Connecting Points 12/07/14

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
Cost $5 adults, and $3 for children
December 10th Taco Salad

What is the Nicene Creed? Other than the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed is the most universally accepted statement of Christian faith. It was adopted in A.D. 325 at the Council of Nicea. Constantine convened the Council to unify the Christian church, especially regarding the Trinity and the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. Pastor Steve loves to use the Nicene Creed during Advent and Christmas because of it’s beautiful language of the incarnation.

Christmas poinsettias will be here next week! Poinsettias can be purchased in honor or memory of loved ones. The cost is $12 per poinsettia with proceeds going to the youth ministries at Arab First United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available on the hospitality desk and in each pew.

The Family Christmas Tree is once again in the Narthex. Each family in our congregation is encouraged to have an ornament with their family name on this tree. If you brought one in the past, it was placed on the tree for you; if you have not brought one, please do so. As you go by this tree, notice the names of the many families that come together to represent the family of God at Arab First United Methodist Church and lift one another up in prayer.

Join Steve and Sandy West and Roy and Kathy Bryant for a special Advent outreach event. We will meet at the church at 2:00 pm. We will be organized into groups to go caroling for our homebound members and to deliver invitational door hangers to people who have recently moved to the area. You can do either outreach project, so just come at 2:00!

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A Confirmation parent’s meeting will be held tonight, December 7th at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. All students in the 5th and 6th grade will be going through confirmation starting in January. An overnight retreat will be held on January 4th and 5th. If you would like to participate please contact Lee Michael.

Room in the Inn will again host our homeless neighbors during the winter months. You are invited to come and share God’s love with them. We are having an organizational meeting tonight, December 7th, at 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. We need cooks, set up crew, hospitality crew, and prayer partners.

Fleece blankets are available on the hospitality desk. If you are chilly, and need an extra touch of warmth, please feel free to use and return the blankets.

STARS Tutoring Program is experiencing continued success this year with 31 students currently enrolled. Teachers at AJHS praise the results they are seeing and are referring new students to us each week. We have a very caring and dedicated team of tutors who are truly making a difference. With our increasing numbers, we can always use more help. Remember, you do not need to be a genius to contribute. Many of our student participants simply need the encouragement to complete an assignment, to get organized, or to review for an
upcoming test. We need volunteers who have a heart for helping young people succeed. If interested, please contact Leslie Smith at lcsmith@arabcityschools.org or 256-506-6809, or call the church office.

Young-in-Heart Christmas Dinner will be Dec. 18th at 6:00 pm. Terry Zakrzewski will cater the meal. Be sure to see the menu at the Hospitality Desk. Pre-sold tickets are $10 each. See Janet Calhoun for tickets (256-586-8413). Scott Tilton from Willowbrook Baptist Church in Huntsville will sing.

Christmas Eve Communion will be at Noon, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm; Please invite family, friends, and strangers to join with you for this special time of worship. The noon service will be “come and go”, 4:00 pm will be contemporary service, and 7:00 pm will be a traditional service. If you would be willing to serve as ushers, greeters, or communion servers please contact Debby (256-797-4648), Jami (256-586-7696), or the church office (256-586-5792).

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