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

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  • Experience Midwest Mission

     August 27 at the Christian Life Center

    Help Midwest Mission pack 8,400 rice meal bags that will feed 50,400 people in Ukraine. This Ankeny event is open to anyone wanting to participate in a hands-on mission event, but we get the pleasure of hosting the activity at the CLC. All meals will be sent to Ukrainian refugees. Register to volunteer in one-hour shifts HEREHERE. The event will run from 8:00am-4:00pm so there are plenty of slots to choose from! For more details, click herehere. Please spread the word to your family and friends!


    Donations for New Horizons Adult Day Center

    Our August Mission of the Month is helping New Horizons Adult Day Center. This is a day-hab facility for adults who are physically and/or cognitively challenged. The clients look forward to their days at New Horizons, and their caregivers get a much-needed break. New Horizons began in this church, and we have always had close connections with them. Our gifts will be beneficial in continuing this much-needed service. 

    Please give monetarily this month by writing “August Mission of the Month” in your check memo, or give online (

  • 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 Questions? Contact Judy Ruble, 515.729.9482.

  • Summer Sunday School Teachers

    We need you at the CLC!

    The summer months are upon us already! Kids may be out of school for summer break but Sunday School will still be going strong this summer! The lessons and materials are provided for you each week and you simply show up and lead the children through the lesson. Each lesson consists of an icebreaker or introduction, a Bible story, discussion questions, a craft, and a game. The materials are prepped and ready to go each week so there is no outside preparation time other than to familiarize themselves with the scripture for the week and review the instructions.

    You can sign up to teach one Sunday, once a month, or however many you want! Register HEREHERE. We hope you will consider helping our kids grow in their faith this summer!

  • Monday Evening Community Meal


    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.



    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.

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Ankeny First United Methodist Church
206 SW Walnut Ankeny, Iowa 50023