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  • Holy-Week - Palm Sunday Services 8:45am & 11 am - Maundy Thursday: Contemplative Service 7pm - Music, message and communion - Good Friday: 1 pm “The Passion of the Rose” - Easter Sunday: Youth led Sunrise Service 7 am Breakfast 8 am - Traditional Service 8:45... More →
  • cross-and-flame-color-858 New Logo Competition - Team considers a New Logo for Ames UMC. If your entry is selected, you win a $25.00 gift card to the Family Christian Store. The deadline for entries is Sunday, April 5th at 5 p.m. Send entries to: - <>. - The logo should include the standard (unaltered) cross and flame logo for the UMC (pictured below). The participants don't have to be Ames members but must have an affiliation with Ames. Vector would be the preferred method of entry. Raster loses resolution when the image is enlarged. If you have to use Photoshop, the image must be 8 1/2 × 11. It must also be print friendly. All rights must be given over to Ames. You can have as many entries as they want. Judging will be done by representa-tives of each age group from teens through 80’s. The winner will be an-nounced on April 12th. Good luck and thanks for... More →
  • meeting-minutes What you need to know… - Administration: Brian Gulliver, Lori Welsh and Mary Tunney are working on the layout for the new website under the new server called the Grid. It should be released in late spring. It will be uplinked with Face Book and updates will automatically be shared. - Trustees: The trustees met recently with people who use the kitchen to discuss the purchase of new ovens and list other needs to be met in that area. - Outreach: Prayer Ministries is working on hosting a “prayer event” for the entire church. World Missions is in the middle of the Health Kits for Liberia. The Calling Team met with Charee Clark, Congregational Care Coordinator to discuss ways to increase members in their team in order to call on more of our shut-ins. - Worship: We need a “Communion Steward” for each service. This person would be keep track of the com-munion element’s inventory and line up members to set up, serve and clean up the elements on the Sundays communion is served. See Ray Passeno if interested. - Youth: We have chosen the name, “Ames Films” for the production company which is in the process of moving forward in making another film. The Script will be reviewed by Gary Bender, lawyer for the film, and insurance applications are being processed. Also, - Kaycee Clark did a great job in hosting the 30 Hour Famine. - This month the Spiritual Directors will meet with the Ministry Facilitators for their quarterly Church Council on Thursday, April 6:30 pm. This is an open meeting for members who are interested in attending. The agenda is the same as the monthly ministry team meetings: - 1. Open meeting with prayer - 2. Approve minutes of last meeting - 3. Public comments (3 minutes limit each) - 4. Ministry area reports - 5. Action Items - 6. Close for confidential items - 7. Close meeting with... More →
  • Duane God be with you, Duane - Ames has been blessed to have Duane Thomas as a Youth MinistryIntern in the summer of 2014 and the Director of Urban Outreach ever since. Duane has been given the full-time Asso-ciate Pastor position at Calvary UMC in Flint and will be starting there by Easter. Please congratulate him and let's be praying for him as he ministers there! Also, let's take a moment to thank God for Duane and all the good things that have happened through Duane's leadership and partnership in the gospel at Ames! Thank you, God, and thank you,... More →
  • new-ot-map-12-11-2014 Open Table Comes to Saginaw - What is Open Table? A few of us attended an informational session here at Ames on February 16 sponsored by Open Table. Open Table is a national organization which has proven to be effective in helping many to climb out of poverty and to find wholeness and community. They train congregations and their members, to form communities—called Tables—that transform their vocational and life experiences into tools our brother and sisters in poverty can use to develop and implement plans that create change. 6 – 12 people with different skills commit to meet weekly for one year with a person who has been screened with a background check and psychological testing and who is committed to making changes in his/her life. The volunteers act as a team of life specialists, encouragers and advocates for the participant. Together the table members with the individual es-tablish goals and develop an overall plan and implement it. Ex-amples of people who may be helped are the working poor, young adults transitioning out of foster care and veterans. - Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life? Does this ministry strike a chord in you? If you think you may be in-terested, please contact Pastor Scott or Cathy Campbell (792-6725). Ames is exploring participating in this program. There will be a training in May. We are looking for table participants that have interest/experience in housing, budgeting, transporta-tion, education, health, encouragement and mentoring, in addi-tion to a coordinator for the program. For more information, check out the website at... More →
  • maxresdefault RTG Worship Dance Services - Restored to Glory, School of Worship and Dance will be presenting their annual worship dance services on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 in Frankenmuth. Tickets ($5) can be - purchased now through Madison Binder, Abigail Karls, Roberta Helpap or Sue... More →
  • Music_notes_for_web Welcome Doris - We are happy to welcome Doris Doepker as one of our first service organist/pianists. - She has been playing the organ and piano for more than forty years as an accompanist, - performer and teacher. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Saginaw Valley State - University, Magna Cum Laude, and a Pas-toral Musician Certificate through Central - Michigan University and the Saginaw Dio-cese. Doris is known by many people at Ames as her three daughters were members of our Inspired by God youth choir in the 1990s. If you have not met her as yet, please introduce yourself the next time she plays for our service. We are happy to have Doris involved in our worship... More →
  • Lay_Servant_Ministries_logo_CFNZDT56 District Lay Servant Classes - Lay Servant Ministries courses are intended to train lay people to be better leaders in their local church. The basic course for lay servants is designed to equip new church leaders and renew cur-rent leaders in The United Methodist Church. It explores per-sonal spiritual gifts, servant leadership, developing future lead-ers, the importance of consistent spiritual practices, and much more. - Having completed the basic course, you may chose to take the advanced classes and become a certified lay speaker. Full infor-mation about these District led classes is available in the church office and on line at... More →
  • Sanctuary-News Monthly News - When we began emailing our monthly newsletter last year, we stopped mailing pa-per copies to our members. Paper copies are available each month in the lobby area close to the Welcome Center. We also offer to mail a paper copy to individual members who are unable to come to church and pick one up. Just contact the church office (754-6373) to request a mailed... More →
  • Worship-through-dance Worship through dance - Our Restored to Glory Ames Classes led worship through dance at their annual Mother and Daughter Spring Brunch. They also blessed us in ministry at our Palm Sunday service on Sunday, March... More →
  • netEffect-leadimg-1440x862 Well Done Church! - It is with great joy that we announce that the Michigan Area has exceeded its $1.5 million goal for Imagine No Malaria. As of January 31, 2015 we are at $1,542,269. Congratulations Michigan Area Churches on your faithful witness for the people of Sub Saharan Africa. Together with others, we are in the process of ending suffering and death, from malaria. Using $10.00 representing an amount which can save a life—we have saved 154,227 lives. Congratulations and Thank you! - Rev. Molly C Turner - Field Coordinator, - Michigan Area UMC Imagine NO... 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”