Connecting Points – February 12, 2017

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

Make-up Safe Sanctuary Training is Today!

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.

All volunteers with youth and children at Arab First UMC are required to attend the training session today (if you did not attend last Monday). This training is for anyone who volunteers (in any capacity) with children or youth.

 The Make-up Session is today, Feb. 12 at 3:00 in the Sanctuary

Parents with children at home are asked to make their own child-care arrangements since all volunteers must attend the training.

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.

Do you drive the Church van? According to our new policies, we must have a copy of your driver’s license and insurance at the church office. This is required for everyone who drives the church van. Please come by the church office to register as a driver.

Circle #2 Meeting – The Circle #2 meeting will be at the home of Margaret McLeod on February 13th at 10:00 am.

The supper menu for Wednesday Night, February 15th is parmesan chicken, penne pasta with alfredo sauce, salad, garlic bread/mushroom bread, and desserts.

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.

Marshall County Homeless Ministries Open House – The open house will be at The Neighborhood Inn located at 112 Collins Drive, Guntersville. This event will take place on February 19th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please rsvp to j2fussell2@yahoo.com by February 12th.

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!

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 14th   Mark & Amanda Betterton and Jeremy & Dori Couch

Feb 15th   Billy & Kaye Stricklend III

Feb 18th   Rex & Marlene Isley and James & Laura Upton III

 

 Birthdays 

Feb 12th   Mark Brodhage and Logan Tidmore

Feb 13th   Mia Orr and Shanda Walls

Feb 14th   Robert Anderson, Emma Bond, Marcus Flack, Lauren Harding, Stacey Isom, and Sandy West

Feb 15th   Candace Garrison, Margie Martin, Lisa Whitlock, and Savannah Wright

Feb 16th   Patricia Saunders, Kelly Scarbrough, and Logan Suter

Feb 17th   Hannah Morris, Alan Murphy, Justin Pendergrass, Corley Williams, Denise Williams, and Tessa Zimomra

Feb 18th   Kaylee Neuschwander

 

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

John Albritten, Haley Casey, Dianne Creel, John Decker, Linda Hart, Ernest Holley, Johnny Ingram, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, and Barbara Yantzi

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