November 30 - 1st Sunday of Advent
Hanging of the Greens Service: 10:30 am worship. This service will help us ready the sanctuary and our hearts for the coming of Jesus. This is a meaningful way to begin the season of Advent.
December 3, 7 and 10
Advent Meal and Study: 5:30 Dinner (freewill offering) 6:00 - 7:00 Study (Call the church to register your attendance). Click here to learn more about the meal and study.
From 9 am to noon we will be decorating the church for the Christmas season. When we are finished we will have a soup lunch. (Call the church to sign up)
December 7 - 2nd Sunday of Advent
Advent Music Series: Special music begins at 10:00 am. This week's Advent music will feature Paul Rosenthal on the violin and Doris Stevenson on the piano. Mr. Rosenthal was the recipient of the Alaskan Governor's Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring the many hundreds of concerts he has performed and presented throughout his forty-four years of living and working in Alaska. Miss Stevenson taught for ten years at USC and has been Artist in Residence at Williams College since 1987.
Children's Christmas Program: Worship 10:30 am
Children's Christmas Party 1:00 - 4:00 (Call the church office to register your child to attend)
December 14 - 3rd Sunday of Advent
Advent Music Series: Special music begins at 10:00 am. Today the special music will be presented by the FUMC Chancel Choir and the WhiteChapel Chimes.
Worship: 10:30 am
December 21 - 4th Sunday of Advent
Advent Music Series: Special music begins at 10:00 am. The special music for the last Sunday of Advent will be performed by the Central Iowa Brass Quintet.
Worship: 10:30 am
Longest Night Service: 4:00 pm
December 24 - Christmas Eve
Service of Lessons and Carols: 7:00 pm
All Church Christmas Eve Party: 8:00 pm
January 4 - Epiphany Sunday
Worship 10:30 am
December’s 2nd Tuesday Lunch speaker will be Rachel Woodhouse. Rachel is the Donor Relations Coordinator for Des Moines Performing Arts. She will be speaking about the organization and her role. Did you know that in addition to the Civic Center, Des Moines Performing Arts has three other locations? Come and learn more about this organization that enriches the lives of Central Iowans through the arts.Please join us Tuesday, December 9th. Lunch will be served at noon and the cost is $8.00. Call the church office to register.
Do you have people on your Christmas gift list that really can’t use more things? If so, we have the answer. Each year the Outreach Ministry Team asks you to give a gift that gives twice. When you purchase items from the Alternative Gift Market you give a gift to family or friends and you also provide funds for selected organizations. The Gift Market table will be set up in Kenyon Hall and will be open December 7, 14 and 21.
In addition we will have Fair Trade baskets for sale. Samples will be available at the table. Baskets can be customized from any of the items at the Fair Trade cart.
This year the Christmas offering will be gifted to three worthy causes. One hundred percent of your gift will go to the selected organizations.
UMC Ebola Response
So far over 5,000 people in West Africa have died from Ebola. The United Methodist Church is working to stop the spread of this terrible disease. The Global Health unit of the General Board of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been working in collaboration on a global scale to coordinate an integrated approach in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. To date, UMCOR and the Global Health unit have worked together to ensure that $400,000 of educational programs, protective equipment, and other Ebola-related supplies have been provided to the health boards in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Cote d’Ivoire.
Meals Prepared and Served by First Church
Each month members of First Church prepare and serve meals at three different locations: Trinity UMC, Central Iowa Shelter and Services and the Connection Café. As you know, the cost of groceries has gone up and we are in need of funds to purchase food for these meals.
DMARC Food Pantry
The DMARC (Des Moines Area Religious Council) Food Pantry Network strives to meet the short-term needs of the food insecure in our area.
As you can see, the need is great but with your Christmas offering you can make a difference.
Would you like to learn to make beautiful cut out Christmas cookies? Click here to learn about our upcoming class.
Church Office Hours
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.
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.