Respond

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

  • Blood Drive

    Next Date is November 24, 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, November 24, 2020 at our Uptown location, 1:00-5:35pm. Register at www.lifeservebloodcenter.orgwww.lifeservebloodcenter.org. Questions? Contact Judy Ruble, 515.729.9482.

  • Family Christmas Project

    Register by November 12

    We invite you to give a child in need a special Christmas this year! Our Family Christmas Project is our annual sponsorship opportunity to assist children in need in the Ankeny and Des Moines area each Christmas season. We suggest a $35 minimum spent on each child. You will receive your detailed sponsorship information via email by November 20.

    Register here.Register here.

  • CFUM Supper Club

    Volunteer Sign-Up

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    Our congregation volunteers with the Children & Family Urban Movement (CFUM) to provide meals at the Trinity Las Americas Methodist Church twice a month (1st Wednesday and 4th Tuesday). Since the pandemic, we have continued to prepare the meals and deliver them to Trinity. Once delivered, the volunteers from CFUM set up tables outside and distribute the meals to the families. 

    We encourage you to help distribute the meals! Volunteers need to bring their own masks, but gloves will be provided when you arrive at 4:00pm and should plan on staying until 5:45pm (though you often are done before that). Tables are set up outside to provide as much safety as possible. Volunteers will place food containers and other food rescue items (bread, fruits & veg, etc.) in sacks and hand them to the families. While all the volunteers will have masks and gloves, be aware that not all the people we serve will have masks (it is encouraged they should wear masks). Volunteers will help spacing out lines of people to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.

    Make sure to select the date(s) you'd like to volunteer.

    The address of Trinity Las Americas is 1548 8th Street, Des Moines, (near Moulton Elementary School). If you would like to volunteer, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions and information.

    Parking is on 8th or College and the distribution happens on the sidewalk in front of Trinity Church on 8th st. Look for Polly or David when you arrive and they can get you going.

  • Helping Local Agencies

    Bidwell, Impact, Sunny View

    Impact Ankeny and Bidwell Riverside continue to be inundated to keep food on their shelves for their clients. They desperately need food and personal care items. If you'd like to donate items, but need help getting them to the church, contact the church office (515.964.4249) and we'll send someone to pick up your items. Both agencies would also appreciate financial donations.

    Give some encouragement and love to the 78 Sunny View residents missing their families by sending cards and letters. The cards can be dropped off at the brown card table in the front foyer at Sunny View to the attention of “Michelle In Activities.” The recipient of the note can be addressed as: A Sunny View Resident or Dear Sunny View Friend.

  • November MISSION OF THE MONTH

    DMARC Food Pantry

    November will focus on the hungry in Central Iowa. We are asking for non-perishable food donations, but DMARC has highlighted the importance of canned meat or peanut butter (proteins), as well as diapers and personal hygiene items. Place donations in the gray bins. Additionally, DMARC can make your monetary donations go a little further than you can at the local grocery store by buying in bulk. Please give monetarily by writing “November Mission of the Month” in your check memo, or give online.. Please give monetarily by writing “November Mission of the Month” in your check memo, or give online (www.ankenyfirst.org/give.htmwww.ankenyfirst.org/give.htm).

  • Senior Connection and Home Communion

    Volunteers Needed!

    We celebrate communion with our church family on the first Sunday of every month. Have you ever stopped to consider those in our church family who can no longer make it to church for some reason? The Christian Care Cluster has launched the Senior Connection Ministry Team to offer visits and Communion to those who can’t be with us. Sharing some time and this holy sacrament in their homes is a wonderful way to extend Christ’s table and to include them in the life of the church. If you know someone who would benefit from a visit, or if you’d like to be a part of this team, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • 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. REGISTER HEREREGISTER HERE
    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 HEREREGISTER 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