Connecting Points, January 31, 2016

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

The Wednesday Night meal starts at 5:00 pm. The requested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. February 3rd, the meal is Chicken wings/fingers, hot dogs and chips, corn and macaroni casserole, and dessert.

Ghana Mission Presentation and Fellowship Potluck Supper – The Ghana mission team will be sharing about their recent mission trip to Ghana, Africa and Eugemot Orphanage tonight. Come for supper at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall; please bring a dish to share if you are able for this potluck meal. The program will be held at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary.

Circle 6 is collecting Wal-Mart cards during the month of January. Any amount is fine, and people can also donate cash. All cards/monies are going to the “Transitions Class” at Arab High School to help with the expenses of the class’s Life Skills lessons. The students cook once a week, and also do 2 fund raiser meals for the faculty during the year. All groceries are bought at Wal-Mart.

The January book for the Christian Book Club is “Chasing Sunsets” by Christian novelist Karen Kingsbury. Copies of the book are available in the office for a donation of $9. The discussion meeting for it will be February 2nd at noon in the Sisters in Christ classroom.

February 7th Souper Bowl Sunday – The youth will again be participating in this yearly world-wide food drive. We would like to collect at least one can of soup and one dollar from all church attendees which will be given to TESA. Following the 9:30 am service, the youth will be serving soup, cornbread/crackers, dessert and drink in the Fellowship Hall for $5 with further donations gladly accepted. Dine-in or take-out.

Bag and Book Drives – Joy Circle is sponsoring several collections and you can help! New and used backpack and book bags are being collected for Arab Junior High School students needing these items. New and used paperback books are also being collected to support the book drive that Deborah West is involved with to obtain one paperback book for each of the 1400 inmates at Donaldson Prison in the Bessemer area. Please leave all donations with Dawn Liebner (office in the conference room across from the church office.) Church-wide collection of these items will end on Sunday, February 7.

The Methodist Women is meeting on Wednesday, February 10th 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Everyone is invited to our Ash Wednesday Service February 10th at 6:00 pm. Start the Lenten season with this special time of receiving ashes on the forehead as a sign of our mortality and need for God. This years’ service features music and prayer from the Taize’ tradition and a beautiful candle setting.

A Children’s Parent Survey has been email out to parents. If you have not yet completed that survey, please take 5 minutes to do so. If you did not receive a survey, and you have children aged 3 years to 5th grade, please email Ms. Jennifer at jarrington@blountboe.net. This survey is totally anonymous and will help us evaluate the effectiveness of our Children’s Programs.

The Young-in-Heart will have their “Traditional Italian Dinner”
February 16th at 6:00 pm. Since Terry Z is cooking the Lasagna and Spaghetti, there will be a $3 charge per person, but everyone does not have to bring a dish. Everyone 50 plus is invited, but reservations must be made by Feb.14th. Sign-up-sheet is in the main front hall to the right of the double doors. John Mullins will speak on “Common Core” and “How Text Books are Chosen for Arab Schools.” JoAnn Cleveland and Janet Calhoun will present a short, funny skit on the subject.

The Arab Ministerial Association invites you to join other Christians in our community for our Wednesday Lenten Services starting at noon at the following: February 10 – Liberty Church – Steve West, preaching, February 17 – First United Methodist – Keith Parker, preaching, February 24 – Community Church – Scott Campbell, preaching, March 2 – Pleasant Valley Baptist – Jamie Pruitt, preaching, March 9 – Gilliam Springs Baptist – Clint Landry, preaching, March 16 – First Baptist – Mike Shirley, preaching, March 23 – New Brashiers Methodist- Junior Plunkett, preaching, and Easter Sunrise – Old Brashiers Methodist (time TBA)

Seder Meal Table Settings NEEDED! The meal will be on Thursday, March 24th. (This is the week of ACS’s Spring Break) Each table will need to be set for 6 people (unless otherwise specified) and should include the following: Dinner plate, dessert plate, drinking glass, cloth napkin, silverware (2 forks, knife and spoon), serving utensils, 1 serving platter, 2 serving bowls, small bowl for water (handwashing), salt and pepper shakers, butter dish, and coffee cups. No centerpieces, please. Contact Brooke Hemphill, 256-640-3292 or ebvhemphill@gmail.com.

Looking Ahead to Holy Week!
Sunday, March 20 – Palm Sunday with children singing, lunch and Easter Egg hunt after church
Thursday, March 24 – Maundy Thursday Seder Meal at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 25 – Good Friday Service at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 27 – Community Easter Sunrise Service (Old Brashiers Methodist time TBA)
Sunday, March 27 – Easter services at 8:00, 9:30, and 10:55.

Vacation Bible School Cave Quest 2016 – Following Jesus, the Light of the World will be held July 11th – 15th from 5:45-8:00 pm

Piano Refurbishing – Have you noticed our piano is missing? Our church is blessed to have a very nice Steinway grand piano that has lasted for many decades. Through a generous anonymous donation, we are happy to say that our piano is being rebuilt and refurbished. For a few weeks, we will be using a keyboard while it is visiting the shop for its restoration.

Dear Church family, we would like to thank everyone for all the prayers, cards, and kind words after mom’s recent passing. We are still adjusting to life without her but having a loving and caring church family that supports us helps so much. Your continued prayers are appreciated. In Christian Love, Patrick, Leslie, Parker, and Lianna Smith

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