DSM First Church


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If you are interested in learning more about what it means to be a member of First Church, join us for our member classes on Sunday, February 1st and Sunday, February 8th. At noon we will meet in Fellowship Hall for lunch. The meal will be followed by a conversation about the church's history and an opportunity to learn more about what we believe and how you can be in service to others. Child care is available. Please call the church office to register. Talk with Pastor Eric if you have questions.



Democracy for the Common Good: A Call to Action

Saturday, February 7, 2015

9:30-1:30 pm

First United Methodist Church

This half-day of education and movement building includes workshops on the inappropriate influence of money in the political process, campaign finance reform, participating in precinct caucuses, and effective bird dogging. John Nichols of The Nation magazine and author of Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America will keynote the program.

Sponsors include Methodist Federation for Social Action, American Friends Service Committee, Catholic Peace Ministry and others. To register, contact jskipworth@afsc.org or call 515-274-4851 ext. 22. Suggested donation is $10. Scholarships available.



Join us for our Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 18th at 7:00 pm. This meaningful service marks the beginning of the season of Lent and our journey to the cross.



What did Jesus mean when he said "I Am...the Bread of Life; the Light of the World; the Good Shepherd; the True Vine; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the Resurrection and the Life"?

Our Lenten study this year is entitled The God We Can Know, Exploring the "I Am" sayings of Jesus. It will be offered on the following dates: February 17th, February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, March 1. The first session is on a Tuesday but all other sessions are Wednesdays. You may choose to attend at 2:00 pm at the church or 6:00 pm in the Theater at Wesley Acres. Everyone is welcome at either of the locations.

The cost of the study book is $8.00 and can be purchased at the first session.



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.  Photographs of children's time in worship with children wearing hats and Pastor Kevin celebrating Eucharist are copyrighted by Carrie Yonley and used with her permission.  She retains the copyright to those photos.


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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