Connecting Points – June 25, 2017

Random Act of Kindness Cards – Pick up a card every week from a display in our gathering areas. Use it to share the love of Christ in a surprising, creative, and unexpected way!

Need Prayer? – If you would like our local prayer team to be in prayer for a concern, contact us by one of three ways – fill out the Prayer Request card found in each pew, call the church office, or enter your request on the AFUMC website. The phone number for the Upper Room Prayer Line is 1-800-251-2468. This line is staffed 24/7 so you can pray with someone any time of day.

Ghana Mission Team Meeting Tonight – The first Ghana Mission team meeting for the planned December 2017 trip will be tonight at 5:30 in the fellowship hall.  If you are interested in going on this year’s trip you should attend this meeting. There’s no commitment by coming – come and find out more!

Reach out to others by volunteering at the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse on Wednesday, June 28!  – We are seeking folks of all ages and all abilities to join us.  Whether you can wiggle a finger or clap your hands, tap your toes or dance a jig…join us as there are things to do for one and all.  We will meet at the church at 8:00 am, do volunteer work at the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse in Decatur until lunch, and eat in Decatur before returning home.  The contact person is Dawn Liebner.

Prayer Team Meeting & Prayer Bead Session – There will be a prayer team meeting on Wednesday, June 28th at 6:30 p.m. followed by a prayer bead session at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to come make prayer beads!

Church Office Closed for 4th of July – The church office will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of the 4th of July.

Summer Kitchen Painting – Mrs. Terry and Todd have volunteered to paint the kitchen. They will be painting in sections as they have the time. Please be patient through this task. If your group uses the kitchen, please be mindful of new paint and always put away anything you use. This summer they will paint the main kitchen, janitor room, and the dishwasher room.

Fellowship Hall Closed for Stripping & Waxing Floors – The Fellowship Hall will be closed from 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 30th through Saturday, August 5th, so the floors can be stripped and waxed. All scheduled meetings and groups have been relocated. Please avoid the fellowship hall during this time. Thank you!

VBS Registration is Well Under Way  – If you haven’t already registered your child, you may fill out a registration form (located in the Church office, outside Ms. Heather’s office downstairs, or in the hallway outside the sanctuary), or you can register online at http://cokesburyvbs.com/arabumc.  Dinner registration and T-Shirt orders are due by July 9th.

VBS Donation Board – Please take a moment to pick a “window” off the VBS donation board located by the Hospitality Desk.  Purchase the item and return it to the bin.  Thank you in advance!

VBS Needs Your Old T-Shirts – We would like to make superhero capes out of t-shirts for all the “Heros” at VBS this year. If you have any old t-shirts you don’t wear anymore that have a solid-colored back, please consider donating them to this cause.  We can use any size from Youth M to Adult XL. (The front doesn’t matter because we will only use the back.)  You may put them in the donation bin by the VBS Donation Board.

Toilet Paper/Paper Towel Tubes – We are collecting empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes for VBS again this year.  We need 2 per child, so please begin saving yours and bringing them to Ms. Heather.  Thanks!

VBS Work Session – The next VBS work session will be July 5, @ 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall for anyone not on vacation who would like to help with VBS prep. Our final work session will be on July 12.

VBS Leader Training – There will be Crew Leader and Station Leader training on Wednesday, July 12, in the Fellowship Hall.  Crew Leaders will meet 6:30 – 7 and Station Leaders will meet 7-7:30.  If you are volunteering in either of these roles, please plan on attending.

Change in Sunday Schedule for Fifth Sunday Praise Gatherings! Our Church Council would like to try “Fifth Sunday Praise Gatherings” approximately once a quarter (when there is a fifth Sunday in the month). On fifth Sundays, the idea is to have a joint Sunday School session at 9:00 a.m. and a joint worship service at 10:00 a.m. (a combined service for the people of all three services), with a pot-luck lunch afterward at 11:15 a.m. for the whole church family. The first one will be in July!

Prayer Retreat Planned for Upper Room in Nashville Mark your calendar – here’s your opportunity to view the renowned life-size wood carving of the Last Supper, walk through the beautiful, serene gardens and spend time in the “Alone with God” prayer room! You can do all these things while also taking part in a two-day prayer retreat in one of the most reverent locations in the country. Our church Prayer Team will host this special retreat at the Upper Room in Nashville, September 21st & 22nd. We will spend two days and one night in the newly remodeled Scarritt-Bennett guest accommodations adjacent to the Upper Room. We will be taking the church van as well as private vehicles for the trip. For more information about this opportunity contact Pastor Steve or Nancy Stewart.

The Walk to Emmaus Updating – Have you ever gone on an Emmaus walk?  If so, please notify the church office as a current list of participants is being generated.  (In particular, we are looking for those that have gone on walks in 2015, 2016, and 2017 to update our records.)  Thank you!

Operation Christmas Child – For the month of June, we are asking members to focus on bringing accessories. Just drop your donations in the marked boxes.

New Youth Space Opening Soon! – Our youth are incredibly important to our church and we are committed to provide them room to grow between now and a future building project! In June, we are redesigning the interior of the existing storage building on the back of our property (near the youth house) so it can help accommodate our expanding youth program. The youth group will for the first time have a large gathering place for worship, games, and activities. Lighting is being installed, emergency exit signs are being put up, storage is being consolidated to the side walls and covered by curtains, and a stage with new sound equipment and lighting is being set up.

 

 Birthdays

June 25th    Judy Houser, Aiden Oberle, Anderly Shumate, and Renea Teston

June 26th    Ray King, Jesse Reeves, Joshua Shumate, and Parker Upton

June 28th    Randi Ferguson, Meredith Johnson, Lindsey Stewart, Scott Taylor, Jessica Watts, Geneva White, and Janna York

June 29th    Emma Zimomra

June 30th   Susan Linn, Josh Mann, Madeline Spethman, Sharon Tate, Elizabeth Tidmore, and Louise Vernaglia

July 1st       Sheila Brannon, Valeria Breen, and Lanie Teston

 

Anniversaries

June 26th    Charles & Mossie Maurer

June 28th   Seth & Brooke Sullivan

June 29th    Jimmy & Tara Helms, Herman & Nancy Kurtz

June 30th    Tim & Suzzie Guthrie

July 1st       Samuel & Sheila Harris

 

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

Allen Tant, Nikki Barry, Jennifer Brown, Greg Burkhead, Jaycee-Jayne Caldwell, Becky Deese (sister of Elise Brasseale), Nancy Ellsworth, Tim Guthrie, Caroline Hestley, Billy Hinds, Joan Howard, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Robert Millard, Joseph Morris, Aaron Oberle, Margaret Peterson, Jeff Stebbins, and Anna Beth Whitehorn

Health and Healing

Autumn Alexander, Brenda Allbritten, Roy Bryant, Beth & George Burks, Haley Casey, David Clokey, Pam Cooper, Ernestine (Teena) Copeland, Tim Cragg, Dianne Creel, Ron Gonia, John Handley, Caroline Hinds, Sherria Isom, Lee Mazur, Patricia McDowell, Dana McMahan, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor,  Avery Tincher, and Hunter Withey

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