Christmas Cantata – December 18th and 19th – The chancel choir and orchestra present “Invitation to a Miracle” on Sunday, December 18th at 10:55am and Monday, December 19th at 7:00pm. Bring friends and family and share the joy of the season (8:00 and 9:30 services will meet on December 18th prior to the cantata).
Christmas Weekend Schedule – Saturday, December 24th at 4:00pm and 7:00pm will be our Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Services.
Sunday, December 25th at 10:00am will be our Christmas Day joint worship service (no 8:00, 9:30, or 10:55 service and no Sunday School).
Announcing Youth Space Expansion – This week, Arab City Council approved the plan of our Church Council to attach a portable classroom to the back of our Youth House. This is a temporary measure to accommodate our growth in youth ministries while we finish paying off debt and begin plans for a future building. The cost for the used portable classroom was a discounted price. When the building is resold after temporary use, the proceeds will go back into the Building Fund. The classroom will be in place after the first of the year. Landscaping will be added to shield it from view.
Wednesday Night Dinners Grow! – This past couple of years,
Wednesday night dinners have consistently grown in meal quality and attendance. We have about 125 people each week enjoying an excellent meal due to the fine efforts of our kitchen manager, Terry Z., and her gang. Our Finance Team has increased the suggested donation to $7 for adults and $5 for children. This begins in January, in order to keep the quality strong.
Volunteers Needed for Room in the Inn on Christmas Night – We need some extra help when Arab First UMC hosts “Room in the Inn” on Christmas Night, Dec. 25. Please let John Richey know if you are willing to make Christmas bright for neighbors who are less fortunate (256-931-6088). We need help with bringing sandwiches, breakfast the next day, and transportation the next morning. (Our Ghana mission team leaves the next morning, so many of our regular volunteers are unavailable.)
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.
ServeFest on Christmas Eve – We will be delivering donuts on Christmas Eve Day to businesses that stay open for our community on Christmas Eve. It is our way of saying “Thank You” for the service they provide. We are very blessed that our church family is so willing to serve our community in this way. If you are interested, please contact the church office firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-5792 or Terry Zakrzewski at 256-486-5183.
Communion is served in the Prayer Chapel each Sunday morning between services (9:00 – 9:15) and (10:30 – 10:45).
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.
Church Office Holiday Closing Dates – The Church Office will be closed December 22nd, 23rd, and 26th for the Christmas Holiday and will also be closed January 2nd in observance of New Year’s Day.
End of Year Giving – Have you gotten behind in your giving? During this season of good will, it’s the perfect time to get caught up on your giving to the General Fund before the end of 2016. We have a number of year-end missions, ministries, and expenses and we need your support. Please give generously before the end of 2016.
Please Respect Our Sound Equipment – There have been a few occasions when sound equipment knobs (either on stage or at the sound booth) have been adjusted or turned off by those other than sound personnel. This can cause problems for worship flowing smoothly. Please help us out by keeping wandering hands away from any knobs or sound equipment. Thanks!
Office Sitters Needed – The Church Office is in need of office sitters to answer the phone during services and provide directions/help if needed. Please consider volunteering one Sunday a month during a service time which you don’t attend. This is such an important service to our church. Please contact the church office if you’d like to be added to the list of volunteers.
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.)
Advent Coffee Hour with the Pastor – Pastor Steve invites anyone who wants to come for Advent! Our last meeting is in the fellowship hall on Tuesday, December 20th (we will NOT meet on December 13th) at 4:00 to study “ADVENT[ure] – A Journey through the Christmas Story” created by the North Alabama Conference Discipleship Team. There is no preparation. 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 the Magi finding the Messiah. Anybody can come!
The Hart Anniversary Reception – The Hart’s will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on December 18th at 2:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend.
Confirmation 2017 – Confirmation classes will start on Sunday, January 8th @ 4PM in the Fellowship Hall. These classes are especially for any person currently in 5th grade, and is open to anyone older who hasn’t gone thru the classes before. If you are interested in attending, please talk to Heather Tallent, Lee Michael, or Pastor Steve for more information.
War Room Bible Study – The War Room Bible Study will begin on January 8th. This is based on the award winning movie, War Room. This study is designed to help challenge you to establish a battle plan of prayer for your family. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in room 117. This is facilitated by Josh and Mary Shumate.
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.
The supper menu for Wednesday Night, December 14th is Mexican Night. We will be having Fajitas, Taquitos, Spanish Rice, Salad, Nachos, and Desserts.
Dec 17th Johnny & Linda Hart
Dec 11th Anna Knutson, Jacob Mann, and Emarie Michael
Dec 12th Patricia Gunn, Kim Prestridge, and Cody Rees
Dec 13th Vicki Gorny and Christopher Traylor
Dec 14th Chesney Bradford and Joy Privett
Dec 15th Jenifer Ballard, Jacqueline Hinds, Teresa Hughes, and
Dec 16th Beth Lee, Karen Smith, and Dian Taylor
Dec 17th Billy Hinds and Alice Reed
Jennifer Brown, Jaycee Jayne Caldwell, Richard Craft, Ruth Craft, John Decker, Robert Dudley, Renotta Frachiseur, Guido Hibdon, Dr. Mark Holbrook, Steve Johnson, Sandy Martin, 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, Johnny Ingram, 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.
If you would like to add or remove anyone from the prayer list, please contact the Church Office at 256-586-5792.