Connecting Points January 3, 2016

New Sunday School Class! Start the New Year with a new study, today in classroom 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.

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 am, or as you can, and with lots of hands the job won’t take long.

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, room 102. 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.

Winter 2016 Classes start January 13th
Grow in your faith with others in a Wednesday night class.
Meals will be available on Wednesdays 5:00 – 5:30 pm.
Adults’ classes starts at 5:45 pm
Children Classes starts at 6:00
Youth starts at 6:00 pm

The Young in Heart will meet January 21, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. in the fellowship hall. We will be having an “Everyone’s Birthday Party” and celebrate being the YIH group for 10 years! Bring a wrapped dollar gift for a “birthday present” exchange. Julie Smith from the Home Instead Program will speak on Aging Well. A blue plate luncheon featuring southern “soul” foods will follow the speaker. Please sign up to bring a dish or dessert. Fried fish and chicken will be provided from dues.

The Emmaus Cluster meeting will be Tuesday, January 12th, 6:30 pm at Guntersville First United Methodist Church.

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 17th, 24th, 31st, and February 7th, 21st, & 28th.

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.

In order to keep our prayer list up to date we started over on January 1st. If you would like to add someone to the Health and Healing list, Cancer Treatment list, or the Military list, please complete the prayer cards in the pews, call the church office (256-586-5792) or email afumc@otelco.net.

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