Connecting Points – November 12, 2017

Items from Ghana Silent Auction & Thank you – The Ghana Mission Team has a table of items for sale, additional items left from the silent auction. They are out front today. Also, the Ghana Mission Team thanks everyone who participated in our Shrimp & Crawfish Boil last Sunday. We hope everyone enjoyed the fun. We raised almost $2,000 thanks to your food & silent auction purchases. We also appreciate those who made a donation. We could not be successful without your support. A special thanks to Shannon Hill, Kelly Scarbrough and all the team members who worked so hard!                  

Circle #2 Meeting – Circle #2 will meet November 13th at 10:00 a.m. in the home of Lynn Hardin, 1841 Martha Lane, Arab.

Operation Christmas Child Collection Information – For the month of November, we are bringing toys. Just drop your donations in the marked baskets. The collection will be from November 13-20. Toothpaste and candy are no longer allowed in shoebox gifts due to customs regulations. A $9 donation per shoebox gift is critical to cover shipping and other ministry expenses. If you make this donation online, you can Follow Your Box and receive a tracking label. Attached the label to your shoebox, and use the website below to track it.

Volunteers Needed for Operation Christmas Child – Once again our church is honored to be the “Drop Off” location for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  We need greeters, Ops center workers, Prayer Warriors and Hospitality volunteers for the following days and times:
Nov 13th 9:00 am -12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -3:00 pm, Nov 14th -17th  from  9:00 am -12:00 pm, Nov 17th from  9:00 am -12:00 pm and 1:00 pm -3:00 pm, Nov 18th -20th from  9:00 am -12:00 pm

We also need volunteers to drive the trucks to our central drop-off point in Fort Payne on November 20th from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Please sign up on our sign-up sheet and one of the Ops team will give you a call.  Thank you – Carrie Walters, Gail Lueker, Kim Taylor and Debby Heidt

Youth Selling Poinsettias – Our Youth group is selling poinsettias in memory or honor of someone. We will be purchasing the poinsettias from the AHS competition cheerleaders for $10, but our Youth group will be selling them for $12. If you would like to purchase a poinsettia, please fill out the inserted envelope or stop by the church office. We need all orders by November 15th. Please make our check out to AFUMC and in the memo line put “poinsettia.”

Wednesday Night Thanksgiving Meal – Invite a neighbor or bring a friend and offer to pay for their meal on November 15th. We will be having our Thanksgiving Dinner for our Wednesday night meal. All the trimmings! Let’s give thanks and share a meal.

Please donate to our new Chrismon tree!  One of the traditions of our church is our Chrismon tree.  The one we have has been faithful for 17 years, but alas, it’s time to retire. We are taking this opportunity to upgrade to a new commercial quality tree to beautify our sanctuary during Advent and Christmas. It is a 14 foot fir that is pre-lit and easy to put together, with a five year warranty on the lights.  In addition to improved appearance, it will be much easier to work with.  We were able to find one for less than wholesale due to a special church discount. If you’d like to donate, mark your check for “Chrismon tree.”

New Wednesday night study to start November 15 – Join Sharron Reeves in room 117 at 6:00 p.m. beginning Wednesday, November 15 and invest time in understanding the emotions found in God’s heart for you so your own heart can experience a glorious awakening. King David was many things–shepherd, poet, warrior, murderer and adulterer. And yet, he was called “a man after God’s own heart.” In After God’s Own Heart, author Mike Bickle explores what David did that allowed him to commune with the Lord, and shows how you too can be “after God’s own heart.”  Both men and women are invited.

Young-In-Heart – For our annual Thanksgiving meeting, Young-In-Heart, will gather at 11 AM, November 16, in the church fellowship. Entertainment will be provided by Toe the Line and our own Amanda Hollrah.  We will also enjoy a rousing Gospel singalong led by Wayne Kendrick. A Thanksgiving luncheon prepared by Terry Z will be provided, funded from your YIH dues.  Guests and new members please bring $7 for each meal. Please sign up for by Sunday, November 12th.

