Staff Reflection

Musicians of All Ages to Honor our Veterans

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Those attending worship on Sunday, November 12, will experience something special - musicians of all ages combining their talents to salute the selfless sacrifice of our veterans! The performance, made possible due to the generosity of Westminster’s Fine Arts Series patrons, will be led by long-time music educator Karla Killinger.

“Growing up in the band scene, I understand the value of the opportunity of younger musicians being able to perform alongside older, more mature musicians,” stated Karla. “It’s what my father did for me when I was young, and I’d like to create a similar experience for our youth at Westminster,” she added.

Not only is it a great opportunity for our church members, the reason is even more important – to honor our community heroes!
The message resonates with Fine Arts Series Coordinator, Eric Miller. Eric served over 11 years on active duty at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). During that time, he sounded Taps at hundreds of funerals for veterans in the New York City area.  “Having looked into the eyes of widows and widowers, I have seen the selfless sacrifice of our servicemen and women in a very intimate way,” stated Eric. “I’m also inspired by other veterans who have moved on to successful careers in the civilian sector. All are worthy of recognition and celebration,” he added.

That is what Westminster’s intergenerational Band plans to do! The ensemble will bless our Sanctuary with patriotic music while publicly saluting the service of our veterans at Westminster and in the Des Moines community. Bringing church members, of all ages, together for a great reason is also a wonderful way to meet new people and cultivate relationships. The Worship, Music, and Arts Unit also hopes to increase engagement with Westminster’s younger members with the performance in this worship service.

For more information about upcoming Fine Arts Series events, please visit

Hand and Feet Warmers

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In October, Lorie Williamson, from JOPPA, came to Westminster to speak with our Youth about how JOPPA serves those experiencing homelessness.


Each week, Joppa volunteers visit 200 – 225 people living under bridges, in tents, vehicles and recently off the streets. During the winter months, volunteers supply coats, propane tanks, hand/feet warmers and much more during these visits.


The Youth learned that JOPPA is in need of hand warmers and feet warmers and in response, they will be collecting hand and feet warmers for during the month of November.


Donations of these items would be greatly appreciated. You can bring your donations to the office, or put them in the bins in the Narthex.


Thank you for supporting Westminster Youth and JOPPA!

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