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Adult Mission Trip to Cuba

On June 15-21, 2019 our mission adult mission team took a trip to Cuba. We returned to the same church that we visited in January 2017.

The goals for our mission was to renew connections between our two congregations through fellowship and shared worship experiences.  To support the Cuban people in their struggle to grow their church in a challenging environment.  And to learn and experience the Cuban culture and share our stories of successes and challenges faced by our church.  We had great success.

2019 Hunger Hike a Huge Success

Sixteen walkers gathered in downtown Des Moines to support the 2019 Hunger Hike.  These walkers contributed over $5000 gathered from our church family to feed the hungry of Des Moines. 

The 2018 Hunger Hike

The results are in from the Hunger Hike last fall. Our church raised $6768.99. This was the largest donation from any church or organization. Thank you to everyone who walked and/or donated money. Many people will be blessed by your generosity.

Despite the cold wet weather, at least 21 members of our church walked in the Hunger Hike. It is the best turnout that we have had in a long time! Many thanks to all the walkers and sponsors. Our church is a strong supporter every year. We are making a difference in helping the food insufficient in many areas.

Mission Donation of the Month

The Missions Team is recommending a mission donation of the month – one food item for the Food Pantry and one non-food item for other groups. These are small items that we invite you to bring and donate each Sunday. This fall’s recommended donations:
January – Blankets for UBFM & Hot Cereal
February – Granola Bars & Toilet Paper
March – Pasta & Men’s Deodorant
April – Bar Soap/Shower Gel & Chunky or Canned Soups
May –  Shampoo & Canned Fruit
June – Feminine Products & Canned Seafood (Tuna, Salmon, etc)
July – Peanut Butter & Toothpaste
August – Diapers, Cereal & School Supplies
September – Pasta, Spaghetti Sauce & Deodorant
October – Bar Soap/Shower Gel & Beans, Rice
November – Toilet Paper & Thanksgiving Groceries
December – Warm Socks & Christmas Groceries

Touching Lives with Change (TLC)

Each Sunday change that is placed in the collection plate will be donated to charity.  The schedule for donations for 2018 is:
January – Strong Missions – Costa Rica
February – Bidwell Riverside
March – Hope Ministries
April – Habitat for Humanity
May – United Methodist Commission on Relief (UMCOR)
June – Church Outreach Group (COG)
July – Hillside Elementary
August – Hunger Hike
September – Meals from the Heartland
October – Bidwell Riverside
November – DMARC Food Pantry
December – Christmas Collection


Changing lives outside the church through service and generosity.

“You shall open wide your hand to your brother” – Deuteronomy 15:11


Shelter                              (focus for March-May)

We support groups that help bring affordable housing and support to those without sufficient housing.


UMCOR http://www.umcor.org/

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR’s goal is to alleviate human suffering whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster with open minds and hearts to all people. The UMCOR Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana is the headquarters for UMCOR relief supply operations. The Iowa Ingathering helps provide the approximately $4 million in supplies shipped from Sager Brown each year. Sue Smith from our church travels to Sager Brown each winter to help inspect and ship kits!By donating kit supplies or financial gifts to purchase the supplies, you make a direct and tangible difference in sustaining people’s lives.

Contact – Sue Smith, 515-208-0844, nursesuesmith@gmail.com

• Habitat for Humanity

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity https://www.gdmhabitat.org/

WDMUMC will come together on Saturday, September 29th to build a house for a family in need.  This event welcomes every person in the church to lend a hand whether it is by swinging a hammer, pushing a broom, passing out water cups, or by assisting with serving the noontime meal.  At the completion of the day WDMUMC will have completed construction of the interior and exterior walls, allowing rapid assembly at their final destination; aka a home for a family in need.

Contact: Colleen Kummet, 515-802-8953, colleen.kummet@gmail.com


TINY HOUSE http://www.joppa.org/tiny-home-villages/

The WDMUMC tiny house project is working with Joppa to build a tiny house for individuals who are currently homeless and desire permanent residence.  The homeless are a group that are often unable to obtain permanent housing and therefore unable to break out of the homelessness cycle.  We will assemble numerous times over the summer and fall in small groups of 4-6 and work on the complete construction of this tiny home.  All are invited to participate, however, some parts of the build may preclude some from participating secondary to physical requirements.


