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Advent Study

This year's Advent study is entitled "Why This Jubilee: Advent Reflections on the Songs of the Season."  Each week focuses on one of these themes: The Place, The Men, The Mother and The Child.

The study will be held on the following Tuesdays: December 1, 8, 15 and 22. You may attend either of the locations, whichever works best for you. We will be at the church from 10:00 - 11:00 am or at Wesley Acres Theatre from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.


Children's Christmas Party

Children are welcome to join us for our Christmas party. This year's theme is Christmas Around the World. The party is scheduled for Saturday, December 12th from 1-4 pm. Please RVSP to Christine at christine@dmfirstchurch.org or call the church office to register your child's attendance.


Our December 2nd Tuesday Lunch will be held on December 8th at noon. Our speaker will be from Living History Farms and will be sharing about the history of Christmas traditions. Photographs of recreated scenes during holiday celebrations will be combined with historic photographs. Diaries and newspaper entries from Iowa and the Midwest will be shared to place the history of the holiday in a local context. The cost of the meal is $8. You must register your attendance no later than noon on Sunday the 6th.


Gay Men's Chorus

First Church is excited to have the Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus performing their Winter Solstice Concert in our sanctuary on Friday, December 18th and Saturday, December 19th. Both concerts are at 7:30. There will be carol singing and glorious men's harmonies. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained on line at www.dmgmc.org.

Please join us for a wonderful evening.


Christmas can be a difficult and painful time some years. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died, or the first Christmas after a broken relationship. Perhaps Christmas this year just doesn't feel "right." It may be a time of the year that has often been difficult.

The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation - all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. Our spirits sink as the days grow shorter.

We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone. We need encouragement to live the days ahead.

If you are having a difficult time this Christmas season our Longest Night service will be held on Sunday, December 20th at 4:00 pm in the chapel.



Here at First Church there are many opportunities to prepare yourself for the coming of Jesus.

Following is a list of our Advent events. We hope you will find something that will be meaningful for you as you prepare your heart.

Sunday, November 29 - 1st Sunday of Advent

10:30 am - Hanging of the Greens Service

Tuesday, December 1

10:00 - 11:00 am - Advent Study 2nd Floor Conference Room of the church

6:30 - 7:30 pm - Advent Study at Wesley Acres Theatre

Saturday, December 5

9:00 am - Come and help us decorate the church for the Christmas season.

Sunday, December 6 - 2nd Sunday of Advent

10:00 am - Advent Music Series - Here We Come A-Caroling: An All Church Carol Sing

10:30 am - Worship

Tuesday, December 8

10:00 - 11:00 am - Advent Study 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Church

6:30 - 7:30 pm - Advent Study at Wesley Acres Theatre

Saturday, December 12

1:00 - 4:00 pm - Children's Christmas Party

Sunday, December 13 - 3rd Sunday of Advent

10:00 am - Advent Music Series - Morning of Promise presented by the Chancel Choir and WhiteChapel Chimes

10:30 am - Worship

Tuesday, December 15

10:00 - 11:00 am - Advent Study 2nd Floor Conference Room of the church

6:30 - 7:30 pm - Advent Study at Wesley Acres Theatre

Sunday, December 20 - 4th Sunday of Advent

10:00 am - Advent Music Series - Central Iowa Brass Quintet

10:30 am - Worship with Holy Communion and the Children's Christmas Program

4:00 pm - Longest Night Service

Tuesday, December 22

10:00 - 11:00 am - Advent Study 2nd Floor Conference Room of the church

6:30 - 7:30 pm - Advent Study at Wesley Acres Theatre

Thursday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

7:00 pm - Join us for a candlelight service of Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 27 - First Sunday after Christmas

10:30 am - Worship

Sunday, January 3 - Epiphany Sunday

10:30 am - Worship



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.

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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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