Sunday, November 1, 9:15 a.m.  
Online Streaming Only
  • Celebration of Holy Communion

  • All Saints’ Day – Honoring our Saints and Remembering our New Creations.

  • Scripture Readings are Psalm 34:1-10, 22 and Matthew 25:1-13.

  • Pastor Scott’s Sermon is titled, “Never Stop Singing.”

Hoot ‘N’ Howl

This year Hoot ‘N' Howl will be in virtual form, to be released for viewing the evening of Friday, October 30.

This concert will be available on the church website, Youtube channel and Facebook.

The Organ Extravaganza will feature classical and contemporary organ pieces perfect for a spooky Halloween evening, performed by Westminster's organist Juli Bey. It will also feature Kayla Geerts as she dances to the "Funeral March of a Marionette," by Charles Gounod.

Don't Forget! 

Set your clocks back one hour this Saturday night before going to bed! 

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1, marking the time when clocks “fall back” and we gain an extra hour of sleep.

All Saints’ Day Sunday, November 1

All Saints’ Day is a special day in the life of the church. This Sunday we will 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, and light candles in their memory. We will also celebrate the baptisms of the last year.

We encourage you to have candles ready in your home to light for loved ones you have lost in the last year.

The Heart of Westminster

Our people are the heart of Westminster. In this difficult time in our world, you have remained faithful to God and God’s Church. It takes courage and faith to trust God in the midst of a pandemic. Continuing to pledge and give is an act of deep faith and commitment. 

Please fill out your pledge card and return it to Westminster, 4114 Allison Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310-3398, If you haven’t received a pledge card or need another one, please call the church office, 274-1534. God will continue to be with us through this time. Your generous heart brings honor to God and joy to those benefiting from your gifts. Thank you for your ongoing faith and commitment to Westminster.

Welcome to Westminster Introduction Videos

Every worship begins with videos of our members welcoming viewers to our service. If you or your family would like to submit a video, please contact Aaron at aschultz@westpres.org. Thank you!

Join Us for Fall Church Campus Clean Up! 

We’ll be working for three hours on Saturday, November 7, to clean up our campus. Please join us from 9 a.m. to noon and bring your work gloves and a rake. We will provide leaf bags for this project. The rain date will be Saturday, November 14.

(Curbside) Comfort Food Cook-Off Dishes Up Support for Homeless Families 

There’s no better way to welcome fall than with comfort food! Help support families and children experiencing homelessness at the 2020 (Curbside) Comfort Food Cook-Off on Sunday, Nov. 8. Seven-area faith-based congregations will compete by providing (generous) samples of homemade dishes (chicken & noodles, ham balls, biscuits & gravy, sweet breads to name a few)—and dessert— to raise money for families experiencing homelessness. In an effort to adhere to safety guidelines, this year offers drive-up service, with curbside delivery of your samples, at West Des Moines Christian Church, to enjoy at home! A panel of celebrity judges will choose the traveling “Pot Trophy” winner through Facebook Live and a People's Choice Award will go to the dish receiving the most online votes (i.e., donations) from attendees. Tickets must be purchased and a food pick-up time chosen in order to participate. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at familypromisedm.org.

Participating in the 21-Day Equity Challenge

Reflection by Senior Pastor Scott Paczkowski

I have enjoyed listening and reading the information provided by the United Way and their 21-Day Equity Challenge. One of the figures that sadly surprised me was that in the past year “76% of LGBTQ students have been harassed or assaulted.” It shouldn’t have surprised me, but as our society has become more open and affirming, it is a continual reminder that we still have a long way to go before all God’s children can feel safe, to say nothing of affirmed and loved.  
Kids Survey

If you have a child who is in 5th grade or younger, please fill out this survey. It will take less than 5 minutes. No information will be shared with anyone outside of Westminster. Laura Sherlock, our Director of Communications is assisting the Christian Education Committee with projects and reconnecting with our families.

The survey is asking for:
  • Your contact information
  • Children's names and ages
  • If you'd like to receive care packages.
  • If you'd like to receive a weekly printed activity sheet.
  • If you have any thing that Westminster could help you with, or if you have any questions.
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 worshiping 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
November Birthdays (90 years and above)

  • Don Avaux, 90
  • Bev Bole, 92
  • Dorothy Campbell, 90
  • Ruth Carey, 91
  • Margaret Curtis, 96
  • Rose Marie Hoffa, 91
  • Gloria Hoffmann, 92
  • Frank Loeffel, 94
  • Don Neumann, 90
  • Archie Rohden, 95
  • Vivian Thatcher, 90
Prayer Requests
Prayer Requests for the week of October 25

We pray for our homebound members and those in care facilities.

We pray for the needs of our members and friends.

  • Wyatt & Jody Pugh request prayers for their daughter-in-law Justine Pugh’s mother, Laurene LePore, who continues to suffer from stage 4 melanoma with some recent setbacks. Lesions in her brain appear to be growing. Wyatt & Jody’s son, John, & Justine truly appreciate the prayers. 

  • Gloria Hoffmann requests continuing prayers for her brother, Ron. Thank You! 

  • Dan & Karen Hanson request prayers for family friend, Jeff Amis, who recently lost his daughter in a car accident. 

  • Continued prayers for Ginny Rohden. 

  • Diane Kirk requests prayers of concern for an indirect coworker who was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, and of thanksgiving for others who tested negative. This was the agency’s first COVID-19 case since employees returned to work in-person, June 1. 

  • Holly Lyles requests prayers for all those fighting COVID and for those who have lost loved ones due to the virus. 

  • Janice Bannister requests prayers of peace and comfort for those who have lost loved ones! 

  • Joe & Carrie Hall request prayers for health and healing for our world. 

  • Prayers for the family of Betty Mitchell, who recently passed away.

  • Prayers for the Darwin Smith family.

  • Prayers for the Henry family, as Dick is in hospice care.

  • Prayers for Frank, who was just diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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.