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First Church 
Cross Notes

January 1, 2021


This Sunday,
January 3, 2021

In-person worship has been suspended due to Covid-19.

Online Worship
You can watch the service online at 
Facebook/DSMFirstChurch/ or YouTube (DSM First Church UMC)
after 3 PM on Sunday.

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

This year's Advent theme is "Company's Coming". 

January 3rd Sermon will be "Living the Celebration" 



You Can Make A Difference in One Minute

AMOS, A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy, continues to work diligently on Children's Crisis Mental Health Services.  Kids and teens in Polk County are in crisis every day.  COVID-filled emergency rooms or potentially dangerous interactions are often the only options for families.  YOU can work with AMOS to make a better option available to them!  

PLEASE complete the survey/petition below regarding the need for children's crisis mental health services.   Then share it with others you know in Polk County who care about children's needs.  You do not need to be a member of an AMOS institution to complete the survey/petition.  

The survey/petition provides you the opportunity to request more information as well as attend a future training meeting if you are interested in becoming more involved.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jacque Coulson at 515-279-2473.

Information on other issues AMOS is working on at this time is available below.


AMOS, A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy, has multiple research teams working on different issues in the Des Moines metro.  Here is a brief update of each including ways you can become involved. 
Children's Mental Health Crisis Services

See the above Cross Notes article asking you to complete and distribute the survey/petition regarding the need for children's crisis mental health services.  If you have already done this, thank you.  Your actions will make a difference!

If you are interested in becoming more involved, please consider attending the Mental Health Stakeholder Meeting Training: Thursday 1/21/21 @ 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Connie McKeen – or Linda Krypel – to register for this event.

Affordable Housing
The Affordable Housing Research Action Team is rebooting after taking a hiatus with the Covid outbreak.  However, in 2019, team members were very busy, meeting with 14 different individuals or groups to learn about housing issues in Des Moines.  Now they are ready to begin learning more and developing an action plan. The team is looking for more people who want to learn about and act together to improve the availability of affordable housing for our community. 

Want to learn more? Contact Cheryl Fraracci at

Grubb YMCA/River Bend Strategy
The River Bend Neighborhood Association, one of our member institutions, is working on a strategy to have input into the future of the land/building currently occupied by the Grubb YMCA. Do you live in the general area of the Y, or have family/friends who do? Consider getting involved in this strategy. They will be holding house meetings over the winter to get input from the community about the best use of this important neighborhood property. They welcome anyone's energy to work on this.

River Bend Organizing Meeting - Thursday 1/7/21 @ 6:30 – ZOOM 

Contact: Breann Bye – to register for this event.

If you have any questions or want more information regarding AMOS, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the AMOS Core team at First Church -- Eloise Cranke (515-262-5974), Jacque Coulson (515-279-2473), Cyndi Grosing (515-480-6207) or Wanda Wendt (515-229-6399).

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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