Connecting Points – March 19th

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

Building and Debt Update:

1)  Presentation – Thanks to everyone who came to the update by the Building Committee. A possible site development plan (with 3 future building options) was presented for further discussion during the coming months. We will make pictures available soon in the gathering area to continue the conversations.

2) Remaining Debt – Our remaining debt now stands at about $148,000. We have $78,000 available on hand in the Building Fund, which means we are lacking about $70,000 before we are able to “burn the note.” Thank you for your generous giving!

3) Youth Building – Thank you for your patience as our Trustees work with our City Council over permission for temporary space for our expanding youth ministries. The matter is being resolved as soon as possible. Please speak to Nathan Clark if you have questions.

Farewell Party for Lee Michael and Family – On Sunday, March 26, at 5:00 p.m. there will be a farewell party at the youth house for youth and parents to offer good wishes to Lee and Whitney Michael and their kids as they prepare for his new position at Florence First UMC. Sierra’s will provide the food. Please let the church office know of your plans to come.

David Hall Begins as Interim Youth Ministry Director – David Hall will now be serving as our part-time Interim Youth Ministry Director for the next few months while we plan our next steps. We are so delighted that Coach Hall is willing to serve in this way and look forward to great days ahead for our expanding youth program.

Scholarships for Summer Camp at Sumatanga – Arab First UMC is offering $100 scholarships (one per student per year) for children and youth who are involved in our church and who wish to go to summer camp at Sumatanga. Parents should register and pay online or by mail, then bring the registration confirmation materials to the church office for a reimbursement of the scholarship amount. Please note that in addition to this scholarship, Sumatanga offers a three-tiered pricing structure to assist you. See the “Branching Out” summer camp materials on the hospitality table for summer camp options and more details.

Community Lenten Services – The Arab Ministerial Association is once again sponsoring community Lenten lunches! We meet on the Wednesdays of Lent. The brief services will begin at noon and lunch will be served at about 12:30 pm. Come take your lunch hour to share with other Christians of Arab!

March 22nd – First Baptist / Keith Parker, preaching

March 29th – Truth Church / Clint Landry, preaching

April 5th – Old Brashiers / Keith Hodges, preaching

April 12th – Pleasant Valley Baptist / Tim Lynch, preaching

On April 16th, there will be an Easter Sunrise Service at New Brashiers United Methodist with Scott Campbell preaching at 6:15 am.

The supper menu for Wednesday NightThere will be no Wednesday night dinner due to spring break.

Cookies for Christ – On Sunday, April 2nd, we are planning our third event to make “at-the-door” deliveries of fresh baked cookies and a list of local churches. This is an easy “Random Act of Kindness” for new people who have moved into our community. Cookie bags will be packaged on Friday, March 30th. Delivery volunteers can pick up their cookies and delivery lists on Sunday, April 2nd at noon (after worship). Please sign up to bake cookies, package them, or make deliveries.

Watoto Children’s Choir – April 7th – We are pleased to announce that the Watoto Children’s Choir will be here in concert on April 7th at 7:00 pm.  The Watoto Choir members are orphans and vulnerable children from the Watoto Church in Uganda. Their new production is Signs & Wonders.  The children, through worship, dance and their stories of hope, will share how their lives have been changed and how through Christ, they have been called into a life of purpose.  We host these children and the Aunties/Uncles in our church homes Friday night, providing them breakfast the next morning and a sack lunch.  If you would like to serve as a host home, please contact Debby at 256-797-4648 or the church office.

Safe Sanctuary Background Check Money – If you haven’t turned in the $12 fee for your safe sanctuary background check, please turn it in to the church office as soon as possible.

Operation Christmas Child – It’s not too early.  Please notice the Operation Christmas Child Collection boxes near our church entrances.  This month, March, we are asking members to focus on bringing small toys, e.g., little bags of Legos, Barbie dolls, small nerf balls, matchbox cars, small stuffed animals, etc.  We will be collecting different items each month, then scheduling a church packing party in early November.  Just drop your donations in the boxes.

Baby Bottle Boomerang – 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.  For more information call 878-1300 or 486-2090

 

 Anniversaries this Week

Mar 20th     Don & Gwen Chafin, Shannon & Jacqueline Thompson

Mar 22nd     Jerry & Frances Lucas

Mar 23rd     Luther & Gail Pinegar

Mar 24th     Abbie & Jennifer Garthwaite

 

Birthdays this Week

Mar 19th    Tracy Bond, Rory Jones, Lori Redford, and Bryan Tate

Mar 21st    Tom Brown, Max Hyatt, Star Limperis, Cynthia Pate, and Amanda Tidmore

Mar 22nd    Kathleen Curcio, Makayla Isley, David Jones, Jeanne Nixon, Megan Stafford, and Jack Traylor Jr.

Mar 23rd    Janet Prentice & John Richey

Mar 24th    Brittani Berbette, Melanie Eifling, Mike Hall, Jennifer Saunders, Alison Shumate, Suzan Skeen, Bruce Taylor, and Melanie Williams

Mar 25th    Norris Blackburn & Jane Reed

 

 

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

Nikki Barry, Jennifer Brown, Jaycee-Jayne Caldwell, Nancy Ellsworth, Tim Guthrie, Joan Howard, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Jeff Stebbins, and Gary Yessick

Health and Healing

John Albritten, Roy Bryant, Haley Casey, Pam Cooper, Dianne Creel, John Decker, Billy and Caroline Hinds, Johnny Ingram, Sherria Isom, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, and Barbara Yantzi

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