AMOS AMOS: A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy. In January of 1996 leaders of five religious denominations in Des Moines formed a sponsoring committee and initiated a contract with the Industrial Areas Foundation to assist us in building a congregational based community organization in the metro area. Bishops from the United Methodist, Episcopal, Roman Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran traditions joined Rabbis from local synagogues and pastors from the Disciples of Christ to form the sponsoring committee.
that beginning, AMOS has been organizing within congregations and the
community at large to help "re-weave" the social fabric of
metropolitan Des Moines. Together with congregations across Des Moines
and its suburbs, we are building an effort that is: · Broad-based
and cuts through the lines that divide us, such as race, socioeconomic
status, geography and religious denomination. · Multi-issued,
responding to a variety of concerns that are identified through intentional
conversations in local congregations and communities. The agenda of
AMOS is emerging as hundreds of leaders in local congregations engage
thousands more in house meetings and one-to-one conversations that enable
them to tell their stories. · Starting to take action on the
issues and concerns that are emerging. Through public action hundreds
of people will reenter the public square and reclaim responsibility
for the future of the Des Moines metro area. AMOS is non-partisan and
does not endorse candidates. · Focused on the development of
leaders in local congregations and communities. Seeking to exercise
the power of organized people in a relational and responsible way. It
will seek out allies in the public and private sector to address the
issues and concerns that affect the common good of the community. For more information on AMOS, check their web site.
Boys and Girls Club is held on the fourth floor of FCC's building and includes the gym. The Boys & Girls Club is open for school age children Monday, through Friday afternoons during the school year, and daytimes during the summer. Children coming to the center participate in such activities as learning computer skills, working on homework, playing games, and exercising in the gym. You may now dial direct to the FCC site of the Boys and Girls Club: (515) 274-9083.
The Emergency Food Pantry is a ministry coordinated by the Des Moines Area Religious Council(DMARC). The Pantry provides free food for people who would otherwise go hungry until other resources can be tapped. First Christian Church collects an offering of non-perishable food items on the third Sunday of every month. Cash donations are also accepted at that time. Simply bring your food items or money into the sanctuary on the designated Sunday and place them on the chancel steps. You can also help by volunteering to transport the food collected to the warehouse.
Packaged with Love provides gift bags to clients of the Family Violence Center. The bags are given to individuals as they enter the center to provide something personal to women who are seeking protection from a violent family situation, and often arrive with nothing but what they (and sometimes their children) are wearing. The collection of personal care items is ongoing throughout the year, and for more information call the church office.
English Language Learning Clases in English as a "second language" are available at First Christian in the morning [Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30 - 11:30 am]. (At the present time we have no evening classes.) The cost to participate is $25 per student. DMACC is involved with the schooling, and classes now run on the same schedule as other DMACC classes. Child care is available. Participants are from a variety of nationalities. (No classes on holidays)
Las clases en Inglés están disponibles en nueve treinta de la mañana,
La Primera Iglesia Cristiana (First Christian Church) está en la esquina de la avenida de la universidad y la vigésima quinta calle en Des Moines (25th Street & University Ave). Entre en el edificio a partir de la vigésima quinta calle, y monte el elevador al tercero piso. Teléfono: 255-2181 Gracias.
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