Connecting Points – October 1, 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.

Thank you from Ghana Team – The Ghana Mission Team would like to thank everyone who supported Ghana Sunday last week by purchasing soup and other items.  We will continue to have t-shirts available and tickets for the 3rd Annual Shrimp & Crawfish Boil are on sale now. The date will be November 5th.

Want to Serve in Leadership in 2018? Our Lay Leadership Team is preparing nominations for church leadership positions to be elected at our annual Charge Conference on November 2. We would love to hear from you if you feel led to be a part of one of the administrative leadership teams or leadership positions of the coming year. There are many and various ways to be involved in life-giving ministry at Arab First UMC, but leadership has a unique role in the ongoing, healthy decision processes of our church body. Please get in touch with Pastor Steve, who chairs the nomination process, if you would like to offer yourself for consideration.

Baby Shower Honoring Jennifer & Seth Guthrie Today – You are invited to a baby shower honoring Jennifer & Seth Guthrie today 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.

Book Signing Event – The Arab Public Library will host a special book-signing and recipe-tasting for “Feeding The Body and The Soul” written by local author, Nancy A. Stewart. The event is planned for Monday, October 2nd from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. The book is a collection of devotionals and favorite simple recipes. A limited number of books will be available for sale during the signing. All profits from the book will be used for additional faith-based missions. For information contact Nancy A. Stewart at 256-586-0351.

Encounter Night for Youth – It has been a difficult couple of weeks in the life of our youth and community with the passing of one of the students from Arab High School. Please stay in continued prayer for our youth, our teachers and our youth activities throughout the coming weeks and months. Next week our youth, from all churches in our community, will come together for one night of worship, as a unified body of Christ. Encounter Night will be October, 4th at 6:30 pm in the Arab High School auditorium. Before this night of worship, from 5 until 6 pm, there will be an open opportunity for all church members to come and pray for our students in the auditorium. We invite all who are willing and able to be present and show an outstanding love and support for the youth of our community.

Wednesday Night Menu – The menu for Wednesday, October 4th will be German Fest Night. We will have chicken schnitzel, potato salad, cucumber/tomato salad, brats/sauerkraut, hot dogs, and desserts. Dinner starts at 5:00 and classes at 6:00. There will be no Wednesday night activities on October 11th due to fall break.

UMM (United Methodist Men) Food, Fellowship and Football Our next meeting will be Thursday, October 5th in fellowship hall.  We will eat at 6:00 p.m. and Nicky James will give us a great message.  We will follow that up with NFL or NCAA football.  Please call the church by Wednesday October 4 and reserve a spot.

Church Office Closed – The church office will be closed for Columbus Day on Monday, October 9th.

Emmaus Cluster Meeting – There will be an Emmaus Cluster Meeting on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 at Guntersville First UMC.

UMM Chicken Fundraiser
– The UMM will host our fall fundraiser on October 15.  We will be selling BBQ chicken plates for $8.  We will have two sides, bread, drinks, and a dessert.  We will also have Boston Butt this year.  We will begin serving after the 9:30 service and “to-go” plates are always available.  We look forward to a great turn-out and the support you provide for our various ministries, such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the United Methodist Children’s Home, Habitat for Humanity, Room in the Inn, and our scholarship program.

Young-In-Heart – For our Fall Foliage meeting on October 19, Young-In-Heart, the Senior Adult Ministry of AFUMC will return to a group favorite.  Travel with YIH to Palisades Park near Oneonta in Blount County (a nearby hidden gem), for a tasty lunch and old fashioned fun. A BBQ lunch of BBQ pork, buns, coleslaw, chips and dessert will be provided at no additional cost. Price is covered by your 2017 YIH dues so please make sure you are paid up! Transportation will be via church van and/or carpool.  We will leave from the church at 10 AM.  Save the date and see you there!

Collecting Items for UMCOR – We are going to start collecting items for the UMCOR Disaster Relief Warehouse. They need gallon size zip-lock storage bags to help make hygiene kits. If you would like to donate some, please bring them by the church office.

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

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



Oct 3rd        Davis & Beth Lee

Oct 4th        John & Connie Reeves



Oct 1st        Fred Lurenz and Ashlyn Myer

Oct 2nd       Evan Brazelton and Mary Wiggins

Oct 3rd        Abbie Garthwaite

Oct 4th        Nancy Stewart and Kylie Williams
Oct 5th        Dyan Garrison, Sherry Hitt, Lindsay Kaiser, Krissy Neuschwander, Randy Tucker, Tawanna Vickers, and Anthony Wilson

Oct 6th        Dee Tant



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, Ruth Klein, Hank Linsky, Sandy Martin, Glenn McNeal, Joseph Morris, Aaron Oberle, Allen Tant, and Anna Beth Whitehorn


Health and Healing

Melanie Arbuckle, Ben Brazelton, Roy Bryant, Beth & George Burks, Pam Cooper, Tim Cragg, Dianne Creel, Tammy Fritz, Ron Gonia, Neva Hestley, Caroline Hinds, Jo Hipp, Sherria Isom, Lisa King, Patricia McDowell, Robert Millard (Joyce DeWeerth’s brother), Bert Morris, Chet Rowley, Alice Schmidt, Frank Smith, Allen Tant, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, Avery Tincher, Lucy Whitney, and Gary Yessick


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