Connecting Points December 6, 2015

The Wednesday Night meal starts at 5:00 pm. The requested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. On December 9th, the meal is chili, chicken tortilla soup, hot dogs, dessert.

Candy For Christmas & Beyond – Collection for candy for Christmas and Beyond will begin today. Collection containers will are in the narthex as well as in the conference room across from the church office. Individually wrapped candy only, please.

Ghana Soup Fundraiser – Today, 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!

“What is Chanukah? – Join us today in the fellowship hall 11:00 am to noon as the Maurer family presents an overview of this 8-day festival. Understanding the Jewish roots of our faith helps us better understand Jesus. The presentation includes history, menorah-lighting, Chanukah foods, and the dreidel game! It’s open to all ages, please join us!

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, in one hour shifts.

Children in grades 1st – 5th grade are invited to a series of acolyte training classes on Wednesday from 5:30-6:00 pm (December16th).

The youth are selling poinsettias to be placed in the sanctuary on December 20th. The cost is $15. Poinsettias can be placed in honor or memory of loved ones and published in a booklet for Christmas Eve. Deadline is 9:00 am on December 18th.
The Young-in-Heart’s annual catered Christmas Lunch will be December 17th at 10:00 A.M. Dee Rowley has invited Ben Reep to present a program on John and Susanna Wesley. Terry Z will cater the meal. Pre-paid tickets cost $10.00 each. See Dee Rowley (498-5519) or Janet Calhoun (586-8413) for tickets.

Confirmation, Children’s, & Youth Parent Meeting will be Thursday, December 17th. Confirmation parent meeting will start at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. Children’s parent meeting will be at 6:15 pm and the youth parent meeting will be at the youth house at 6:15. If you have a child in both children and youth, please choose one meeting and get with the other leader from the meeting you’ll miss to obtain information.

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.

Our first hosting of Room in the Inn was a great success. Thanks to all those who contributed in making our neighbors welcome. Our next night to host will be December 20th and we are always looking for volunteers. We are still looking for a Sunday School class to prepare meals for our March session. If interested, contact Marc Scarborough or John Richey.

Study Committee Report Approved, Building Committee Coming Soon! In a historic moment, our Church Council approved the Study Committee final report at our recent Charge Conference. The report dutifully outlines the needs of the church and community, our projected growth, and the desires of the congregation for a future building project. The Church Council voted unanimously to establish a Building Committee. We’d love to share the report with you! You can access it online from the top banner of our church web page (www.arabumc.org). For those who would prefer a paper copy, there are a few copies in the church office.

Operation Christmas Child—We would like to say a special thank you to everyone who dropped off a shoebox this year for the Operation Christmas Child mission. This year is the sixth year for our church to
be a collection site for our area. We collected 790 boxes this year which we transported to our area’s relay center, Albertville First Baptist Church. Our area relay center collected 35,162 shoe boxes which should now be arriving at the Atlanta Distribution Center. Thanks for your support in allowing our church to be a part of this great mission.

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