Connecting Points 5/24/15

Connecting Points May 24, 2015
2015 – A Year of Prayer
Prayer focus: The United States

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

Memorial Day Ceremony: You are invited by the Arab VFW to attend a ceremony on Monday, May 25th, at 2:00 pm, at Arab City Park. The speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Tim Mabley.

The Young-in-Heart will have a Spring Retreat at Palisades Park (near Oneonta) May 28th from 10:00-1:00 in the Moss Lodge. If you want to carpool be at the church by 8:45 am. 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.

A Church Family picnic and swim party to kick off the summer will be on June 3rd at Arab City Park! This event is for the entire church family. Please bring your lawn chair, a side dish, or homemade ice cream to go with hamburger and hot dogs.

The Emmaus Cluster meeting will be Tuesday, June 9th, at 6:30 pm, at Union Chapel UMC with Oleander UMC co-hosting.

Youth Mission Trips – The first is Camp Sumatanga from 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.

Ministry Opportunity – We have a member with disability that would like to attend church on occasion. If you would be willing to provide him transportation to and from church, please let the church office know.

Church-wide Mission Trip – Our church offers many opportunities to serve in both local and foreign missions. We have supported Mama Eugenia and Eugemot orphanage in Ghana, Africa since 2006 and this year Arab First United Methodist is sending a mission team from our church. This life changing trip will be December 27, 2015 thru January 4, 2016, but plans must be made early due to the need for passport, visas, and immunizations. Anyone who is interested in going on this trip, or would like to know more about it in order to offer support from the United States, is invited to an informational meeting on Sunday, June 28th at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. There is a place for everyone to serve through your prayers, your financial support, or actual travel to Africa. We would like at least ten adults to go, and we will help you with resources to raise donations for the cost of your travel. Pastor Steve will be going to Ghana with us and would love you to come, too. We will be building a chicken house and barn for the orphanage. You will be hearing more about this event. For more information please contact mission team leaders, Joy Privett or Dawn Liebner at joyprivett@charter.net, or trip coordinators Lois and Brian O’Dell at solitaire12@gmail.com

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 jarrington@blountboe.net. 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.

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