Connecting Points April 3, 2016

Light it Up Blue begins today we will take a group pictures after each service. We’d like to encourage you to wear blue each Sunday and replace your porch light with a blue bulb during the month of April.

Kelley’s Rainbow Speaker – Carla Wood, the interim executive director of Kelley’s Rainbow, will be the guest speaker in the Thirsty Sunday School class on today at 10:55 am in room 125. All are invited!

New study during 10:55 am Sunday School! Join the Beyond Contemporary Class in room 117 today when they begin “That the World May Know: Israel’s Mission.” In this Ray Vander Laan study filmed on location in Israel and Jordan, you will glimpse the urgency and rewards of welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace. Discover the mission that can give your life greater meaning than you ever imagined.

The April book for the Christian Book Club is “Bronner” by Sherri Burgess. Copies of the book are available in the office for a donation of $10. The discussion meeting for it the book will be April 5th at noon in the Sisters in Christ classroom.

The Wednesday Night meal starts at 5:00 pm. The requested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. April 6th is breakfast night with pancakes, Colorado eggs, bacon, sausage, cinnamon rolls, and fruit.

New Wednesday Night Study -“When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Ester and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the WISE one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of the king.” That’s what the new Wednesday evening study “It’s Good to be Queen” by Liz Curtis Higgs is all about. This study will begin on April 6th following the Wednesday meal. Nancy Stewart will be leading, so
please see her for a book.

Nancy Stewart is leading a study each Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Sisters Classroom downstairs. The first study is “Life Lessons with Max Lucado from the Book of Acts”. The study is open to anyone seeking a better understanding of this intriguing book of the Bible. If you have questions or need a study guide, please contact Nancy.

Joy Circle is starting a new book! Come join them! Joy Circle would like to invite any interested women to join them as they begin Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World (“finding intimacy with God in the busyness of life”) by Joanna Weaver, discussing the first chapter at their next meeting on April 8. Joy Circle meets the second Friday of each month at 11am at Grumpy’s (April 8th) in their lower level meeting room.

The Emmaus Cluster will meet at Guntersville First United Methodist Church on April 12th at 6:30. Remember it is “pot luck”. If you bring a dessert bring a drink to share.

The Methodist Women will be on April 13th at noon in room 102. Bring a sack lunch if so desired as one of the perks of offering a meeting at 12 noon is to enable women that work in the community the opportunity to attend on their lunch breaks.

On April 21st the Young-in-Heart will go to the Bevell Center in Huntsville at 11:00 for a buffet lunch. Cost with tax is $9.26. (We will collect it that morning so only one person pays the bill, therefore, bring cash.) Then at 12:30 we will go to see the Lowe Mill artist at work. No cost but they take donations. Make your reservations at the sign-up-table and indicate if you want to ride in the church van (or bus.) If you care to drive yourself, directions to both places will be on the sign-up-table by Sunday the 17th.
UMCOR Opportunities—volunteer and donate items for flood buckets! On Saturday, April 23, Leslie and Patrick Smith will be carrying donated flood bucket supplies as well as all able-bodied volunteers to Decatur to the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse. Plans are to meet at the church at 8am, and do volunteer work at the Warehouse until lunch, eating lunch in Decatur before returning home to Arab. Donations of supplies for flood buckets can be left at the office. Supplies needed are: liquid laundry detergent (25 or 50 ounce bottles), liquid household cleaner (12-16 ounce cleaner that can be mixed with water, no spray cleaners), liquid dish soap (16-28 ounce

bottles), air freshener (aerosol or pump), scrub brushes (plastic or wooden handle), cleaning wipes (handi-wipes or reusable wipes, no terry towels), sponges (no cellulose sponges), scour pads (no stainless steel or pads with soap built in), clothespins, clothesline (50 feet or 100 feet, cotton or plastic), dust masks, kitchen dishwashing gloves (thicker, reusable gloves), work gloves (cotton with leather palms). Please donate items in sizes listed as bucket contents are standardized by UMCOR.
Annual Relay For Life Yard Sale – AFUMC will hold its annual Relay For Life yard sale on Saturday, April 30 from 8am to 2pm. (The actual Relay For Life is May 13 from 5pm to 11pm at Arab Soccer Fields. Relay For Life supports the American Cancer Society.) Donations for the yard sale will be accepted the week of the yard sale.

In April, Circle 6 will be hosting a drive for the North Alabama Cloth Diaper Bank! We are asking for donations of flour sack towels (found in the kitchen towel section of Walmart, a pack of 5 is around $5), flat cloth diapers (new or good used condition), and $1 from every church member. The money will be used to purchase new cloth diaper covers at wholesale. Towels and diapers can be placed in collection baskets at each entrance, and cloth dollars can be placed in collection jar in the church office.

Summer Sumatanga News – If your child is interested in attending summer camp this year, the 2016 schedule is online at www.sumatanga.org. Lee will be at Sumatanga the week of June 5th—10th if you’d like for your child to be there while someone from our church will be in the area. That week for grades 3rd– 4th there is a Taste of Camp 1 and 2, a Grand Camp 1 and 2 (grandparents and grandchild), and grades 1-3 Day Camp 2. There’ll probably be a church van traveling back and forth if you’d like your child to go. If you have any further questions, please contact Jennifer or Lee.

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