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.

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

Methodist Women’s Group Meeting on Wednesday – The Methodist Women’s Group will be meeting on Wednesday, September 13th at noon in the fellowship hall.

Wednesday Night Menu – The menu for Wednesday, September 13th will red beans and rice, chicken fingers for the kids, cajun pork chops, fried potatoes, okra hush puppies, salad, and desserts. Dinner starts at 5:00 and classes at 6:00.

Volunteers Needed at UMCOR for Disaster Relief – On Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 a.m., volunteers of all ages will gather at AFUMC to go to the UMCOR Disaster Warehouse in Decatur. We will work until noon, 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 http://www.umcna.org/disasterwarehouse.)  Monetary donations can be made by making a check to AFUMC and noting “DISASTER RESPONSE” on the memo line. Please let the office know of your intentions to volunteer on September 16, 2017.

Dementia Awareness Sunday – Next Sunday, September 17th will be Dementia Awareness Sunday at Arab First UMC! You are invited to wear purple next Sunday.

Fall Sunday Night Bible Study – 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 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.

District-Wide Prayer Meeting – There will be a district-wide prayer meeting at AFUMC on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. This is hosted by Rev. Tom Parrish and the Northeast District of the North Alabama Conference of the UMC.

Young-In-Heart  – On Thursday, September 21 the Young-In-Heart, the Senior Adult Ministry of AFUMC will kick off its Fall season with a road trip to Huntsville’s Burritt on the Mountain, after our visit we will gather at nearby Galen’s for lunch. Admission to the museum is $9 and lunch off Galen’s menu ranges from $4 sandwiches to $10 meat and three plates. If you would like to go please sign up on the sign-up sheet or call the church office. They will leave the church at 9:00 a.m. on the 21st.

Jennifer Saunders Home Team Annual Yard Sale September 29th and 30th from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  – All donations are welcome. Donations can be brought to the hallway outside of the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. Large items can be dropped off Thursday, September 28th from 7:00 – 3:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer to help with sorting, setup, and day of sales, please contact Patty Saunders at 256-200-6186 or Jim Saunders at 256-200-6184. All proceeds from this yard sale will benefit Jennifer Saunders mission work with refugees.

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. 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.)

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 www.jennifersaundersmission.blogspot.com

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.


Sept 10th     Carl & Christa Martin

Sept 12th     Stacey & Penny Isom

Sept 14th     Marcus & Missy Flack, Kathryn & James (Buddy) Yarbrough

Sept 15th     Nathan & Anna Clark



Sept 10th    Russell Brazelton, Martha Bryan, Teresa Cooley, Jason Crawford, Taylor Linn, and Gail Lueker
Sept 11th    Michael Hill and Dewilla Rowley
Sept 12th    Carolyn Baxter, Kevin Garrison, and Sharron Reeves
Sept 13th    Andrew Conkling
Sept 15th    John Freeman
Sept 16th    Aiden Lurenz


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 office@arabumc.org.


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


A special thank you to our church teachers, class leaders, food and music volunteers for ALL you do, from our JAAM kids.  Please pick up your gift bag from the alter rail after your service.  The gift bags are placed in alphabetical order by FIRST name.

Allen & Krissy Neuschwander
Amy & Matt Gerard
Andy Conkling
Angela Hill
Bill Brasseale
Billie Cragg
Brooke Hemphill
Bruce Biggard
Carrie Walters
Chancel Choir Members
Chip Maurer
Chris Hemphill
Chris Traylor
Cindy Ingram
Cindy Tucker
Dan & Gail Lueker
David & Maggie Hall
David Russell
Dr. Mary Holley
Elizabeth Shedd
Holli Shelton
Janet Calhoun
Jennifer Reliford
Jeremy Couch
Jim & Sharon Reeves
JoAn Taylor
Joe Creel
John Ingram
Joni Reynolds
Josh & Mary Shumate
Joy Privett
Karen Carlisle
Kelli Gregory
Laura Liebner
Laura Upton
Lea Walsh
Leslie Smith
Marc Scarbrough
Melanie Williams
Myles Teston
Nancy Barker
Nancy Stewart
Pam Donahue
Patti Wilson
Rachel Grimes
Randy Heidt
Randy Tucker
Renae Teston
Robin Gregory
Ruth Ryder
Sandy West
Shane Withey
Sharon Reeves
Sharon Tate
Shea Beard
Steven Beard
Sue Skeen
Susan Taffar
Teresa Hughes
Terry & Todd Zakrzewski
Will Head


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