Connecting Points – October 15, 2017

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.

UMM Chicken Fundraiser Today – The UMM will host their fall fundraiser today. They will be selling BBQ chicken plates for $8, which includes two sides, bread, drinks, and a dessert.  They will also have Boston Butt this year. They will begin serving after the 9:30 service and “to-go” plates are always available.  They 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 Thursday, 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!

Corn Maze Youth Night – The Youth will be going to the Sand Mountain Corn Maze on Saturday, October 21st. Meet at the Youth House at 5:00 p.m. and bring $10 for the corn maze and money for dinner.

Expanding Youth Wednesday Night Meeting Time – Starting Wednesday, November 1st the Youth will meet from 6:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m.

New Youth Sunday School Location – The Youth will now meet in the fellowship hall in room 105 instead of meeting at the Youth House starting this Sunday. On the 1st and 3rd Sundays they will meet at 10:55. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays they will meet at 9:30.

Wednesday Night Dinner Menu – The menu for Wednesday, October 18th is roast beef, pizza rolls for kids, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked sweet potatoes, corn casserole, salad, rolls, and desserts.

Fifth Sunday Praise Gathering & Fall Carnival – 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. 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! There will also be funnel cakes and caramel apples for sale during this time. Friends and family are welcome to come join us!

Donations Needed for Fall Carnival – We are needing donations of the following items for the fall carnival: 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.

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.

The Ghana Mission 3rd Annual Shrimp & Crawfish Boil & Silent Auction – This event will take place on Sunday, November 5th.  Tickets are on sale now for $25 each. Food will be available for takeout or dine-in beginning at 10:30 that Sunday.  The silent auction will close at noon and the items will be awarded as soon as possible afterwards.  The menu includes Shrimp, Crawfish, corn & potatoes, chicken & sausage gumbo and red beans & rice.  Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended, see a Ghana team member, or go by the church office for tickets.  Don’t miss this delicious way to support our Ghana Mission.

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, clothesline, and leather gloves with cloth backing. 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

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!



Oct 15th      Della Beard, Juli Goetz, Alma Green, Gordon Holley, Johnny Ingram, Melissa McClendon, Luther Pinegar, and Jordan Taylor

Oct 16th      Janet Jordan

Oct 17th      Bonnie Isbell

Oct 18th      Russ Elrod, Griffith Hawk, Adlee Prestridge, and Jeffery Vickers
Oct 19th      Lucy Brannon, Don Broderson, Bette Hale, Melvin Henderson, Debbie Jones, Andy Mann, Leonard Marcotte, and James Upton III

Oct 20th      Jessica Cleveland

Oct 21st      Sara Beth Farmer and Mark WcWhirter


Oct 16th      Liles and Natalie Burke & Brian and Kimberly Landry


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), Tim Guthrie, Steve Johnson, 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, Conrad Hamilton, Neva Hestley, Caroline Hinds, Jo Hipp, 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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