Connecting Points – September 3, 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.

Youth Dinner & Glow Bowling Tonight – All youth are invited to dinner and glow bowling tonight. We will leave from the church at 5:15 p.m. Please bring money for dinner.

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

Wednesday Night Menu – The menu for Wednesday, September 6th will be pizza casserole, mini corn dogs for kids, salad, garlic bread, mushroom bread, and desserts. Dinner starts at 5:00 and classes at 6:00.

Volunteers need for Marshall County Christmas Coalition – Christmas seems far away. However, to receive help needy children in our area must register with Marshall County Christmas Coalition during the first week in September at the Arab Recreation Center. We need volunteers to help with registration so please consider helping for a 3 hour block on one of these days:

Tuesday, September 6, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 7, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 9, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

If God is leading you to serve in this way please contact Joy Privett at, home 256-586-8641 or cell 256-738-1452.

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.

Circle #2 Meeting – Circle #2 will meet on Monday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

Volunteers Needed at UMCOR for Disaster Relief – On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 8:00 a.m., volunteers of all ages will gather at AFUMC to go to the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse in Decatur to help with disaster relief work. We will work until noon at the Warehouse, have lunch in Decatur and be home by 2:00 p.m.  In addition to assembling kits and preparing supplies to be shipped, we will take any donated cleaning or hygiene supplies or assembled kits.  See the UMCOR insert.  Instructions to assemble entire kits can be obtained in the church office or on-line at  Monetary donations can be made by making a check to AFUMC and noting “DISASTER RESPONSE” on the memo line. Please let the office or Dawn know of your intentions to volunteer on September 16, 2017.

Grace Place & AFUMC Nursery Book Fair – Grace Place Preschool and AFUMC Nursery are hosting an Usborne Book Fair from September 8 – 15, 2017.  Samples of the books, teacher’s wish lists and a catalogue will be on display.  Having quality books is essential for children and Usborne books were designed so that children would enjoy reading.  Take this opportunity to gift a book for a child in your family and the children in Grace Place Preschool and our nursery.  Please fill in the order form completely and place cash, credit card information or check with the order form in a sealed envelope and place in the box marked “orders & payments”.  Make checks payable to Usborne Books & More.  The profits will enable us to receive even more books and supplies for Grace Place Preschool and AFUMC Nursery.

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, and a high school football game that healed a city.)

Fall Sunday Night Bible StudyGrowing disciples is one aspect of AFUMC’s mission statement and what better way to grow disciples than through Bible study?!   Pastor Steve West will be teaching “Invitation to the Old Testament” on Sunday nights in room 102 from 6 to 7pm, starting on September 17.  (This time coincides with Sunday night youth gathering). Explore the Old Testament’s story of Israel through the many “voices” of the Biblical text. Participants will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Old Testament as an integral part of the Bible and a renewed discovery of our identity in God. This is a short-term Disciple study (8 weeks) and connects with adults with little or much prior Bible experience.

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. Best-selling author, Elizabeth George, helps us rediscover our ability to put God first in her book “Pursuing Godliness: A Study of 1 Timothy”. This class began on 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.

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.

Small Groups are how we do “Care and Concern” Ministry! Are you part of at least one small group at Arab First UMC? We recently 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 small group today, not just for yourself. Get involved so that you can be a part of blessing others.

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


Sep 4th       Leonard & Joyce Marcotte

Sep 9th       Bob & Jo Fox



Sep 3rd       Barbara Hyatt, Lindsey Jackson, Nicholas Thompson, Cindy Tucker, and Donald White

Sept 5th      Sandra Aldridge, Austin Folsom, and Martha Reynolds
Sept 6th      Nancy Shumate
Sept 7th      Angela Hill, Tina Nelson, and Jeremy West


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, 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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