Connecting Points April 5, 2015

Wednesday Night Meal at 5:00 pm Cost $5 adults, $3 for children
April 8th Spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread

Communion in April will be on Sunday, April 12, because of Easter. As a special act of service, our confirmands are serving communion that day. Today communion is served in the Prayer Chapel between services (9:00 – 9:15 and 10:30 – 10:45).

United Methodist Women Fundraiser – A drawing will be held on Monday, April 6th 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.

Church Directory Pictures are being taken this coming week. We need everyone to participate! Due to a good response, two new appointment days have been added since last Sunday. Please sign up at the Hospitality Center today!

Autism Awareness Month “Light it up Blue” Our church would like to lead the community in raising awareness for autism by lighting up our church blue during April. Please wear blue on Sunday, April 12th.

Young-in-Heart will be held April 16th at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. Brandi Mason, a speaker from the “Home Instead” program for seniors, will speak on “Cooking under Pressure.” Lunch will feature some dishes containing foods that seniors should include in their diets. (We need volunteers to cook the dishes, recipes are available.)

Our Church-Wide Retreat at Sumatanga is on Friday night, April 16. Next Sunday is the deadline to register! Join Pastor Steve and retreat leader Keith Elder for this overnight one-night retreat for people of all ages, including your children. You may room with your family, stay with a roommate, or have a private room. See the registration form on the display table in the Gathering Area for more information or for registration.

Calling ALL Young Adults Please join us on April 26th at 12:00 pm (immediately following the last service) for a luncheon and a meet-and-greet. The ultimate goal of this luncheon is to create a group of young adults that will meet several times throughout the year for fun and fellowship! We would like to plan many different social events for everyone to have the opportunity to attend, kids included! The intention for this luncheon is to brainstorm, share ideas, and plan for these events. We will have child care available for kids of all ages during the planning discussion. For questions or more information, please contact Brooke Hemphill at (256)640-3292 or Dawn Liebner at (256)586-5792.

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. The AFUMC stained glass window is on one side of the shirt/tote with the cross and flame on the other side. Shirts are $15; totes are $10. Adult shirt sizes range from SM to 2XL. Available colors are gold, teal, black, honey (similar to tan/khaki). Children shirts are available in black, sizes youth XS to XL. Contact Dawn Liebner to purchase and/or order your shirt and tote.

UMW Joy Circle will have a Mother’s Day Sale, Sunday, May 3 in the fellowship hall. They will have handmade craft and food items for sale with all monies going to support Blessings in a Backpack. Handmade crafts and food items will be gladly accepted for the sale.

Relay For Life will return to Arab this year at the Arab Soccer Fields on Friday, May 8, from 6 pm to 12 midnight. Arab First United Methodist Church once again has a team. The AFUMC annual yard sale + car wash will be held on Saturday, April 25th from 8am to 2pm at the Youth House. Donations are gladly accepted for the yard sale but we ask that you not bring your donations to the church until the week of April 19th due to limited storage space. You can also support the Relay and the AFUMC team by purchasing luminaria, torches or sky lanterns in memory, or in honor of someone.

Altar flowers 2014 if you would like to place flowers in the sanctuary in memory or honor of someone, please call 256-586-5792. The following dates are available May 31, June 14, June 28, and July 12.

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