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Two-Man Play
During Worship

This year Westminster has a very special Palm/Passion Sunday in store for you. Pastor Scott and Pastor Bill will present a Tenebrae play as an act of worship. The service depicts the events that led to the crucifixion. 
Easter Volunteers Needed

Your assistance is needed to help make Easter a success! Volunteers are needed to:

  • Bake cookies/treats for the Easter Reception.

  • Refill Cookies and Punch at the reception before or after worship services.

  • Help at a station at the Easter Story Celebration between services.

  • Help in the Nursery during Easter services.

  • Greet Guests and answer questions at the Welcome Center

If you can assist in any of these areas, please e-mail Susan at
Sunday, April 14,
9:15 a.m.

  • Pastor Scott and Pastor Bill will present a 2-Man Play "Tenebrae." Learn more here.

  • The Scripture reading is Isaiah 50:4-9a.

  • "Look on Us, Savior" performed by youth soloists, Westminster Chorale and Instrumentalists during worship. Learn more here.

Sunday Education

  • Bible Study Class - Pastor Bill will present a Bible Study Series: Bible History at 10:30 a.m. in Westminster Hall. Learn more here.

  • Kids' Worship will not be held so that families can celebrate Palm Sunday together.

Bible Study Series:
Bible History with Pastor Bill

April 14 & 28 Rev. Bill Ekhardt will teach a two-part course on the Bible history.

Palm Sunday
Procession for Peace
April 14, 2:45 p.m.
at Central Presbyterian

This Sunday the Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace will gather at 2:45 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church and walk to Plymouth Congregational UCC Church “To Love and Defend our Sacred Earth." in a Procession led by a donkey, followed by a Prayer Service for Peace. Westminster is a proud sponsor of this event.
Maundy Thursday
April 18
7:00 p.m. in The Commons
As a church family, we will share a type of Passover meal together on Maundy Thursday around tables in The Commons.
Good Friday
April 19
Worship at 7:00 p.m.
i n the Sanctuary
We invite you to embrace the enveloping darkness of Christ’s suffering and death on Good Friday and prepare for the promises of Easter morning.
Easter Sunday
April 21
Worship at 8:45 & 11:00 a.m.
Join us as we celebrate new life and new hope. Easter encapsulates the mystery of God’s salvific work in Jesus Christ through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Easter Celebration
April 21
Between worship services from
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

You're invited to a celebration for all ages! Experience the Easter story with games, activities and live animals.
Easter Offering
Please consider offering an Easter gift to your church. We’ve honored God in so many ways this year, please help us continue Christ’s ministry through your Easter gift.
Family Promise Host Week
Westminster's Family Promise Host week is April 28-May 5! Volunteers are needed to cook meals, host dinners and be overnight hosts. Please e-mail Linda Railey by clicking below, or sign up Sunday in The Commons.
VBS 2019
When Life is wild, God is good! Sign up for this summer's VBS and learn more by clicking below. VBS will be July 22-26 & 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. New this year: Bring a friend for free!
The Work of the Deacons
Sometimes the Deacons are so busy working behind the scenes, that the congregation doesn’t realize that the Deacons are a very active group, who are doing our best to care for our members. 
Hungarian Mission Trip
Our next Mission Trip will be from August 22-30, 2019.    The Hungarian Mission Team would like to thank all of those who have made donations to support our on-going mission work in Szeged, Hungary. 
The "Colors of Jesus" Exhibit
The Visual Arts Committee announces a new display in the Westminster Gallery for Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Entitled “The Colors of Jesus,” the exhibit features works of art in an array of colors representing aspects of Jesus’ life and teachings. Week 5 (starting April 7) is Red for Love and Green for Forgiveness .
Ladies' Lunch Out  
If you’d would like to enjoy lunch with a small group of Westminster women at 11:30 a.m. on the 4 th Monday of each month, please call Gloria Hoffmann at 277-5254.

Photo Directory
Please submit a picture!

It's directory time! Our goal is to have a picture of every member and regular visitor, so we can get to know each other better! Please submit your photo , or contact us and ask us to use your photo from the 2015 directory.
Youth Mission Trip Payment Due Date
The final payment for the junior high and senior high mission trips are due this Sunday, April 14. If you have any questions please contact Drew at .
Welcome Back, Tykie!
We are excited to announce that Tykie Pogelman will be returning to the Nursery staff on Sunday mornings!
Volunteer Opportunities
Refugee Garden Work Day
Join us Saturday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as we work in our Refugee Garden in the North Parking Lot.
Group Information
Westminster is a fairly large church with nearly 1100 members. Small groups help bring the church down to a manageable size. We have numerous groups that bring together folks with similar interests. 

If you have any updates to this list, or questions about any of these groups, please contact Joan at 274-1534.
Presbyterian Women:   Eve Circle   meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Simmerman Lounge. Their next meeting is April 23.
GLSA   The Gay-Lesbian-Straight Affirmation Group will meet Sunday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. in Simmerman Lounge. All are welcome! To learn more about the group  click here .
Men's Group meets Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in the Seminary Center. Their next first-Wednesday-of-the-month breakfast meeting is at 6:30 a.m. on May 1 at the Waveland Cafe on University.
Presbyterian Women:   Hope Circle meets Thursday, May 2 at 10:00 a.m., in Simmerman Lounge. If you are interested in joining a PW Circle, please call the church office at 274-1534.
20s/30s Group meets The 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month after worship. Their next gathering is this Sunday, May 5. If you have any questions please, e-mail Lisa at
Pizza Lovers' Group meets the second Tuesday of the month. Their next meeting is May 14, at 5:15 p.m., at Godfather's on University in Des Moines.
Restaurant Group 1 meets the first Saturday of the month. Their next gathering is being planned.
Restaurant Group 2 meets the third Saturday of the month. Their next gathering is being planned.
Men’s Basketball meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in The Commons. The group will not meet Monday, April 22, as the church will be closed on Easter Monday.
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