Connecting Points – April 9, 2017

Join your friends at Arab First UMC for the holy moments of the season! See inside for more details on these events.

Palm Sunday Lunch and Egg Hunt Today!
Church-wide Spaghetti Meal and Easter Egg Hunt for Children
Today at 12:00 noon

Living Last Supper
Dramatic Reenactment of the Upper Room Communion Experience
Wednesday and Thursday, April 12 and 13, at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Service
A Night of Light and Darkness Hearing the Crucifixion Story
Friday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m.

We will also support our community Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 16, at 6:15 a.m. at New Brashiers Chapel UMC.

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

Church Office closed for Good Friday – The church office will be closed in observance of Good Friday on Friday, April 14th.

Nicky James Appointed as Our Associate Pastor – Our prayers and appreciation go to Roy and Kathy Bryant as he retires from ministry to focus on his health. Roy will serve as our associate pastor until the end of June. We are happy that Rev. Nicky James has been appointed as our new associate pastor. Nicky and Lynn are the parents of our former ministry intern Ben James, and for the past five years he has been serving as part-time local pastor of Bethel UMC in Eva. His first Sunday with us will be July 2. Welcome, Nicky and Lynn!

Site Development Proposal The Building Committee’s proposed site development plan is on display in the gathering area for review and discussion.

We are considering three future phases, but can build the first two in either order, with the third phase being a family life center. The following are our options for the first phase:

The first option is the two story building, which would house nursery, preschool, and children on the top floor and youth on the bottom. This would create new adult classes and a choir suite in former children’s areas.
The second more fiscally conservative option is the one-floor building for youth, adjacent to a future multi-purpose center (built later). The children and choir would not move at this time.

Either option includes the open, central lobby and the portico.

No decisions will be made at this time. The priority of the church is to pay off the debt before embarking on new construction.

Please keep this lifted up for prayer, discussion, and discernment.

David Hall Begins as Interim Youth Ministry Director – David Hall will now be serving as our part-time Interim Youth Ministry Director for the next few months while we plan our next steps. We are so delighted that Coach Hall is willing to serve in this way and look forward to great days ahead for our expanding youth program!

The supper menu for Wednesday NightThe supper menu for Wednesday, April 12th is tacos, Mexican cornbread, nachos, and desserts.

Circle #2 Meeting – Circle #2 will meet tomorrow, April 10th at 10:00am in the Fellowship Hall.

Community Lenten Services – The last Lenten Lunch with the Arab Ministerial Association is this Wednesday. The brief service 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!

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

On April 16th, there will be an Easter Sunrise Service at New Brashiers United Methodist with Scott Campbell preaching at 6:15 am.

Living Last SupperJoin us for a powerful and moving Holy Week evening.  As darkness falls, voices hush, mood-setting music plays and a spotlight shines upon 12 performers role-playing the disciples.  This profound performance presents a personal perspective on the relationships between Jesus and his followers culminating in Jesus singing the Lord’s Prayer.  Join us for the Living Last Supper on April 12 and 13, at 7:00 p.m. a moving Holy Week worship experience. Please be in prayer for the gentlemen working on their parts, and Justin who will be singing the Lord’s Prayer a cappela for this performance.

Young -In-HeartYoung-In-Heart, the Senior Adult Ministry of AFUMC will have its next meeting on Thursday April 20th.  We will gather in the Fellowship Hall at 10:30 to renew acquaintances and welcome newcomers and guests.  We will then car pool to Arab High School, due to limited parking to enjoy the AHS Jazz Band.  They will be giving us a preview of their work to be presented during their Spring Concert later that evening.  The Jazz Band is directed by our own Paul Tallent. Following the performance we will head for lunch at “Grumpy’s Restaurant”.

ACTIVATE ConferenceMark your calendars for Saturday, April 29 for a mission conference to be held here at AFUMC. Sponsored by The Mission Society Global, you will discover how you are uniquely called to reach your community and your world. Empowered by strong Biblical foundations and principles, you will discover new opportunities to GO on mission with God and how you can be activated to reach out to others. Not only will you as an individual be activated, but our church family as a whole can impact the world as we work together to reach others. This event is free and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on April 29.  Lunch will be provided.  To help plan for lunch and materials, please RSVP by calling the church office at 256-586-5792.

JAAM Kids Program on April 30th – Have you heard of Francis of Assisi, John Newton, Edward Perronet, Augustus Toplady, Fanny Crosby or Anna Warner? They are famous hymn writers and fascinating personalities. Our JAAM children will share a bit about these great people and the great hymns they wrote on April 30th at 5:00 pm.

Scholarships for Summer Camp at Sumatanga – Arab First UMC is offering $100 scholarships (one per student per year) for children and youth who are involved in our church and who wish to go to summer camp at Sumatanga. Parents should register and pay online or by mail, then bring the registration confirmation materials to the church office for a reimbursement of the scholarship amount. Please note that in addition to this scholarship, Sumatanga offers a three-tiered pricing structure to assist you. See the “Branching Out” summer camp materials on the hospitality table for summer camp options and more details.

Operation Christmas Child – It’s not too early.  Please notice the Operation Christmas Child Collection boxes near our church entrances.  This month, March, we are asking members to focus on bringing small toys, e.g., little bags of Legos, Barbie dolls, small nerf balls, matchbox cars, small stuffed animals, etc.  We will be collecting different items each month, then scheduling a church packing party in early November.  Just drop your donations in the boxes.



Apr 9th       Michael & Patricia Kirkpatrick

Apr 11th     Kenneth & Robin Gregory

Apr 12th     Mark & Heather Brazelton



Apr 9th       Janey Knutson

Apr 10th     James Johnson, John Johnson, and Shane Reed

Apr 11th     Amanda Holley, Mark Holmes, and Tyler Orr

Apr 12th     Elizabeth Chafin, Tiffany Elrod, Melissa Foley, Gaynelle Nunnelley, and Dana Willingham
Apr 13th     Kevin Brown, Leah Hipp, Carl Martin, and Brian Nelson

Apr 14th     Scott Walls

Apr 15th     Margaret Arroll, Kaleigh Durham, Ronnie Hanes, Linda Hart, Mary Holley, Alyce Marshall, and William Mullins


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, Greg Burkhead, Jaycee-Jayne Caldwell, Nancy Ellsworth, Tim Guthrie, Caroline Hestley, Billy Hinds, Joan Howard, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Joseph Morris, Aaron Oberle, Jeff Stebbins, and Gary Yessick

Health and Healing

John Albritten, Jimmy Brooks and his Grandmother, Roy Bryant, Haley Casey, Pam Cooper, Dianne Creel, John Decker, John Handley, Caroline Hinds, Johnny Ingram, Sherria Isom, Paxton & Kellen Nash, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, and Barbara Yantzi


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