Connecting Points August 9, 2015

2015 – A Year of Prayer – This week’s prayer focus – Personal Prayer Lives

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

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

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 AFUMC.

Christmas shoe boxes for third world children: The Northeast District of the UMC will furnish the shoe boxes. They will be available Wednesday, August 12th and Sunday, August 16th in the church office and at the hospitality desk. A box can be filled for approximately $12 to $15 and will mean so much to a child that has nothing. There will be a list of what can be sent with each box. Boxes need to be returned to the church by September 16th to be delivered to UMCOR. If you have questions please call Sherry Cushing 256-796-0359.

Wednesday Night classes will start on August 19th. 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. Pastor Steve will teach a four week class on “Prayer Beyond Words” Experiencing the Lord’s Prayer. Other adult classes will start on September 16th.

Disciple I Bible Study will be offered this year, taught by Dr. Mary Holley. It will meet Wednesday nights 5:30 – 7:00 pm starting September 16th. An introductory meeting will be held in room 102 on August 12th immediately following the mission fair that evening.) 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.

Wednesday Night meals start August 19th at 5:00 pm; we are proud to announce that Terry Zakrzewski will be preparing the meals. The cost of the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Meals for August are 19th Baked Ziti, garlic bread, salad, and dessert; 26th Chef Salad, pigs in a blanket, and fruit pizza.

Kelly’s Rainbow Safe House kitchen is in serious need of renovation for victims of domestic violence. Arab First United Methodist Church’s goal for the month of August is to collect $600 in contributions. Checks can be made payable to AFUMC with Kelly’s Rainbow on the memo line.

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 24th at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. This short class (which should be done by 8:30ish) 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!

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

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