Connecting Points June 21, 2015

REFUEL with a night of Bibles and Brushes on Wednesday, June 24! Bibles and Brushes is a step-by-step canvas painting class with a short devotional that’s sure to refuel your soul! This is for all ages and talent is not required! We will have a pizza and salad supper starting at 6:00 pm. The Ukulele Band of Alabama will be here playing and singing some classic sing-a-long songs. We will be painting a cross with a favorite bible verse of your choice. Supplies are provided. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. We will have painting for the kids as well! Please join us and bring a friend!

Anointing Offered Sunday, June 28 – Anointing may be a tradition you have not experienced, and prayers for healing might be something you associate with physical ailment. The United Methodist Book of Worship has a section on anointing and healing prayer that helps clarify that in Christian faith, healing is not necessarily the same as curing. There is all sorts of healing God makes available to us … spiritual, emotional, financial, and relational healing. The Bible affirms the call to pray for healing grace: “Are any among you sick? They should call the elders of the church and have them pray for them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14)

God can make us whole again. The ministry of healing prayer opens us to the grace of God. It bridges alienation, breaks the power of suffering, and opens discouraged human spirits. Prayers for healing aren’t about magical cures. Rather they “provide an atmosphere in which healing can happen.” (Book of Worship)

When there is an invitation to share our pain, it is an act of hope in God. The ritual of healing prayer in our tradition does not embarrass or expose people. It is entirely optional. United Methodist services use a simple sacramental approach that expresses compassion, hope, grace, and a quiet confidence in God. We can bring our insufficiencies to the all-sufficient Christ, who understands our need for wholeness for our souls, our families, our communities, our nation, and our world.

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. 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 Monday – Friday, July 6-10th from 5:30 pm until 8:00ish. There will be a kid friendly supper for attendees and volunteers from 5-5:25. All children ages 3 years through those entering 5th grade are welcome. If you have a two year old you would like to bring, you may do so but an adult must stay with them and help them throughout the evening.
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How can you help with Camp Discovery VBS 2015? We need a Bible Challenge Leader who is comfortable leading hands on and musical activities, registration volunteers, people who would be willing to wash the supper cooking dishes, numerous youth and adult volunteers who would be willing to walk each group from one event to the next and people to decorate (an email will be sent out about decorating times). If you can help in any of these areas please contact Jennifer Arrington at jarrington@blountboe.net or 256-550-0633.

Supplies Needed – The area of the church that will be used for VBS will be decorated in a forest camping scene. We could use LOTS of artificial Christmas trees, sleeping bags, table cloths, lanterns, campfires, binoculars, forest animals, etc… If you have anything camping related that you would let us borrow for decorations, please let Jennifer know.
Summer Sunday School Classes – During the summer, some of our routine Sunday School teachers take a much needed break. Ms. Jennifer will be teaching the 1st & 2nd grade class each Sunday. However, on July 19 and 26 subs are needed for 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School class and Children’s Church. If you can fill in, let Ms. Jennifer know. All children in 3rd-5th grade will meet with Mr. Randy during the summer. Your child may go ahead and move to the next class for the grade he/she is entering now or wait until August. Those who could start kindergarten in the fall are with Mrs. Heather Tallent. Those who are entering 1st & 2nd grade are with Ms. Jennifer. All children who are age three through those not eligible to start kindergarten this fall are still in Sunday School upstairs. Please remember that nursery is for children three years and younger for all church events.

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