Connecting Points – September 28, 2014

Challenge for 2014

To read the entire Bible; for it is the true rule and guide for faith and practice.

Wednesday Night Meal at 5:00pm

Cost of meal: $5 adults $3 kids

October 1st Chicken Stew, cornbread, and crackers.

October 8th            Taco Salad

Ladies Bible Study Tuesday September 30th  from 1:00 pm until 2:30.  Have you ever wondered about the women of the Bible?  In a society that did not historically value women, how were they able to accomplish what they did and can modern day women do the same?  Doris Adler will be facilitating a class on Women of the Bible, which will try to answer these questions and discuss how they relate to our lives today.  Come and join us as we explore the lives of these remarkable women and apply that insight to our time and ourselves.

We will be using room 117, in the lower level of the church.  Hope to see many of you there.  More people produce more ideas which makes for a more interesting class!

 World Communion Sunday will be October 5th, our Church family is sharing a litany for world communion Sunday. If you speak (French, Italian, Chinese, and German) and are interested in speaking a short line for the responsive litany, please call or email Debby at 256-797-4648 or

We also plan to place an abundance of homemade bread on the alter to celebrate World Communion Sunday.  Please call or email Debby at 256-797-4648 or if you would be interested in making bread.  Any and all kinds are needed for all three services.

 JEWISH FALL HOLIDAYS 1-day only presentation Oct 5th @ 10:50 AM (after 9:30 service) downstairs in the Hope/Loops of Love/Thirsty classroom. Have you ever seen “Rosh Hashana”, “Succoth”, or “Yom Kippur” on a calendar? What does that mean… why is it important? Understanding the Jewish roots of our faith helps us understand Jesus – and the church He instituted on earth. Everyone is invited! Questions/RSVP: email:; call/text (256) 200-2188.

 Youth Sunday School starting October 5th we will have one Youth Sunday School class at 10:55 am at the Youth House.

 Arab First UMC Shirts–Your input is needed!  At the recent servefest at Arab Community Fair, it was discovered that Pastor Steve does not have a AFUMC t shirt!  Then it was noted that several others are at a loss as well!  To remedy this situation, we are having a t shirt design contest.  Help design a t shirt that AFUMC members of all ages can wear at any event.  All designs will need to be turned in to the church office by noon on October 6th.

 UMW Unit Meeting Monday, October 6th, at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. Sandy West will be the guest speaker.  All women are welcomed to attend. Childcare will be available in the nursery, please let the church know if you need childcare.

UMW Fundraiser – A drawing for a “Trees” Oil Painting by Trice Hinds (28” x 34” framed) will be held Monday, October 6, 2014.  You do not need to be present to win.  Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased from any UMW Member.  All proceeds to benefit UMW Missions (missions local to Arab.)

David’s Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting will be on the second Wednesday, October 8th, at 10:00 am in the fellowship hall.

Join the Young-in-Heart  Thursday, October 16th for a trip to Hartselle to eat at the Freight House Restaurant (located in the historic old train depot). Wayne Bunch will drive the church van and will depart from the church at 9:30 allowing time to be there for our 11:00 reservation. Please make your reservations at the Hospitality desk. For those driving their own cars, the Freight House is located in downtown Hartselle at 200 Railroad St. SW in Hartselle 35640. (256-773-4600).

They offer Southern soul food dished up with Modern Southern Hospitality. Their menu offers a wide range of meats, salads, sandwiches and desserts. Prices start at $5 with most meals in the $7.99-$9.99 range. Steaks are more.

 Blue large print hymnals and brown large print Bibles are available at the hospitality desk.  Please return them to the desk at the end of the service.

 The Staff-Parish Relations Team, Pastor Steve, and Lee Michael are happy to announce that one of our own, Seth Guthrie, has accepted a position on our church staff as Youth Ministry Intern. He will receive a scholarship to assist Lee on Wednesday nights, and will also assist on Sundays and special events when he is available from work and school. Welcome Seth!

Dollars for Diapers and T-shirt Drive UMW Circle 6 is having a drive to help provide cloth diapers for low-income families through the North Alabama Cloth Diaper Bank! We are asking for donations of adult sized, 100% cotton tee shirts (used and even damaged ones are fine), flour-sack towels or flat diapers, and $1. The tee-shirts will be used to make flat diapers, diaper inserts, and cloth wipes. The flour sack towels (found at Walmart with the kitchen towels, about $5 for 5) are used for flat diapers. The $1 will be put toward diaper covers.  T-shirt and flour sack towel donations can be placed in collection bins located at all 3 entrances, and $1 donations can be placed in the box in the office.  Contact Laura Liebner at 256-738-1242 or any UMW Circle 6 member as needed. This drive will end on October 5th.

 Whites Drive for Kelly’s Rainbow-we are collecting twin size sheets and pillowcases, bath towels and wash cloths for the safe house in conjunction with Marshall County United Way’s Day of Caring on September 9th. The request is for white only so the items can be bleached. There will be collection containers in the church through the month of September. For information, please contact Joyce Marcotte at 256-506-1660 or

 24-hour Prayer Retreat Announced for November!

Mark your calendars now for a very special Prayer Retreat on November 20-21! Facilitated and led by Pastor Steve West and coordinated by Nancy Stewart, this will be a 24-hour day apart at the brand new retreat center at Sacred Heart monastery in Cullman. We plan to meet on Thursday for dinner at Stone Bridge, stay the night in private retreat rooms (shared rooms available for couples), and depart on Friday before dinner. Those who are only able to come for the day on Friday are welcome to join us. Pastor Steve will lead us. Registration information is forthcoming but mark your calendars now!



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