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  • VBS 2016SQ Ames VBS - Join us for Surf Shack VBS Monday, July 11th thru Thursday, July 14th from 6-8:30pm for ages pre-K-7th grade. - Help Needed: - Adult leaders: we are sill looking for some adults to fill the roles of assembly leader, music leader, bible study teller leader, recreation leader, decorating leader, assistant leaders for all areas. - Could we please borrow your: colorful sand chair, pool noodles, life ring, wicker basket for Moses, inflatable palm tree, grass skirt, beach umbrella, fishing nets, beach toys, white robe. - Also, when doing your weekly grocery shopping would you consider helping us out by purchasing the following snack: cheerios, rice and corn chex cereal, cheez-its, goldfish crackers (both cheddar and pretzel), oyster crackers, semi sweet chocolate chips and M&M's. - Please be praying for the children to invite. - Questions, please contact the church... More →
  • Neighbor SlideSQ Neighborhood Fest - July 9th from 4-7pm. Bev Heitkamp will be in the lower lobby after each service to sign up... More →
  • Rock The IslandSq Rock The Island - Rock The Island will start at noon on July 23rd on Ojibway Island. Let's all be lifting this very important event up in prayer. - --- Jesse... More →
  • Community Garden Planting DaySQ Garden Help Needed - We are still in need of people to water and weed our Sunshine garden. If you would be willing to help us weed or water or both, for one week at a time, please sign up on the sheet located in the narthex. Many hands make light work. - --- Outreach... More →
  • Praying hands Answered Prayers - We recently experienced a family issue that we prayed would be resolved, and God answered our prayers and resolved the issue without difficulty or problem. We praise God for hearing and answering us! - --- The Southgate... More →
  • Picture5 A President’s Prayer - Lord, Please grace us with your choice for our next president. Reveal your mandate to him, so that your call would be his motivation, your spirit be his strength. Give him wisdom and divine counsel that he will know how to walk before you. Grant him favor with the people of this nation, and protection from his enemies. - Speak to us as well Lord, and help us faithfully respond to the specific task you've given us toward the fulfillment of your will. To you we give all honor and glory. In Jesus name,... More →
  • Picture4 Greater Is Going Great! - Thank you all so much for keeping this movie covered with your prayers. I can tell you that throughout this whole process we have literally felt those prayers working. Above are some pictures of scenes we shot for the movie as well as how we set up to start filming. - --- Jesse... More →
  • Picture3 New Chapel Upgrades - Thanks to the Memorial Team, we are enjoying the upgrades in the chapel. These include: a new sound system, electric drums, LED accent lights, and a new TV! Thanks to Brian Gulliver and Ron Goodrich for helping get these upgrades... More →
  • Logo-Preferred Bay Shore Camp for Jr High - Junior High camp is coming up at Bay Shore Camp, June 12th-17th. This Camp costs $349, but please do not let the cost prevent you from going! Ames will help cover up to $150 for Ames students, and there are camperships available from Bay Shore also that would cover the rest! Please let Jesse Karls or Josh Duby know if you are... More →
  • cornish Local Missions - New Life–Eastern Michigan | March-April 2016 | Michael Cornish - Another academic year has come to a close. These past few months contained a time of severe illness for me; it was to the point that I had to step down in many of my “normal” ministry responsibilities. I am very appreciative of our Lord and his body here at New Life. I have felt very loved and cared for by the people here in ways I did not expect. After graduation, I now have the opportunity to rest before being reevaluated regarding when would be an appropriate time for me to enter into the supportraising process. I would appreciate prayers for resting well and a smooth and complete adjustment to life postillness. - I’d like to take some time here to praise God for how he has miraculously brought me through these past four years. There were many times when I did not want to continue, though at every turn he supported me and encouraged me to keep pressing onward, both directly and through fellow believers. He has been my rock, my reason, my strength for every good work I have done. He has sustained me through times of difficulty and strain when I had no business having my head stay above the water. The mere fact that I graduated on time is in itself a testament to God’s power and he is worthy of being praised for it. It is impossible for me to recount every detail; I am grateful and elated and pleased to be used as a vessel of mercy and love for his glory. - The small group I’m in which is composed of small group leaders, led by one of the staff. I love these men. - (Before going on, a shout-out to my parents, grandparents, brothers, friends, all of you, and so many others for your love and support. Truly, I could