Connecting Points – February 5, 2017

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

Souper Bowl for Caring –Today the Youth will have gumbo and potato soup after the 9:30 and 10:55 services for $5 per bowl. During this time the Youth will be collecting canned food items and monetary donations for TESA.

Safe Sanctuary Training is Tomorrow
REQUIRED for ALL Volunteers with Youth and Children

Our Church Council has approved a new Safe Sanctuary policy, effective beginning with 2017. This new policy is in keeping with new guidelines of the North Alabama Conference and was carefully constructed by a task force from our church under the leadership of John Richey and Lee Michael.

All volunteers with youth and children at Arab First UMC are required to attend the training session this month. This training is for anyone who volunteers (in any capacity) with children or youth.

The required training session will be:

Tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary

(Make-up Session Sunday, Feb. 12 at 3:00 in the Sanctuary)

The Make-Up session is planned in case of an unavoidable conflict with attending the session on Feb. 6. Parents with children at home are asked to make their own child-care arrangements since all volunteers must attend the training. Parents may opt to have one parent attend the first session and the other parent attend the make-up session.

Each volunteer will be required to go through a background check. Instructions on this will be given at the training session.

Children and youth are very important at Arab First UMC. The safe sanctuary policies ensure a safe and vibrant learning environment in children’s and youth ministries. Strict adherence to the new policies will protect our children and youth and protect the people of our church. Thanks for your time in going through the training.

The supper menu for Wednesday Night, February 8th is beef stew/broccoli cheese, BBQ pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, salad, and desserts.

Volunteers Needed to “Mug” People! – One of the most vital ministries of hospitality at Arab First UMC is delivering a mug and welcome information to people within two days after they worship with us for the first time. Studies show this one thing makes a huge difference. Our outstanding volunteers for this are retiring. Would you be willing to take a little time every couple of weeks to make a real difference? Call the church office for more details. 256-586-5792

Need Volunteers for New Short-Term Ministry Teams! Our Church Council is recruiting people to serve on one of three short-term ministry teams to launch some new ministry thrusts during the first quarter of the year:

1) Prayer Ministry Team (to develop new ways to surround our ministries and people in prayer)

2) Invitational Ministry Team (to organize new efforts to help our church attendance grow)

3) Communications Ministry Team (to improve how we communicate about church life)

Would you be willing to help? Let us know at the church office!

Budget Fund Update – The current balance on our building mortgage is approximately $178,000, we presently have about $89,000 in our Building Fund (we keep at least $50,000 in it after making mortgage payments). $22,000 of that is committed to preliminary building committee designs and a temporary expansion for youth.

So we are now lacking only approximately $111,000 in gifts to the Building Fund in order to pay off our building debt. Thanks so much for your generous giving to the Debt & Building Challenge during the last two years!

Young in Heart – The Young in Heart will meet February 16th at 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall for a Valentine Day celebration. Although 2 days late, it will still be lots of fun. We will sing old favorite “Sweet-heart songs” along with Wayne Kendrick at the piano and Joe Creel on the Ukulele. Lunch (paid for by your dues) will be soup, sandwiches, salad and sweets. Plan to come and bring your “favorite” valentine. Make reservations at the sign up table.

Wednesday Night Meal Tickets – We are going to start offering a meal ticket for Wednesday night dinners. This meal ticket allows you to purchase meals at a discounted rate. Adult meal tickets are 10 meals for $60.00 and a child ticket is 10 meals for $40.00. We will keep the meal tickets at church, so you won’t have to keep up with them. You may purchase your tickets from the office or on Wednesday nights.  We are really excited about this and hope it is a benefit for everyone.

 Anniversaries

Feb 10th   Sandra & Melvin Henderson

 Birthdays

Feb 5th     DeeAnn Thompson

Feb 6th     John Baxter, Linda Hedricks, and Connor Lowery

Feb 7th     Nancy Bowers, Bob Crawford, and Stephanie Tidmore

Feb 8th     Billie Cragg, Andrea Elrod, Jack Houser, Jamey Linn III, James Saunders, Eli Wesolek, and John York III

Feb 9th     Gail Doss

Feb 10th   Amelia Johnson, Mary Johnson, and Milo Spethman

Feb 11th   Hunter Putnam and Ashley Vickers

 In order to keep our prayer list up to date we have started over since it is a new year.  If you would like to add someone to the Health and Healing list or Cancer Treatment list please complete the prayer cards in the pews, call the Church Office (256-586-5792) or email the Church Office at office@arabumc.org

Cancer Treatment

Jennifer Brown, Nancy Ellsworth, Joan Howard, Sandy Martin, Jeff Stebbins, and Gary Yessick

Health and Healing

Haley Casey, Dianne Creel, John Decker, Linda Hart, Ernest Holley, Johnny Ingram, and Barbara Yantzi

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