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This Sunday,
January 19, 2020

Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Worship Service
at 10:30 AM

Scriptures this weekend:

Isaiah 49:1-7
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John 1:29-42


In honor of the church's 175th anniversary we have a new history cabinet located in Kenyon Hall. The cabinet will feature various historical items from the church's holdings. The displays will change throughout the year so stop by periodically and check out what is currently on display. Thanks to Arnie Brown and Ned Johnson for the purchase of the cabinet and for creating the displays.

History Tidbit

Our church Sunday School had its origin in a group of six girls, one boy and two or three Native American children. This was the first Des Moines Sunday School class ever assembled. This little group met in the log cabin home of Benjamin Hoxey on the north bank of the Raccoon River.


March 1st Bishop Laurie will be here to preach and worship will be followed by a special After Church Coffee.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve the evening meal for the Central Iowa Shelter on Sunday, February 2.  If you can help with either or both, please contact Shirley Christoffersen at 276-3112 or check the box on the attendance slip in Sundays bulletin and you will be contacted.

Human Relations Day – Special Offering
Across the United Methodist connection we come together Sunday, January 19th, to help bridge the gap between church and community by participating in an offering set aside for Human Relations Day.  This special Sunday is observed in recognition of the message Jesus demonstrated during his life, that all of God’s children are important.  Together we can do so much more than we can do alone and our gifts help to build community through faith-based volunteer programs, community developers and programs that work with at-risk teens.

UMW Advocacy Day

The Legislative Advocacy Team and Iowa UMW will host the annual Advocacy Day on Thursday, January 30, beginning at 8:45 AM at Wesley UMC, 800 E. 12th Street in Des Moines.  After a brief meeting there, participants will go to the Capitol to talk with legislators and then return to Wesley for lunch (freewill contribution).  RSVP to Deb Streff at:, or at: 319-721-8864.  Bishop Laurie Haller will speak followed by informational sessions on issues the Team will be addressing this Session.  Adjournment is at 3:30 PM.  For more information, please contact

Climate Crisis Parade
Join members of 50 groups to rally the media to cover the CLIMATE CRISIS!  Every four years Des Moines is “media central” during the days leading up to the Iowa Caucuses.  To act on the opportunity of national and international coverage, we are hosting a Climate Crisis Parade.  On February 1st, at noon, we will meet at Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut Street, in Des Moines to hear influential climate voices make the climate connections the media is ignoring.  We plan to march through the streets or skywalks (weather dependent) to the Iowa Events Center, with our Iowa Caucus message: “We Challenge YOU...!” urging the media to do a better job covering climate.  Because we’re working for the good of the planet and all its inhabitants, we will not welcome those with offensive or violent messages and the event will be strictly non-partisan.

Mission Trip to the US/Mexico Border
You may remember that several months ago we did a series of bulletin inserts on immigration. In response to that information, First UMC will be taking a mission trip to Laredo, TX on March 21-29, 2020. This will be both a working and learning trip. We will be working/learning at the Holding Institute, a community center that covenants with United Methodist Women. We will experience the reality of life at the US/Mexico border. More information and an application are available on the reception desk in the office. If you have questions, please feel free to speak with Christine.


While mental health needs in Iowa continue to grow, funding for a children’s mental health system is inadequate, and, the system in place for adult mental health is lacking in many parts of the state including Polk county.  Nationally, Iowa’s mental health services are ranked with the lowest in the nation due to lack of beds, mental health providers, and equitable reimbursement.
Will you please join me and other AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) members at the Capital on Wednesday, Jan. 29?  Our plan is to meet with legislators in teams. We invite you to do two things:  (1) ask your friends to join us, and (2) help us publicize this important date.
We will meet at 8:00 AM on the 29th at a location to be determined for training, arriving at the Capital at 9:00 AM.  At the 8 AM meeting location, we will have a short training session and will share with you exactly what we need to do when we visit with our legislators. 
Please RSVP your willingness to attend to Jacque Coulson, 515-279-2473, as soon as possible.  Include the names of your legislators if you know them; if not, just share your address and I will look them up.  After receiving that information, we will begin to form legislative teams.  We plan to be at the Capital until 3:00 PM on Jan. 29.  If you can’t be there all day, come when you can and leave when you must.
We can make a difference IF we have enough people to make an impact!  Please join us, even if you have never done this before.  Remember your voice and your vote is important to your legislator.  If we don’t let them know how we feel, we can’t blame them when the situation doesn’t improve.  I appreciate your willingness to participate in this effort. 
~ Jacque
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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