Connecting Points April 17, 2016

The Wednesday Night meal starts at 5:00 pm. The requested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. April 20th, the meal is penne pasta with meatballs, salad, garlic bread, and desserts.

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), flat cloth diapers (new or good used condition), and $1to purchase new cloth diaper covers. There are collection baskets at each entrance, and dollars can be placed in a collection jar in the office.

The Spring Program for Preschool through 1st grade will be on Wednesday, April 20th at 6:00 pm. Children in the program should be at the church by 5:30 pm. Regular after school worship arts activities will be held.

The Spring Program for K-5th will be Wednesday, April 27th at 6:00 pm. There will be NO after-school activities that day. Children should be at the church by 5:30 pm.

Children’s Worship Arts – our end of year celebration will be May 4th after school. This is the last Wednesday for Worship Arts this school year.

On April 21st the Young-in-Heart will go to the Bevell Center in Huntsville at 11:00 for a buffet lunch. The cost with tax is $9.26. (We will collect it that morning so bring cash.) At 12:30 we will go to see the Lowe Mill artist at work. There is 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. Directions will be on the sign-up-table.

Relay For Life Yard Sale – Arab First UMC 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.) Donations for the yard sale will be accepted the week of the yard sale.
Reach out to others by volunteering at the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse on Saturday, April 23! Leslie and Patrick Smith will be carrying donated flood bucket supplies as well as volunteers to Decatur to the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse. We will meet at the church at 8am, and do volunteer work until lunch, eating before returning home. 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), and work gloves (cotton with leather palms). Please donate items in sizes listed as bucket contents are standardized.

April 27th Tornado Day of Remembrance – On Wednesday, April 17th (the five year anniversary of 63 Alabama tornadoes) our prayer room will be available all day from 8:00 – 4:30 for anyone in the community to pray. Our church has also organized a noon ceremony outdoors at the memorial garden at the home of Roger and Debby Head (2503 Ruth Road). The public will be invited and pastors from the Arab Ministerial Association will lead the ceremony and prayer.

The United Methodist Men will host a BBQ chicken luncheon on May 1st. The cost is $8 and will include chicken, 2 sides, bread, drink, and dessert. We will start serving after the 9:30 service. The proceeds will go to our various mission projects including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Room in the Inn, and our college scholarship fund.

High School Seniors! We would like to publish your senior portrait in the church newsletter and bulletin. Please email it to afumc@otelco.net or bring a senior portrait to the church office by May 6th. In addition, we would like 5 informal pictures of you during different stages of your life. These will be used for a slideshow on May 22nd.

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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