Connecting Points July 24, 2016

Communion is served in the Prayer Chapel each Sunday morning between services (9:00 – 9:15) and (10:30 – 10:45).

A NEW STUDY’S beginning in the Thirsty Class and will end on August 21st. “Becoming a Contagious Christian” (BACC) is a 6-week study, co-authored by Bill Hybels, designed to teach principles of evangelism to Christians. The goal here is to learn ways to respond to Jesus’ great commission to spread our faith and make disciples. SPOILER: It doesn’t involve door-knocking, bull-horns & bicycle circuits (necessarily). Thirsty Class meets Sunday mornings at 10:50 in room 117 (Pathfinders room). For more information, contact Myles (mylesteston@gmail.com; 256.640.3325).

The Fellowship Hall will be closed the week of July 24th – July 30th. The floors are being waxed and we ask that you DO NOT WALK on the floors. The work will start around 1:00 pm on Sunday, so please get everything you need out of the basement area before 1:00 pm.

Summer Voice Recital -Thursday, July 28th, at 6:00 pm, Brian Quillin’s summer students will be presenting their program in the Sanctuary. All are welcome.

Volunteers are needed to stuff the newsletter on Thursday, July 28th at 1:30 pm. Contact the church office.

Fall Prayer Retreat – Pastor Steve invites you to an overnight prayer retreat for the men and women of Arab First UMC on Thursday-Friday, September 8-9, at the retreat center of Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman. Steve will facilitate our journey, with one of the sessions hosted by one of the sisters. The theme will be “The Word is Very Near You: Three Ways to Pray the Scriptures.” Registration forms with all the details may be found on the Hospitality Table. Friends are welcome.
A Senior Adult One Day Revival at Arab First Baptist Church will be on Wednesday, August 3. The first Session begins at 10:00 am. Lunch will be provided by the church, (please call 256-586-3153 to make your free reservation). The second session starts at 1:00 pm. A Love Offering to be taken. We would love for you to join us for a day of great preaching, music, food and fellowship!

Aging Is Not For Sissies. Are you making the most of your “Golden
Years”? In an effort to reach the aging population of our community with pertinent information and creative solutions, Arab First United Methodist Church is hosting a unique event entitled “Aging Is Not For Sissies”. The event will be held at the church Saturday, August 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The agenda includes a keynote address by Rev. W.G. Henry to be followed by informative sessions on “The Financial Realities of Retirement”, “Preventing Identity Theft”, “Making Your Home a Safe Place” and “Identifying the Early Signs of Dementia”. There will also be a panel discussion regarding the Role of the Caregiver. Throughout the day Marshall Medical Centers personnel will be on hand to do free health screenings as well. This informative morning is being offered free of charge to the entire
community. Following the breakout sessions there will be a complimentary lunch for all attendees. Please join us for a great day of information, fun, food and fellowship! For more information you can call the church office at 256/586-5792 or go to the church website at arabumc.org.

Art for Ghana – Pastor Steve has placed in the office a framed depiction of a scene in a Ghana market with last year’s mission team. It is a canvas print of a painting by our own Sue Kirkpatrick. Additional canvas prints are available from Sue for a donation of $75 to the Ghana mission. Please call the office for her contact information if you would like one.

Backpack Blessing – On Sunday, August 7, we will have a special morning of blessing our students and educators as we go back to school. All teachers and staff (from any school system) will be recognized in our worship services. Make plans to come be prayed for! All children are invited to bring their backpacks and place them below the altar before the service begins, then pick them up afterward to be ready for school. In addition, as a mission project we are asking you to bring backpacks you would like to donate and place them below the altar before the service.

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