Connecting Points – January 22, 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 25th is sloppy joes, pigs in a blanket, curly fries, baked beans, salad, and desserts.

Leadership Summit – The 2017 Church Council Leadership Summit is today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm 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!

IF: Arab Women’s Conference – “Our dream is that we would experience the power of God as He does big things through simple acts of faith. That we live unified, surrendered to God, not just in our minds and in our theology, but also in our daily lives. Our hope is that we would participate with the Spirit of God and see Him go forth in our generation in a most powerful way.” This 2-day gathering brings together women from all over the world to humbly seek God and to equip them to better live out their callings. We seek to model, resource, and empower women so that they create fresh, honest spaces in their local contexts to wrestle with essential questions of faith. At IF:Arab, we invite you to come as you are to worship and deepen your relationship with God surrounded by women who are diversely unique and desiring the same simple love. For more information contact Brooke Hemphill 256.640.3292 or

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 on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm.

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.

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.



Jan 21st         Wayne & Barbara Trimble                   

Jan 27th         Mark & Stephanie McWhirter


Jan 22nd       Charles Jacobs

Jan 23rd       Doris Adler, Dawn Liebner, Marc Scarbrough, and Nicole Vickers
Jan 24th        Samantha Brassell and Michael Landry

Jan 27th        Janet Calhoun

Jan 28th       Christopher Kelley, Gertrude Proud, Hayleigh Walters, and Payton Tanner
and Payton Tanner


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

Jennifer Black, Joan Howard and Sandy Martin

Health and Healing

John Winston Clark, Dianne Creel, John Decker, Linda Hart, Ernest Holley, and Johnny Ingra






To Attend the IF: ARAB Women’s Conference,

please register online:

If you are unable register online, please turn in this form to the AFUMC front office with payment of $17. Scholarships are available for attendees.

For more info, contact Brooke Hemphill, 256-640-3292 or


Name: __________________________

Phone: __________________________
E-mail: __________________________


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