Connecting Points May 10, 2015
2015 – A Year of Prayer
Prayer focus: Pastor Steve and family
Wednesday Night Meal at 5:00 pm – Cost $5 adults, $3 children
May 13th Hamburger casserole, salad, garlic bread
Marshall County Emmaus Cluster – This is a reminder that our church is hosting the Marshall County Emmaus Cluster on May 12th at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We look forward to seeing all our Emmaus folks there. Childcare will be provided.
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. 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!
Senior Recognition will be on Sunday, May 17th, at the 10:55 am worship service. A meal following the service will be held in the Fellowship Hall for seniors and their families. A Baccalaureate Service, sponsored by the Arab Area Ministerial Association, will be at 2:00 pm at Arab First Baptist Church.
David’s Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting will be Wednesday, May 20th at 10:00 am in the fellowship hall.
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.
Refuel is on Wednesday nights throughout the summer! Each Wednesday we will have supper at 5:30 p.m. with activities following at 6 pm. We have planned many fun activities for all ages to attend, including a church wide picnic and swim party to kick off the summer on June 3rd at Arab City Park! This should be a great summer and we hope to see everyone!
Camp Discovery VBS 2015 will be July 6-10 from 5:30-8:30. There will be a supper for those helping with and attending VBS each night from 5:00-5:20. We need LOTS of volunteers. Examples of the volunteers we still need are: Snack Leader, Bible Challenge Leader, Preschool Leaders, and Guides for all age groups and extra helpers for Preschool. If you would like to help, please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. VBS is for children who are 3 years old through those entering 5th grade. If you have a 2 year old that you would like to bring, you can do so only if a parent or adult stays with them and helps them with the activities. All other older youth may assist with activities as well.
Youth Mission Trips – The first is Camp Sumatanga June 10-12 Youth Mission Camp will be a great experience. Luke 6:32 says: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” During Youth Mission Camp we will have a chance to help others by helping Sumatanga through work projects around the camp. Participants for Youth Mission Camp need not be highly skilled; just have a servant’s heart. Other activities will include recreation, swimming, Bible study and praise and worship. The second is a mission trip to help the Wesley Fellowships at The University of Alabama, UNA, BSC, and ASU. We will be working on their buildings and showing our youth that there are Christian groups on college campuses. These trips give the youth the assurance that they can make a difference in the lives of others by sharing a Christian attitude and a willing heart. Forms and money are due by May 24.
Room in the Inn was opened November 17, 2014 thru April 4, 2015 a total of 139 days. Thank you to those who participated in the lives of our friends.
2549 Cumulative nights lodging
89 neighbors (12 children, 25 women, 52 men)
27 saved, 3 baptized
27 obtained employment
1 passed GED
50 participated in relapse prevention
76 worked with social worker on actions plans and counseling
56 transitioned to more permanent housing