Connecting Points

Connecting Points
August 1, 2021
Connecting people with Christ...
through worship, growth, and service.

Join Us for Worship in the Sanctuary or Online
Our services are also live streamed on our social media accounts:
Facebook -
YouTube -
 You can also listen live to the traditional service at 11AM
on WRAB 1380AM.
Read the entire Bible or just the New Testament in 2021! 
Read the entire Bible or just the New Testament in 2021! 
Week 31
Jonah; Matt 11
2 Kings 13-14; 2 Chr 25; Ps 53; Matt 12
Amos 1-3; Matt 13
Amos 4-6; Psalm 55; Matt 14
Amos 7-9; Matt 15
(for the full year schedule to print out or save visit and printed copies are available in the resource centers on the church campus)
Joe & Janet Williams and Eunice Manning joined AFUMC on Sunday, July 25. Welcome to the AFUMC family!
The 8AM service will begin on August 15th with two changes: (1) the service will take place downstairs in room 121 (2) the service will run until 8:45am to allow for more singing and liturgy.
The Back to Christ and the Bible small group study will move from 10AM to 9AM to give attendees at the 8am service an opportunity to participate in a small group. If you would be interested in serving as a greeter or usher at this service or in any other capacity, please contact the church office at 256-586-5792.

Want to have a 72 Hour Retreat Experience that will bless and fill your life with God’s grace and love?  Then the Alabama Walk to Emmaus is for you!  This retreat is held at Camp Sumatanga in Gallant, Alabama, for men and women, several times through the year.  A church member who has been on the retreat will sponsor you, meaning they will answer all your questions, take you to and pick you up from the retreat, and help in any way needed while you are on your retreat Thursday evening through Sunday evening.

Find out more information at, or by asking anyone who has attended the retreat (our pastors Todd and Nicky would love to discuss with you), and applications are available in the church office or CLICK HERE for the application

The Fall Schedule for ‚ÄúWalks‚ÄĚ are:

  • Walk 494 (Women) ¬†August 12-15
  • Walk 495 (Men) ¬†August 26-29
  • Walk 496 ¬†(Women) ¬†September 9-12
  • Walk 497 (Men) ¬†October 14-17

Don’t delay getting your application filled out, the Emmaus Community will help you find a sponsor/friend, and getting your application and payment turned in to reserve your spot. 

Encounter God Weekend, September 17-18, at Liberty Church Campfire Campus.  Pastor Todd and member Alan Tant, will be joining the Liberty Church team to host this event for those wanting to encounter God and find freedom in some new and deepening ways. Registration is open to the first 12 persons who register. Contact the church office for more information and to get registered. 

AFUMC Campfire Retreat August 6-8 ‚Äď DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS AUGUST 1 - You are invited to spend the weekend in nature at Camp Cha-La-Kee in Guntersville! You are welcome to stay in tents, the bunk house or just come for the day and sleep in your own bed! All ages are invited for this church-wide event. Registration required (so adequate food, lifeguards, accommodations, etc.)¬†
CLICK HERE to register!
Steeple to Steeple - We would like to thank all of the participants and volunteers that helped make the Steeple to Steeple 5K race/1 Mile Fun Run a success. It took place on Saturday, July 24. To see additional photos CLICK HERE
Rise Up O Man of God Conference ‚Äď Men from area churches coming together to seek the face of God. Saturday, September 11 from 8AM ‚Äď noon at Old Brashiers Chapel. Pastor Todd will be speaking at this conference.
Serve at the Connect Kitchen - The UMM is partnering with Gilliam Springs Baptist Church to help with their Connect Kitchen program.. For the past several years, their church has been providing hot meals to anyone in our community every Thursday night from 5:30 p.m. to 7;00 p.m.  We have volunteered to be part of their serve team. We have been assigned September 16 to help with this worthy project.   We are opening this opportunity to anyone in our church who would like to assist. If you are interested, please contact the church office.  We are limited to 15 people per evening so please let us know asap.  
It’s UMCOR Shoebox Time!  If you and/or your family would like to give the gift of a shoebox this year the detailed information and boxes are in the church office.  Our UMCOR shoebox ministry works hard to provide these boxes to developing nation children.  These boxes are a wonderful gift and enables our UM missionaries and local pastors to share Jesus’ story with children.  If you would prefer to donate items to fill the shoeboxes, please check the information sheets for needs, and monetary donations are always welcome.  You can leave donations in the church office.  The deadline for the boxes is August 15.  If you would like to help or you have questions please call Debby Heidt at 256-797-4648.

For several years AFUMC has participated in a Christmas Shoe Box ministry sponsored by the North Alabama Disaster Relief Warehouse. UM Churches throughout the southeastern US work together to provide our UM missionaries and local pastors with Christmas gifts and the Christmas story to children they minister to. In 2019, over 13,000 boxes were distributed in 9 different countries: Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ecuador, and Mexico. You can find detailed information and boxes in the church office.  
Lee Family Choir Scholarship - The mission is to promote the music ministry of Arab First UMC, further the musical training of youth in our community, and serve as an outreach to families of teens. This annual scholarship program is open to all high school students, as well as undergraduate or graduate students at a college or university, who commit to actively singing in our choir for one year. If you would like to apply applications are available in the church office or you may click the links below. Please turn in your application by August 1.
CLICK HERE for the application
CLICK HERE for the bylaws
An enormous THANK YOU to everyone who donated to or worked in our Ghana fundraising yard sale!  We raised $1,127 to help fund this years trip.  We are so thankful for all the wonderful donations we received and to every person who helped us over the weekend.  This is a great start to our fundraising efforts and we could not have done it without you.  Please continue to keep the mission in your prayers as we work towards a successful trip at the end of the year.
Do you have a prayer request? Call the church office at 256-586-5792 or go to

Health and Healing
Debbie Anderman, Doreen Bates, Lesa Bellin, Susan Benefield, Nel Brock, Max Carter, Clark, Pam Cooper, Laura Creel, Joyce DeWeerth, Jean Ecker, Elvira Gilkeson, Peggy Grace, Megan Hamilton, Linda Hart, Ann Hayes, Jeff Hestley, Caroline Hinds, Max Hyatt, Barbara Hyatt, Bonnie Isbell, LaRene Jennings, Fred Keith, Beth Lee, Rev. Stacy Lee, Dorisa Miller, Virginia Moon, Jennifer Scott, Donnie Walker, Sally Gregory York, DJ Yow, and people dealing with COVID-19

Aug 2    Mitch & Melisa Stone
Aug 6    Rudy & Doris Adler
Aug 7    Clayton & Laura Liebner, Mike & Lisa Whitlock

Aug 1    Jesse Shelton
Aug 2    Scott Nixon
Aug 3    Benjamin Tallent, Johnny Tidmore
Aug 5    Todd Zakrzewski
Aug 6    Mossie Maurer
In honor of Rudy & Doris Adler’s Anniversary
By: Jennifer Talbot & Erich Adler
In memory of Richard Carlisle & Herbert Bates
By: Karen Carlisle & Doreen Bates

Giving, Worship, & Small Group Attendance for Week of July 25
Worship ~ In-person ‚Äď 239 & Online/Radio ‚Äď 147
Small Groups ~ Adults ‚Äď 150¬† ~ Youth -¬† 20 ~ Children - 30
General Fund       
Received  $ 12,937.66
Year to Date   $ 353,139.46   

Building Fund 
Received  $ 1,665.19
Year to Date  $ 66,832.88  
Arab First United Methodist Church
1058 North Main Street
Arab, AL 35016