Connecting Points March 15, 2015

The Arab Ministerial Association invites you to join other Christians in our community for our Wednesday Lenten Services starting at noon. The Lenten Lunch, March 18, is at Liberty Church with Clint Landry preaching.

An opportunity to serve Monday, March 16th will be at the United Methodist Northwest District Disaster Warehouse in Decatur. We will be taking the church van; meet at the church at 8:00 am. We will work until lunch, have lunch and return to Arab with our goal for arrival in Arab being 2:30 pm. Adults, youth and older children are invited to attend. If you can attend or have questions, please contact Dawn Liebner at 256-293-8079.

The Young –in-Heart will meet March 19th at 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall for a Salad Luncheon. The Circle, an Appalachian String Band, will provide the entertainment. Everyone is asked to bring a salad of any kind or a dessert. Please sign up at the Hospitality Desk and indicate what you will be bringing.

A Men’s and Women’s event (not necessarily husband and wife) will be Saturday, March 28th, starting at 9:00 am, at Arab First United Methodist Church. Gary & Cherisse Zelesky present “Really, Really???” To make a reservation please contact Dr. John York, 256-586-8100.

All Children’s Choirs will be singing Sunday, March 29th, during the 9:30 and 10:55 am services. This is for children ages 3 years – 5th grade. Please dress in your normal Sunday attire.

United Methodist Women Fundraiser: A Drawing will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015, for a $100 Gift Card for Connor’s Restaurant (in Bridge Street). Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased from any UMW Member or the Church Office.

The youth mission trip this year will be to Camp Sumatanga. 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, 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 choose number 47 we ask you donate $47. We also thank you for your continual prayer.

AFUMC shirts and totes are available to support Blessings in a Backpack. Shirts are $10; totes are $15. Shirt sizes range from SM to 2XL. Available colors are gold, teal, black, honey (similar to tan/khaki). Contact Dawn Liebner to order your shirt.

Baby Bottle Boomerang is the 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.

What does 10,000 lbs of apples look like?
Join us Saturday, March 21st and find out. We will gather in the parking lot of Arab First United Methodist Church, 1058 North Main Street, to bag apples to feed the hungry. It is easy to participate just bring your hands and a heart to help the hungry in your area. We will start at 9:00 am and will work until the last apple is bagged. This is a family friendly event where all ages can participate and are welcome.

So what does 10,000 lbs of apples look like? To the hungry……to someone who doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from…………… it looks like healthy, nutritious food.

Contact Dawn Liebner at AFUMC (256-586-5792) for information or contact Mary Lynn Botts of the Society of St. Andrew’s, Mary Lynn is the Alabama Program Coordinator. alglean@endhunger.org, www.endhunger.org 205-245-3214

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