Connecting Points June 19, 2016

Pastor Steve at Sewanee June 6 – 24—Pastor Steve will be in 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.

Thank you for your financial support for Ben James. Several individuals and groups have helped with love gifts for Ben James during his four years of seminary. This was a wonderful way for us to serve Christ. Starting today, gifts to our scholarship fund will be saved for the next time we have the opportunity to help a ministerial student. Thanks for your support for Ben as he prepared for his new adventure in full-time ministry.

Summer Study – Come on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm for the Adam Hamilton study entitled Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say. The class meets in room 121 with Dawn Liebner facilitating. Nursery and childcare will be available.

Love and Respect in the Family – Come to room 117 at 9:30 am today and join the FAMILY Sunday School class facilitated by Mary and Josh Shumate. Today they begin the new study Love and Respect in the Family, an eye-opening exploration of biblical principles on parenting that can help make families function as God intended. This book teaches you to: see love and respect as basic family needs, stop the family crazy cycle of conflict, parent in six biblical ways that energize your children, discipline defiance and overlook childishness, be the mature one since parenting is for adults only, work as a team according to the gender of the children, and become a loving parent in God’s eyes regardless of a child’s response.

Reach out to others by volunteering at the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse on Wednesday, June 22! We are seeking folks of all ages and all abilities to join us! 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.

Vacation Bible School Information
1. Training for all VBS CREW leaders will held June 22, at 6:00 pm in the fellowship hall. This will be short training session to go over duties, expectations and the rotation schedule.
2. Please stop by our “treasure board” for Vacation Bible School! We still have plenty of “gems” on our board you can pick up to make donations to VBS by June 26! A BIG thank you to all who have already donated.
3. Please pre-register for Cave Quest VBS, July 11-15. Registration forms are at the sign up desk, church office, and nursery. VBS T-shirts can be ordered when pre-registering. T-Shirts are $7.25.
4. If you ordered at T-shirt at the picnic, your $7.25 can be put into the envelopes provided with the registration forms at the sign up desk, church office, and nursery.
5. Please note pre-registration and orders for T-shirts end no later than June 26. We will not be ordering extra t-shirts for purchase during VBS.

We all have the best of intentions…we WANT to do the right thing, we even set out to do the right thing but sometimes that just isn’t the outcome. In the Book of Romans Paul says we’ve all done it, we’ve all taken a wrong turn or two and we need help. In this profound epistle, Paul explores all the wrong options and takes us to the only correct one. The wrong solutions are pleasure and pride, the correct solution is Jesus Christ. According to Paul we are all saved by grace (undeserved, unearned favor) through faith (complete trust) in Jesus and His work. Starting Thursday, June 23rd at 10:00 a.m.
Nancy Stewart will lead a weekly Bible study written by Max Lucado on the Book of Romans. It promises to be an interesting, inspiring journey through this life-changing letter from Paul to the people of Rome…..and to us today as well! The study will meet in the downstairs Sisters Classroom 101. We will begin with refreshments (everything’s better with food) and then start the study. If you would like more information give Nancy a call at 256/586-0351. Hope you can join us!
A Women’s Self Defense Class will be held June 25th, 2:30 – 7:00 pm at the Oneonta Public Library. There is a $15.00 refundable deposit. Contact Amy Woods to register. The class is for females 12 and up.

The family of Dean and Betty Wilson cordially invite you to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 26, 2016, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, at the Arab First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Gift us only with the honor of your presence.

The Ghana mission team will meet on Wednesday, June 29th at 7:00 pm in the fellowship hall. If you are interested in participating in the trip for 2016 please join us. We will be discussing trip dates, costs, and general plans for the upcoming mission. Your participation is welcome as a traveler or a supporter. If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please contact Lois ODell at or 256-317-7158.

Air conditioning units in the church. We have a couple of units that are not working properly. The trustees are working on the problem, and we hope to have the problem resolved soon.

Aging Is Not For Sissies. Are you making the most of your “Golden Years”? In an effort to reach the aging population of our community with pertinent information and creative solutions, Arab First United Methodist Church is hosting a unique event entitled “Aging Is Not For Sissies”. The event will be held at the church Saturday, August 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The agenda includes a keynote address by Rev. W.G. Henry to be followed by informative sessions on “The Financial Realities of Retirement”, “Preventing Identity Theft”, “Making Your Home a Safe Place” and “Identifying the Early Signs of Dementia”. There will also be a panel discussion regarding the Role of the Caregiver. Throughout the day Marshall Medical Centers personnel will be on hand to do free health screenings as well. This informative morning is being offered free of charge to the entire
community. Following the breakout sessions there will be a complimentary lunch for all attendees. Please join us for a great day of information, fun, food and fellowship! For more information you can call the church office at 256/586-5792 or go to the church website at

Missing Items -A sound cable from the Fender portable sound system is missing. (Cable to attach speaker to sound system.) The hitch and ball are missing from the church van. If you know of the whereabouts of these items, please contact the church office. (This will prevent the need to purchase replacements.) Please, please, please contact the church office before borrowing or removing any items from the church premises. At times, tables seem to disappear and reappear. The kitchen is also missing some items such as our nice cookie sheets, the stainless steel warming pans, and several of our nice serving bowls. We would truly appreciate these items brought back. Also as a reminder to any group using the kitchen, all raw meat must be stored in a leak proof container in the refrigerator. Thank you.

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.


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