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Cross Notes
No Weird Church Session Sunday

Due to our outdoor worship service this Sunday we will not conduct our Weird Church discussion. More on that later.

Sunday, September 27
10:30 AM

We want to see you! Join us for a socially distanced service in the church parking lot. You may stay in your car or bring a lawn chair and sit in front of it. If you move away from your car, you must wear a mask and maintain social distance. You can even bring your own after church treat but no sharing!

This Sunday,
September 27, 2020

Drive in or Worship Online!
Service of Word


Online Worship
You can watch the service online at 
at 10:30 AM

This weekend's worship service will be added to the website at a later time.

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

Volunteers are needed to help prepare the evening meal for the Central Iowa Shelter on Friday, October 2. 

If you are able to help, please email or call Shirley Christoffersen at 276-3112

Deadline for completion is Sept. 30!

10 Minutes of Your Time
10 Years of Benefits for Us


We need you and everyone in your household to be counted in the 2020 Census – from newborns to new to the country, any relatives or friends living with you, everyone.
The results of the 2020 Census will impact us for the next 10 years.

You and your family matter to us. Be counted.

Go to  – or  
Call 884-330-2020  - or
look for a paper questionnaire mailed to you by the Census Bureau.

THANK YOU for being counted in the 2020 Census.

Save the Date!

More details here (CLICK TO OPEN)

Registration for zoom meeting in the above link.  Please use Des Moines First UMC as organization if registering.

For more information or questions, please contact:
Jacque Coulson  279-2473
Wanda Wendt 229-6399


Save the Date!

Grab & Go Brunch Fundraiser

Sunday, October 18


Refrigerator Fund Raiser

Every month First Church prepares and serves two meals a month for those in our community who are hungry. We are fortunate to have a kitchen that is well designed and equipped for this type of ministry. However, several weeks ago Shirley Christoffersen reported that the two-door refrigerator was running at over 90 degrees! A service call was made and the compressor is no longer working. It would cost almost as much to repair the old unit as to purchase a new one.
As you know, without worshipers in the building, funds are extremely limited. We know however that to keep this ministry going, we must replace the unit. Christine went in search of a new refrigerator and was told the supply chain is currently so disrupted that it could be several months before a new unit could be obtained. This week she received a call from a local supply company saying they would be receiving in stock the refrigerator she had inquired about and if the church wanted to purchase it they would not put it on the sales floor.
Now the question became…how do we pay for it? After consulting with the Pacesetters class, it was agreed that they would pay for the refrigerator upfront and we would solicit funds from the congregation to replace their account. This is a very generous offer and we thank them.
So now it is up to members to help us repay them. If you are able, please send a donation to the church and label it refrigerator. The total cost for the new unit, delivery and set up and removal of the old unit is $3,728.07.  You may also go to our website and give online 

As you know, our kitchen gets a great deal of use not only for homeless meals but also for various church functions. Your gift will ensure our continued ability to provide food that is not only tasty but safe!
Thank you.


Make a Difference in Our Community - VOTE

First Church makes a difference in the community in a number of ways and one of the easiest ways that you can continue to make a difference in the community is by voting. 
are now available, and if you would like an application to vote by mail but don’t have a printer to complete the ballot request, please contact the church office at 515-244-6209 and we will mail you a ballot request for you to complete and send to your county auditor.
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!

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:



 If you have yet to join us for a virtual coffee, give it a try. It's fun to see people you know and do a little catching up!

The next Virtual Coffee will be October 18 at 11:30 AM

Re-entry task force has developed a plan for us to safely return to worship.


We plan to have in-person worship beginning in October.  Watch your mail for a letter with more details and information.



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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