Respond

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

Use the RESPOND ICON/LINK to see a listing of ONGOING RESPOND ministries and SIGNUP for more information!

TIME SENSITIVE RESPOND OPPORTUNITIES


  • Family Promise Hosting Week

    Sept. 25-Oct. 2

    Volunteers are needed for our September Family Promise week at Faith Chapel!

    Our Family Promise Ministry needs many volunteers for their next hosting week of September 25-Oct.2. We have about 65 slots to fill in order to show hospitality to the families in this program. Grab some people in your small group and volunteer together! Register HEREHERE. Find out more about this organization through their website at https://www.familypromisedm.org/.https://www.familypromisedm.org/.

  • Friends of Len Pallas Malawi Golf Tournament

    October 11

    We hope you will join us for a day of golf with all proceeds going to the Malawi Partnership of Hope in memory of Len Pallas. For many years, Len donated his time and resources to improving the lives of the people of Malawi, Africa, and we want to continue his legacy of providing financial support to this mission.

    The outing will be held on Tuesday, October 11, at Briarwood Golf Club. This is a four-person best ball, with tee times starting at 11:00 AM. Cost is $75 per player, which includes green fees and cart rental, and is payable at the event. Checks should be made payable to Ankeny First United Methodist Church, memo: Malawi Partnership of Hope.

    The registration form is below and should be sent to Steve Burkheimer, 331 Aaron Lane, Ankeny, IA 50021. Or, you can call Steve to register at 515-689-3350.

    Donations for prizes and gift cards for drawings would be appreciated also.

    Download & Print Registration Form Here.

  • Habitat for Humanity Panel Build

    October 29

    Register today! On Saturday, October 29, we will be hosting a Habitat for Humanity panel build at the Christian Life Center and will need many volunteers! Join Ankeny Circle of Faith and Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity to build the walls to a future home in just one day! Please see the task descriptions below and sign up for your desired shift. No experience? No problem. Habitat construction managers will teach you anything you need to know on-site!

    • The Set-up Crew will unload the truck and set up various workstations for the day.
    • Wall Builders will assemble the wall panels, which may include the use of various tools, such as saws, routers, and hammers.
    • The Cleanup Crew will pick up tools, debris, and building materials and help load the truck.
    • Ankeny Circle of Faith Panel Build Registration LinkRegistration Link

    Must be 16+ to volunteer. Students ages16-17 must volunteer with an adult age 21+ with a maximum of 4 students per 1 adult supervisor. Questions? Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 515-471-8686 x107.

  • INGATHERING KITS

    LET'S MAKE & COLLECT KITS

    This fall we are asking you to donate complete Student Kits (August and September) and Personal Dignity kits (October). These kits can be brought to Uptown and the CLC and placed in the marked bins. They all need to be delivered by November 1 so they can be taken to one of the collection sites in Iowa and then taken to Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Pawnee, IL. From there, they will be distributed domestically wherever they are needed! Instructions can be found below.

    Student Kit Video InstructionStudent Kit Video Instruction

    Personal Dignity Kit Video InstructionPersonal Dignity Kit Video Instruction

  • September MISSION OF THE MONTH

    Snacks for Ankeny Schools

    Our September Mission of the Month is to collect snacks for Ankeny schools so staff can keep them on hand for students. Low-income families will already be struggling with the additional cost of lunches this year, and it is not likely they will be able to send the allowed/optional snacks to school with their children. Therefore, we will be helping stock up on extra snacks for the kids. They have requested chewy granola bars, Craisins, yogurt-covered raisins, Wheat Thins, Goldfish crackers, Cheez-Its, GoGo SqueeZ, dried fruit, or other similar items (please no nuts or peanut butter items.) Place donations in the gray Mission of the Month bins at the CLC or Uptown. Amazon Wish List herehere.

    Please give monetarily this month by writing “September Mission of the Month” in your check memo, or give online (www.ankenyfirst.org/give.htmwww.ankenyfirst.org/give.htm).

  • CLC Worship Team

    Attention Singers & Musicians!

    Do you have a passion for leading others in worship? We value our worship team volunteers and would love for you to join us. Whether you have a musical talent or want to serve behind the scenes - we have a place for you! Click here to get involved. Click here to get involved.Click here to get involved.

  • Bidwell and YMCA Supportive Housing Donations

    Simple donations needed!
    • Help Bidwell with urgent needs! They immediately need used plastic grocery bags (or any kind of grocery bags) for the food pantry AND laundry detergent pods.
    • Most needed donations for YMCA Supportive Housing right now! Toilet paper, plastic trash bags (13 gallon), and gently used silverware (especially forks).

    Bring all items to the Uptown site and place them in the marked bins in the "old" library.

  • Make Care Kits for Local Agencies

    It's a simple way to respond!

    Find instructions HEREHERE!

  • Blood Drive

    Next Date is September 27

    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, September 27, 2022 at our Uptown location, 1:00-6:00pm. Register at www.lifeservebloodcenter.orgwww.lifeservebloodcenter.org. Questions? Contact Judy Ruble, 515.729.9482.

  • Monday Evening Community Meal

    Sign-Up

    Thank you, to all who have donated, served, or delivered for our Monday Night Community Meal over the past months. None of this would happen without all those who have taken the time to help! There are approximately 150 meals being served each Monday to those in our community who may not otherwise have a hot, home-cooked meal that night. Deliveries are being made to a number of apartment complexes primarily serving our older generations for a total of 100 meals. Interested in helping? Sign up here.Sign up here.

  • MEALS IN MISSION

    YOU CAN ALWAYS HELP!

    Volunteers Needed for Meals We Serve to Des Moines Agencies

    YMCA Supportive Housing Meal Eight volunteers are needed each 3rd Tuesday of the month to manage a meal for the residents of the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus in Des Moines. The eight volunteers share the duties of meal prep, serving and clean-up. You are needed by 5:45pm and you will be finished up by 7:45pm. If you are brand new to this mission opportunity, there will be people there to assist you and get you going with needed tasks. Sign up hereSign up here.

    Trinity Supper Club Meals: First Wednesdays AND Fourth Tuesdays
    A team of volunteers meets at the Christian Life Center to prepare meals and deliver them to Trinity Las Americas in downtown Des Moines, which goes to the community and after-school children. To make that happen, we need you! There are opportunities to bake cookies, prep meals, or deliver meals.

    • First Wednesdays: Please sign up HEREHERE.
    • Fourth Tuesdays: Please sign up HEREHERE.

    Central Iowa Shelter & Services Meal Join us as we serve a meal for our neighbors at Central Iowa Homeless Shelter in Des Moines on the 21st of each month. This is a wonderful way to respond to God's love and command to love our neighbors. There are opportunities to help with serving the meal, and driving the food and helpers down to the shelter. Find more information and register hereregister here.

    Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Ankeny First United Methodist Church
206 SW Walnut Ankeny, Iowa 50023
515-964-4249