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January’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

On December 14, 1996, a 763-foot grain freighter crashed into a Mississippi riverside shopping mall at New Orleans, and 116 people were injured. The crash destroyed a major part of the wharf, where 200 shops and restaurants were located. The ship lost control in a place on the river that is considered to be the […]

Happy New Year

by Kirsten Baxter

LOOKING BACK AT 2018…..  2018 brought many changes to FUMC. In June, we said goodbye to Pastors Fred Lewis and Cephas Davis. Each heading in opposite directions on their preaching journey; both with high hopes of what their futures would bring. Pastor Fred began his retirement. Looking forward to a whole new way of life […]

Noon Year’s Eve

by Kirsten Baxter

Our annual Noon Year’s Eve party will start at 10:30am with a yogurt bar and monkey bread. There will be science experiments with Iowa 2018 Teacher of the Year, Aileen Sullivan. At the craft station, you’ll make your own 2019 glasses, party hats, and noise makers. There’ll be a dance party with all the hits […]

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