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  • homeless-dinner Thanksgiving Day Dinner Thursday, November 27 Noon - 2pm - What: Thanksgiving Day Dinner - When: Thursday, November 27 Noon - 2pm - Where: Ames... More →
  • worship-hands1 Reflections Worship Service Saturday, December 6 @6pm - In this time of worship, let your act of faith be to let advent find you whereever you are. To create a space inside us and the world where mystery and presence may grow. - Some years it is difficult to embrace the joy of the Christmas season because we've been hit or knocked down emotionally, physically, financially, etc. It is only when we truly seek Christ out as Christmastime that hope comes; when we actually feel Him near us. This interactive worship service will offer opportunities to reflect on what that can mean for us through worship, singing, alter/prayer time and candle lighting to honor the loss of a loved one. Please join us as we seek Christ together and draw close to Him. - This is an adult service. No childcare... More →
  • Be-Still-and-Know-Worship-Background Annual Church Conference Sunday, November 23 @ 3:30pm - What:Annual Church Conference - When:Sunday, November 23 @... More →
  • UMW-logo-web-1030x865 UMW Fellowship Meeting and "No Bake Cookie Sale" Saturday, December 6 @ 11am - All women who participate in the United Methodist Women's circles are invited to our annual. "No Bake Cookie Sale" and Fellowship Meeting. It will be fun and there is no work... More →
  • maxresdefault (2) Young Dancers Please - Dance class for young dancers aged 5-7 years old will be held Saturdays, November 15 and 22 from 1 - 2:30pm. The girls will be dancing with the other classes on Sunday, November 23rd. Registration forms are available at the welcome center. Questions call Sue Passeno at... More →
  • Thanksgiving-Day-024 Serving with family - We appreciate all of our Ames family members who help us each year with our Thanksgiving feast. the sign-up sheets are still available for you who choose if you want to help prepare the meal, serve the meal or stay and clean up after it's done. We also appreciate those who gave a monetary donation to help with the cost of the food and those who donate pumpkin or fruit pies. if you have any questions on when to show up or when to drop off your pies, stop and talk with Marlene or Jackie in the lower lobby today. We are bless by your acts of... More →
  • giving tree2 The Giving Tree is here! - You can help to brighten this Christmas for a local family. Choose a tag (or two!) from the tree, purchase a gift, wrap the gift and bring it back by Dec. 14. If your family is in need, see Susan Martinez or Kaycee Clark to sign up. We are also collecting household items and will be putting together a box for each family. Lists of needed items are available on the table by the Giving Tree. Bring in your coupons for household items too! Boxes for delivery would also be greatly appreciated. Financial donations of all sizes will be accepted and we will do the shopping for you! Some families also need new or used coats, hats, gloves or mittens. there is a list for these also -- or bring one in and we will match it to a need. Call Susan Martinez (401-1911) or Kaycee Clark (395-2820) for any questions or to volunteer. Thank you, Ames, for giving to others at Christmas. Sponsored by the Local Missions... More →
  • Mittens-and-gloves-and-hats-oh-my Help to keep a child warm this winter - The Local Missions Ministry Team is collecting new or gently used hats, mittens, coats and boots for elementary age children. Bring your donated items and place them under the Giving Tree anytime during November and December. We will deliver them to Stone School. They are kept in the office and given to children in need throughout the winter. All sizes are needed. We are still collecting new underwear (sizes 5-8) and socks for Stone School also! Please drop off your donations by the Giving Tree in the upper lobby. Thank... More →
  • Blood_Donation_12-07-06_1 Be the Match - This Wednesday, Ames is hosting the Michigan Blood Bank's, Be the Match Bone Morrow Registry Drive, from 3-7 pm in the lower lobby. If you are 18-44 years of age you could join the registry with a simple cheek swab. You could be the match for cancer patients like Derrick Nash, a CMU student from Saginaw. African Americans are needed in... More →
  • Shovel_Dirt Building Support - Over the next five years some serious projects need to be undertaken that could cost up to $250,000 to complete. Please consider giving to building... More →
  • Slide1-300x225 Ames T-shirts and Polos - Polo shirts ($20) - T-shirts ($10) - available at welcome center or see - Bev Heitkamp, - Susan... More →
