Announcements for the week of September 4th

Circuit Riding by Pastor Bill will conclude next Sunday with the final combined Sunday School Class meeting in the Fellowship Hall.

Sun., 9/11 – New Beginnings Class, New Horizon Class, and the Pathfinders Class. We look forward to seeing you there. Due to the Confirmation Cook-out, the second portion of the class (or fellowship hour) will need to be scheduled at a later date.

Reminders: Nominations Committee Meeting – Tue., 9/6; Tue., 9/27 and Mon. 10/10 at 6:30 pm-UMM Room

Mark your calendar – 9/7 is the first rehearsal for Children‟s Hand-chimes. Grades 1-3 will meet at 3:45 pm. Grades 4 and up will meet at 4:15 pm. Both will meet in the Handbell Room. No experience is needed. For more information or to sign up, please contact Kelley Clegg Neal, kelleynote@gmail.com.

Bridge Builders will be downtown feeding the homeless on Thurs., 9/8. We‟ll prepare at 3:30 and leave the Church at 5:15. Please join us.

Please join us for the United Methodist Men‟s Breakfast on Sun., 9/11 at 7 am in the Fellowship Hall. The Pioneer Sunday School Class is preparing breakfast and there will be a guest speaker.

Missions Committee Meeting – Mon., 9/12 – 6:30 pm – UMM Room

Louisiana Flood Victims “Bucket Challenge” issued by the Missions Committee is underway. Drop off your items in the bin near the kitchen. A list of items is available in your Sunday School Class or in the Church office. The deadline (packing of buckets) will be Wed., 9/14/16. Any questions??? Please contact Cindy Neilsen at cniel-sen08@gmail.com.

Southern Treasures Annual Craft Fair…Sat. 9/17 in the Christian Life Center. Come and pick up a special gift for yourself or a loved one. Be sure to tell all your friends.

The Leisure Group is ready to get started again. A trip to Golden Flake and Nicki’s West is planned for 9/27. Please check your calendar to see if you‟re available because we’re limited on the number of attendees. You will receive sign-up sheets at a later date.
Volunteers are needed for Wed. night Soul Cafe to help with money collections. Please contact Mollie Lyle in the Church office.
Work Day/Work Month- We have had a great response concerning projects to help with maintenance at FUMC. If anyone, or group, has not responded, but would like to, please let me know. We also accept financial contributions. For more info-contact Barber Clark.

Upcoming Bible Studies…
Tuesdays:
**Beg. 9/6-9:15 am Women‟s Study (TBA) in the Women‟s Study Room, led by Suzy Usry.
**Beg. 9/13-4:45 pm Women‟s Study “The Armor of God” by Priscilla Shirer in the Women‟s Study Room, led by Barber Clark.
Wednesdays:
**Beg. 9/14-9:30 am Women‟s Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF) Continues through 5/2017. Contact: Brannon Dawkins.
**Beg. 9/7-6:30 pm Women‟s Study (TBA) in the Women‟s Study Room, led by Shirley Fagan.
**Beg. 9/7-6:15 pm ”Raising a Princess”-John Croyle-mom‟s and dad‟s are
welcome! In the Seekers Classroom. Led by Hal and Joy Riddle. The book may be purchased at Lifeway.
**Beg. 9/7-4 pm in the Character Builders Classroom and repeated at 6:15 pm in the Pioneer Classroom -”Deeper Connections”-Journey through the Bible with Brother Bill. Led by: Dr. Bill Etheridge. We will meet each Wed. when there is Soul Café and will not meet on the Wed. when there is no Soul Café. Everyone welcome-bring your Bible.
Thursdays:
**Beg. 9/8-9:15 am Women‟s Study “Discerning the Voice of God” by Priscilla Shirer in the Women‟s Study Room. Led by Freda Shirah.

If you are interested in being a secret pal for our seniors in the youth ministry, contact Stephanie Fulton at sfulton@charter.net or via text at (205)305-6809 as soon as possible. Your job consists of praying for your senior, and sending cards and goodies to them throughout the school year. On Senior Sunday, a breakfast honoring the Class of 2017 is given and YOU will be there to reveal yourself to your senior. If you‟ve never been a secret pal, it is tons of fun. Some secret pals even team up with a friend to support their pal. It‟s a great experience and we‟d love to see some new faces. If you have a high school senior and have not received any information, send me a text or an email (info above) and I’ll get it to you as soon as possible.

SAVE THE DATES:
-Wed., 9/7 Children‟s Choir, Cherub Singers and Ringers and
Children‟s Handchimes Resumes
-Sun., 9/11 UMM Breakfast 7 am-Fellowship Hall
Back to School Splash – In back of Church from 2:00-4:30 pm
Back to School Bash/Confirmation Cookout in the Gardens 4:30 pm
-Sat., 9/17 Southern Treasures Craft Fair – 9 am-3 pm Christian Life Center
-Sun., 9/18 Youth Game Day (Group Games and Devotion) – Drake Roberts
-Wk. of 9/18 Children‟s Consignment Sale – Church-wide
-Sat., 9/24 Confirmation Class Day Retreat to Sumatanga
-Sun., 11/6 Veterans‟ Day Celebration Service – spread the word to all Veterans.