On September 12th a group of 18 will be leaving Des Moines for a two week mission trip to the Holy Land. Christine will be leading the group. Four other First Church members will be among those traveling. Other team members are from various locations in Iowa, Michigan, South Dakota and Oregon.
The group has been asked to bring used hearing aids. These will be used at a center for the hearing impaired. They have the ability to refurbish the items so we will even take broken hearing aids. If you have one you would like to donate, please bring it to the church.
We will also be taking a suitcase of personal care products to be delivered to the Homes of Mercy a home for the neurologically impaired located in Bethany. Many residents have been cared for their entire lives in this facility. We are in need of travel size products including shampoo, cream rinse, deodorant, and soap. We would also appreciate any financial help with the excess baggage cost. The extra suitcase will cost $100.
Please join us on Tuesday, September 8th as we resume our 2nd Tuesday lunches. September's speaker is the new Des Moines Chief of Police, Dana Wingert. He will be talking about his vision for the police force. There will also be time for questions. Once again Liz and her crew will be preparing a delicious lunch for only $8. You won't find a better deal in Des Moines! Call the church office to register.
Many Americans now find themselves a part of the "Sandwich Generation", sandwiched between the needs of their own children and the needs of aging relatives. Well known author/speaker Missy Buchanan (Good Morning America, Dallas Morning News) will be offering a one hour workshop for those who want to learn more about this balancing act. To register for this free seminar, call the church office at 244-6209.
Sunday School for all ages will resume September 13th. All classes begin at 9:15 am. Click here to learn about children's classes. Click here to read about our adult classes. We hope to see you there!
On Monday, September 14th at 6:30 pm the MOMs group will resume meeting. This group of moms gathers monthly to meet other moms, learn from each other and connect. They meet the 2nd Monday of each month and will be using a resource entitled "52 Things kids need from a mom." Each session is independent from the last and no advanced reading is required; after all, who has time to read?
The group meets at the Scenic Route Bakery in the East Village. If you want to spend an hour a month learning and sharing with other moms, please join us. If you have questions, call Christine at the church.
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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.
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.
For information on how to make a gift to support First Church's ministries, click here.