Connecting Points – November 13, 2016

Leftover Halloween candy and treats?  Christmas and Beyond will gladly accept donations of sweets to help you out! You can leave the sweets in the church office.

Youth Parent’s Meeting Today – There will be a parents meeting at 5:30PM in the sanctuary today.

The supper menu for Wednesday Night, November 16th is Beef Stew, Chicken & Dumplings, Grilled Cheese/Chips, and Desserts.

Poinsettias – The youth are selling poinsettias as a fundraiser to be placed in the sanctuary for the cantata on December 18th and 19th.  Poinsettias can be placed in honor or memory of loved ones.  The cost is $20 with youth earning a portion for each poinsettia sold.  Poinsettia sales will begin today, Sunday November 13th.  Poinsettia orders will be taken until December 14th, for names to be included in the poinsettia honor/memory book available during the Christmas Cantata.

The Young-in-Heart Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon – Their Annual Thanksgiving covered dish luncheon will be on November 17th at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Turkey, dressing & gravy will be provided. Members are asked to bring a dish to serve 10. Please see the list on the sign-up table located at the entrance of the church and indicate your choice. The Ukulele Band will be the entertainment. Everyone 50+ is invited!

Circle #4 – There will be a Circle #4 meeting on November 17th at 6:00. They will also meet at 9:00AM on Saturday, November 19th to deliver Thanksgiving baskets to shut-ins. If you would like to help deliver, please contact Joy Privett.

The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Week is November 14-21, 2016. Operation Christmas Child is a terrific way to get involved in the evangelism and discipleship of children around the world. The shoebox collection week is November 14-21. Please place boxes on kneelers.

Operation Christmas Child RELAY CENTER Help – We need volunteers to be available to collect shoeboxes brought in by members and area churches.  The collection day’s task is to greet and thank donors, just be the friendly face at our church.  There is a sign-up sheet on the sign up table for collection days and the transport day.  Transport day is where we box up the shoeboxes into bigger boxes and take them to Albertville.  Please sign up to support this ministry.

Community Thanksgiving Service – Join community pastors and churches for a community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Arab Ministerial Association. It will be on Sunday, November 20th at 6:00PM at Old Brashiers Chapel UMC with the pastor of Eastside Baptist Church preaching. Bring a side dish to share in the community meal afterward!

Room in the Inn Volunteers will be needed on 11/27, 12/25, 1/29, 2/26, and 3/26. We will need setup crew, van/bus driver, overnight host, food crew, and activities director. We are asking each Sunday school class to sponsor the meals (supper, breakfast and a snack).  Please contact John Richey at 256-931-6088 or Marc Scarbrough at 256-714-4627 to help.

Advent Coffee Hour with the Pastor – Pastor Steve invites anyone who wants to come for the four weeks of Advent! We will meet in the fellowship hall on Tuesdays at 4:00 for coffee and a snack and study “ADVENT[ure] – A Journey through the Christmas Story” created by the North Alabama Conference Discipleship Team. We begin on November 29 at 4:00 pm. There is no preparation between classes. 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 Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem, the Shepherds at the Stable, and the Magi finding the Messiah. Anybody can come anytime, but if you’d like to let Steve know you’re coming leave word at the office.

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

Cookies for ChristAs part of our ServeFest outreach ministries, we will again be organizing teams of two to take a gift of fresh cookies, along with an invitational brochure with information on the local churches in the area, to the families of those who have moved into Arab this year. It is not traditional “visitation”, but a simple, at-the-door expression of God’s love. This year, it will be a stand-alone event and each team will be given a smaller number of homes so that it can be completed in about an hour and a half. Signup sheets will be in the Gathering area for teams of two. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s a way of sharing love with someone. We will gather to go at 2:00PM on Sunday, November 20th.

Jennifer Saunders’ Bake Sale – The bake sale takes place on November 20th after each service on Sunday morning in the foyer of both upstairs entrances.  All donations will go towards Jennifer Saunders’ mission work in Spain.  If anyone is interested in helping with baking, they can contact Jennifer at 256-640-7456 or on Facebook.  They would welcome baked goods donations.

Can You Help Serve Hot Chocolate at the Parade? The Arab Christmas Parade is on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:00 pm. Our youth and children’s ministries are doing a float this year, and our worship ministries will be doing “Live Nativity” that night at the church. We also serve hot chocolate every year at three different stations along the parade route as part of our ServeFest ministries. It’s easy, it’s fun, and if you would like to volunteer this year, please speak to Billie Cragg or call her at 256-506-2971.

UMM Breakfast – The UMM will host a breakfast on Sunday, December 4 at 7:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  All donations will go to the Ghana Mission Fund.  Members of the group that will be traveling to Ghana will present information on past trips and plans for this year’s journey.

Christmas Parade Float – We are needing volunteers to help with the construction of our float for the Christmas Parade. This will take place on November 27th through November 30th at 5:30PM to 8:00PM each night. We will need white inexpensive napkins for part of the float design. Donation containers will be in the foyer near both entrance doors. Please have all napkins turned in by November 23rd. Some other donations we are needing are: life-size, or as large as possible artificial outdoor manger animals, volunteers to provide a meal for float construction workers on Nov. 28th and Nov. 29th, and   volunteers to be on the float or have your children on the float. For more information or to participate, contact Lee Michael at 256-586-5792.

AFUMC Sumatanga Day Mark your calendars for AFUMC Sumatanga Day on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  This event is for people of all ages, for families, for singles, for everyone!  In addition to fun, fellowship, and food, there will be adult sessions on marriage, prayer in the great outdoors, and rocking charity with age appropriate activities for the younger folk.  Cost for the day (starts at 9am and includes lunch, ends at 230pm with option for further free time and activities until 5pm) is $10 per individual or $20 per family.  (Scholarships will be available if needed.)  Watch for further details!

Cancer Treatment

Jennifer Brown, Jaycee Jayne Caldwell, Richard Craft, Ruth Craft, John Decker, Robert Dudley, Renotta Frachiseur, Guido Hibdon, Dr. Mark Holbrook, Steve Johnson, Jeffrey Liebner, 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, 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, Mary Hunter, Mary Kendrick, Eddie Lee King, Judge Beth Kellum, Charlie Milner, Tina Nelson, Stan Parker, Raville Family, Mike Reed, David Ryan, Lynda & Xander Sowder, Rhea Spear, Wayne & Gleta Taylor, Barbara Traylor and Andree’ Walker.


Nov 14th       Kelly Wesolek

Nov 15th       Jerry Buckelew and Sara Kremer

Nov 16th       Marlon Sloan, Suzanne Wesolek, and Amy Woods

Nov 17th       Amanda Hollrah and Lucy Slater

Nov 18th       Natalie Nelson

Nov 19th       Haley Buckelew, Pamela Donahue, Kensley Golden, Katlyn Stricklend, Dawn Tidmore, and Jimmy Wiggins



Nov 15th   John & Janna York

Nov 19th   Scott & Lynn Walls


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