Connecting Points – January 1, 2017

Taking down the decorations in the Sanctuary – We need volunteers to help take down the decorations in the Sanctuary.  We need to do this on Tuesday, January 3rd, since there will be a wedding at our Church on the 7th. We will start at 9:00 am, but join us as your schedule permits and help as long as you can. We need lots of hands so bring a friend!

Church Office Holiday Closing Dates – The Church Office will be closed January 2nd in observance of New Year’s Day.

Prayers for the Ghana Mission Team – Our Ghana Mission Team from Arab First UMC left December 26th and will return on January 5th. This year, we will see the completed barn that we worked on last year and we will be improving the water and filtering system as well as visiting the Eugemot orphanage and doing food relief in villages. We will be visiting the Methodist Church in Hohoe where Pastor Steve has been asked to preach today. Members of the Ghana mission team are Steve West, Marc Scarbrough, Lisa Sloan, Tarah Sloan, Hannah Shirley, Josh Millwood, Jill Hinds, Caitlyn Scarborough, Dr. Robert Burton, Brian ODell, and Lois ODell. Please keep us held in your prayers. Pastor Steve will be posting pictures on Facebook each day to help us keep in touch with those we are praying for.

Flower Calendar for 2017 – Please get in touch with the church office to reserve Sundays on the altar flower calendar for 2017. Fresh flowers bless our worship life and are a wonderful way to do something in honor or memory of someone special. Here are the details: There are two arrangements each Sunday (you may reserve one or both). The first one to reserve an arrangement for a Sunday chooses the florist for that Sunday. Buddy’s Flowers provides a standard, classic arrangement, and costs $35 per arrangement. Scott’s Urban Earth can provide a standard $35 arrangement or coordinate with you to provide a custom-designed arrangement.

Confirmation 2017Confirmation 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 any older youth who haven’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.

“Laugh Again” Study – Beginning on January 11th “When did life stop being funny?” Charles (Chuck) R. Swindoll asks. The answers are found in his best-selling book, “Laugh Again”, which speaks to all the busy, joy-drained people – from the pressured businessman to the harried homemaker. In “Laugh Again” readers will discover ways to live in the present, say “no” to negativism and realize that while no one’s life is perfect, joy and humor can definitely be inspirational! Swindoll effectively links the gospel with today’s many challenges in an effort to show us how to find and keep our personal joy. Come join this enlightening, uplifting class starting Wednesday evening, January 11th at 6:00 p.m. For further details or to get your copy of the book contact Nancy Stewart, 256/586-0351.

Letters and Papers from Prison” Bible Study – Join Pastor Steve for an adventure with Paul in Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. So many famous people wrote from a jail cell, from Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Martin Luther King, Jr. How did persecution affect Paul’s writings? What do they say to those of us “imprisoned” in 21st century culture? We start on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 pm. There is no homework and you can come anytime!

JAAM Kids – JAAM is on Christmas Break and will resume on January 11th.

Philippians Study to Begin January 12th – What is the difference between happiness and joy? Some would say there is no difference but at closer inspection and reflection we learn that unlike happiness which can be fleeting, joy runs deeper and stronger. It is the quiet, confident assurance of God’s love and work in our lives – that He will be there no matter what. Happiness depends on happenings but joy depends on Christ! Philippians is Paul’s joy letter in the Bible. The Philippians had played a very important role in Paul’s growth as a Christian leader and so he wrote them a personal expression of his love and affection – the Book of Philippians. This special book of the Bible emphasizes the real joy of the Christian life……its pages actually radiate the positive message of love, joy and hope. On Thursday, January 12th the Women’s Bible Study will embark on a study of this very special book. We meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Sisters Classroom Downstairs – come enjoy great conversation, tasty food and lively discussion! For more information contact Nancy Stewart at conversation, tasty food and lively discussion! For more information contact Nancy Stewart.

Discovery Weekend – Please pray for our youth as they attend Discovery Weekend starting on January 13th. There will be a prayer service in the Sanctuary on January 14th at 2:00pm that everyone is welcome to attend.

Young-in-Heart Meeting on January 19th – The Young-in-Heart will meet January 19th at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. This will be a planning time for the 2017-2018 year, so bring some good suggestions for meetings. Lunch will be a “Blue Plate” special meal with Southern “soul” foods and fried fish and chicken provided from your dues. Please sign up at the “sign-up-table” to bring a dish of home cooked vegetables or a dessert of homemade pie.

Leadership Summit – The 2017 Church Council is asked to mark your calendars for Sunday, January 22, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm for our annual Leadership Summit with the pastor. The meeting will be in the church fellowship hall. We will be evaluating progress on goals set at our last Leadership Summit and developing ministry goals and objectives for this coming year.

President of Birmingham-Southern College to Visit Our Church – On Sunday, January 22, our special guest for the morning will be Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, the new president of United Methodist related Birmingham-Southern College. She will be with us for morning worship services, so be sure and plan on attending!

 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.


Jan 1st     Lee & Whitney Michael

Jan 4th     Jack & Barbara Traylor and James & Cathy Golden


Jan 1st    Chris Hemphill, Vicki Hestley, and Callie Wilson

Jan 2nd   Terry Doss, Cathy Freeman, Glenn McNeal, Joanie Reynolds, Anna Taffar, and Lisa Vickers

Jan 3rd      Zachary Malone and Garrett Talbot

Jan 4th      Herbert Cleveland, Timothy Guthrie, and Brent Shedd

Jan 5th      Jennifer Talbot and Samuel Tankersley

Jan 6th      Carla Cook, Eloise Dobbs, Maliea Hill, Mary Hunter, Barbara Leak, and Chase McCain

Jan 7th       Brian Landry and Jeff Malone


Cancer Treatment

Jennifer Brown, Jaycee Jayne Caldwell, Richard Craft, John Decker, Robert Dudley, Renotta Frachiseur, Tammy Fritz, Guido Hibdon, Dr. Mark Holbrook, Joan Howard, 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, John Winston 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, 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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