Acolytes are a very important part of our worship service.  Each week two students participate in the 8:30 am worship by lighting and extinguishing the altar candles.

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Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund of the West Des Moines United Methodist Church assists the church in its mission of “changing lives in the name of Jesus Christ” for generations to come.

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STARTING September 5, 2019

This is a 13-week class for persons having lost a loved one. Led by Rev. Don Elly, the class will meet on Thursdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. There is no charge. Please call the church office (515-279-0826) if you would like to participate.


The Memorials Committee encourages and assists family giving through memorials.

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Please come join us. We are a mix of adult men and women, singles and couples between the ages of 40 and “we don’t ask”. MITS-WITS meets in the Wesley Center 9:50 to 10:50 a.m. on Sundays.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry was started in 2002 by Mary Terp.  Since the start of this ministry, more than 500 shawls have been distributed to persons in need of special comfort.

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Reconciling Group

Living into our shared baptismal covenant, Reconciling Ministries Network equips and mobilizes United Methodists to resist evil, injustice, and oppression as we seek justice for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

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Senior Disciples

This group meets monthly. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. ($5.00), followed by a program at 12:30 p.m.

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State Fair Stand

Serving fairgoers since 1949, our food stand is a thriving example of what careful planning, teamwork, and awesome cooks can accomplish.

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Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a program of our congregation that equips lay persons to provide distinctively Christian one-to-one care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, both in our congregation and community.

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United Methodist Women

To the woman who finds meaning in her church and is drawn to its fellowship; whose life is packed full of activity and obligations; who juggles jobs and family, and tries to be faithful to both we invite you to membership.

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WDMUMC Guys is a way for guys to be connected with fellow Christian men. We gather twice each month for fellowship and fun. It is a chance to share life’s joys as well as struggles with each other. We pray for each other and participate in various service projects within the church and within the community. We stay connected through email, so email to be added to the distribution list.

Groups that meet at WDMUMC

AA – There is a Solution

Meets Mondays at 6:00 P.M.

Contact Sharon – 515-225-4487

Babywearing International

Meets First Tuesday of each month at 10:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.

Babywearing International Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support.

Contact: Katherine Gamble,, 515-321-3224

Children & Families of Iowa Domestic Violence Awareness Class

Meets Thursdays at 11:00 A.M.

CFI’s domestic violence services provide a unique approach to helping victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives.

Contacts:  Katelynn Hall,  515-729-2698

Cathy Vincent,  515-471-8699 ext. 115

Cub Scouts Pack 205

Meets Mondays at 7:00 P.M.

Contact: Rachel Burkiett

Des Moines Baptist Church

Meets at WDMUMC on Sundays 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Pastor Gabriel Dar Lian

The Chin Baptist Church has Burmese roots. Beginning in the late 1800’s, Baptist missionaries from America worked to establish Christian congregations in Burma (now Myanmar). In 2000, approximately 700 Chin people fled from Myanmar to avoid religious persecution and were eventually resettled in the United States. Now several Chin Baptist pastors have moved to the U.S. to develop faith communities among Burmese populations here.
Email:  Telephone: 309-208-4000

Two Rivers Martial Arts

Meets Tuesday and Thursday 6:15 P.M. to 7:15 P.M.

We are a non-profit martial arts school run totally by volunteers with several branches in the Des Moines area.  We accept children and adults, ages 5 and up.

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Walk to Emmaus

Meets: First and second weekends in February

The walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.

Contacts:  Mark Willson,  515-771-3150

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Clinic

Meets First and third Tuesdays each month at 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

WIC (Women Infants, & Children) is a supplemental nutrition program for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months. WIC helps families by providing healthy foods, nutrition education, and referrals to other health care agencies.

Contacts: Michelle Kirchner,,  515-282-6707

Margaret Hallman,,  515-282-6772