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February 26, 2021
Congratulations to Pastor Edgar's wife Laura who passed her US citizenship test this week. Now she is waiting to hear when her oath ceremony will be held and then it will be official!


This Sunday,
February 28, 2021

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

We have returned to Live Stream Worship
Be sure to join us on Facebook to participate in worship at 10:30 AM.

YouTube is no longer allowing live-streaming for small numbers of viewers, therefore we will be posting worship to YouTube later in the day.

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 Tuesday, March 2.   

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

Easter Flowers
This year Easter is April 4th. We don’t yet know if we will be having in-person worship but regardless we will want to have flowers in the sanctuary. If you would like to donate a plant, please mail a check with type of plant included in the memo line or donate online at
under Easter (you may select type of plant online).
All plants are $12.00. You may choose from: lilies, hyacinth, daffodils or tulips. After Easter you may stop by the church and pick up your plant. Thank you for beautifying our sanctuary! 
All flower orders are due by Friday, March 19th.  

A Lenten Prayer
Lord, who throughout these forty days for us didst fast and pray,
teach us with thee to mourn our sins and close by thee to stay.
And through these days of penitence, and through thy passiontide,
yea, evermore in life and death, Jesus, with us abide.
Abide with us, that so, this life of suffering over past,
an Easter of unending joy we may attain at last.
from Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days
(The United Methodist Hymnal No. 269)
Click here to see the First Church WhiteChapel Chimes perform this prayer at the Ash Wednesday worship service on February 17, 2021.


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.

Our Journey of Prayer

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. 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.

Don't forget that we are also forming prayer groups of three people who will commit to meet weekly by phone for 1/2 hour. To get the zoom link go to the church website or contact Lisa Karen at the church office.

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.


You may still purchase a blanket for Church World Service anytime during February. 

For only $10 you may send a blanket with love to a person who needs to know someone cares . . . let that someone be you!

Click here for more information from our website about Blanket Sunday.

February is Black History Month. Each week the Anti-Racism Task Force will be sharing with you stories of African Americans who have made an impact on our lives and our culture.

Alberta Odell Jones
Alberta was born in November, 1930 to Sarah (Sadie) Frances Crawford and Odell Jones, in Louisville, Kentucky.  She attended Louisville Central High School and the Louisville Municipal College for Negroes, which in 1951 merged with the University of Louisville. She graduated third in her class.
In 1956 Jones became the first African American to attend the University of Louisville Law School but transferred to Howard University School of Law in her second year. She graduated fourth in her class from Howard in 1958 and the next year she became one of the first African American women to pass the Kentucky Bar. In 1959 she returned to Kentucky and opened a law office in downtown Louisville.
Jones was the first attorney for the rising boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), negotiating his first professional fight contract in 1960. She was a member of the Fall City Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She participated in the 1963 civil rights marches in Louisville and in the March on Washington on August 28 of that year.
In 1960, Jones became an advocate for increased African American political participation in her hometown. She created the Independent Voter’s Association which registered 6,000 African Americans. She rented voting machines and held classes in her office on “how to vote for your candidate.” Her efforts resulted in a major political shakeup in 1961 when black voters helped oust the mayor and many of the city’s aldermen. Two years later the new city administration enacted the first public accommodations ordinance in the South.
Because of her now-considerable political influence, in 1964, Jones was appointed Louisville city attorney, becoming the first woman of any race to hold that position. In February, 1965 she was appointed prosecutor for the Domestic Relations Court, again becoming the first  woman or person of color to hold that position. Ironically, she was responsible for prosecuting mostly white men for spousal abuse.
On August 5, 1965, Jones’s body was tossed off Louisville’s Sherman Minton Bridge into the Ohio River. She was only in her mid 30s at the time of her death. An autopsy revealed that Jones had received several blows to the head before being tossed unconscious into the water, where she drowned. Her rented car was found several blocks from the bridge with traces of blood in it, and her purse was found hanging from the bridge three years later.

Witnesses later recalled seeing a body being tossed in the river by three unidentified men on the bridge. The night before her death, Jones’s mother recalled her daughter receiving a phone call from a friend named Gladys Wyckoff who wanted Jones to meet her to discuss a lawsuit against a beautician. Jones left for the meeting but never returned home.

The FBI matched a fingerprint found inside Jones car to a man who was 17-years-old at the time, but prosecutors decided two years later not to pursue the case, citing deaths of key witnesses who later turned out to be alive.

In 2017, the Jones case was reopened, funded by the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which provides $13 million dollars annually to the Department of Justice, the FBI, and U.S. State and local law officials to investigate and prosecute pre-1970 murders. Nonetheless, the murder of Alberta O. Jones remains unsolved.

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 ( 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.
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:

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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