Sunday Morning Opportunities: 

All classes meet 9:45-10:45

Wesley’s Holy Club

Pastor Cephas Davis will be leading this new and exciting group. If you are new to the Methodist faith or maybe just feel like you want more background on this denomination you’ve been a part of for a while, this is a great group for you! This group will take a look at the United Methodist faith as they discuss the history of it, the sacraments celebrated, and what makes us United Methodists. Room E111

Faith and Reason

This group has a strong focus on faith and social action. They use a variety of video based lessons, articles from various organizations, and books from noted writers and thinkers from around the world, as they discuss the relationship between religious fundamentalism and democracy, equality, and human rights. Join them for an invigorating discussion! Room E110

Coffee Talk

This group utilizes a great variety of video and book based studies covering numerous relevant topics in regards to faith formation. Chad and Carrie Copley lead this group that always has an engaging and thought-provoking discussion based on the studies. Conference Room E101

Other short-term classes will appear throughout the year – watch the newsletter and bulletin for details!

Mid-week Faith Formation Opportunities

Wonderful Wednesday Women

Wonderful Wednesday Women gathers weekly on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the church’s conference room beginning September 13. As we gather, we discuss how all are doing and if there are any special prayer requests or concerns. We then look at the worship from the past weekend and discuss a variety of things about it that we connected with. Then we look ahead to the coming weekend and look at the worship service that is planned. We discuss the lectionary for the weekend and reflect on the messages from each. This group is not only a bible study, but a way to look at the meaningful design of the worship service and find varying ways we can each connect to it. We are also a great support system for one another as we go through different times and events in our lives and share from our own life experiences and faith journeys.

**Wonderful Wednesday Women will get a jump start on meeting by joining each other at Village Inn for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6.***

Men’s Morning Lectionary

A group of men gather at the West Ames Hy Vee for a lectionary discussion on Wednesday mornings. If you are interested in this group, contact Nicole for more details.

Pizza, Praise & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights between Labor Day and Memorial Day from 6:00-6:30 for Pizza, Praise and Prayer.  All ages are welcome to enjoy some pizza (salad, fruit, dessert also provided), participate in some praise songs and prayer before going to our various evening faith formation opportunities.  We will meet in the Multipurpose Room- W201.  Suggested donation $1 per slice.

Wednesday Night Adult Group

The group uses various DVD series throughout the September-May meeting times.  They invite any young through young at heart adults to join them for some great discussion.  This class meets in the conference room from 6:30-7:30.

Other short term classes may appear throughout the year. Watch the newsletter for details.

LIFE Groups

They are a wonderful way to get to know others in the congregation. LIFE stands for Living and Learning In Faith Everyday. The groups meet in people’s homes at a variety of times and frequency through the week and/or month. Group members meet and discuss the spiritual needs specific to those in their group to determine what course of study they will take. This fall we will have 7-8 LIFE groups with the opportunity for new ones to start at any time. If you are interested in further developing your faith as well as having an opportunity to become better connected with members of the congregation, contact Nicole Smith nicole@fumcames.org, and she will connect you with a LIFE group leader or assist you in starting your own LIFE group.

Technology Ministry

Mike Evans is in the beginning stages of creating a Technology Ministry for Ames First UMC. This ministry will be a group of volunteers who have a variety of advanced abilities in the field of technology. For example, maybe you’re an iPhone expert or maybe you’re a pro with Microsoft Office, whatever your tech savvy abilities are, you are needed! The hope is to form this group to have people in the congregation connecting with others who may need some assistance with various technology needs. Contact Mike Evans at 515-460-3921 if you are interested in being a volunteer for this ministry. Once this is formed and ready to go, more information will go out about how to get in touch with someone regarding your specific technology need.

Liturgical Dance

This group seeks to incorporate dance into worship as a way of praising God. We meet every other week and practice dance as a way of praising God. We dance in worship 3-4 times a year. All ages are welcome.

Contact: Nicole, nicole@fumcames.org