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Friday, January 3, 2020
This Sunday,
January 5, 2020

Epiphany Sunday

Worship Service
at 10:30 AM

Scriptures this weekend:

Psalm 72:1-7, 1-14
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12


In honor of the church's 175th anniversary we have a new history cabinet located in Kenyon Hall. The cabinet will feature various historical items from the church's holdings. The displays will change throughout the year so stop by periodically and check out what is currently on display. Thanks to Arnie Brown and Ned Johnson for the purchase of the cabinet and for creating the displays.

In 2020 First Church is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Each week of 2020 we will publish a History Moment. These short informational pieces will share bits and pieces of our history that we hope you will find interesting and even amusing.
On March 4, 1845 a small group met for Bible study in the log cabin home of Rev. Ezra Rathburn located on the east side of the Des Moines River. Then in April of that same year he began to conduct services in the home of John Baird and others. At midnight on October 11th when the area on the west side of the river was opened to settlers, Herbert Hoxie and Jonathan Rathburn left in the middle of a prayer meeting to hurry across the river to lay claim to the two best cabins that had been vacated by the soldiers who had been stationed at Fort Des Moines. In 1846 the first Sunday School class was held in the Hoxie’s log cabin home. By 1847 the membership numbered 220. This was the humble beginning of First Church.


March 1st Bishop Laurie will be here to preach and worship will be followed by a special After Church Coffee.
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 4:30 PM.

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