Connecting Points – January 15, 2017

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

Church Office Closed Tomorrow – The Church Office will be closed on Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The supper menu for Wednesday Night, January 18th is Breakfast Night. We will serve eggs benedict casserole, biscuits & gravy, bacon & sausage, and fruit.

Wednesday Night Meal Tickets – We are going to start offering a meal ticket for Wednesday night dinners. This meal ticket allows you to purchase meals at a discounted rate. Adult meal tickets are 10 meals for $60.00 and a child ticket is 10 meals for $40.00. We will keep the meal tickets at church, so you won’t have to keep up with them. You may purchase your tickets from the office or on Wednesday nights.  We are really excited about this and hope it is a benefit for everyone.

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 began in January, in order to keep the quality strong.

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 classic arrangement, and he typically charges a standard $25 per arrangement.

– Scott’s Urban Earth may provide a classic arrangement for a standard $35 per arrangement, or they can provide a designer arrangement. Your family would negotiate the design and cost with the florist.

Men’s Wednesday Night Bible Study – Our newest resource is “33 The Series.” It is a multi-volume, gospel-centered video series that presents the timeless truths of Authentic Manhood in a powerfully new and engaging way. It includes new insightful teaching, inspiring testimonies, expert interviews and multiple creative features. As a man experiences the different volumes of 33, he will find himself building a vision for Authentic Manhood in his own life that is built on the gospel of Jesus Christ and was modeled by Him in His 33 years on earth. Marc Scarbrough will be the facilitator and it will be in room 121.

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.

Room in the Inn T-shirts – If you would like to order a Room in the Inn T-shirt, please contact the Church Office. They are gray and navy baseball shirts. On the front in red lettering they say “Love Your Neighbors Y’all”. You may see a sample of the shirt in the Church Office. They are $20 and sizes S – 3X are available. All proceeds benefit Room in the Inn. Checks may be made to Arab First UMC.

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.

UMM Breakfast – The UMM will have our next breakfast on January 29th at 7:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Our speaker will be Rebecca Morris.  Mrs. Morris serves as the Vice President of External Affairs for the United Methodist Children’s Home.  The cost is $8 and we are looking forward to a large turnout to help support this outstanding organization.

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!

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 soon. Landscaping will be added to shield it from view.

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



Jan 21st         Stephen & Kara Shea Beard and Wayne & Barbara Trimble                   



Jan 15th        Katherine Brassell and Wesley Hart                   

Jan 16th        Aiden Grace, Katie Jones, Alison Kirkpatrick, James Martin, and Tommy Taylor                   

Jan 17th        Dalton Clayton, Riley McCoy, Phyllis McGruder, and  Josh Shumate                   

Jan 18th        Randy Linn and Mitzi Marbry                   

Jan 19th        Deborah Hilty, Bonnie Hitt, and Wayne Kendrick                   

Jan 20th        R. Kyle Winslett

Jan 21st        Joey Reynolds and Olin Walters


In order to keep our prayer list up to date we have started over since it is a new year.  If you would like to add someone to the Health and Healing list or Cancer Treatment list please complete the prayer cards in the pews, call the Church Office (256-586-5792) or email the Church Office at

Cancer Treatment

Joan Howard

Health and Healing

John Winston Clark, Dianne Creel, Linda Hart, Ernest Holley, Johnny Ingram, and Alma Martin


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