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First Church 
Cross Notes

November 27, 2020


This Sunday,
November 29, 2020

In-person worship has been suspended due to increase of Covid-19 cases.

Online Worship
You can watch the service online at 
Facebook/DSMFirstChurch/ or YouTube (DSM First Church UMC)
after 3 PM on Sunday.

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

Advent begins this Sunday. 
This year's theme is "Company's Coming". 

November 29th Sermon will be "This Place is a Mess!" 

First Church Worship Services
As you know due to Covid we are no longer conducting in-person worship. We tried to livestream the services the last two Sundays with little success because of low internet bandwidth here at the church. Therefore we have decided that we will go back to recording the services and then posting them to Facebook and youTube. We will continue to record on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM and the service will be available for you to view at your convenience any time after 3:00 PM that same day.
We believe this will lead to a better quality experience. Thanks for your understanding.
Pastor Edgar and Christine


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

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

Help Combat Hunger

Each year the Creative Center for Young Children helps with the Combat Hunger campaign. This year they are helping virtually!

CCYC has created TEAM CCYC.  You can click the link below to donate to help hungry Iowans.  

Donations will be accepted thru December 31st.

Click here to donate!


Lessons and Carols with Simpson Youth Academy

Simpson Youth Academy (SYA) invites you to join them on Saturday, December 5th, at 6:30  for a virtual Lessons and Carols experience!   A live Zoom with student reflections and conversation will take place at 6:30 PM, followed by a beautiful service with readings from youth and music from Simpson student choirs.  Tickets are free.  Feel free to invite friends and church members!  To register, please email director Eric Rucker at:

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 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:

The church office will be closed when the Des Moines Public School system is closed due to winter weather.
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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First United Methodist Church
1001 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA  50309
(515) 244-6209

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