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

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TIME SENSITIVE RESPOND OPPORTUNITIES


  • Season of Giving Opportunities

    Find one or more to bless others this Christmas Season

    Season of Giving Opportunities

    Each November and December we compile a list of opportunities to help others during the Christmas Season. We hope you will find one or more of these opportunities as a way to give during this season. Some are simply monetary needs, while others take a little creativity and shopping to complete. Click HERE for a listing.

  • November MISSION OF THE MONTH

    Money for Gift Cards for Trinity/Las Americas UMC Christmas ELL Party

    In the month of November, we are collecting money to purchase Christmas gift cards for the nearly 90 participants of the English Language Learners program at Trinity/Las Americas UMC. This is in place of the "Tubs of Love" we have done in the past. Our goal is to be able to give them all a gift card about the same value as the tubs ($75). 

    Give monetarily by writing “November Mission of the Month” in your check memo, or give online.

  • Monday Community Meals

    Sign up to help!

    MONDAY MEALS We need your help. We do all the meal preparation and serving from the Uptown Fellowship Hall kitchen.

    You can help in a number of different ways.

    • You can buy the items listed on the signup sheet and bring them to church on Sunday, or Monday before the meal.
    • You can provide a wonderful homemade meal of the designated menu item for the week and drop it off hot around 4:00 to 4:15 pm on Monday or a day ahead and put it in the refrigerator and we will warm it up for you. For those of you who like to bake, we need cookies and bars too!
    • Volunteer to help put the items together in the kitchen - no cooking talent needed. Just a willing hand and the ability to put up with a little silliness along the way (Have you met Kate and Rhonda?). This is the Kitchen Prep slot on the signup sheet.
    • Serve the meals to cars that pull up in the parking lot outside Fellowship Hall. You just need the ability to remember the number they tell you and pick up that number of meals from the kitchen and walk back outside. This is the outdoor serving slot on the signup sheet.
    • Donate towards the containers that we serve the meals in - just designate "Monday Meals" with your gift.

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050845ACA62EA13-monday

    It feeds our souls as we feed Ankeny. If you have any questions, please email Kate, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Blood Drives

    January 30

    What a great way to respond to God’s love in our community! Every pint saves or sustains another life! Sign up for our January 30 Blood Drive at our Uptown location, 1:00-6:00pm. Register at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. Questions? Contact Judy Ruble, 515.729.9482.

  • Bidwell Pantry Workdays

    3rd Saturdays of Each Month

    Families Forward's Bidwell Pantry needs our help! United Women in Faith (UWIF) have scheduled a workday for Saturday, December 16 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Projects are available for all ages and abilities from stocking shelves, hanging donated clothing, cleaning, organizing, making kits, etc. Please join our Ankeny First group and see how Bidwell Pantry functions as the largest distribution center in Iowa.

    We will be carpooling from the north Uptown parking lot leaving promptly at 8:30 a.m. Or come and go throughout the mornings as it fits your schedule. Your support and assistance are needed! Address: 1203 Hartford Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315.

    Questions? Mary Johnson (515) 771-5591 from Ankeny First

    VIEW THIS VIDEO to hear more about Bidwell and how they utilize volunteers like you!

  • Families Forward and YMCA Supportive Housing Donations

    Simple donations needed!
    • Help Families Forward with these 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 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 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 HERE.
    • Fourth Tuesdays: Please sign up HERE.

    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 here.

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