Staff Reflection

A Message from Pastor Ken

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“We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
(I Thessalonians 1:2-3, NRSV)

Thank you! How hard can that be to say? I am struggling with those simple words. After twenty years of shared ministry with you, it is impossible to cover with mere words all that is in my heart about our time together at Westminster. You have been gracious and loving, helpful and stimulating, comforting and challenging, supportive and nurturing; you have stood the test of time. It’s best to keep it simple: Thank you!

I am grateful for the opportunity to volunteer a bit “around the edges” and so still be helpful as Sue and I embrace retirement. No longer in a leadership position, I want to affirm the good team you have in place as Westminster moves forward. Scott as Head of Staff is ably leading both your elders and deacons and a marvelous team of staff members. I rejoice that Bill Ekhardt will be joining the team as Interim Associate Pastor.

You hosted a wonderful dinner looking back on my years of ordained ministry with you and the churches I had served before coming to Des Moines. Your words and your presence made that event so very meaningful! It was a real blessing for Sue and myself, especially since all three of our children were able to be present. They sensed the power of the fellowship that was shared around those tables. And you can obviously keep a secret; I had no idea that you would be giving me that marvelous guitar!

You celebrated my ministry enough to embarrass me! Please allow me to celebrate your ministry as well! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!  - Ken


To watch the slideshow from the party or view pictures from the retirement dinner and reception click here

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Introducing "The Messenger"

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We are very proud to announce our newest publication: “The Messenger.” The Messenger will be mailed out monthly. It will be full color and printed on magazine quality paper. Its first issue will be for September and will be mailed out the last week of August. Each issue will include: A worship summary for the upcoming month, a message from Pastor Scott, a staff reflection, upcoming events organized by age groups, articles about missions of the church, dozens of full color photos and more!

We are very excited about this new magazine!

This magazine comes after months of research. We have read countless articles, met with other churches and investigated publications of churches that are similar in size. Based on this information we are moving away from a twice monthly newsletter, The Expres, to this monthly magazine. The e-mail blast the “E-Expres” will continue to be sent out weekly as it is now. The Sunday bulletin and the blast will cover the announcements, details and reminders that were previously covered in the Expres. "The Messenger" will have a more-focused look at the ministry and mission of Westminster. Each article will provide in-depth information regarding programs and upcoming events at the church. Everyone who is on the current Expres mailing list will receive a copy of The Messenger in the mail. If you’d like to be added to this list please call the office at 274-1534 or e-mail .



These images are from a sample issue we created. The first one will be in your hands by September!

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