Connecting Points February 21, 2016

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

The Preschool – 1st grade Children’s Choirs will be singing today, during the 9:30 and 10:55 am services.

Todd Gerelds, Author of “Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way,” will be our guest speaker on Tuesday, February 23, at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. This is a community wide event. A book discussion will be held on March 1st.

The Wednesday Night meal starts at 5:00 pm. The requested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. February 24th, the meal is breaded pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean and pinto beards, rolls, and dessert.

The Arab Ministerial Association invites you to join other Christians in our community for our Wednesday Lenten Services starting at noon, February 24th at Community Church. Scott Campbell, pastor of Pleasant Valley Church, will be preaching.

The March book for the Christian Book Club is “Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way.” The discussion meeting for it will be March 1st at noon in the Sisters in Christ classroom.

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee On Relief) and Disaster Response There is always a need for readiness and support for disaster relief, and even more so now due to the recent tornadoes this winter (such as the one in Pickens County AL on February 2). The UMCOR Disaster Relief Warehouse in Decatur has made an appeal for support. Monetary donations can be made via a check to AFUMC with UMCOR noted on the memo line.

Young-in-Heart will meet March 17th at 10:00 am for sharing some St. Patrick’s Day folklore. We’ll sing some Irish songs, share Irish sayings and stories about our Irish ancestors. A prize will be given for the best “baloney” told that day. Terry Z will cook some corned beef and cabbage to go along with other Irish foods. The extra cost per person is $2.00. Be sure to sign-up at the sign-up table. Don’t forget to wear something green!

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 (ebvhemphill@gmail.com) or 256-640-3292.

A limited number of Easter lilies will be used to decorate the church for Easter Sunday. Each 6 inch pot with single stem Easter lily costs $15. If you make a purchase you are free to take one of them home after the late service on Easter. Please turn in all donations to the church office, checks payable to AFUMC and marked “Easter lilies”, if you would like to help with this endeavor.

Piano Refurbishing – Today we are happy to have our wonderful Steinway grand piano back. It has been rebuilt and refurbished. The piano was a donation by Elmer and Marie Skidmore (parents of Jo Fox) in 1956. We give thanks to our anonymous donors who provided for this restoration and look forward to many more years of beautiful music. Please note that we are asking that no one play on our newly refurbished piano following worship services.

Update and thanks regarding the recent paperback book and backpack drive! 209 paperback books were collected for Donaldson Prison in response to Deborah West’s outreach project and 20 backpacks were collected for those in need at Arab Junior High School. Thank you! Backpacks for AJHS are always needed; contact Dawn Liebner with donations of new and used backpacks.

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.

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