Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5th this year, and ends on Holy Saturday, April 19th. Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means "spring". The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter.
To view our full Lenten schedule, click here. We hope you will make First Church a part of your Lenten journey.
"What Wondrous Love: Holy Week in Word and Art" will be offered as a Lenten study beginning in March. This study presents the story of Holy Week as told in the four gospels. Each passage of scripture is illustrated by the stunning artwork of John August Swanson, along with commentary by members of the faculty at Candler School of Theology. This six week study will be offered Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 on March 5, 12, 26 and April 2, 9, and 16. No advance preparation is required. You are invited to attend any or all of the session as you are able.
"24 Hours That Changed the World" written by Adam Hamilton will examine the events of Jesus' last day. The sessions include The Last Supper, The Garden of Gethsemane, Condemned by the Righteous, Jesus, Barabbas and Pilate, The Torture and Humiliation of the King, the Crucifixion and Christ the Victor.
The book for this study will be available to purchase for $12 or it can be downloaded to your electronic device from Amazon for $9.99. In addition to the book, the study is accompanied by a DVD that was filmed in the Holy Land. This study will be meeting in Conference Room 1 at 6:30 pm on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8, and 15.
Please RSVP to Christine by March 2nd. If you have questions or want to affirm your presence at the meeting please send an email to email@example.com
If you would like to learn more about our September, 2014 mission trip to Israel/Palestine, click here.
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.
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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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