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  • Pony Rides Neighborhood Festival Highlights - On Saturday, July 26, we celebrated our opportunity to serve and clasp hands in friendship with our Ames neighbors. We met new friends and saw God at work right here in our parking lot. Praise... More →
  • SundaySchoolPainting What’s new in Sunday School? - Come and see how ONLY God is Awesome! - This year all students in the Kindergarten-5th grade will meet in one room to worship together as adults do in worship and service of our Awesome Lord Jesus Christ! - -Praise and worship with singing and dancing - -Prayer and Praise time where all who wish share concerns and joys may do so - -Mini service where children hear what their class time is about - -Age-appropriate teaching with individual teachers (as in Sunday school) - -Other praise and worship with youth (learning new songs) - -A variety of crafts, art, science, and games related to our worship story / lesson - -Snack time! YUM! - -Play time or finishing crafts or projects - With this much fun to be had it will take the time of Sunday school and the adult worship service! This is designed to teach our children to worship, respect and help each other grow together in the love of Christ! - ---------THIS AMAZING PROGRAM NEEDS YOU!!---------------- - For us to succeed and flourish we have a three year program so that YOU are able to know exactly what we are teaching, what the children are learning, how you can help all year long and where you would like to grow with us!! - It will take four adult volunteers for our different project times, none of which takes more than 20 minutes of YOUR time!! - Please help us take better care of the Ames children and future generations of our church family. Questions and suggestions can be addressed to - -Educational Facilitator Toni... More →
  • UMW Fellowship Picnic UMW Fellowship Picnic 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 20 - The annual UMW Fellowship Picnic will be held at the clubhouse in Lakeview Estates on Wednesday, August 20. Please bring a dish to pass. Beverages, plates and silverware will be provided. - Lakeview Estates is located on Lawndale Road, just north of Hemmeter’s Market on the corner of Lawndale and McCarty Roads. It is very easy to find. When entering, the clubhouse can be seen at the far end of a small lake. Just follow the road around the water. The clubhouse will be on the right. - For more information you may phone Adeline Louks, 793-5108 or Mickey Waddell, 781-4891 or cell... More →
  • Cool Project COOL project report - On July 6th I made an announcement that I was asking if there are 30 people at Ames who would be able to make a one-time $500 donation for air conditioning in the sanctuary. - Fifteen days later, I have 15 pledges of $500, one of $1,000 and $660 from other sources with some couples discussing and praying about what amount they might wish to contribute. - If you wish to be involved, I will continue to compile the pledges for the church office. If the other half of the $18,000 project is pledged by August 6th, we can try to make this a dream a reality. From now on, please contact me either by phone or email as I plan to go back to altar ministry at the end of the services now instead of being at a table at the back of the church. My home phone is 989-755-0770. Thank you for your comments and... More →
  • Parsonage3 Thank You All! - We want to thank all the children, youth and adults who took part in cleaning, making repairs, replacing and installing a variety of items and appliances in the church parsonage. From the youngest to the oldest, everyone who pitched in to help, inside and outside, from the basement to the roof, was truly appreciated. Thank you for donating your time and your skills on this project. --Ames... More →
  • Church-at-the-Juvenile-Center Steps to Freedom 5K Family Fun Run/Walk - Grace Baptist Church and six other churches are sponsoring this family event with the focus on gathering pledges with proceeds going to “Forgotten Youth Ministries” (FYM) and the kids in detention. This is a non-competitive event with 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes awarded to families (and individuals) who raise the most funds. Cost of the run is $15 per family or individual. Register at if you want to... More →
  • youth pastors group The One Event @Grace Baptist Church - This event on Friday, August 15, is from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. It will feature Pressing the Limits, a group that is like the old Power Team. You can get more information on the Saginaw Valley Youth Pastor page I oversee: call me at the... More →
  • youth-min Youth events coming in Sept. - We'll be kicking off Morning and Evening Revolution the first Sunday after Labor Day - September 7, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., respectively. - Steppin' Up will start up the following Wednesday after school and will consume the old Tutoring program - 3 to 5 p.m. with a dinner to... More →
  • The Real Secret The Real Secret - FOOD, BUSYNESS, - POSSESIONS, APPROVAL, - CONTROL, SELF PITY, - PERFECTIONISM - Which everyday idols are holding you captive? - Join the CHAPEL BELLES Women's study - "MOVE OVER VICTORIA -I KNOW THE REAL SECRET!" - Discover the "secret"with humor writer Nancy Kennedy. Laugh and learn your way to freedom from the things that keepyou from - enjoying God's grace. Jump start with coffee& a sweet at 10:10 a.m. in the chapel in September. Books available in... More →
