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This Sunday,
March 1, 2020

1st Sunday in Lent

175th Anniversary Celebration

Worship Service
at 10:30 AM

Scriptures this weekend:

Psalm 100
Luke 10:25-37

Harold Swanson will be 90 on March 5, and his family is planning a card shower for him.  We hope those of you who know Harold will want to wish him a happy birthday!  Cards and notes should be sent to:
Harold Swanson
Eagle Crest South, Apt. 316
622 Bennora Lee Court
La Crosse, WI 54601
Thank you so much,
Wanda Swanson
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.

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. Bulletins will be done but phones will need to be answered and parkers taken care of. Job training is available!

March 23rd is the only date left to fill.
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.

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
In the 1880s there were two Methodist churches in downtown Des Moines, 5th Street Church and Centenary. Both congregations were struggling with membership numbers and finances. It was decided that one more modern church would be better. They purchased land on the corner of 9th and Pleasant. The new church would be known as First Methodist Episcopal Church of Des Moines. The new church was said to be the most beautiful in Des Moines. The sanctuary was finished with black walnut, with stained glass windows, cushioned pews and gas lights. A photo of this church building is on display in Kenyon Hall.

June 28th 

This year as we celebrate our 175th anniversary we hope you will join us for our upcoming organ concert to be held on Sunday, June 28th at 4:00 pm.  Our guest organist will be Kent Tritle.  Kent is one of America’s leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York’s choral music world” by The New York Times, he is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; Music Director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York; and Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus.  In addition, Kent is Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School.  Also an acclaimed organ virtuoso, Kent Tritle is the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra and a member of the organ faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. 
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.
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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