Today is definitely telling us that fall is here! Soon we will be seeing even more beautiful colors in nature surrounding us. What a beautiful time of year the season of fall is! The colors all around us remind us of the beauty of God’s great creation.

Join First UMC on a fun train ride excursion on Saturday, October 11 at the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad. You can purchase tickets (ages 13 and over are $25, ages 3-12 are $13, and under 3 are free if on lap) on their website or at the station. OR if you are online, you can access a great “Groupon” rate. Go to and search for “Train Ride” in the Des Moines, IA area. It should bring up a great deal for the basic excursion ride. Whether you are a young or “grown up” child of God, join us for a fun afternoon on the train traveling through the Des Moines River valley to see the beauty of fall. The train departs at 1:30p.m. and is one hour and forty-five minutes long. We will all meet at 1:15 at the station, although you will want to have your tickets before 1:15 to make sure you have a seat on the train. We are aware this is ISU Homecoming weekend, but you would be able to make it home in time to watch or listen to the second half of the game! And for those of you who would like to have the fall fun continue after the train, we will caravan over to The Ledges State Park for some hiking and cooking hot dogs & s’mores over a fire (weather permitting of course).