Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease can be devastating. On Saturday, August 2nd from 8 am to noon, First Church will host a workshop entitled Alzheimer's Disease: When Life Changes. This workshop is designed to assist caregivers bridge the gap between the reality of a diagnosis and all the places it will take them; the doctor's office, family gatherings, restaurants, and their favorite vacation spot. There will also be information on long-term care including necessary documents, options, costs, payer sources and Medicaid.
This free workshop is sponsored by the Older Adult Council of the United Methodist Church. A complimentary breakfast will be provided by Wesley Life. The speaker is Cathy Wyatt, CSA, Founder of The Art of Aging, Inc. To register call the church office at 244-6209. Deadline for registration is July 25th.
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.
During worship the children helped us reveal the total amount raised for Imagine No Malaria. As you can see, First Church raised $18,424.11, enough to save 1,842 lives! Keep checking back because the amount will increase. People were moved during the service to donate more.
The sanctuary was decorated with over 1,800 cut-outs to represent each of the lives saved.
After worship everyone gathered on the front steps and landing to enjoy ice cream sundaes. Who says you can't have dessert before lunch?
Thanks to the Imagine No Malaria Ministry Team for all of their hard work over the last year and a half. We couldn't have done it without them. (l to r) Christine, Shirley, Judi, Pastor Eric and Courtney.
On Sunday, June 1st, we welcomed these new members to First Church.
(l to r) Kylie, Ryan, Jeffrey, Megan, Cathy, Rebecca. Pastor Eric joined them in the photo.
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 this fall and have been in touch with the Methodist Liaison in Jerusalem. She 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.
Beginning Sunday, May 4th we will be collecting any and all hearing aids you would like to donate. Look for the box. In September we will take them with us and will see they get to the center. 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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