Advent and Christmas

Christmas Eve Worship
is at 5:00, 7:00, & 9:00 p.m.
on Monday, December 24



Advent 2018 at Westminster

Join us as we eagerly await the coming of the Christ child during this season of Advent. When you join with us at Westminster in preparing our hearts and minds for Christmas, you will hear the story of God’s coming into the world as Emmanuel, God With Us. You’ll be challenged by sermons that proclaim God’s life-changing Gospel. You’ll experience festive music, singing together as a congregation and listening to our talented choir and other musicians.

You’ll have the opportunity to share God’s love and compassion through our Alternative Gift Mart and our Adopt a Family project. There are many ways to engage at Westminster during this season and we hope you will come by and join us.

Make your Christmas even more meaningful by sharing Advent with your friends and neighbors at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Learn more about inviting friends to Advent below.


New Year’s Day on December 2nd?!

A Message from Pastor Scott

When I think of Advent and Christmas, I think we are almost done with the year. That is actually incorrect, from a Christian perspective. The Church calendar is different from your regular dog calendar (or in the Paczkowski’s case - the Sloth Yoga calendar). The Church calendar begins its year on the First Sunday of Advent. For the Church calendar, New Year’s Day begins on December 2nd.

It makes a lot of sense, having the New Year begin on the First Sunday of Advent, because Advent remembers the beginning of the new world, with the coming of God, in Jesus of Nazareth. Advent is a time for thinking about our own future, and the future of God’s Church.

Here at Westminster we have so many wonderful things to look forward to in our present and our future. In this year’s Advent Book, you will find all the activities to help you begin your new future with Jesus the Messiah. You will find everything from how we will be celebrating Advent with the children and youth, to the unique differences in each of the three Christmas Eve services, and so much more. You will also find out what volunteer opportunities are available to you during this special time of year. Finally, you will learn what the special events are, for you and your family to participate in during the month of December.

This year’s Advent book gives you the opportunity to learn about and plan your holiday season. There are so many different activities with family and work, that it is easy to forget the reason we are celebrating this holiday. Rejoice in the excitement and joy found in the birth of Jesus Christ. Begin your New Church Year focusing on your faith. Get a good head start by reading the Advent Book and participating in the opportunities described within it. You will be glad you did!





Christmas Mission Opportunities


Monroe Elementary School

Volunteer to help with our Monroe Elementary mission. We will help with their Celebrations Around the World Family Night, December 20 from 5:00-6:00 pm. Meet at Monroe Elementary, 2250 30th St, Des Moines, IA 50310 at 5:00 pm.


Volunteer at Westminster

  • Hand out apples on Christmas Eve.
  • Help with the Christmas Eve Reception (distribute cookies and cider).
  • Bake 1-2 dozen cookies/treats and deliver them to the church before the 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service.
  • Help in Nursery during the 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service. A background check is required, and you must be over 18 years old.
  • Help with poinsettia setup in the Sanctuary.

To volunteer contact Susan Denton at 274-1534 or



Advent Wreath Coloring Page

Click on Image for printable PDF


Music During Advent


 Westminster Chorale “Sing Noel!” December 16 during worship

The Westminster Chorale will present a service of Christmas carols on Sunday, December 16, at 9:15 a.m. The carols, arranged by Hal H. Hopson, will be accompanied by string quartet, handbells, percussion, and piano; vocal soloists from the Chorale will also be featured. You are invited to join us in worship for this special musical celebration of the birth of our Savior. “Sing Noel!” is part of Westminster’s Fine Arts Series.



Pizza and Caroling: Connect as a Church Family!

We are inviting the congregation to go caroling with the Deacons to Calvin Community and Edencrest on Sunday, Dec. 16. First, pizza and drinks will be served at church right after worship before we head to Calvin Community and sing at 12:15 p.m. and are scheduled to sing at Edencrest at 1 p.m. E-mail Susan at or sign up in the office by calling 274-1534. 





Share our joy, invite someone in Advent!

The advent season is a time of tradition and celebration. We at Westminster have beautiful worship traditions and activities that make this season meaningful. From our candle lighting to our cantata in worship, our intergenerational advent party on December 2 to our caroling and our Christmas Eve services, there are many ways that we experience the joy of this season. If you have friends or family who don’t have a congregation to share in the traditions that make Advent special, consider inviting them to join us in this season. We want everyone to know the warmth and love of Jesus Christ as we prepare for the joy of Christmas.

In Christ’s love,

Pastor Bill


Advent Party

Thank you so much to everyone who  helped make our party a success. See pictures from it here!



Christmas Eve Worship
is at 5:00, 7:00, & 9:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24

Pastor Scott will give the sermon
“Don’t Let The Grinches Steal Christmas”

5:00 p.m.
Family Service with a Christmas message and candlelight

7:00 p.m.
Candlelight, Communion Service and Christmas Message with candlelight

9:00 p.m.
Candles, Carols, Candlelight and Christmas Message.

After the 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. services we will have a special Christmas Eve Reception in The Commons to welcome one and all.





 Whether you are a long term member, frequent visitor or guest you are welcome here at Westminster.



New Years on December 2

Christmas Missions

Monroe Elementary

Volunteer at Westminster






Worship Times