Celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem this Sunday, April 13th at our 10:30 am worship.
At 2:30 pm people will be gathering on the west steps of the capitol for the Palm Sunday Procession for Peace. The procession will be led by a donkey and children. The end of the journey through downtown will be at First Church where there will be a service to pray for peace. This service will be begin at 3:45. You may join in the procession or just come to the church for the service. This is sponsored by the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace.
Holy Thursday is often referred to as Maundy Thursday. The word maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum and is the root of our word "mandate." In the Latin it means to entrust or command. After Jesus and the disciples celebrated the passover meal he gave them a "new commandment", to love one another so that others would know they were his disciples. During our service we will celebrate Holy Communion. The service begins at 7:00, April 17th.
First UMC is the starting point for the downtown Way of the Cross. People will gather at 1:30 at the front steps. This solemn event commemorates the life of Jesus in a visually symbolic way. During this Good Friday remembrance participants walk quietly through the city in a spirit of reflection. Along the way there will be Scripture readings and short devotions. Individuals may take the opportunity to carry the cross for a small part of the walk. The event is sponsored by The Bridge, an ecumenical ministry of four downtown churches.
10:00 - 10:30 am - The Central Iowa Brass Quintet will be sharing a program of Easter music in the sanctuary.
10:30 am - 11:30 am - Worship and Holy Communion
Sunday, April 13 - 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, April 14 - 8:00 am - noon
Tuesday, April 15 - 8:00 am - noon and 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 16 - 8:00 am - noon
Thursday, April 17 - 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday, April 18 - noon - 3:00 pm
It has been a long, hard winter and just like at home, our church yard needs a good spring clean up. On Saturday, April 12th from 8:00 am to noon we will be doing outside work and we could use your help. Please bring your rake, clippers, gloves and anything else you think we might need and help us spruce up the outdoors. For those who would prefer to work inside, we have plenty of that to do too!
If you have questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to learn more about our September, 2014 mission trip to Israel/Palestine, click here.
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.
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Alternative worship service, The Grapevine, every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Spaghetti Works, 310 Court Avenue.
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