Connecting Points December 13, 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 16th, the meal is meatball subs, salad, home fries, and dessert.

Christmas Caroling Wednesday, December 16th! All youth, adults, and families are invited to go Christmas caroling this week after Wednesday night supper. Meet Pastor Steve for assignments (some of our homebound members) at 5:45 pm after supper. (Note that children’s classes will meet)

The Young-in-Heart’s annual catered Christmas Lunch will be December 17th at 10:00 A.M. Ben Reep will present a program on John and Susanna Wesley. Terry Z will be preparing stuffed flank steak, oven friend chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash casserole, broccoli and Cauliflower casserole, jello salad, rolls, and desserts. Pre-paid tickets cost $10.00 each. See Dee Rowley (256-498-5519) or Janet Calhoun (256-586-8413) for tickets. Today is the last day 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 and Youth parent meeting will be at 6:15 pm (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.) Children will meet in the sanctuary and youth at the youth house.

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. The deadline is 9:00 am on December 18th.

“The Silence and the Sound” is our annual Christmas cantata with choir and orchestra, on Sunday, December 20th, at 10:55am and Monday, December 21st, at 7:00pm. Bring a friend and share the joy!
We are hosting Room in the Inn on 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.

Church office hours during the holidays are as following: Monday & Tuesday, December 21st, 22nd, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Wednesday, December 23rd 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)
Monday – Wednesday, December 28th, 29th & 30th – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)

Our Christmas Eve Offering this year will go to missions! It will be split between the United Methodist Children’s Home’s White Christmas offering, our upcoming Ghana Mission Trip, and remaining missions that were not able to be funded by our budget. Please give generously on Christmas Eve!

We will be delivering donuts on Christmas Eve Day to businesses that stay open for our community on Christmas Eve. It is our way of saying “Thank You” for the service they provide. We are very blessed that our church family is so willing to serve our community in this way. If you are interested, please contact the church office afumc@otelco.net or 586-5792 or Terry Zakrzewski at 256-486-5183.

Experience Christmas Eve with ourCandlelight Services and Communion
Come and Go Communion – 12:00pm
Candlelight Services 4:00pm & 7:00pm

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). There are a few paper copies in the church office.

Accepting Building Committee Volunteers! If you would like to serve on the Building Committee we will be organizing in January, please contact the church office. Candidates need to be active members of the church and willing to meet regularly until a proposed building project is completed.
Thank you to all our parents that helped with almost 100 children sharing their wonderful Christmas Program Wednesday. It is a blessing to all to see our children worshipping and praising God. Thank you to the adult choir for their patience and support of our children praising God at this special time of year, we appreciate you letting us borrow some of your choir time.

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