Connecting Points 11/23/14

Challenge for 2014
To read the entire Bible; for it is the true rule and guide for faith and practice.

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

“Visions & Dreams” Prayer Vigil – During this coming week, there will be a continual prayer vigil in the prayer room. The candle will be “lit” and “Dream Cards” may be prayed over. Please come by for a few minutes this week.

Community Thanksgiving Gathering is at Community Church on 1530 Brashiers Chapel Road, today, 6:30 pm. Come join in a time of Thanksgiving. A fellowship meal will be provided.

Advent and Christmas Decoration schedule It’s hard to believe, but we’re fast approaching the time to put up our beautiful Chrismon tree and all the accompanying decorations. Mark your calendars for 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 23rd and come help bring all the decoration from the storage house to the church. Guys and gals mark your calendars for 9:00 am, Monday, November 24th and come anytime that morning and help as long as you can to make our sanctuary beautiful for the blessed Advent and Christmas seasons.

Decorate the float on Monday and/or Tuesday nights 6 – 8 pm, November 24th— 25th, December 1st and 2nd. Arab Christmas Parade will be on December 4th with the theme Christmas on the Big Screen. Arab First United Methodist will have a float in the parade titled “Polar Express”. If you have any question please contact Lee Michael ( or the church office 256-586-5792.

Rick Warren’s study “The Purpose Of Christmas” is being taught in the Young adult Sunday School class, 9:30 am in room 103 on November 30th. Discover why Christmas is God’s idea and why Jesus is the greatest gift God gave to the world. Learn not one but three purposes of Christmas announced by the angel at the birth of Christ. According to Rick, once you understand the purpose of Christmas, your life will never be the same.

United Methodist Women unit meeting Monday, December 1st, 7:00 pm, in the Sanctuary. New officers for the coming year will be installed. After the program, ladies are invited to the fellowship hall for their Christmas Social.

Serve hot chocolate at the parade on December 4th. We need smiling faces to share hot chocolate and information about the church with the community. If you are interested, please contact the church office or 256-586-5792.

Live Nativity – Our church is again hosting a drive-thru Live Nativity on Friday and Saturday, December 5-6, from 6-8 pm each night. We will have live animals (courtesy of Mossie Maurer and Dr. Brown) and a manger built by the Winslett family. We need volunteers to dress in costumes which are provided (no talking or acting required!!) for the different scenes. We also need help with parking, costuming and publicity. This is a great way for singles, couples, adults and children to volunteer and really get into the Christmas spirit. If you would be interested, please contact the church office, Jami Russell (256-586-7696) or Debby Heidt (256-797-4648).

United Methodist Men will meet on December 7th. The speaker will be our own Chip Maurer. Before moving to Arab, Chip was a resident of Gallup, New Mexico and ran a street ministry from 1989 to 1995. Gallup is a town on the border of the Navajo and Zuni Indian reservations whose alcoholism rate is almost 10 times the national average. Breakfast will be served at 7:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $7.

Join Steve and Sandy West and Roy and Kathy Bryant for a special Advent outreach event. On Sunday, December 7th, we will meet at the church at 2:00 pm. We will be organized into groups to go caroling for our homebound members and to deliver invitational door hangers to people who have recently moved to the area. You can do either outreach project, so just come at 2:00! Both will involve the gift of a cookie!

Confirmation parents meeting will be held on December 7th at 5:30 pm in the sanctuary. All students in the 5th and 6th grade will be going through confirmation starting in January. An overnight retreat will be held on January 4th and 5th. If you are in the 6th through 12th grades and would like to participate please contact Lee Michael.

Room in the Inn will again host our neighbors during the winter months. You are invited to come and share God’s love with them. We are having an organizational meeting on December 7th, 6:30 pm in the fellowship hall. We need cooks, set up crew, hospitality crew, and prayer partners.

Sumatanga Coffee Table Book Makes a great Christmas Gift! A beautiful, new full color hardback pictorial memoir of Sumatanga is available in the Gathering Area. The cost is $40, and every penny goes to support Sumatanga. Pastor Steve was one of the writers and on the editorial team. If you would like one, make your check out to Sumatanga and mark it for “Rest and Vision Book.”

Fleece blankets are available on the hospitality desk. If you are chilly, and need an extra touch of warmth, please feel free to use and return the blankets.

STARS Tutoring Program is experiencing continued success this year with 31 students currently enrolled. Teachers at AJHS praise the results they are seeing and are referring new students to us each week. We have a very caring and dedicated team of tutors who are truly making a difference. With our increasing numbers, we can always use more help. Remember, you do not need to be a genius to contribute. Many of our student participants simply need the encouragement to complete an assignment, to get organized, or to review for an
upcoming test. We need volunteers who have a heart for helping young people succeed. If interested, please contact Leslie Smith at or 256-506-6809, or call the church office.

Young-in-Heart Christmas Dinner will be Dec. 18th at 6:00 pm Terry Zakrzewski will cater the meal. Be sure to see the menu at the Hospitality Desk. Pre-sold tickets are $10 each. See Janet Calhoun for tickets (256-586-8413). Scott Tilton from Willowbrook Baptist Church in Huntsville will sing.


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