Connecting Points – January 12, 2018

Church Office Closed – The Church Office will be closed tomorrow in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday.

Thank you – Thank you to everyone that volunteered their time to help take down the Christmas decorations at our Church. We really appreciate you!

Menu for Wednesday Night – Breakfast Night: biscuits and gravy, pancakes, scrambled eggs and cheese, hashbrowns, bacon and sausage, and desserts.

New Wednesday Night Adult Class on “Living in the God Zone”!  Wednesday night adult classes as well as youth and children’s activities resumed on Wednesday, January 10 at 6:00 pm. Men studies, women studies, coed studies, book discussions, video based, crocheting, knitting, you name it, there is something for everyone!  For adults, Pastor Steve is starting a new informal and conversational Bible study entitled “Living in the God Zone.” We will search the Old and New Testaments for the pervasive scriptural theme of the “kingdom of God” and discuss how to live in this new reality with grace and truth. Our pastor’s class is open to all adults. There is no homework and you can start anytime! Located in room 117.

“Discerning the Voice of God” Thursday Bible Study – “Is that you, God?” Have you asked that question before? Maybe many times.  How do we know if it’s God speaking to us or just our own wants and desires making themselves known? It’s called discernment……being able to discern the voice of God from all the other voices we hear. On January 18th a new study by Priscilla Shirer will be offered entitled “Discerning the Voice of God”. Nancy Stewart will lead this seven week study each Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. in class room 101. As Shirer explains, “God desires a personal relationship with each of us in which He speaks directly to us. The more intimate your relationship with Him, the clearer God’s voice becomes!” Come joins at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 18th. If you have questions or need a book, contact Nancy Stewart at 256/586-0351.

Young in Heart – For our January meeting, Young-In-Heart, the Senior Adult Ministry of AFUMC will gather on the 18th, at 11:00AM in the Church fellowship hall for our post-holiday gathering. Be prepared to be treated to some truly wonderful bluegrass and gospel music presented by the FBC Pickers. Lunch will be our ever popular no charge pot luck “Blue Plate Special”.  Please bring your favorite southern side dish or dessert.  A signup sheet will be in the Narthex, please indicate the item(s) you will bring. Fish and chicken strips will be provided. Your 2018, $15 annual dues are now due and may be paid at the door.
Our first Church Council meeting of the year is our Leadership Summit on Sunday, January 21, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. This will be a mini-retreat held at North Alabama Retreat on 695 Light Gap Road in Arab. This is a retreat center in Arab operated by Community Church (15 minutes from Arab First UMC) and graciously offered for our use. If you would like, please bring a snack or a sweet to share. Water and coffee will be provided. To prepare for this year’s strategic planning, we will do a book study on “Lasting Impact” by Carey Niewhof at the session, and we will ask some of the questions the book poses. We have some copies of the book in the office for those of you who would like to purchase one and read it before the meeting. Please drop by the church office prior to January 21 and make a check out to the church for $16. Make plans to attend and we look forward to seeing you at the Leadership Summit! I apologize, but due to limited facilities we will not be able to offer nursery services.

Pastor Steve & Sandy West Invite You to the
“Explorations” Class
Beginning:  Sunday, January 28
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Sisters Classroom

 We invite you to join us for a five-week class. It will start on Sunday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m. at the church and for the final session, we will be invited to coffee and dessert at the church parsonage. We will share about the story of American Methodism, basic beliefs, and the ministries of our church. There is no commitment just by coming, so come to learn and share!

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.

Thank you from the Youth – Thank you to all who supported our youth at Encounter Weekend, it was a huge success. You contributed to help to find lost youth in our community and give them the opportunity to experience an Encounter with the Lord. It truly is a blessing to witness over 600 youth come together regardless of denominational differences and worship together as a unified body of Christ. Our hope with Encounter is to be an example of unity among the churches in our community. Without your support, many students in our community would not have had this wonderful opportunity. Thank you again for all the support you give to our youth here at AFUMC. You truly are making a difference in their lives.

No anniversaries to report this week


Jan 14th   Joyce DeWeerth

Jan 15th   Katherine Brassell and Wesley Hart

Jan 16th     Aiden Grace, Katie Jones, Alison Kirkpatrick, James Martin, and Tommy Taylor

Jan 17th   Dalton Clayton, Riley McCoy, Phyllis McGruder, and Josh Shumate

Jan 18th     Randy Linn and Mitzi Marbry

Jan 19th    Deborah Hilty, Bonnie Hitt, and Wayne Kendrick

Jan 20th    R. Kyle Winslett


In order to keep our prayer list up to date we have started over since it is a new year.  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

Jennifer Brown


Health and Healing

Ron Gonia, John Freeman, Allen Tant





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