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Palm Sunday

Celebrate Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem this Sunday, April 13th at our 10:30 am worship.


Palm Sunday Procession for Peace

At 2:30 pm people will be gathering on the west steps of the capitol for the Palm Sunday Procession for Peace. The procession will be led by a donkey and children. The end of the journey through downtown will be at First Church where there will be a service to pray for peace. This service will be begin at 3:45. You may join in the procession or just come to the church for the service. This is sponsored by the Des Moines Area Ecumenical Committee for Peace.

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday is often referred to as Maundy Thursday. The word maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum and is the root of our word "mandate." In the Latin it means to entrust or command. After Jesus and the disciples celebrated the passover meal he gave them a "new commandment", to love one another so that others would know they were his disciples. During our service we will celebrate Holy Communion. The service begins at 7:00, April 17th.

Good Friday

First UMC is the starting point for the downtown Way of the Cross. People will gather at 1:30 at the front steps. This solemn event commemorates the life of Jesus in a visually symbolic way. During this Good Friday remembrance participants walk quietly through the city in a spirit of reflection. Along the way there will be Scripture readings and short devotions. Individuals may take the opportunity to carry the cross for a small part of the walk. The event is sponsored by The Bridge, an ecumenical ministry of four downtown churches.


Easter Day - April 20, 2014

Come and celebrate the risen Christ!

8:30am - 9:45 - Easter Breakfast in Fellowship Hall. We will be serving egg casserole, fresh fruit and homemade baked items. Your freewill donation will help us toward our goal of saving 1,000 lives from malaria.

10:00 - 10:30 am - The Central Iowa Brass Quintet will be sharing a program of Easter music in the sanctuary.

10:30 am - 11:30 am - Worship and Holy Communion

Christ the Lord is Risen Today, Alleluia!



Holy Week is a time for quiet reflection and contemplation. To help you think about the events of that week in Jesus' life and contemplate your own life, we will be offering Reflection Centers on the main floor of the church. At each center you will encounter visuals that will remind you of the various events of Holy Week and questions that will help you reflect on how those events impact your life. Here are the dates and times the Centers will be available:

Sunday, April 13 - 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Monday, April 14 - 8:00 am - noon

Tuesday, April 15 - 8:00 am - noon and 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, April 16 - 8:00 am - noon

Thursday, April 17 - 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

Friday, April 18 - noon - 3:00 pm



It has been a long, hard winter and just like at home, our church yard needs a good spring clean up. On Saturday, April 12th from 8:00 am to noon we will be doing outside work and we could use your help. Please bring your rake, clippers, gloves and anything else you think we might need and help us spruce up the outdoors. For those who would prefer to work inside, we have plenty of that to do too!




Have you ever felt the need to connect with other moms? If so we hope you will join us on Monday, April 14th  from 6:30-8:00 pm in the church library for the meeting of MOMS (Meeting Other Moms). The meeting will be a time to learn more about this new group and connect with other women who are also serving in this important role.

Come and check it out! Bring a friend! Everyone is welcome!

If you have questions, please send an email to christine@dmfirstchurch.org.







If you would like to learn more about our September, 2014 mission trip to Israel/Palestine, click here.


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.  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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