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  • time_management_for_children Roots Children's Ministry - Roots Children's Ministry will be making a few logistical changes to Children's Church. We have been trying a few new things this year and have been learning along the way! It's time that we tweak a few things to ensure both the needs of the children and volunteers helping are being met. Therefore, beginning this Sunday, children will be brought up to the sanctuary after Sunday School as usual. However, all children will be dismissed to sit with their families. Also, the children's sermon is going to be moved to after prayer time and children will then be dismissed for Children's Church. - -Sarah Brennan, Children's... More →
  • easter-craft-ideas-for-toddlers Creative People - Last month we held a craft night for anyone who loves to create. They liked it so well that we are offering another one this Thursday, March 5, from 6-8pm in room #2. We provide the time and space and you come prepared to work on your own craft project while enjoying the companionship that happens in a room of crafty people. No children please. -Cindy... More →
  • 101_0833_edited-1 copy Liberia Needs Health Kits - During Lent Ames is collecting basic necessities for health kits to be sent to Liberia. Each kit is contained in 1 gallon size sealable bag. A list of the items needed, for the kits, are available in the lower lobby by the Welcome Center or on the usher's table in the upper lobby. Please place your donations in the red box located in the upper lobby. Thank you for your supporting world... More →
  • CUFMAT1BK_cumberland_cso_add_and_phone_book_256x165mm_black Phone Directories - The Ames' 2015 Phone Directory is now available in the lower lobby. One per family please. If you contact information has changed or if it changes later this year, please contact the church office, 754-6373, and we will pass all updates through future... More →
  • food-pantry-low Food Pantry - The month of March is long and some people will run out of food before it's over. Help fill the Food Pantry shelves by bringing a box or can of food and placing it in the upper lobby by the coat racks by Sunday, March... More →
  • 9262080-loads-of-unopened-red-soda-cans Pop cans help feed the hungry - The youth are inviting people to bring their pop cans into the church and leave them on the ramp in the lower lobby during the next couple of weeks. We will do the labor of depositing them and 100% of the money will go to help feed the hungry through the Saginaw City Rescue Mission and World Vision (split 50-50). Thanks so... More →
  • original_miss-you-letterpress-calligraphy-card Who do you miss seeing? - If someone who sits near you has not attended for a few weeks, send them one of our "Miss You" cards. The cards are in the lower lobby by the Welcome Center. Write their name, short note and put it in the mail box. We will address and mail it for... More →
  • assisted-living-seattle Roots Family Service Project - Did you know that the Easter egg was a symbol for early Christians of Christ’s resurrection? Now most Americans associate the bright colored Easter eggs in the store with the Easter Bunny, not with Christ. This Lenten season the Roots Children’s Ministry will be challenging children to share with their friends, family and neighbors what Easter is really about. - March 28th we will give children an opportunity to share with the residents at Edgewater Assisted Living Center the joy of Christ’s resurrection. We will be meeting at Ames on Saturday, March 28th, at 12 p.m. to make cards and as-semble treats for residents. (Lunch will be provided.) We will then travel to Edgewater Assisted Living Center to pass out cards, treats and talk with the residents. Please note that this is a family service project, so parents need to be present to help transport children. If transportation is a problem, please contact Sarah Brennan. Please sign-up on the sheet in the entry or contact Sarah Brennan or... More →
  • 30hourfamine Raising hunger awareness - Did you know you can feed a person for just $1 per day! This is just one of the facts that our youth will learn during their participation in the yearly 30 Hour Famine. The youth will complete their famine on Sunday, March 1. The hours will be packed with plenty of fun, training, education, study of Scripture, prayer, evangelism in Jesse Karls’ neighborhood and fundraising. We will still be collecting pop cans for this event through the first full week in March. 100% of deposit money from cans will be split between the Saginaw City Rescue Mission and World Vision. - Note: The youth are actually always happy to receive pop can donations throughout the year. We typically use the funds for general local missions through the youth ministry. You can always bring your donations to the ramp in the lower lobby. Thank... More →
  • pancakes Time to eat - Following the 30 Hour Famine, our youth will put on a Pancake Breakfast in between services (10 a.m.) on Sunday, March 1. There will be an opportunity to donate and help feed the world. Half of the funds will be given to World Vision and half will be given to the Saginaw City Rescue Mission. Both of these organizations are also active in sharing the... More →
  • meeting Open meetings - The Ministry Team (Facilitators) meetings are open to all members. The agenda items for all their meetings are as follows: - 1. Open meeting with prayer - 2. Approve minutes of last meeting - 3. Public comments (each limited to 3 minutes) - 4. Ministry area reports - 5. Action Items - 6. Close for confidential items - 7. Close meeting with... More →
