Connecting Points

August 23, 2015
2015 – A Year of Prayer
This week’s prayer focus
Human Sex Trafficking
and Slave Trade

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

The Wednesday Night meal starts at 5:00 pm. The cost of the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The meal for August 26th is Chef Salad, pigs in a blanket, and fruit pizza.

The Disability Awareness Training Class is today starting at 5:00 pm until approximately 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall. This class is for all ushers, greeters, teachers, office sitters, hospitality hosts, parking lot greeters, and program staff. This is an item on our Annual Accessibility Audit in which all of the above are to be properly trained in etiquette for 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.

“Prayer As The Heart’s True Home” An adult prayer study led by Pastor Steve on Wednesday nights. On Wednesday, September 9th will be an experiential prayer event. This study encompasses experiencing the Lord’s Prayer by experiencing the Kingdom and ushering in and experiencing the Kingdom belonging to God.

Choir Christmas Party is August 26th at 7:00 pm in the fellowship hall. We will have desserts, snacks, and preview our amazing Christmas cantata for this year.
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)

LifeSouth Blood Drive is August 30th, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm in the parking lot. A picture ID is required. Please give the gift of life.

Arab First United Methodist Church Children’s Worship Arts starting September 2nd – Parents, if you would like your children (Kindergarten thru 5th grade) to participate in AFUMC 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.

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.

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.

Steeple to Steeple – Walk down Main Street from Arab First Baptist Church to Arab First United Methodist Church on September 12th. All proceeds benefit Four Friends International and Blessings in a Backpack for Arab Elementary School. Please arrive no later than 7:30 am and park at Arab First United Methodist Church. Vans will be available to take you to the starting line at Arab First Baptist Church.
Register Here – http://www.active.com/arab-al/running/distance-running/steeple-to-steeple-1-mile-fun-walk-2015?int=72-3-A3

ServeFest: Come serve Jesus and our community by handing out waters on September 12th, 9:00 am till 4:00 pm at the Community Fair sponsored by the Historical Society. Come and be the hands of Christ. You can volunteer by signing up at the Hospitality desk or call the church office 256-586-5792.

The Young-in-Heart will resume their monthly meetings Thursday September 17th with a trip to Camp Sumatanga. Lee Michael will be driving the church van and also leading a tour of the camp. We will be having lunch there and the cost is $10.00 per person. Please make your reservation at the Hospitality Desk. There are 14 seats available on the van so indicate if you want one of them. The van will be leaving the church at 9:00 and returning about 3:00. If you care to drive, take HWY 231 through Oneonta and then follow the signs to the camp.

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 (by Monday of the week before the Sunday) and letting them know that they would not need to provide them that week.

While Christmas is months away, needy children in our area must register with Christmas Coalition between September 8 -11 in order to qualify for help this Christmas. Volunteers are needed to complete this process. If God is leading you to serve in this way please contact Joy at joyprivett@charter.net.

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