Respond

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

  • AMOS “Consider, Connect, Create” Workshop

    August 13

    We would love for you to join us for an AMOS workshop to "Consider, Connect, and Create!" The purpose of this one-hour Zoom workshop is to engage people and organizations in conversation about what needs to change in our communities and call to action.

    There are two times for this event, please pick a time you prefer: 11:00am or 7:00pm when registering. You will receive the Zoom link in your registration confirmation email so please keep that for August 13.

    Register here.Register here.

  • Meals in Mission Volunteers at Trinity UMC

    August and September Dates!

    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. They have found they need more help and would like to enlist two to three volunteers from our church.

    The dates they need help with include: Wednesday, August 5; Tuesday, August 25; Wednesday, September 2; and Tuesday, September 22. Volunteers need to bring their own masks, but gloves will be provided when they arrive at 4:00pm and should plan on staying until 5:45pm. 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.

    Questions? Contact Terry Boehlje This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Register here!Register here!

  • 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, 1:00-6:00pm. Register at www.lifeservebloodcenter.orgwww.lifeservebloodcenter.org. Questions? Contact Judy Ruble, 515.729.9482.

  • Malawi Partnership of Hope Golf Outing

    August 22

    Support our Malawi Partnership of Hope mission by inviting your friends to our Malawi Golf Outing, August 22, 2020 at Briarwood Golf Course.

    This year, our 2:00pm start time will allow us to play 18 holes of golf at Briarwood. $75 per person covers the cost of golf and a cart. There will be prizes for best team score.

    Register hereRegister hereIf you have any questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • 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 having a deodorant drive in July. 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.

  • August MISSION OF THE MONTH

    Bright Beginnings Preschool

    Our August focus will be helping Bright Beginnings Preschool. The preschool plans to use the collected funds for getting supplies to help keep the teachers and children safe during the pandemic. Additionally they would like to use the funds to update supplies and manipulative materials in their classrooms, as well as, updated equipment for their courtyard playground area and gross motor equipment. To learn more about Bright Beginnings Preschool, visit their website here. Please give monetarily by writing “August 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..

  • BIDWELL RIVERSIDE

    JOIN US IN 2020 AT BIDWELL RIVERSIDE

    Group volunteering has been canceled for the month of June. The pantry is also still limited to 6-8 volunteers at a time. If you would still like to volunteer, please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know. Volunteers have to be on the schedule ahead of time to ensure there aren't too many people there at a time.

    Volunteers are currently needed to:
    Box up food packages for clients (clients are not allowed to come inside the building yet; we are still doing curb-side service)
    Stock grocery shelves
    Weed and maintain the flower beds and garden
    Sort and organize clothing and household items

  • 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