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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.

  • VBS Volunteers

    We still have lots of spots available!

    This year’s VBS theme is “Roar! Life Is Wild—God Is Good!” Kids (3 years-4th grade) will enjoy Wild Bible Discovery, Sing & Play ROAR! Music, Stampede Sports, Critter Creation Crafts, Hungry Herd Cafe, KidVid Cinema—and more! $20 for this week of fun ! Evenings—June 16-20 (6:00-8:30pm); Mornings—June 17-21 (9:00am-noon). Location is at our Uptown site. Register by June 2.

    Volunteers needed! We need many helpers for this week in June. Sign up here!

  • Soccer Concession Stand Volunteers

    Mondays and Tuesdays in June

    We are looking for concession stand servers this June for our Kids Soccer League at the Christian Life Center. Our concession stand provides hospitality and helps with the stress of dinner for families on soccer evenings.

    Sign up here!

    Additionally, we have a few spots left for coaching. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you're interested.

  • MAY MISSION OF THE MONTH

    Foster Squad Donations

    Foster families provide so much to our communities most vulnerable children and the Foster SQUAD wants to do everything we can to support these families in this important endeavor. The Foster SQUAD will help pair new foster families in Polk County with seasoned Foster SQUAD trained families. We provide new families with a meal and supplies (diapers, formula, clothes, basic hygiene essentials, gift cards, etc.) when they get their first placement, as most children come to a new foster home with just the clothes on their backs. Foster families do get a stipend when children are placed in their homes, but is not nearly enough to cover all the things these children need. For your donations, please find a Mission of the Month envelope, or write “May Mission of the Month” on your check.

  • Malawi Partnership Of Hope Golf Outing

    June 1

    The Malawi Partnership of Hope Team is sponsoring a Golf Outing on June 1, at 2:00pm at Briarwood Golf Course in Ankeny. Proceeds from this event will support Malawi Partnership of Hope initiatives. The cost for the outing is $70/person and covers golfing and the use of a cart. Invite your friends, as there will be prizes awarded! This is a simple way to have fun and raise money to ensure our Partnership of Hope remains strong into the future. Register on our website www.AnkenyFirst.org.

  • HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WALL BUILD

    JUNE 1

    Ankeny Circle of Faith Panel Build Registration is open for our June 1 Habitat for Humanity panel wall build. It will be held at Prairie Ridge Church and ALL are encouraged to help—don’t think you are not qualified! The walls will be used in a ranch-style home in Des Moines, so join in this initial step to get someone’s new home started.

    Register today!

  • Blood Drive

    May 28

    Blood Drive Challenge Our next blood drive will be May 28 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:
    May 31 (9:30-12:30)
    June 26 (noon-3:00pm)
    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