Connecting Points May 29, 2016

Church Picnic is this Wednesday, June 1st, at Arab City Park, Check out the insert in the connecting points for more information.

Church family picnic children’s activities – Children (with parents) can pick up individual bottles of bubbles at 5:30 at the VBS registration desk for use on the playground. There will also be bubble machines on the playground from 5:30 till 6:00.

A Summer Men’s Bible Study entitled “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge will begin soon. If you interested in this study, please contact Lee Michael.

Summer Study
True or false: 1. Everything happens for a reason. 2. God helps those who help themselves. 3. God won’t give you more than you can handle. 4. God said it, I believe it that settles it. 5. Love the sinner, hate the sin. All true? Not so fast. We’ve heard these phrases all of our lives, but in Adam Hamilton’s new book, Half Truths, you’ll learn that although they capture some element of truth, when compared to the wisdom found in Scripture, they’re really just common Christian clichés.

How did you do on the true or false? Come on Wednesday nights at 6pm for this new Adam Hamilton study entitled Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say. The first class will be June 8 in room 121 with Dawn Liebner facilitating. Childcare will be available and will be discussed further at the June 8th class. Feel free to come for a week or for all six weeks of the study.

Search for New Children’s Director – Pastor Steve is accepting resumes for the position of part-time children’s director here at Arab First UMC. We are finalizing the Ministry Description and would love to talk to any faithful, qualified candidates from within and beyond our local church. If you know of someone who is interested in this great opportunity to be a part of our ministry team, please have them submit a resume as soon as possible.
Church magnets and information cards can be found on the ends of the pew seats. Please take some and invite others to church!

The Emmaus Cluster will meet at Guntersville First United Methodist Church on June 14th at 6:30. Remember it is “pot luck”. If you bring a dessert bring a drink to share.

Bazillion Book Drive for UMC North AL Conference
Arab First UMC will be collecting books and/or funds for this North AL Annual Conference initiative mission project. Check with the church office for the suggested book list. Or, if writing a check, make the check to Arab First UMC and note on the memo line “Bazillion Book Drive.” Deadline for donations is today.

Ben James’ Farewell Reception – Join us in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 12 immediately following the 10:55 am worship service for a farewell reception for Ben James and his wife Sarah Arab First UMC has had the pleasure of having Ben serve as an associate pastor and support him as he completed his schooling to be ordained. We wish Ben and Sarah well as they go to serve the Lord at Crosswinds UMC in Harvest.

Vacation Bible School Supply – Please stop by our “treasure board” for Vacation Bible School! We still have plenty of “gems” on our board you can pick up to makes donation to VBS!

Watch out for the “Summer Slump!” Please help our church continue our financial health through the summer months when many are traveling. You may mail or bring tithes and offerings anytime. Have you considered a recurring electronic contribution? It’s easy, even when you travel or other circumstances prevent you from attending services. Your electronic contribution continue uninterrupted. Please go to our church website to register!

Pastor Steve Spends 3 Weeks at Sewanee in June—Beginning on Tuesday, June 6, Pastor Steve will spend 3 weeks in intensive classes at Sewanee, Tennessee at the University of the South. Prior to last summer, the Staff-Parish Relations Team approved his new adventure of starting a part-time Doctor of Ministry degree. He will come home on weekends and be at church on Sundays. His classes will be in the mornings, so he will be available if needed each afternoon. Call or text him if there is an urgent pastoral need at 256-224-5116.


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