Connecting Points 4/26/15

Wednesday Night Meal at 5:00 pm Cost $5 adults, $3 for children
April 29th Taco Salad

Calling ALL Young Adults! Please join us TODAY 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.

A new Study began in the Thirsty Class. “Making Sense of the Bible”, a study by Adam Hamilton, seeks to clear up some misconceptions and explores the difficult parts of the Scriptures. It is not too late to join. We meet every Sunday downstairs after the 9:30 service. Book donation requested is $10. Contact is Myles Teston mylesteston@gmail.com; 256-200-2188).

The Young-in-Heart will have a Spring Retreat at Palisades Park (near Oneonta) May 21st from 10:00-1:00 in the Moss Lodge. The church van will take 15 and car pools can be arranged. Look for maps on the Hospitality Desk nearer the event. Lunch will be a catered Bar-B-Q paid for by your dues. Shirley Gullion will lead the group in an old fashioned Gospel Sing Along.

Altar flowers 2015 – 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, September 27, October 11, November 1 & 22, and December 6.

UMW Joy Circle will have a Mother’s Day Sale, Sunday, May 3rd 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.

Did you miss getting your picture taken? We have set a final date for church directory pictures. Ty Smith Studios will be at the church on Wednesday, May 13th. So please call the church office to set your appointment. If this date will not work, you can contact Ty Smith studios at 256-582-8085 to make an appointment. We need everyone’s picture included!

High School Seniors! We would like to publish your senior portrait in the church newsletter and bulletin. Please email it to afumc@otelco.net or bring a senior portrait to the church office by May 3rd. In addition, we would like 5 informal pictures of you during different stages of your life. These will be used for a slideshow on May 17th.

Arab First UMC Youth invite the new Confirmation Class and all youth parents to a “welcome to youth party” on Sunday, May 3rd at 5:00 pm at the youth house. We will be having a shrimp boil. Please let Lee Michael know if you are planning to attend.

Thanks from Pastor Steve – Thanks to everyone for the fun 50th birthday! I appreciate the cards, the roasting, the “older than dirt” cake, the gifts (from candy, to silly sayings and toys, to the black balloons, cane, and prune juice!). I am looking forward to my next 50 years. I also want to say how honored I am by the gifts to the Building Fund in increments of 50 (a creative idea). The total received was $1000, plus the whopping $50,000 check that came in a few days ago. Thanks so much!

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