Connecting Points August 2, 2015

The UMW Unit Meeting will be Monday, August 3rd, at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. All women are welcomed.

The Marshall County Emmaus Cluster will meet on August 11th at 6:30 pm, at New Life UMC (Grant).

Training for International Mission Trips
Rev. Matt Lacey, the director of mission and advocacy for the North AL Conference, will be presenting a Volunteers In Mission training session at Arab First United Methodist Church on Monday August 24 at 6pm in the sanctuary. This short class (which should be done by 830ish) will help you as you participate in any foreign mission, whether it be the current mission trip to Ghana planned by AFUMC for this December 2015 or a foreign mission trip in the future. This training is free with handbooks provided. One and all are invited to attend!

A Communion Servers list for the coming year is being prepared. If you are interested in serving, or wish to have your name removed from the list, contact the church office 256-586-5792, afumc@otelco.net, or Jami Russell at 256-586-7696.

The Mission Fair will be on Wednesday, August 12th. The meal will be cooked by Terry Z, starting at 5:00 pm. Menu is BBQ Pork Sandwiches, baked beans, Cole slaw, chips, and fruit. The cost of the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The Mission Fair starts at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. Come check out the missions of our church.

Wednesday Night classes will start on August 19th. The meal is at 5:00 pm; 5:30 pm children’s activities; 5:45 adult classes: 6:00 pm youth; 7:00 pm packing of Blessings in a Backpack; 7:00 pm Chancel Choir practice; 7:30 Praise Band.

Study Committee Calls “Town Meetings” – If we build something, what will it be? The Study Committee needs to hear your feedback. Everyone in our church is urged to come to one of our “Town Meetings” with the Study Committee in August. The
purpose of the meetings is to share the initial list of priorities gleaned from our survey results and get feedback from you about
what direction we are going. The material presented in each meeting is identical, so choose the time that is right for you. Every voice is important, so we need you to come!

Town Meeting #1 – Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 p.m. (Sanctuary)
Town Meeting #2 – Sunday, August 30, 5:00 p.m. (Sanctuary)
Town Meeting #3 (especially for youth) – Sunday, September 13, at 5:30 p.m. (Youth House)

Arab First United Methodist Church Children’s Worship Arts starting September 2nd – Parents, if you would like your child/children (Kindergarten thru 5th grade) to participate in Arab First United Methodist Church Children’s Worship Arts for 2015-2016 please complete a registration form for each child. Worship Arts will be every WEDNESDAY from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. All children entering are welcome! Registration forms can be picked up and returned to the office or placed in the marked container at the hospitality desk. Please contact Debby Heidt, Heather Tallent or Jami Russell if you have questions, would like more information, have questions about the time frame, or would like to help. Please note preschool choir will be Wednesday nights during regular children’s Wednesday night activities.

Disciple I Bible Study will be offered this year, taught by Dr. Mary Holley. It will meet Wednesday nights 5:30 – 7:00 pm beginning after Pastor Steve’s course on Prayer. We will incorporate and practice some of the prayer techniques Pastor Steve teaches into this Bible Study. This course surveys both the Old and New Testaments including most of Genesis, much of Exodus, readings from Psalms, and sections of the historical books including the exile and the return from exile. The New Testament books studied include all of the Gospels, sections of Acts, Romans, Galatians, 1 and 2 Peter, Hebrews and Revelation. We will cap off the year with a 24 hour prayer retreat in May that will combine the last 2 lessons on Spiritual Gifts and Holy Communion with both silent and communal prayer in a restful retreat setting. (While the first actual class of Disciple I is September 16, those interested in taking Disciple I are asked to attend an introductory meeting in room 102 on August 12th immediately following the mission fair that evening.)

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