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  • prayer-man A Day of Prayer - Saturday, August 29 has been set aside to give you an opportunity to spend time with the Lord in prayer. We will begin at 9 a.m. with a few quiet praise songs to help our focus turn from our daily lives to seeking the presence of God. The first hour will then be spent in quiet, personal prayer. - The altar will remain open during the day for those who want to kneel and pray but at 10 a.m., the altar team will be available for those wanting others to pray for spe-cific needs.We have not chosen a specific focus for the 11 and 12 o’clock hours. Watch your bulletin for an update on these hours. - At 1 p.m. we’ve planned a prayer walk around part of our Stone School neighborhood. When we return to the church, we ask that you focus your prayers on revival for the city of Saginaw. The church will remain open for those who choose not to walk and pray. - Our last session begins at 2 p.m. We will open up the first half-hour for shared praises and prayer requests. The last half-hour will be a time for sharing any insights or words received from the Lord during this day of prayer. - Babysitters will be provided from 9 a.m. to noon only. Please join us in praying for our church, our city, our na-tion. Come when you can and stay as long as you... More →
  • recycle pms1787 Crop Walk Awareness - Some things you need to know about our local Crop Walk and the efforts of Church World Service … - We believe that there is enough food, water and jus-tice for everyone in our world. CWS has worked for nearly seven decades with one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. - We are making an impact togetherCWS works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. - Recent accomplishments… - 14,228 refugees from sub-Saharan Africa resettled to the United States in fiscal year 2014. - More than $2.5 million in material goods supplied for disaster relief in the past year. - More than 22,000 people in Southeast Asia have im-proved access to food, water and sanitation. - There are many, many individual stories on the CWS website,, that can be found under Stories of Change. I encourage you to take a look and be amazed at where and how our local Crop Walk funds are being put to work locally, nationally and internationally. - The Saginaw Crop Walk for 2015 is on Sunday, October 11. Please join... More →
  • date_time_preferences Woops! - Yes, the alarm is working again at Ames. Recently a group of runners (nationwide event for Cancer Awareness) stayed overnight at the church and they accidentally tripped the alarm. - In the future, seek permission to host an event at Ames (inside or outside on church property) first in the church office. The church calendar is checked to make sure the date requested is available. Many events are granted permission by the office when they are first requested. A few requests, from outside groups, are forwarded from the office to the trustees for their approval. Once the event is cleared and on the calendar, it is announced to all either directly or through the bulletin and newsletter calendar. All events need a cur-rent member on site during building or grounds use. - If an event is happening at night and will exceed time beyond when the alarm is set, Roberta or Brian Gulliver will notify the alarm... More →
  • Picnic-Basket Women’s Picnic - Our United Methodist Women are holding their an-nual fall Kick-off Picnic on Wednesday, August 19 at 11 a.m. All women, whether members of the UMW or not, are invited to come. Bring a dish to pass and every-thing else will be provided. - The picnic will be held at Lake View Park on Lawn-dale at McCarty Road across from Hemmeters Farm Market. Take Lake Blvd. west to the clubhouse.,-84.0355148,17z - If you get lost, call 220-7257 for directions. Come and relax, eat and enjoy the company of the women at... More →
  • Ames Logo square New logo! - Congratulations to David Marr who won the “New Logo” contest. His was one of many great submissions from some of our members and we appreciate all who shared their creative ideas with the Communications... More →
  • handbell Joy Bells - Do you enjoy music? - Looking for something fun to do? - Does the sound of hand bells give you a thrill? - Well, now YOU can learn to ring hand bells. - On August 20th and 27th, Bev will hold a workshop for anyone who has an interest in ringing hand bells. - You will be taught simple ringing techniques and learn to play some simple songs together. - You will be offered a chance to join the Joy Bells, but there is no obligation to do so unless you want to. - In order to prepare for you, Bev would like to know who is planning to be there. - Please call Bev at 792-9517 or e-mail her at - Come join the... More →