  • Open meetings - All Ames committee meetings are open except for the SPRC. They discuss staffing issues so their meetings are closed for confidentiality. If you would like to come to a Ministry Team meeting you are welcome to join us. If you would like to bring a topic to the table then you'll be able to speak for five minutes at the beginning of the meeting. The agenda for every Ministry Team meeting is as follows: - 1) Member comments - 2) Action items - 3) Area reports - 4) Close for confidential discussion if needed - Please realize that your topic may not be discussed at this meeting. It may only need to be forwarded to the appropriate committee so they can address it. Or it may need some investigation before going forward. - If you would rather put a request or comment in writing there are forms available. They are on the Ministry Connections board in the lower lobby across from the elevator. Just fill one out and put it in the suggestion box. It is checked every week and someone will get back to you. - We appreciate all comments and consider all information is good to hear. Thank you for your support of our church! Our next Ministry Team meeting will be Wednesday, August 20 at 7:30 pm. Please let Mary know if you wish to speak at the meeting. Call 799-2149 or email... More →
  • giving 6 Month Report - Your 6 month giving statements are available in the lower lobby according to the June finance report, pledged giving is up and we are grateful for your support. But expenses were also up due to the hard winter and expense totals exceeded giving totals by $14,000. Please continue to give through the summer and if you are behind in giving, please try to catch up. Thank... More →
  • Lindenbergs Meet the Lindenbergs - Hello Ames Church family, - I’m excited to be your new pastor, and I look forward to working together with you in the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. It will take some time for me to get to know all of you, but let me share a little about myself and my family. - I grew up in farm country East of Bay City, and attended Wisner UMC from an early age. My wife Jill grew up in the Thumb near Pigeon, and attended Hayes UMC, which her great grandfather built. We both learned the value of hard work at an early age as we worked on farms. As a teenager I began working at my family’s business – Lindy’s Sales. When I got my driver’s license the world opened up and I drifted away from the church. Jill and I met when we were 17 and became High School sweethearts. We married five years later, and we were both focused on work and enjoying our free time, so we had very little focus on God. I was still working at Lindy’s and Jill was working for Second National bank in Saginaw. - When we had our first child, God used that life-event to get my attention. I questioned whether the life I was living mattered – whether it was something I would want to pass on to my children. I decided it wasn’t, so I started to attend church again. At first I was there, but not fully open to God – I gave God that one hour on Sunday morning and I was in control of the rest. But one day I was in Sunday worship and Mark 8:34 was read, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’ I remember thinking, ‘I’m a hypocrite. I’m singing songs and listening to Scripture that talk about surrendering everything to God, but I’m not willing to deny myself. I’ve either got to quit going to church or start living what I’m hearing.’ So I decided to try to follow Jesus, and that’s when my life really changed. - Jill and I got involved in small groups, began to lead a Sunday school class, and worked with the mid-week youth program. I got involved in our church’s praise band (I play guitar and sing). I also felt like I needed a change in jobs, so I went back to school and got an engineering degree from SVSU (Jill also graduated from SVSU). I then started working at Steering Gear, which was in the process of changing to Delphi Steering. We had our third child at that time, so we have Spencer (26) Parker (24) and Lauren (16). - While I was at Delphi I felt that God might be calling me to some kind of fulltime Christian ministry. So we moved to Kentucky, where I attended Asbury Theological Seminary. While I was there I was student-pastor of a small church called Mt. Beulah UMC. When I graduated from seminary we were appointed to Wesley UMC in the Upper Peninsula, where we have been for the last eight years. We really enjoyed the people at Wesley and the beauty of the UP, and being honorary Yoopers. But it will be very nice to be back closer to our families. - My passion for ministry is two-fold: to see people make the transition from being church members to becoming active disciples of Jesus, and to see the church bring the Kingdom of God to life in the surrounding community by reaching out in love to our neighbors. I am so excited to see all the ways that Ames is already doing that. Being a country-boy I’ll have some things to learn about urban ministry, but I like learning new things, so I’m excited about that. - Jill is currently working with a program that brings foreign exchange students to the US, and has worked as a substitute teacher. Our oldest son, Spencer got married last October and bought a house in Kochville Township. He works at Thumb National Bank in Bay City and his wife Jenna works at Glasstender in Saginaw. Parker is currently working as a park ranger at Olympic National Park in Washington. Spencer and Parker both enjoy hiking, bicycling and backpacking. Lauren will be a junior at Heritage High School. Jill and I enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, and I am an avid bicyclist. - One thing I need to address is our summer vacation. We have had exchange students for the last six years, and last summer we started planning a trip to visit several of them. We worked travel details out last fall, and we booked airline tickets in January to get the best possible fare, thinking there was no way we would be reappointed this year. About two weeks later we got the call, so we are going to be gone July 13 and 20. It’s not the ideal time for a vacation, and if we knew we were going to be reappointed we wouldn’t have scheduled the trip, but Jesse Karls will preach the two Sundays I’m gone, so you’re in good hands. - That’s a little about us. I’m looking forward to meeting you and hearing your stories as well. - Pictured above: Parker, Scott, Lauren, Spencer, Jill hiking at??? - Pictured below: Pastor Scott and Jill celebrating Parker and... More →
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2014 Neighborhood Festival Highlights

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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 Purpose-300x122

“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”