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 […]

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 […]

November’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

I love autumn! My favorite change of seasons is from summer to autumn – I love the crispness in the air…and apples…and pumpkins… and bonfires …and the beautiful leaves…and of course cheering on the cyclones for football season!  What if there wasn’t any change in seasons? It would be hot all the time…or worse, cold all the […]

October’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

Psychologist Milton Rokeach struck upon an unusual way to treat three patients who suffered from delusions of grandeur. Each believed himself to be unique among humanity – the messiah, the one called to save the world. Rokeach found it was very difficult to help each of the men accept the truth about their identity. So, he […]

Parents Group Small Group

by Kirsten Baxter

On September 22, we will kick off our small group! We will have a family game night from 4-5:30pm in the multipurpose room. Please bring a board game and an appetizer to share. This small group will meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday from 4:00-5:00pm. The kids will play in the nursery while parents have […]

September’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

In the Fall we hear of ‘Back to School’ sales; churches promoting ‘Back to Church’ events; after summer vacations we hear people whine about needing to go ‘Back to work’. However, I want to suggest that this Fall we don’t go ‘BACK’. Instead, let’s move FORWARD!  Forward into a new school year…after all, how many of […]

Parents Morning Out Program

by Kirsten Baxter

The United Methodist Women invite families with pre-school children and one parent at home to participate in the Parents Morning Out program at our church on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 am.  Each family will volunteer once a month along with a UMW member to provide childcare in the church nursery for participating children.  To register, please contact […]

August’s Pastor Notes

by Kirsten Baxter

She came, timidly at first, this small, veteran camper. She had heard the invitation to all campers to make a commitment to Christ for a week – just a week. But she had also heard that campers could come forward with concerns they had, and the pastoral staff would pray for their concerns. I was […]

School Bag Drive & Kit Instructions

by Kirsten Baxter

The Children, Family, and Intergenerational Ministries of Ames First are having a school supply drive now through August 18. On August 18, we will pack up the supplies into school kits for Midwest Mission. Midwest Mission is a cooperating supply depot for UMCOR and is located in Pawnee, IL. The kits are a little different […]