Connecting Points – November 27, 2016

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

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 today, so pick one up now in the gathering areas!

Family Christmas Tree – You are invited to add a family ornament to our Family Christmas Tree, which is located next to the Prayer Room in the Gathering Area. You may take your ornament home after Christmas or leave it to be stored with the other ornaments and used again next year on the Family Tree.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox CollectionThank you to everyone that donated a shoebox to this wonderful ministry! We collected 1,884 boxes! A special thank you to Butch DeWeerth, Wallace Cook, and Carrie Walters & Family for your help with collection and delivery.

Pastor’s Discretionary Fund – Please give generously to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund next Sunday at the communion rail. We have helped many in recent days (including some special needs in our church family) and the funds need to be replenished before the holidays. Thanks for your help with this important ministry!

Blessings’ Gift Idea – With Christmas fast approaching, remember that shirts (Arab First United Methodist Church logo on the front, the AFUMC stained glass window on the back) are available for $15 each. Adult shirts are available in small, medium, large, x-large, and 2X in black, yellow, gold, and teal with children’s shirts also available in black. Canvas totes are available for $10 each. All
proceeds supports Blessings here at AFUMC. (Contact Dawn Liebner if interested. Items can be found in the upstairs’ library/office area.)

Room in the Inn Volunteers will be needed tonight, 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 Building today! – We are needing volunteers to help with the construction of our float for the Christmas Parade. This will take place today through November 30th  at 5:30PM to 8:00PM each night. 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 29th 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.

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. 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 kid’s drinks. 1st-3rd grade, please bring a side dish and 4th and 5th please bring desserts.

Soup Lunch on 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)

Mark Your Calendars for the Bishop! Bishop Debra Wallace Padgett will preach here on December 11th! It is a special occasion when the Bishop comes!

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.

The Young-in-Heart’s Christmas Lunch – The annual catered Christmas lunch meeting will be December 15th at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Terry Z will cater the meal. Everyone loves her cooking! Tickets will be pre-sold. They are $10.00 each. For tickets see Janet Calhoun or Dee Rowley or to be contacted, leave your name and phone number on the reservation sheet on the sign-up-table. Jimmy Howard will tell the Christmas story and we will sing Christmas Carols.

Christmas and Beyond
Saturday, December 10, 7:00-10:00 am

What is C&B?  It is a ministry of our church and a major part of the season. Most importantly, it is celebrating Christ’s birth through sharing, caring and serving to others. This year we are inviting 100 children to our C&B Party. The children receive toys, clothes, fruit, candy, and a Bible. (Children’s names are obtained through the Christmas Coalition as well as provided by our church family and our community. If you know someone in need of help, please call the church office.)

 You have the opportunity to help in the following ways:

Sponsoring a Child – The cost is $150.00 per child; donations of any amount are accepted! Make checks payable to AFUMC with C&B on the memo line. This ministry costs $20,000 a year and relies completely on donations.

 Providing fruit and candy – Please bring these items; if your last name begins with: A-G:  apples, H-M:  pears or green apples, N-Z:  oranges.   Please bring candy and fruit to the church office prior to 6 pm Wed, Dec 7. 

Clothes Closet Workers – We will accept donations of good used clothing and toys. Several people will be needed to organize the closet on Dec 8 & 9. You may begin leaving your items on Sun, Dec 4 in the downstairs entrance. For more information, call Billie Cragg (256-586-0048).

 Shoppers – We need people to shop with the children and spend time showing them the love of Christ.  You will shop, eat breakfast and attend the program with your assigned child.  All shoppers need to report no later than 6:30 am on December 10th the morning of the party.

 Cooks – We need folks to help with the breakfast meal. Call Tawanna Vickers at 256-640-7025.

 Others – There are many tasks. Offer to help in any capacity you are able! For information or to volunteer, call: Joy Privett (256-586-8641), Dawn Liebner (256-293-8079), Office (256-586-5792).


Thank you from Mr. & Mrs. Fox – The family of Wade Skidmore thanks you so much for your prayers and cards during his illness and passing.

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.

The Jennifer Saunders Home Team – The home team is 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.

Thank you to our Youth – Thank you to our wonderful Youth who did a fantastic job putting up the Christmas tree with lights. You took a great load of work off the adults.

Thank you from Jennifer Saunders Home Team Thank you to all the bakers and buyers at the Jennifer Saunders Bake Sale!  This year’s bake sale was our most successful so far and we were completely sold out at the end!  Thank you for your dedication and continual support of Jennifer’s mission work!

The supper menu for Wednesday Night, November 30th is Spaghetti/Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Salad, and Desserts.



Nov 27th      Melissa Black

Nov 28th      Jessica Elliott

Nov 30th      Hayley Anderson, Keith Hawkins, Stacie Lurenz, Frances Rees, Holli Shelton, and Anna Walley



Nov 30th   Harold & Valeria Breeb


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, Dick Orr, 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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