  • Backpack for Kids Backpacks for kids - Would you like to help a young child start the school year well-supplied? The Lo-cal Missions team will collect school supplies and back-packs and distrib-ute them on Au-gust 23. Please bring your dona-tions to the collection area in the lower lobby by August 16. If you know a child who could use help with school supplies, fill out an application at the information table in the lower lobby. Items needed include pencils, cray-ons, colored pencils, glue sticks, safety scissors, folders, notebook paper, backpacks, highlighter markers, rulers, pencil boxes and index cards. See Susan Martinez (401-1911 or 274-4899) for... More →
  • 70043923 Summer Island Mission - There is much that has happened since I wrote to you last from Mackinaw Island. Relationships have devel-oped to the point where we as a group have been in po-sition to collectively share the good news of Jesus Christ with at least 20 people over the last three weeks. One girl, Jackie, whom many in our group have had interac-tions with since the very beginning of the summer, has confirmed to us that she has accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was interested in having a conversation about baptism. Praise the Lord! Please be praying for her continued growth and for wisdom on our part to guide her where God is leading her in her journey with Him. A guy with whom a few of the guys in our group have been interacting has said he desires for Jesus to be Lord of his life, but to my knowledge he has not yet made that decision. Pray that God will lead him in this decision-making process. - There are others, such as Maggie, Amelia, Domingo, Gary, and more, with whom we have shared the gospel and are continuing to follow up about it. Pray for these conversations which have yet to take place; pray for sof-tened hearts and open minds to discuss and hopefully receive the best gift that's ever been offered. - The LORD is moving mightily, and it is a joy and an honor to witness and to be a part of it. Please also pray with us that these good fruits of the summer will pro-duce more fruit in the months and years to come. - To further His Kingdom, - Michael... More →
  • 26 Our 2015 Neighborhood Fest - Food - Friends - Dancing - Balloons - Magic - Come again next... More →
  • Upcoming Events August Events - UMW Kick off Picnic - Wednesday, Aug. 19 @ 11am - Hand Bell Workshop - Thursdays, Aug. 20 & 27 @ 5:30pm - Day of Prayer - Saturday, Aug. 29 @ 9am -... More →
  • prayer-man A Day of Prayer - Join us for a day of prayer Saturday, August 29, 9am to 3pm. When fall gets here or schedules and calendars fill up quickly with events that often leave very little time for meditation and prayer. The Day of Prayer, at Ames, offers you a chance to step out of your daily life and take time to recommit or seek the Lord's guidance and direction before fall begins. Come and pray for an hour or more. It will be good for your... More →
  • A1pdPlPHDbL._SL1500_ Corn Toss Tournament - Sponsored by State Street UMC on Saturday, August 1. Players must be 10 years or older. Teams (of 2 players) are guaranteed 2 matches. Entry fee: $20 for ages 10-14, $30 for ages 15 & up. Entry forms (available in church lobby) need to be turned in by July 28 at the church. See flier in lower... More →
  • computers for africa Computers for Africa - The Drive Ministry is going international with laptops going to Kenya, Africa! We are also starting a new part-nership with VIM (Volunteers in Missions) through the UMC to send computers/laptops to schools in need in... More →
  • building-fund-flyer Ames Building Fund What is it? - Trustees Ministry - Download printable flyer... More →

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Ames is a multi-cultural church located in the heart of Saginaw, working to serve the Lord through our community.  With a passion to see the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ renew our lives and flood our city, we are diligently seeking God’s truth, His refuge and His vision for Saginaw. Please join us to see what the Lord has in store for you!   Ames United Methodist Church - FaithStreet On homepage, link to church Facebook pageSermon-Podcast Obituaries/ Monthly Calendar Full ScreenView Calendar Full Screen SUNDAY WORSHIP TIMES 8:45 Traditional worship music 10:00 Small groups & coffee 11:00 Contemporary worship music

“Called to remain in the city of Saginaw, Ames UMC is a thriving Christian community committed to Jesus Christ and to each other, applying our faith through words and works for the transformation of lives and the revival of the city, all to the glory of God”