Connecting Points February 15, 2015

Wednesday Night Meal at 5:00 pm
Cost $5 adults, and $3 for children
February 18th Grilled pork chops or chicken fingers, pintos, mashed potatoes, cornbread or rolls.

The Arab Robotics Team Taco Salad Luncheon is today from 10:30 – 1:30 in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $7. Eat in or “to go” plates will be available. Help support the Robotics Team competitions.

A Tuesday morning book study with Pastor Steve West will begin this Tuesday, February 17, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in room 112 in the lower level of the church. We will study the book The Way of Grace: Finding God on the Path of Surrender by Glandian Carney (with Marjean Brooks). Books are available in the church office; a donation of $5 per book is suggested.

The Arab Ministerial Association invites you to join other Christians in our community for our Wednesday Lenten Services starting at noon. Each week, the host church will provide a lunch meal following the 30-minute devotional service.
February 18 – Community Church, (1530 Brashiers Chapel Road) Jamey Pruett preaching

Ash Wednesday Service – Everyone is invited to our Ash Wednesday Services this Wednesday, February 18th, at 6:00 pm. Start the Lenten season with this special time of receiving ashes on the forehead as a sign of our mortality and need for God. This years’ service features music and prayer from the Taize’ tradition.

The Young in Heart will meet February 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Sandy West will be the speaker and an Italian meal will be served. All who are 55+ are invited to “get to know Sandy”. Reservations can be made at the Hospitality Desk.

Lois and Brian O’Dell will be sharing about their recent mission trip to Eugemot Orphanage in Ghana, Africa on Sunday, February 22, in the Fellowship Hall at both 9:30 am and 10:55 am. Their program is for children, youth, and adults…everyone is invited.

A Lenten study in Thirsty Class (Adam Hamilton’s study “24 Hours That Changed the World”) will begin on Sunday, February 22nd, at 10:45 am and ends on Easter, April 5th. Lent is an ideal time for committing to growing your faith through fellowship and adult discipleship. All ages are welcome, and childcare is available. A donation of $6 is requested to offset materials cost. For more information or RSVP, contact Myles Teston (mylesteston@gmail.com or 256-200-2188).

The Men’s Chili/Soup Cook-off is Sunday, February 22nd at 6:00 pm. Bring your favorite chili or soup to share at a fellowship supper. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili and best soup. Those not wanting to participate in the cook-off can help by bringing cornbread, crackers, and desserts. Join us for this night of good food and Christ-like fellowship.

Arab First United Methodist Church will be hosting a Women’s Conference that is aptly named “Walking In Faith – Transforming Your Life”. The Friday session (February 27th) will start registration at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Saturday program (February 28th) will begin at 9:00 a.m. and wrap up about 2:00 p.m. It is a full weekend of accomplished Christian speakers and musicians that promise to lift your spirit, as well as a Christian “marketplace” featuring specialty artists! You can register on the church’s website or call Nancy Stewart 256-586-0351. See insert in today’s bulletin for a list of speakers.

Discovery (March 6th – 8th) is fast approaching and the youth would like to invite you to be a part of this experience with us. Discovery will be March 6th- 8th. We’re asking for individuals to sign-up for an hour slot and pray anytime during the hour. You may pray in your location of your choice or join us on the campus in the Prayer Chapel. This will be the week of March 1-7. A calendar will be in the narthex, so please take advantage of this opportunity to bless the youth and Discovery weekend.

New 10:55 am Young Adult Sunday School Class – Beginning March 1st, join Lois & Brian O’Dell, Clayton & Laura Liebner, and Dawn Liebner in room 118 (Hope class room) for a new young adult class. The class is open to college students, singles, couples…young is the key. Parents are welcome to bring their littles ones to class vs. leaving them in the nursery.

JEWISH HERITAGE PRESENTATION – Sunday, March 1st, after the 9:30 service in the Fellowship Hall. Ever wonder what those Jewish holidays on the calendar actually mean? Understanding the Jewish roots of our faith helps us to understand Jesus himself. A Jewish family within our church has volunteered to share their knowledge and experiences with those who wish to understand more about Jewish culture. The focus will be on the Hebrew calendar holiday, Purim. Purim is a special celebration of the story found in the book of Esther. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend. Don’t miss out!

Baby Bottle Boomerang – Annual fundraising event for the Marshall County Crisis Pregnancy Centers. It’s easy. Get a bottle from the church office or Sunday school classroom. Collect change, bills or a check, and you will receive a receipt. (Make checks payable to: Real Life Crisis Pregnancy Center.) All proceeds will benefit the Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Arab & Albertville.

The Staff Parish Relations Team is pleased to announce a slight modification in Lee Michael’s job position. He is now the Director of Youth and College Ministries. In addition to his outstanding work with our youth, he will spend a little of his time gathering college students for study and social activities, especially in the summer. This will be a great way for us to stay connected and to be in ministry during important times of transition.

Prayer Calendar – In the Prayer Room is a sign-up sheet for an ongoing prayer calendar. Your commitment would be to spend time on one particular day each month in prayer for our church. We encourage you to come to the prayer room that day, but you may also hold your prayer time at home.

Prayer Partners – In the Prayer Room is a basket and slips of paper for you to use to join Prayer Partners. After they are collected for a few weeks, Prayer Partners will be assigned and the list will be posted. Participants will be assigned one of the other volunteers to pray for regularly, and a different person will be assigned for you

David’s Prayer Shawl Ministry 6th Anniversary – We would like to say thank you to everyone who has responded, and we treasure your sentiments. For those who have not shared your thoughts please answer this question. “What does David’s Prayer Shawl Ministry mean to me?” Please send responses to joyprivett@charter.net.

The Church Calendar is now available at www.arabumc.org, under the “ministry” drop down menu.

The youth mission trip this year we will be going to Camp Sumatanga and helping them getting ready for summer camp. We will be going June 7-12. We also are going to the Wesley Groups at some of the universities with the senior high to help get the Wesley Fellowship buildings ready for the school year. We will be painting, cleaning, landscaping, and etc. We have envelopes on the welcome desk that are numbered 1-150. We ask that you donate in the amount of the envelope you chose. So if you chose number 47 we ask you donate $47. We also thank you for your continual prayer.

WHAT IS A PASCHAL CANDLE? We have an exciting new addition to our sanctuary. Beginning this week, we have a new Paschal Candle.

The flame of the Paschal candle symbolizes the eternal presence of Christ, light of the world in the midst of his people. The Paschal Candle is sometimes referred to as the “Easter Candle” or the “Christ Candle.” The term “Paschal” comes from the word Pesach, which in Hebrew means our Passover, and relates to the “Paschal mystery” of our salvation in Christ.

Pastor Steve has chosen a place in the sanctuary to keep it all year. This is an ancient tradition (which we will practice except during Advent, because we use the same brass stand for the Advent Wreath). The reason is it stands nearby is to be always ready for a baptism or funeral.

The Paschal Candle is to be moved by the pulpit for Easter Sunday and the 50 days of the Easter season afterward, and it is lit prior to all worship services. It is also to be moved to the font and lit for baptisms, and moved to the head of the casket and lit for funerals. At Memorial Services, it will be placed by the pulpit.

The tradition of using the Paschal Candle for baptisms and funerals, in addition to Eastertide, is because these are special services specifically emphasizing the power of resurrection victory and new life.

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