November 3, 2019 21st Sunday after Pentecost All Saints Sunday
Daylight saving time ends
Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18
During Israel’s exile in Babylon, Daniel has a troubling dream full of visionary symbols. He asks one of God’s messengers to interpret the meaning of four great beasts arising from the churning sea and is told that these are four of the kings of the earth. Whatever distress may come, the holy ones of the Most High will prevail and posses the eternal realm.
Psalm 149 or 150
A joyful song in which the faithful praise the Lord and anticipate the victory of justice.
God has marked those who follow Christ for the divine purpose and has sealed them with the promised Holy Spirit. The church is the body of Christ and so experiences the fullness of its Lord. The apostle prays that the Christians at Ephesus may see with their inward eye the power of God who has raised and enthroned Jesus far above all earthly and heavenly dominions. How vast is the treasure that God offers to those who trust in God!
In our gospel passage Jesus pronounces blessings and woes, words of comfort and challenge, showing that the values of the reign of God are quite different from worldly standards. Those who now are poor, hungry, sorrowful, and persecuted will find their situation reversed, while the rich, satisfied, and well-spoken-of will experience emptiness. Jesus’ disciples must learn to share in material and spiritual deprivation, and to do unto others as they would have it done to them, if they are to know the joy of the kingdom.
Introducing the Lessons of the Church Year, copyright, 2009 by Frederick Borsch.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
This Sunday is All Saints Sunday. We would like to invite you bring a framed picture of a loved one you would like to remember. A table will be set up in the chancel area. Arrive a minute or two before worship and place your photo on the table.
Flooding in the South Sudan
Humanitarian agencies are appealing to the international community to take action to thwart a worsening humanitarian catastrophe in South Sudan.
Unprecedented flooding has affected almost 800,000 people. In the east and northeast of the country the high water levels have left thousands of people stranded in areas that are inaccessible to aid workers.
Before the flooding began, the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan was described as “catastrophic”, with around 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.
The United Nations believes that the consequences of the flooding will “further exacerbate their situation, undermining resilience, coping mechanisms and access to life-saving services”.
The rising water levels are destroying the food stocks and crops of a country in which over one million children are acutely malnourished and in which, according to the UN, many families cannot afford to eat even one meal a day.
Flooding has halted medical care in some facilities and, in some areas and with rising and contaminated water sources comes the risk of outbreaks of deadly waterborne diseases like cholera and hepatitis A. The population is also subject to an increase in acute watery diarrhea, malaria and respiratory tract infections – three of the biggest killers in South Sudan.
This flooding has affected many of the families and friends of our Mabaan congregation and they are asking for our help. All donated funds will be sent to the United Methodist Committee on Relief and designated for flood relief in South Sudan.
Thank you for helping our brothers and sisters in South Sudan.
Annual Fundraiser Salad Luncheon
Mark your calendars now and
make plans to join us on
Sunday, November 10
First Church is without the services of a janitor. We are currently in the recruitment process but until we find the right person, we need to keep the church clean. We are looking for folks to help us out on Mondays and Fridays. You can give us as much time as you are able. Please see the sign-up board in Kenyon Hall for tasks. Questions? Talk with Pastor Edgar or Christine.
MFSA Fall Statewide Gathering Set
The Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) Fall Statewide Gathering will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, beginning at 9:45 AM at Trinity Las Américas UMC, 1548 8th Street, in Des Moines. The keynote speaker will be Ann Naffier, attorney with Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON), who will speak about immigration, the situation on the border, and the work of JFON. Devotions will be led by Rev. Emily Ewing, Social Justice Pastor at Trinity Las Américas. Lunch will be provided for a free will offering. The plenary, which follows, will include the election of officers for the Executive Committee for 2020 and a discussion of "Loved and Liberated: A Proclamation from Our Movement Forward Summit." The document can be found at umcsetfree.org.
Are You Passionate About Helping First Develop a New Vision and Helping Us Grow?
A number of the members of Church Council will be joining together to study a book entitled Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger. This book will help us explore a new vision for the church and help us find new ways to grow. If you are interested, please stop by the table in Kenyon Hall to read more about it and to sign up to attend. Books will be ordered on November 10th so we would need your response by that date.
It is not too late to submit a digital photo or "selfie" for our "Church Family Photo Album" to Jacque Coulson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other questions? You may also call Jacque at 515-279-2473.
We are entering the season of thanksgiving. Take just a moment to think about the things you are thankful for. Your list might include family, friends, work, health…and the list goes on.
When you are thinking about what you are thankful for, did you include your church? We hope so. During the month of November we will be talking about what God has done here at First, what God is currently doing here at First and what God has in store for us in the future.
We want to celebrate God’s presence in the life of our church and we want to show our gratitude to God through our worship attendance on Sunday, November 24th.
Watch for a special invitation but for now, please put this date on your calendar and plan to be in worship that day.
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).
looks at the impact of Christianity on various topics
and meets in the library (just off the sanctuary).
discusses current issues
and meets in the conference room just off Kenyon Hall.
Spanish Bilingual Worship Service Sundays at 5:30 PM.