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Friday, November 8, 2019

Worship with us on
Sundays at 10:30 AM

Mabaan Worship @ 12:30 PM
Diferente Worship @ 5:30 PM

A written copy of  the  10:30 AM sermon will be available

on the west usher’s stand in the Narthex on Sundays.

If you miss a Sunday service, past sermons will also be available on our website at

November 10, 2019
22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21
Luke 20:27-38

At First Church we are thankful for each and every person who attends worship and we want to celebrate! On Sunday, November 24th we will have a special worship service and after church coffee. We want this to be a fun day to celebrate this church, its members and its ministries.

We had set a goal to have 100+ people in worship but we think we are underestimating you so we are going to raise our goal to 125+! We know you can do it.

If we reach our goal, Pastor Edgar and Christine will show their excitement by doing one of the following:
1. Dye their hair during worship.
2. Dress up as pilgrims.
3. Dress in surprise costumes.

Here is where you come in. On today's attendance sheet you will see these three options listed. Please select which one you would like to see.  Votes will be tallied and on the 24th you will have to attend worship to see how the votes came in. If you decide on the #3 option, we will have a contest on the 17th to see what you think we will be wearing. If anyone guesses correctly, they will receive a prize!

Don't forget to vote and then attend worship on the 24th!

Annual Fundraiser

Salad (and more) Luncheon
Following worship Sunday, November 10!
You have probably heard about the AMOS initiative to advocate for Children’s Mental Health care, but it is just one of several actions currently being enacted by the dedicated AMOS volunteers.  Come for a yummy lunch, hear one family’s struggle to find mental health care for their children, and also get updates on the community improvements happening as a result of AMOS in central Iowa.  Lunch menu includes choice of soup, bread, cheese, multiple salads and dessert.  No reservation required.  A free will donation will be accepted with proceeds used to continue providing justice in our community.

Daoud Nassar, Palestinian Christian Farmer and Director of Tent of Nations to speak.
Join us Sunday, November 10th at 3:00 in Room 101 of Meredith Hall at Drake University to hear Daoud speak.

Tent of Nations is located on the Nassar family’s 100 acre farm and orchard outside of Bethlehem in the West Bank. This farm has become an international peace center attracting thousands of visitors annually. International visitors, including many Israelis, work together in pursuit of a just peace through non-violent action.

In 2015 when several First Church members traveled to the West Bank we spent a day at the farm learning about their programs and watering recently planted seedlings. These seedlings were to replace olive trees that had been destroyed by Israeli settlers and the military.

The Nassar family’s story is one you will want to hear. For more details, see the flyer on the bulletin board in Kenyon Hall.


Thank you to everyone who donated to this year's Mission Ingathering.  Our contribution included 32 student school kits and 40 hygiene kits valued at $768, along with $460 cash.

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.
Updated email addresses for Christine and Michelle!
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We Can Use Your Help
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.


Worship Changes
We come to this place each Sunday to worship God. After timing each segment of the service we find that we are using approximately 10 minutes of our worship time for announcements and greetings. To keep our worship services close to one hour we are going to implement two changes.
1. Each Sunday only one or two announcements will be verbally lifted up. As usual announcements will be printed in the bulletin and in addition, prior to worship, they will be projected onto the northwest wall. Please read through them carefully.

2. We know that greeting each other is an important part of worship however it seems the greeting time is getting longer. During the greeting time please greet those around you. After the postlude is concluded or during after church coffee you may greet others.
Thanks for your help with this.
Food Pantry
Be sure to notice in the north entryway a display set up by Trudy and Don Gurnsey.  This year Trudy and Don are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to them!  The Gurnseys believe that they have been blessed and they wanted to do something to bless others.  Every month Don gathers the food pantry items we collect before Communion, counts them and delivers them to the Food Pantry.
If you also feel that God has blessed you, we invite you to show your thanks to God by bringing non-perishable food items and placing them at the display.  Before Thanksgiving they will be collected and delivered to the Food Pantry.  Thank you.

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  Other questions?  You may also call Jacque at 515-279-2473.

During the month of November, Shirley Christoffersen is recruiting volunteers to help with the meals we will serve next year for the Children & Family Urban Movement (CFUM) Supper Club on the third Friday of each month.  Preparation begins about 1:30 p.m. in our kitchen and the meal is transported to Trinity UMC to serve at 4:45 p.m. 

If you would like to help with these meals in 2020, please contact Shirley or check the box on the attendance slip
and she will be in contact to learn how you would like to help and what schedule best fits your plans.  Donations for meal expenses are also being sought, although you may give any time throughout the year by simply designating your gift for the CFUM Supper Club.  Thank you, the most important part of this ministry is you!


Senior Health Insurance Information Program

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is a federally-funded program operated in Iowa through the Department of Insurance. The program’s mission is to provide trained volunteer counselors to assist seniors, disabled persons on Medicare, and those about to turn 65 navigate through the complex world of Medicare.
Counselors assist, on a no-fee basis, those about to enroll in Medicare, helping them select Medigap plans, choosing between regular Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans, as well as aiding them in selecting and enrolling in a prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D).
Four downtown Des Moines congregations are members of The Bridge, which is a sponsor organization for SHIIP. If you are a member of one of these congregations and would like assistance, you can call SHIIP directly at 800-351-4664. A volunteer counselor will then contact you to help make appropriate Medicare decisions.
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.


Spanish Bilingual Worship Service

Sundays at 5:30 PM.  

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