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Palms Available
for Pickup 

Tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 9:00 AM Christine will set out on the bench by the parking lot the palms that were ordered for Sunday.

Feel free to drive by and pick up one to place on your door or window for Palm Sunday.

This Sunday,
April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday & Communion

Online Worship
at 10:30 AM
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To join our Palm Sunday Service by phone call:
Enter Code 386 736 097
or go to our FaceBook Page.


As you know, in-person worship services have been delayed until at least the first Sunday of May. Many churches celebrate Holy Communion the first Sunday of each month and since we will not be together, churches are following the guidance of our Bishop, Laurie Haller. In her letter to the clergy she states “In this time of social distancing, we are one body physically separated into many parts, but we remain spiritually united as ‘one with each other, one with Christ and one in ministry to all of the world.'”

These are strange but not unprecedented times we are living in. During the Black Plague the historic church created a theological precedent known as Extremis (extreme circumstances). This approach allowed clergy to respond to a very extreme and difficult health crisis. It is by this precedent that our Bishop has decided to allow people at home to join in the sacrament of Holy Communion. She has extended permission for live-streaming worship services to include the sacrament of Holy Communion.

If you would like to join us for Communion, please gather up the following:

●     Bread and juice if you have it - if you have only bread, remember for centuries bread alone was used.

●     A napkin or cloth to cover remaining bread and cup for after communion.

●     A piece of paper and writing utensil for each person participating.

Even though we cannot be together in our buildings, when we join together in Holy Communion, we can witness to the world that when we break bread together, the living Christ is present with us.

To join our Palm Sunday Service by phone call:
Enter Code 386 736 097
or go to our FaceBook Page.

Until further notice, worship services will be offered only on the church’s Facebook page. Join us Sundays at 10:30 am. We are also offering a short devotional time posted to the church’s Facebook page on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 pm. Each video contains a short devotion, a prayer and a song. The church Facebook page is DSM First Church. Take a look and share with your Facebook friends.


To join our Palm Sunday Service by phone call:
Enter Code 386 736 097
or go to our FaceBook page.


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:

Join us for Easter online. Come as you are!


The Corona virus has caused us to change the way we live our lives and that even includes the way we do church. We have received guidance from the Iowa Annual Conference. In person worship services will hopefully resume May 3. In addition to cancelling worship, no face to face meetings will be held until worship services resume.

Even though you cannot join us in person you can watch our live/video worship service by going to our Facebook page DSM First Church. The service begins at 10:30 am. In addition the service will be posted to our YouTube page DSM First Church UMC. Video updates will be updated on Wednesdays. You may also continue to give your tithes and offerings on this website by clicking on online giving on the bar to the left of this homepage.

In addition on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Pastor Edgar and Christine will be sharing a short video on our Facebook page. If you are in need of a word of encouragement, we invite you to take a couple of minutes out of your day and watch. These videos will be launched at 7:00 pm. They will also be available later in the week on our YouTube channel.

Until we see each other again, let us be faithful and kind to one another. Let us remember each other in prayer and know that we can still lift up and comfort each other no matter the distance between us.

May God be with you!

Did you miss it?
Sunday, March 1st, Iowa UMC Bishop Laurie Haller gave a great sermon in honor of the church's 175th anniversary. If you weren't here or you would like to read it, please check it out HERE (click here).   Enjoy!

History DVD
In honor of the church's 175th anniversary we will be producing a DVD. We would like to include members of our congregation. If you would be willing to share a short testimony about your life here at First, please sign the attendance sheet on Sunday or call the church office, and Pastor Edgar will be in touch to schedule a time. Thanks!

Online Giving
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!
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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