Coronavirus Update

UPDATED MARCH 16 2020:

In light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the health crisis that our community (and nation) faces, we have postponed our public gatherings until further notice.  During this time we are moving our Sunday services to an online format. Join us at 8:30am and 10am on Sundays for our weekly services and 7pm on Wednesdays for a weekly prayer meeting.  Use our website and Facebook to connect to these times of worship, ministry and prayer.

During a crisis, it’s natural to have many questions.  Here’s a quick guide to some common questions that you may have. 

Why are we making this decision to shift our gatherings to an online format at this time?

Our national, state and local leaders have requested that public gatherings be limited to a small number of individuals in order to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.  We want to honor our leaders and also do what’s best for the health of our city and community as well.


Are any activities taking place onsite at DSM First right now?

We have made a decision to postpone all onsite activities at DSM First at this time, EXCEPT OUR FOOD PANTRY, in order to promote the health and wellness of our church, community and city.  


Are we making decisions out of faith or fear?

We are approaching this crisis from a perspective of FAITH and WISDOM.  Not fear. The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but power, love and self-discipline.”  So even when there is fear surrounding us, we can walk in FAITH in spite of our circumstances.  It’s even possible BY FAITH, to rise up in strength during times of trouble and challenge. Ephesians 6:10 tells us to, “…be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” 

We also want to use the WISDOM that God has given us as well.  I like what Eugene Cho said about this topic. When churches choose to postpone their services and use online formats to gather, “it’s not an act of fear or panic.  Rather it’s an act of care – both for the church and for others.  For the healthcare system, for neighbors, and for the vulnerable. This is what it means to be for the common good and to ‘seek the peace of the city.’”

As we continue to walk in FAITH & WISDOM, we are praying for those affected by sickness, the medical community, and those in leadership roles making important decisions about the coronavirus. We are also praying for an end to COVID-19.  God is bigger than this virus and He is bigger than the fear that may try to overtake us! Let’s use this opportunity to exercise our faith as believers and encourage one another everyday!


How do I stay connected to my church family and those I’m in relationship with?

There are several ways you can do this:

    • Join our online services and prayer meetings
    • Be active and comment during our online Sunday services
    • Have your Connect Group meet online using a Facebook Group or Google Hangout
    • Start an online prayer group with those you have relationship with
    • Keep in contact with those you’re in relationship with using text, phone and video chat options

Is there anything for kids and youth?

Yes! Kids and youth have online lessons available.


How do I give?

You can use our secure online giving portal by clicking the button below. You can also set up automated giving options to make things easier. 


What if I need prayer?

If you are in need of prayer, please let us know. Click below to submit a prayer request or send an email to hello@desmoinesfirst.org


I have a need.  What do I do?

Are you in need of support?  Click the link below and let us know how we can help. 


What’s the best way to get real-time updates?

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