DSM First Church

Mark Your Calendar for Bible-Que

It is almost time for our annual Bible-que. We invite you to join us. This is a great time to enjoy a good old-fashioned potluck followed by meaningful conversation. We will meet on the following dates: July 10, 17 and 24. Dinner starts at 5:30 and the discussion at 6:15 pm. The church provides the grilled meat and beverages. All you do is bring a dish to share and your table service. It is helpful if you call the church to register or email Christine at christine@dmfirstchurch.org. We want to have enough meat prepared!

Our discussion time will focus on objects and terms used in the church. Sometimes we tend to talk "church speak" and assume everyone knows what we mean. More often than not, they don't! We will be using short videos entitled Chuck Knows Church. Chuck will help us learn more about church. The clips are fun and informative.

Child care will be available during the discussion part of the evening.

Here is your chance to get answers to the questions you were afraid to ask!


Chin Cho to Visit First Church

First Church helps provide financial support for a United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries missionary. Our missionary, Chin Cho will be here on Wednesday, June 27th at 6:00 pm for a potluck followed by a program. Please bring a dish to share and your own table service. The church will provide beverages.

Child care will be available if you contact Christine before June 20th. Just send her an email at christine@dmfirstchurch.org if you would like child care.

This is a great opportunity to meet Chin and learn about his work in Mongolia.


Attention Ladies!

Now is the time to make plans to join us for our Women's Retreat. This year's theme is Sweet Life Cafe. We all lead busy lives and sometime we just need a day away to relax and spend time with other women and with God. Our day away will be just like a day at your favorite coffee shop only more meaningful!

Join us on Saturday, August 4th for our all day retreat. This year we will be meeting in the Cafe (how appropriate!) at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church at 8th and Grand in WDM. The cost for the day is $35 and includes all materials, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.

All women are welcome to join us. We will have a registration table set up in Kenyon Hall on June 17 and 24 or you may contact Christine at the church and she will be happy to email you a registration form. Registration deadline is July 20th.


Summer Music

Do you like to sing or play bells? If so we have an opportunity for you to join either the Summer Choir or Summer Bells. Click here for more information.




Here at First Church we are about "making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." We believe that if we live our lives following the example of Jesus, we can make a positive impact on this world that God loves and cares about.

We are all on a faith journey. Some of us have just begun that journey. Others have only taken a few steps and others have been on the road for a long time. Some of us are discouraged travelers, some have made wrong turns and we all have experienced peaks, valleys and plateaus. Once we have declared that we will follow Jesus, the faith journey begins and it is a life-long journey.

We invite you to join us on the journey. It won't always be easy but as United Methodists we believe that God's unmerited love surrounds us, encourages us, goes before us and upholds us.

Let us walk this faith journey together. Join us for worship or any of our ministries and activities. Let's work together to transform this world!

Our Pathways to Discipleship

As with any journey there are many pathways we take to reach our destination. Each pathway is important. Disciples here at First Church are asked to explore five different pathways. These pathways help us grow in our faith and we ask that members intentionally traverse them on an on-going basis.

Christian Education is an essential ministry of the church because to be a disciple of Jesus is to be a learner. Learning is essential to discipleship formation and growth.

John Wesley the founder of Methodism believed that prayer is "the grand means of drawing near to God." Prayer deepens our relationship with God and raises our awareness of God's presence in our lives.

Attending worship is a way to draw ourselves away from the nitty gritty of life and into the presence of God. Where two or three are gathered, God will be present.

Like the Jesus we follow, Christians are willing to give their lives for the sake of others and are willing to become agents of change and reconciliation. We are the hands and feet of Jesus.

All we have is a gift from God. We are called upon to give our financial resources, our time and our talents to further the Kingdom of God.

May you be blessed as you walk your journey of faith.

Measuring Your Discipleship Pathway Progress

On any journey it is important to periodically stop and check the map (or GPS) and see where you are.

Ask yourself:


Church Office hours

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


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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.  Photograph of children's time in worship with children wearing hats is copyrighted by Carrie Yonley and used with her permission.  She retains the copyright to this photo.


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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