  • winter_clothes_story Keep a Child Warm this Winter - The Local Missions Team will be collecting new or gently used hats, mittens or gloves (waterproof preferred), coats and boots for elementary age children at Stone School, starting in November and continuing through January. We also have an ongoing collection of socks and underwear (sizes 5 - 8) and baby wipes for the kids at Stone School. These are usedfor kids who may have an accident while at school. Please bring your donations to the upper lobby. Thank you. Cathy... More →
  • giving-tree1 Only 55 days until Christmas... - Does that put you into a panic? I know it does me! Yet imagine what it would feel like if you knew you had no possibility of buying gifts for your children... Ames will be helping families that may be struggling this Christmas. This year, the Holiday Wish List is no longer sponsoring families in need. The Local Missions Team has decided to concentrate on helping Ames families this year and possibly some additional area families.A "Giving Tree" will magically appear in the upper lobby on Sunday, November 16.There will be tagsthat describe a gift for a recipient. Each child will have 2 tags--one for a toy and one for clothing. Take a tag and shop for the individual, wrap and return the gift by Dec. 14 and place it under the tree.We will also be collecting household itemsfor each family. These items are often expensive and hard to purchase if you are on a limited income. Use your coupons and purchase these items as you see them on sale: toilet paper, paper towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo,laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, etc. Please bring itemsand place them in the box in the upper lobby and we will assemble a box of household items for each family. We will also be collecting adult and children’s coats (gently used or new) for these families, if needed. - Application forms will be availablein the upper lobby ifyou would like to be included as a recipient. See Susan Martinez(989-401-1911) or Kaycee Clark for any questions. - Sponsored by Local... More →
  • Childrensroots Roots’ Report - Roots Children’s Ministry at Ames is seeking tohelp the children of Ames grow deep roots inChrist! Changes to the structure of Sunday Schooland Children’s Church have been implemented toinclude a large group worship time, age appropriateBible story lessons and hands-on activities to reinforceGod’s truth to the children. - We are currently studying our way through Genesisand are ecstatic to see how God is at work in thelives of the children at Ames. Children are askinggreat questions and showing that they want to understandGod’s word on a deeper level. When discussing - the story of Noah and the Flood one child stated,“Knowing that God has always kept his promisesmakes me feel secure.” It’s simple, but so verypowerful! Praise God for revealing his awesometruth and reminding us all that He WILL keep... More →
  • Turkey Time Turkey time - We’re in the month of Thanksgiving and that meansit’s time for TURKEY! It also means that once againour Ames family will open up the house and invite ourchurch family and our neighborhood community to aThanksgiving Feast! And to make it a success, we needyour help. - Starting 6:30 pm on Tuesday evening, November 25through 3 pm on Thursday, November 27, we needcrews to set up, cook, serve and clean up. Please signup on the worksheets provided in the upper lobby eachSunday in November or call Jackie Ode at 695-2064.If working a shift isnot something you cando, we also needmonetary donations tohelp cover the cost ofthe food. Please placeyour donations in thecollection plate,clearly labeledThanksgiving Dinner,or drop them off toMarlene Howell or Jackie Ode at the sign up table.We also need pumpkin pies and fruit pies whichshould be delivered to the church on Wednesday, November26. - Even if you are not a member of a work crew, youare more than welcome to join us for dinner. The feastis served between 12pm and 2 pm on ThanksgivingDay.Your help is needed. Your help is appreciated. Thankyou in advance! We are all blessed with a wonderfulchurch... More →
  • AC962479-EC3B-45A6-8D0E-8BDD1F979A32 Commitment Time - When you stood before this congregation pre-paring to join us in membership, you were asked this question: - “As members of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts and your ser-vice?” And you replied, “I will.” - Each fall we ask you to respond to this call when we ask you to state what you are willing to give during the next year. Last fall we focused on getting 100% of the congregation to turn in an estimate of giving card. We didn’t make 100%, but we received the most cards we’ve received in the past decade or more. This year we have changed the theme of the card to “Commitment.” We are asking you to commit to giving finan-cially, praying faithfully and choosing an area in which to serve next year. We encourage and challenge you to take a bolder stand in your faith and in the church. - Will you… - --raise the percentage of giving to a tithe (or - more if you already tithe) - --attend more faithfully - --sign up to serve in one of our various - Ministries - --give beyond your tithe with an - Offering to the Building Fund - Commitment cards are available (for each per-son) each week and will be collected on Sunday, November 16. Thank you. - --Lauren Frey and the... More →
