Connecting Points – September 17, 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.

Fall Sunday Night Bible Study Starts This Sunday – 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 7 pm, starting this Sunday.  (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.

New Sunday School Study – Join the Beyond Contemporary Sunday School Class on Sunday mornings at 10:55 a.m. in room 117 as they begin a new study entitled A Clash of Kingdoms.  Discover how Paul communicated the Good News of Christ to Philippi, a Roman colony that worshiped false gods. Can you live the message as Paul did while he encouraged the church in Philippi to consider itself a colony of heaven, not Rome? Consider your citizenship – and the message you convey to the world – as Ray Vander Laan takes you deeper into the culture of ancient Philippi.

Arab City Wide Revival, September 17, 18, and 19, 2017 – Beginning at 6:30 pm – The Arab Ministerial Association is once again inviting all the people of Arab to our city-wide spiritual renewal week!

Sunday night, September 17 at Truth Church with speaker Scott Campbell from Pleasant Valley Baptist.

Monday night, September 18 at Community Church with speaker Nicky James from Arab First United Methodist.

Tuesday night, September 19 at Old Brashiers Methodist Church with speaker Jake Hendon from Desperation Church.

Circle #6 Meeting – Circle #6 of Methodist Women meets on Monday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. at Fire Grill 231.

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.

Wednesday Night Menu – The menu for Wednesday, September 20th will chicken fajitas, tacos, Mexican cornbread, refried beans, nachos, and desserts. Dinner starts at 5:00 and classes at 6:00.

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.

Ghana Sunday & Soup Fundraiser – The Ghana Mission Team will be sharing about Ghana on Sunday, September 24th. They will have a soup fundraiser on that day, which will offer dine in or to go orders for $5 in the fellowship hall. They will also have items to sell.  This is a great time to find out more about this special mission.  Please join us!

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.

Baby Shower Honoring Jennifer & Seth Guthrie – You are invited to a baby shower honoring Jennifer & Seth Guthrie on Sunday, October 1st from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall at AFUMC. Bring a book instead of a card! Well-loved or brand new, it will remind Greyson of you! They are registered at Tiny Tots, Walmart, Target, Babies ‘R Us, and Amazon.

Card Ministry – Brooke Hemphill’s Wednesday night small group is working on a card ministry for the church. We are looking for donations of any stock of cards. They can be blank, occasion specific, or even children’s cards. If you would like to donate to this mission, please leave them in the church office. Thank you!

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 September, we are asking members to focus on bringing games. Just drop your donations in the marked baskets.

Sept 18th     Shane & Kerrie Washburn

Sept 23rd     Austin & Jacqueline Hinds



Sept 17th     Adele Hanes, Julianne Oberle, and Brent Winslett

Sept 18th     Linn Brannon and Diane Moore
Sept 19th     Jared Chafin and Amy Eskridge

Sept 20th     John Hall Jr, Kameron Helms, and Ben Watts

Sept 21st     Hollie Bradford, Joe Handschumacher, Samuel Harris, and Heath Isom
Sept 22nd    Seth Aron, Nancy Boully, Shannon Thompson, and John Willis

Sept 23rd     Gwen Chafin, Barbara Haynes, Brian Malone, Lisa Sloan, Barrett Upton, and Patsy Walls


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, 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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