Connecting Points December 27, 2015

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

Church office hours during the holidays are as follows:
Monday – Wednesday, December 28th, 29th & 30th – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (noon)

Ghana mission team will be leaving on Tuesday! Please pray for safe travels and God’s work to be done. The following people will be going on this trip: Tammy Bass, Dr. Robert Burton, Carl Ivey, Brian Odell, Lois Odell, Ben Richey, Lexi Scarbrough, Marc Scarbrough, Hannah Shirley, Tarah Sloan, Lianna Smith, Payton Tanner, and Pastor Steve West.

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. The following dates are available: January 3rd, 17th, 24th, 31st February 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th.

Book Club is reading War Room-Prayer is a Powerful Weapon this month. Discussion of the book will be January 5, 2016 at noon downstairs in Sisters in Christ classroom. Bring a bag lunch and share your thoughts about this wonderful book. Copies of the book are available in the church office. Suggested donation is $8. Contact Joyce Marcotte for further information.

New Sunday School Class! Start the new year with a new study and class! Come January 3rd to room 103 at 9:30 am for study intro and beginning class activities. The study entitled Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs will start on January 10th. Facilitators are Josh and Mary Shumate for this class suitable for couples as well as individuals.

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.

Shirley Chupp has prepared a cookbook that contains the favorite recipes from churches in Marshall County that have hosted our neighbors as a part of Room in the Inn. It contains 250 recipes and costs $20. All proceeds go to the Marshall County Homeless Ministry. If interested, please contact the church office. They should be available by the New Year.

End of the Year Contributions – All contributions received after 12/31/15 will be posted to your 2016 giving statement. If you are making designated gifts remember to mark those clearly on your check. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving.

Undercorating the Church – it is beautiful, but it’s got to come down! On Tuesday, January 5th we need all who can to come join in undercorating the church. Please gather at 9:00, or as you can, and with lots of hands the job won’t take long.

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