First United Methodist Church seeks to be a church that goes out into the world to serve others.  Below are some of the ways we strive to do so.

Special Sundays

The Special Sundays are 6 offerings collected across the United Methodist Church.  We participate in each of these Special Sundays, and will have special envelopes available for donations.  If you want to learn more about the Special Sundays overall, click here.

Human Relations Day:

Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance (January)

The Human Relations Day offering supports neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy in the United States and Puerto Rico through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk individuals through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.

One Great Hour of Sharing:

Fourth Sunday in Lent (March or early April)

Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing lay the foundation of all United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) work by covering the costs of doing business. This means all contributions designated to specific programs can go 100 percent to those programs because UMCOR’s basic expenses are covered.

Native American Ministries Sunday:

Second Sunday after Easter (April or early May)

The Native American Ministries Sunday offering develops and strengthens annual conference Native American ministries, equips Native American rural and urban congregations ministries, and communities and education Native American seminarians.

Peace with Justice Sunday:

First Sunday after Pentecost (late May or June)

Gifts on Peace with Justice Sunday fund programs that advocate for peace and justice in the United States and around the world.  These programs empower United Methodists to speak out for removing structures and systems that harm God’s children globally.

World Communion Sunday:

First Sunday in October

The World Communion Sunday offering funds racial-ethnic World Communion Scholarships, with at least one-half of the annual ammount reserved for ministries beyond the United States.  Donations also provide for U.S. Ethnic Scholarship and Ethnic In-Service Training programs.

United Methodist Student Day:

Last Sunday in November

United Methodist Student Day calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge.  Gifts on United Methodist Student Day support UM scholarships and the UM Student Loan Fund.

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

The Appalachia Service Project is a Christian mission that addresses the housing needs of Central Appalachia. Each year, usually in late July, a team of high school youth and adults leaves from Ames First UMC to share God’s love through home repair. The goal of the Appalachia Service Project is to make homes safer, drier, and warmer, and to transform the lives of the volunteers and the families with whom they work. This mission certainly is a transformative time for youth and adults; an opportunity to engage in meaningful work, reflect on the blessings and challenges of our life together, and grow closer as a group.

Contact:  Church Office, 515-232-2750

Our Missionaries

New information coming soon about our current missionaries

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