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Progress Being Made on Retaining Wall
The wall is now standing and the spindles are back in place. They are currently working on replacing the steps to the street. We are still on target for a November finish.
"A Thrill of Hope: The Christmas Story in Word and Art" will be offered as the Advent Study. This study presents the story of Christmas as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Scripture passages are brought to life in the brilliant paintings of John August Swanson. Commentary by members of the faculty at Candler School of Theology and selections of traditional Christmas music reinforce the visual message. The study dates are December 3, 10 and 17. You may attend at either 3:00 pm or 6:30 p.m. depending on your schedule.
Advent Music Series
For three Sundays in December join us at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary for our Advent Music Series.
December 8 - "Festival of Carols"
December 15 - "Unto Us a Child is Born" presented by the Chancel Choir and WhiteChapel Chimes
December 22 - Christmas Music presented by the Central Iowa Brass Quintet
Join us Saturday, December 7th at 9:00 am as we gather to decorate the church for the Christmas season. After the decorating is done we will have a soup lunch. To ensure we have enough soup, please call the church office at 244-6209 to sign up.
Peace Light Available at First Church
Once again this year the Peace Light collected from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born will be brought to Des Moines. During the Christmas Eve service we will be lighting our individual candles from this Peace Light. We would like to make the light available to anyone in the community who would like to have it. It will be available at the church Sunday the 22nd from 9am - 10:15 am and then again from 11:30 - noon. You may also obtain it on Monday the 23rd from 8:00 am to noon or after the Christmas Eve service. You will need to bring your own candle or lantern to transport the light to your home.
Christmas can be a bittersweet time. On Sunday, December 22nd at 6:00 pm we will have a Longest Night Service in the chapel. We invite you to experience a meditative worship service that takes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ.
Join us to hear scripture, offer prayers for healing and wholeness and remind ourselves that God's presence is for those who mourn, for those who grieve and for those who struggle.
We will gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Tuesday, December 24th at 7:00 pm. Our historic sanctuary will be bathed in candlelight for a Service of Lessons and Carols. Hear again the story of Jesus' birth and join your voice with others in the singing cherished Christmas hymns.
After the service please join us in Kenyon Hall for a Christmas party. This is a great opportunity to visit with friends and meet new people. Everyone is welcome!
Church Office Hours
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.
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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.