Connecting Points – August 13, 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!

Need Prayer? – If you would like our 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 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.

Greeter and Usher Training Today!
Training for the new expanded hospitality ministry is scheduled for today, Sunday, August 13th at 12:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. We need your help! Do you have a willingness to smile, be friendly to others, and get involved on Sunday morning? 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!

Wednesday Night Menu & O’Cannenbaum Food Collection! –Our menu for Wednesday will be a “Slim budget” menu of hot dogs, mac and cheese, and baked beans. For our first Fall Wednesday night, make sure to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items.  There will be no charge for the supper but, a collection of monetary and food donations will be taken to help replenish the food bank at TESA.  And to make the collection more exciting, we will attempt to build a Christmas tree of cans!  Do you know that 600 to 800 canned goods can build a five foot Christmas tree? Bring your cans (and yourselves) and join us this Wednesday, August 16, at 5:00.

Wednesday Night Dinner Meal Tickets – Meal tickets will be available again this year. You can purchase them in the office or on Wednesday nights in the kitchen. This year we will offer 20 adult meals for $110.00, 10 adult meals for $60.00 and 10 child meals for $40.00. Once you purchase your ticket, we date it and keep it in the kitchen for you. When you come through the line for dinner, just let Terry Z. know how many people are eating, so she can mark them off.  This makes dinner more convenient for you instead of keeping up with cash and checks.  Thank you and we look forward to a great year!

JAAM Information – JAAM (Jesus, Arts, and Me) begins this Wednesday, August 16 at 3:00 p.m. for the 2017-2018 year.  Please be sure to complete a registration for your child if they are interested in participating.  Registrations forms are located in the office, on the sign-up table and outside the Children’s Director Office.

Candy for JAAM – Church family would you donate bags of individually wrapped candy for our JAAM program this season.  Examples are lifesavers, caramels, lollipops, laffy taffy, gum, Hershey kisses, smarties, and tootsie rolls. You can drop off donations in the church office. Just let Jessica know it is for JAAM.

New Thursday Ladies Bible Study Class – As women of faith, pursuing Godliness should be right at the top of our list of things to accomplish each and every day. But, sadly, life sometimes gets in the way and our efforts in this pursuit fall far short of the target! Best selling author, Elizabeth George, helps us rediscover our ability to put God first in her book “Pursuing Godliness a Study of 1 Timothy”. Beginning Thursday, August 17th, Nancy Stewart will lead this informative study every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in Room 102. Please join us for food, fun, lively discussion and Christian fellowship as we discover all this study has to offer.

Youth Parent Meeting – There will be a Youth Parent Meeting, Sunday, August, 20th at 4:30 p.m. in the youth house.

Threat Awareness Workshop, August 20! – Steve Skeen, one of our church members, is a well-known workshop leader for churches and other organizations in threat awareness. What would we do here if there were a fire? A tornado? An active shooter situation? Everyone is invited to this 2-hour workshop. It is especially helpful for staff, greeters, ushers, Sunday School teachers, etc. but everyone can benefit. This workshop is free (he usually does this for a fee) and is on Sunday, August 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

August 21 is the registration deadline for the Upper Room Prayer Retreat! Due to the requirements of the retreat center, August 21 is the deadline for your registration and $20 deposit made out to AFUMC. Our two-day prayer retreat is at the Upper Room in Nashville, our Methodist spirituality center and one of the most reverent locations in the country. Our Prayer Team will host this retreat September 21 & 22. We will meet at a restaurant in Nashville at noon on Thursday and return after lunch on Friday, spending one night in the newly remodeled Scarritt-Bennett accommodations adjacent to the Upper Room. You may either ride the church van or come in private vehicles. For more information on the speakers, see the Upper Room Prayer Retreat brochure in the gathering areas. Don’t forget … due to requirements of the Scaritt-Bennett Center, deadline for registration and $20 deposit is August 21!

SHARPEN Your Skills and Cultivate Your Abilities!Join us on Saturday, September 9th from 9 am to 12 noon as Arab First United Methodist Church hosts Creative Teaching, a program of the Adult Discipleship Team of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Anne Jolly from Conference will share techniques for teaching and facilitating Bible-based groups.  This free event is open to the surrounding churches and community.

Jeffrey Liebner Scholarship – Our Church Council announces the establishment of a new scholarship prompted by an initial donor. As with all the scholarships we offer annually under the direction of our Scholarship Committee, anyone may make a donation to the Jeffrey Liebner Scholarship Fund to help build up the principal. This scholarship will provide financial assistance to a deserving high school senior or existing college student who has been an active participant at Arab First UMC in service and missions, is continuing their secondary education, and demonstrates financial need. This is a wonderful way to honor the life of a man who had a heart for missions. The congregation is invited to make donations.

Jennifer Saunders’ Blog – Our missionary, Jennifer Saunders, is currently in Greece on a ministry trip helping refugees. If you would like to read updates and stories about her mission, please check out her blog at

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

Newsletters – If you would like to have your church event or article put in the monthly church-wide newsletter, please email your information to Our newsletter contributions are due on the 3rd Friday of each month. Also, if you would prefer to receive your newsletter electronically, please email the church office at the email address above.


Aug 15th      Harold & Joannie Reed
Aug 16th      Jack & Judy Houser
Aug 17th      Allen & Dee Tant, John & Lisa Vickers
Aug 18th      Jesse & Holli Shelton


Aug 13th     Roye Marshall
Aug 14th     Robert Abercrombie, Kara Shea Beard, Jerry Lucas, and Bonnie Parker
Aug 15th     Barbara Traylor
Aug 16th     Jo Fox, Grady Jones, Joannie Reed, and Zachary Stewart
Aug 17th     Riley Belrose, Connor McClendon, Leah Russell, and Corinne Williams
Aug 18th     Alexandra Brassell, Claud Burke, Jennifer Garthwaite,  Michael Lowery, Ronald Ryder, and Bruce Smalley
Aug 19th     Mitch Stone


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, Patricia McDowell, Bert Morris, Chet Rowley, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, Linda Thompson, and Avery Tincher

(Chet Rowley is in the hospital with an infection at Marshall Medical North)

















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