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This Sunday,
February 2, 2020

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

Worship Service
at 10:30 AM

Scriptures this weekend:

Micah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Mathew 5:1-12



History Tidbit
Just prior to the Civil War a depression fell on the nation.  It was in the Fifth Street Church (our former name) that General Crocker announced that Fort Sumpter had been fired upon.  It was also from the Fifth Street Church that the General recruited Company D of the Second Iowa Regiment.  With the start of the war, membership was lost and the church was no longer able to pay its mortgage.  The building was lost.  The group was however able to rent the basement of the building.  The main part of the church was used as a public hall for shows, concerts, lectures, conventions, etc.  It was called Ingham Hall.  Also store fronts were added which changed its appearance.  In 1863 Rev. David Smith put into place a plan to redeem and recover the church property.  A picture of the Fifth Street church is on display today in Kenyon Hall.  Be sure you are here next week to read the amusing story about the church sharing space with a public hall.


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

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.
Applications and deposit are due no later than Monday, February 3rd.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18
This year as First Church celebrates its 175th anniversary we have claimed that we are honoring our past and are excited for our future.
To help us step boldly into that future, you are invited to join us for a “Dreaming and Visioning Retreat.”
This retreat will be held on Friday, March 6th
from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM in Fellowship Hall.

Through games, activities, music and presentations we will dream about what our future may look like and how we will get there.
This retreat is open to all church youth and adults. We need everyone’s thoughts.
Please RSVP to Christine by February 28th.
Questions: Speak with Pastor Edgar
Mark Your Calendars
The Lenten season is fast approaching. We hope you will join us for our activities. Four Wednesday evenings (March 18, 25, April 1 and 8) we will enjoy our Lenten Music Series concerts followed by a soup dinner and study.
Music - 5:30 PM
Dinner - 6:00 PM
Study - 6:30 PM
This year our study is entitled "Give Up Something Bad for Lent" by James Moore.
During Lent each year, many Christians give up something as an act of sacrifice and spiritual discipline. Often it is something like chocolate, knowing that after Easter Sunday they can once again enjoy what they have given up. James Moore challenges us to take it further—to give up something spiritually that we would be better off not doing. He invites all to seek God's help to focus on eliminating one habit or attitude that is destructive. Imagine giving up envy, jealousy, self-pity, apathy, procrastination, gossip, resentment, or negative thinking, how much better life would be.
The book is $10 and will be available in Kenyon Hall beginning March 1st. Your freewill donation for the soup dinner will help us support Chin Cho, our missionary in Mongolia.
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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