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This Sunday,
February 16, 2020

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Worship Service
at 10:30 AM

Scriptures this weekend:

Deuteronomy 30:15-20
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

Protocol of cancelling church worship service
or other activities in an extreme weather condition.
The church will suspend the worship service if the extreme climate conditions make it difficult or presents a risk for people to drive or attend church services or activities.  The congregation will be informed by checking local TV station’s (KCCI, WHO) listing of closings.  The notice will be sent as soon the decision is made.

History DVD
In honor of the church's 175th anniversary we will be producing a DVD. We would like to include members of our congregation. If you would be willing to share a short testimony about your life here at First, please sign the attendance sheet on Sunday or call the church office, and Pastor Edgar will be in touch to schedule a time. Thanks!
History Tidbit
First Church has been blessed with many great pastors. Here are some interesting facts about just a few of them.
  • Rev. Pierce (1846) – Served in the Civil War for over three years and was a prisoner at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.
  • Rev. Hare (1850) – Served as chaplain for the 36th Iowa Infantry during the Civil War and was also a Confederate prisoner.
  • Rev. Twining (1854) – Helped found Cornell College and personally secured the first teacher for that institution.
  • Rev. Fleming (1881) – Started the Indianola Male and Female Seminary which later became Simpson College.
  • Rev. Ingalls (1866-67 and 1871-73) – Raised funds to found the “Iowa Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home” (1867)
  • Rev. Berry (1874-76) – Served in the Civil War and was held prisoner in several Confederate prisons including Andersonville. Served in Indianola for one year and was then appointed President of Simpson Centenary College.
  • Rev. Storms (1900-1902) - After leaving First Church became the President of Iowa State College in Ames (for 7 years). Then became the President of Baldwin-Wallace College. His daughter Dr. Lillian Storms Coover was the President of the American Dietetics Association at the same time her sister was the President of the P.E.O Sisterhood.
  • Dr. Hillman (1912-1917) – Served as President of Simpson College for 17 years and was the first person to move into Wesley Acres. During his ministry at First the membership would double and much of the debt was paid off. He was considered a pioneer in personal evangelism. He received new members into the church every single Sunday for 22 months!
  • Rev. Mathews (1917-1921) – During WW I Rev. Mathews was given leave of absence to go to Europe on behalf of the American Red Cross. In recognition of his war work the French Army gave him the honorary rank of Major. After the war he became a special assistant to the Federal Prohibition Commission and then became the President of Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.
  • Dr. Bacon (1937-1963) – Dr. Bacon was First Church’s longest serving pastor.
  • Rev. Kevin LaGree (2005-2013) – Before coming to First Church Rev. Lagree served as the Dean of Candler School of Theology at Emery University (1991-1999) and as President of Simpson College (1999-2005).
Many other faithful pastors went on to serve other churches and a number of them became District Superintendents (Albert Storms, James Kenna, Paul Hann, Richard Pearson, Larry LaVelle, James King, David Stout). We are grateful for all those who have served First Church so faithfully.



March 1st Bishop Laurie will be here to preach and worship will be followed by a special After Church Coffee.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18
This year as First Church celebrates its 175th anniversary we have claimed that we are honoring our past and are excited for our future.
To help us step boldly into that future, you are invited to join us for a “Dreaming and Visioning Retreat.”
This retreat will be held on Friday, March 6th
from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM in Fellowship Hall.

Through games, activities, music and presentations we will dream about what our future may look like and how we will get there.
This retreat is open to all church youth and adults. We need everyone’s thoughts.
Please RSVP to Christine by February 28th.
Questions: Speak with Pastor Edgar
Mark Your Calendars
The Lenten season is fast approaching. We hope you will join us for our activities. Four Wednesday evenings (March 18, 25, April 1 and 8) we will enjoy our Lenten Music Series concerts followed by a soup dinner and study.
Music - 5:30 PM
Dinner - 6:00 PM
Study - 6:30 PM
This year our study is entitled "Give Up Something Bad for Lent" by James Moore.
During Lent each year, many Christians give up something as an act of sacrifice and spiritual discipline. Often it is something like chocolate, knowing that after Easter Sunday they can once again enjoy what they have given up. James Moore challenges us to take it further—to give up something spiritually that we would be better off not doing. He invites all to seek God's help to focus on eliminating one habit or attitude that is destructive. Imagine giving up envy, jealousy, self-pity, apathy, procrastination, gossip, resentment, or negative thinking, how much better life would be.
The book is $10 and will be available in Kenyon Hall beginning March 1st. Your freewill donation for the soup dinner will help us support Chin Cho, our missionary in Mongolia.
Blanket Sunday:  February 16th

CWS BLANKETS:  Embracing Neighbors in the Aftermath

Have you ever been through a big storm?  The kind where you’re glued to the weather channel, getting that terrifying text alert or hearing community sirens as you strategize the safest place in your house?
Families in western Ohio experienced that gripping fear when 15 tornadoes touched down overnight.  And after the tornadoes finally let up, neighbors stepped out to a world that was broken.  The destruction left a traumatic mark; even now, many families haven’t been able to move back into their homes.
But they aren’t alone, and they aren’t forgotten.  Your gift to CWS Blankets today proves it, as did the gifts of thousands like you last year.
With those gifts, members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Dayton, OH were able to immediately embrace their neighbors.  In a matter of days, they were distributing blankets and supplies to those who lost everything.
It signaled to a hurting community that someone cared about them; that Christ’s love comforts and heals; and that we find light together in our darkest times.
“And don’t forget to do good and share with those in need.”
- Hebrews 13:16

Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve the evening meal for the Central Iowa Shelter on Monday, March 2.  If you can help with either or both, please contact Shirley Christoffersen at 276-3112 or check the box on the attendance slip in Sundays bulletinand you will be contacted.  

Everyone Needs a Vacation
Our Office Manager Lisa Karen will soon be taking a vacation and we are in need of folks to help in the office while she is gone from March 11-23. The office is open between 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Shifts can be split (7:30 AM to 10:00 AM and 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM) but working the entire time would be easier to schedule. Bulletins will be done but phones will need to be answered and parkers taken care of. Job training is available!
If you would be available to help, please mark the attendance sheet in Sundays bulletin or call the church office and Lisa Karen will be in touch to schedule you and provide training if needed.
Sunday School - September thru May
If you are not currently in a Sunday School class we invite you to consider joining one of the groups. Here is a list of the classes.
Children four through 2nd grade
meet in room # 112 (lower level).
Children 3rd grade through high school
meet in room # 107 (lower level).
Better Late Than Never Class
meets in  room # 103 (lower level).
M&M Class
looks at the impact of Christianity on various topics
and meets in the library (just off the sanctuary).
Pacesetters Class
discusses current issues
and meets in the conference room just off Kenyon Hall.

No Cash...No Problem!
First Church is now making giving your gift to God easier. On Sundays before the 10:30 AM service if you would like to use your debit or credit card to make your offering, please stop by the giving station in the narthex. The station will be open prior to worship.
Worship ~ We Welcome Everyone
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.

Traditional Worship
Sundays at 10:30 AM


South Sudanese
Mabaan Worship
Sundays at 12:30 PM

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