Connecting Points 10/19/14

Challenge for 2014
To read the entire Bible; for it is the true rule
and guide for faith and practice.

Wednesday Night Meal at 5:00 pm
October 22nd Chicken Fingers, baked potatoes, salad, & roll
October 29th Taco Soup with Mexican cornbread

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

“Heaven is For Real” bible study is being taught on Wednesday night 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.” Brooke Hemphill will be facilitating the DVD-based conversation study.

United Methodist Men’s Breakfast on Sunday, October 26. Jeff McLaughlin will be the speaker, he is a graduate of Guntersville High School and attended Birmingham Southern University before obtaining his law degree from Harvard. He practices law in Guntersville and also serves as the city attorney for Arab. He has spoken to our group on several occasions about the political landscape of our state and is always entertaining. Cost is $7 and breakfast will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 a.m.

Ukulele Club meets on Monday, October 27th at 6:00 pm in the fellowship hall. If you have ever thought you might like to learn to play a musical instrument, this is your chance. There are some ukuleles available to try out if you don’t own one.

Church Council meeting will be Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. This is for all church council members.

Charge Conference is November 9th at 6:00 pm. Church Council members and church members are invited.

Community Fall Festival of Arab area churches are joining forces to serve our community with a Community Fall Festival on November 1st from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Arab City Park. There will be numerous inflatables for kids, hotdogs, chips, and drinks. This was a big hit in the community last year and we expect it to be bigger this year. We will need your help in showing the love of Arab First United Methodist Church to the families of Arab by volunteering to work in shifts. Our church is responsible in providing workers for the inflatables and registration table. Sign-up sheets are available in the Sunday School classes or through Jennifer Arrington (256-550-0633).

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. Spots are limited so make your reservation.

Welcome to the neighborhood Lee Michael and his family has made an official move to Arab. They purchased a house on 5th Street NE.

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.

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