Connecting Points March 13, 2016

The Arab Ministerial Association invites you to join other Christians in our community for our Wednesday Lenten Services this week at noon, Wednesday, March 16th, at Arab First Baptist Church with Mike Shirley preaching.

The Wednesday Night meal starts at 5:00 pm. The requested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. March 16th, the meal is Enchilada Casserole, Spanish rice, and nachos.

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!

Children’s Worship Arts will be singing NEXT Sunday, March 20th, during the 9:30 and 10:55 am services. Please dress in your normal Sunday attire.

Easter Egg Hunt – On Palm Sunday, March 20th, immediately after the 10:55 service, we will have a pot luck luncheon for the children and families participating in the Easter Egg Hunt and helpers. We will enjoy lunch together, the Bible story of Easter, and then hunting eggs.

Candy, Candy, Candy— we will need donations of individually wrapped candies that will fit in a plastic eggs (we have the plastic eggs). Place the candy in the donation baskets at each entrance.

Seder Meal Meeting – For those signed up to set a table, we will have a meeting on Tuesday, March 15th at 6:30 PM. Please make plans to attend if possible for details on Seder Meal night. Contact Brooke Hemphill (ebvhemphill@gmail.com) or 256-640-3292.

Maundy Thursday Seder Meal – On March 24, at 6:00 p.m. we will gather for a Seder Meal in the fellowship hall. This is as close to experiencing communion the way Jesus originally shared it that we can possibly imagine! It’s a time of communal, family worship around the table, on the “night that is different from all other nights.” We will learn by “doing,” gathering for the Passover meal as Jesus and his disciples did, with the fullness of Jewish tradition and liturgy at the table. Then we will share the Passover feast as a church family. We will then re-experience the institution of holy communion, and share holy communion together. Your experience of communion will never be the same after you experience it in its original Passover context, with all the powerful meaning and symbolism. The menu served will be oven baked chicken with white mushroom sauce, roasted baby red potatoes, green beans, macaroni and cheese casserole, squash casserole, flatbread and desserts. Please note that reservations are required for the Seder, contact the church office by March 14th.

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.

Room in the Inn is in need of drivers. We have “neighbors” who have jobs in the area and need to be transported to and from the job sites. If you have question or need more information please contact Martha Green at 256-506-4296.

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 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 the office if you would like to receive via email a list of the books available, a list that also contains brief information about each book.

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