Connecting Points – November 20, 2016

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

No Wednesday Night Activities – There will be no Wednesday night activities or meal (11/23) due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Church Office Closed – The Church Office will be closed on November 23 – 25 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Cookies for Christ is today!As 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 today after each service in the foyer of both upstairs entrances.  All donations will go towards Jennifer Saunders’ mission work in Spain.

Community Thanksgiving Service – Join community pastors and churches for a community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Arab Ministerial Association. It will be on tonight 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!

Thank you from Circle 6 – Circle 6 would like to thank all the Veterans and their families who came out to the second annual Veterans Day dinner and making it a success. A special thanks also to Scott’s Urban Earth for the beautiful floral arrangement donated for the event, to Joy Circle for the baked beans and desserts, to Nancy Stewart’s class for the macaroni and cheese and desserts, to Circle 2 for the pasta salad and desserts, to Circle 3 for the buns and desserts, and to Circle 4 for the desserts. All were delicious!

Thank you from Joanie Reynolds – Please know how grateful we are to the precious people of this Church for your outpour of sympathy and love shown to our family during this difficult time. Robert was very special to all who knew him and will be greatly missed. Thank you for your continued prayers for The Reynolds Family.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection – The collection will continue through November 21st at 11:00 am. Operation Christmas Child is a terrific way to get involved in the evangelism and discipleship of children around the world. Please place boxes on kneelers.

Operation Christmas Child RELAY CENTER Help – We need volunteers to help load and transport shoeboxes into bigger boxes and take them to Albertville on Monday, November 21st from 11:00 to approximately 1:30PM.  Please sign up to help support this ministry.

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.

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.

 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.

Volunteers Needed for Live Nativity – We still need volunteers to sign up for the live nativity following the parade December 1st.  It will start after the parade and last until 8:00PM.

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.

JAAM Christmas Program & Meal – The JAAM Christmas program is Sunday December 4. Please help your child memorize their part or song. The program is at 5:00PM with a potluck following. PROGRAM – Children should be in the music room at 4:30.  No special dress is required for that evening. POTLUCK – Meat, tea and water will be provided. Parents of: K’s please bring caprisuns for kids drinks. 1st-3rd grade, please bring a side dish and 4th and 5th please bring desserts.

Mark your calendars for December 4th!  – The Ghana mission team will be cooking and serving a soup lunch. We will have a variety of soup with crackers, cornbread, chips or rolls. You can dine in, or we will have convenient take-out containers.  The cost is only $5 and will go towards our mission. The United Methodist Men are sponsoring a breakfast for us on this day so you can make it a day free from cooking and help the Ghana Mission Team at the same time!

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.

Kindergarten & Preschool Short Program – Kindergarteners and preschool will share a short program Wednesday night, December 7th at 6:00PM. Children should be in the music room at 5:30.  No special dress is required for the program.  (Will last about 15 minutes)

JAAM will sing December 11th – Sunday, December 11th JAAM will sing in 9:30 and 10:55 worship when the Bishop is here.  We will
take children from Sunday School to sing at 9:30 and then they will sing the anthem in worship service at 10:55.

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 orders will be taken until December 14th, for names to be included in the poinsettia honor/memory book available during the Christmas Cantata.

Free Advent Devotional Booklets – Please take a free Advent devotional booklet written by Rev. Dale Clem, friend of Pastor Steve and pastor of Anniston First UMC. (a $2 donation is optional) Advent begins on November 27th, so pick one up now in the gathering areas!

The Jennifer Saunders Home Team – The home team will be selling sheets to support Jennifer’s mission work in Spain. These are 1800 thread count sheets available in five sizes. They are $40 for a set and include two pillowcases. Extra pillowcases can be purchased for $10 for a set of two. Purchases can be made Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, and daily in the church office.  Orders will arrive in time for Christmas! Contact Jennifer at 256-640-7456 for details.


Nov 21st       Penny Isom & Parker Smith

Nov 22nd      Erika England & Lydia Latham,

Nov 23rd       Kathleen Eskridge, Samuel Heflin, and John Snider

Nov 24th       Aubrey Elrod & Carolyn Nelson

Nov 25th       Roy Bryant, Deborah Childress, Dori Couch, Jill Hinds, Ailene Smith, and Christy Willingham

Nov 26th       Emily Nelson, Mark Stafford, and Michael Williams



Nov 21st     Michael & Maliea Hill

Nov 22nd    John & Carolyn Baxter

Nov 23rd     Timothy & Sharyl Alverson

Nov 24th     Max & Lem Carter

Nov 26th     Max & Barbara Hyatt

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, Ernest Holley, 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.








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