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November 24, 2019
24th Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures this weekend:

Jeremiah 23:1-6

Luke 1:68-79

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.

If we reach our goal of 125+ people at worship, Pastor Edgar and Christine will show their excitement by dressing in surprise costumes.
Don't forget to attend worship on the 24th!
Click here to learn more about the upcoming Advent Music Series
Click here for information on the upcoming Advent Study & Wreaths

Missionary Birthday

Sometimes the life of a missionary can be lonely especially when you are far from home. We want our missionary, Chin Cho to know we are thinking about him by sending a birthday greeting.  This Sunday, please stop by the table in Kenyon Hall and sign the card.

The Church will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and November 29 for Thanksgiving.
Pie Cards Available
It's that time again. Baker's Square pie cards are available for purchase. If you need a pie for the holiday season, stop by our table and pick up a card. This $16 card will entitle you to any pie (carrot cake and cheesecake not included).
These cards also make great stocking stuffers too!


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!

 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.

A Different Gift Market!
Once again the Outreach Committee will be offering the Alternative Gift Market as an opportunity to make Christmas gift giving more meaningful.  However, this year the Market will be quite different!  There will be a short “Shopping List,” available in the bulletin December 1st, and then in Kenyon Hall December 8 and 15.  But there will be much more!  There will be hand crafted items from The Work of Our Hands in Pella, for you to browse and buy.  Products from over 40 countries, all purchased from Fair Trade Vendors (similar to our Coffee Cart) will include jewelry, home décor, kitchen items and much more.  So pick up the shopping list next Sunday and prepare to find some unique items for your loved ones on December 8th and 15th.  And remember that the gift you choose gives twice and brings joy in double measure!
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.

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.

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 5:30 PM.

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