  • Mitten, cookies and Jo 005 Coming in November UMW’s No Bake Cookie Sale & Fellowship Meeting, Dec. 6 @ 11 am - All women who participate in the United Methodist Women’s circles are invited to our annual “No Bake Cookie Sale” and Fellowship Meeting in De-cember. It will be fun because there is no work... More →
  • crossbackground2 Still committed - I am responding about our commitment to Ames as a member and the vow I made when joined to support this church. It was and still is a vow that I will keep because I love the Lord and I want to please Him. A tithe is a tithe and the only way I can raise my tithe is to increase my in-come. I believe every leader must at least pay a tithe in or-der to be an example to the rest of the congregation. Any-thing above the tithe is an offering and we are called in God's Word to offer up a sacrifice to God. Sometimes we give sacrificially above our tithe, but that's when we are blessed because we can't out-give God. I say all this be-cause I agree we as believers need to be totally committed to supporting the ministry of Ames Church. I am so proud to be a part of this church and I count it a privilege to sup-port Ames with my tithe and... More →
  • Step up to Steppin up Step up to Steppin’ Up! - Looking for an opportunity to invest in urban youth with the Gospel of Christ and strong Bible-based mentoring? Ames' Steppin' Up program is a great place to do it! Every Wednesday, youth come to Ames after school (as early as 3 pm) and enjoy some free time, homework support and move into the chapel for a youth service, led by Duane Thomas and youth. From 5 to 6 pm, we get to enjoy a home-cooked meal and discuss the sermon and talk about life. We spend time in prayer, as well. Pat Hascall recently had the opportunity to lead many girls to a saving faith in Jesus Christ while others made recom-mitments! Please consider volunteering to be an adult leader/mentor. Talk with Jesse Karls, Duane Thomas or Kaycee Clark if interested. There is also a need for adult leaders at our Evening Revolution youth events every Sunday from 6 to 8... More →
  • Drive and Ride2 Drive and Ride - Sharlee, pictured right, received a computer tower with 2.5 GHz of ram that should be fast enough to help her start online schooling with the University of Phoenix next semester. Sharlee's computer was just one of 12 that God gave away through Ames' Drive Ministry this past week! Sharlee is already an on-fire Christian from Daniel's Den Church, while other recipients made commitments to Christ and two families even attended Ames for the first time last Sunday through this ministry. Thank you for the donations! Praise the Lord! - A group of SVSU students (below) helped winterize the Community Garden, work on computers and work on bikes at Ames recently. While they were helping, they saw people from the community com-ing to get much-needed food from the garden. They also got to witness bike #200 being given away, with the recipient sharing that the bike was literally saving his job. The college students appreciated getting to be a part of the excitement and said they now know how to fix their own computers if they ever have issues. Jesse Karls got to have a nice time of prayer with the college students on a couple of occasions throughout the day. God is good. Thank you,... More →
  • Ames Family on TV Ames Family on TV - Amelia Jaskiewicz, daughter of Tom and Vickie Jaskiewicz of Ames, was recently on the Price is Right (pictured right) while Jesse and Jennifer Winkle (below), brother and sister-in-law of Julie Binder of Ames, were featured multiple times during one of the final Detroit Tiger games of the season. Jesse and Jennifer went to Ames before Jesse took a job in De-troit years ago. Ames is still Amelia's home church as she is a student at Northwood Insti-tute. Feel free to ask her for her autograph next time you see her in... More →
  • Bay Shore Terrorists Bay Shore Terrorists? - No, it’s just the Lindenberg family geared up for paintball. Pastor Scott and his family, along with Jesse Karls and a group of youth, made the trip from Ames to Bay Shore Camp Fall Fun Days in October. They also en-joyed miniature golf and the zip line pictured left and... More →
