniors and youth - to come for Clean-Up Day on Saturday, November 4, from  9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

If you have any questions please e-mail Jim.
Monster Cookies

Order your Monster Cookies before and after church in The Commons. All orders must be prepaid. All proceeds go to the 2017 Westminster Senior High Mission Trip.  Thank you for support!

Your cookies will be  ready for pick up on October 15. Orders due Sunday, October 8!

  • Individual cookies - $2.00 each
  • Half-dozen cookies - $10.00 for a pack of 6
  • Dozen cookies - $15.00 for a pack of 12
  • Frozen cookie dough - $15 for a 12- serving pack 
To order online go to and make a donation to the church. 
In the notes field type your order, such as: 2 Dozen Cookies - $30 and 2 Frozen Cookie Dough packs - $30. Total of $60.  

Third Graders to Receive Bibles

Sunday, October 29, our 3rd graders will be presented with their own Bible during worship. 

If you have a student who is in 3rd grade this year please contact Erin Marth at or 274-1534.

Parents' Night Out
Westminster's Youth are hosting "Parents' Night Out" activities once a month to fundraise for their mission trips. 

The next night out is Saturday, October 21 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. 

Fall Harvest for Kids -- Benefiting Drake Head Start Preschool

For over 20 years, Westminster Presbyterian Women have supported Drake University Head Start. This school-readiness program is the largest Head Start grantee in the state of Iowa and one of only a few university-based Head Start programs in the nation. 

We provide many of their 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!

"Salvation - Heaven and Hell" 
This study is part of the "Faith Questions" series offered by the PC(USA). It is intended to help us explore  the questions: "What Happens When You Die?" "What Is Heaven Like?" "What Is Hell Like?" and "How Can I Get Into Heaven and Stay Out of Hell?" Faith Questions studies are based on faith questions posed by youth. Each session encourages us to look to Scripture, and our faith tradition, in relevant and responsive ways. 

Come to every session or drop in when you can. We offer lively, thoughtful, discussion and a chance to ask your own questions. Classes begins at 9:00 a.m. in Westminster Hall and are hosted by Jack Ratekin. 

Hoot & Howl  Organ Extravaganza with 
Halloween Carnival 

Join us Saturday, October 28 for our annual Hoot & Howl.  We begin the evening at 6:00 p.m. in The Commons with our Carnival.  The Halloween carnival will include games, prizes and a kids' costume parade. We'll then go to the Sanctuary for our special Fine Arts Series "Hoot and Howl Organ Extravaganza." Be sure to wear your costume!  

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...
  • Mary Lou Christianson- Methodist West (No Visitors)
  • Barb Brindley - Legacy Pointe
  • Marcy Nelson - Calvin Healthcare
  • Ken Meeker - Ramsey Village

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.   



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. 

  • GLSA - The Gay-Lesbian-Straight Affirmation Group will meet Sunday, October 15, at 9:00 a.m. in the Seminary Center.  All are welcome to join the group as we work on issues of inclusivity and welcome.  
  • Stichin' Time will meet Thursday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. in Hope Alcove.
  • Restaurant Group I will meet Saturday, October 7, at 5:15 p.m. at Waterfront Seafood Restaurant.
  • Pizza Lovers will meet Tuesday, October 10, at 5:15 p.m. at Godfather's Pizza on 42nd & 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.
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At the corner of Beaver and Franklin  (515) 274-1534

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