Connecting Points – December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve Schedule

Sunday, December 31


9:00 a.m. Joint Sunday School Hour (classes meet separately)

10:00 a.m. “Fifth Sunday Praise Gathering” Joint Service

11:15 a.m. New Year’s Pot-Luck Lunch


Poinsettias – Please pick up the poinsettia(s) you ordered today if you wish to take them home.

Church Office Holiday Closing Dates – The Church Office will be closed tomorrow, January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day.

Altar Flower Calendar for 2018 – Please get in touch with the church office to reserve Sundays on the altar flower calendar for 2018. Fresh flowers bless our worship life and are a wonderful way to do something in honor or memory of someone special. Here are the details: There are two arrangements each Sunday (you may reserve one or both). The first one to reserve an arrangement for a Sunday chooses the florist for that Sunday.

Please Help Us Get Caught Up on End-of-the-Year Giving!  Thanks so much for your generous giving to the General Fund!

This giving supports not only routine expenses but also our capable staff and the lifegiving ministries and missions of our church. Today is the final day to get caught up your giving! Many of us have gotten behind in the last few months. There are end of the year expenses and commitments that we need to do our best to meet. Thanks for your help on this.

Taking down the decorations in the Sanctuary – We need volunteers to help take down the decorations in the Sanctuary.  We are doing this on Wednesday, January 3rd .  We will start at 9:00 am,  join us as your schedule permits and help as long as you can. We need lots of hands so bring a friend!

Youth Parent Meeting – There will be a youth parent meeting on Wednesday, January 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. They will discuss Encounter and other youth events for 2018. We highly encourage all parents to attend.

Confirmation Class of 2018Calling all FIFTH GRADERS (and older youth who haven’t been through confirmation)! Our first meeting will be Sunday, January 7, @ 4:30 in the fellowship hall.  Parents and confirmands will need to attend this meeting.  We will have a pizza social as part of the meeting.  Each family is asked to bring $5 to help cover the cost.  Please sign up for the Confirmation Remind group to receive important messages (text @4ea78 to 81010).

Wednesday Nights Return on January 10, 2018 New classes, meals and JAAM will start on January 10th. Let’s start off with a Star Wars Theme Night. Wear your favorite Star Wars shirt, watch for a Star Wars Menu and if you know Luke’s father, bring him! See everyone Jan 10th and “May the Force be with you!”

Youth Encounter Kickoff with Rush of Fools
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:30 pm AHS auditorium

Friday Night: 

Worship led by River Valley Worship at 7:00 pm with guest speaker Chris Brooks.

Late Night Hype with Gawvi @ 9:30 pm


Worship led by River Valley Worship. Guest speakers Matt Hearing and Sam Woods.


Children’s Department Shirt Fund Raiser We are selling long sleeve AFUMC shirts.  Adult shirts (S-XL) will be $20 and kid sizes will be $15.  Extended adult sizes will be available for an additional fee. The funds raised will help purchase a laminator for the church.  If you would like to purchase a shirt, please contact the Church Office or Heather Tallent.

New Sound Board! We are accepting monetary donations for our new sound board! It was installed in the sanctuary after Thanksgiving, along with new choir monitors, to enhance our worship experiences. Improved technology will help immensely, including digital technology which keeps our “normal” settings in memory for an optimal experience each week, even if settings got changed for special activities. This is something we have been working for and we appreciate your generous donations!

Pre-K Sunday School Volunteer Needed – We currently need someone to teach the Pre-K Sunday School class on the 4th Sunday of the month, beginning January 28.  Please consider volunteering!  Let Heather Tallent know if you are interested.  You must be Safe Sanctuary trained.

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

Jennifer Saunders Home Team Sheets – If you ordered sheets from the Jennifer Saunders Home Team, you can pick them up in the office.  If you need to pay for your sheets, you can leave a check in the office, also.



Jan 4th     Jack & Barbara Traylor and James & Cathy Golden



Dec 31st  Shane Brannon, Robert Fricker, Barbara Hall, and Wyatt Van Kirk

Jan 1st    Chris Hemphill, Vicki Hestley, and Callie Wilson

Jan 2nd   Terry Doss, Cathy Freeman, Glenn McNeal, Joanie Reynolds, Anna Taffar, and Lisa Vickers

Jan 3rd      Zachary Malone and Garrett Talbot

Jan 4th      Timothy Guthrie and Brent Shedd

Jan 5th      Jackson Liebner, Jennifer Talbot and Samuel Tankersley

Jan 6th      Carla Cook, Eloise Dobbs, Maliea Hill, Barbara Leak, and Chase McCain

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


Health and Healing

Freeman Allen, Melanie Arbuckle, Ben Brazelton, Roy Bryant, Beth & George Burks, Pam Cooper, Tim Cragg, Dianne Creel, Lorrie Duquette, John Freeman, Tammy Fritz, Ron Gonia, Conrad Hamilton, Neva Hestley, Stephanie Jennings, Lisa King, Danny Maze, Patricia McDowell, Cherie McNeal, Robert Millard (Joyce DeWeerth’s brother), Bert Morris, Chet Rowley, Alice Schmidt, T.L. Simmons, Carol & Frank Smith, Eleanor Annette Smith, Bruce Taylor, Dian Taylor, Avery Tincher, Cynthia (Sunny) Waters, and Gary Yessick




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