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Cross Notes
This Sunday,
April 19, 2020

Online Worship
at 10:30 AM
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How to join our Sunday Worship Service by phone call:

Just pick up your phone and call this number:
When prompted, enter this code:  210 393 5046
When prompted enter password 1

Later in the week you can see worship on our YouTube channel (DSM First Church UMC).

If you subscribe to our YouTube channel you will receive a notification when anything is posted.


Caregivers at Unity Point can use some encouragement as they prepare for what might be coming. If you would like to offer a word of encouragement, click link here:

Gift Cards

The Outreach Ministry Team has been in touch with Methodist Hospital to see what we could do for our neighbors. It was suggested that we might purchase restaurant gift cards for members of a specific department. One group that is very important during Covid19 is respiratory therapists.

If you are feeling helpless and would like to make a difference here is your opportunity. To help us purchase restaurant gift cards, please either mail a check made payable to the church with "hospital gift" in the memo line or go to the church website and donate there. This will not only provide thanks and encouragement to hospital employees but it will also help restaurants who are struggling to stay in business.  

Each gift card would be $25.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare the evening meal for the Central Iowa Shelter on Saturday, May 2. Last month we delivered the meal but did not serve and it is anticipated that will be the case this month as well.  If you are comfortable helping, please email or call Shirley Christoffersen at 276-3112.

AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) is launching a COVID-19 Survey to understand how this public health and economic crisis is impacting members of our communities. 

This survey is an important tool to hear stories of what Central Iowans are experiencing, reach out beyond our usual contacts, and invite others to act with us during this isolating time.   We want to hear stories from hundreds of Iowans to help us advocate and act strategically in the coming weeks and months.

PLEASE NOTE:  When completing the survey, please enter First UMC, Des Moines as your institution.

Thank you, in advance, for completing the survey.



The Corona virus has caused us to change the way we live our lives and that even includes the way we do church. We have received guidance from the Iowa Annual Conference. In person worship services will hopefully resume May 3. In addition to cancelling worship, no face to face meetings will be held until worship services resume.

Even though you cannot join us in person you can watch our live/video worship service by going to our Facebook page DSM First Church. The service begins at 10:30 am. In addition the service will be posted to our YouTube page DSM First Church UMC. Video updates will be updated on Wednesdays. You may also continue to give your tithes and offerings on this website by clicking on online giving on the bar to the left of this homepage.

In addition on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Pastor Edgar and Christine will be sharing a short video on our Facebook page. If you are in need of a word of encouragement, we invite you to take a couple of minutes out of your day and watch. These videos will be launched at 7:00 pm. They will also be available later in the week on our YouTube channel.

Until we see each other again, let us be faithful and kind to one another. Let us remember each other in prayer and know that we can still lift up and comfort each other no matter the distance between us.

May God be with you!

Even though you are not present in worship on Sundays, the church still has expenses. We still need to continue to do ministry, pay the bills and the staff. Did you know that you can now give online? Go to the church website On the left hand side of the page you will see online giving. Click there and you will be directed to the giving page. If you would rather, please feel free to mail your weekly check to the church. The address is 1001 Pleasant St. Des Moines, IA 50309. Thank you!
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.

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