DSM First Church


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Expanded Children's Programming

For the past several weeks we have been cleaning, painting, rearranging furniture and much more to ready three new Sunday School rooms. Beginning September 7th from 9:15 - 10:15 there will be three new Sunday morning educational opportunities for children.

We are so excited to be able to expand our educational offerings for children and hope to see your children in class!


New Adult Sunday School Class

A new adult Sunday School class will begin this fall and will be facilitated by Pastor Eric. The class will be using the curriculum "Feasting on the Word" . This curriculum follows the weekly lectionary readings. The scripture highlighted each week will be one of the passages that will be read in worship that day and often will be the passage that the sermon addresses. If you are not already involved in another Sunday School class, please join us as we seek to learn more about scripture. This class will begin on September 7th.

To learn more about our other adult Sunday School classes, click here.


The 2nd Tuesday of each month members and friends gather in Kenyon Hall for lunch followed by a program. If you work downtown please join us at noon for good food and an interesting speaker. Cost of the lunch is $8.00.

We want to thank Lee Kline for his work in organizing the event and finding speakers. He has decided to retire from that job so Pastor Eric and Christine will be finding the speakers.

Our first lunch of the fall will be Tuesday, September 9th and will feature Connie McFarlin, Director of the Creative Center for Young Children. Come and hear about all that is happening in our church's day care.

Please call the church office (244-6209) to make your reservation. Reservations must be made before September 7th.


Do you need to periodically clean house and get rid of those things you no longer need? We are at that point here at the church. We have been cleaning and have found a number of things we no longer need. To help you de-clutter your home and the church do the same we will be holding a church-wide garage sale on Saturday, November 15.

All proceeds will go into an account to replace windows in the gym. Watch for more information!



Upcoming Concert

On Sunday, October 5th at 4:00 pm join Larry Allen, Director of Music and organist at Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh; Scott Bell, oboist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Miriam Kenning, narrator from Ottumwa, for a program of music for organ, oboe, rhymes and jingles featuring George Ackerley's A Sweet for Mother Goose. The program also includes J.S. Bach's St. Anne Fugue in E-Flat Major, Vierne's Carillon de Westminster, Schumann's Adagio and Allegro for oboe and piano, and Haydn's Concerto for Oboe.

Admission is free.


If you are interested in learning more about First Church or becoming a member please join us for our New Member Orientation class on October 5th and 12th. We meet following worship from noon - 2:00 pm. A meal will be provided each week. Child care is available as needed. Please plan to attend both weeks. Call the church office to register or check the "New Member Orientation Class" box on the attendance register.


Nursery Worker Needed for Sunday Mornings


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.








Church Office Hours

The church office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon.


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1001 Pleasant Street
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.  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.


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.

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.







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