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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 this 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.

This summer's study is based on a book entitled Love Does: discover a secretly incredible life in an ordinary world. The study begins with the assertion that God's love is "not just a bunch of stuff we have to agree with. God's love is different. It changes things. It's active. It works. It risks. God's love...does."

You may purchase or download the book Love Does by Bob Goff but the book does not need to be read to participate in the study.

Please call or email the church office (244-6209 or officemanager@dmfirstchurch.org) or check the attendance slip in order to sign up for the week or weeks you plan to attend in order for us to know how much meat to prepare.


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."


Imagine walking in the footsteps of Jesus; standing on the Mount of Olives looking over the ancient city of Jerusalem, walking the Via Dolorosa, visiting Qumran, the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. What would it be like to renew your baptism in the Jordan River and sail on the Sea of Galilee?

April 16-27, 2018 Christine Anders our Minister of Discipleship will be leading a trip to the Holy Land where you can experience this and so much more. We will be visiting the cities of Ibillin, Haifa, Capernaum, Cana, Nablus, Hebron. Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Jericho.

If you would like to learn more about this trip contact Christine at christine@dmfirstchurch.org and a copy of the brochure will be emailed to you.

We hope you will join us for this once in a lifetime experience.


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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