Connecting Points – July 16, 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, fill out the Prayer Request card found in each pew, call the church office, or enter your request on the AFUMC website. The number for the Upper Room Prayer Line is 1-800-251-2468. This is staffed 24/7 so you can pray with someone any time of day.

No Youth this Week – The Youth will not meet today, July 16th or Wednesday, July 19th. They will resume their regular meeting times on Sunday, July 23.                  

Vacation Bible School

Monday, July 17 – Thursday, July 20

5:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.                          

 VBS Starts Tomorrow!  – If you haven’t already registered your child, you may fill out a registration form. They are located in the Church office and outside Ms. Heather’s office.

Safe Sanctuary Training for VBS Today! – If you would like to volunteer to help with VBS this week and have not attended a safe sanctuary training, we will be offering one today at 3:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. You MUST attend training, if you wish to help.

VBS Mission Project – The VBS mission project this year is to collect food for Blessings and to also sponsor a boy and a girl for the Blessings “back to school” mission. The food items they will be collecting are juice boxes, chocolate or vanilla pudding, and pop top chicken noodle soup. Bring them to VBS or as late as next Sunday!

ServeFest for the Arab High School Band! ServeFest is a special ministry of Arab First UMC to share “Random Acts of Kindness” as a church. Our next ServeFest event will be to share the love of Christ through a meal for band students during Arab High School band camp. We are coordinating this with “The Well” youth group and Coach David Hall. The meal will be pizza and desserts on Monday, July 24, and volunteers would need to be there at 5:00. We need volunteers to attend and provide desserts for this event. If you can help, please contact Billie Cragg at 256-506-2971.

JAAM Meeting – There will be a JAAM organizational meeting on Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Children’s music room for anyone interested in helping with JAAM this Fall. JAAM stands for “Jesus, Arts and Me.”

Youth Trip – Ocoee Whitewater Rafting (July 28-29) – All youth are invited to join us for a trip down the Ocoee or Natahala rivers. We will depart Friday afternoon, spend the night in lodging, hit the river early Saturday morning and return Saturday afternoon.  Cost: $60 per person – includes rafting, lodging and breakfast. Bring additional funds for meals and incidentals to/from the event. Turn funds and signed waiver into Coach Hall or church office no later than Sunday, July 23. Waiver: http://www.whitewaterexpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/5001-Ocoee-General-Waiver.pdf

Volunteer to be a Greeter or Usher – Would you like visitors and new members to think “That’s such a friendly church!” when they leave our Sunday services? Would you like to be a part of welcoming others to our church? Do you have a willingness to smile, be friendly to others, and get involved on a Sunday morning? Then we would love for you to become one of our Greeters or Ushers! This ministry requires a commitment of only one Sunday a month and we’re revamping this area for our church. A welcoming, loving church is part of the foundation of a healthy church and it needs members like YOU!! This is also a great ministry for families to do together! If you’re willing to serve as a Greeter or Usher one Sunday a month, please see Leslie Smith, Cynthia Traylor, Jami Russell, or let the church office know. We plan on having a short training session in August for those involved, so please plan on volunteering soon. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this special ministry.

Change in Sunday Schedule for Fifth Sunday Praise Gatherings! Our first Fifth Sunday Praise Gathering will be July 30. On fifth Sundays, we will 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. Our Church Council would like to try “Fifth Sunday Praise Gatherings” approximately once a quarter (when there is a fifth Sunday in the month). Bring a dish!

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!

Prayer Retreat Planned for Upper Room in Nashville – Here’s your opportunity to see the renowned life-size wood carving of the Last Supper, walk through serene gardens, and spend time in the “Alone with God” prayer room! You can do these things and more on our two-day prayer retreat in one of the most reverent locations in the country. Our Prayer Team will host this retreat at the Upper Room in Nashville, September 21 & 22. We will spend one night in the newly remodeled Scarritt-Bennett accommodations adjacent to the Upper Room. We will take the church van as well as private vehicles. For more information contact Pastor Steve or Nancy Stewart.

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

 

Anniversaries

July 17th      Shannon & Angela Hill

July 18th      Gerald & Jacqueline Jones

July 21st      Randy & Debby Heidt

July 22nd     John & Laura Richey and Anthony & Patti Wilson

 

Birthdays

July 16th     Danny Brandon, Sumner Gibbs, William Hestley, and Wayne Washam

July 18th     Karen Crawford, Katie Mann, and Armilda Martin

July 19th     Jonathan Anderson, Patti Patterson, and Penny Watkins

July 20th       Benny Holley, Callahan Liebner, Dorisa Miller, Jennifer Oberle, and Patrick Smith

July 21st      Connie Reeves

July 22nd     Jo Ann Cleveland, David Gorny, Mary McCoy, and Donna Stebbins

 

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

Health and Healing

Autumn Alexander, Roy Bryant, Beth & George Burks, Haley Casey, David Clokey, Pam Cooper, Tim Cragg, Dianne Creel, Ron Gonia, John Handley, Neva Hestley, Caroline Hinds, Sherria Isom, Christa Martin, Lee Mazur, Patricia McDowell, Dana McMahan, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, and Avery Tincher

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