DSM First Church


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Winter Class Offered

As a United Methodist, what do you really believe? If you aren't sure we invite you to attend a 6 week study that will shed light on what it means to be a United Methodist. Whether you are new to United Methodism or have been a member for a long time, you will be able to learn more about our Church. The classes will meet on Sunday afternoons from 3-4 pm. Below are the dates, topics and teachers for the class.

January 15   History and Heritage of the UMC                 Twila Glenn

January 22   Church Structure                                   Patty LaGree

January 29    Theology                        Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck

February 5     Sacraments                                               Eric Guy

February 12   Mission and Outreach                        Christine Anders

February 19   Q and A                                                    Eric Guy

Please call the church office to register your attendance. That number is 244-6209.


Church Administrator to Retire







Kathy Johnson our Church Administrator will be retiring on January 31st. Kathy joined the First Church staff in August of 2000. She will be present in worship on January 29th and following worship we will have a farewell reception. Please join us as we say goodbye to Kathy. She will be missed.


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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