UNAFRAID- All Church Study

by Kirsten Baxter

September 22 is the starting date for the FUMC all church study Unafraid, Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times by Adam Hamilton.   The book and five session video series discusses fear as it relates to a multitude of origins.  Hamilton “draws on recent research, real-life examples and fresh biblical insight to untangle the knots we […]

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 […]

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 […]

December’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

It’s only the end of November as I write this, and I am already fed up with the Christmas commercials on TV. All this talk about winning the holidays by buying more things has got me feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge this year. Sometimes I just want to ‘bah humbug’ the whole season. I want to […]