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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 […]

March’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

“But you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.” Exodus 19:6 “…I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Is 49:6 “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others so that they may see […]

February’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

I really hate winter. The only redeeming grace about winter, in my mind, is that the frigid weather kills most bugs, and keeps other unwanted bugs from migrating northward! As I am writing, the ice is slowly getting salted off the streets, and the incoming arctic air is supposed to plunge the temperatures downward overnight. […]

January’s Pastor Notes

by Nicole Smith

“Therefore every scribe wo has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” – Matthew 13:52 “What do I have to do to become a member?” We live in a world in which “membership” can be […]

United Methodist Women Summer Events

by Kirsten Baxter

Join the UMW for their summer events- District Meeting : Thursday, June 27, 1:30 pm in Fellowship HallUMW women from the North Central District will join Ames UMW for aSisters Event, organized by District officers.  Come meet UMW membersfrom other units in our District and enjoy conversation, music, andlight refreshments. Guest Day : Thursday, July […]

Call to Prayer & Self-Denial

by Kirsten Baxter

United Methodist Women will meet at noon on March 7th for a soup lunch and “Call to Prayer and Self- Denial” offering. Pastor Kerrin Kirkpatrick will be the featured speaker on “Mission Experience in Africa.” Her program will be repeated at 6:30 pm for those unable to attend the noon meeting. Childcare is provided in […]