Sunday, September 13, 9:15 a.m.  
Online Streaming Only
  • 15th Sunday after Pentecost

  • Presentation of Bibles to 3-year-olds, third-graders and Confirmation students.

  • Peacemaking Offering received.

  • Scripture Lessons are Romans 14:1-12 and Exodus 14:19-31; 15:1b-11, 20-21.

  • Pastor Bill’s sermon is titled “In the Hands of the Deliverer.”

Artwork by Judy Sebern Beachy
A Message from Pastor Scott:
"A Season of Peace"

In this difficult year, the need for peace is vitally important. While protesting is not recommended due to COVID-19, there are other ways Westminster is responding to the call for peace in our community and in our world. We are being intentional in the way we are providing opportunities for you to make a difference, as God’s Ambassadors.
Peace & Global Witness Offering – September 13-20

By giving to the Peace and Global Witness Offering, we work to share Christ’s peace with one another, beyond our doors, beyond our community and across boundaries. Together we are building God’s house where everyone is welcome; where all can find compassion, peace and justice.
International Day of Peace, 
Monday, September 21, 2020 

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

Because of the pandemic, there will be no public gathering. The Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace invites you to a live-streamed interfaith prayer service for peace at 6:30 p.m. on September 21.
Westminster Presbyterian Church is a 
21-Day Equity Challenge Supporter
October 5 – November 2

Westminster Presbyterian Church is proud to support the 21-Day Equity Challenge. It is a great way for each of us to unite and learn to grow together. This is a free program and all you need is an e-mail to participate. 
Westminster’s Annual 
Blessing of the Animals Service
Sunday, September 20

You are invited to bring your animal companions to our special virtual “Blessing of the Animals” service. Pastor Ken Arentson will host this service via Zoom. Every creature is important. The love we give to and receive from our animal companions can draw us more deeply into the larger circle of life, and into the wonder of our common relationship to our Creator. Everyone is welcome to join us!
Book Club’s October 7 Choice

The Westminster Book Club will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, October 7, at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of the book, "Small Great Things," by Jodi Picoult.

While supplies last, books from the public library’s book discussion set are available for check-out. If you would like to pick up a book (with appropriate social distancing) and join in the Zoom discussion on October 7, please contact Jan Davison (janpolk@msn.com).
Sanctuary Visits

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 time in the Sanctuary. Starting the week of September 21, you will be able to 
sign up for a visit. 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. 

  • 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. 

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

  • More information will be coming next week regarding the sign-up schedule.

Last Sunday's Anthem

Westminster's Virtual Anthem from last Sunday was "Every Valley Needs a Lily." Singing together in choir has been a challenge when you cannot sing together in person! One avenue we have found helpful is the virtual choir format.
WPC Youth - Grades 6-12

Westminster Presbyterian Church provides a welcoming youth ministry where high school students are encouraged to be themselves, to ask questions, and to be appreciated for who they are and where they are in their faith life. WPC Youth will be meeting virtually Wednesdays and Sundays. 
Pastor’s Reception September 13

We welcome visitors and newcomers to learn more about Westminster, and encourage you to attend the reception hosted by Pastor Bill after worship this Sunday, September 13, at 10:30 via Zoom. This is a great way to connect at Westminster and ask questions about our faith community. To get the zoom link, please e-mail Susan at sdenton@westpres.org.

Bibles to be given to 3-Year-Olds, 3rd Graders and Confirmation Students

If you have a child who is 3-years old, in 3rd grade or 8th grade, please contact Susan Denton at sdenton@westpres.org, so these students can receive an age-appropriate Bible from Westminster this fall.

Three-year-olds will receive the Spark Story Bible; 3rd graders will receive the full NRSV Bible; and, 8th graders will receive a special study Bible to be used in their Confirmation classes.  

Please contact ASAP so we can get the Bible ready for worship Sunday.

New Member Classes October 4 & 11

Our next New Member Classes will be held Sundays, October 4 and 11, at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom. Please contact our Connection’s Director, Susan Denton, or call 274-1534, if you have any questions. New members will meet with Session on Sunday, October 18, and be received into membership during the worship service. 
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.

Please note, any member or visitor who enters Westminster Church is now required to wear a face mask.  

Personal Notes
Thank You...

  • On behalf of the family of M. Patricia “Pat” Freeland, Thank you to Scott and the Westminster community for the compassion, support, and prayers following our mother’s death. Thank you, Patricia “Patti” S. Freeland

Prayer Requests
Prayer Requests for the week of September 6

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

We pray for the needs of our members and friends.

  • Terry & Cheryl Haimann requested prayers for Frank, who was just diagnosed with cancer. 

  • Maggy Miller requested prayers for families living through work obligations and kids going to school and/or going remotely! 

  • Faith & Norm Huitt requested prayers for their daughter, Amanda (Cedar Rapids), who is having aortic valve replacement surgery on Monday, September 14, 2020. 

  • While COVID-19 is at the front of our minds, Gary & Nancy Hartsock requested prayers for health and healing for people who suffer from other diseases, who need God’s healing hand on them.

  • Pam Nagel requested prayers for a friend who came home from chemo treatment to find her home in Marion destroyed from the derecho. 

  • Elyse Scott requested prayers to stay healthy during COVID. 

  • The Rosenes requested prayers for friends, Kevin and Reed Smith (father & son), who recently contracted COVID; and for the Rosenes’ granddaughter, Avery, who will celebrate her 13th birthday on September 11. 

  • John & Beverly Schultz requested prayers for their son-in-law who will be having radiation treatments over the next four weeks.

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.