Connecting Points for Sunday, October 8, 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.

No Youth Activities Tonight – There will be no youth activities tonight due to fall break.

Church Office Closed Tomorrow – The church office will be closed tomorrow in observance of Columbus Day.

No Wednesday Night Activities – There will be no Wednesday night activities on October 11th due to school being out for fall break.

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.

Emmaus Cluster Meeting – There will be an Emmaus Cluster Meeting on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 at Guntersville First UMC, third floor. Bring a dish or dessert with a drink as they will have a potluck meal.

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!

Fifth Sunday Praise Gathering & Fall Festival – October 29 – Our next Fifth Sunday Praise Gathering will be October 29. We will have a joint Sunday School session at 9:00 a.m. and a joint worship service at 10:00 a.m. Following the service we will have a Fall Fellowship Lunch prepared by Terry Z. The menu is chili, chicken tortilla soup, curly fries, and “mummy” hot dogs. We will only ask for a $3 donation per plate, and everybody is welcome. There will also be funnel cakes and caramel apples for sale. After the lunch, the afternoon continues for kids of all ages! From 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm, we will have a Fall Carnival, featuring games, bingo, a cake walk, a hayride, and more! Friends and family are welcome to come join us!

Donations Needed for Fall Festival – We are needing donations of the following items for the fall festival: Dum Dum or Tootsie Pops, individually wrapped candy, BINGO prizes, small cakes/set of 4 cupcakes for cake walk, Little Debbie cakes, mini chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows, sprinkles, mini M&M candies, and wooden skewers. Please bring the donations by the church office.

UMCOR Disaster Relief Warehouse Mission Trips – We are going to start scheduling bi-monthly trips to the Disaster Relief Warehouse in Decatur. Our next trip will be on Saturday, November 11th. We will gather at 8:00 a.m. at AFUMC and use the van/carpooling to go to Decatur. We will work till noon, have lunch in Decatur, and be home by 2:00 p.m. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to attend. We highly encourage everyone to take part of this great experience. Please let the church office know if you plan to attend, so UMCOR can plan for us.

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 8th        Amanda Betterton, Michael Blackwood, Laney Kelley, Patricia Sanders, and Andrew Willis

Oct 9th        Kathy Bryant, James Dickerson, Charles Mann, Gerald Posey, and Gordon Reed

Oct 10th      Suzanne Anderson, Rachel Isom, David Moore, Christy Yarbrough, and Carol Zoglmann

Oct 11th       Bryson Bailey, Darren Covert, Doris Freeman, Michael Kirkpatrick, David Stafford, and Nicolas Walsh
Oct 12th      David Hall, Emily Houston, Ruth Kelley, Justin Martin, and G. Clay Winslett

Oct 13th      Patricia Kirkpatrick and Bryson Trusley

Oct 14th      Emma Donahue, Alan Heidt, Jimmy Howard, Karen Perkins, and Terry Zakrzewski


Oct 10th      Justin & Sarah Kritner

Oct 11th      David & Jami Russell


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, Bill Stebbins, 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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