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  • Food Pantry SQ Food Pantry - Expenses mount up in the fall with school supplies, school clothes and heating bills that rise with falling temperatures. This puts a pinch on family budgets and sometimes food runs out due to money issues. Please remember to support the Food Pantry by bringing a donation of food to Ames by Sunday, October 11. Suggested items included: Peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, soup and stews, cereals, canned meats and vegetables. Thank you for remembering to feed the... More →
  • Crop Walk 2015 CROP WALK 2015 Sunday, October 11th - Calling all Walkers and Donors – The time is here! Amy Hayes has the registration forms and information to sign you up, connect donors with walkers, or answer any questions. Thank you for your support of this great service project! - Note to Crop Walkers: Please see Bev Heitkamp for a great price on an Ames T-shirt to wear on the... More →
  • marriage (1) Marriage Small Group Study - Scripture says “if God is for us who can be against us” Romans 8:31 - Nobody ever told me that parenting and marriage would be so challenging. Am I the only one? - Let’s get together one Friday a month and challenge each other to find God’s voice for our circumstances! - Mark your calendar: Friday, October 16, November 13 and December 11. - We will meet at 7 PM at the church for a presentation on a marriage related topic. Maybe one month it will be a video, another month a panel of seasoned couples offering their story. - Why not invite another couple out to dinner before the event and make it an evening. - We promise to have some laughs along with serious support. - We promise to be respectful, no husband or wife bashing allowed! - We promise to offer a delicious dessert and hot coffee. - Would you like to help host an evening? Do you have any questions? Contact Sue Passeno at 989-233-4162. RSVP: to the church... More →
  • Mission Outreach Youth in ministry - You already know about Kaycee Clark and Ricky - Schell currently at Ames working towards careers in full -time ministry. You may not know about two more who grew up at Ames and are looking to serve in full-time ministry right now! - Hannah Koval has had a difficult road since moving on from her time at Ames just over ten years ago. She acknowledges that God was in control, however, every step of the way. There were moments when it looked like Hannah might not survive and God miraculously saved her. After the most recent miracle, Hannah realized that God had a great plan for her life, and she began to seek Him like never before. God blessed her and currently has her working full-time in ministry with Christ for the Nations down in Dallas, TX, where Hannah gets to minister to hurting women every single day. Hannah has great joy and satisfaction in her work and is quick to share her own humbling story, giving glory to God in every way possible! She says 'hi' to Ames, her childhood church and is thankful for her Godly upbringing. - Michael Cornish, who graduated near the top of his class at Heritage H.S. in 2012 and was extremely active at Ames and Revolution Student Ministries, began pursuing a career in public school teaching at Eastern Michigan University. He has also been very involved in campus ministry and has even taken a few short term mission trips in recent years. If you talk with Michael today, you'll find that he's no longer pursuing teaching because God has made it abundantly clear to him that he should be proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ to college students at EMU. Michael is already in conversation with the campus ministry he is active with and hopes to officially be on full-time staff as soon as he graduates from college! Michael is praying for Ames and excited to hear about all the good things God is doing... More →
  • Judy Mertz4 Thank You Judy - Judy Mertz first became a part of Ames UMC’s nursery at age three, when her family began attending the church. Judy’s mother was recruited to help in the nursery and of course, her 3-year-old daughter came in tow. At that time, the library was where the nursery was located and it was for all ages, from infants to kindergartners. Judy’s mom was instrumental in dividing the children into a group for the infants, one for the 2-year-olds and another for the 3-year-olds. For as long as Judy can remember, she always assisted her mother with this important children’s ministry. She grew up going to first service and Sunday School and then helped in the nursery during the 11 am service. She even helped on Sundays when she came home from college for a weekend visit. When Judy’s son was one, Judy began working with the children on a steady basis each week. Her son is now in his 40’s, so Judy has invested 40 years of devoted ministry with Ames’s children, including the years she served with her mother! - Judy has seen many children come and go, but particularly remembers one extremely active boy who was quite a handful. It’s wonderful to see him now participating in mission trips and considering full-time ministry. - Judy says that not working with the children eachSunday has left a void, however, she has joined the Chapel Belles Sunday School class and is really enjoying her fellowship with that group. - Thank you, Judy, for your years of devoted ministry to so many children at Ames UMC. May God bless you in your “retirement”. - Pictures: - Judy with her mother, Mrs.... More →
  • Womens Bible Study Women's Bible Study - Come study God's word with us on Thursdays at 9:30am until 11:30 in room 12 beginning October 8th. We will be doing a Bible study by Kay Arthur on the book of Acts called "The Holy Spirit Unleashed in You." Childcare will be provided for a minimal cost if needed. Please contact Sarah Brennan at 773-987-7970 or by October 1 if you are... More →
