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  • Ankeny Summer Love Lunches Program

    Summer Volunteer Opportunity

    Love Lunches is a program that will run from June 3 through August 22 this year. Our church, along with five other churches, supports the Sunset Park location. Love Lunches needs your support: Sign up to help prepare or serve lunches at http://bit.ly/lovelunchsignuphttp://bit.ly/lovelunchsignup.. Volunteer descriptions are available at this link. Serve as Sunset Park Meal Site Leader for five days this summer. Training provided. Donate individually wrapped snack items: mini muffins, goldfish, granola/Nutri-Grain bars, 100% juice boxes, graham/animal crackers, or fruit/applesauce cups. Take items to the Uptown south kitchen and mark “Love Lunches.” Contact Holly Szcodronski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional info or to volunteer as the Sunset Park Meal Site Leader.

  • Church-Wide Work Days

    July 26 & July 27

    Volunteers Needed for a Church Property Work Day! The Board of Trustees is inviting small groups, families, and individuals to join them Fri., July 26, 8:00am-3:00pm and Sat., July 27 8:00am-1:00pm to respond in service to help care for the needs of our church properties. It’s a great way to give your time and talents on several church-wide projects including cleaning, grounds-keeping, painting, construction, etc. Watch for a detailed project list and tools needed, on our Facebook page the week of the event. Please check in at the Uptown Fellowship during the event for project assignments at all three sites.

  • UMW Annual Rummage Sale

    August 2-3

    As you work on your spring cleaning and summer organization, please set aside your gently used items for the all-church rummage sale on August 2-3 at the CLC.

    Donations Accepted:
    Wednesday, July 31 from 1 pm to 7 pm
    Thursday, August 1 from 8 am to 2 pm

    Sale Times:
    Friday, August 2nd from 7 am to 8 am with $5 entrance fee
    Friday, August 2nd from 8 am to 5 pm
    Saturday, August 3rd from 8 am to noon (all items 1/2 price except boutique and bake sale)

    Needs:
    Bake Sale Items
    Quality CLEAN donations
    Volunteers (see link or contact Kate or Melody)
    Publicity - help us spread the word!
    Pick up trucks
    Shoppers

    Not accepted:
    Appliances
    Exercise Equipment
    Tube TVs
    Computers
    Christmas items
    Broken or dirty items

    Proceeds: Bidwell Riverside Center, Hawthorne Hill, and other local missionsIf you have questions about the rummage sale, please email either Melody Auten (
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Kate Pauly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

    Register here to volunteer!

  • JULY MISSION OF THE MONTH

    School Supply Kits

    In July, we will focus on getting school supplies for students for humanitarian relief. We will be collecting "Student School Kits" that will be sent to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Illinois.

    Items needed for the kits:
    3 notebooks - 1 subject, spiral 8"/10 1/2", wide ruled
    1 pair student round tip scissors
    1 12" ruler with metric
    1 box 24 crayons
    1 pencil eraser (pink) 2" or larger
    1 pencil sharpener
    1 box 12 colored pencils
    6 unsharpened pencils

    Place in cloth bags (until all are used) and then use the provided plastic bags. We will need $2 for shipping costs that can be turned into the offices, our lock boxes or in the offering plate. Thank you!

  • Blood Drive

    July 23

    Blood Drive Challenge Our next blood drive will be July 23 in our Uptown Fellowship Hall from 2:00-6:00pm. The Christian Care Cluster would like to offer up a challenge! For every pint of blood collected over 20 pints (which is our average), we will donate funds toward the Ankeny school lunch debt. What a great way to respond to God’s love in our community! For every pint of blood donated, three lives can be saved or sustained. For every pint of blood over our average donated we will help feed hungry children in our local schools. Register at www.lifeservebloodcenter.orgwww.lifeservebloodcenter.org. Questions? Contact Judy Ruble, 515.729.9482. 

  • BIDWELL RIVERSIDE WORK DAYS

    JOIN US IN 2018 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. Watch for more details as the dates approach. Questions can be directed to Pam Zivley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

    2019 Dates:
    July 30 (noon-3:00pm)
    August 29 (noon-3:00pm)
    September 30 (9:30-12:30)
    October 26 (8:30-11:30)
    November 26 (12:30-3:30)
    December 27 (9:30-12:30)

  • 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.
    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