Respond

Respond to God's gift of love by serving your neighbor.

MASK DONATIONS: We know from national as well as local news sources, that fabric masks are in need as manufacturers cannot keep up with demand of approved medical masks. Follow this LINK to a pattern for making masks to help our front line workers. These cannot be used for the care of COVID 19 patients, but the CDC states that fabric masks are a crisis response option. Currently, we know that Bidwell needs these for their volunteers. Please bring them to the Uptown site Bidwell bin.

  • Needed: Ingathering Coordinator

    LEt us know if you're interested

    We have a long tradition of putting together school kits, health kits (now called personal dignity kits), and other kits for the Mission Ingathering that is held annually the first Saturday of November. These kits help those within the United States after a natural disaster, and others are shipped to places of great need around the world. We need someone to coordinate this ministry team. If you are interested in this opportunity, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Easter Missions Offering

    AMOS & Trinity/Las Americas UMC

    You will soon receive our annual Easter Missions mailing (if you haven’t already) explaining where this special offering has been designated this coming Easter. Here’s a quick recap:

    • AMOS (A Mid- Iowa Organizing Strategy) will receive $2,000. This organization is concerned with social justice and getting to the root cause of problems in our community. To learn more about AMOS, visit https://www.amosiowa.org/. Additionally, join their next day at the Capitol on March 11 working with legislators to help fund better mental health care in Iowa. RSVP to Connie McKeen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. Help spread the word! Everyone is welcome. No experience is necessary. Join us all day or from 8:00-11:30am or 11:30am-3:00pm.
    • The rest of the Easter Mission Offering will go to Trinity Las Americas (TLA) in Des Moines. Ankeny First has a long tradition of partnership with Trinity Las Americas which is located in the River Bend neighborhood of Des Moines and hosts many ministries in order to help those who struggle to make ends meet. 

    We hope you’ll consider donating to these worthy causes this Lenten season.

  • Senior Connection Team

    Volunteers Needed!

    Just over a year ago, we started the Senior Connection Ministry. This ministry has blossomed and we are connecting to over 40 fellow church members who can no longer make it to church. We now need help so we can visit with even more people! Can you spare an hour or more a month to visit someone who may be lonely? Would you consider offering Communion to someone who can’t make it to church and is longing for that connection to Christ? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in helping this ministry team.

  • Bricks for Malawi

    Sunday School Fundraiser

    Beginning Sunday, March 1 through Easter Sunday, the Sunday School children will be collecting $1 per brick to help build a new classroom for children attached to one of our Malawi church sites. In Malawi, it only costs $1 per brick—so please encourage your children to bring in their donations starting in March! Each week, we will display our progress brick by brick!

  • Soul Food Cafe Volunteers Needed

    Wednesday nights

    Soul Food Café Volunteers Needed! Our Wednesday evening meal at Uptown, Soul Food Café, needs several more volunteers. Please register on our website to help!

  • Blood Drive

    Next Date is May 26, 2020

    What a great way to respond to God’s love in our community! Every pint saves or sustains another life! Our next blood drive will be on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at our Uptown location, 2:00-5:45pm. Register at www.lifeservebloodcenter.orgwww.lifeservebloodcenter.org. Questions? Contact Judy Ruble, 515.729.9482.

  • March MISSION OF THE MONTH

    Joppa

    This month we will focus on helping Joppa, an organization in the Des Moines area whose mission is to create communities of unconditional love, support, and hope for the homeless as we work together to prevent and ultimately end homelessness. We will be collecting monetary donations, and the following physical items: AAA/C batteries, headlamps, flashlights, gloves, deodorant, toilet paper and men's coats. Bring your items to the gray Mission of the Month bins at any worship location, or give monetarily by writing "March Mission of the Month" on your check memo or give on-line.

  • BIDWELL RIVERSIDE WORK DAYS

    JOIN US IN 2020 AT BIDWELL RIVERSIDE

    If you are interested in volunteering with a group of others at Bidwell in Des Moines, the following are upcoming dates you can get in your calendar. 

    2020 Dates:
    February 27, 12:00-3:00pm
    March 27, 9:00am-noon
    April 29, 9:00am-noon
    May 28, 12:00-3:00pm
    June 24, 9:00am-noon
    July 30, 12:00-3:00pm
    August 31, 9:00am-noon
    September 26, 9:00am-noon
    October 30, 12:00-3:00pm
    November 30, 9:00am-noon
    December 30, 12:00-3:00pm

  • MEALS IN MISSION

    YOU CAN ALWAYS HELP!

    The Meals in Mission Ministry provides meals at no cost to anyone in need. Ankeny First United Methodist Church volunteers provide meals three times a month:

    Trinity Supper Club - Meals are served on the first Wednesday and the fourth Tuesday each month at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1548 8th Street, Des Moines.
    Central Iowa Homeless Meal - Meals are served on the 21st of the month at the Central Iowa Homeless Shelter, 205 15th Street, Des Moines - REGISTER HERE. Find details about this meal here.
    YMCA Meals - Meals are served the 3rd Tuesday each month at the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus, 2 SW 9th Street, Des Moines.
    Contact Pastor Angie if you'd like to get involved.

  • BUILDING UP OUR PROPERTY MINISTRY TEAM

    SKILLED WORKERS ALWAYS NEEDED

    The church is always in need of skilled labor to help our buildings and grounds remain safe, clean, and maintained. If you have experience (professional or DIY), this is a great opportunity for you to be in service with your church family so that we can focus on the ministry that happens every day at our facilities. The Property Ministry Team is an important, on-going ministry in our church.

    Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your skill set:

    Demolition
    Concrete/rebar
    Masonry/brickwork
    Landscaping
    Small engine repair/maintenance
    Rough carpentry (framing)
    Finish carpentry
    Siding
    Roofing
    Installing doors/windows
    Tiling/flooring/carpet
    Painting
    Drywall/mud/tape/finish
    Plumbing
    HVAC
    Electrical
    Cleaning

Ankeny First United Methodist Church
206 SW Walnut Ankeny, Iowa 50023
515-964-4249