Connecting Points – January 7, 2018

Wednesday Nights Return on January 10 Dinner starts at 5:00. Let’s start off with a Star Wars Theme Night. Wear your favorite Star Wars shirt and if you know Luke’s father, bring him! See you on Wednesday and “May the Force be with you!”

Star Wars Menu: Hans Burgers, Vader Taters, Chewbacca Beans, Millennium Falcorn, Light Saber Fingers, and Dark side Desserts

JAAM Returns – JAAM will resume on Wednesday, January 10th. “Jesus, Arts, and Music” is a weekly ministry each Wednesday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm for grades K – 5th. We’d love to have new kids.

New Wednesday Night Adult Class on “Living in the God Zone”! Most Wednesday night adult classes require previous registration and are continuing on Wednesday nights, starting January 10 at 6:00. Youth and children’s activities resume that night. For adults, Pastor Steve is starting a new informal and conversational Bible study entitled “Living in the God Zone.” We will search the Old and New Testaments for the pervasive scriptural theme of the “kingdom of God” and discuss how to live in this new reality with grace and truth. Our pastor’s class is open to all adults. There is no homework and you can start anytime!

Confirmation Class of 2018Calling all FIFTH GRADERS (and older youth who haven’t been through confirmation)! Our first meeting will be tonight at 4:30 in the fellowship hall.  Parents and confirmands will need to attend this meeting together.  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).

Emmaus Cluster Meeting – Marshall Emmaus Cluster will meet on Tuesday, January 9th at Guntersville First United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. They will have a pot luck meal and child care will be provided.

Youth Encounter Kickoff with Rush of Fools
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:30 pm at AHS auditorium

Friday Night, January 12: 

Worship led by River Valley Worship at 7:00 pm with guest speaker Chris Brooks.

Late Night Hype with Gawvi @ 9:30 pm

Saturday Night, January 13

Worship led by River Valley Worship. Guest speakers Matt Hearing and Sam Woods.

“Discerning the Voice of God” Thursday Bible Study – “Is that you, God?” Have you asked that question before? Maybe many times.  How do we know if it’s God speaking to us or just our own wants and desires making themselves known? It’s called discernment……being able to discern the voice of God from all the other voices we hear. On January 18th a new study by Priscilla Shirer will be offered entitled “Discerning the Voice of God”. Nancy Stewart will lead this seven week study each Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. in class room 101. As Shirer explains, “God desires a personal relationship with each of us in which He speaks directly to us. The more intimate your relationship with Him, the clearer God’s voice becomes!” Come joins at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 18th. If you have questions or need a book, contact Nancy Stewart at 256/586-0351.

Young in Heart – For our January meeting, Young-In-Heart, the Senior Adult Ministry of AFUMC will gather on the 18th, at 11:00AM in the Church fellowship hall for our post-holiday gathering. Be prepared to be treated to some truly wonderful bluegrass and gospel music presented by the FBC Pickers. Lunch will be our ever popular no charge pot luck “Blue Plate Special”.  Please bring your favorite southern side dish or dessert.  A signup sheet will be in the Narthex, please indicate the item(s) you will bring. Fish and chicken strips will be provided. Your 2018, $15 annual dues are now due and may be paid at the door. All seniors are invited to join our fellowship. Guests are always welcome.  See you there!

Explorations Class for Visitors, Guests, and New Members! Pastor Steve and Sandy West will lead a five-week study on the ministries of Arab First UMC and on Methodist beliefs and practices. The class is especially for new people but everyone is invited to come and find out more. There is no commitment just by coming! It will begin on Sunday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Please let the church office know of your plans to attend so we can prepare.

We Raised the Entire Amount for the Tree and Sound Board! We have received all that is needed for the new Chrismon tree and the new soundboard that were both put to use before the holidays. Any further gifts toward these items will go toward additional sound equipment we need. Thank you for your generous giving!

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.

Jennifer Saunders Home Team Sheets – If you ordered sheets from the Jennifer Saunders Home Team, you can pick them up in the office.  If you need to pay for your sheets, you can leave a check in the office, also.

 

 Anniversaries this week

Jan 8th     Roy & Kathy Bryant

Jan 13th   Joe & Sue West

 

 Birthdays this week

Jan 7th     Brian Landry and Jeffrey Malone

Jan 8th     Bruce Biggard, Mollie Bond, and Lem Carter

Jan 10th    Jacqueline Jones, Lisa Martin, and Shane Withey

Jan 11th   Jacob Brannon, Lavelle Finlayson, and Kim Landry

Jan 12th    Jordan Jones, Michelle Mullins, and William Townsend

Jan 13th    Pam Cooper and Laura Liebner

 

In order to keep our prayer list up to date we have started over since it is a new year.  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

Jennifer Brown

Health and Healing

Ron Gonia, John Freeman, Allen Tant

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