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Pastor's Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Here we are again for our monthly conversation. Something I am beginning to enjoy and settle into a little bit more. I hope that this letter finds you well and pray that God would continue to bless you and remind you often of how much He loves you.

This past month, we found ourselves in the Gospel of Matthew following the life of John the Baptist, a prophet heralding the message of repentance and baptism. As he was calling people forward to confess their sins, Jesus came forward to be baptized too. It was in this humble moment that we witnessed both of these men, serving our Almighty Father with obedient, servant-like hearts. Soon after, we followed Jesus to Capernaum where he would begin his public ministry, picking up the same message “repent” heaven is near.

Matthew challenged us in many ways, but here are four ways to apply it to your life:

1. Renewing our vows and commitment to Jesus and His holy church (Baptism Vows)
2. Finding the beauty in confession to God and a repentant heart (Confess/Repent)
3. Sharing our God-moments for encouragement, inspiration, and hope (Testimonies)
4. Intentionally developing a teachable heart (Hungry for Righteousness)

As we continue to seek the face of God in all that we do, I pray that God would meet you and speak to you, whisper to your soul, comfort you in times of need, and hold you when things are uncertain. Know that our Almighty God, loves you and longs to be with you in conversation. My prayer this month is that you would seek Him out in the quiet moments in your day, in the dark hours of the night, and mostly in those moments when you need comfort. Know that God is there, waiting.

I will leave each of you with this beautiful poem. I was reading about Saint Teresa of Avila and found these words moving to me. I shared them in a sermon recently and they have stayed with me since then as inspiration to my daily walk as a Christian. I hope they bring you some encouragement too.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours, no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world;
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.

- Saint Teresa of Avila

Peace Be With You, Pastor Sandy


Our Story

Fort Des Moines United Methodist Church has existed at the corner of SW 9th and Army Post Road since 1890. The current building was completed in 1959.

Today’s congregation continues to provide worship and ministry to a diverse and vibrant group of people dedicated to finding Jesus in their daily lives and providing expressions of their faith in the world around them. All who seek to find God in their lives are welcome.

A good place to start is with the 9:45 am Sunday worship service. Here you will pray, sing and worship with others on a similar journey. A fellowship hour follows the service where you can get to know the people of FDMUMC.

In addition, there are a variety of ways to engage the Christian life, to learn more about being a faithful Christian. Come, join us, and you can be a part of a vibrant, growing congregation.

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