Connecting Points – April 30, 2017

Don’t Miss Upcoming “Awakening” Sundays!

May 7 – Lay Leader Sunday & Randy Tucker

May 14 – Mother’s Day

May 21 – Graduation Recognition Sunday

Random Act of Kindness Cards – Pick up a card every week from a display in our gathering areas. Use it to share the love of Christ in a surprising, creative, and unexpected way!

ACTIVATE mission sessions – Join us at 9:30 am and 10:55 am in the fellowship hall for sessions to further explore loving our neighbor through prayer and help answer the “who is our neighbor?” as we become activated and GO on mission with God.  These sessions are sponsored by The Mission Society Global who conducted our ACTIVATE mission conference yesterday at the church.

The Spring JAAM program is tonight! – The program is at 5:00 in the sanctuary with a potluck following in the fellowship hall.

PROGRAM-Children should be in the music room at 4:30.

POTLUCK-Meat, tea and water will be provided.  Parents of: K’s please bring Capri Suns for kids’ drinks.  1st-2nd grade please bring a dessert and 3rd-5th please bring a side dish.

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 tonight at 5:00 pm.

Upper Room Prayer Line – The phone number for the Upper Room Prayer Line is 1-800-251-2468. This line is staffed 24/7 and gives you an immediate opportunity to pray with someone, no matter the time of day.

Sunday School Teacher Needed – We currently need a teacher for the 4yr/5yr/Pre-K Sunday School class for 4th and 5th Sundays.  If you would be willing to serve in this capacity, please contact Heather Tallent.  All materials are provided.

The supper menu for Wednesday NightThe supper menu for Wednesday, May 3rd is chicken fingers, baked potatoes, green beans, rolls, and desserts.

JAAM Information – JAAM sessions end with an End of Year Party on May 3rd.  We will resume JAAM in August.  Registration Forms for JAAM 2017-2018 will be available the week of VBS through August 1.  For planning purposes JAAM sessions will begin on    August 16, 2017.   If you have questions please contact Debby Heidt, Jami Russell or Heather Tallent.

Angel Choir Program – The Angel Choir (our 3 years to Kindergarten Wednesday night children) will share a short program on May 3 at 6:00 pm.  The program will last about 15 minutes and we invite the congregation and parents to join us.  No special dress for this program and please have children in the music room by 5:45. If you have questions please contact Debby Heidt, Jami Russell or Heather Tallent.

Youth Shrimp & Crab Boil – The youth group will have a shrimp & crab boil on May 7th at 6:00 pm at the youth house. The 2017 confirmation class and their families are also invited to attend and be welcomed. Mitch Stone will be cooking for this event.

New Sunday School Study! – On May 7th the FAMILY Sunday School class will begin a new study.  Seamless by Angie Smith is a 7 session study geared to help us better understand the Bible as one complete story…sixty-six books connected as one beautiful, seamless thread. The FAMILY class meets at 9:30 am in room #117 and is facilitated by Josh and Mary Shumate.

Luminaria for Relay for Life Luminaria in honor or memory of someone who has been effected by cancer can be ordered by completing the luminaria bulletin insert.  The luminaria will be lit at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life this Friday, May 5 at the Arab Soccer Fields.  The suggested luminaria donation amount is $10 per each.  The Relay starts at 5:00 pm with the luminaria ceremony to be held at approximately 9:00 pm.

Spring Cleaning = Annual AFUMC Yard Sale = Support Local Missions! Please keep the annual AFUMC Relay for Life yard sale in mind as you do your spring cleaning and are wondering what to do with those spare items. The yard sale will be held on Saturday, May 13 from 8am to 12 noon. Contact Dawn Liebner with any questions. (Due to numerous weekend events and the desire to attend the Relay itself, the yard sale will be held the weekend after the actual Relay. Financial support for the American Cancer Society and the Relay is appreciated year round.

Dinner Honoring Roy & Kathy Bryant – Join us Wednesday, May 17 at 5:15 PM (normal Wednesday night meal and gathering time) when we honor Pastor Roy Bryant and his wife Kathy in a time of food and fellowship as we bid them farewell and thank them for all their time with us at Arab First United Methodist Church.

Young-in-Heart – Young-In-Heart will have its next get-together on Thursday, May 18th.  We will gather by the church office entrance at 9:15 to renew acquaintances and prepare to board the church van.  The first 13 people to sign up indicating they wish to ride the van will be accommodated. Others signing up may car pool. At 9:30 we will be off to visit historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee.

Reservations must be made no later than May 7, 2017 so we may reserve space at the restaurant. You will select and buy your own lunch from the menu and this will be your only cost for the day unless you wish to purchase things in the shops.

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


Operation Christmas Child – Please notice the Operation Christmas Child Collection boxes near our church entrances. For the month of May, we are asking members to focus on bringing hygiene items.

We will be collecting different items each month through November.

Just drop your donations in the marked boxes.



May 2nd     Lenny & Lane Franklin, Ronnie & Adele Hanes

May 4th      Glenn & Bobbie Segers, Alan & Deena Washam

May 5th      Jonathan & Tracy Bond, William Jr. & Tiffany Loftis

May 6th      Christopher & Chasity Kelley, Tyler & Kenley Orr



Apr 30th      Scott Beard, Elizabeth Brodhage, Seth Bryan, and Wesley Hohn

May 1st        Keeley Bradford

May 2nd        Nick Snider

May 3rd         Taylor Ferguson

May 4th          Kathy Brown, Betty Holley, Jonathan Hyatt, and Clayton Liebner

May 5th       Scotty Hawk, Christine Hodges, and Joyce Marcotte

May 6th          Johnny Hart, Burma Hinson, and B.K. Walker


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, Becky Deese(sister of Elise Brasseale), Nancy Ellsworth, Tim Guthrie, Caroline Hestley, Billy Hinds, Joan Howard, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Joseph Morris, Aaron Oberle, Margaret Peterson, Jeff Stebbins, and Gary Yessick

Health and Healing

John Albritten, Autumn Alexander, Roger Brady, Jimmy Brooks and his Grandmother, Roy Bryant, Haley Casey, Pam Cooper, Dianne Creel, John Decker, John Handley, Caroline Hinds, Johnny Ingram, Sherria Isom, Randy Linn, Patricia McDowell, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, and Barbara Yantzi








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