Contact information Gary Kummet, 515-344-0986,  gkummet@gmail.com 

• Hope Ministries

Hope Ministries

Hope Ministries has been serving people in need in central Iowa since 1915. They provide food, clothing, shelter and life recovery programs for men, women and children out of seven ministry centers around Des Moines. Their mission is to “rescue those who are homeless, hungry, abused or addicted, providing opportunities for hope, recovery and restoration through the love of Jesus Christ.” Our youth participate in Hope Ministries’ annual “Make-A-Bed and Keep ‘Em Feed” program, taking residents new sheets and pillows, food, hygiene supplies and notes of encouragement. At the end of the evening, they hear testimonials of men who have been deeply impacted by Hope Ministries.

Contact – Darin Woodward, 515-778-2586, dewoodward@live.com

Community                      (focus for June-August)

We support our neighbors and community with our gifts, Friendship, time and prayer.

• Hillside Reading Buddies


Volunteers enjoy reading with a student once a week for thirty minutes at Hillside Elementary, our neighborhood school.

Contact – Shirley Riley, 515-225-3710, srileywdm@aol.com or Christy McCoy, 515-238-9870, mccoymc22@gmail.com

• Adult Mission Trips

Adult Mission Trips

Detroit 2018www.motownmission.org

June 24-30, 2018 eleven adults from our church will be traveling to Detroit, Michigan to do economic recovery work with the Motown Mission organization. Deeply rooted in Wesleyan Theology, Motown Mission began as a United Methodist organization and continues to maintain the connection to the contemporary UMC’s commitment to grace, mission, and service as a means for individual and communal transformation.

Contact – Marnie Stein, 515-306-3043, marniestein@msn.com

Cuba 2019https://www.prayingpelicanmissions.org/

WDMUMC is planning a one-week visit to our friends at a church in Matanzas, Cuba in June 2019.  We had previously visited this church in January 2017 and wish to continue the Christian fellowship that we established with that trip. The ability to speak Spanish or perform physical labor is not necessary—just a willingness to embrace our neighbors and share Christ’s love.  If you are interested in participating or supporting this trip, please contact Mike Powers, 515-494-3327 , mjpowers1@yahoo.com

• Ingathering

Ingathering https://www.iaumc.org/thanksgivingingathering

The Thanksgiving Ingathering is a way for Iowa United Methodists to address hunger problems locally and around the world. Micah 6:8 says that the Lord requires us ‘To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ In 2017, Iowa United Methodists contributed nearly $1 million through the Ingathering program. This year we hope to reach our goal of $1 million. Projects for 2018 are: Church World Service, Self-Help International, Heifer International, UMCOR Depot and Mobility Worldwide, formerly known as Personal Energy Transportation, P.E.T. This year Ingathering will be held on Saturday, November 3 in Greenfield, Iowa. We would love to have you join us or donate kits.

Contact – Sue Smith, 515-208-0844, nursesuesmith@gmail.com

• Women at the Well

Women at the Well – http://www.womenatthewellumc.org

Women at the Well is a United Methodist congregation located within the walls of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, in Mitchellville, Iowa. West Des Moines UMC has pledged our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness in support of Women at the Well for a three-year period. In pledging our support, we express solidarity with the women incarcerated by the State of Iowa, and also become part of the foundation which assures the sustainability of our ministry into the future.

Contact – Sandy Smith, 515-267-8986, slsmith629@gmail.com or Mark Willson, 515-779-5560, mawillson@icloud.com

• Church Outreach Group (COG)

Churches Outreach Group www.churchesoutreach.org.

Churches Outreach Group (COG) is a coalition of 11 churches in West Des Moines.  We are Churches united in Christian service to the community. Janis Hill is our representative on COG. Opportunities to serve include donating school supplies in the fall, donating Thanksgiving food baskets and being a chaperone on COG’s annual Christmas Shopping Spree.

