On Sunday, September 25th First Church hosted the installation service of Iowa's new United Methodist Bishop, Laurie Haller. Over 100 clergy and many United Methodist laity from around the state attended. After the service a reception was held in Fellowship Hall. We are looking forward to working with Bishop Laurie and wish her the best as she begins her ministry in Iowa.
Sunday, October 9th Rev. Alex Awad will be at First Church. He will be speaking with all of the adult Sunday School classes at 9:15 and will be preaching at 10:30 am. Rev. Awad is a recently retired UM missionary who served for years in Israel/Palestine. Alex was born and raised in East Jerusalem.
During the Sunday School hour Rev. Awad will be talking about the Palestinian Church, share the story of his family, relate a brief history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, discuss the current challenges to peace and share the signs of hope.
His sermon title is Conflict and Conflict Resolution: Jesus' Way. He will help us understand how conflict forms and how to use the Jesus method to tackle it. First Church is happy to have Rev. Awad with us. Please join us.
Dr. Thomas Ahart, Superintendent of the Des Moines Schools will be our speaker on Tuesday, October 11th at noon. He will be speaking about challenges the school district is facing. The cost of the lunch is $8.00. Please sign up in the church office or call the church to register your attendance.
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.