Connecting Points June 7, 2015

Connecting Points June 7, 2015
2015 – A Year of Prayer – Prayer focus
Arab First United Methodist Church Staff and Families

Pastor Steve Begins School – During the next two weeks, Pastor Steve will be at Sewanee beginning his doctoral program. However, he will be at church on Sundays and on some Wednesday nights. He is available by phone between classes for urgent pastoral care needs, and if there is an emergency, he would be able to drive home in late afternoon from Winchester, Tennessee.

Women’s Summer Bible Study remember “The Andy Griffith Show?” Join Vicki Hestley (facilitator) on Tuesday mornings at 10 am in room 102 (lower level of church) Bible study on this classic show. Classes to be held on June 9, 16, 30 and July 14 and 21.

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

Wednesday, June 10th, Refuel continues with “A Prayer and a Bead”, protestant prayer bead making. This is for all ages. Salad supper at 5:30 pm, bead making at 6:15 pm. We will have kits for everyone (including the kids) to make your own prayer beads to take home and use. This is a fun, exciting way to learn how to pray with prayer beads, and to deepen your prayer life and your relationship with Christ. Nursery provided for children 3 years old and younger. For questions or info, contact Brooke (ebvhemphill@gmail.com).

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.

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, let the church office know.

Communion Fund – The funds that our pastor has for confidential, discretionary needs are getting low. Please consider bringing a small gift to the communion rail each month when we receive communion, or you can make a donation anytime and mark it for “Communion Fund.”

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 at joyprivett@charter.net, Dawn Liebner at dawn.afumc@gmail.com, 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.

Wednesday’s Summer Schedule 6:00 meal & 6:30 pm Activities
June 17th “Cooking with Christ”, June 24th “Bibles and Brushes”, July 1st Dinner and a movie, July 8th Vacation Bible School, July 15th Liberty group, July 22nd, TBA.

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