Connecting Points – March 26, 2017

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

The supper menu for Wednesday NightThe supper menu for Wednesday, March 29th is roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn on the cob, fried okra, rolls, and desserts.

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!

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.

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 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.

Wear Blue Next Sunday! – Next Sunday, April 2nd, is Autism Awareness Sunday. We will “light it up blue” so please wear blue to worship! Jennifer Heidt, from Riley Center, will speak on autism spectrum disorder and applied behavior analysis. The Riley Center seeks to provide comprehensive services using a multidisciplinary approach to fulfill the urgent need for earlier diagnosis and treatment for children and their families faced with autism. Jennifer is the centers ABA Clinic Administrator/Case Manager.
We will be taking a congregational picture after each service. Please join together on the altar immediately following each service, so we can get a picture. This year, we will have four awareness Sundays: April 2 (Autism), July 9 (Cancer), September 17 (Dementia), and February 18, 2018 (Heart Disease).

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.

Filled Easter Eggs Needed  Please take a bag (or more!) of empty eggs, fill them with a treat, and return them by Friday, April 7th.  Bags of eggs are located outside the church office and downstairs in front of the Children’s Department bulletin board. There are 25 empty eggs in each bag.  Donations of individually wrapped candy/treats are also welcome.  Thank you for your help!

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.

JAAM Children Participation on Palm Sunday – JAAM children will participate in the palm processional and then share bells and songs to celebrate Palm Sunday at the 9:30 and 10:55 services on April 9th.

Palm Sunday Luncheon and Egg Hunt Join us at 12:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall on April 9, for a spaghetti luncheon followed by the annual Easter Egg Hunt for all children thru 5th grade.  Adult plates are $5.  Child plates are $3.  Take-out plates will be available.  Price includes spaghetti (or hotdog), salad, bread, dessert, and drink.

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.

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

Mar 26th     Marc & Kelly Scarbrough

Mar 29th     Clifford & Billie Cragg

 

 Birthdays

Mar 26th    Angela Berry, Hamil Miller, and Alicia Traylor

Mar 27th    Alexi Betteron and Jack Yarbrough

Mar 28th    Brandon Hill, Layne Hill, Albert Seitz, and Brett Wilks

Mar 29th    Aimee Blackburn, Shay Griggs, and Mary Margaret Spethman

Mar 30th    Dorothy Pool
Mar 31st    Veronica Harding and Vickie Parker

Apr 1st       Suzanne Hyatt, David Jacobs, and Herman Kurtz

 

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, Greg Burkhead, 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, Paxton & Kellen Nash, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, and Barbara Yantzi

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