DSM First Church


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First Church Honored to Host a Service of New Beginnings

On Sunday, September 25th First Church hosted the installation service of Iowa's new United Methodist Bishop, Laurie Haller. Over 100 clergy and many United Methodist laity from around the state attended. After the service a reception was held in Fellowship Hall. We are looking forward to working with Bishop Laurie and wish her the best as she begins her ministry in Iowa.



Dr. Thomas Ahart to be 2nd Tuesday Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Thomas Ahart, Superintendent of the Des Moines Schools will be our speaker on Tuesday, October 11th at noon. He will be speaking about challenges the school district is facing. The cost of the lunch is $8.00. Please sign up in the church office or call the church to register your attendance.


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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