Connecting Points – December 18, 2016

Christmas Cantata Today and December 19th – The chancel choir and orchestra present “Invitation to a Miracle” both today at 10:55am and tomorrow night. Bring friends and family and share the joy of the season.

Christmas Weekend Schedule – Saturday, December 24th at 4:00pm and 7:00pm will be our Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Services. Sunday, December 25th at 10:00am will be our Christmas Day joint worship service (no 8:00, 9:30, or 10:55 service and no Sunday School)

Flower Calendar for 2017 – Please get in touch with the church office to reserve Sundays on the altar flower calendar for 2017. Fresh flowers bless our worship life and are a wonderful way to do something in honor or memory of someone special. Here are the details: There are two arrangements each Sunday (you may reserve one or both). The first one to reserve an arrangement for a Sunday chooses the florist for that Sunday. Buddy’s Flowers provides a standard, classic arrangement, and costs $35 per arrangement. Scott’s Urban Earth can provide a standard $35 arrangement or coordinate with you to provide a custom-designed arrangement.

Announcing Youth Space Expansion – Last week, Arab City Council approved the plan of our Church Council to attach a portable classroom to the back of our Youth House. This is a temporary measure to accommodate our growth in youth ministries while we finish paying off debt and begin plans for a future building. The cost for the used portable classroom was a discounted price. When the building is resold after temporary use, the proceeds will go back into the Building Fund. The classroom will be in place after the first of the year. Landscaping will be added to shield it from view.

Wednesday Night Dinners Grow! – This past couple of years,
Wednesday night dinners have consistently grown in meal quality and attendance. We have about 125 people each week enjoying an excellent meal due to the fine efforts of our kitchen manager, Terry Z., and her gang. Our Finance Team has increased the suggested donation to $7 for adults and $5 for children. This begins in January, in order to keep the quality strong.

Volunteers Needed for Room in the Inn on Christmas Night – We need some extra help when Arab First UMC hosts “Room in the Inn” on Christmas Night, Dec. 25. Please let John Richey know if you are willing to make Christmas bright for neighbors who are less fortunate (256-931-6088). We need help with bringing sandwiches, breakfast the next day, and transportation the next morning. (Our Ghana mission team leaves the next morning, so many of our regular volunteers are unavailable.)

ServeFest on Christmas Eve – We will be delivering donuts on Christmas Eve Day to businesses that stay open for our community on Christmas Eve. It is our way of saying “Thank You” for the service they provide. We are very blessed that our church family is so willing to serve our community in this way. If you are interested, please contact the church office office@arabumc.org or 586-5792 or Terry Zakrzewski at 256-486-5183.

Communion is served in the Prayer Chapel each Sunday morning between services (9:00 – 9:15) and (10:30 – 10:45).

Church Office Holiday Closing Dates – The Church Office will be closed December 22nd, 23rd, and 26th for the Christmas Holiday and will also be closed January 2nd in observance of New Year’s Day.

End of Year Giving – Have you gotten behind in your giving? During this season of good will, it’s the perfect time to get caught up on your giving to the General Fund before the end of 2016. We have a number of year-end missions, ministries, and expenses and we need your support. Please give generously before the end of 2016.

Please Respect Our Sound Equipment – There have been a few occasions when sound equipment knobs (either on stage or at the sound booth) have been adjusted or turned off by those other than sound personnel. This can cause problems for worship flowing smoothly. Please help us out by keeping wandering hands away from any knobs or sound equipment. Thanks!

Office Sitters Needed – The Church Office is in need of office sitters to answer the phone during services and provide directions/help if needed. Please consider volunteering one Sunday a month during a service time which you don’t attend. This is such an important service to our church. Please contact the church office if you’d like to be added to the list of volunteers.

Advent Coffee Hour with the Pastor – Our last meeting is in the fellowship hall on Tuesday, December 20th  at 4:00 to study “ADVENT[ure] – A Journey through the Christmas Story” created by the North Alabama Conference Discipleship Team. There is no preparation. Pastor Steve will lead us in an opening activity, a video segment from one of our conference’s clergy women, a spiritual practice, and a grace moment as we explore the Magi finding the Messiah. Anybody can come!

