Connecting Points May 8, 2016

The Wednesday Night meal starts at 5:00 pm. The requested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The meal on May 11th is meatloaf, loaded mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, and desserts.

The Emmaus Cluster will meet at Guntersville First United Methodist Church on May 10th at 6:30 (we are the host church this month). Remember it is “pot luck”. If you bring a dessert, you are also asked to bring a drink to share.

A Summer Men’s Bible Study entitled “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge will begin soon. If you interested in this study, please contact Lee Michael.

Wear Red Next Sunday! – Next Sunday is Pentecost, the birthday of the church. Please wear red when you come to church to help us celebrate!

Children’s Parents – There will be a brief meeting with Pastor Steve on Sunday, May 15th, after morning worship (about 12:10 pm) in the sanctuary. He needs our help in identifying the gifts and graces needed in a future children’s director. This is important information to take to the Staff-Parish Relations Team. In the meantime, we have arranged the following transition team to cover our bases. Our church believes in our children and we have super volunteers to ensure a quality program. Here is the team: Acolytes – Anna Clark (with Leah Bishop and Carrie Walters); Children’s Church – Heather Tallent; Sunday School teacher support – Heather Tallent; Wednesday night classes – Debby Heidt; Vacation Bible School Leadership Team – Heather Tallent, Corrine Williams, and Debby Heidt; and Children’s Worship Arts – Jami Russell, Debby Heidt, and Heather Tallent.

Shirts and Totes – Do you need a gift for Mother’s Day? How about a shirt or tote with the church’s stained glass window on it? Shirts are available in turquoise, gold, honey, and black and youth sizes XS to adult sizes 2XL. The cost is $15 for a shirt, $10 for a tote. All proceeds support Blessings in a Backpack.
Financial Peace – Interested in financial peace of mind? Contact Dawn Liebner by May 16th if you are interested in taking Financial Peace University this summer. This study by Dave Ramsey helps you create a plan for your money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents Biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Young-in-Heart Retreat – May 19th 10:00-1:00 at the Moss Lodge in Palisades Park. Shirley Gullion will lead the group in an old fashioned Gospel Hymns Sing Along. Enjoy a catered Kentucky Fried lunch bought from your dues. This is YIH’s favorite meeting and is requested each year. Sign the reservation sheet and indicate if you wish to ride in the Church van. (Bus may be available if enough sign up.) Look for maps on the sign-up-table nearer the event if you plan to drive.

Stained glass window notecards – The Methodist Women are making available the opportunity to purchase notecards featuring Arab First UMC’s stained glass window. These notecards are printed on quality card paper and are 5 ½ inches tall by 4 inches wide with the window in color on the front and the inside blank. Notecards will be sold in packs of 10 for $10 (envelopes included) with the minimal proceeds helping support missions. It is requested that you pre-pay for the notecards that you order. Contact Dawn Liebner or Joy Privett.

KidsFirst Preschool of Arab First Baptist Church, is currently accepting applications for potential openings for teachers for fall 2016. Candidates should be a Christian and member in good standing of an evangelical church. Candidates will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation from your pastor along with application. For more information contact Donna Wood @ 256-931-2657.

Watch out for the “Summer Slump!” Please help our church continue our financial health through the summer months when many are traveling. You may mail or bring tithes and offerings anytime. Have you considered a recurring electronic contribution? It’s easy, even when you travel or other circumstances prevent you from attending services. Your electronic contribution continue uninterrupted. Please go to our church website to register!

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