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This Sunday,
February 23, 2020

Transfiguration Sunday

Worship Service
at 10:30 AM

Scriptures this weekend:

Exodus 24:12-18
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

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
On December 17, 1866, Des Moines’ first public library opened in two rented basement rooms of the Fifth Street Church.


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
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 at 5:30 PM
  • Dinner at 6:00 PM (Your freewill donation will help us support Chin Cho, our missionary in Mongolia)
  • Study at 6:30 PM
This year what are you giving up for Lent?
Instead of giving up chocolate or desserts why not give up something that you would like to give up for the rest of your life? Why not give up judging others, a bad habit, jealousy or pettiness?  Wouldn't this make your life better?
This year our Lenten study is entitled "Give Up Something Bad for Lent" by James Moore. The book is $10 can will be available in Kenyon Hall beginning March 1st.

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!

Days yet to fill include March 23.
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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