The Reading Program
Arab First United Methodist Church and the Women’s Ministry of AFUMC recognizes the importance of learning more about the needs of the world around them and increasing awareness of such needs. Yearly, books are purchased from the United Methodist Women’s reading program, and the church family at AFUMC has the opportunity to expand their horizons by reading these books. Books are written for all audiences—adults, youth, and children and can be checked out from the church library located across the hall from the church office. (The honor system is used for checking out books.) Books are kept in the church library for one year and then are donated to the Arab Public Library so that the community can also benefit from these books. (The books already have the Arab Public Library stamp on them.) There is a binder in the church library that contains information about each of the books available to help with your selection. Contact Dawn Liebner if you would like to receive via email a list of the books available, a list that also contains brief information about each book.
The Reading Program Leads to Action!
For 140 years, United Methodist Women have been involved in mission that includes prayer, study and action. The Reading Program is a study opportunity, but it should also lead to action. The purpose of the program is to encourage United Methodist Women members to:
- Expand understanding of and participation in God’s mission.
- Increase sensitivity to all human beings—their needs, interests and concerns.
- Encourage critical thinking about issues facing humanity today.
- Grow in understanding of Scripture as it relates to Christian faith in contemporary life.
- Enhance self-knowledge and act from that knowledge.
- Strengthen involvement in local and global Christian mission.
About the Reading Program Books
Every year, we recommend a diverse range of books to broaden exposure to a variety of concepts. Books are organized into 5 categories:
Click here to view the book information for the 2016 reading program.