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Cross Notes
This Sunday,
September 20, 2020

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.

How to join our Sunday Worship Service by phone call:

Just pick up your phone and call this number:
When prompted, enter this code:  210 393 5046
When prompted enter password 1


Virtual Coffee is this Sunday, September 20.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 274 339 5323
Passcode: DSMfirst


 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.

Peace: A state of mutual harmony between people or groups.

Monday, September 21st is the International Day of Peace. As we prepare for this important day, we encourage you to watch this short video of faith leaders speaking about peace:

As we prepare for the International Day of Peace, we want to invite you to join the Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace for their observance focused around the theme "Shaping Peace Together."

On Monday, September 21st Central Iowa artist Ted Lyddon Hatten will work with New Zealand artists, Joyce Majendie and Pete Majendie to create Hope is the Thing, a global art installation about peace, hope and birds. The artists will be working on the art all day but from 6:30-7:00 pm (Central Time) the completion of the art installation will be livestreamed on the Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace Facebook page.

Artist Ted Lyddon Hatten explains that this event will be used to offer a means of sharing signs of hope as a way of shaping peace connect two sides of the world together to promote peace.

This will be a half-hour well spent and it will also be a way to open our hearts to the prospect of peace. Please join the Des Moines Faith Committee for this important event and share this post with your friends.

Sunday, September 27
10:30 AM
Rain date: October 11

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!


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.

***AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) is a non-partisan organization.***

 Get Out the Vote 2020!

Attend the AMOS Voting Strategy Session on Thurs. Sept. 24th at 5pm to hear ideas for how to engage voters in your institution and neighborhood and get up-to-date information about voter registration and absentee ballots.

Topic: AMOS Voting Strategy Session
Time: Sep 24, 2020 05:00 PM

Meeting ID: 922 7496 2936

Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Click here for a handout with ideas for voter engagement strategies for your organization.

Save the Date!

AMOS Accountability Session for Congressional Candidates
(Senate & Representative races) 

October 4, 2020
3:00 to 4:30 PM  via ZOOM

More details soon!

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.
Even though you are not present in worship on Sundays, the church still has expenses. We still need to continue to do ministry, pay the bills and the staff. 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:

Holy Communion Discontinued During Covid
Due to wi-fi technology issues, First Church has been pre-recording our worship services rather than live-streaming them on Sundays. Upon careful reading of Bishop Haller's directives, Holy Communion can only be offered online if the service is live-streamed, not pre-recorded and then posted. Unfortunately that means that until we return to in-person worship, we will no longer be able to provide Communion.

We look forward to the day when we are once again able to join together at the Lord's Table.
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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