DSM First Church


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What is your role in the body of Christ? The apostle Paul tells us that there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.

On September 17 and 24 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm we will be offering a class entitled Network. This class will help you discover your spiritual gifts and your God-given talents. You may think you already know what gifts you have to offer but this class will help you better understand who God created you to be.

The class will be taught by First Church member Jacque Coulson. Jacque is the staff liaison for the Connection Cluster and the Christian Care Cluster at Ankeny UMC.

Come and join us for these six hours of self-examination. You may be surprised at what God has in store for your life. You may sign up on the attendance sheet or call the church office.


Sunday School Resumes

Join us for the start up of Sunday School on September 10th. Classes will begin at 9:15 am. For a list of adult classes click here. For children's classes click here.


First Church to Host Conference

Saturday, September 30th First Church will be hosting a conference entitled Unheard Voices from the Heart of Palestine. The conference will feature two keynote speakers. Rev. Naim Ateek is a Palestinian priest in the Anglican Church and the founder of Sabeel, an ecumenical theology center in Jerusalem. Our other keynote speaker is Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Phyllis has served as an informal advisor to several top UN officials on Middle East issues.

In addition to the keynote speakers breakout sessions will include:

Click here to see the brochure. The registration form is on the brochure. Registration deadline is September 15.



Imagine walking in the footsteps of Jesus; standing on the Mount of Olives looking over the ancient city of Jerusalem, walking the Via Dolorosa, visiting Qumran, the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. What would it be like to renew your baptism in the Jordan River and sail on the Sea of Galilee?

April 16-27, 2018 Christine Anders our Minister of Discipleship will be leading a trip to the Holy Land where you can experience this and so much more. We will be visiting the cities of Ibillin, Haifa, Capernaum, Cana, Nablus, Hebron. Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Jericho.

If you would like to learn more about this trip contact Christine at christine@dmfirstchurch.org and a copy of the brochure will be emailed to you.

We hope you will join us for this once in a lifetime experience.


All Church Outing

On Sunday, October 8th First Church has reserved a block of seats at the Iowa Wild hockey game. The game begins at 5:00 at Wells Fargo Arena. Cost of tickets is $14.00. Checks can be made payable to FUMC and must be received by September 25th. Turn your order and money into Christine.


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

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.







For information on how to make a gift to support First Church's ministries, click here.

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