Faithful:  Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph by Adam Hamilton – This class begins Sunday, November 19 at 10:55a.m. in room 125 with Chris Hemphill facilitating.  (Distribution of books will begin on Sunday, November 12.)  For his part in the nativity story, Joseph faced a situation much like our own – encountering life circumstances he did not choose or understand. In Faithful, the author encourages readers to follow Joseph’s example during this Advent and Christmas season, and exchange doubt for courage.

Jennifer Saunders Home Team Bake Sale – The annual Home Team Bake Sale will be Sunday, November 19th after all three services.  Make sure to stop by and buy your Thanksgiving desserts!  If you would like to bake, we would love the help!

Jennifer Saunders Home Team Sheet Sale – The team will be selling sheets again this year.  They will be $40 a set for any size.  You can place your orders in the office or with a home team member any Sunday between services until December 3rd.  Orders will arrive in time for Christmas! The proceeds from both fundraisers will go to support Jennifer’s mission work with refugees and orphans.

Need Volunteers for Advent Decorating – We are looking for volunteers to help decorate for Advent. We need strong backs to help get the tree and wreaths, etc. on Sunday, November 26th at 3:00 p.m. We also need help decorating on Monday, November 27th at 9:30 a.m. If you would like to help please contact the Church Office at 256-586-5792 or

Calling all shoppers! – On Wednesday, November 29, we will be meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall and proceed to Walmart to shop for children under school age that will be attending our Christmas and Beyond party on December 9.  Lists for each child are available.  All purchases will be paid with Christmas and Beyond funds.  Contact Dawn Liebner or Joy Privett if you are able to help.

Room in the Inn – The UMM will once again be coordinating with the Marshall County Homeless Ministries and be a host site for Room in the Inn.  We will be housing our neighbors on five nights this winter. The dates are 11/26, 12/24, 1/28, 2/25, and 3/25.  If you are willing to assist in this worthwhile endeavor, please contact Marc Scarborough or John Richey.

Expanding Youth Wednesday Night Meeting Time – The Youth will now meet on Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m. till 7:30 p.m.

New Youth Sunday School Location – The Youth now meet in the fellowship hall in room 104 instead of meeting at the youth house. On the 1st and 3rd Sundays they will meet at 10:55. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays they will meet at 9:30.

College Car Packages – Our Youth Group invites all parents and grandparents, who have family members who attend college and are members of our church, to send their name and mailing address in order that we may send them a gift during final exams. In addition, if anyone would like to donate for our college care packages, please bring the money to the church office.

Leftover Halloween candy and treats?  Christmas and Beyond will gladly accept donations of sweets! You can leave the sweets in the Church Office. Remember that Christmas and Beyond is Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Huntsville Havoc Tickets – The Cub Scouts are selling Huntsville Havoc tickets for the game on December 1st, which is Star Wars night. Tickets are $10 and the Cub Scouts make $5 on each ticket. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please see Carrie Walters or Steve McDonald.



Nov 12th     Jimmy & Sharron Reeves

Nov 15th     John & Janna York



Nov 12th      Carolyn Brannon, Riley Craft, Marlene Isley, and Aaron Shedd

Nov 13th      Richard Bailey and Sandra Henderson

Nov 14th      Kelly Wesolek

Nov 15th      Sara Kremer

Nov 16th      Marlon Sloan, Suzanne Wesolek, and Amy Woods

Nov 17th      Amanda Hollrah and Lucy Slater

Nov 18th      Natalie Nelson


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), Johanna Grimes, Tim Guthrie, Steve Johnson, 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, Lorrie Duquette, Tammy Fritz, Ron Gonia, Conrad Hamilton, Neva Hestley, Caroline Hinds, Lisa King, Patricia McDowell, Robert Millard (Joyce DeWeerth’s brother), Bert Morris, Chet Rowley, Alice Schmidt, T.L. Simmons, Carol & Frank Smith, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, Avery Tincher, Cynthia (Sunny) Waters, Lucy Whitney, and Gary Yessick



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