  • michiganblood1jpg-73aadfc03fa10ebe Match Registry Drive - Ames is working with Michigan Blood in the fight against blood cancer. We are hosting a Match Registry Drive on Wednesday, Novem-ber 19 from 3 to 7 pm. - There is a young man, Derrick Nash, a Car-rolton High School graduate, suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He is currently in need of a bone marrow transplant. “Be the Match” is a registry for patients who needs a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. When a patient turns to Be the Match for a donor, he or she is most likely to find a match from someone who shares the same ethnic background. Many patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia or other blood-related cancers and disor-ders may get to the point in treatment where a marrow or stem cell transplant is their only hope for a cure. You can take part in giving pa-tients like Derrick a cure. - If you are between the ages of 18 and 44, you can join Derrick in his fight against blood can-cer by registering as a potential donor. It’s as simple as swabbing your... More →
  • Boiler-keeps-breaking-down Building Support - The trustees are about to launch a campaign to raise awareness of our building's needs. Over the next five years some serious projects need to be undertaken that could cost up to $250,000 to complete. Currently, our building fund is under $30,000 and we need your help. Please consider giving to the building fund over and above your normal gift to the general budget. It will be used appropriately for the maintenance of the church... More →
  • Family_Sunday_305x220b Family Sunday - The first Sunday of every month will be designated as "Family Sunday." This will allow spiritually mature children and volunteers to participate in communion each month. Age appropriate activities will be available right outside the sanctuary for your child to do during the... More →
  • groceries One Meal - What could you buy that would feed a family at least one meal? Macaroni and Cheese, Spaghetti & Sauce, Canned chicken with gravy and rice, boxed pizza, canned tuna with cream soup and noodles, etc. Pick up groceries that make a meal and bring it to church for the Food Pantry by Sunday, November 9th. Thank you for helping feed a hungry... More →
  • United-Way-Holiday-Giving-Tree-Gifts Christmas Giving Tree - Ames will be assisting families that are experiencing hardship with their Christmas celebration this year. Application forms will be available in the upper lobby, starting Sunday, November 2, if you would like to be included as a recipient. Also, please let us know if you or someone in your family needs a winter coat this year. We will do our best to find you one see Susan Martinez (401-1911) or Kaycee Clark (395-2820) for any questions. Sponsored by Local... More →
  • Mittens-and-gloves-and-hats-oh-my Coats for Kids at Stone School - The Local Missions Team will be collecting new or gently used hats, mittens or gloves (waterproof preferred), coats and boots for elementary age children at Stone School, starting in November and continuing through January. Please bring your donations to the upper lobby. Thank... More →
  • faithweaverfriendscolor Roots Children's Ministry Open House - Come see what is taking place in the children's ministry this year! There will be an Open House next Sunday, November 2nd, in Rooms 11 and 12 immediately following both services. Come see examples of crafts, music and stories that the children are learning this year. Enjoy your morning coffee and a "kid" snack and see how you might be able to use your gifts in the children's... More →
  • glasses_628 Recycle old glasses - Remember to bring in your unwanted eye glasses and put them in a basket in the lower lobby. We donate adult and children's glasses, sun glasses and reading glasses and cases to M.O.S.T. ministries which in turn distributes them throughout the world to people who would not be able to see without your donated glasses. Thank you for helping others to... More →
  • valentin_paul_writing1800x1337 Ephesians Challenge - "Hans" learned last week that building up the body is more than just pumping iron. You too can pump up your faith by taking the Ephesians challenge which is: read through the book of Ephesians in the New Testament once each week during Pastor Scott's sermon series on... More →
  • team_cvent_w640 Hospitality Team - Trustees are setting up a new Hospitality Team and they could use your help. We need 3 people per service to provide help in the parking lot and throughout the church. See Chad Clark for details and to sign... More →
  • airconditioning COOL PROJECT - Figures are in - the "Cool Project" to in-stall air conditioning in the sanctuary is moving forward. A special collection will be taken October 19th for those of you who want to participate but were not able to pledge large amounts. Pledges will be called in soon and the project will move for-ward so that when warm weather comes next year, we will be ready for it. PRAISE GOD!!!!! - A more detailed report will come in next month's... More →
  • building-fund-flyer Ames Building Fund What is it? - Trustees Ministry - Download printable flyer... 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 Purpose-300x122

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