Previous Services

We offer two ways to experience past services.

Watch the full service on our YouTube channel, or listen to just the sermon on the ‘First U Think’ podcast.

Blessing

From saying “bless you” when someone sneezes to blessing a meal before we eat it, there’s something important we’re doing when we bless.

Zoom at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Zoom may not be available for this event. Please contact Bill Paxson if you have an interest in joining the Zoom team.

Click here for the Order of Service (updates every Friday afternoon)

Forum: “On Media”

Join Dave Busiek, former KCCI-TV news director, for a discussion of the changes in traditional media due to cutbacks in the numbers of journalists and in particular a reduction in editorial voices in newspapers. Busiek is a member of the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative, which was designed to give Iowans access to a wide variety of viewpoints from around the state. He regularly shares his perspective in his column “On Media”, published via Substack. Busiek spent 43 years working in Iowa radio and television newsrooms as a reporter, anchor and the last 30 years as news director of the CBS affiliate in Des Moines. In retirement Dave also volunteers for several local non-profits and travels with his wife, Laura Sands.

Merit

Some of the inequities in our meritocracy might be fixable. But even a perfect meritocracy would still be problematic. But what alternative might there be?

Zoom at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Zoom may not be available for this event. Please contact Bill Paxson if you have an interest in joining the Zoom team.

Click here for the Order of Service (updates every Friday afternoon)

Forum: Iowa Trans Mutual Aid Fundraiser Breakfast

Fundraising Brunch!

Come join us for brunch on Sunday 2/11/24! Instead of regular hospitality and Forum after church on Sunday 2/11/24, join the Faith in Action Team and the Queer/Transgender Action Group for a fundraising brunch to support our 2023-24 Faith In Action Partner, the Iowa Trans Mutual Aid Fund (ITMAF).

Mutual Aid is based on the idea of giving what you can, and receiving what you need. For this event, to honor the mutual aid work of IMAF, we are suggesting a $20.00 contribution for brunch, or give what you’re able. All funds will go directly to provide critical gender-affirming care to trans and non-binary Iowans, both youth and adult. Cash, check or credit card payments are accepted.

You’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast and hear more about ITMAF and the need for care in Iowa. Be part of supporting this important work!

The Spiritual Impact of Inequality

“Our spirits long to be made whole,” in the words of our hymn. Wholeness depends on connection and belonging with others, and inequality triggers disconnection and alienation.

Zoom at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Zoom may not be available for this event. Please contact Bill Paxson if you have an interest in joining the Zoom team.

Click here for the Order of Service (updates every Friday afternoon)

 

Forum: Approaches to Ministry and Covenant, A Congregational Discussion

Join Rev. Garmon, Board members, and Bill Brauch from the Right Relations Team for a presentation and feedback session on Ministerial paths (Developmental vs Settled) and early stages of a UCDSM Covenant. We want to inform the congregation on how we got to our current state of thinking, hear from you as it relates to the next UCDSM minister, and get feedback on a drafted Covenant, our foundation for being together. Join us in the auditorium 11:15-12:30 or on zoom here.

Meeting ID: 897 3067 3895
Passcode: 992542