Respond

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

  • Malawi Partnership of Hope

    Interested in going on the summer trip?

    Is God calling you to respond to the needs of others? Representatives from our church have traveled to Malawi each year since 2009 to worship and connect with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Malawi. This ministry is appropriately named the Partnership of Hope, as it is a ministry of presence and encouragement. We are currently filling spots for our 2020 team, which will travel to Malawi from June 27 to July 11. Please consider joining our team as a way to respond to the gifts God has given you. Deadline is February 1. For more information, contact Len Pallas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Joel Fox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • 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.

  • 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 Challenge

    Next Date is March 24, 2020

    For every pint of blood over 20 pints (which is our average), the Christian Care Cluster will donate money to Ankeny Community Schools FUEL (Filling Up Every Learner) account. This allows students with lunch account balances of negative $50 or more to access money for a meal. What a great way to respond to God’s love in our community! Our next blood drive will be on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at our Uptown location, 2:00-5:45pm. Register at www.lifeservebloodcenter.orgwww.lifeservebloodcenter.org. Questions? Contact Judy Ruble, 515.729.9482.

  • February MISSION OF THE MONTH

    Personal Care Items

    This month we are collecting personal care items for two familiar agencies: Bidwell Riverside in Des Moines and Impact in Ankeny. Personal care items are often running short for their clients so let's help! Bring your items to the gray Mission of the Month bins at any worship location, or give monetarily by writing "February Mission of the Month" on your check memo or giving on-line. (Items needed: shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant, disposable razors, feminine hygiene products, liquid or bar soap, travel size toiletries, lotion, baby diapers and wipes, and adult diapers.)

  • 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