Connecting Point March 22, 2015

2015 – A Year of Prayer Prayer focus: The persecuted church

Communion is served in the Prayer Chapel each Sunday morning between services (9:00 – 9:15 and 10:30 – 10:45).

Wednesday Night Meal at 5:00 pm Cost $5 adults, $3 for children
March 25th Hamburger Steak or chicken fingers, mashed potatoes, broccoli, roll or cornbread

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 25, is at New Brashiers UMC (2737 Brashiers Chapel Road) with Steve West preaching.

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, (john@drjohnyork.com) or 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.

“Cookies for Christ” Outreach Event – Join Steve and Sandy West on Palm Sunday, March 29, for another “Cookies for Christ” outreach event to new families who have moved recently. This is like the event we did during Advent, without the caroling. We will deliver homemade cookies and information about various churches in our area to people who have moved here since Advent. The visits are simple deliveries at the door. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it spreads the word. It’s open-hearted because we invite people to the church of their choice for Holy Week and Easter, while also representing First UMC with grace and love. We will meet at the church at 2:30 p.m. Just come ready to pair up, receive your assignments, and go! The experience should take no more than two hours.

Room in the Inn – We host our homeless neighbors on March 29th and 31st starting at 5:00 pm. You are invited to come and have a fellowship meal with our neighbors or just spend some time showing God’s love. Please be in prayer for this ministry.
Easter Egg Hunt 2015 – This year’s Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 4th from 9:30 – 11:30. We do not need any eggs, but we do need wrapped candies to stuff the eggs. There will be baskets to collect candy at each entrance. Please have all candy to the church by Wednesday, April 1st.

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.

Baby Expo April 11th, 2015 11:00am You’re invited to join us to learn a wealth of knowledge about being a new mom! Come hear speakers on several topics and get valuable information. This event is free and doors will open at 10:30am Hope to see you there! If you want a booth at this event please see Holli Shelton.

Safe Sanctuaries re-certification training will be held for our district on April 28th, 9:30 – 11:30 am.

Congratulation to Andrew Conkling; he has been elected to the Dialysis Patients Citizens Board of Directors.
Light The Way To A Cure! Help keep the fire of hope burning with a luminaria in memory of someone lost to cancer, in honor of someone still fighting cancer, or in special recognition of someone who has beaten cancer. Forms can be picked up on the tables in the hallway or from Dawn Liebner.

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 $15; totes are $10. 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.

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