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During the season of Lent we will have a number of opportunities to gather, reflect and renew. A detailed schedule is listed below but here are the Lenten activities.

Our Wednesday Night Lenten Schedule - Child Care is available

For details of the Lenten Music series, click here.

February 10

Lenten Supper - 6:00 pm - Fellowship Hall

Ash Wednesday Service - 7:00 pm - Sanctuary

February 17

Lenten Music Series - 5:30 pm - Sanctuary

Lenten Supper - 6:00 pm - Fellowship Hall

Lenten Study - 6:30 pm - Renegade Gospel

February 24

Lenten Music Series - 5:30 pm - Sanctuary

Lenten Supper - 6:00 pm - Fellowship Hall

Lenten Study - 6:30 pm - Renegade Gospel

March 2

Lenten Music Series - 5:30 pm - Sanctuary

Lenten Supper - 6:00 pm - Fellowship Hall

Lenten Study - 6:30 pm - Renegade Gospel

March 9

Lenten Music Series - 5:30 pm Sanctuary

Lenten Supper - 6:00 pm - Fellowship Hall

Lenten Study - 6:30 pm - Renegade Gospel

March 16

No music

Lenten Supper - 6:00 pm - Fellowship Hall

Lenten Study - 6:30 pm - Renegade Gospel

March 23

No music

Lenten Supper - 6:00 pm - Fellowship Hall

Lenten Study - 6:30 pm - Renegade Gospel

March 24

Maundy Thursday Service - 7:00 pm - Sanctuary

March 25

Way of the Cross Procession - 1:30 pm - Begins in front of First Church

Good Friday Service - 7:00 pm - Sanctuary

March 27 - Easter Sunday (Join us as we celebrate the risen Christ)

Easter Breakfast - 8:30 am - 10:00 am - Fellowship Hall

Central Iowa Brass Quintet - 10:00 am - Sanctuary

Worship - 10:30 am - Sanctuary

 

 

Speaker from Wadi Fouqin to be in Des Moines

Many of you have heard about the flight of the Palestinian village of Wadi Fouqin. In September our mission team visited this small village and learned first hand about the land confiscation orders, demolition orders for a playground and the new United Methodist sponsored soccer field as well as the destruction of 1,300 fruit trees. These are just a few of the human rights violations endured by the villagers.

On Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 pm Mr. Fahmi Manasra who serves as the Director of Outreach for Community Development for  the village will be speaking at the Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting House at 4211 Grand Ave. The Community Development  Program is partially supported by the United Methodist Church.

Mr. Manasra will be speaking to raise awareness of the circumstances taking place in the village and elsewhere in the West Bank and will be raising funds for village improvement projects specifically the UM soccer field. Later he will be speaking at a Congressional briefing in Washington, D.C.

We hope you can join us for this informative evening.

 

               Soccer field at Wadi Fouqin

 

Seeking Justice for Our Palestinian Brothers and Sisters

Please join First Church members Christine Anders and Eloise Cranke along with Jon Krieg and Kathleen McQuillen of the American Friends Service Committee as they speak about their recent visits to the West Bank and Gaza. They will be sharing their insights into the plight of the Palestinian people who live under occupation.

The program will be held at Grace UMC at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 26th. Come and learn more about the situation and what you can do.

 

Adopt-A-Saint Program Off to a Great Start

In late December First Church started a new ministry call Adopt-A-Saint. We have a number of members who are no longer able to attend worship but we still want them to feel connected to the church. We have paired children and adults with our "saints." We have already heard from several of the saints who were thrilled to have a member from the church pay them a visit. We want to thank everyone who is participating.

On Christmas Eve Will took Christmas goodies to his "saint" John.

Below Josh meets his saint "Irene."

 

 

 

Church Office hours

 

 

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

 

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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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