Connecting Points for December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Schedule

Sunday, December 24
10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Service

(One joint Sunday service and no Sunday School)

Invite family and friends for the most wonderful night of the year!

Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion

4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Nicky preaches, Pastor Steve leads us in candlelight and communion

Poinsettias – Please pick up the poinsettia(s) you ordered today if you wish to take them home.

Church Office Holiday Closing Dates – The Church Office will be closed tomorrow and Tuesday for the Christmas Holiday and will also be closed January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day. 

Altar Flower Calendar for 2018 – Please get in touch with the church office to reserve Sundays on the altar flower calendar for 2018. 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.

Please Help Us Get Caught Up on End-of-the-Year Giving!  Thanks so much for your generous giving to the General Fund! This giving supports not only routine expenses but also our capable staff and the lifegiving ministries and missions of our church. Now that the end of the year is approaching, it’s the perfect time to get caught up on your giving! Many of us have gotten behind in the last few months. There are end of the year expenses and commitments that we need to do our best to meet. Thanks for your help on this.

 

New Year’s Eve Schedule

Sunday, December 31

 9:00 a.m. Joint Sunday School Hour (classes meet separately)

10:00 a.m. “Fifth Sunday Praise Gathering” Joint Service

11:15 a.m. New Year’s Pot-Luck Lunch

Youth Parent Meeting – There will be a youth parent meeting on Wednesday, January 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. They will discuss Encounter and other youth events for 2018. We highly encourage all parents to attend.

Wednesday Nights Return on January 10, 2018  New classes, meals and JAAM will start on January 10th. Let’s start off with a Star Wars Theme Night. Wear your favorite Star Wars shirt, watch for a Star Wars Menu and if you know Luke’s father, bring him! See everyone Jan 10th and May the Force be with you!

Children’s Department Fund Raiser – We will be selling long sleeve AFUMC shirts.  Adult shirts (S-XL) will be $20 and kid sizes will be $15.  Extended adult sizes will be available for an additional fee. The funds raised will help purchase a laminator for the church.  If you would like to purchase a shirt, please contact the Church Office or Heather Tallent.

New Sound Board! We are accepting monetary donations for our new sound board! It was installed in the sanctuary after Thanksgiving, along with new choir monitors, to enhance our worship experiences. Please be patient as our gifted sound crew works the “bugs” out! Improved technology will help immensely, including digital technology which keeps our “normal” settings in memory for an optimal experience each week, even if settings got changed for special activities. This is something we have been working for and we appreciate your generous donations!

Confirmation Class of 2018 – Calling all FIFTH GRADERS (and older youth who haven’t been through confirmation)! Our first meeting will be Sunday, January 7, @ 4:30 in the fellowship hall.  Parents and confirmands will need to attend this meeting.  We will have a pizza social as part of the meeting.  Each family is asked to bring $5 to help cover the cost.  Please sign up for the Confirmation Remind group to receive important messages (text @4ea78 to 81010). 

Pre-K Sunday School Volunteer Needed – We currently need someone to teach the Pre-K Sunday School class on the 4th Sunday of the month, beginning January 28.  Please consider volunteering!  Let Heather Tallent know if you are interested.  You must be Safe Sanctuary trained.

Room in the Inn – The United Methodist Men is coordinating with Marshall County Homeless Ministries and we are a host site for Room in the Inn.  We will be housing our neighbors on five nights this winter. The remaining dates are 1/28, 2/25, and 3/25.  If you are willing to assist in this worthwhile endeavor, please contact Marc Scarborough or John Richey.

“There are no anniversaries to report this week.”

 

Birthdays

Dec 24th      Luke Kritner, Sebrina Smith, and Laurie Wright

Dec 25th     Rosemary Washam

Dec 27th     Kenneth Beard, Craig Brodhage, Kathy Hawk, Christa Martin, and Chet Rowley

Dec 28th     Josh Benefield, Dawson Donahue, and Sheila Howard

Dec 29th     Heather Brazelton

Dec 30th     Stephen Beard, Robert Brown, Karen Carlisle, Randy Heidt, John Reeves Jr.

 

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

Stephanie Bonner, Jennifer Brown, Greg Burkhead, Jaycee-Jayne Caldwell, Becky Deese (sister of Elise Brasseale), Johanna Grimes, Tim Guthrie, Ruth Klein, Susan Linn, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Glenn McNeal, Joseph Morris, Aaron Oberle, Allen Tant, and Anna Beth Whitehorn

 Health and Healing

Freeman Allen, Melanie Arbuckle, Ben Brazelton, Roy Bryant, Beth & George Burks, Pam Cooper, Tim Cragg, Dianne Creel, Lorrie Duquette, John Freeman, Tammy Fritz, Ron Gonia, Conrad Hamilton, Neva Hestley, Stephanie Jennings, Lisa King, Danny Maze, Patricia McDowell, Cherie McNeal, Robert Millard (Joyce DeWeerth’s brother), Bert Morris, Chet Rowley, Alice Schmidt, T.L. Simmons, Carol & Frank Smith, Eleanor Annette Smith, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, Avery Tincher, Cynthia (Sunny) Waters, and Gary Yessick

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