Connecting Points August 7, 2016

Heather Tallent named as Children’s Director – Our Staff-Parish Relations Team is happy to announce that Heather Tallent began as our new Director of Children’s Ministry on August 1st! All parents are invited to a parent’s meeting with Heather Tallent on Wednesday, August 10th, 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Heather, Welcome to the Staff Team!

The Emmaus Cluster will meet at Guntersville First United Methodist Church on August 9th at 6:30 pm. Remember it is “pot luck”. If you bring a dessert bring a drink to share.

Sisters Class to Study “Growing in Wisdom & Faith” How can you develop a faith that will remain strong when everyday circumstances get you down? Where can you get the wisdom that will help you make the right choices in life’s many decisions? In Elizabeth George’s book entitled “Growing in Wisdom & Faith”, she finds many reassuring answers to these questions and many others in the Book of James. In fact James provides very practical guidance on the most pressing of life’s issues that affect us today. The Sisters in Christ Sunday School Class will begin this study on Sunday, August 14th. An introduction to the book and author will be given in class on August 7th. This should prove to be a very interesting and enlightening study. Come join us at 9:30 a.m. in class room #102.

Wednesday night adult studies resume August 17th with Pastor Steve leading a class on spiritual gifts for all adults. Individual adult studies will begin on August 24th. Adult Wednesday night classes will start at 6:00 pm (not 5:45pm this school year) and end at 7:00pm

Altar flowers 2016 – If you would like to place flowers in the sanctuary in memory or honor of someone, please contact the church office. We have August 28th available.
As a result of recent events, the United Methodist Men would like to show our appreciation to the Arab City Police Department selfless dedication and commitment to our community by serving a meal on Tuesday, August 16th and Wednesday, August 17th around 11:00 a.m. We are looking for help in preparing side dishes (vegetables, desserts, or drinks), set up, servers, and clean up. We will also take monetary donation to purchase the side dishes. If you would be willing to assist in this endeavor, please contact John Richey, Marc Scarborough, Shannon Hill, or contact the church office.

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

Fall Prayer Retreat – Pastor Steve invites you to an overnight prayer retreat for the men and women of Arab First UMC on Thursday-Friday, September 8-9, at the retreat center of Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman. Steve will facilitate our journey, with one of the sessions hosted by one of the sisters. The theme will be “The Word is Very Near You: Three Ways to Pray the Scriptures.” Registration forms with all the details may be found on the Hospitality Table. Friends are welcome.

Art for Ghana – A framed depiction of a scene in a Ghana market with last year’s mission team is in the office. It is a canvas print of a painting by our own Sue Kirkpatrick. Additional canvas prints are available from Sue for a donation of $75 to the Ghana mission.


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