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  • woodson Dr. Carter G. Woodson - Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History, established Black History Week - (1926), which became Black History Month (1976). The purpose of the celebration, now known as African- American History month, is - to “give our own story to the world.” - “The African-American spiritual represents a unique form in sacred music. The melodies, rhythms, and structure of spiritual reveal the Africa roots of the people who gave them birth. Mary Had a Baby: A Bible Study on African-American Spirituals by Cheryl Kirk- Duggan. - On Sunday February 28, The Chorus Singers will present a medley of Negro spirituals during the 8:45 am service in observance of African- American History... More →
  • valentines Valentine’s Day Dance - Don’t forget the Valentine’s Day Dance on February 13th, 6 pm here at Ames. We promise a good time with great music from the big band style to those classic romantics to today’s upbeat hits! Any questions please call Brittany & Rod Bruning. 947-3015. The Member Care Committee has been working really hard on this special... More →
  • Michigan Area Conference SQ New Michigan Annual Conference - In the Spring of 2015, the Detroit and West Michigan annual Conferences each voted to join together into one new Annual Conference, which will be named the Michigan Area Annual Conference. The Detroit Conference voted 718 “Yes” to 75 “No” on coming together. While the west Michigan Conference voted 551 “Yes” and 83 “No". This proposal still needs to be approved at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference, which will take place July 13-16, 2016 in Peoria, IL. It is expected to receive overwhelming support at the Jurisdictional level. It is also expected to take two to three years for the details to be finalized. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to... More →
  • adult-bible-studies-winter SQ Come Join Us! - You're invited to sample the ABC Bible Class anySunday from 10 to 11 am. Our group uses the Adult Bible Studies guide, a Cokesbury publication, with a weekly Bible verse that we read, break down and study. We look at its meaning and how it affected those back in their day as well as how to apply it to us today. Class format: We have 3-4 class members that lead the class on a rotating basis. Class members may come in and just listen (and some do), make comments (as others do), or really get into a discussion, depending on the topic. How our class helps others: Class members usually chip in a buck or two (or more if desired), to use for our local mission donations to four area charities: East Side Soup Kitchen, Teen Challenge, Ames's Giving Tree and Thanksgiving Dinner. Please prayerfully consider joining us! We look forward to seeing you! We have a great time and sometimes run past 11 am if the discussion is really important. You are welcome to “test visit”... More →
  • welcome3 SQ Welcome Center - There are some changes at the Welcome Center. Dianna Wright is now co-leading this area with Bev Heitkamp. Thanks to Dianna for agreeing to use her talents in this area. - The Welcome Center is still in need of people who can help new people feel welcomed. We also need people who can make coffee and clean up the cart after the second service. Please stop at the Welcome Center and sign up if you would be willing to help with either... More →
  • Movie Movie Update - Movie production is 33% finished. Things are going well but please continue to keep cast and crew in your... More →
  • umc-church-giving-33-728 SQ Congratulations! - Congratulations Ames Family on paying 100% of your church apportionments to the Detroit Conference and Saginaw Bay District. What are apportionments? Each Methodist church is asked to contribute yearly to the conference and district offices to cover a variety of expenses including administrative costs, programming ministries, world service fund, ministerial education fund, the Africa University fund, etc. It is important that we pay our share each year and through your donations, we were able to do that in 2015. If you would like more specific information regarding apportionments, see Lauren Frey or Pastor... More →
  • New DS Jeffery Maxwell Retiring - Our District Superintendent, Jeffery Maxwell, will retire on June 30, 2016. Bishop Deborah Kiesey has chosen David Kim to serve as the next D.S. of the Saginaw Bay District. Rev. Kim has been the pastor of Troy Hope Ministry, the English- speaking congregation of the Korean United Methodist Church of Troy. The District will host a party on May 22, 2016 to celebrate Rev. Maxwell’s 33 years of... More →
  • easter-lily Easter Flowers - You can help us beautify God’s house on Easter morning by purchasing Easter flowers in various kinds and colors from Boersma’s Greenhouse. The order forms will be coming out soon so please look for them in upcoming bulletins, or call the church office with anyquestions. - You can purchase flowers in honor / in memory of a loved one and we will have an insert in Easter Sunday’s bulletin honoring our loved... More →
  • maxresdefaultSQ Answered Prayers - After many visits to my doctor, much suffering and many prayers, my doctor found that the pain in my back was actually a pain in my hip; and a shot of cortisone stopped the pain. Thank you Altar Team and Intercessors for praying for this matter and thank you God for answered prayers! - Doug Hasse - I have a praise report to tell everyone! My Mom had to have tests done at the hospital because she was to have surgery for a hernia. When she went to have the tests, they found nothing wrong with her so she didn’t have the surgery! This is a real blessing from God and I want to thank everyone who kept her in their prayers. God is good! - Laurie DeMaet - I was worried about my job. They hadn’t told me that the position was a temporary one when they hired me. There was talk about layoffs, and since I was the last person hired, I thought I would be the first to go. After prayer with the Altar Ministry Team and many others I was offered a full time position, but at a lesser wage. Thank you Lord for sticking by my side and carrying me through and for blessing me with a job as well as many people to pray for me! The Lord heard you all pray for me and I am so thankful for everything! - Maribel... More →
  • Gods-Healing-Love-Header-4_article_imageSQ God is Great - This is a personal testimony : My brother Steve had a large tumor that was imbedded in the bone on his right thumb. Surgery to remove it was scheduled for Thursday, November 24th. So many scenarios were being discussed: cancer, nerve and tendon damage, bone grafting, even losing the thumb. Knowing the power of prayers, we started a network of prayer warriors, family, friends and various church groups. I also requested the Altar Team to pray with me the Sunday before his surgery. Praise God for granting our prayer request for a successful surgery! Even though the tumor was way down in the bone and the nerves were starting to wrap around it, they were able to remove it without damaging any nerves or tendons with bone grafting needed. We are so thankful they were able to save his thumb and the latest results show that the rest of the tumor was benign - no cancer. He still has a way to go to regain complete mobility of his thumb, but praise God all is possible. - -Pam... More →
  • RideSQ Change in Ride - As of February 1, the new leader overseeing the Ride Ministry at Ames is David Woodward (pictured left)! He's doing a great job working with the youth team and has already repaired numerous bikes, one of which was given away recently to someone who will utilize it for all transportation needs . . . even during the winter. Sometimes a new bike can be the difference between getting to work reliably or commuting to college. It can change a life. Please send those old bikes our way. David's team would be happy to see to it that they get fixed and given away to bless someone who needs it. The Gospel is also shared and Pay It Forward acts of kindness are started in our region with every bike given away! Glory to... More →
  • building-fund-flyer Building Fund - Trustees Ministry - Ames Building Fund What is it? - Download printable flyer... More →


Pastor Scott will be leading a 12-week Bible study of the Gospel of John on Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30pm. The study uses a study guide with daily readings and teaching during the week, and teaching and group questions for the Thursday group study. The study guide is $12, but if cost is an issue let Pastor Scott know and we will work it out. We hope to see you there.


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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”