  • Kids Cafe, backpack program Providing ‘kid’ supplies - Thanks to all who donated money or supplies for the Backpacks for Kids program. We were able to provide backpacks/supplies to 46 kids—our highest number ever! The needs are still great. Thanks to Susan Martinez who organized this collection. I also made a delivery of four bags of underwear, socks and personal wipes to Stone School. They were VERY appreciative! Such simple things, yet so needed and appreciated by kids in our local community. - Please remember to continue to pick up underwear and socks (boys and girls, sizes 5 - 8) We have an ongoing collection of these items during the school year. They are needed for kids who may have an accident while at school. As the weather turns colder, we will be collecting new and gently used coats, hats, mittens and boots for kids of all sizes. Please keep this in mind as you sort through your kid’s clothes for winter or go shopping! Any questions, call Cathy Campbell (792-6725). - Sponsored by the Local Mission Team. - Kids Cafe, backpack... More →
  • Feeding The Future Feeding the Future - Congratulations to Tonya Jackson of Ames for getting a part-time job with Feeding the Future. Tonya is the third person with Ames connections to get employed through this program that partners with Revolution Student Ministries at Ames by providing healthy meals and snacks at youth events. - Pictured below, from left to right, are Tonya, her husband Alonzo, and Tonia (of FTF, Tonya's new boss) while serving meals at the Aim High Basketball Camp this past summer! The job is a big answer to prayer for the Jackson family! Praise the... More →
  • prayer shawl Prayer Shawl Ministry - Ames has a dedicated group of ladies (but men are welcome if they knit) who knit prayer shawls on an ongoing basis. We have been in existence for several years and meet at the church on the third Wednesday of each month from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Shawls are prayed over and blessed during our meetings. Gathering at the church is just a small part of the ministry – we knit at home as much as we are able. Often we pray as we are knitting even at home so that lots of love and prayer goes into each shawl that is completed. - More than 240 prayer shawls have been given away so far and we hear many wonderful reports. Most commonly they are given to people experiencing difficult times such as long term illness, death of a family member, etc. However, we also give prayer shawls to our high school graduates each year, new babies in the congregation and for various other reasons. - Those who receive them, particularly those going through crisis, have found such comfort in being able to wrap in their shawl. The yarn is soft and “huggable” and many say they just feel the love of God when they have their prayer shawl nearby. For the graduates, it often goes to college with them as they leave home for the first time. - We would love to have more knitters join us. - Some are not able to come to meetings and that’s OK – we understand, but would welcome you to participate in our group by knitting at home. We provide the yarn if you just give your time and talent . It’s a very satisfying, rewarding feeling to provide comfort to others through prayer shawl ministry. (and if you don’t know how to knit – we’ll help you... More →
  • Hospital Ganta Ames supports mission hospital - When I was growing up at Ames, mission speakers were a regular part of the yearly schedule. I remember hearing Dr. Robert Kingsbury, a medical missionary who grew up at Ames, speak about building and establishing a hospital in Africa. Ganta United Methodist Hospital is still supported by Ames church today through our yearly mission’s budget. - Today, Ganta UM hospital is a regional referral hospital providing Christ-centered, quality (but affordable) health care for a population of over 450,000; mostly consisting of subsistence farming families in rural, northeastern Liberia and along the borders of Guinea and Ivory Coast. Access to health care in Liberia is challenged by poverty, poor or non-existent roads, low levels of literacy, and dramatically insufficient numbers of health facilities to meet the needs of a growing population. - In a recent newsletter, Patrick Mangbenie Mantor, hospital administrator, stated that they are focused on improving the overall sanitation and safety in the hospital buildings and campus. Recent efforts involved provision of effective waste disposal sites, re-screening all windows, provision of screen doors, replacement of rotted wood and timbers, and removal of excessive foliage to prevent conditions conducive for breeding mosquitoes (to control malaria). They trained janitors and general staff on infection control and prevention methods. Their most prioritized needs now are replacing ceramic floor tiles on the various wards and modernizing the Labor and Delivery Ward. - In November we will be talking about the church budget and how you can support ministry through Ames. Please remember that your financial support reaches beyond our walls and around the... More →
  • Ames Fall fellowship Ames Fall Fellowship - WHAT: Church family fun in the great outdoors - WHEN: Sunday, October 18th - WHERE: Price Nature Center, 6685 Sheridan Rd, Saginaw - TIME: Lunch immediately following 2nd service - WHY: Let’s enjoy God’s amazing creation while fellowshipping as a church family. - Price Nature Center has so much to offer on a beautiful autumn day (weather permitting). There is a covered pavilion for lunch, a brand new playground for children of all ages, gorgeous hiking trails and modern bathroom facilities. Hot dogs will be provided. Please bring a dish to pass. There are picnic tables on site, however, you’re welcome to bring a bag chair or a blanket to relax on. Wear comfortable shoes. It’s our hope that people will take advantage of a stroll on the... More →
  • building-fund-flyer Building Fund - Trustees Ministry - Ames Building Fund What is it? - 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

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