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First Church Has a New Office Manager

We want to welcome to First Church our new Office Manager, Lisa Karen Hankey. Lisa Karen comes to us from First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins, Colorado. Please stop by and welcome her.

 

On February 14th, Valentine's Day, we will be holding our 2nd Tuesday Lunch. Our speaker this month is Leslie Hunter. Leslie is a horticulturalist for the Des Moines Botanical Gardens and she will be talking about roses.

Leslie has a BS in Horticulture from Berry College in Rome, GA and a BSN from Mercy College of Health Sciences. She has worked at Callaway Gardens, Chicago Botanic Gardens, the Dallas Arboretum and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Currently she is the horticulturist in charge of Koehn Perennial Garden and Rose Garden at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens.

Lunch is served at noon and the cost is $8.00. Please sign up on the attendance sheet or call the church office.

 

Winter Class Offered

As a United Methodist, what do you really believe? If you aren't sure we invite you to attend a 6 week study that will shed light on what it means to be a United Methodist. Whether you are new to United Methodism or have been a member for a long time, you will be able to learn more about our Church. The classes will meet on Sunday afternoons from 3-4 pm. Below are the dates, topics and teachers for the class.

January 15   History and Heritage of the UMC                 Twila Glenn

January 22   Church Structure                                   Patty LaGree

January 29    Theology                        Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck

February 5     Sacraments                                               Eric Guy

February 12   Mission and Outreach                        Christine Anders

February 19   Q and A                                                    Eric Guy

Please call the church office to register your attendance. That number is 244-6209.

 

The season of Lent will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. Below is the schedule of study and worship events for this holy season. Please join us as often as you can. Click here to see the schedule for Lenten Music.

March 1 - Ash Wednesday

                  6:00 pm - Sack supper and Lenten Study

                  7:00 pm - Ash Wednesday Service

March 5

                   9:15 am - Sunday School for All Ages

                 10:30 am - Worship: 1st Sunday in Lent

                 11:45 am - Communion

March 8

                  6:00 pm - Soup Supper

                  6:45 pm - Lenten Study

March 12

                        9:15 am - Sunday School for all ages

                  10:30 am - Worship: 2nd Sunday in Lent

                  11:45 am - Communion

March 15

                        6:00 pm - Soup Supper

                   6:45 pm - Lenten Study

March 19

                   9:15 am - Sunday School for All Ages

                 10:30 am - Worship: 3rd Sunday in Lent

                                 Communion

                                 Food Pantry Sunday

March 22

                        5:30 pm - Lenten Music Series

                   6:00 pm - Soup Supper

                   6:45 pm - Lenten Study

March 26

                   9:15 am - Sunday School for all ages

                 10:30 am - Worship: 4th Sunday in Len

                                 One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

                  11:45 am - Communion      

March 29        

                    5:30 pm - Lenten Music Series

                    6:00 pm - Soup Supper

                    6:45 pm - Lenten Study

April 2

                    9:15 am - Sunday School for all ages

                   10:30 am - Worship: 5th Sunday in Lent

                   11:45 am - Communion

April 5

                         5:30 pm - Lenten Music Series

                    6:00 pm - Soup Supper

                    6:45 pm - Lenten Study

April 9 - Palm Sunday

                    9:15 am - Sunday School for all ages

                  10:30 am - Worship

                   3:00 pm - Palm Sunday Procession for Peace

                                     (See article below for details)

April 12

                    5:30 pm - Lenten Music Series

                   6:00 pm - Soup Supper

                   6:45 pm - Lenten Study

April 13 - Maundy Thursda

                   5:30 pm - Maundy Thursday Service

April 14 - Good Friday

                       1:30 pm - Way of the Cross Procession

                                 (Begins at First Church)

                    5:30 pm - Good Friday Service

April 15 - Holy Saturday

April 16 - Easter

                     8:30 am - Easter Breakfast

                     9:15 am - Sunday School for all ages

                   10:00 am - Central Iowa Brass Quintet

                   10:30 am - Worship

                                   Communion

                                   Food Pantry Sunday

 

Lenten Study

During the season of Lent we will be offering a study that will meet on Wednesday evenings. (See the schedule above). This year we will be using the book entitled "Wind in the Wilderness." The study focuses on the Hebrew prophets and their message of justice calling us to turn our attention to issues of justice in today's world. Each chapter explores a different prophet or prophets, highlighting how God's Word through them challenged the Israelite people - and us - to live out God's vision of justice.

Books will be available for sale after worship beginning February 12th or they can be downloaded electronically. The cost of the book is $9.00.

 

Palm Sunday Procession and Prayer Service for Peace

This year is the 11th year the Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace has sponsored their Palm Sunday Procession and Prayer Service. The Procession will begin at Grace United Methodist Church (38th and Cottage Grove) at 3:00 pm and end at First Christian Church at 25th and University. The Prayer Service will begin at 3:30 pm.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's sermon at Riverside Church, "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence," and the 50th anniversary of his assassination. In 1959 Dr. King spoke at First Christian Church at the invitation of the NAACP. This year's service will feature a re-enactment of Dr. King's sermon by award-winning local actor, Aaron Smith. Included in the service will be some of the powerful music of the day, along with a call to renew the work to end "racism, militarism, and materialism" and moved toward what Dr. King called the Beloved Community.

We hope you will join us for this important community observance of Lent and Holy Week.

 

 

Church Office hours

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

 

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First Church's weekly e-newsletter is delivered Friday mornings.

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1001 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
515.244.6209

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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