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Friday, December 13, 2019
This Sunday,
December 15, 2019

Third Sunday of Advent

Scriptures this weekend:

Isaiah 11:1-10

Matthew 3:1-15
Children's Christmas Program begins at 10 AM Sunday, Dec. 15
 Volunteers are Needed
Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve the evening meal for the Central Iowa Shelter on Thursday, January 2.  If you can help with either or both, please contact Shirley Christoffersen at 276-3112 or check the box on the attendance slip at worship and you will be contacted.  Donations for meal expenses are always appreciated.
A Different Gift Market!
Sunday, December 15th is the last day to purchase items at the Alternative Gift Market.  This year the Market is quite different!  There are hand crafted items from The Work of Our Hands in Pella, for you to browse and buy.  Products from over 40 countries, all purchased from Fair Trade Vendors (similar to our Coffee Cart) will include jewelry, home décor, kitchen items, and much more.  You may also support our three meal programs and backpack buddies.  Remember that the gift you choose gives twice and brings joy in double measure!

Pie Cards Available
It's that time again. Baker's Square pie cards are available for purchase. If you need a pie for the holiday season, stop by our table and pick up a card. This $16 card will entitle you to any pie (carrot cake and cheesecake not included).
These cards also make great stocking stuffers too!


The Outreach Ministry Team invites you to stop by the Giving Tree in the Narthex and take one or more ornaments for items on the Children and Family Urban Ministries’ Wish List.  You will find books, games, crafting supplies, etc. to be used in their children and youth programming.  No wrapping necessary.  Please return your gifts to the tree by December 29.  Thank you for sharing!
December 22 - Central Iowa Brass Quintet at 10:00 AM
Christmas Eve Lessons & Carols Service
Tuesday, December 24, 7:00 PM
Shared Worship at 10:30 AM on Sunday, December 29th
Join Mabaan UMC, Diferente Latinx, and First UMC
for worship and a shared meal following.
 We Can Use Your Help
First Church is without the services of a janitor. We are currently in the recruitment process but until we find the right person, we need to keep the church clean. We are looking for folks to help us out on Mondays and Fridays. You can give us as much time as you are able. Please see the sign-up board in Kenyon Hall for tasks. Questions? Talk with Pastor Edgar or Christine.

Worship Changes
We come to this place each Sunday to worship God. After timing each segment of the service we find that we are using approximately 10 minutes of our worship time for announcements and greetings. To keep our worship services close to one hour we are going to implement two changes.
1. Each Sunday only one or two announcements will be verbally lifted up. As usual announcements will be printed in the bulletin and in addition, prior to worship, they will be projected onto the northwest wall. Please read through them carefully.

2. We know that greeting each other is an important part of worship however it seems the greeting time is getting longer. During the greeting time please greet those around you. After the postlude is concluded or during after church coffee you may greet others.
Thanks for your help with this.
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

Diferente Latinx Ministry
Worship Service 
Sundays at 4:30 PM.

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