Connecting Points 10/12/14

Connecting Points October 12, 2014
Challenge for 2014
To read the entire Bible; for it is the true rule
and guide for faith and practice.

Wednesday Night Meal at 5:00pm October 15th No Services

Young adults Sunday School starts today (college, singles, couples, couples with younger children, etc.) at 9:30 am in room 103 in the lower level of the church. Dawn Liebner will be facilitating the class.

Class of Our Redeemer will be having as their guest Cristin Dedmon from UM Children’s Home. Come to room 112 at 9:30 am to hear more about the UM Children’s Home that Arab First UMC supports throughout the year, including the White Christmas offering.

Trip to the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama is planned for all ages on Wednesday, October 15th. Dawn Liebner and Pastor Steve West will lead this trip. Plans are to meet at the church at 9 am, travelling to the Shrine with the church van as well as personal vehicles as needed. We will have a guided tour of both the Shrine and the John Paul II Eucharistic Center with a picnic lunch (bring your own sack lunch and drink.) Our goal is to be back at AFUMC by 3 pm. Adults, youth, and children are invited to participate! (Per the Shrine: Please do not wear sleeveless tops, tank tops, shorts, or mini-skirts/skirts above the knee. Ladies may wear slacks or jeans.)

Young-in-Heart Thursday, October 16th for a trip to the Freight House in Hartselle. The menu offers a wide range of meats, salads, sandwiches and desserts, with a price range of $5 – $10 (Steaks are more). Please make your reservations at the Hospitality Desk. Wayne Bunch will drive the church van and will depart from the church at 9:30. Freight House is located at 200 Railroad St. SW in Hartselle, phone 256-773-4600. The Young-in-Heart have been invited to join Hartselle’s First United Methodist Church Heritage Choir for an “Old Time Gospel Sing-along” at 1:00 pm.

UMW Fundraiser Raffle Winner of the “Trees” Oil Painting by Trice Hinds is Betty Parker. Total proceeds from the UMW Raffle Fundraiser are $1,175.00 Thank you to everyone who helped make this fundraiser such a success!

Wednesday night church activities will not meet October 15 due to school fall break, enjoy some time with your family.

New Wednesday Study starts Wednesday October 22, Brooke Hemphill will be facilitating the DVD-based conversation study of “Heaven Is For Real” starting Wednesday night October 22 at 5:45 pm in room 102. In addition to learning what the Bible teaches about heaven through engaging questions, devotional readings, and relevant Scripture, participants will learn more about the Burpo family and Colton’s experience in heaven and the way it has changed their lives. The study uses the Conversation Guide for “Heaven Is For Real;” it is not necessary to read the book entitled “Heaven is for Real.”

24-hour Prayer Retreat November 20-21 facilitated and led by Pastor Steve West and coordinated by Nancy Stewart at Sacred Heart monastery in Cullman. Registration information is located on the Hospitality Desk.

Weekly podcast of Arab First UMC worship services electronic devices. You can subscribe using iTunes or through a podcast app on your mobile device so that it’s easily accessible to you without going to the church website sermon archives. Look for the podcast entitled “Arab First United Methodist Church” and click “subscribe”!

“VISIONS & DREAMS” Sermon Series with Pastor Steve
October 26 – November 23 On the day the church was born, the Spirit came like a rush of wind. Fire swept over the people. Peter quoted the prophet Joel, who had spoken of that day saying “your young shall see visions, and your old shall dream dreams.”

Does God still grant us visions and dreams? What are yours? Exploring through the lens of the past, present, and future, Pastor Steve will lead us on a journey in response to our Dream Gatherings, the listening sessions we held this summer.

Thank You
Thank you for your continuing prayers and support during my recent accident. Chip Maurer

Health and Healing
Amanda Allen, Delbert Avritt, Baby E, Sonny Barker, Robert Barnes, Joe Beard, Ryder Bolton, Eddie Bowman, Ronald Brasher, Bob Coats, Bonnie Cline, Andrew Conkling, Sue Cooley, Ted Creel, Butch DeWeerth, Joseph & Amy Dodson, Eloise Dobbs, Donna Ennis, Sheila Franklin, Rev. Woodrow Franklin, John Freeman, Ron Gonia, Kathleen Hall, Chris Harris, Ronald Hatfield, Caroline Hinds, Tom Mann, Chip Maurer, Virginia Newton, Ed Oberle, Carolyn Oliver, Annetta Parker, Frances Rees, Maurine Stewart, Max Thompson, Linda Thrower, Cynthia Traylor, Daryl Wade, Mike Walsh, Polly Williamson, Myra Womble, and Carol Zoglmann.

Cancer Treatment
Jimmy Almond, Susan Angel, Phil Baker, Kathleen Brooks, Morgan Clark, Debbie Cunningham, Britt Frank, David Harvell, Ralph Hilty, Kevin Huber, Kim Johnson, Ken King, Joseph Morris, Sue Nichols, Jim Ogletree, Mary Alice Pitchford, Russel Quinn, Brenda Rogers, Shirley Scott, Richard Sharp, Albert Smith, Brenda Southerland, and Donna VanDettum.

Sympathy
Laverne Grace, sister in law of JR Grace
JW Edmondson, uncle of Virginia Moon

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