News & Notes 11-3-17


Church Conference
We will have a church conference on Wednesday, November 15, at 6:15pm in the sanctuary to make our decision regarding the Antioch Project. All five recommendations will be considered as one motion. We accept all or reject all. If the motion passes by a 70% margin, a coach will be assigned to us to guide us through the recommendations over the next 18-30 months. The cost for coaching will be divided between the Annual Conference, the Southwest District, and Forest Lake. Our portion of the cost will not exceed $1000. In a church conference, every full member present gets a vote. Please plan to attend.

New Messenger Schedule
In an effort to improve our stewardship of your gifts, the Finance Committee and the Administrative Council reviewed our weekly publication of the Messenger. Due to the amount of duplicate information and in order to be more fiscally responsible, the Council decided to change the publication schedule of the Messenger from weekly to biweekly.

United Methodist Women
The UMW Executive Board will meet Monday, November 6th at 3:30 p.m. in the Aldersgate classroom.

Wednesday Night Meal – Nov. 8, 5 – 6 p.m.
Menu: Chili, vegetable & taco soup, grilled cheese, crackers, cornbread,
fruit and dessert
Meals are $6; children, youth, and college age eat free!
Contact the church office by noon on Tuesday to sign up.

Church & Society News
As a part of our study on poverty we have discussed payday lending practices. At our Tuscaloosa Citizens Against Predatory Practices Rally several years ago, many of you signed up to receive information about when to call legislators about current legislation dealing with predatory practices. If you are interested in adding your name to our list, please put your e-mail address on the Visitor’s Sign-up sheet on Sunday, Oct. 22, and I will add you to the list. The more people who contact legislators, the more effective we will be in helping the “least of these.”

Also I would encourage you to join Alabama Arise. This is an organization whose aim is to effect legislation that will help the most vulnerable among us.

We have over 1000 members: churches, organizations and individuals, and Forest Lake is a member. You will receive newsletters telling you of current activities that will make you know you have put your money in the right place. The initial dues are $15 year. We will have some Alabama Arise
information available in the Church Office.

Recently, Martha Rogers talked to us about borrowers using the credit union. Some people who apply for or need to pay off payday or title loans may actually be eligible for loans from banks or credit unions. They may have reservations about approaching these institutions or be intimidated by the process. Please consider speaking with the loan officer at your personal credit union or bank about offering this service to those who can qualify. If the person who needs money wants assistance in making the appointment you could help and even go to the appointment with them. Remember that this may be a new experience for that person and your support may be essential.

University Place Elementary
Building 1st-Grade Libraries
UPES has two brand-new first-grade teachers who are developing resources for their classrooms. Please help them build in-room libraries by donating new or gently used books at the kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade levels. Place your donations in the bin marked University Place Elementary School, located in the lobby of the Welcome Center.

Set Your Clocks
Daylight Saving time ends this Sunday. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour.

Hospice of West Alabama
The upcoming volunteer weeks are scheduled for November 13th – 17th and December 11th –15th.
Please make plans to help.

COMING UP ON SUNDAY
Scripture: Mark 10:41-45
Sermon: “A Servants Heart”

UPCOMING WELCOME CENTER GREETERS
Traditional: Andrew Tuggle
Sunday School: Amy Duncan
Connections: Coneta Guinn

UPCOMING PRAYER CHAPEL VOLUNTEERS
Traditional: Volunteer Needed
Sunday School: Andy Kuhl
Connections: Christy Heaps

CONNECTIONS SNACKS
Melody Traylor