Pastor’s Notes for January 2022

by Nicole Smith

I’ve noticed a shift in the TV programming lately; they’ve moved past the Christmas specials and into “end-of-the-year” mode. The morning news programs have started their “year in review” segments; the advertisers have gone to year-end clearance sales; more commercials have popped up for exercise equipment and weight loss programs, aimed at reaching those who […]

Pastor’s Notes for December

by Nicole Smith

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:10-11 Just when reports of South Americans […]

Pastor’s Notes for November

by Nicole Smith

  It’s that time of year again~ time for hoodies & boots, for bonfires & s’mores, for raking leaves & jumping in them, for caramel apples & hot cider. Yes, it is that wonderful time of year…Fall! But one of my absolute favorite things about this time of year is picking out pumpkins. I love […]

Pastor’s Notes for October

by Nicole Smith

The Lord sent Nathan to David….and he said to him,“…..’Now there came a traveler to the rich man,…[the rich man] took [a] poor man’s lamb, and prepared that for the guest who had come to him.’ Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, ‘As the Lord lives, the man […]

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 […]