Connecting Points August 16, 2015

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

Christmas shoe boxes for third world children – The Northeast District of the UMW have furnished shoe boxes. They will be available 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 at 256-796-0359.

Wednesday Night classes will start on August 19th. 6:00 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.

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.

Disability Awareness Training Class – There will be a class held Sunday, August 23rd from 5:00 pm until approximately 6:30. This class is for all ushers, greeters, teachers, office sitters, hospitality hosts, parking lot personnel and program staff. This is an item on our Annual Accessibility Audit in which all of the above are to be properly trained in the proper etiquette when welcoming people with special needs! If you have any questions contact Sherry Cushing at 256-796-0359 or Missy Flack at 256-586-7094. Please attend if your position is listed above. All are welcome.
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. 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.

The Beyond of Christmas & Beyond was held on Saturday, August 1st. 126 young people received help with school supplies. Drawstring backpacks with assorted Christian items were given to each student and each parent/guardian also received a Christian gift. Prayers were shared with each individual for a safe and successful school year. (For more than 30 years, AFUMC has helped needy children with a Christmas outreach event and then reconnected with these same children at the start of the school year. AFUMC members are blessed and are so willing to share their blessings with others…thank you.)

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.

Crosses in Office – There will be more free yard crosses, along with an edited version of the accompanying letter, in the church office for you to pick up this week.

Flowers for Worship – It is a wonderful sign of resurrection life to provide fresh flowers to beautify our worship space. At Arab First UMC, we continue our historic relationship with Buddy’s Country Flowers, who has faithfully provided our weekly flowers for worship for some time. When you sign up to provide flowers, this is the florist we automatically have in place. However, if you would like to make arrangements to use another florist in town, you are welcome to do so. Just let the office know that you will be ordering flowers from another source. You would be responsible for calling Buddy’s Country Flowers and letting them know that they would not need to provide them that week.

Spiritual Formation Opportunities for Adults start on September 16th with such studies as Battlefield of The Mind (by Joyce Meyer), The Wisdom Of The Spirit (a survey of Old Testament Wisdom Literature), Disciple I (a survey of the entire Bible) with several more studies being planned and Loops of Love. Financial Peace University will be offered on Sunday mornings during the 10:55 am Sunday School time starting September 13th. Exploring the Way (an introduction to Companions in Christ) will be held on Sunday nights for seven weeks from 6 to 7:30 pm beginning September 20th . Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love will be the Tuesday morning book study with Pastor Steve starting September 1st at 9:30 am. A Christian book club is forming with the first meeting to be held on Tuesday September 8th at 10:30 am. Body 4 Believers will be offered on Thursday nights starting September 10th at 6:30 pm. Watch your bulletin for more details about these studies and more! Contact is Dawn Liebner at dawn.afumc@gmail.com.

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