Our pantry is open on the 1st Saturday of the month from 9 - 11:00 am and the 3rd Thursday of the month from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Guests are asked to drive to the back of the church and get in line, staying in their car. A volunteer will come to them to check them in and the food will then be delivered to your vehicle. Along with shelf stable items including paper/personal products, if available frozen meat, produce, bread and milk are provided.
To volunteer go to wpcw.org/volunteer
Feed My Starving Children
We are happy to report that we will have our annual packing event October 17-19, 2022! Mark your calendars! Online Registration begins September 27.
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!
Once per year the Mission Committee gives a substantial monetary gift to an organization in the Cedar Valley nominated and voted on by the congregation.
Why? A large donation 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!
Free Christmas Dinner
This has been an annual tradition at Westminster for almost 40 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 past 2 years, due to Covid-19, we have had a drive up/carry out cooked meal that can be reheated. Reservations are taken and meals are handed out on Christmas Eve morning. In 2021, 366 meals were picked up over a 3 hour period.
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.
Dance dates for this year are:
(dates are subject to change)
Youth Mission Trips
Our Youth Mission Trips, open to all senior high students, head to different location each summer. Contact our youth director for more information.
Some of the organizations that Westminster gives to each year
Gifts are given to many groups throughout the year, but to list a few ....
Lakeshore Center at Okoboji
North Central Iowa Presbytery
House of Hope
Family & Children's Council
Meals on Wheels
Habitat for Humanity
Feed My Starving Children
Protestant University of Congo