Connecting Points – February 29, 2017

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

Do you drive the Church van?  – According to our new policies, we must have a copy of your driver’s license and insurance at the church office. This is required for everyone who drives the church van. Please come by the church office to register as a driver.

Safe Sanctuary Background Check Money – If you haven’t turned in the $12 fee for your safe sanctuary background check, please turn it in to the church office as soon as possible.

The supper menu for Wednesday Night, March 1st is tuna noodle casserole, green beans, pimento cheese sandwiches, salad, and desserts.

Ash Wednesday Service – On Wednesday, March 1, at 6:00 pm we will begin Lent with our Ash Wednesday Service. The service will feature candlelight, Taize music, and meditation. Adult classes are invited to attend after Wednesday night supper.

Community Lenten Services – The Arab Ministerial Association is once again sponsoring community Lenten lunches! We will meet on the Wednesdays of Lent. The brief services will begin at noon and lunch will be served at about 12:30 pm. Come take your lunch hour to share with other Christians of Arab!

March 1st – Community Church / Mike Shirley, preaching

March 8th – First United Methodist / Steve Funderburk, preaching

March 15th – Gilliam Springs Baptist / Josh Garmany, preaching

March 22nd – First Baptist / Keith Parker, preaching

March 29th – Truth Church / Clint Landry, preaching

April 5th – Old Brashiers / Keith Hodges, preaching

April 12th – Pleasant Valley Baptist / Tim Lynch, preaching

At the conclusion of the series, there will be an Easter Sunrise Service at New Brashiers United Methodist with Scott Campbell preaching.

Lent and Lent StudiesMarch 1st begins the season of Lent with the observance of Ash Wednesday.  Lent is a time to contemplate what our Lord and Savior did for each and every one of us when he endured crucifixion and death on the cross for our sins.  But, as people of faith, we know the story did not end there as we look ahead to the celebration of Jesus resurrection on Easter Sunday, April 16th.  Take part in one of four Lent studies being offered this year at AFUMC.  From exploring Jesus’ Final Words From The Cross (a Adam Hamilton study led by Myles Teston on Wednesday nights starting March 8 at 6pm) to Preparing My Heart For Easter (a 10 am Thursday morning woman’s study starting March 5), there is a Lent study and meeting time for everyone. Lent studies will also be offered on Sunday mornings at 930am (Randy Tucker leading) and 1055am (Chris Hemphill leading.)

Church-Wide Luncheon – On Sunday March 5th, the United Methodist Men will sponsor a barbecue chicken luncheon.  Plates will consist of chicken, 2 sides, bread, dessert, and a drink.  The cost will be $8.  Plates will be available after the 9:30 service.   This luncheon helps fund our numerous projects including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Habitat for Humanity, Room in the Inn, and scholarships for Arab High School students.

Major Update From Building Committee Sunday, March 5 – Our Building Committee is ready to present a tentative site development plan for everyone’s discussion and feedback. We are inviting you to come to one of two identical meetings on Sunday, March 5, in the Fellowship Hall. The first will be at 12:30 pm for those who would enjoy staying for the tail end of the chicken lunch fundraiser hosted by the Methodist Men. The second identical meeting will be at 5:30 pm the same day. Make plans to come! We need your voice regarding exciting possibilities for our future in ministry! If you are unfamiliar with the Study Committee report that has brought us to this point, we encourage you to have a look. You can find it at the top of our website at

IF:Arab Follow Up – March 5th – We had such a wonderful experience hosting IF:Arab, a women’s conference, at our church recently. It was a powerful, encouraging time gathering together with 58 Christian women in fellowship and study. IF:Gathering remains true to the mission of equipping and releasing women into the world to make disciples.  In keeping with that same mission, we will be offering the next IF:Gathering bible study on Sunday

evenings, beginning March 5th, at 5:30 PM, facilitated by Brooke Hemphill.  This is a 7 week long study called Enjoying Jesus: 12 Experiences That Will Draw You Closer. We will walk through spiritual disciplines outlined in the Bible, meant to draw us closer to Jesus.


“Busyness, numbness, and so many other things get in-between us and experiencing nearness with Christ. The good news is that God has given us very simple tools that will help us experience His presence in the ordinary everyday moments of our lives. In our time, these moments are unpublished, quiet, and hidden from the view of our followers, family, and friends. These are the tried-and-true tools used by the Church for thousands of years to draw near to God experience the full, abundant life He calls us to. It’s when we choose these things that we experience Him, and when we do that, everything changes.”

Join us on March 5th for an introduction to the study and other exciting news on the IF:Arab front. Check out the bulletin board next to the elevator for information and additional resources and tools from IF:Gathering!

Baby Bottle Boomerang – From Psalm 127:3 we read:  Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.  Through the Real Life Pregnancy Center here in Marshall County, you have the opportunity to support moms, their babies’ needs and the medical clinic.  Simply pick up a baby bottle located in baskets by the church office entrance and in the narthex (hallway outside the sanctuary by the tower entrance) and fill the bottle with coins, cash, or checks made to Real Life Pregnancy Center.  Then return the filled bottles to the church office.  All donations of $25 or more can receive a tax receipt; place your name and address in the bottle with the donations.  For more information call 878-1300 or 486-2090.

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.


Feb 26th   Bobby & Tammy Cleveland

Feb 28th   Roye & Alyce Marshall


Feb 26th   R.L. Barker, Tyler Brown, and Peggy Grace

Feb 27th   Don Chafin & Rickey Loveland

Mar 1st     Jacob Heflin, Davis Lee, Margaret Orr, Bill Privett, and Kerrie Washburn

Mar 3rd    Tammy Anderson, John Hall, and Chelsea Young

Mar 4th     Dana Jacobs & Jackson Martin


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

Nikki Barry, Jennifer Brown, Jaycee-Jayne Caldwell, Nancy Ellsworth, Tim Guthrie, Joan Howard, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Jeff Stebbins, and Gary Yessick

Health and Healing

John Albritten, Roy Bryant, Haley Casey, Dianne Creel, John Decker, Linda Hart, Billy and Caroline Hinds, Johnny Ingram, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, and Barbara Yantzi



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