DSM First Church


Serve. Learn. Enjoy. 


The 2nd Tuesday of each month members and friends gather in Kenyon Hall for lunch followed by a program. If you work downtown please join us at noon for good food and an interesting speaker. Cost of the lunch is $8.00. Lunch starts at noon followed by a program.

Did you know that the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has a "shower trailer"? This trailer can be taken to disaster areas so folks are able to shower. Rev. Duane Skidmore will be talking about this ministry and will have the trailer here for you to see.

Please call the church office (244-6209) to make your reservation. Reservations must be made before October 12th.


Do you need to periodically clean house and get rid of those things you no longer need? We are at that point here at the church. We have been cleaning and have found a number of things we no longer need. To help you de-clutter your home and the church do the same we will be holding a church-wide garage sale on Thursday, November 13, Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15.

Sale Hours:

Thursday 3:00 - 6:00 ($10 entrance fee to get first choice of items)

Friday 2:00 - 7:00

Saturday 7:00 am - noon (10:00 - noon bag sale $4.00 a bag. Some items exempt)

Here are the items we will accept for the sale: children's and adult clothing (excellent condition and sized), jackets and coats, purses, houseware items, pictures and picture frames, CD's, DVD's and vinyl records, books, household hand tools and lawn and garden tools, jewelry, toys, games and puzzles, seasonal items, bed linens, towels and rugs, table cloths, napkins, placemats, baskets, craft kits, small appliances, sewing notions and fabric , furniture under 100 pounds, antiques and collectibles and sports equipment.

Items may be brought to the church beginning Sunday, October 26th. They must be taken to the stage in the gym. We will not accept tube televisions, computer equipment or printers or shoes.

10% of the proceeds of this sale will go to Bidwell Riverside and the remaining funds will be used to start a fund to replace the windows in the gym.



We could use your help with a fall clean up at the church. On Saturday, October 18th from 8:00 am until noon we will be working both inside and outside the church. We will have indoor cleaning supplies but if you are planning on working outside please bring gloves, shovels, rakes, leaf blowers, trimmers, etc. Snacks will be provided.



Can There Ever Be Peace in the Middle East?

Do you ever look at the situation in Israel and Palestine and wonder if there will ever be peace? Join us Sunday, October 19 and Sunday, October 26th as we discuss the ongoing conflict, the historical perspective, daily life and the occupation. We will also be discussing what we as Christians can do to promote peace.

We will meet after worship both days for a potluck dinner (bring your own table service too) followed by a discussion. The sessions will be lead by Eloise Cranke and Christine Anders both of whom just returned from a conference entitled "Walking with Palestinian Christians for a Just and Holy Peace." We hope to see you there for this important conversation. Please call the church office to register your attendance.


When someone you loves receives a dementia diagnosis, what do you do? Please join us for a workshop on Saturday, November 1st. Registration will be from 8:00 am to 9:00 with the program ending at noon. This workshop will assist caregivers with such topics as long-term care, necessary documents, options, costs, payer sources etc.

Please call the church at 244-6209 to register. A complimentary breakfast will be served. The speaker for the day is Cathy Wyatt, CSA. Cathy is the founder of The Art of Aging, Inc. The workshop is sponsored by the Older Adult Council of the United Methodist Church.



Nursery Worker Needed for Sunday Mornings

We are currently looking for someone to work in the nursery on Sunday mornings from 9 am - noon. This person is responsible for providing a safe, spiritual and nurturing environment for the youngest children of our church. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be able to pass a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Pay is $10 per hour. Additional hours may be available. Contact Christine at 244-6209 for more information.


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.  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.

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