Author: Communications

AMOS: Children’s Mental Health Crisis

First Unitarian AMOS leaders have advocated for years for Children’s Mental Health Crisis Services in Iowa. As they continue work with other AMOS leaders, an emphasis on securing funding for services in Polk County has hit a high note. Our kids cannot wait for the … read more.

Membership Minute

Ellen Taylor is our featured member this week. Ellen writes:

“I grew up in a wonderful downtown Methodist church here in Des Moines, but I knew when I left for college that I did not believe in the Methodist god, and I planned to try out … read more.

Lens of the Future: 1-13-2021

The Lens of the Future committee is continuing to monitor the incidence of COVID-19 infections in the community and the status of the indicators that have been adopted by the Board. We continue to see higher numbers in the last week in relation to the … read more.

Budget Roundtable Discussions

Rev. Amy and DFA Charles Lewis will be leading Budget Roundtable discussions later this month. We want to hear your thoughts and hopes for next year as we look forward to constructing a new normal for church life as we anticipate re-opening the building and … read more.

DFA Hours

I, like the rest of your hard-working staff, am struggling to maintain work-life balance in these trying times. For the foreseeable future, I’ll be off on Fridays so that I can take needed time off with minimal disruption to my responsibilities as your Director of … read more.

Lens of the Future: 1-6-2021

The Lens of the Future committee is continuing to monitor the incidence of COVID-19 infections in the community and the status of the indicators that have been adopted by the Board. We continue to see higher numbers in the last week in relation to … read more.

Coffee Hour Breakout Rooms

Coffee Hour can be a little intimidating for some of us. After the initial discussion of the service, what do we say? If we were able to have themed-rooms, what would you want them to be? Pets? Music? Books you’re reading? Travel? Movies or poetry … read more.

Membership Minute

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope everyone had a good holiday and that you were able to safely connect with loved ones. I’m looking forward to bringing you more member spotlights this year and finding ways for us to be in community together.

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Financial Oversight Committee

Financial Oversight Committee
Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m. 

The first part of the meeting will be a joint discussion with the Endowment Committee regarding the value of the the Endowment and the advisability of using any of the principal for a church project. The … read more.

Thank You, From Knock and Drop

Earlier this year, shortly after the pandemic began, Latinx Immigrants of Iowa requested the use of First Unitarian’s building for food distribution to families, many of whom fell through the cracks of the community safety net, through its newly formed organization, Knock and Drop.

The Immigration … read more.

Charitable Gifts 2020

Just a reminder that gifts to be included in 2020 need to be postmarked by December 31. Any donations made through PushPay also need to be initiated by that date. 2020 Charitable Contribution Summaries will be sent out in late January. If you have any … read more.

Call for Art

Has COVID-19 inspired you? Has it frustrated you? How have you been channeling your creative spirit for the past year?

Wherever this pandemic time has taken you, we’d like you to share it with our community!
The Stewardship team is planning a virtual art and music … read more.

Holiday Staff Hours

Your hard-working staff will be taking their usual breather between Christmas and New Year’s. Please be aware that non-critical, non-emergency communications may go unanswered until after the first of the year.

Lens of the Future: 12-15-2020

The Lens of the Future committee is continuing to monitor the incidence of COVID-19 infections in the community and the status of the indicators that have been adopted by the Board. We continue to see higher numbers in the last few weeks in relation to … read more.

Lens of the Future Update: 12-9-2020

The Lens of the Future committee is continuing to monitor the incidence of COVID-19 infections in the community and the status of the indicators that have been adopted by the Board. We continue to see higher numbers in the last few weeks in relation to … read more.