Westminster's 2nd Annual $7,000 Blessing
The Mission Committee is excited to announce The 2nd Annual $7,000 Blessing. This special gift of $7,000 will be given to an organization in the Cedar Valley decided on by the congregation later this fall. You, yes YOU, get to help decide which Cedar Valley organization will receive this special gift.
Why $7,000? A donation of $7,000 can accomplish a few things that smaller gifts might not accomplish. An organization can immediately consider larger endeavors, new programs, or expansion of services that they might not be able to consider, possibly coupled with other funds or matching gifts. This is an opportunity for our church to help a local organization make a larger impact!
Here’s how the process will work: anyone in our congregation can nominate any non-profit service agency or organization in the Cedar Valley. Pick up a nomination form from the main office or download the form by clicking Here
Please submit all nominations by November 1. The Mission committee will then select three finalists and announce them ahead of the vote on Sunday, November 22.
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in both body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children for a cost of only 24 cents per meal. They’re then shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world. Westminster coordinates the effort in Black Hawk County. Every fall, our Shared Life Center becomes the production site where hundreds of volunteers pack thousands of individual meals from tons of rice, protein power, dried vegetables, and powdered milk. 2019 was our 13th year of packing for FMSC and we packed our 2,000,000th meal! This event has been canceled for 2020.
JR. High Dances
Our monthly Junior High Dances have been part of the “tween scene” for over five decades. For some families, we’re now hosting the second generation of middle school students. With over two dozen adult chaperones, we offer a safe, fun environment in which to dance and hang out.
Please extend an invitation to others to come the first Saturday of each month from 8:00 am – 9:00 am, and enjoy a delicious breakfast and a devotion to start your day off right!! For Presbyterians, reaching out to provide a loving connection, volunteer time and/or financial support is a natural part of the spiritual process. In the book of Genesis, God blessed Abraham and his descendants so that they would be a blessing to others. Service to others is often called “enacted prayer,” meaning that our prayers to God on behalf of others also motivate us to do what we can for them. God fills us; we then share with others out of the abundance of our love, gifts and gratitude.
Free Christmas Dinner
This has been an annual tradition at Westminster for 37 years. It’s difficult to determine who has more fun …. our guests or the volunteers who make it possible. Westminster offers a traditional holiday dinner with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. While our congregation takes the lead in this event, volunteers from throughout our community come together to annually serve over 500 persons on Christmas Day.
The Protestant University of the Congo
The Protestant University of the Congo is a church-related university with four colleges: Business, Law, Theology and Medicine. More than 5,000 students attend the university, which is a century-long effort by various Protestant missions and the Congolese Eglise du Christ au Congo (ECT). The University seeks to educate its 5,000 students from Africa (primarily the Congo) in a Christian environment. Our own Pastor Tricia Jacobs was born in the Congo. On a trip there a few years ago, she was impressed by the university and got to know Dr. Samuel Mampunza, Dean of the Medical School, who visited Westminster in the fall of 2011.
The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
The University of Dubuque Theological Seminaryis the only Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary that is part of a university. Westminster has a long history of partnering with UDTS to provide scholarships for seminarians.