Connecting Points – January 8, 2017

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

The supper menu for Wednesday Night, January 11th is Meatloaf/Mini Corn Dogs, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Fried Okra, Salad, Rolls, and Desserts.

Children’s Church – Children’s Church will start back next Sunday, January 15th. Children’s Church will be for those in 1st grade and younger. This decision was made at the November Parent Meeting.

VBS 2017 – We are planning for VBS 2017. Ms. Heather needs your preferences on dates. Please let her know which of the following dates you prefer: Week of June 5th, July 10th, or July 17th.

Confirmation 2017Confirmation classes will start tonight at 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.

Ghana Mission Trip Meal and Praise Report! Everyone is invited to a church-wide fellowship meal and Ghana mission trip praise report on Sunday, January 29, at 6:30 pm. We will eat in the fellowship hall and free-will donations will be accepted toward next year’s trip projects. After the meal, we will head to the sanctuary for the presentation. Come and hear how your prayers have been answered and lives have been touched through this year’s trip!

Jennifer Saunder’s Home Team Sheets – We would like to remind anyone who needs to pick up or pay for their sheets that they can do so in the church office.  Also, if you would like to return your pie plate or cookie plate from the bake sale, they can be dropped off at the office.  If you would like to donate pie/cookie plates, we would love to have them!  We would like to thank everyone who helped support Jennifer’s mission through their contributions to the Home Team fundraisers this past year.  Each fundraiser was a wonderful success.  God Bless, Jennifer Saunders Home Team

War Room Bible Study – The War Room Bible Study will begin this morning. This study 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 will start back this week on Wednesday, January 11th.

Inductive Bible Study-Colossians – Inductive Bible study seeks to bring you directly to the Word of God apart from another’s understanding or interpretation of the text”.  In this study, we will look at God’s message in the book of Colossians, using the method of inductive study.  This class will explore the themes and meanings found in Colossians through observation, interpretation, and application of the Scripture.  There is no fee or book for this class. This study will be facilitated by Jennifer Saunders in room 102.

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.

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.

Announcing Youth Space Expansion – 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.


Jan 8th      Roy & Kathy Bryant

Jan 13th    Joe & Sue West



Jan 8th      Bruce Biggard, Mollie Bond, and Lem Carter

Jan 9th      Sherria Isom

Jan 10th      Marie Anderton, Jacqueline Jones, Lisa Martin, and Shane Withey

Jan 11th      Jacob Brannon, Lavelle Finlayson, and Kim Landry

Jan 12th      Jordan Jones, Michelle Mullins, and William Townsend

Jan 13th     Pam Cooper and Laura Liebner

Jan 14th      Joyce DeWeerth and Barbara Yantzi

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, Linda Hart, 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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