Connecting Points – May 7, 2017

Don’t Miss Upcoming “Awakening” Sundays!

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!


Pastor Steve on vacation! – Pastor Steve is out of town this coming week. If you have an urgent pastoral need, please call the church office and Jessica will be in touch with Pastors Steve and Roy.

Thank you from Tim Guthrie – To AFUMC Family, Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for the cards, letters, well wishes and especially the prayers from all of the folks at AFUMC. Bolstered by this prayer, I was never anxious, nervous, or afraid. You all requested and God responded. Thank you so much! Love to all!

LifeSouth Blood Drive Today! – There will be a blood drive from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm today in the lower level parking lot. All donors will receive a gift. Help give the gift of life!

New Sunday School Study starts today! – Today 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.

Youth Shrimp & Crab Boil Tonight– The youth group will have a shrimp & crab boil tonight 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.

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 10th is baked ziti, salad, green beans, garlic bread, and desserts.

Spring Cleaning = Annual AFUMC Yard Sale = Support Local Missions! Relay for Life has been rescheduled to June 9th

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.

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 by today, 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. Please sign up at the sign-up table.

Grace Place Program – Grace Place will have their children’s program on May 18th at 4:30 pm. Everyone is invited!

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 – For the month of May, we are asking members to focus on bringing hygiene items. Just drop your donations in the marked boxes.


May 12th    Jimmy & Nella Howard, Rory & Katie Jones



May 7th    Jonathan Bond, Bill Brasseale, Mercedes Cleveland, Stephanie Covert, and Anna Quillin

May 8th    Anna Breen, Fisher Shelton, and Leslie Wright    

May 10th  Cindy Belrose, Williams Franklin, Kelly Houston, Jami Russell, and Edna Stafford                                           

May 11th    Kimberley Holmes and Jimmy Reeves

May 12th   Zoey Carr and Roger Marbry

May 13th     Denine Jacobs and Anne Johnson



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, Robert Millard, Joseph Morris, Aaron Oberle, Margaret Peterson, Jeff Stebbins, and Gary Yessick

Health and Healing

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 Avery Tincher




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