Connecting Points – June 4, 2017

Church-Wide Picnic June 7 with Welcome Party for the James’s – Please bring a dish! 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 preparing to serve 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.

Come to Opening Worship at Annual Conference Today! – This year, Annual Conference will be held in Huntsville again. You are invited to the opening celebration for this gathering of clergy and delegates from the approximately 750 churches of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. It will be today, June 4, at 4:00 p.m. at the Van Braun Civic Center (North Hall). Our choir will participate in the mass choir. Come and join us.

Loops of Love – Loops of Love will not meet on Wednesday, June 7th.

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. If you have a prayer need you would like our local Prayer Warriors to be in prayer for, you can simply contact us by one of three ways – you can fill out the Prayer Request card found in each pew and place it in the offering plate, call the church office or enter your request on the AFUMC website. Prayer is very powerful and our Prayer Warrior Teams want to help you in any way possible.

Reach out to others by volunteering at the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse on Wednesday, June 28!  – We are seeking folks of all ages and all abilities to join us.  Whether you can wiggle a finger or clap your hands, tap your toes or dance a jig…join us as there are things to do for one and all.  We will meet at the church at 8:00 am, do volunteer work at the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse in Decatur until lunch, and eat in Decatur before returning home.  The contact person is Dawn Liebner.

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.

New Youth Space Opening Soon! – Our youth are incredibly important to our church and we are committed to provide them room to grow between now and a future building project! In June, we are redesigning the interior of the existing storage building on the back of our property (near the youth house) so it can help accommodate our expanding youth program. The youth group will for the first time have a large gathering place for worship, games, and activities. Lighting is being installed, emergency exit signs are being put up, storage is being consolidated to the side walls and covered by curtains, and a stage with new sound equipment and lighting is being set up.

Sunday School Teachers Needed – We still need a teacher for the 4yr/PreK class for 4th Sundays and a teacher for the 1st and 2nd Sundays of June, July, and August for the K/1st class.  If you would be willing to be the “floater”, Ms. Heather is willing to teach these Sundays.

Operation Christmas Child – For the month of June, we are asking members to focus on bringing accessories. Just drop your donations in the marked boxes.

“Embracing Grace” Bible Study – Looking for a study group that challenges you to learn while also focuses on incorporating God’s word into everyday life? We have a class for you! The Thursday morning Women’s Bible study will start a new summer session beginning on June 15th. We will be studying internationally-known author, Liz Curtis Higgs’ book, “Embracing Grace”. Higgs has the ability to bring any topic to life and this book is no exception. She teaches us to let go of guilt, fear and regret by turning to God. Come join us at 10:00 a.m. every Thursday in classroom 101 for refreshments and lively conversation. We look forward to you joining us on June 15th! Nancy Stewart will be leading this study and if you have any questions please contact her directly at 256/586-0351.

Change in Sunday Schedule for Fifth Sunday Praise Gatherings! Our Church Council would like to try “Fifth Sunday Praise Gatherings” approximately once a quarter (when there is a fifth Sunday in the month). On fifth Sundays, the idea is to have a joint Sunday School session at 9:00 a.m. and a joint worship service at 10:00 a.m. (a combined service for the people of all three services), with a pot-luck lunch afterward at 11:15 a.m. for the whole church family. The first one will be in July!



June 4th         Emily Liebner

June 5th         Kenneth Gregory, Cindy Ingram, and Mark Walls

June 6th         Ernestine Copeland and Brittany Houston

June 7th         Brian Clayton, Mattie Couch, and Brian Quillin

June 8th         Shawn Flack and John Vickers

June 9th         Edward Hayes, Joe West, and Lauren Whitlock

June 10th       Jennifer Handle  



June 4th    Wayne & Mary Kendrick

June 5th    Bruce & Jackie Smalley

June 6th    David & Diane Moore

June 7th    James & Myra Dickerson

June 8th    Michael & Amanda Lowery and Wayne & Lisa Martin

June 9th    Neville & Karen Anders, John & Doris Freeman, Josh & Mary Shumate, and Patrick & Leslie Smith

June 10th  Phillip & April Mann


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 Anna Beth Whitehorn

Health and Healing

Autumn Alexander, Brenda Allbritten, Roger Brady, Roy Bryant, Beth & George Burks, 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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