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  • Farewell Partysw It’s That Time… - It is with very heavy hearts we must say goodbye for now to Pastor Scott, Jill and Lauren. On June 19th we will have a special potluck dinner immediately following the second service with a fellowship time for sending them off with our prayers, love and best wishes. A sign-up sheet will be located in the narthex if you’d like to bring a dish to pass and tell us how many in your family will be attending. Let’s make this a joyous occasion and show the Lindenbergs just how much we love them and appreciate them for all that they have done for us. They will always be a part of our Ames family. - --- Mark Campbell... More →
  • Community Garden Planting DaySQ It’s planting Season! - On Saturday June 4, from 9 am - 2 pm, we will be planting the community garden at Ames! It is very - exciting that the congregation at Ames has decided to plant a garden again. Please come and help! No gardening experience necessary. Bring your own trowel or hoe if you have one. Also, donations of vegetable plants, seeds, and fertilizer are welcomed as well as financial donations. Lunch will be provided for all workers. See you there! For questions, please call me at 792-6725 or email - --- Cathy... More →
  • Clean up daysq Grounds Clean Up Day - June 5th from 1 - 5 pm is clean up day here on the grounds of Ames. We need lots of volunteers to help get this project done. If you'd be willing to help please see Ron Goodrich. Refreshments will be provided, and remember many hands make light work. Let's take pride in God's House and yard. After all it is a blessing from Him to be able to worship... More →
  • Aim High 2016sq Aim High Everyone! - Basketball camp is going to be held this year on June 25th, starting at 10 am. Registration starts at 9:30 am. Please be soaking this in prayer. Also, pray fornthe kids who will attend so that they may receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Let’s also be praying for the many volunteers whom God sends to help with the camp. - See the sign-up sheet located in the narthex if you feel God calling you to help in any way with the basketball camp. Thank you all for your continued support. - --- Jesse... More →
  • Prayer at the DowSQ Please Join Us - Prayer At The Dow: - July 10th, at 7pm is the evening planned at the Dow Event Center for prayer. We are covering 9 large areas with prayer this year. The areas include: Government, Education, Media, Family, Business/Finance, Church, Arts/Entertainment, Law Enforcement, and Youth. Please join us for prayer even if that evening doesn't fit into your schedule. - --- Charee... More →
  • Silhouettes of Diverse International Students Celebrating Graduation Congratulations Graduates! - Congratulations to the following High School graduates: - Kennedy Burks -- Saginaw High - Isaiah Castillo -- Heritage - Noah Clark -- Bay City Western - Lauren Lindenberg -- Heritage - Daniel Middleton -- Swan Valley - Sydney Patterson -- Heritage - Keyonna Pearson -- Bay City Central - Astrid Seland -- Heritage - Jada Yearwood -- Arthur Hill - Congratulations to the following College graduates: - Michael Cornish -- BA - Eastern Michigan - Sara Ventura -- BSN - Virginia Commonwealth University - ---Charee... More →
  • Votives-in-glass-burning-8 Take A Look - The office has been updated by our new Business manager, Charee Clark. Please stop in during office hours and take a look at all the changes. Thanks Charee for making it look warm and inviting. - --- Roberta... More →
  • rocktheislandlogosq Rock The Island Coming Soon - Mark your calendars for July 23, Rock The Island is coming once again! What a great time to praise God, enjoy fellowship, and bring people to Christ. Please be praying for all the preparations for this event and for all the people who will attend. More information to follow. - --- Jesse... More →
  • vbs_wide_tsq VBS Information - Here is information on local Vacation Bible Schools being offered this summer: - Immanuel Bible Church - June 26-30, 6:15-8:30 pm - St. Mark’s Lutheran Church - June 27-30, 6-8 pm - Bethany’s Annual Bible Soccer Camp - July 26-28 5:30 pm - St. John’s Lutheran on Amelith Rd. - July 11-15 Starts at noon - Holy Cross Lutheran Church - June 20-23,6-8:30 pm - Peace Lutheran church - June 20-24, starts at noon - --- Toni... 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 →
  • 22 Neighborhood Festival 2015 Neighborhoodfest - We are making plans for our annual Neighborhood Fest Saturday, July 9 4 - 7 pm. It’s not too late to be a part of this. Many people are needed in various areas to make this event a success. If you have any ideas or would like to volunteer, please contact me or the church office. Our next meeting is planned for June 14, at 7 pm. Please keep in mind you don’t have to work the whole day. We need people to set up, run games, help prepare and serve the food, donate cookies, as well as pray for this event and the people who work and attend it. Thank you all so much for all you do! - This is a family event, so please make sure to bring your families and spend a couple hours in fellowship with the people in our neighborhood. - --- Amy... 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!   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

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