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Cross Notes

February 5, 2021


This Sunday,
February 7, 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 or YouTube to participate in worship at 10:30 AM.

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

Our Journey of Prayer

Our 12 week prayer journey begins with a sermon on Sunday, February 14th.

This next week you will be receiving by mail a prayer journal and a gift from the church. Don't forget that you can join us Monday-Friday (beginning 2/15) at either 7:00 AM or 8:00 PM for 15 minutes of prayer. These prayer times will be held on Zoom or you can use your phone. 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. If you want to join us by phone, the numbers were listed in the February issue of the Light.

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 sign up to participate in a group, contact Lisa Karen at or call her at 244-6209.

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.


February 14 is our annual CWS Blanket Sunday but you may make a gift anytime during the month. 

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.

George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver was born a slave in 1864 in Diamond, MO during the Civil War.  Within a week of his birth, he and his mother were kidnapped along with other slaves by night raiders from Arkansas. His mother and the rest of those who were kidnapped were sold in Kentucky, but he and his brother James were saved through an agent of Moses Carver.  Moses Carver and his wife Susan raised the two boys as their own. Local schools did not allow African American children to attend school so the Carvers taught them how to read and write. 

At age 11, Carver left the farm to attend an all-black school in a nearby town of Neosho.  After receiving his diploma in 1880 from Minneapolis High School in Minneapolis, KS, he applied to Highland College in Kansas.  He was initially accepted at the all-white college but was later rejected when the administration learned he was black.

Hearing that Iowa might have a college that would accept him, he came to Winterset, Iowa where he found work at a hotel.  In 1890 Carver was encouraged to apply to Simpson College (a Methodist college). He was accepted into the art program. In 1891 he transferred to the Iowa State Agricultural School, now Iowa State University to study botany.  He became the first African American student there to earn a Bachelor of Science degree.

Encouraged by his professors at Iowa State, he continued research at the Iowa Experiment Station for two years.  His work in pathology and mycology (the study of fungi) earned him national recognition as a botanist.  In 1896, the president of the Tuskegee Institute, Booker T. Washington, invited him to become the head of their Agricultural Department.  He accepted the offer and soon introduced alternative crops for farmers. He introduced the concept of crop rotation and conducted research on crop products.

In 1938, he established the George Washington Carver Foundation which aimed to continue research activities in the field of agriculture.  He donated a sum of $60,000 to the Foundation.  In 1939, he received the Roosevelt Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Southern Agriculture.  He died in Tuskegee, Alabama on January 5,1943 at the age of 80.

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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