Sunday, October 18, 9:15 a.m.  
Online Streaming Only
  • 20th Sunday after Pentecost

  • Scripture Lessons are Matthew 22:15-22 and Exodus 33:12-23.

  • Pastor Bill’s Sermon is titled “The Presence of God.”

Bedtime Bible Podcast

Dear Westminster Families, We miss you and know things can be very chaotic for you! We have created an on-going podcast called “Bedtime Bible.” It is designed for younger kids, but available for all ages!

You can access the podcast by going to BedtimeBible.org. On the site you can play the episodes directly or subscribe to the podcast. Each episode has an interactive prayer, Bible story, song and closing prayer. All of these elements are designed to be a calming way for getting your child or grandchild ready for sleep. New episodes are being added every weekday.

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 commitment.

We were honored to hear Sasha Kamper’s personal story about Stewardship in worship last Sunday. If you did not see it, we encourage you to click here and watch Sasha's Story.

Please fill out your pledge card and return it to Westminster. If you haven’t received a pledge card, 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 your commitment to Westminster.

Hoot ‘N’ Howl

This year Hoot ‘N' Howl will be in virtual form, to be released for viewing the evening of Friday, October 30. 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. This concert will be available on the church website, Youtube channel and Facebook.

Listen to Westminster's Handbell Choir performs
"This is my Father's World"

"This is My Father's World" performed during worship
Sunday, October 11, 2020

Westminster Handbell Choir
Directed by: Juli Bey 
Arranged by: Sandra Eithun
Family Promise

Westminster will be hosting Family Promise guests the week of October 18-24. Thank you to all who have volunteered for this week’s hosting duties! All of the jobs have been covered. 

Family Promise provides emergency shelter to homeless families with children, and helps the families secure housing and employment. The mission of Family Promise could not succeed without volunteers; no one person could do this alone. Westminster volunteers make a real difference in the lives of struggling families. If you’d like to help in the future, please contact Linda Railey raileyrl@msn.com with questions or to sign up. 

Send in Costume Pictures

Every year we start the Hoot ‘N’ Howl performance with a costume parade. This year we will have a virtual costume parade! Please send in pictures of your children or grandchildren in their Halloween costumes. If you don’t have your costume(s) yet, feel free to send a picture from last year. Send them to aschultz@westpres.org by October 23, please.

Sanctuary Visits

We invite you to visit the newly painted Sanctuary and take a moment to feel the calm and peace of the space.

During this time of COVID-19, while we do not feel comfortable having in-person worship services yet, we understand that many of you miss having quiet time in the Sanctuary. In order to maintain social distancing rules, times will be scheduled throughout the week to manage the number of people visiting the Sanctuary at one time.  

To sign up, please call the office at 274-1534.

  • Masks are required the entire time you are in the building, including halls, the office and the Sanctuary.

  • Check in and out at the Office before and after your visit to the Sanctuary. 

  • A special Guided Meditation with prayers and Scriptures, written by our Director of Music and Fine Arts Aaron Schultz, will be available for your use. 

  • Pews will be designated where you can sit, to help with disinfecting the area after your visit.

Participating in the 21-Day Equity Challenge
by Westminster Member Beth Roy

Over the last week, I have been participating in the 21-Day Equity Challenge. I receive an email each day full of interesting articles, podcasts and videos. It has been enlightening. This morning the topic was segregation. I was surprised to see the current numbers for black student enrollment in Polk County, which includes the school districts of Ankeny, Bondurant, Johnston, North Polk, Saydel, Southeast Polk, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Des Moines. Currently 72 percent of black students enrolled in ALL of Polk County are in the Des Moines Public Schools. If you are also taking part in the 21-Day Equity Challenge and are interested in participating in a Zoom discussion group, please let the church office know by calling 515-274-1534, by Monday, October 19.
Save a Life, Give Blood

The Deacons are sponsoring a blood drive on, Tuesday, October 27, from 2:00 - 5:45 p.m., in the blood mobile, in our parking lot. Schedule your appointment online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or contact Susan Denton at sdenton@westpres.org or call the church office, 515-274-1534.

Per CDC guidelines, LifeServe requires blood donors to wear masks to their appointments. For donors who do not have masks, a mask will be provided at registration. Donors should also take their temperature before reporting to their appointment. A donor with a temperature of 99.5 or higher should reschedule.

Walk-ins are not accepted at this time, to maintain adequate social distancing and enhanced health and safety protocols. 

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 the family of  E. Jeanne Reames

E. Jeanne Reames was born on September 12, 1923 and passed away on October 9, 2020 and is under the care of McLarens Resthaven Chapel & Mortuary. No public services are scheduled at this time.
Prayer Requests
Prayer Requests for the week of October 11

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

We pray for the needs of our members and friends.
  • Faith Huitt requests prayers for their daughter, Amanda Reedy, who was back in the hospital, as of Friday, October 9. She has an infection in the area where surgeons did the open-heart surgery. She’s on IV antibiotics and doctors think she’ll be in the hospital for a couple more days. 

  • Howard Rose requests prayers for three elderly friends who have medical issues.

  • Prayers for David and Jennifer Erbes, as David recouperates from his recent surgical procedure. 

  • Diane Kirk requests prayers for her nephew, Jason Kemper (who lost his mother 11 months ago), and his wife, Angela, who were married October 10 in Baltimore, during a small ceremony, attended in person by a few, and virtually by others. Hopefully, Angela’s and Jason’s family and friends will be able to gather in person for a wedding “banquet” next year. 

  • Betty Williams requests continued prayers and “thank you!” 

  • Continued prayers for Ginny Rohden. 

  • Gary & Nancy Hartsock request prayers for Gary’s parents; his father especially is finding it harder to bounce back from his chemo treatments; Gary’s mom is very concerned. 

  • Maggy Miller requests prayers for unity and acceptance for people in our country. 

  • Polk & Jan Davison request prayers for school children and teachers during this challenging and changing learning environment.  

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.