Connecting Points August 14, 2016

Opening Night of Wednesday Night Supper!

Join us this Wednesday, August 17th as we launch Wednesday Night Suppers for the Fall. Dinner will start at 5:15 p.m. The menu is BBQ pulled pork, loaded baby potatoes, corn on the cob, salad, garlic bread, and desserts. The requested donation for the meal is $5 for adults and $3 for children. For opening night, we have special things planned:

Adults are invited to a joint class with Pastor Steve on “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”. We will meet all together in the sanctuary at 6:00 p.m. (regular Wednesday night classes start the following Wednesday). Before coming, take a few minutes to fill out this quick, simple online spiritual gifts assessment and bring your results:
www.umc.org/what-we-believe/spiritual-gifts-online-assessment.

Children are invited to the fellowship hall at 6:00 p.m. for a wonderful and exciting assortment of exotic animals! “6th Day Creatures” is bringing animals to share with the children of Arab First UMC. We will learn about these creatures using a hands-on approach. This is a kick-off to our 12-week “Bible Pets” class coordinated by Heather, during which Bible lessons are based on kids’ favorite pets.

Youth are invited to the youth house at 6:00 p.m. for our weekly Wednesday nights at “The Well.” Everyone grades 6-12 are invited and we’d love for you to bring a friend. Lee will lead the youth group in their continued “Walk Through the Bible” and this week, we start the book of Leviticus.

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

Altar flowers 2016 – If you would like to place flowers in the sanctuary in memory or honor of someone, please contact the church office. We have August 28th available.

Search for Administrative Assistant – We are receiving resumes for the full-time position of Administrative Assistant at the church office.
We need an organized and graceful person, familiar with office communications as well as having personal church experience. Inquiries may be made to Pastor Steve West. We wish Sheila Sanders well as she goes to her new position at a local insurance agency. She has done a great job for several years and we appreciate her very much.

Office Volunteer Schedule – During the interim while we are searching for an Administrative Assistant, the following volunteers will cover church office hours:

Monday 8-4:30 – Debby Heidt
Tuesday 8-12 – Lee Michael
Tuesday 1-4:30 – Laura Creel
Wednesday 8-12 – Carol Zoglmann
Wednesday 1-4:30 – Laura Creel
Thursday 8-4:30 – David Russell
Friday – office closed

Debby Heidt will prepare bulletins and newsletters. Mary Shumate will help count the offering, and Billie Cragg will coordinate bulletin and newsletter folding.

Sisters Class to Study “Growing in Wisdom & Faith” How can you develop a faith that will remain strong when everyday circumstances get you down? Where can you get the wisdom that will help you make the right choices in life’s many decisions? In Elizabeth George’s book entitled “Growing in Wisdom & Faith”, she finds many reassuring answers to these questions and many others in the Book of James. In fact James provides very practical guidance on the most pressing of life’s issues that affect us today. The Sisters in Christ Sunday School Class will begin this study on Sunday, August 14th. An introduction to the book and author will be given in class on August 7th. This should prove to be a very interesting and enlightening study. Come join us at 9:30 a.m. in class room #102.
As a result of recent events, the United Methodist Men would like to show our appreciation to the Arab City Police Department selfless dedication and commitment to our community by serving a meal on Tuesday, August 16th and Wednesday, August 17th around 11:00 a.m. We are looking for help in preparing side dishes (vegetables, desserts, or drinks), set up, servers, and clean up. We will also take monetary donation to purchase the side dishes. If you would be willing to assist in this endeavor, please contact John Richey, Marc Scarborough, Shannon Hill, or contact the church office.

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.

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.

Art for Ghana – A framed depiction of a scene in a Ghana market with last year’s mission team is in the office. 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.

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