Extra virgin organic olive oil is now available at the Fair Trade cart. It comes from a non-profit, non-governmental organization in the West Bank, where they use an indigenous Palestinian variety of olives, considered to produce the "highest quality olive oil in the world." The cost is $12 a bottle. Each purchase you make at the cart supports small-scale farmers, helping them improve the lives of their families and their communities.
We are currently looking for someone to work in the nursery on Sunday mornings from 9 am - noon. This person is responsible for providing a safe, spiritual and nurturing environment for the youngest children of our church. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be able to pass a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Pay is $10 per hour. Additional hours may be available. Contact Christine at 244-6209 for more information.
A young maple tree has been planted just west of the Creative Center for Young Children's playground. It is in memory of Hannah Geneser, a student at CCYC, who died tragically three years ago. Hannah's family and the children and staff of CCYC gathered to remember her. A memorial plaque honoring Hannah is next to the tree. When grown this tree will provide shade to the playground and a place for the children to watch some of God's creatures.
Do you have an old hearing aid that is no longer in use or broken? If so, we would love to have it. As you know we are planning a mission trip to Israel/Palestine. The Methodist Liaison in Jerusalem informs us that there is a center for the deaf and hearing impaired in Gaza and they are in desperate need of new and used hearing aids. They can even refurbish old hearing aids with the parts of broken ones.
Your discarded hearing aid could be a blessing to another!
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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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