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Nov 8, 2017 Written by 

Reformation Sunday Celebration

Union Park Presbyterian Church of Des Moines celebrated the church's centennial and commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation at a special worship service on Sunday, October 29. Many participants wore traditional Scottish apparel, and three guests came in Renaissance garb!

The service began with a formal procession led by piper Sue Frambach. The congregation sang traditional hymns ("Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!", "The Church's One Foundation," and "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"), accompanied by UPPC Music Director and organist Betty Reed, trumpet player Loren Esse, and a cello trio comprised of Carolyn Rogers, Kitty Metzger and Natasha Krier. The choir sang "Faith of Our Fathers," and the cello trio played the offertory, selections from favorite hymns. All joined in reciting a Centennial Litany, and Rev. Dr. Bob Cook shared an inspiring message, "Looking Back While Moving Forward." Piper Frambach's "Children's Chat" about her set of Great Highland bagpipes appealed to children of all ages.

After Pastor Bob’s blessing, the service ended with a special (shortened) version of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” that everyone could join in singing. The pastor and liturgist then recessed to the skirl of pipes playing “Scotland the Brave.”

A reception followed in the Fellowship Hall, hosted by Bob and Joanne Mahaffey and the Centennial Committee.

Pictured above are many of the participants in the UPPC Reformation Sunday service. Back row (from left): Joyce Rash, cup bearer and Clerk of Session; UPPC pastor, Rev. Dr. Bob Cook; and Joan Mahaffey, liturgist. Front two rows (from left): Loren Esse, trumpet; Betty Reed, UPPC Musical Director; Susan Frambach, piper; children, Sophia, Annie and Nathan; Carolyn Rogers, cello; Will Page (in hat), Bible bearer; and Nathan Crook, flag bearer.

Pictured below: Crucifer Larry Dungy leads choir members into the sanctuary.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

The 511th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Des Moines will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 6426 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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