Connecting Point February 7, 2016

The Wednesday Night meal starts at 5:00 pm. The requested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. February 10th, the meal is penne pasta, salad, garlic bread, and dessert.

Souper Bowl Sunday TODAY- The youth are 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 drinks in the Fellowship Hall for $5 with further donations gladly accepted. Dine-in or take-out.

Bag and Book Drives concludes today – 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 end today as please get them in!

The Emmaus Cluster will meet at Guntersville First United Methodist Church on February 9th at 6:30. Remember it is “pot luck”. If you bring a dessert bring a drink to share. Brashers Chapel in Albertville is hosting our meeting. Nursery is provided.

The Methodist Women are meeting on Wednesday, February 10th at 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 light setting.
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 February 14th. A sign-up-sheet is in the northex 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 March book for the Christian Book Club is “Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way.” Copies of the book are available in the office for a donation of $9. The discussion meeting for it will be March 1st at noon in the Sisters in Christ classroom.

Ghana Mission Team Update – For those of you that missed the January 31st program about the recent Ghana mission trip, check out all the photos on the bulletin board located in the hallway from Fellowship Hall to the lower parking lot. Plans are already underway for the next Ghana mission trip; contact Joy Privett (mission chair) or Lois O’Dell (Ghana logistics coordinator) for details.

The Arab Ministerial Association invites you to join other Christians in our community for our Wednesday Lenten Services starting at noon February 10 at Liberty Church off Fry Gap Road with Steve West preaching.

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.

A Children’s Parent Survey – If you have not yet completed the survey please do so or 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.

Thank You We want to take this opportunity to say a genuine “thank you” for all the prayers, calls, cards, food and visits during Brenda’s illness and passing. We are both grateful and humbled by the outpouring of love and compassion we experienced over the past weeks. We are so very fortunate to have such a caring church family. Thanks again for everything. In Christ, Armilda Martin, Nancy & Tommy Stewart.

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