In this e-mail:

  • This Sunday's Worship service's Scripture and Sermon title.

  • Article: Creating the Virtual Anthem

  • CROSS Backpack Fundraiser

  • Preschool Update

  • Quarterly Offering

  • Remembering Rev. Dr. Jim Barge

  • Personal Notes

  • Prayer Requests
Sunday, August 2, 9:15 a.m.  
Online Streaming Only

  • 9th Sunday After Pentecost

  • Celebration of Holy Communion

  • Scripture passages are Matthew 14:13-21 and Genesis 32:22-31.

  • Pastor Bill’s message is entitled “God in the Dark of Night.”


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

Creating the Virtual Anthem
By Aaron Schultz, Director of Music and Arts

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. As much as we have enjoyed putting these projects together, they take a considerable amount of time to create. On my end, it takes about 30 hours to put together a virtual choir anthem! To give you a glimpse into the process, I have included a step-by-step guide into what it takes to make a virtual choir anthem.

Preschool Update
By Heidi Cruse, Westminster Preschool Director 

The Preschool is so excited to be back in session for our Summer Program! Things have changed in many ways for us, but the children and families have been extremely supportive and adapted quickly to our new normal. We are using recommendations and guidelines from DHS to help keep everyone safe.  
CROSS Outreach Back-to-School Giveaway 2020

The kids need your help! CROSS Back-to-School Giveaway is an investment in the future for young people!

For 27 years the CROSS Back-to-School Giveaway has been a favorite of our staff, volunteers and at-risk families. The Giveaway grew out of the awareness that the children of low- and no-income households are most affected by the poverty their families’ experiences. The best way to get kids out of the poverty cycle is through education. But this year everything is very different. We know that holding a large event with 1,500 children, parents, and 75-100 volunteers is not safe. We also know that in the current economy the children will need these supplies more than ever. 

Quarterly Offering

We will collect for the Quarterly Offering this Sunday. Monies collected will benefit the mission work of the Deacons and the Church and Community Committee. Your donations help fund mission projects such as our Blood Drives, Family Promise, CROSS Ministries, disaster relief, support to our homebound members and feeding the homeless. 

Please consider making a donation this Sunday to help support the mission work of the Deacons and the Church and Community Committee. Please donate online at and click on Quarterly Offering. Thank you!

Obituary for The Rev. Dr. James Spencer Barge
October 20,1931 - July 12,2020
Beloved Partner for 67 years

The Rev. Dr. James Spencer Barge of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., died peacefully in his sleep at home and of natural causes on July 12, 2020, with his wife and lifelong best friend, Silvey, by his side.

In 1986, he was called to serve as Senior Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Des Moines, Iowa. 

Daily Devotions

Pastor Scott's Daily Devotions are taking a break from July 20-31
while he is on vacation. His Devotions will resume on Monday, August 3.
Personal Notes
Congratulations to Ben and Laura Currie on the birth of their daughter, Claire, Wednesday July 22. She weighs 4 lbs. 13 oz. and is 17.5” long.
August Birthdays (90 years and above)
Dick Carey, 92
Marge Hoyt, 98
Ruth Lowe, 93
Dick Wheeler, 98
Marion Winslow, 93
August Anniversaries ( 50 years, 60 years & above )
Rod & Carol Turner, 50 years
Dick & Ruth Carey, 69 years
Guy & Linda Grimes, 64 years
Dick & Betty Henry, 66 years
Gene & Mary Weber, 62 years
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 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
Prayer Requests
Prayer Requests for the week of July 26

We pray for our homebound and those in care facilities.

We pray for the needs of our members and friends .

  • Carolyn Larson requested prayers of joy for her niece who is expecting her first baby, a boy, in the next two weeks. She also requested prayers for Steve’s sister, Sally, who is flying from California, through Dallas-Ft. Worth, to Des Moines on August 6 for a family gathering; prayers for Sally’s safe travel and for the whole family during this time.

  • Betty Williams requested prayers for keeping everyone safe from COVID. 

  • Jennifer Voorhees requested prayers for her father, Tom McElherne, who learned this past week no additional medical treatments could heal his myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). He is now connected with Hospice. His Chaplain is, like Jennifer’s Dad, a Presbyterian. 

  • Nancy Schultz requested prayers for the family, friends and colleagues of Ben Luther, Urbandale teacher who died this week. 

  • Joe Jones requested prayers for us and all families making decisions about the upcoming school year. 

  • Polk and Jan Davison requested prayers for the health and safety of all those who will be starting school soon. May wisdom guide the critical decisions in this process. 

  • Kelly Bronsink requested prayers for our children and teachers as we begin to navigate going back to school. 

  • Maggy Miller requested prayers for her niece who was due for open heart surgery and pre-op lab showed COVID! So far, she is asymptotic! 

  • Dale Knoshaug requested prayers for his long-time friend, John Johnson, as he battles cancer. 

  • Pam Nagel requested prayers for her nephew, Ross, and his bride, Laura, who were married yesterday (Saturday, July 25) in Cedar Rapids. 

  • Gary and Nancy Hartsock requested prayers for physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual peace in our world. 

  • Faith Huitt requested prayers for educators, parents, and students of all ages as decisions are made for “Return to Learn” this August; prayers to keep everyone safe and lessen their anxiety. 

  • Becky Miller requested prayers for the families of all who are suffering from COVID symptoms or who are hospitalized. Pray that a safe vaccine will become available soon. 

  • Krister Strandskov requested prayers for Ken Donohoo. He is a very close friend of the family and was rushed to the hospital a little over a week ago. It’s not COVID. There have been several tests and all negative. But they’re not 100% sure what the problems are. It sounds like multiple things compounding each other and causing complete renal failure among other issues.

  • Marge Scott requests prayers for a good friend, Alice Reynolds, who has a brain tumor and has been moved to hospice care. 

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.