Connecting Points – May 21, 2017

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!

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 opportunity to pray with someone, no matter the time of day.

There’s a New Key to the Kitchen! To help us be better stewards of our church kitchen, we have changed the locks on both the interior and exterior kitchen doors. The kitchen will now be locked when not in use. There is a small key box at the interior entrance containing the key for anyone who has permission to use it. Our kitchen manager, Terry Z., will keep the list of those who have access. If you would like to use the kitchen for your ministry, contact Terry at or 256-486-5183 to register and be given the code. Please be sure and lock the key back in the box after each use.

Sunday School Teachers Needed – We currently need a teacher for the 4th Sunday in the PreK class; 2nd and 3rd Sundays in the K/1 class; summer substitute for 2/3 class; July substitute for 4/5 class. Please help out. Our children need you! Volunteering one Sunday will make a difference.

Senior Recognition Day – Today is Senior Recognition Sunday during the 10:55 am worship service, with a meal following the service in the fellowship hall for seniors and their families. There will also be a Baccalaureate Service sponsored by the Arab Area Ministerial Association at 3:00 p.m. This year, it will be held at Gilliam Springs Baptist Church.

Thank you!$828 was raised for Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) at the annual AFUMC Relay for Life yard sale held on May 13.  Thank you for the donations, the help, and the support.  Not only was money raised for Relay for Life, donated items not sold were further donated to TESA and Liberty’s Thrift Store to continue to bless and help others.  Don’t forget that Marshall County Relay for Life will be held on Friday, June 9 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Arab Soccer Fields.

Thank you from Bruce & JoAn Taylor – Thank you so very much for the beautiful prayer shawl. It is a visible sign of the love, support, and prayers of a remarkable and caring church family. Many thanks also to the “Prayer Warriors” at Arab AFUMC. God truly does give His attention to the prayers of those who love their neighbors as well as loving him. “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16 NIV

VBS Kick-off Meeting – The VBS Kick-off Meeting will be held on May 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. If you would like to help in any way, please attend this meeting.

Circle #2 Meeting – Circle #2 will leave from the church at 1:30 pm on Thursday, May 25th to go to Golden Living Nursing Home’s birthday party. Also, this will be the last Circle #2 meeting until sometime in September.

Church Office Closed – The church office will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.

Church-Wide Picnic June 7 with Welcome Party for the James’s – Join us Wednesday, June 7 at Arab City Park for a church picnic with Pastor Nicky James and his wife Lynn as our special guests of honor! Pastor Nicky is preparing to serve AFUMC as Associate Pastor. The picnic will be held in the large covered shelter and will be from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Methodist Men will be grilling the meat with attendees asked to bring a side dish.  Swimming will be available at the city pool from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bingo with prizes will be available for adults.

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.

Site Development Proposal The Building Committee’s proposed Site Development Plan is on display in the gathering area. There is an explanation on display to help you discuss and pray about our next steps.

May 21st    Jeremy Couch, Missy Flack, JR Grace, and Noah Scott

May 22nd   Jack Bishop and Jessica Wesolek

May 23rd    Kelli Gregory and Casey Ramage

May 24th     Debby Heidt and Steve Skeen

May 25th    Harrison Bishop, Hensley Elrod, Rachel Grimes, Cameron McClendon, Denise Snider, James Walley, Curtis Williams IV, and Matthew Willis

May 26th     Cody Black

May 27th     Laura Creel




May 21st    Will & Lauren Harding

May 25th    Charles & Linda Grizzard, Johnny & Marsha Tidmore, and Colin & Deborah Walls

May 26th    Arthur & Louise Hudson III

May 27th    Marlon & Lisa Sloan


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, Anna Beth Whitehorn, 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, Sherria Isom, Patricia McDowell, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, and Avery Tincher


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