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Cross Notes


March 26, 2021


We are happy to announce that we will resume in-person worship on
Easter Sunday, April 4th
at 10:30 AM!
 

All covid protocols will still be in place so be sure to wear your mask and social distance.
 
We can’t wait to see you!
 
 If you are not yet comfortable joining us in-person,
you may still watch online.





 

This Sunday,
March 28, 2021


In-person worship has been suspended until Easter due to Covid-19.


Be sure to join us on Facebook or YouTube to participate in live stream worship at 10:30 AM.

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

 
The annual Palm Sunday Observance will be held on March 28th, 3:00 PM, live streamed from Capitol Hill Lutheran Church.  (No Procession due to the pandemic.)  The service will invite us to raise our voices for peace, justice, and an end to racism.  The keynote speaker will be The Rev. Lizzie Gillman, with scripture reading by The Reverend Zebulun Treloar. This link will be available from the Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Des-Moines-Faith-Committee-for-Peace-440186426119102, or Capitol Hill Lutheran Church’s website: http://chlcdesmoines.org a few days before the service.


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

If you are able to help, please contact Shirley at 
shirley.christoffersen@dnr.iowa.gov or call 276-3112

Maundy Thursday Service to be Held Online
 
Please join us on Facebook or YouTube for our Maundy Thursday service. It will begin at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 1st. Since the service will be livestreamed, you may join us in Holy Communion as we celebrate the Last Supper. Please have your elements ready (juice, bread and a towel to cover the elements).
 
Did you know the word Maundy comes from the Latin word for command? This is taken from Jesus’ commandment to his disciples as he told them to love one another as he has loved them.

 

Easter Offering

This year our Easter Offering will be divided between DMARC food pantry and salary support for our missionary, Chin Cho.
 
The pandemic has caused many people a great deal of hardship and the need for food has greatly increased. Between March and June of last year due to high unemployment, 4,687 people used the food pantry for the first time and the need continues.

Each year First Church has committed to pay $1,700 toward the salary support of a United Methodist missionary. As you know, we support Chin Cho. His work with the people of Mongolia is important and we are blessed to be able to be a part of it.

Your Easter offering can be made online at the church website or you may send a check to the church with Easter Offering in the memo line.
 
Thanks for your generosity.
Meet Malcom
 
You may remember hearing about Malcom, a two year old who was shot in the head during a drive by shooting earlier this spring. Malcom and his family are members of Capitol Heights Lutheran Church. As you can imagine, in addition to the trauma faced by the family, they are facing large medical bills, bills to repair the home, get a security system, etc.
 
Our last report from his pastor is that he is finally awake and talking again. He recently had surgery to replace the bone missing from his cranium. He is still paralyzed on the entire right side. We have been praying for Malcom every day during our online prayer times. We ask you to pray for him and his family. In addition, a fund has been established at his church. During this month, we are going to be collecting funds that can be forwarded to their church to help with medical bills.
 
Malcom's life will be forever changed because of this senseless violence. If you would like to help this this family, you may (1) send a check to First Church with Malcom in the memo line, (2) donate at the church website, or (3) if you attend worship place your gift in the special offering plate in the narthex. 

 
Thank you!
 

What is Bread for the World?
 
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. Each year, for the focus of the campaign, we choose specific legislation or a legislative emphasis that can make a real difference to people struggling with hunger and poverty.
 
People write letters, usually as a group, and present them as an offering to God before mailing them to Congress. These letters are a strong witness of community concerns and personal testimonies. Over the years, these letters and emails from congregations, campuses and community groups have helped inspire our leaders in Washington, D.C., to pass legislative victories that reduce hunger in the U.S. and around the world.
 
First Church members can join in this effort toward ending hunger by participating in the Offering of Letters, sponsored by Bread for the World. We will have materials available on April 11th and 18th. We will ask you to write letters at home and bring them back on April 18th or 25th.

 
COFFEE CART PRODUCTS ON SALE!
 
Because we haven’t been able to worship in person due to the pandemic, Coffee Cart sales have been greatly diminished.  As a result, many of the products have passed the “Best By” date.  So we will be offering them at a  discount while they last.  Here are some of the bargains: Green Tea: $2.50; Almonds: $6.50; Olive Oil: $10.00; Candy Bars (all flavors) $2.00.  To take advantage of the sale, please contact Lisa Karen (OfficeManager@DMFirstChurch.org or 515-244-6209) and arrange a time when you can pick up your order at the Church.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
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UMCOR Sunday

When disaster strikes around the globe and responders scramble to help survivors, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is prepared to act.  That is because our generous giving on UMCOR Sunday lays the foundation for UMCOR’s ministry of relief and hope.  Donations UMCOR receives through this special offering, along with other undesignated gifts received throughout the year, cover their operating costs, making it possible for UMCOR to use 100% of all other contributions on projects donors specify.  UMCOR does not receive any United Methodist World Service or apportionment funds so, without our offerings, UMCOR would not exist.
 
Through UMCOR, United Methodists extend loving care to suffering people throughout the world in Christ’s name, working with United Methodist churches and other local partners to address immediate relief and achieve sustainable recovery.    As flooding, storms and wildfires impacted communities across the United States, we responded.   When Indonesia went through a series of deadly disasters, we responded.  When hurricanes struck Honduras and Guatemala, we responded.  And when the next mass crisis occurs, we will be prepared to respond because you gave.
 
We are taking UMCOR offerings thru the month of March.  Please give generously so that we may continue to be prepared to meet the needs of children, families and communities who have experienced devastation in the wake of disaster.  Together our reach is beyond measure.  You may donate online (Special Sundays, UMCOR) or send a check (with UMCOR in the memo line.)
 

Our Journey of Prayer

(Prayer time will not be held during Holy Week. 
No prayer sessions between March 29 and April 4.
Prayer will resume April 5.)

You can join us Monday-Friday at either 7:00 AM or 8:00 PM for 15 minutes of prayer. These prayer times will be held on Zoom. Hop on whenever you are available. To get the Zoom links, contact Lisa Karen at the church office.  Links are also available on our website. There is a different link for the AM prayer time and the PM prayer time. We would suggest getting both links so you can join us at either time.

This 12 week time of prayer, reflection and discernment is important for our lives and for the life of the church so we hope you will make this a priority.

 
 

Anti-Racism Task Force 


First Church is pleased to announce the formation of an Anti-Racism Task Force. The purpose of this group is to educate members of the congregation on issues related to race. They will be providing relevant information and making available studies and other activities. 
 
 
If you would like to join this task force, please contact Christine.

 
 
Mental Health Clinic
 

Many people are experiencing changes in their mental wellness-to-illness continuum.

If you're experiencing a mental health crisis, 
UnityPoint Health – Behavioral Health Urgent Care is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 1250 East 9th Street in Des Moines.  (515) 263-2632

This is a walk-in clinic for adults and/or children, staffed with professionals to determine if the feelings are a temporary situational effect or of clinical concern. Either way, they can suggest resources and/or referrals to help. 
 
 
Did you know that you can now give online? Go to the church website www.dmfirstchurch.org. 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:

https://www.unitypoint.org/desmoines/thank-you-caregivers.aspx

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.

Check out our Website:
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First United Methodist Church
1001 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA  50309
(515) 244-6209

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