not have done what I have without both God and all of you. Thank you.) - In this season of graduating from college, I have had the opportunity recently to reflect upon my experiences over the past four years, and in particular over the past year. Upon reflecting over the past 365 days, there have been four distinctive seasons in my life, all of which correspond with a lesson I have learned. These seasons have been: - Mission trip to Bosnia - Working on Mackinac Island - Illness - College Graduation - The corresponding lessons have been: - Doing good to overcome evil is a crucial way to fight - All of life requires relationship and community - In all of life there will be suffering - This world will come to an end, at which point there will be a massive celebration for those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior - The Lord has been faithful to shape me into the likeness of Jesus (sometimes in ways in which I least expect), and I am excited for him to continue to do so. I look forward to how he will use me to have an impact on college students in the future. - Please continue to pray for our church. Pray for fruit from the Leadership Training program that will take place in June and July – pray for the students involved and strength, wisdom, and joy for the staff. Please pray also for those in our church not involved in LT – for summers of strengthening faith. - In Christ, - Michael J. Cornish - Michael Cornish (989) 372-2053 - 1112 N. Huron River Dr., Apt. 1 - Ypsilanti, MI... More →
  • Artwork+by+Janet+Kruskamp Thank You Ladies! - We are all so proud of our United Methodist Women here at Ames. They are so faithful and hard-working in their commitment to raise money for missions. The annual Attic Treasures Sale raised more than $700.00! They are grateful to the Ames family for their generous donations of household goods. Thank you... More →
  • Communications Corner Communications Corner - Highlights from May’s Ministry Team meeting: - Education: - It was proposed by the Spiritual Directors and approved by the Ministry Team to change the name of this ministry area to Spiritual Growth. Over the next three years, the Spiritual Directors have challenged us to develop a deeper spiritual growth culture at Ames. - Please be sure to complete the survey recently distributed. - Outreach: - Planning is well under way for our Neighborhood Fest, the next meeting is June 14th at 7 PM if you are interested in helping out. The event date is July 9th at 4 PM. Please mark your calendar to come and welcome our neighbors! - We are looking into offering a recovery program and many hands will be needed. If you’re interested, please contact Amy Hayes. - We continue to collect used eye glasses and cases. Please consider donating. - Worship: - Chapel upgrades are complete, including a new sound system that is portable and can be used as a back-up for the sanctuary. - Met with Pastor Scott and the Spiritual Directors to discuss how the worship area will be supporting the spiritual growth vision. - Still need a head usher for second service, communion steward for both services and sound and technical support, let us know if you’re interested. - Trustees: - Working to finalize insurance items for the summer food/ministry program. - Youth: - A mini revival broke out at Evening Rev on May 15th. Praise the Lord! - June is a busy month, Bay Shore camp, graduation, Aim High basketball camp. Steppin Up is wrapping up another school year. - Administration: - Praise the Lord! Income and expenses were just about even for the first 4 months of 2016. With summer coming up, please remember to stay faithful in your... More →
  • Feedback Help Us Out - Our member Care Team would like to honor you with cards and well wishes on your birthdays and anniversaries. When Life Touch pictures were taken for our new directory, a short survey was handed out and many of our members gave us their information at that time. If you didn’t fill out the survey, please pick one up at the usher’s table, fill it out, and turn it in to the office. You can email it ( or put it in Charee’s folder in the lower lobby by the office door. We encourage everyone to supply us with this information so we can all love on one another in the name of... More →
  • photo-4-5 We Appreciate You - We just want to say a big thank you to Nancy Cline, Bonnie Rose, Nancy Brooks and Mary Jane Mitchell for all their hard work putting together our new pictorial directory. Thank you! - --- Charee... More →
  • audio-2202 Still Looking - Maybe you haven’t heard yet or maybe you are just trying to hide your talents from us all. We are still in need of summer music in our traditional service each week. Many of you have talents we have never heard before. Please bless us this summer by calling the church office and choosing a date to share your music with us. It could be vocal or instrumental; duet, solo, or quartet. You know you want to, so just make that call! Remember - it’s all music to God’s ears. - --- Scott... 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!

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