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The United Methodist Church is engaged in a world-wide discussion about our understanding of human sexuality. Over 12 million United Methodists in 120 countries are all coming together to discuss one topic. At the 2016 General Conference a Commission on Finding Our Way Forward was formed. This group is charged with helping the church find a way forward so we can maintain our unity. Sounds impossible doesn't it? We must remember however that with God nothing is impossible. One thing we must do is pray. Each annual conference around the world will spend one week praying for the work of the commission. The Iowa Annual Conference will be praying the week of May 21-27. First Church has committed to pray for the Commissions work on Wednesday, May 24th from 9 am - noon. You may pray wherever you are or you may come to the chapel on the 2nd floor. Devotional materials will be available for you to use.

We are asking you add your prayers to those of other Iowa United Methodists. To learn more go to http://www.iaumc.org/prayingourwayforward



First Church Mission Trip Report

Several members of First Church recently returned from a mission trip to Deer Lodge, TN. It was a week full of hard work, fellowship and laughs. We want to share with you all that was accomplished. Please join us for an after church potluck followed by a program on Sunday, June 25th.


Bible-que Dates Set

This summer's Bible-que meal and study will be on July 12, 19 and 26. We will begin the evening at 5:30 pm in Kenyon Hall with a potluck. The church will provide meat and drinks. You are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. Also please bring your own table service. After the meal we will have a 45 minute study. The evening will conclude by 7:00 pm. More details about the study will be coming soon. Mark your calendar!


Summer Music Opportunities Available

Do you like to sing or play bells but can't commit to every Sunday? If so, click here to learn about summer music.


Landscaping Gift

First Church recently received a gift of up to $5,000 to be used for landscaping. The plan is to begin work on the north flower beds. The $5,000 gift comes with matching gift incentive that we hope you will take advantage of. For every dollar we receive earmarked for landscaping, we will be able to utilize one dollar of the matching gift - up to $5,000. If you would like to help beautify the north entrance, this is a wonderful opportunity to make your gift count twice. If you make a gift, please mark it as "landscaping."


Church Office hours

The church office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.


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1001 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

Copyright 2009-2011 First United Methodist Church.  Photographs above of the empty sanctuary and the Kingman Stained Glass window in the sanctuary ceiling are used courtesy of Main Street Studio.  Photograph of children's time in worship with children wearing hats is copyrighted by Carrie Yonley and used with her permission.  She retains the copyright to this photo.


We Welcome All

First United Methodist Church, at the top of 10th Street in downtown Des Moines, strives to love others as Christ loves us and, in doing so, to be the Body of Christ in word and deed.

As the Body of Christ, we welcome all of God's children, knowing that each is created in the image of God.  We welcome people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, races, ethnicities, family configurations, and physical and mental capabilities to join us in full participation as we come together to worship God and then go out to share God's love in the world around us.

Worship with us every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

To read Pastor Eric's weekly devotion "First Thoughts," sign up for our weekly e-newsletter, Cross Notes, here.

Alternative worship service, The Grapevine, every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Spaghetti Works, 310 Court Avenue.







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