Sunday, July 12, 9:15 a.m.  
Online Streaming Only

During the announcements we will have an
update on the Sanctuary’s painting project.
  • Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

  • Baptism of Brooks Robert Miller

  • Scripture Readings are Psalm 119:105-112 and Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

  • Pastor’s Scott’s Sermon is “Setbacks Won’t Win”

VBS and Westminster Food Drive

For VBS this year, we are raising money to feed our neighbors who might need a little help! It costs $1.15 to buy a jar of peanut butter.  We want to buy 1000 jars of peanut butter to help fill hungry bellies in our community.  DMARC knows how to do it! Would you help?

Between July 1-30, follow the link below to buy a jar of peanut butter for our neighbors:  

You’re Invited to our Hunger Simulation

Join us Sunday, July 19, at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom for a Hunger Simulation. DMARC’s Virtual Hunger Simulation is an interactive experience for you to learn what it’s like to live with food insecurity in Central Iowa. In the Hunger Simulation, you take on the identity of a real person experiencing food insecurity. 
Daily Devotion by Pastor Scott
Did you know that Pastor Scott writes a devotion every week day and sends it out by e-mail? E-mail Laura at LSherlock@westpres.org to sign up. The following is a sample of his devotions:

A Sigh is Worth a Thousand Words

Today, begin by remembering each of those moments where you sighed too deep for words. It might have been your wedding day, or the day your child was born. Then contemplate how much greater God’s capacity is to love than yours or mine. 
Virtual Choir

Westminster has a Virtual Choir, and you are invited to sing in it! Westminster Chorale and members of our community will be recording an anthem to be used in our live-stream services. You are welcome to join! If you are interested in submitting a video for this project, please email Aaron Schultz (aschultz@westpres.org) for more details.
Book Club’s August Choice
The Westminster Book Club will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, August 5, at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of the book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. While supplies last, books from the public library’s book discussion set are available for check-out.
VBS Update 
Due to a possible exposure to the COVID virus, this Saturday's VBS session has been cancelled. The July 25 session is still going to be held. The Virtual Food Drive will continue as planned. If you have any questions please e-mail Tiffany at thays@westpres.org.
Westminster Artists Invited 
to Participate in Online Exhibit
Westminster's Visual Arts Committee is planning to create its first-ever online art exhibit, featuring works by Westminster artists. The theme of the exhibit will be “Pandemic Expressions,” and will include works of any size and subject, but all works must have been created during the pandemic (since March 1, 2020). 

Westminster Bike Ride
Hey, bikers! The Connections Committee is planning a family-friendly bike ride on Saturday, July 18. We will meet at the Allison Ave parking lot at 9:00 a.m. We will bike for about 9 miles on mostly shaded trails.

It is an easy ride, however there are a few hills on the way back. Stopping for coffee at Frederick’s on 42nd Street is an option. If you are interested, please let Carolyn Larson know by July 16. You can text or call her at 515-707-7447 or email her at carolynj.larson@icloud.com.

Let’s stay connected!!
Two Opportunities to Study Revelation:
Scott’s Lecture Series

Pastor Scott is presenting a Lecture Series on the Book of Revelation. 

The videos are available on westpres.org/class

 Watch the lecture series on the website at any time. A new video is uploaded every week on Mondays. 
Scott’s Sunday 
Zoom Class 

Pastor Scott is also presenting a class on the Book of Revelation. 
This is an on-going class. All are welcome to join at any time! 

 Join the Zoom class after worship this Sunday. Get the Zoom meeting code and password at westpres.org/class

Hungary Update
Last year our mission team worked with our Sister Church in Szeged to make repairs to their church and courtyard. The pastor, Sandor, sent us this update!

Dear Friends,
You worked here, in Szeged almost a year ago. I have been waiting until this "almost" anniversary to show how you helped us. See the attached photos, and THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

Your Hungarian friend/brother:

Thank you to all who helped make these repairs possible. 
Pastor's Reception
We welcome visitors and newcomers to learn more about Westminster. We encourage visitors to attend the reception hosted by Pastor Jan after worship this Sunday at 10:30 via Zoom. This is a great way to connect at Westminster and ask questions about our faith community.
Worship with us Online
We are blessed to be able to broadcast our worship services live every Sunday at 9:15 a.m. While the Coronavirus is preventing us from worshipping together in person, we can still connect with each other as we engage in worship from our screens.

Join us for worship!
  • Go to westpres.org at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays.
  • Sign in on the attendance form.
  • Download a bulletin.
  • Submit a prayer request.

If you miss the service or would like to watch it, or past services, later, they are available here .

If you have any questions, please email Laura at lsherlock@westpres.org.
Personal Notes


  • Sympathy to Pastor Jan Scott and family on the death of Jan's mother last weekend. Services are being planned.

Prayer Requests
Prayer Requests for the week of July 5

We pray for our homebound and those in care facilities.

We pray for the needs of our members and friends .

Bob and Diane Rosene requested prayers that we can come together soon as a spiritual community. We pray for our congregation, especially those who have been weakened by illness and are suffering from isolation.

Don Neumann requested blessings to a great Lord’s servant and friend, Arvid Bloomburg!

Richard Shaffer requested prayers for Arvid Bloomberg’s recovery.

Betty Williams requested prayers for Glendora Schuldt and her family.

Jennifer Voorhees requested prayers for Jan Scott in the loss of Jan’s mother. Healing prayers for John Gardner.

Bill Elliott requested prayers for illness recovery.

Richard, Ruth & Lisa Carey requested prayers for continued strength for Don Avaux and for all others who need God’s healing hand.

Teresa Hensley requested prayers for her mother, Gwen Hall, who is in hospice care.

Polk and Jan Davison requested prayers for all those dealing directly with the threat and effects of COVID-19.

Jan Abendroth requested prayers for all with COVID or waiting for COVID results.

Nancy and Gary Hartsock requested prayers for family and friends who are facing health challenges right now.

Karla & Scott Killinger/Blacketer requested prayers for parents of children who will be trying to start back to school, while dealing with unique and unsettling schedules.

Linda Blair requested prayers for healing to those who are hospitalized, or recently discharged, and prayers of gratitude for those in our Westminster family who are reaching out and helping others. Prayers for our nation that we will be respectful of others and work together to resolve the many
challenges we are currently facing.

Janice Bannister requested prayers of comfort and peace for those who
are grieving the loss of a loved one.

We pray for those known only to God who are in need of prayers.
How Can I Contribute My Offering or Pay My Pledge?
Thank you for your continued tithing to Westminster, as together we support one another and bring the love of God to the Des Moines area, and the rest of the world.

  • Mail - Westminster Church, 4114 Allison Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310-3398

  • Text - WPCDSM to 73256

  • Call the Church Office - 515-274-1534, for credit card or ACH contribution, ask for Ruth Bloxham, accountant.