Connecting Points – August 27, 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 it on the AFUMC website. The number for the Upper Room Prayer Line is 1-800-251-2468. This is staffed 24/7

Wednesday Night Menu – Are you ready for some football? Wear your favorite jersey! Our menu for Wednesday night will be subs, nachos, little smokies, BBQ meatballs, and birthday cake. Join us at 5:00!

An Evening with the Bishop, Tomorrow, August 28th  Join us for an evening with Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, tomorrow, August 28th at 6:30 pm at Cove UMC. She will be discussing the Commission on the Way Forward and its work. This a very important meeting as we look at the future of our denomination and what we can expect during the next 2-3 years.

The UMM (United Methodist Men) will be sponsoring “Fellowship, Food, and Football” this fall    One Thursday night per month we will gather together for a meal, a message, and some good old college football.   The first meeting will be August 31 at 6:00 p.m. at the house of John York.  Our guest speaker will be Ken Burnett (Executive Director of the Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes).  We will take up a collection for FCA.  We are requesting that you reserve a spot by calling the church by the Wednesday of game week, but please come even if you forget to call.  Our next meetings will be October 5 and November 9, location TBA.

Church Office Closed – The church office will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 4th.

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.

Community Fair Volunteers Needed September 9th – If you would like to sign-up to hand out water at the Community Fair at the Arab City Park on Saturday, September 9th, please fill out the sign-up sheet located in the narthex. The fair will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and we will have two hour ServeFest shifts.

Discretionary Fund – The gifts we receive at the rail on communion Sundays go directly toward helping people in our congregation and community that have financial struggles with power bills, etc. We have a screening process at the office to faithfully assist people who request assistance. From time to time our funds get low and we appeal to the congregation, and our funds have gotten low due to assisting people in need over the summer. You may give to the Discretionary Fund at any time, or make plans to bring a gift to the communion rail on the first Sunday of September. Thanks!

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.

New Sunday School Study – Join FAMILY Sunday School (Faith, Accountability, Mercy, Insight, Love, Yoked together) on Sunday, September 10 at 9:30 a.m. in room 117 when they embark on the new study, One: Woodlawn.  It only takes one person to start a revolution. What if that person is you? Utilizing footage from the movie Woodlawn, this study prepares your heart to experience and embrace a move of God, and seek the unity and revival that God can provide.  (Woodlawn is based on the true story of courage, strength, and football at the height of racial tension in Birmingham, AL, telling the story of Coach Tandy Gerelds, his running back Tony Nathan, and a high school football game that healed a city.)

Thank you for Collecting for TESA – An O’Cannenbaum tree was indeed erected on Wednesday night, August 16 when a can and food drive was held at the kick-off of Wednesday night activities.  The 212 cans and non-perishable goods collected created a 3 ½ foot tree of interesting proportions.  In addition, $111 was collected.  The food and money will be used to help replenish the food bank at TESA.  And while our O’Cannenbaum tree may have resembled a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, sharing our bounty with others in any manner or form is always an appropriate blessing year round. Thank you!

Small Groups are how we do “Care and Concern” Ministry! Are you part of at least one small group at Arab First UMC? Myles Teston shared a great Ministry Moment about how important small groups are for spiritual development. They are essential for the Christian walk. Do you know what else is important about small groups? It is through our small groups that we reach out to each other in “Care and Concern” ministry. We do have volunteers that share food on behalf of the whole church when there is a death in the church family. But small groups are how we care for each other during times of illness and the struggles of life. Get active in a new small group today, not just for yourself. Get involved so that you can be a part of blessing others.

Candy for JAAM – You are invited to 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.

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.

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 AFUMC 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

Jennifer Saunders Home Team Annual Yard Sale September 29th and 30th  – We are in need of a building/room/barn where people can drop off donations on Saturday mornings, and the Home Team and volunteers can sort and price the items. If you have a place the Home Team could use for the month of September, please contact Jim Saunders at 200-6184 or text Patty Saunders at 200-6186 or email This is the Home Team’s biggest fund raiser and we need volunteers to help sort and set up. This is a “hands on” way of showing Jennifer our support.

Thank you from the Stebbins Family – On behalf of our family, we would like to thank everyone for the calls, prayers, messages, gifts and cards during the passing of our son, Jeff Stebbins. Thank you for your love and support. – Bill & Donna Stebbins

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 27th     John & Teresa Snider, Steve & Sandy West

Aug 30th     Terry & Gail Doss, Mark & Madenia Stafford

Aug 31th     Bobby & Virginia Moon

Sep 1st        Larry & Deborah Childress, Joe & Laura Creel



Aug 27th     Leah Bishop, Sally Goetz, Lianna Smith, and Gwendolyn Winslett

Aug 28th     Eric Brannon, Julia Dormaier, and Rex Isley
Aug 29th     Arthur Hudson III, Aubrey Prestridge, Michael Segers, Edith Stearns, and Allen Tant
Aug 30th     Bryan Taylor, Barbara White, and Julianne Willis

Aug 31st     Carson Poole and Justin Reynolds

Sept 1st       Joseph Brannon, Nancy Sparrow, and Christopher Tate

Sept 2nd      David Cobb, Nathaniel Cooper, Aspen Miller, Gwen Morris, Cindi Posey, and Madenia Stafford


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

Stephanie Bonner, 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, Joseph Morris, Aaron Oberle, Margaret Peterson, Allen Tant, and Anna Beth Whitehorn


Health and Healing

Melanie Arbuckle, Roy Bryant, Beth & George Burks, David Clokey, Pam Cooper, Tim Cragg, Dianne Creel, Tammy Fritz, Ron Gonia, Neva Hestley, Caroline Hinds, Sherria Isom, Lisa King, Christa Martin, Patricia McDowell, Robert Millard (Joyce DeWeerth’s brother), Bert Morris, Chet Rowley, Alice Schmidt, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, and Avery Tincher


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