Greetings from Rev. Amanda Gordon!

by Nicole Smith

Greetings Ames First United Methodist Church Family,   In James 4:14-15, we read:  Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring… Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.”  I definitely did not know that 2022 would bring me to Iowa and you likely […]

Note from Pastor Kerrin

by Nicole Smith

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Ames First, Colo, and Collins UMCs, Due to the early scheduling of pastors’ moves this year and my husband, Carl’s, ongoing health issues, we will both be moving to our retirement home in Kansas April 29th. The original plan was to have me stay behind in Ames to support the […]

Pastor’s March Note

by Nicole Smith

Sometimes it seems that we keep track of our calendars by moving from holiday to holiday – moving from Christmas to Valentine’s Day to Saint Patrick’s Day right to Easter. We can be so quick to jump from one special celebration to the next without thinking about the time in the middle. That “time in […]

Help Our Local Schools

by Nicole Smith

We have the opportunity to help out some of our local schools in need.   Kate Mitchell Elementary is in need of books in their classrooms and have asked us to help out by donating to their Scholastic account. They have a book fair coming up next week and can use the money to get […]

Leading Now – Iowa Tour at Ames First UMC

by Nicole Smith

On Saturday, February 26, 2022, Ames First UMC will be hosting an in person Town Hall for the Leading the Now and Into the Future. As a follow-up to Bishop Laurie’s Epiphany address and the Appointive Cabinet’s leadership initiative born out of their work in the “Leading Now and Into the Future” series, the District Superintendents and the Ministry […]

Pastor’s Notes for February 2022

by Nicole Smith

[Jesus] said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And then he commanded [Peter], “Follow me.” Turning his head, Peter noticed the disciple Jesus loved following right behind. When Peter noticed him, he asked Jesus, “Master, what’s going to happen to him?” Jesus said, “If I want him […]

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 […]