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Reopening Information

by Nicole Smith

Please view the below information regarding potential phased reopening of the church for in-person worship. Sept 17 2020 Rapid Response Team Letter and Reopening Information Ames First UMC Phased Reopening Plan

God’s Umbrella of Grace

by Nicole Smith

This ministry year of September 2020 through August 2021, the theme is Grace: hearing grace, receiving grace, speaking grace, accepting grace, giving grace, and living grace. On Sunday, September 13, Pastor Kerrin kicked off the theme with her sermon “God’s Umbrella of Grace.” Here is that sermon. Scripture readings from the service were Ephesians 2:4-10 […]

September’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

“Grace.” Collin saw this in Hobby Lobby while we were looking around. He was interested in it and asked me what I thought. I said “Well, it’s broken.” It had been heavily discounted because it was broken so I started looking at the one that was as it should be. He said “No, that’s the […]

August’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

July’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

It has been such a joy these last couple of weeks watching through the office window as the families have come to take care of the rainbow garden on the corner. The kiddos have ended up drenched in the watering process and there have been a lot of giggles! But the laughter in the garden […]

Update from Rapid Response Team

by Nicole Smith

Hello FUMC, Throughout this pandemic, the Church Council has vigilantly followed and discussed the pandemic, and how to respond to it. As mentioned by Pastor Kerrin, a subset of the Church Council, called the Rapid Response Team, has been formed to be more agile and responsive to the changing landscape, and to ensure decisions and […]

UPDATE: Online Worship Only Through June

by Nicole Smith

UPDATE: At our May Council meeting, the Church Council voted to continue on-line only worship through June.  The service will remain at 8:30am on Sunday mornings.   Many of you have been asking if Ames First will open up for in-person worship after May 1st. Ames First UMC will continue to hold only on-line worship […]

May’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 This verse has been on my heart and mind for the last few weeks now. In fact, it has served as a lifeline for me during this time of chaos. I need this reminder that God’s got this. […]

April’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

When Carl and I first became parents, I had life pretty well scheduled. My son’s personality was a predictable one – I could read the signs of illness. I could tell when something was wrong by the sound of his cry. I could usually predict when he would finally go to sleep and when he […]

Staying Connected and Supporting Each Other

by Nicole Smith

Dear Ames FUMC Family, As we are all adjusting to routines that are different than normal, we want you to know that we care about how you are doing. Additionally, we are working to identify new and meaningful ways to maintain connections with each other and help one another through this unprecedented situation. We hope […]