DSM First Church


Serve. Learn. Enjoy. 


Our summer Bible-que will meet for three Wednesdays, July 15, 22 and 29. The evening begins with a potluck at 5:30. The church will provide the meat and drinks. You bring a dish to share and your table service. At 6:15 we transition to a time of study. This year Pastor Eric will be leading the sessions. He has chosen a DVD resource entitled "Morning Coffee: Genesis." The study is presented by a United Methodist pastor, Mark Flynn.

Topics for each of the three weeks include:

  1. Creator - learning to ask the right questions is the first step in reading the Bible
  2. Humanity - what God says about the nature of humanity
  3. Sin - it's not what you think it is

If you would like to join us, call the church office at 244-6209 or email kathy@dmfirstchurch.org to register your attendance. Please call no later than the Monday of the week you would like to attend. Child care is available.


Mission Trip to Israel/Palestine Quickly Approaching

On September 12th a group of 17 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.












Church Office hours


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


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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.







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