The Hart Anniversary Reception – The Hart’s will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary today at 2:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend.

Jennifer Saunders Home Team – If you ordered sheets, you can pick them up today in the front foyer after services.  You can also pick them up in the church office anytime this week.  Thank you to everyone who purchased sheets for Jennifer’s mission work!

Confirmation 2017Confirmation classes will start on Sunday, January 8th @ 4PM in the Fellowship Hall.  These classes are especially for any person currently in 5th grade, and is open to anyone older who hasn’t gone thru the classes before.  If you are interested in attending, please talk to Heather Tallent, Lee Michael, or Pastor Steve for more information.

War Room Bible Study – The War Room Bible Study will begin on January 8th. This is based on the award winning movie, War Room. This study is designed to help challenge you to establish a battle plan of prayer for your family. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in room 117. This is facilitated by Josh and Mary Shumate.

Pray for Ghana Mission Team!Our team of 13 leave on Monday, December 26 to visit the Eugemot Orphanage in Ghana. We will see the completed barn from last year and improve their water system. Please hold us in prayers!

JAAM Kids – JAAM is on Christmas Break and will resume on January 11th

Thank You From Christmas & Beyond – We would like to thank our church family and friends for your love, time, donations, prayers, and support for the 2016 Christmas and Beyond. Each of us are blessed as we are able to bless children and their families this season.  – Dawn Liebner and Joy Privett

The Liebner Family – Our dear church family and friends, Much love and appreciation for your kindness extended to our family with our Jeffrey finding peace with his Heavenly Father on December 2nd.  The life he lived was living proof of his faith and our family is striving to honor and remember him by living lives that reflect the example he set for us.  May your lives too be a witness of your faith.  God bless all of you. Love and prayers, Dawn Liebner and the Jeffrey Liebner Family of prayer for your family. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in room 117. This is facilitated by Josh and Mary Shumate.

Anniversaries

Dec 21st     Don & Melissa Brodersen
Dec 22nd   Herbert & Jo Ann Cleveland
Dec 23rd   Linn & Carolyn Brannon, Wallace & Carla Cook, Glenn &  Cherie McNeal, and Donald & Barbara White

 Birthdays 

Dec 18th     Bambi Bradford, Amanda Lowery, Logan Reeves, Melisa Stone, and Wesley Taylor

Dec 19th     Edmund Johnson, Andrew Liebner, and Mallory Morris

Dec 20th     Landon Farmer, Presley Hemphill, Carolyn Kirkland, Harold Reed, and Jimmy Shumate

Dec 21st     Joe Creel, Louise Hudson, Russell Miller, and Judy Roads

Dec 23rd     Cathy Golden & Morgan Vickers

Dec 24th       Sebrina Smith & Luke Kritner

Cancer Treatment

Jennifer Brown, Jaycee Jayne Caldwell, Richard Craft, John Decker, Robert Dudley, Renotta Frachiseur, Guido Hibdon, Dr. Mark Holbrook, Steve Johnson, Sandy Martin, Jane Reed, Steve & Casey Rogers, Shirley Scott, Jeff Stebbins, DeeAnn Thompson, and Linda Thompson.

Health and Healing

John Albritten, David Bagwell,  Danny Brandon, George & Beth Burks, Kevin Clark, John Winston Clark, Darlene Cooley, Pam Cooper, Ted Creel, Becky Deese, Rachel Dothard, Joe Fedourich, Tyler Flack, Bob Fricker, Doris & John Freeman, Richard Gilbert, Lyle Greenwood, Shannon Griggs, Ernest Holley, Mary Hunter, Johnny Ingram, Mary Kendrick, Eddie Lee King, Judge Beth Kellum, Lee Michael, Charlie Milner, Dick Orr, Stan Parker, Raville Family, Mike Reed, David Ryan, Lynda & Xander Sowder, Rhea Spear, Wayne & Gleta Taylor, Barbara Traylor and Andree’ Walker.

 

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