The Bible tells us that, after Peter professed his love for Jesus, Jesus instructed him to “feed my sheep.” We know that all people on earth are loved children of God, and so we look for ways to live that love in our communities and beyond. We were an early supporter of the Ankeny BackPack Project, supporting hungry kids in the Ankeny Schools with backpacks filled with foods and a charter member of the Des Moines Area Religious Council, which runs 16 food pantries in greater Des Moines, including in Ankeny.
Our Sunday School frequently visits local retirement communities (like Mill-Pond, across the street) to sing and visit with residents, and we have a community garden that produces fresh fruit and vegetables for people living on fixed incomes. For those we know have need of tangible symbols of the love of God, we offer prayer shawls.
In the fall, we have an active team in the annual Hunger Hike and every quarter we host a sandwich club to supply lunches for the Bethel Mission in Des Moines (which is also a lot of fun! look at the top of the page).
Our commitment to the state and national settings of the United Church of Christ leads us to support UCC camps at Pilgrim Heights in Montour, to respond to calls from the UCC’s Global Ministries for help across the globe and to be one of the UCC’s proud Five for Five churches, participating in each of the five denominational offerings every year.
But we know that opportunities to serve sometimes strike us suddenly, and so we are always listening for the voice of God inspiring us to do something new. This past year, that has manifested itself in a mens’ clothing drive to provide interview suits to a halfway house, in our Heifer International Lenten Sunday School project, in raising money for Doctors Without Borders and
UCC Global Mininstries work in Botswana and in a brand-new
youth quilting program (a chance to pass on a storied tradition in the church while offering hope and comfort!). Come, serve with us