Connecting Points – June 18, 2017

Random Act of Kindness Cards – Pick up a card every week from a display in our gathering areas. Use it to share the love of Christ in a surprising, creative, and unexpected way!

Need Prayer? – If you would like our local prayer team to be in prayer for a concern, contact us by one of three ways – fill out the Prayer Request card found in each pew, call the church office, or enter your request on the AFUMC website. The phone number for the Upper Room Prayer Line is 1-800-251-2468. This line is staffed 24/7 and gives you an opportunity to pray with someone, no matter the time of day.

Summer Kitchen Painting – Mrs. Terry and Todd have volunteered to paint the kitchen. They will be painting in sections as they have the time. Please be patient through this task. If your group uses the kitchen, please be mindful of new paint and always put away anything you use. This summer they will paint the main kitchen, janitor room, and the dishwasher room.

Fellowship Hall Closed for Stripping & Waxing Floors – The Fellowship Hall will be closed from 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 30th through Saturday, August 5th, so the floors can be stripped and waxed. All scheduled meetings and groups have been told and will be relocated that week. Please avoid the fellowship hall during this time. Thank you!

District Prayer Worship & Time – Our District Superintendent Tom Parrish, invites you to a district-wide prayer meeting on Tuesday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. at the AFUMC Sanctuary. This will be a time to gather and pray for our people, our churches, our denomination and our country. Tom says, “I believe God is waiting for us to ask for His grace and love to be poured out across our conference and our world. No one will be asked to pray out loud and there will be some wonderful worship music. There will be a time for individuals to be prayed for as well. Everyone is welcome…members and non-members alike!”

Ghana Mission Team Meeting – The first Ghana Mission team meeting for the planned December 2017 trip will be on June 25th at 5:30 in the fellowship hall.  If you are interested in going on this year’s trip you should attend this meeting. There’s no commitment by coming – come and find out more!

Reach out to others by volunteering at the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse on Wednesday, June 28!  – We are seeking folks of all ages and all abilities to join us.  Whether you can wiggle a finger or clap your hands, tap your toes or dance a jig…join us as there are things to do for one and all.  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.  The contact person is Dawn Liebner.

Prayer Team Meeting & Prayer Bead Session – There will be a prayer team meeting on June 28th at 6:30 p.m. followed by a prayer bead session at 7:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to come make prayer beads!

Prayer Retreat Planned for Upper Room in Nashville Mark your calendar – here’s your opportunity to view the renowned life-size wood carving of the Last Supper, walk through the beautiful, serene gardens and spend time in the “Alone with God” prayer room! You can do all these things while also taking part in a two-day prayer retreat in one of the most reverent locations in the country. Our church Prayer Team will host this special retreat at the Upper Room in Nashville, September 21st & 22nd. We will spend two days and one night in the newly remodeled Scarritt-Bennett guest accommodations adjacent to the Upper Room. We will be taking the church van as well as private vehicles for the trip. For more information about this opportunity contact Pastor Steve or Nancy Stewart.

“Embracing Grace” Bible Study – Looking for a study group that challenges you to learn while also focuses on incorporating God’s word into everyday life? We have a class for you! The Thursday morning Women’s Bible study started a new summer session that began on June 15th. They will be studying internationally-known author, Liz Curtis Higgs’ book, “Embracing Grace”. Higgs has the ability to bring any topic to life and this book is no exception. She teaches us to let go of guilt, fear and regret by turning to God. Come join us at 10:00 a.m. every Thursday in classroom 102 for refreshments and lively conversation. Nancy Stewart will be leading this study and if you have any questions please contact her directly at 256-586-0351. You are welcome to join anytime!

The  Walk to Emmaus Updating – Have you ever gone on an Emmaus walk?  If so, please notify the church office as a current list of participants is being generated.  (In particular, we are looking for those that have gone on walks in 2015, 2016, and 2017 to update our records.)  Thank you!

New Youth Space Opening Soon! – Our youth are incredibly important to our church and we are committed to provide them room to grow between now and a future building project! In June, we are redesigning the interior of the existing storage building on the back of our property (near the youth house) so it can help accommodate our expanding youth program. The youth group will for the first time have a large gathering place for worship, games, and activities. Lighting is being installed, emergency exit signs are being put up, storage is being consolidated to the side walls and covered by curtains, and a stage with new sound equipment and lighting is being set up.

Operation Christmas Child – For the month of June, we are asking members to focus on bringing accessories. Just drop your donations in the marked boxes.

Change in Sunday Schedule for Fifth Sunday Praise Gatherings! Our Church Council would like to try “Fifth Sunday Praise Gatherings” approximately once a quarter (when there is a fifth Sunday in the month). On fifth Sundays, the idea is to have a joint Sunday School session at 9:00 a.m. and a joint worship service at 10:00 a.m. (a combined service for the people of all three services), with a pot-luck lunch afterward at 11:15 a.m. for the whole church family. The first one will be in July!

 Birthdays

June 18th    Doreen Bates and Laura Ferguson

June 19th    Wayne Bunch and Isaiah Scott

June 20th    Ryder Marcotte

June 21st    Amber Clayton

June 23rd      Kathryn Yarbrough                   

June 24th    Rudy Adler, Paula Covert, Conrad Hamilton, and Patti  Wilson

 

 Anniversaries

June 18th   Robert & Suzanne Anderson

June 19th   Olin & Carrie Walters

June 20th   Robert & Shirley Fricker, Ed & Ann Hayes, and Brian &  Jessica Quillin

June 21st   Billy & Caroline Hinds

June 24th   Kevin & Ashley Parker and Chet & Dewilla Rowley

 

If you would like to add someone to the Health and Healing list or Cancer Treatment list please complete the prayer cards in the pews, call the Church Office (256-586-5792), or email the Church Office at office@arabumc.org.

 

Cancer Treatment

Allen Tant, Nikki Barry, Jennifer Brown, Greg Burkhead, Jaycee-Jayne Caldwell, Becky Deese (sister of Elise Brasseale), Nancy Ellsworth, Tim Guthrie, Caroline Hestley, Billy Hinds, Joan Howard, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Robert Millard, Joseph Morris, Aaron Oberle, Margaret Peterson, Jeff Stebbins, and Anna Beth Whitehorn

Health and Healing

Autumn Alexander, Brenda Allbritten, Roy Bryant, Beth & George Burks, Haley Casey, Pam Cooper, Ernestine (Teena) Copeland, Tim Cragg, Dianne Creel, Ron Gonia, John Handley, Caroline Hinds, Sherria Isom, Lee Mazur, Patricia McDowell, Dana McMahan, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor,  Avery Tincher, and Hunter Withey

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