Connecting Points – July 9, 2017

Connecting Points for Sunday, July 9

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!

Need Prayer? – If you would like our local prayer team to be in prayer for a concern, contact us by one of three ways – fill out the Prayer Request card found in each pew, call the church office, or enter your request on the AFUMC website. The phone number for the Upper Room Prayer Line is 1-800-251-2468. This line is staffed 24/7 so you can pray with someone any time of day.

Volunteer to be a Greeter or Usher – Would you like visitors and new members to think “That’s such a friendly church!” when they leave our Sunday services? Would you like to be a part of welcoming others to our church? Do you have a willingness to smile, be friendly to others, and get involved on a Sunday morning? Then we would love for you to become one of our Greeters or Ushers! This ministry requires a commitment of only one Sunday a month and we’re revamping this area for our church. A welcoming, loving church is part of the foundation of a healthy church and it needs members like YOU!! This is also a great ministry for families to do together! If you’re willing to serve as a Greeter or Usher one Sunday a month, please see Leslie Smith, Cynthia Traylor, Jami Russell, or let the church office know. We plan on having a short training session in August for those involved, so please plan on volunteering soon. You wouldn’t want to miss out on this special ministry area of our Lord’s church.

VBS Next Week!  – If you haven’t already registered your child, you may fill out a registration form (located in the Church office, outside Ms. Heather’s office, or online at

VBS Donation Board – Please take a moment to pick a “window” off the VBS donation board located by the Hospitality Desk. Purchase the item and return it to the bin.  Thank you in advance!

VBS Work Session – The next and final VBS work session will be Wednesday, July 12, at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall.

VBS Crew Leaders Needed – At this time, we are in need of at least 10 more crew leaders – for PreK as well as elementary. If you could help fill this need, Ms. Heather would greatly appreciate it! **Must be Safe Sanctuary trained**

Last Day to Order T-Shirts/Dinner – Today, July 9 is the last day to order/pay for VBS t-shirts and make reservations for the nightly meals. Please make checks payable to AFUMC and on the memo line note “VBS Shirt”. The forms are available in the office, outside the sanctuary, and downstairs by the Children’s Department bulletin board.

VBS Leader Training – There will be Crew Leader and Station Leader training on Wednesday, July 12, in the Fellowship Hall.  Crew Leaders will meet 6:30 – 7 and Station Leaders will meet 7-7:30.  If you are volunteering in either of these roles, please plan on attending.

Thank you – Thank you to the many people who have already donated old t-shirts, toilet paper/paper towel tubes, and items off the donation board. If you still have items to drop off, please do so by next Friday, July 14th.

Youth Frisbee Golf and Cookout Tonight! – The Youth will have their cookout and play Frisbee golf at the Arab City Park tonight from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. All Youth are welcome to attend!

Wear Your Favorite “Cancer Color” Next Sunday! July 16 is Cancer Awareness Sunday at Arab First UMC. We will have a special Ministry Moment and share information about cancer, which affects so many lives. You are invited to wear the cancer awareness color you wish. For a list of colors, see

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, we will 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. Our first one will be July 30

JAAM Meeting – There will be a JAAM organizational meeting on Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Children’s music room for anyone interested in helping with JAAM this Fall.

ServeFest for the Arab High School Band! ServeFest is a special ministry of Arab First UMC to share “Random Acts of Kindness” as a church. Our next ServeFest event will be to share the love of Christ through a meal for band students during Arab High School band camp. We are coordinating this with “The Well” youth group and Coach David Hall. The meal will be pizza and desserts on Monday, July 21, and volunteers would need to be there at 5:00. If you’d like to help, please let the church office know!

Fellowship Hall Closed for Stripping & Waxing Floors – The Fellowship Hall will be closed from 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 30th through Saturday, August 5th, so the floors can be stripped and waxed. All scheduled meetings and groups have been relocated. Please avoid the fellowship hall during this time. Thank you!

Prayer Retreat Planned for Upper Room in Nashville – Here’s your opportunity to see the renowned life-size wood carving of the Last Supper, walk through serene gardens, and spend time in the “Alone with God” prayer room! You can do these things and more on our two-day prayer retreat in one of the most reverent locations in the country. Our Prayer Team will host this retreat at the Upper Room in Nashville, September 21 & 22. We will spend one night in the newly remodeled Scarritt-Bennett accommodations adjacent to the Upper Room. We will take the church van as well as private vehicles. For more information contact Pastor Steve or Nancy Stewart.


July 12th      John & Catharine Willis

July 14th      Ronald & Ruth Ryder



July 9th       Matthew Eskridge and Alexis Scarbrough

July 10th     Abigail Hetherington and Kenley Orr

July 11th     Madison Anderson, James Beard, Shannon Hill, and Gayla Shedd

July 12th       Asher Cooper and Andrew Willingham

July 13th     Anita Gibbs, Brian Stewart, and Kaye Stricklend

July 14th     Skylar Holmes and Payton Thomas

July 15th     Meghan Ballard, Elvira Gilkeson, and Robin Gregory


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, Neva Hestley, Joan Howard, Ruth Klein, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Robert Millard, Joseph Morris, Aaron Oberle, Margaret Peterson, Allen Tant, and Anna Beth Whitehorn

Health and Healing

Autumn Alexander, Brenda Allbritten, Roy Bryant, Beth & George Burks, Haley Casey, David Clokey, Pam Cooper, Tim Cragg, Dianne Creel, Ron Gonia, John Handley, Caroline Hinds, Sherria Isom, Christa Martin, Lee Mazur, Patricia McDowell, Dana McMahan, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, Avery Tincher, and Hunter Withey



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