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Chili Cook-Off is this
Saturday, November 16
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
You’re invited to our Chili Cook-off & Dessert Auction on Sat. Nov. 16th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. We need your help to choose the chili winner! Come, vote for you favorite chili and buy amazing desserts.
Sunday, November 17
9:15 a.m.
  • Pastor Scott will preach “What a Dream!”

  • The Scripture readings are Luke 21:5-19 and Isaiah 65:17-25.

  • Children will be dismissed for Kids’ Worship during the service.
Sunday's After Worship Hour is Connection Groups:
On Connection Sundays, we have an opportunity to meet in Connection Groups. For those not currently in a group, we will help groups form. 

  • Sermon Discussion - Pastor Scott will lead a class in Westminster Hall discussing the sermon at 10:30 a.m. 

  • GLSA Group (Gay-Lesbian-Straight Affirmation Group) will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Seminary Center. As the group makes plans for the year, we welcome all who would like to join us in our mission and ministry of inclusivity. Learn more about the group here.

  • Young Parents group will meet Simmerman Lounge at 10:30 a.m., and will discuss a different topic each month from the book, “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home.”

If you have any questions please e-mail Laura
Advent Party Volunteers Needed
We are in need of volunteers to help make this year’s Advent Party the best ever! We need two volunteers for each of the following tables. Volunteers will help guide participants in the activities. 

  • Advent Wreath making table 
  • Ornament decorating table
  • Decorating cookies table
  • Card writing for the homebound table
We Need Your Chili!
Do you make a great pot of Chili?

 Peter Zemansky has taken the “Golden Spoon” the last two years. Can your chili beat his?
2020 Pledge Cards
Please prayerfully consider your pledge for 2020. We are blessed to have the opportunity to reach out to our community and our world with God’s life-giving gift of Divine grace and love.  

If you have not yet turned in your pledge card, please fill out your pledge card and turn it into the office.
Donate to our Sister Church 
in El Salvador 
We are collecting monetary donations to go toward gift baskets containing food staples for our Sister Church.   We have already raised $800!
Westminster Wins Again!
Congratulations to all who helped bring the Family Promise Comfort Food Cook Trophy Pot to Westminster again! It will be on display in the Library. Mary Culp’s delicious “Open-Faced Meatball Sandwiches” were a hit for many, not just the judges! 

Thanks to Patti and Tom Daft, Linda and Bob Railey, and Judy Sebern Beachy for set up and serving. Mary’s award-winning recipe will be in next week’s newsletter.  
Monroe Family Night
This month’s activity is helping families fill mason jars with soup ingredients. Monroe has requested 8 volunteers. Please contact Susan at or 515-274-1534 if you can help. Volunteers will meet at Monroe Elementary School, 2250 30th St. 
Donate a Dessert!
Please donate your favorite dessert for the Dessert Auction at the Chili Cook-Off! Pies, cakes, cookies, etc. (as long as they do not need refrigeration). They will be auctioned off at the conclusion of the Chili Cook-Off, live auction style. Proceeds will go to Youth Mission Trips. 
Mary Kramer to present “Civility in our Political World: 
How Did We Get So Rude?”
Join us Sunday, November 24, at 10:30 a.m. in Westminster Hall as we welcome Mary Kramer. This is part of the Westminster Adult Education Series. 
Correction on Next Book Club Selection
The book announced for discussion by the Westminster Book Club in December has changed. The group will now discuss “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick.
Introducing Pastor Scott's New Podcast 

We invite you to listen to our new podcast. This podcast is called “Sit Down with Pastor Scott” and features Pastor Scott's talk with members about their faith story. The first podcast features Gloria Hoffmann.
We are all gifted and called to serve in various ways. Sometimes we just don’t know where our interests, gifts and schedule can fit with our desire to serve.

Below are just a few areas volunteers are currently needed:

  • Children’s Christian Ed: Sunday School Rotation Leaders Needed
As a Sunday School Rotation volunteer, you will lead one station for the entire month, working with a different age group each week. Learn more here .

  • Sunday Nursery Volunteers Needed
The nursery ministry is one that touches families first and is one of our most vital ministries. Please consider giving of yourself an hour and half one Sunday every 5-6 weeks to help watch our little ones in the nursery. Learn more here .
  • Ushers
Consider volunteering as an usher. Ushers are the “face” of the church, the first ones that people see when they arrive and the last ones when they leave. Learn more here .
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 c ontact 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.
Restaurant Group 2 will meet at Nick’s on Saturday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m.
GLSA Affirmation Group will meet Sunday, November 17, at 10:30 a.m., in the Seminary Center. As the group make plans for the year, all are welcome who would like to join us in our mission and ministry of inclusivity.
Yo­ung Parents Group  meets the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., and has a quarterly outing. 
  • Social Hour Outing: The group is planning their next outing.

  • Monthly Meeting: Sunday, November 17: The group will discuss a different topic each month from the book, “Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home.”
Empty Nesters' Group   will be volunteering at the Central Iowa Shelter on November 22 followed by dinner at Exile Brewery.  Call Marty Ikeda at 515-745-8607 with any questions and to R.S.V.P.

Afternoon Bridge  will meet Friday, November 22, at 1:00 p.m. in Simmerman Lounge. Call the church office at 274-1534 if you'd like to join in!

Book Club will meet Wednesday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m., in Simmerman Lounge. The book announced for discussion by the Westminster Book Club in December has changed. The group will now discuss “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick.   Learn more here.

Pizza Lovers' Group meets the second Tuesday of the month. Their next gathering is December 10, at 5:15 p.m., at Godfather's on University, in Des Moines.
Men's Group meets weekly at 6:00 p.m. in the Seminary Center, as part of our Wednesday night programming. They also meet the first Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 a.m., at the Waveland Café.
Restaurant Group 1 meets the first Saturday of the month. Their next meeting is being planned.
Men’s Basketball meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in The Commons.

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4114 Allison Ave. Des Moines, Iowa