Contact – Janis Hill, 515-222-0084, jadhill@q.com

• Crafts for a Cause

Crafts for a Cause

Crafts for a Cause is a group of people who meet the first Saturday of each month to make a craft to share with others. We have shared our projects with many organizations including retirement homes, Amanda the Panda, Ronald McDonald house, animal rescue, school (special needs project), homeless, and projects for our church members. Anyone is welcome to join us at any time.

Contact – Flo Tenney, 515-223-4580, ftenney@mchsi.com

Hunger & Clothing             (focus for Sept-Dec)

We help feed and clothe our friends and neighbors in our city, our country, and our world.


Des Moines area religious council (DMARC) –

With important programs to feed, assist and nurture the needs of greater Des Moines, the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) works with over 125 member congregations from four different faith traditions to meet basic human needs for the greater Des Moines community.  Our church supports DMARC with financial gifts as well as donations of food items. We also volunteer at the food pantry warehouse and at Bidwell Riverside, which is one of DMARC’s food pantries.

Contact – Paul Gesell, 515-221-1769, pges1@q.com

• Little Free Pantry

Little Free Pantry – https://www.facebook.com/littlefreepantry/

The Little Free Pantry is located in the east parking lot facing Grand Avenue and is filled with free food for our friends and neighbors that are food insecure. Open on nights and weekends, no questions asked, The Little Free Pantry fills gaps in service provided by organizations with operating hours and/or requiring paperwork/documentation. It also encourages community and love for neighbor. You may provide direct support to The Little Free Pantry in two ways. Purchase items when grocery shopping and place items either inside the pantry or in the Donation Station on the first floor.

Contact – Jane Beeman, 515-223-0120, turtlejcb@aol.com

• Bidwell Riverside

BIDWELL RIVERSIDE – www.bidwellriverside.org

This Methodist based food/clothing pantry is located on the south side of Des Moines.  Opportunities include helping clients shop for their food/clothing/personal items, putting the donations out, donating items by putting them in the bins on the lower level of the church, shopping for supplies to donate to the center

Contact – Jane Beeman, 515-223-0120, turtlejcb@aol.com

• Meals from the Heartland

Meals from the Heartland – https://mealsfromtheheartland.org/

Click the link below to go to the church’s Meals from the Heartland webpage with complete information about our activities with this organization.

Contact – Mike Powers, 515-225-7048, mjpowers1@yahoo.com

• Hunger Hike

HUNGER HIKE – www.hungerhike.org

Join hundreds of walkers as we raise money and awareness for the hungry.  This fun, the family-friendly walk is Sunday, October 14, 2018, in the afternoon.  This will be the 50th annual Hunger Hike. Our goal is to have 50 people from our church participate in the hike.

Contact – Jane Beeman, 515-223-0120, turtlejcb@aol.com or Paul Gesell, 515-221-1769, pges1@q.com

• Midweek Refuel and Booster Paks

Midweek Refuel and BOOSTER PAK

Midweek Refuel (formerly known as Wednesday Night Live) serves dinners on Wednesday evenings, with a free will offering. All proceeds from the dinners go to Booster Pak of West Des Moines, who provides weekend and summer weekend nutritional supplements for qualifying school-age children. We are concentrating on Booster Paks for Hillside Elementary and the Legion Park Summer distribution site. If you would like to help a dinner team prepare and serve a weekly meal, many hands are needed!


Booster Pak notifies us when they need a weekly packing crew to stuff Paks for distribution. Add your name to the volunteer list. The time commitment is about 1 1/2 hours and the usual day is Thursday morning.


Contact – Janet Hayes, 515-987-2028,  gramclose@gmail.com

Need Affordable Housing?

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is looking to partner with families and individuals who are in need of affordable housing. We provide affordable homeownership opportunities to those with low or moderate income. In August, we will host a series of meetings where interested persons can learn more and apply for our homeownership program. Are you willing to work with us to help distribute our opportunity to those who may need it?  Click picture for more information.