MISSIONS - How can I help others?

We have Volunteer/Mission opportunities for EVERYONE!


  • United Methodist Women (Searcher's Circle and Faith Circle) - You will find many opportunities to be in mission as a part of a UMW Circle through their participation in the global and local ministries of the church.  The UMW reading program is also available to the women of the UMW.

  • Youth and Adult Mission Trips - travel with other youth and adults for a mission project in another part of the country.  All Jr/Sr high youth and adult chaperones are encouraged to participate in this life changing opportunity to serve.

  • West Des Moines Human Service - we save sample motel-sized bottles of shampoo and bars of soap.  There is a basket in the mission area of St. Andrews Hall for these donations.

  • COG - Church Opportunity Group - sponsors and co-sponsors many annual events for low income families including the monthly personal care item drive.  COG supports the projects of the West Des Moines Human Services Department.

  • Seasonal Missions - the changing seasons bring a number of annual hands-on mission projects.  Some of these include the Back-to-School Fair at CFUM in July and Thanksgiving Ingathering in November, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets and Adopt-A-Family gifts to West Des Moines residents.

  • Quarters - deposit your quarters in the tube at the back of the Sanctuary on the Computer/Sound Cabinet for the Heifer Project.

  • MOVE the Food (Emergency Food Pantry) - the third Sunday of the month is designated Food Pantry Sunday at Valley UMC.  Bring items of non-perishable food anytime and set them in the grocery cart in St. Andrews Hall.  Monetary donations are also accepted.

  • Children and Family Urban Movement Programs (CFUM) - help serve breakfast and play with the children before school (M-F 6:45 - 8:15 a.m.); The Haven - after school fun and helping with homework, one-on-one or in small groups sharing your faith with kids who need some extra TLC; Supper Club - On the 2nd Friday of every month, Valley UMC members buy, prepare and serve a meal at Trinity Church.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the church office or Deb Stensrud or any of the Missions Committee Members.

Valley UMC bought a HEIFER INTL ARK in 2010!!!!


The gift of the Ark sends 15 pairs of animals to places where they are needed most!


2 Camels to help families in Tanzania transport water and earn income.


2 Pigs to help families in the Dominican Republic attain greater self-reliance.


2 Cows to bring milk and income to families in Kosovo.


2 Trios of Rabbits to provide food and income to families in Vietnam.


2 Donkeys to supply animal draft power to families in Zimbabwe.


2 Beehives to help families in Mexico earn money through the sale of honey and beeswax.


2 Sheep to help families in the United States produce wool.


2 Llamas/Alpacas to improve livestock bloodlines and produces wool for families in Bolivia.


2 Flocks of Geese to help families in China better their nutrition and income through the productions of eggs and meat.


2 Goats to help families in Poland provide milk for their children and earn extra income.


2 Oxen to families in Cameroon to help pull plows and carts.


2 Flocks of Chicks to help families in Cambodia improve nutrition and replenish their land.


2 Trios of Ducks to help families in Thailand generate income through the sale of eggs and birds.


2 Trios of Guinea Pigs to help families in Peru add protein to their diets and earn income.


2 Water Buffalo to help families in the Philippines increase rice production through animal draft power .

How much have you been blessed and how are you sharing your gifts?

Valley UMC

Valley United Methodist Church

4201 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
515.225.8128

Office Hours

Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Pastor Ferguson

Is in the church office Mon - Thu or by appt.

Church Office - 515-225-8128
His Cell - 712-790-9738
Parsonage - 515-508-0150

Administration Office Staff

Sheila Madsen
Anne Elly

Location