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Things Look Different Here!

We’re beginning a transition this week to a new email system, and it’s the first time we’re using a new “responsive design” for our weekly email. That means it should adjust according to the size of the screen you view this on. There are bound to be some glitches as we try new things, learn the ropes, and so on, so thanks for your patience.

Visitation and Funeral for Lucy Duitscher

Lucy Duischer, a long-time member of Collegiate/Wesley, died on September 13.

Visitation will be at Adams Funeral Home today, Friday, September 18 from 5:00-7:00 PM and at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 AM.

The funeral will take place this Saturday, September 18 at 11:00 AM with lunch following in Wesley Hall.


Prospective Member Gathering This Sunday

Want to consider joining Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation as a member? An informational meeting will be held this Sunday, 

September 21

at 9:45 a.m. in the church library (one floor directly below the Gathering Space). The session will last one hour and share basic info about the church, its unique connection to

campus ministry, membership options, etc. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions to get the information you need to help you decide whether to become a member. Grab a

doughnut and some coffee and join us during this Sunday School-hour gathering!

RoadMakers: Is it right for you?

RoadMakers is a year-long “Community of Practice” (a group devoted to shared and collaborative learning and practice). It’s designed for anyone—from youth thru adults, regardless of where you are in your faith journey. It might be for you if…

  • you’re seeking a fresh way to experience and practice your faith
  • are ready for new vitality in your relationship with God
  • wish you knew how to share your faith with your children or friends, or
  • feel out of place in traditional church circles.

RoadMakers participants commit to taking part in a monthly meal/gathering, optional smaller gatherings, and weekly personal readings/action. We’ll use Brian McLaren’s new book We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation. Our initial gathering and potluck meal is this Sunday, September 21, 12:15 p.m. in Wesley Hall. Even if you can’t bring a dish to share, feel free to come! Can’t make it or need more info? Contact Tim Gossett, 450-2858 or


Covenant Bible Study Begins

Beginning Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 44, you are invited to participate in this 24 week long Bible study. This in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of the covenant as a unifying pattern though all the books in the Old and New testaments. Philip Dykema is the facilitator.


MICA Food Drive: 2 more weeks

Each September, we encourage you to grab a grocery bag from the cart by the south or west entrances and fill it with non-perishable food items and commonly-used toiletries for MICA. The bags have a list of some suggested items. Your donations can be brought to the church at any time in September and placed in one of the carts.



When we become members of the church we profess our faith and beliefs that unite us as Christians. But that’s not all. A question in the membership service of the United Methodist Church charges us to put our faith into action: “As members of this congregation, will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness?”

Our first sermon series for this new school year is “actFAITHion.” (It should be read “Faith in Action.” Get it?) Each Sunday service will focus on one of the ways we have promised to actively live out our commitment to Christ and be his disciples:

  • September 21 – Gifts, Rev. Melissa Warren, preaching
  • September 28 – Service Rev. Scott Grotewold, preaching
  • October 5 – Witness Rev. Scott Grotewold, preaching

Be sure to join us for fellowship time after each service in the Gathering Space. Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:45 a.m.


Special faithspring  Speaker

 We are so pleased that
Darryl Teske,
one of the missionaries the intergenerational mission trip team met in Costa Rica, is coming to Ames.

At faithspring this Sunday (5:30 PM in the Annex Worship Space), he will be sharing about the vision and mission of Strong Missions where is currently working. He will also be giving an update on the work that our teams participated in. The main part of his discussion will be during supper, so come to faithspring and plan to stay to eat!

Soup Supper Reminder

Our Wednesday evening all-church Soup Supper is a perfect place to meet people, enjoy a delicious potluck & soup meal, and just relax for a while. Join us each Wednesday at 6 PM (new time this fall!) in Wesley Hall. Bring a side dish or desert to share if you can…but most importantly, just come (& bring friends!)

A Soup Supper prayer:  

In our world, some have friends but no food. Others have food but no friends. We’re grateful, God, that we have both. Amen.

Walk the CROP Walk on October 12
icon Tim Gossett icon September 4, 2014

Did you know that the CROP Walk is the original charitable walking event in the U.S.? You can end hunger locally and abroad by walking with us on Sunday, October 12th. We’ll gather at 1 PM at Brookside Park with walkers from many other faith communities in Ames, then depart for a 5K walk around campus and north Ames at 1:30 PM. Refreshments are provided along the way and at the end of the walk.

Click to read more, sponsor a walker, or sign up

Where Can You Serve? Consider These Openings…

Every fall, the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development works to find people to serve on the “official” committees, boards, and clusters of the church. (See the list below.) There are literally dozens of task teams, offering short-term and targeted opportunities for service; these are staffed by members and friends throughout the year, but are not nominated by this committee. Generally, the people nominated are asked to serve a three-year term. Chairs of these groups are usually asked to serve at least two years.

Persons are needed to begin in January, 2015 for the 2015-2017 term in the following church groups:

  • Board of Trustees and Property Committee (dealing building and grounds decisions)
  • Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development
  • Staff-Parish Relations Committee (human resource and personnel matters)
  • Finance Committee (oversight of the church budget: expenses and income)
  • Reaching and Receiving Cluster (programs to connect people with Collegiate/Wesley)
  • Worship Ministries Cluster (programs that relate people to God)
  • Education Ministries Cluster (programs that nurture people in their faith)
  • Congregational Care Cluster (programs to serve people within our church family)
  • Sending to Serve Cluster (programs of mission and service to the community and world)
  • Wesley Foundation Board (empowering the campus ministry)
  • Endowment Board (management and decisions related to the church endowment fund)
  • Nichols Scholarship Board (aiding persons with C/W ties who are entering church professions)

People are needed in these lay leadership positions to begin in January 2015. (Some can be shared by two persons)

  • Church Council Vice-Chairperson
  • Church Council Secretary
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees/Property Committee
  • Chair of the Finance Committee
  • Chair of the Worship Ministries Program Cluster
  • Chair of the Education Ministries Program Cluster
  • Chair of the Congregational Care Program Cluster
  • Chair of the Wesley Foundation Board
  • Chair of the Nichols Scholarship Committee

If you are Interested in and/or willing to serve in any of the above capacities, please contact Rev. Scott Grotewold (who serves as Chair of the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee) at or by calling the church office at 515-292-6936.


Collegiate United Methodist Church/

Wesley Foundation

2622 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014

515-292-6936 ♦