West Des Moines United Methodist Church

Weekly Worship

THIS SUNDAY: August 31, 2014
Please worship with us again! 


Listen to the latest Sermon: August 10, "Selfishness to Servanthood" by Mike Powers Scripture: Matthew 20:20-28


Traditional Worship 8:30 a.m.
Children's Sunday School 9:50 a.m.

Hearing assistance devices available.

Childcare is available for all services.

Wednesday Night Live (during school year)
5:45 until 6:30 p.m. Dinner (Heritage Hall)
6:30 until 7:30 p.m.  Classes offered for all ages


[map and directions]

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720 Grand Avenue

West Des Moines, Iowa 50265-3624

Phone (515) 279-0826


Office Hours

Administrative Office (on the 2nd floor):  

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Receptionist Office (on the 2nd floor):  

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Friday:  9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Sunday:  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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 Our New Associate Pastor - Rev. Fred Darbonne Minimize

Our New Associate Pastor - - Rev. Fred Darbonne
The Bishop has appointed Fred Darbonne as our new Associate Pastor on August 1st.  He is a native Midwesterner, and comes to us from Cedar Rapids, where he has been teaching in the MBA program at Mount Mercy University and doing organizational consulting work with a colleague group.  For the past several years Fred has served in transitional and interim ministry in area congregations, and earlier served congregations in Washington State, Idaho, Kansas, and Iowa. 

Fred is a graduate of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Iowa, and Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington.  He has done continuing studies in transitional ministry and planning with the Interim Ministry Network, the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, the Center for Congregational Health, and the Alban Institute.

Fred is most thankful for the grace of God he has experienced in his life, and for God’s caring faithfulness. Outside of work Fred enjoys learning about art, exploring cities, coffee shop culture, and music events.  He has one young adult son who lives in Cedar Rapids.

 Tom Sletto – Director of Music Ministries Minimize

Tom Sletto will be our new Director of Music Ministries, serving the congregation by leading and/or supporting all vocal choirs, bell choirs and the praise team on September 1st.  He is the Assistant Professor of Music Education at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tom received his B.A. in Music Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and completed the Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

At the age fourteen, Tom began leading worship in a small country church by playing a small Hammond organ as well as leading from the piano. Since that time he has continued his music ministry by serving as the Director of Music Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, MN, First United Methodist Church in Anderson, Indiana, and Faith Lutheran Church in Clive.

His wife is working as the Assistant Conductor of the Des Moines, IA Children’s Choir and they have four adult children.  Tom feels a deep calling to always be a part of the music ministry in a church. Since his musical abilities were a gift of God, he has always felt the need to serve in any capacity that God has called him into. Worship and fellowship have always been a part of his life since a child.

Please help us welcome Tom and his family to our church on Sunday, September 7th between services.

 Sunday @ 10 a.m., Thursday @ 7 p.m. Minimize

Overcoming Difficulties Explored at Lifetree Café

Strategies for coping with difficult times will be shared at Lifetree Café on Sunday at 10:00 A.M. and Thursday at 7:00 P.M.

The program, titled “Bouncing Back: Turning Disasters Into Opportunities,” features a screening of the award-winning short film Dancing Outside the Box. The film features Ray Leight, whose near-fatal motorcycle accident left him permanently in a wheelchair.

“You’re 20 years old and think you’ve got your whole life ahead of you. The next thing you know, tubes are sticking out of you, and doctors are telling you they know how you feel. Let me take a baseball bat to you—then you’ll know how I feel,” Leight said.  

Leight’s months of depression turned toward hope when a friend invited him to attend a ballroom dancing class.

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversations about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Paige Chapman at 279-0826 or pchapman@wdmumc.org.

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 The Word Minimize

On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines.

Isaiah 25:6 (TNIV)


Our Vision & Our Mission

 Our Vision is . . .
 Changing lives in the Name of Jesus Christ.

 Our Mission is...
 To create a welcoming atmosphere
 To invite others to join our faith journey
 To involve all in worship, service, mission,  small  group participation, tithing and prayer
 To connect our faith in Jesus with our daily  lives

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