Connecting Points – July 23, 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!

Youth Meeting Tonight to Finish New Worship and Activity Space! Coach David Hall invites all youth to come tonight at 6:00 pm to the storage building to help hang the new canvas curtains and finish preparing our new youth space. It’s just in time to receive our new Youth Director! Mr. Butch Deweerth from our church will be there to help us. See you there! Afterwards, the Youth will have “Game Night”!

ServeFest for the Arab High School Band Tomorrow! 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 tomorrow, Monday, July 24, and volunteers would need to be there at 5:00.

Fifth Sunday Praise Gathering

Joint Sunday School Time – 9:00 a.m.

Joint Worship Service – 10:00 a.m.

Pot-luck Meal – 11:15 a.m.

Change in Sunday Schedule for Fifth Sunday Praise Gatherings! Our first Fifth Sunday Praise Gathering will be next Sunday, July 30. On fifth Sundays, we will have a joint Sunday School session time 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. SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES will meet separately in the usual fashion, though we will combine Sunday School hours to a 9:00 time. Our Church Council would like to try “Fifth Sunday Praise Gatherings” approximately once a quarter (when there is a fifth Sunday in the month). Bring a dish!

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. JAAM stands for “Jesus, Arts and Me.”

Youth Trip – Ocoee Whitewater Rafting (Postponed) – Our whitewater rafting trip for the youth, originally scheduled for July 28-29, is postponed.  We will schedule this activity for a later date.

Need Prayer? – If you would like our local prayer team to be in prayer for a concern, fill out the Prayer Request card found in each pew, call the church office, or enter your request on the AFUMC website. The number for the Upper Room Prayer Line is 1-800-251-2468. This 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 (256-506-6809), Cynthia Traylor (256-506-6809), Jami Russell (256-348-1325 or, 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.

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.

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



July 23rd      Andy & Kelly Mann, Brent & Renee Winslett

July 25th      Durwood & Sherry Cushing

July 26th      Scott & Whitney Nixon

July 29th      Benny & Sheila Holley, Trey & Melanie Williams



July 23rd    Erica Breen, Natalie Burke, Auston Franklin, Victoria  Hilty, Emily Thrasher, and Deena Washam

July 24th    Robert Fox and Gary Yessick

July 25th    Gail Hinds and Alan Washam

July 26th    Tommy Couch, Butch DeWeerth, Earl Taylor, and John  York    

July 27th    Charles Grizzard, Abbey Jones, James Michael, Brandon  Prestridge, Warren Smith, and Eva Stone

July 28th    Morgan Brodersen, Anna Dunn, Noah Lueker, Loy McGruder, and John Richey

July 29th    Myra Dickerson, Mary Kendrick, and Alice Schmidt

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

Jennifer Brown, Greg Burkhead, Jaycee-Jayne Caldwell, Becky Deese (sister of Elise Brasseale), Nancy Ellsworth, Tim Guthrie, Caroline Hestley, Joan Howard, Ruth Klein, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Robert Millard, Joseph Morris, Aaron Oberle, Margaret Peterson, Shirley Scott (David Russell’s sister), Allen Tant, and Anna Beth Whitehorn

Health and Healing

Autumn Alexander, Roy Bryant, Beth & George Burks, Haley Casey, David Clokey, Pam Cooper, Tim Cragg, Dianne Creel, Ron Gonia, John Handley, Neva Hestley, Caroline Hinds, Sherria Isom, Lisa King, Christa Martin, Lee Mazur, Patricia McDowell, Dana McMahan, Bert Morris, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, Linda Thompson, and Avery Tincher








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