  • news What you need to know… - Excerpts from February’s Ministry Team Minutes. - Administration: Our new Communication Coordinator, Lori Welsh, is working on improving all areas of communication within the church. - Education: Toni Marr and Sarah Brennan have purchased & planned VBS for the week of June 26th. - Outreach: Charee Clark is the new Congregational Care Coordinator. She has scheduled a meeting with the Calling Team members to learn how they care for our shut-ins. - Trustees: The Trustees have fixed the top oven in the kitchen for temporary service. This oven is only to be lit by certain people and must be turned off by the same people. The oven is fully functional. The lower oven will be removed from service as safety is a concern. We hope to have the ovens replaced within a few months. Thanks to all who use the kitchen for your patience. - Worship: working with Trustees to address lighting and video problems in the sanctuary. Our current lighting is a constant maintenance issue. The Trustees have chosen to replace the lights with new high efficient, long lasting LED lights that allow us to control color temperature in the sanctuary. They are also working out funding details for new video monitors to replace the projector which is wearing out. Both services will benefit by these short and long term changes. - Youth: The movie oversight team is working out insurance issues before production... More →
  • Cross1 Holy Week And Easter Services - Palm Sunday – March 29th Regu-lar Worship Services - Maundy Thursday, April 2nd – Contemplative Service 7:00 PM - Begins in the sanctuary with worship music andpastor’s message followed by communion together in thecommunity room. - Good Friday, April 3rd – 1:00 PM Drama “The Passion of the Rose” - Easter Sunday, April... More →
  • Courtesy Team Courtesy Team - Noah Clark and Isaiah Castillo have been instrumental in help-ing people to the church during this difficult weather. Their smil-ing faces are often the first ones people see when they arrive to church before the first service. - There is interest in expanding this ministry to help people to their cars AFTER the first service as well as before and after the second service. We'll soon have official vests and everything! If this is something you would enjoy doing, please contact the office or talk with Chad Clark, (989) 233-5473. Thank... More →
  • Circles of Fun Circles of fun - Pictured above are the women of the Ser Pra Lo Circle, taken during one of their monthly meetings. They are one of two women’s circles that make up Ames United Methodist Women. This group meets the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. The Mary Martha Circle meets the second Sunday of each month following the second service. If you’re looking for ways to be involved at Ames, both groups welcome new women to drop in. - Upcoming events involving both groups include a Prayer Breakfast on April 25 and the annual Attic Treasure Sale on May... More →
  • FMCommunity-Rewards Meijer Rewards - Ames just received another check for $102.19 from our Meijer Community Rewards program. This money comes to us when you participate by using a Meijer Re-wards card when you shop. This is not a credit card. It does not cost you anything and it helps support our Lo-cal Mission’s Emergency Fund program. The points we earn turn into cash and we use the money to help people with emergencies such as utilities, water bills, etc. - It’s easy to sign up. 1--Pick up an application by the Welcome Center. 2--Fill it out. 3--Mail it in or leave at the Welcome Center and we’ll mail it for you. Your Re-wards Card will arrive in 3-6 weeks. Every time you shop at Meijer, present your card to the casher to run through the machine, which will give us points accord-ing to the amount you spend. It only works if you pay with cash, use a debit card (with a pin) or a Meijer Credit card. (The use of checks or other credit cards will not work with this program.) - Thanks to all who are currently supporting this pro-gram. If you are new to this idea and have other ques-tions see Sharon... More →
  • Easter10 Creative People - Last month we held a craft night for anyone who loves to create. They liked it so well we are offering another one on Thursday, March 5 from 6-8 p.m. in room #2. We provide the time and space and you come with your own project to work on and plan on enjoying the companionship that happens in a room of crafty people. Invite your close creative friends and look forward to seeing what other people like to create. No children... More →
  • New_gear_on_the_rear_hub_gear_drive_on_a_Mountain_bike Ride Ministry - We are still giving bikes away, even in the winter. If you come across old bikes in the next few months, please consider donating them as we expect the need to in-crease as the weather... More →
  • Still Giving Still giving - Ames recently celebrated the 500th computer given away through the Drive Ministry with a couple of parties, including a "blue screen of death" cake made by Susan Martinez. Drive has grown substan-tially over the last few years and is now giving away hundreds of computers every year. We've given away 42 so far in 2015 as of 2/22/15. - The youth leadership team is currently looking for ways to expand our ministry model to locations in Midland and Bay City to strengthen our Tri-City... More →
  • Youth Drama Team Youth Drama Team - The newly formed Youth Drama Team, led by student leader Katie Tunney (pictured above far right), is producing at least one original drama per month as a way to illustrate Pastor Scott's Sunday morning sermons. The most recent one, titled "Dead Zone", illustrated the importance of staying connected in the context of... More →
  • The Kids Cooks The kid’s cooks - Lois Finian is pictured with Kathy Schattilly, preparing a delicious dinner for Ames' weekly Steppin' Up mentoring program, led by Director of Urban Outreach, Duane Thomas. Lois is the new-est addition to the volunteer adult staff in that min-istry and the youth are blessed to have... More →
  • building-fund-flyer Ames Building Fund What is it? - Trustees Ministry - Download printable flyer... More →



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