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Pastor’s Notes for September

by Nicole Smith

6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 This verse has been in my heart and on my […]

Pastor’s Notes for August 2021

by Nicole Smith

“Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16 I once attended a special church meeting where a large number of the members had gathered into “camps” before the meeting had even started. As the tension […]

Pastor’s Notes for July 2021

by Nicole Smith

What do you think of when you hear the words “Fourth of July”? I think of some of my family’s traditional Independence Day activities: grilling out, the firework displays (and sparklers with our kids), watching “A Capital Fourth” on PBS. And parades! I’m a big fan of parades! There’s a parade we in our churches […]

Pastor’s Notes for June 2021

by Nicole Smith

“There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future what it holds, a mystery, Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.” “Hymn of Promise,” UMC Hymnal #707, verse 2, Natalie Sleeth It was […]

Addendum to May 11 Letter to Congregation

by Nicole Smith

Addendum to May 11 letter to First United Methodist Church congregation   In light of the May 13 announcement by the CDC regarding mask wearing, the Rapid Response Team met on May 19 to review our policies stated in the all church letter dated May 11, 2021.   With the health and safety of our […]

New Changes Coming Soon for Re-Entry!

by Nicole Smith

May 11, 2021   Ames First United Methodist Church, As more and more people become vaccinated, your church leadership is making plans to transition to new policies and processes. We are excited about the opportunity to be more connected, but also want to make sure we create options and a safe environment. We have come […]

Pastor’s Notes for May

by Nicole Smith

Take me out to the ball game Take me out with the crowd Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks I don’t care if I never get back Let me root, root, root For the home team If they don’t win it’s a shame For it’s One, Two, Three strikes you’re out At the old ball […]

Pastor’s Notes for April

by Nicole Smith

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in […]

Pastor’s Notes for March

by Nicole Smith

“Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, Measure a year?” As we come upon an entire year of dealing with covid, I have had this song stuck in my head…but I’ve made a few […]

Pastor’s Notes for February

by Nicole Smith

“In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of God has come near.’…Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey…” – Matthew 3:1-2, 4, NRSV How desperate does someone have to be […]