Connecting Points September 20, 2015

2015 – A Year of Prayer This week’s prayer focus: Israel

The Wednesday Night meal starts at 5:00 pm. The requested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. September 23rd The meal is Italian Breaded Pork Chops, baby potatoes, green beans, rolls.

Financial Peace University (by Dave Ramsey) is being taught at 10:55 am – We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents Biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! (Suggested class donation is $50.)

UMM BBQ chicken luncheon on September 27th. We will start serving at 10:30 and wrap up around 1:00. Lunch will include BBQ chicken and two side dishes, dessert and a drink. The cost is $8. We look forward to this annual event and are hoping for a large turn-out. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund, FCA, & Room in the Inn.

Starting Sunday September 27th at 6:00 pm (NEW START DATE) – Exploring The Way (by Upper Room Ministries). Pastor Steve will be the facilitator. A prequel to the Companion in Christ foundational resource, this six week experiential study (plus preparatory meeting) provides an excellent introduction to the language of spiritual formation and some basic practices of the Christian spiritual life. (Suggested book donation is $5.)

Jennifer’s Home Team Happenings – It’s time to start thinking YARD SALE. The HT annual yard sale will be October 9th & 10th. Please drop off your donations at the church storage building Saturday mornings 9:30-12:00, or Sunday afternoons 12:00 to 1:00, starting September 5th.

The Jennifer Saunders Home Team always has an open invitation to anyone who would like to join us. Our purpose is to give others the opportunity to answer God’s call for this mission and to support Jennifer spiritually, emotionally, and financially during her time of service. The HT holds several fund raising/information events each year as well as providing care packages, letters, and cards. If you would like to join us or help with an event please join us for our regular meeting on the second Monday of the month at 5:30, in the Fellowship Hall.

A Bridal Tea for Ben James and Sarah Thompson will be Friday, October 2nd, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Old Brashiers Chapel UMC Fellowship Hall, given by Arab First UMC and Old Brashiers Chapel UMC. (Ben will be attending this shower, so spouses are invited.)

Our AFUMC UMW Fundraiser is a drawing for an Oil Painting (34”h x 27”w — Framed), “Mystic Poppy” by Karen Matthews, Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each, Tickets can be purchased from any UMW member. Drawing will be held on Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Unit Meeting. All proceeds to benefit UMW Missions.

Request for Sunday School Classes – Fall is here and we are excited about Sunday School! Adult Sunday School classes, please help us with our Sunday morning schedule by concluding Sunday School on time at 10:30 a.m. Classes are asked to release promptly to allow parents to pick up their children. Class members may of course socialize after class is released. Our children need to be picked up on time from their classes, and many of them help as acolytes or in other ways for worship, as do some of our adults. Remember that the Sunday School hour begins at 9:30 and concludes at 10:30. Thanks for your help!

Thank You
Thank you to everyone who gave generously of their time to sign up needy children for help through Christmas Coalition. During the four day sign up 253 children were registered in Arab. The week went smoothly due to your willingness to serve those who are less fortunate. Blessings, Joy Privett

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