Connecting Points – February 4, 2018

Collecting Cans for TESA – The Youth will be collecting cans and monetary donations for TESA through February 11th. Just drop your canned food items off in one of the baskets near the sanctuary, fellowship hall, or church office. If you would like to make a monetary donations please make a check out to AFUMC and in the memo line put TESA.

Youth Super Bowl Party TonightAll Youth are invited to the Super Bowl Party tonight at the Youth House at 5:30 p.m. Guys bring a dessert and girls bring a side or snack.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE – IF:Gathering 2018 (February 9-10) What IF we followed God with perseverance instead of insecurity? At IF:Gathering 2018, we will look at one of Paul’s letters to Timothy as he reminded him of the power and responsibly of sharing the gospel. We want to give God away in the very places He’s put us, so we’re going to gather for the purpose of remembering why following God and making disciples matters. We all get tired, we all wonder if what we’re doing matters, so IF:Gathering 2018 will be the reminder- it will be the celebration. The work we’re doing to share the gospel on the earth is worth it and God DOES move through the little things that nobody sees.

Join us on Friday, February 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, February 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for IF:Arab, our IF:Local in the fellowship hall here at AFUMC. This two-day event is a livestream of IF:Gathering 2018 in the comfort of our own community. Bring a friend and prepare your heart for a life-changing experience. You can find the schedule of events on the IF:Arab Facebook page and on the church website. Questions? Contact Brooke Hemphill at 256-640-3292.

We are able to provide this event for free on the faith that God will provide what is needed to do so. We ask that you please register online, and if you are able, give a donation:

Menu for February
February 7
– Beef stew, grilled cheese sandwiches and chips, salad, and desserts

February 14 – Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day
Fettuccine alfredo, salad, cheesy bread, mushroom bread, cheese pizzas, and desserts

February 21 – Stuffed burritos, taco egg rolls, nachos, salad, pizza rolls, and desserts

February 28 – Spaghetti & meatballs, green beans, salad, garlic bread, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and birthday cake

New to our Church?
Pastor Steve & Sandy West Invite  You to the “Explorations Class”
Sunday Nights
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Sisters Classroom

We invite you to join us for a five-week class. It started Sunday, January 28, at 6:00 p.m. but you welcome to come anytime. For the final session, we will invite the class 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!

JAAM Information – JAAM Kids be involved in worship at the 9:30 and 10:55 services on Sunday, February 11.

Piano Volunteer for JAAM JAAM is looking for someone to come and play piano on Wednesday’s between 4 and 5 o’clock.  If you like kids, play piano and can help, please call Debby Heidt at 256-797-4648.

Ash Wednesday Service, February 14th at 6:00 p.m. – This year’s Ash Wednesday Service will be different than the usual! In addition to receiving the sign of the ashes, the service will include time for interactive, kid and family friendly stations for Lenten activities using clay, candles, etc. Plan to come and experience the beginning of the season of Lent in a whole new way!

Lenten Lunches – The Arab Ministerial Association will once again be sponsoring Lenten lunches. This is an opportunity for people of all of our community churches, plus anyone else who would like to come, to gather each week of the Lenten season. Each noonday service will begin at 12:00 noon at the host church and conclude in time to eat lunch together at 12:30 pm.

First UMC will be hosting the Lenten lunch on Wednesday, March 21, during spring break from school. Here is the complete schedule:

Feb 14 – Community Church / Dr. Tom George, preaching

Feb 21 – Gilliam Springs Baptist / Scott Campbell, preaching

Feb 28 – First Baptist / Steve West, preaching

March 7 – Liberty / Keith Parker, preaching

March 14 – Arab Church of God / Junior Plunkett, preaching

March 21 – AFUMC / Robert Hartwell, preaching

March 28 – Pleasant Valley Baptist / Jamey Pruitt, preaching

Young in Heart Meeting– We are indeed fortunate that we were able to reschedule our entertainment for our next meeting at 11 AM on February 15th.. Come with us and enjoy this day of Christian fellowship, fun and food.  Be prepared to be treated to some truly wonderful bluegrass and gospel music presented by the FBC Pickers. This group of talented musicians comes to us from First Baptist Church in Guntersville. Wear your toe tappin’ shoes!

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. All seniors are invited to join our fellowship. Guests are always welcome.  See you there!

Church Office Closed – The Church Office will be closed on Monday, February 19 for President’s Day.

Seder Meal Table Settings NEEDED! The Seder Meal, a traditional Passover guided meal, will be on Thursday, March 29th. We need help with setting the tables! This entails you bringing nice (not paper products) table settings to serve six people (unless otherwise specified) and should include the following: Dinner plate, dessert plate, drinking glass, cloth napkin, silverware (2 forks, knife and spoon), serving utensils, 1 serving platter, 4 serving bowls, small bowl for water (handwashing), salt and pepper shakers, butter dish, and coffee cups (optional).  You may dress up your table with placemats, table runners or fabric squares, however, centerpieces will be provided for each table to encompass the traditions of the Seder Meal. To sign up or for additional information, contact Brooke Hemphill at or 256-640-3292.

Children’s Department Fund Raiser We will be 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, you can pick one up in the Church Office.

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 2/25 and 3/25.  If you are willing to assist in this worthwhile endeavor, please contact Marc Scarborough or John Richey.

Children’s Christmas Shoe Boxes for 2018 – This year we are collecting Christmas shoe boxes for UMCOR. The JAAM kids will stuff boxes. These shoe boxes go to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras and Panama and other countries where our United Methodist Missionaries are located.  There are specific items the boxes should contain so we will collect by month.  The cost of the boxes is $5.00 and half pays shipping and half goes to the missionary to assist those children with the greatness need.  The targeted ages are 2-12 years.  Because the UMCOR boxes strive for consistent and equal items for the child we will focus our collection of items by the month listed below.  (Wicker boxes will be by door entrances)

February – Hot Wheels Cars, Small Dolls, Marbles (no more than 5/baggie,) Small balls & hand pump, and McDonalds Toys



Feb 10th    Sandra & Melvin Henderson

Feb 4th     Neville Anders, John Cord, Mary Knutson, Joey Light, Campbell Loftis, and Ann Lynch

Feb 6th     John Baxter, Linda Hedricks, and Conner Lowery

Feb 7th     Nancy Bowers, Bob Crawford, and Stephanie Tidmore
Feb 8th     Billie Cragg, Andrea Elrod, Jack Houser, Jamey Linn III, James Saunders, and Eli Wesolek

Feb 9th      Gail Doss and Lynn James

Feb 10th     Amelia Johnson, Mary Johnson, and Milo Spethman


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 Care list please complete the prayer cards in the pews, call the Church Office (256-586-5792) or email the Church Office at


Cancer Care

Jennifer Brown


Health and Healing

Ron Gonia, John Freeman, Fran Roberts, Allen Tant, Bruce Taylor, and Peg Tremblay







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