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First Church in Search of Church Administrator

First United Methodist Church is seeking an experienced church administrator to oversee day-to-day business functions of the church and to support staff to insure smooth and efficient operations. To read the job description and find out how to apply, click here.


Advent Study Announced

Bah, Humbug! We all know the story of Scrooge. He is a crusty old man with a negative outlook on all of life. You know the story. Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts and after the visits is a changed man. If Scrooge can be redeemed, can we? During this four week study "The Redemption of Scrooge" we will explore the world of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Cratchilts with an eye to Christian faith. We will meet the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come and learn about living with and for others in a world blessed by Jesus.

The dates for the study are November 30, December 7, December 14 and December 21. We will have a soup supper at 5:30 followed by the study at 6:15. There will be a free-will offering for the dinner. Proceeds will go to support our missionary in Israel/Palestine, Rev. Kristen Brown. If you plan to attend the dinner, please sign up by calling the church office or signing the attendance register.

This Advent season, let's turn Bah Humbug into Merry Christmas!



Imagine an Iowa winter without a warm hat, gloves, mittens or scarf. If you would like to help those in our community who are in need of any of these items, please bring them to the church. There will be a box in the narthex for you to leave your donation. All sizes are welcome. Your gifts will be distributed to various service agencies around the Des Moines area.



During the season of Advent First Church sponsors an Advent Music Series. One half hour before the start of worship those in attendance will enjoy the music of the season. Click here to read the schedule.


Once again First Church is proud to host the Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus Christmas Concert. This year's program is entitled "We Need a Little Christmas!" The concerts will be held on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here. Tickets will also be available this Sunday after worship in the north entryway.

Join the Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus for an evening full of music and merriment.


Next spring members and friends of First Church will be taking a mission trip to eastern Tennessee. Click here to learn more about this important ministry.



Church Office hours

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


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First Church's weekly e-newsletter is delivered Friday mornings.

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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.







For information on how to make a gift to support First Church's ministries, click here.

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