Posts by Kirsten Baxter

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December’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

Well it hardly seems possible, but it is that time of year again.  It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying caramel apples, picking pumpkins, giving thanks with family and friends, and sitting around a bonfire. Now, we have traded that all in for colder weather and the joy of the holiday season. Yet, every year […]

November’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

A number of years ago, a colleague and I stopped for a quick bite at a small fast food restaurant after a spiritually inspiring event. We had spent the afternoon with a large crowd of fellow United Methodists. We worshipped. We prayed. We shared ministry hopes and dreams. The preacher for the event had been […]

Trunk or Treat & Speaker Event

by Kirsten Baxter

Ames First will be hosting two events later in October. We hope to see you at these great, community involved events! Iowa 2018 Teacher of the Year Aileen Sullivan, 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year and member of Ames First will speak on the topic “Helping Students Engage and Succeed in Science Education” on Monday, […]

Holiday Fair – October 20th

by Kirsten Baxter

First United Methodist Women’s annual Holiday Fair will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20 at 516 Kellogg Ave. in Ames.  Ames First UMW unit is part of United Methodist Women, now celebrating 150 years of service to women, children and youth locally and around the world. While this event is sponsored […]

Chili Fundraiser

by Kirsten Baxter

October is National Chili Month! Youth Council is inviting each committee, as well as anyone and everyone else who loves chili, to join us in our Chili Fundraiser!  If you’d like to enter a chili, there is a $5 donation with each chili entry. Trophies will be awarded for 1st Place Winner, People’s Choice, Best White […]

October’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

Have you ever had a difficult neighbor? When Mr. Palmer moved into his new house, he and his neighbor got along just fine. They would smile and wave when they saw each other in the driveway. There was no fence between their yards, and they never dreamed that they would ever need one. The problem […]

State of Church

by Kirsten Baxter

Slides in pdf Format for State of Church Conversation : 2018Sept16StateOfChurchemail Video of State of Church Conversation : https://youtu.be/LI088C1w3WQ

Wednesday Nights

by Kirsten Baxter

Wednesday Night Meals Ministry  We are putting together a task force to help find people and groups to plan, prepare, serve, and clean up our Wednesday night meals. This is a great opportunity for those who are not usually here on Wednesday nights to see all of the excitement and feel the energy of our midweek […]

September’s Pastor Note

by Kirsten Baxter

I love checking Facebook this time of year. One of the joys of being connected with friends from all over is that their kids all attend different schools. For weeks my newsfeed is full of adorable pictures of kids going back to school. As each of these pictures pop up, I pray for the students returning […]

August’s Pastor Note

by Kirsten Baxter

“And Jesus called out to [Simon Peter and Andrew], ‘Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people.’ And they left their nets at once and went with Jesus.” – Matthew 4:19-20, New Living Version Just for the record, I hate moving! And although some say it’s like Christmas when […]