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 LINKLINK 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. If you have any thin elastic, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It is in short supply and we know of folks that are waiting on it to make more masks.

  • Habitat For Humanity Events

    sign up for these June events!
    Each year we work with other churches in Ankeny and together have a panel build with Habitat for Humanity to construct homes in the Des Moines area for those who need affordable housing, as well as help with other Habitat projects. The Ankeny Rock the Block will occur on June 11-12, AND the Ankeny Circle of Faith 2020 Panel Build hosted at Prairie Ridge Church will occur on June 12-13. So in addition to helping raise funds to assist Habitat with their building projects for others, we encourage anyone healthy and willing to sign up for these work days.
     
    Register for Rock the Block on June 11-12:
    Register here for the Panel Build at Prairie Ridge Church on June 12-13:

    Safety measures are being incorporated to keep volunteers safe. Details via Habitat for Humanity of Greater Des Moines. Give online to our May Mission of the Month at www.ankenyfirst.org/give.htm.

  • Blood Drive

    Next Date is July 28, 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, July 28, 2020 at our Uptown location, 2:00-5:45pm. Register at www.lifeservebloodcenter.orgwww.lifeservebloodcenter.org. Questions? Contact Judy Ruble, 515.729.9482.

  • Helping Local Agencies

    Bidwell, Impact, YMCA Housing, 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.

    The YMCA Supportive Housing Campus needs assistance, too. They are creating “Comfort at Home” kits, as well as some other needs. Find the list hereFind the list here. Bring donations to the Uptown site and place in marked red bins.

    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. Sunny View would also appreciate donations of bird feeders and hanging flower baskets so the residents have something pretty to look at thru their windows.

  • May MISSION OF THE MONTH

    Habitat for Humanity

    Each year we work with other churches in Ankeny and together have a wall build with Habitat for Humanity to construct homes in the Des Moines area for those who need affordable housing. This year we had planned an additional event to join with them in a "Rock the Block" event to do repairs on homes right here in Ankeny. While the timing of these things may change, we can raise the money needed now. Even through this pandemic, Habitat staff continue to build and repair homes. Simply indicate this on your check memo line by writing "May Mission of the Month" or give on-linegive on-line.

  • 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.

  • 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:
    May 28, 12:00-3:00pm (Please confirm if this is happening first)
    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 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