Connecting Points – February 19, 2017

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

Church Office Closed Tomorrow – The Church Office will be closed tomorrow in observance of President’s Day.

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.

The supper menu for Wednesday Night, February 22nd is chili, chicken and dumplings, grilled cheese, salad, and desserts.

Marshall County Homeless Ministries Open House is Today! – The open house will be at The Neighborhood Inn located at 112 Collins Drive, Guntersville. This event will take place today from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Ash Wednesday Service – On Wednesday, March 1, at 6:00 pm we will begin Lent with our Ash Wednesday Service. The service will feature candlelight, Taize music, and meditation.

New Lenten Study – Lent and Easter…..they represent the most special time of the year for Christians around the world. But are you “prepared” for all the wonders of this special season? Nancy Stewart will be leading a new Lenten study entitled “Preparing My Heart for Easter: A Woman’s Journey to the Cross and Beyond” at 10:00 a.m. every Thursday morning beginning March 2nd. The class will meet in room 102 downstairs. This book dedicates the Lenten season to the women who followed Jesus. This 8-week Bible study of daily readings focuses on those who were eyewitnesses to his life and ministry – and who played important roles in the story of his resurrection you’ll also learn the significance of the Lord’s Supper, Maundy Thursday, the Ascension, Pentecost and many Easter hymns. If you are interested in this exceptional study, contact Nancy Stewart at 256/586-0351 or nancystewart104@gmail.com

Church-Wide Luncheon – On Sunday March 5th, the United Methodist Men will sponsor a barbecue chicken luncheon.  Plates will consist of chicken, 2 sides, bread, dessert, and a drink.  The cost will be $8.  Plates will be available after the 9:30 service.   This luncheon helps fund our numerous projects including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Habitat for Humanity, Room in the Inn, and scholarships for Arab High School students.

Baby Bottle Boomerang – From Psalm 127:3 we read:  Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.  Through the Real Life Pregnancy Center here in Marshall County, you have the opportunity to support moms, their babies’ needs and the medical clinic.  Simply pick up a baby bottle located in baskets by the church office entrance and in the narthex (hallway outside the sanctuary by the tower entrance) and fill the bottle with coins, cash, or checks made to Real Life Pregnancy Center.  Then return the filled bottles to the church office.  All donations of $25 or more can receive a tax receipt; place your name and address in the bottle with the donations.  For more information call 878-1300 or 486-2090.

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.

 

 Anniversary

Feb 22nd   David & Edna Stafford

 

 Birthdays 

Feb 19th   Leslie Smith & Taylor Michael Tidmore

Feb 21st   Owen Bell, Ashlyn Brannon, Jason Shaw, Jo Taylor, and Louis Walley

Feb 22nd  Ajia Jones

Feb 23rd   Annette Clayton, Holli Clayton, Margaret Hall, Roderick Lorance III, Angela Plunkett, and Christopher Shue

 

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, Tim Guthrie, Joan Howard, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Jeff Stebbins, and Gary Yessick

Health and Healing

John Albritten, Haley Casey, Herb Cleveland, Dianne Creel, John Decker, Linda Hart, Billy and Caroline Hinds, Johnny Ingram, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, and Barbara Yantzi

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