Connecting Points September 21, 2014

Challenge for 2014

To read the entire Bible; for it is the true rule and guide for faith and practice.

Join the Thirsty Sunday School class at 10:55 am, room 118 as they begin Beyond 30 Seconds:  Developing a Welcoming Congregation.  Each session explores how to view welcoming newcomers (as well as welcoming people in general) not as a program, but as a way of living within the body of Christ.  The United Methodist Church motto of “open hearts, open minds, open doors” can become a reality as individuals themselves greet and serve with open hearts and open minds.  The class contact is Myles Teston at mylesteston@gmail.com or cell number 256-200-2189.

New “Explorations” Class for Those Exploring Arab First UMC Steve and Sandy West are offering a new seasonal four-week Sunday School class for guests, visitors, and new members of our church.  A version of the class will be offered at both 9:30 and 10:45 in Room 119 in the fellowship hall. We will share about the story of American Methodism, basic beliefs, and the ministries of our church.  There is no commitment to join, just come, learn, and share.

Wednesday Night Meal at 5:00pm Cost of meal: $5 adults $3 kids

September 24th Hamburger steaks with pepper and onions, black-eyed peas, broccoli/cheese sauces, cornbread, and rolls.

October 1st Chicken Stew, cornbread, and crackers.

Mission to Kenya Yard Sale September 26th – 27th. The Home Team will be accepting donations this Sunday afternoon at the storage building from 12:00 noon to 3:00.  Donations can also be brought to the fellowship hall hallway in the church next Wednesday evening and all day next Thursday.  The Home Team appreciates your support and love for Jennifer Saunders and her work.

 Ladies Bible Study beginning Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 1:00 pm until 2:00/2:30.  Have you ever wondered about the women of the Bible?  In a society that did not historically value women, how were they able to accomplish what they did and can modern day women do the same?  Doris Adler will be facilitating a class on Women of the Bible, which will try to answer these questions and discuss how they relate to our lives today.  Come and join us as we explore the lives of these remarkable women and apply that insight to our time and ourselves.  We will be using room 117, in the lower level of the church.  Hope to see many of you there.  More people produce more ideas which makes for a more interesting class!

 World Communion Sunday will be October 5th, our Church family is sharing a litany for world communion Sunday. If you speak (French, Italian, Chinese, and Germany) and are interested in speaking a short line for the responsive litany, please call or email Debby at 256-797-4648 or afumcworship@yahoo.com.   We also plan to place an abundance of homemade bread on the alter to celebrate World Communion Sunday.  Please call or email Debby at 256-797-4648 or afumcworship@yahoo.com if you would be interested in making bread.  Any and all kinds are needed for all three services.

 Youth Sunday School starting October 5th will have one Youth Sunday School class at 10:55 am at the Youth House.

 Arab First UMC Shirts–Your input is needed!  At the recent servefest at Arab Community Fair, it was discovered that Pastor Steve does not have an AFUMC t shirt!  Then it was noted that several others are at a loss as well!  To remedy this situation, we are having a t shirt design contest.  Help design a t shirt that AFUMC members of all ages can wear at any event.  All designs will need to be turned in to the church office by noon on October 6.

 UMW Fundraiser – A drawing for a “Trees” Oil Painting by Trice Hinds (28” x 34” framed) will be held Monday, October 6, 2014.  You do not need to be present to win.  Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased from any UMW Member.  All proceeds to benefit UMW Missions (missions local to Arab.)

 Dollars for Diapers and T-shirt Drive UMW Circle 6 is starting a drive to help provide cloth diapers for low-income families through the North Alabama Cloth Diaper Bank! We are asking for donations of adult sized, 100% cotton tee shirts (used and even damaged ones are fine), flour-sack towels or flat diapers, and $1. The tee-shirts will be used to make flat diapers, diaper inserts, and cloth wipes. The flour sack towels (found at Walmart with the kitchen towels, about $5 for 5) are used for flat diapers. The $1 will be put toward diaper covers.  T-shirt and flour sack towel donations can be placed in collection bins located at all 3 entrances, and $1 donations can be placed in the box in the office.  Contact Laura Liebner at 256-738-1242 or any UMW Circle 6 member as needed.

 Whites Drive for Kelly’s Rainbow-we are collecting twin size sheets and pillowcases, bath towels and wash cloths for the safe house in conjunction with Marshall County United Way’s Day of Caring on September 9th. The request is for white only so the items can be bleached. There will be collection containers in the church through the month of September. For information, please contact Joyce Marcotte at 256-506-1660 or marcotte1999@charter.net.

 24-hour Prayer Retreat Announced for November!

Mark your calendars now for a very special Prayer Retreat on November 20-21! Facilitated and led by Pastor Steve West and coordinated by Nancy Stewart, this will be a 24-hour day apart at the brand new retreat center at Sacred Heart monastery in Cullman. We plan to meet on Thursday for dinner at Stone Bridge, stay the night in private retreat rooms (shared rooms available for couples), and depart on Friday before dinner. Those who are only able to come for the day on Friday are welcome to join us. Pastor Steve will lead us. Registration information is forthcoming but mark your calendars now

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