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Collegiate Methodist Church as it looked in the 1950s

Join us as we turn 100!

On September 25, Collegiate/Wesley will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the congregation. We’ll be inviting alumni and former staff members to join us, and we truly hope you’ll be present as well. This day will kick off a year-long celebration which will feature other special events, so you’ll have many opportunities throughout the year to renew your own passion for this spiritual home.

Special Notes for Everyone

  • Please wear your name tag that morning. If you don’t have one, we’ll have them available in Wesley Hall, in the Gathering Space, and at the Welcome Center by the west entrance. You also can contact Natalie Rekemeyer, natalie@cwames.org, to get a permanent one (though it won’t be in place by Sunday.)
  • We are anticipating the Sanctuary will be very full. If you arrive early, we encourage you to move toward the center of the pews to allow others to easily find a seat. Feel free to sit in any of the balconies or the west transept, too!
  • Wondering who will be coming? Among our special guests are former C/W pastors Rev. Gary Putnam, Rev. David Stout, Rev. Karla Kincannon, Rev. Jim Stiles, and Rev. Scott Grotewold. Several other former staff will also be present, plus we’re hoping that many people from the congregation invited friends from years ago to join us.
  • Got a Collegiate/Wesley/Koinonia/baseball team/mission trip/etc. t-shirt or sweatshirt from the past or present? Feel free to wear it on Sunday!
  • As always, we encourage church “regulars” to park further from the building so that the spaces closest to the building are left for guests and those with mobility difficulties.

Schedule of Events

8:00-9:30 AM

  • Potluck breakfast in Wesley Hall. Please bring a favorite breakfast food to share. Milk, juice, coffee, and table service provided.
  • Tours (geared primarily for folks who are either new to the congregation or who are returning after years away, but everyone is certainly welcome) will leave from the Fireside Room at approximately 8:30, 8:40 and 8:50 AM.
  • Displays of photos, memorabilia, church documents and more will be available for you to browse in the Fireside Room. We’ll even have a few giveaways of photos (from the 1990s-early 2000s).
  • Collegiate/Wesley t-shirts, Wesley Foundation t-shirts, church cookbooks, and church history books will be available for sale in Wesley Hall.
  • Some simple games and a craft activity will be available for children outside on the south lawn, weather permitting. In case of rain, look for signs that indicate the alternate location.

9:00-9:30 AM

  • Ensemble 8:25, our 8:30 AM band, will be playing music in the Sanctuary. Photos from our history – especially the past 30 years or so – will be scrolling on the screens.

9:30 AM

  • Worship (Sanctuary). Rev. Kay Hooper will be preaching, and others from the congregation and some special guests will be sharing reflections as well.
  • Kids Korner will feature an optional bouncy house outside for young children (weather permitting), starting at about 10 AM, as well as a balloon artist.

10:45 AM (approx.)

  • Cake and fellowship time in Wesley Hall. It’s a great time to catch up with any old friends who have returned!
  • If you haven’t yet done so, be sure to get your dishes from Wesley Hall.
  • Outside on the south lawn, a bouncy house for kids will be available (weather permitting), and a balloon artist will be joyfully making balloons for kids as well. (Rain location for balloons: library)
  • Displays of photos, memorabilia, church documents and more will be available for you to browse in the Fireside Room. We’ll even have a few giveaways of photos (from the 1990s-early 2000s).
  • Collegiate/Wesley t-shirts, Wesley Foundation t-shirts, church cookbooks, and church history books will be available for sale in Wesley Hall.
  • Tours of the building will leave from the Fireside Room at approximately 11:00 and 11:15 AM.

12:00 PM

  • Lunch on the Landing for University students.

Volunteers

  • Thank you to the MANY people who have volunteered to help out on Sunday! You rock!! Please look for an email in your inbox on Thursday or Friday with additional details.
  • We could still use a few extra hands to help with the activities for kids. (It’s super easy – you’ll be supervising a simple craft activity.) Plus, there’s a new request for help with putting the displayed items away on Sunday afternoon, and possibly a few other open spots as well. Sign up at https://www.timetosignup.com/cwames/sheet/60990.

Other Ways to Be a Part of Our Centennial Celebration

  • Plan to be present for worship and for the potluck breakfast. (RSVPs to tim@cwames.org from those not currently part of the church are appreciated but not required. Former staff members are encouraged to email Tim Gossett, tim@cwames.org, so that we can recognize you during worship.)
  • Volunteer. We need many extra greeters, tour guides, kitchen helpers, and more that day, as well as over the weeks before the event. Use our online signup form here, or contact Tim Gossett, tim@cwames.org to offer your help.
  • Invite someone to be present, such as a friend who has moved away from Ames. Here are three easy ways to do that.
    • Share about the date on social media.
    • If you’d like an invitation you can mail to someone, we’ve got some available in the office.
    • Send friends to this page, www.cwames.org/centennial.
  • Get your kids involved! Have them create a piece of artwork based on the church logo. Encourage them to invite a friend to come to church. Learn about the history of this congregation or of the United Methodist church in general. See if they can come up with a unique way to raise 100 dollars (or even 100 nickels – in honor of former pastor Rev. Nichols) for a mission the church supports.
  • Work with a ministry cluster, team, Sunday school class or other group to plan other special events that can take place during the year. For example, imagine if members of this congregation worked together to plan 100 service projects during the coming year!
  • Send in a written or video greeting that we can share with the congregation. Email tim@cwames.org.
  • Pray often for this community of faith – for its members, its staff, its visitors, and its ministries.