Connecting Points November 22, 2015

Please turn in Commitment Cards! – Last Sunday was Commitment Sunday and the conclusion of our “What Do You Hold in Your Hand?” stewardship emphasis. We thank everyone for your generous giving to the work of Christ through the church. If you did not have a chance to turn your commitment card in for both the General Fund and the Building Fund (the matching funds challenge), please mail your card or drop it by the church office as soon as possible during the coming week. Thanks so much!

Invitations to Advent and Christmas – In the brass container at the back of the sanctuary are some invitational flyers for Advent and Christmas events at our church. These were used for “Cookies for Christ” last week and will be given out at the Christmas parade. If you would like to take one and give it to someone you are inviting to church, please take it with you today!

Jennifer Saunders Home Team annual bake sale is today.

Advent and Christmas Decoration schedule – It’s hard to believe, but we’re fast approaching the time to put up our beautiful Chrismon tree and all the accompanying decorations. Today at 3:00 pm come help bring all the decorations from the storage building to the church. Guys and gals, mark your calendars for 9:00 am, Monday, November 23rd and come anytime that morning and help as long as you can to make our sanctuary beautiful for the blessed Advent and Christmas seasons.

Community Thanksgiving Service tonight!-All are invited to a service of Thanksgiving sponsored by the Arab Ministerial Association tonight at 6:30 pm at Liberty Church (Campfire). The preacher will be Keith Parker of Community Church. Soup and chili will be served afterward. Come and give thanks!

Room in the Inn volunteers are needed for the following dates:
November 22nd, December 20th, January 17th, February 21st, and March 20th. We will need set up crew, van/bus driver, overnight host, food crew, and activities director. We are asking each Sunday school class to sponsor the meals (supper, breakfast and a snack). Please contact John Richey 256-931-6088 or Marc Scarbrough 256-714-4627.

Candy For Christmas & Beyond – Collection for candy for Christmas and Beyond will begin on November 29th. Collection containers will be in the narthex area as well as in the conference room across from the church office. Individually wrapped candy only, please.

Charge Conference is Monday, November 30th at 6:30 pm. Church Council members are expected and church members are invited. We will meet in the sanctuary.

The Christian Book Club will meet on December 1st at noon. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy while we discuss the book. Copies of this month’s reading, FOREVER CHRISTMAS, are available in the church office. For more information, please call Joyce Marcotte at 256-224-9552.

Christmas and Beyond Meeting – A meeting for Christmas and Beyond will be held on Wednesday December 2nd at 7:15 pm in room 112, Class of Our Redeemer room. This meeting is for C&B leaders as well as all interested parties.

Children in grades 1st – 5th grade are invited to a series of acolyte training classes on Wednesday from 5:30-6:00 pm (Dec 2nd & 16th).

Need Volunteers for Christmas Parade – Serve hot chocolate at the parade on December 3rd! We need smiling faces to share hot chocolate and information about the church with the community. If you are interested, please contact the church office or sign up on the signup sheet in the narthex.

Live Nativity – If you’re interested in helping with the live nativity this year, please see or call Jami Russell (256-348-1325). Dates are December 11th & 12th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. We need folks for non-speaking and non-acting parts, one hour shifts.

The youth are selling poinsettias to be placed in the sanctuary on December 20th. Poinsettia sales begin Sunday, December 6th – 20th. The cost is $15. Poinsettias can be placed in honor or memory of loved ones and published in a booklet for Christmas Eve. For names to be included in the booklet information the information is needed by 9:00 am on December 18th.

Ghana Soup Fundraiser – On Sunday, December 6th, we will have a soup fundraiser for our Ghana Mission Trip. Come, eat, and fellowship after the morning services, or pick up soup to go. Donations will be received to go toward food relief that we will provide on our mission trip!

Christmas and Beyond – Please mark your calendar for Saturday December 12, the date for this year’s Christmas and Beyond when our church family reaches out to needy children in our area. Many of you have a job you do each year with Christmas and Beyond and we thank you for your faithfulness, for your prayers, and for your donations. If you have not been a part of C & B in the past, this is an opportunity for you to be the hands and feet of Christ. For many of these children, this will be their first experience in church and it is so important that we make them feel at home. So…we need a shopper for each child for this to be a true success. Prayerfully consider volunteering for a few hours on Saturday morning December 12 and you could make a difference in the life of a child. Please contact Dawn Liebner 256-293-8079 or Joy Privett 256-586-8641.

Altar flowers 2016 – If you would like to place flowers in the sanctuary in memory or honor of someone, please call or come by the church office (256-586-5792). You can choose between Buddy’s Flowers or Scott’s Urban Earth.

Thank You
The Jennifer Saunders Home Team would like to thank all those who donated, help set up, and shopped at the annual yard sale. We had a record year with $2700 being raised to support Jennifer’s mission work.

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