August 24, 2018
  Aledo United Methodist Church   
Making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world
by loving, knowing, and serving our God.
This Sunday's Message: Pick One
Sermon Text: Genesis 1:28-31
The Road Less Traveled 
This column originally appeared in August 2014. Several people have mentioned it and asked that it be republished.
Melissa and I, like many of you, are preparing to send our children off to school on Monday. It's an exciting time for our two who are still at home, exciting and a little anxious as well. It's not only a new... 

Back to School Bash   
Sunday, August 26th, 12:00pm
There will be one service at 11:00 followed by food, games and water slides at noon!  Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for a picnic lunch from the food trucks. We are still in need of people to help with games and monitor the water slides.  Sign up at the Connection Center or email to help.

Lord's Acre Auction Items    
You have what we need!  We are seeking donations for the Lord's Acre auction. You, or someone you know, has a new item that's waiting to be donated! Items can range in value from small gift cards to week long condo/cabin getaways.  Please contact Erica Gantt (571-419-1161, Silent Auction) or Linda Belota (817-505-9691, Live Auction) with your donations.   All proceeds from the Lord's Acre fund our local missions for the next year.  Donations are tax deductible.   
Director of Children's Ministry   
It is with sadness that we announce that Jennifer McDaniel, Director of Children's Ministries, will be leaving us in the coming weeks.  Jennifer's husband, Clay, has accepted a position in Savannah, Georgia, and the family will be relocating this fall.  We give thanks to God for the ministry that Jennifer has shared with our children and their families, and we will making plans to properly celebrate that ministry in the next few weeks.  In the meantime, the Staff-Parish Relations Committee will begin a search for Jennifer's replacement. 
New Sermon Series
Sunday, August 26th 
Awe & Wonder:  The Bible Through a Child's Eye
A new fall sermon series begins on August 26 as our students prepare to head back to school.  Awe & Wonder:  The Bible Through a Child's Eye will explore some of the most loved Bible stories, and those stories will be told by our children.  The kids have been working all summer telling these stories, and you won't want to miss seeing the fruits of their labor.

Be A Part Of Prison Ministry  
Please sign-up at the Connection Center to pray for the upcoming Epiphany, a 3-day prison ministry weekend (Labor Day) at the girl's unit in Brownwood.  You can also help support the weekend by purchasing a $5 meal ticket; help feed the girls & remind them that they are not forgotten. Please support this life-changing ministry!  
Opportunities to Serve  
Sunday School Teachers and Nursery Caregivers  are NEEDED.  Please sign up at the Connection Center.  For more information on nursery and elementary school teachers, contact Jennifer.  For information on youth teachers, contact Rachelle.
Children's Wednesday Nights    
September 5th, 6:00pm
Children's programming will meet ONLY on the first Wednesday of the month starting in September. We will work on the Manna Room and Snack Sacks each month.  We will continue to have Family Nights once a month.  For more information, check the Children's Ministry Newsletter or contact Jennifer
Class resumes Wednesday, September 5th, 6:00pm, Gathering Room
Our English word Dialogue comes from the Greek Dialogos. Dialogue is the sharing of ideas with the goal of each party growing in understanding. Beginning Sept. 5, we will jump back into our attempt to live further into that ideal. Each week Pastor Lee leads a discussion into the previous Sunday's sermon text, encouraging participants to delve deeper into Scripture and the larger message it contains. This is a serious study for Disciples who are seeking to engage the Bible and their faith at a deep level. Email Pastor Lee for more information.
Java & Jesus    
Starts Thursday, September 6th, 10:30am, Gathering Room
This is a gathering for "busy moms" who are interested in fellowship and an encouraging Word. (We'll share coffee and breakfast snacks, as well!) No outside reading required! Childcare provided! Contact Trudy Smith for more information. 
Tuesday Morning Bible Study    
Starting Tuesday, September 11th, 10:00am, Chapel 
"Who Do You Say I Am?"  The Tuesday Morning Bible Study will be studying the gospels and searching for this answer.  We will use the book "Parallel Gospels in Harmony" by David Reed.  You can order the book through Amazon or you can use a Bible that you already own.  We will begin our study on Tuesday, September 11th from 10 am to noon in the Chapel.  Anyone who wants to join us is welcome.  All you have to do is show up on Tuesday Morning.  The study will continue through the first part of December.  For more information contact Sussie Jordan at 512-923-9268 or 
God, Grace and Girlfriends   
Starting September 17th, 6:30am, Aledo Diner
All Senior High girls are invited to meet one Monday morning a month for a special Bible Study centered around "Girlfriends Growing in God", led by Shannon Reynolds. The Fall study will conclude with an overnight trip.  Moms are welcome too!  RSVP to Shannon Reynolds at 817-991-3049. 
Manna Room Items Needed 
Every week, our Manna Room provides food for families in need in our community. We are currently running low on the following items:
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 lb. bags of rice
Thank you for your faithfulness in helping feed our hungry neighbors! 
Lord's Acre Book Sale  
Lord's Acre will be having a Book Sale this year.   Now's the time to clean out your closets and shelves of books that you may have read and no longer want.  Donations of all genre are needed:  Adult, Youth, Children, Fiction, Biography, How-To Books, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery, Adventure, Cookbooks and Classics.  We will be reselling the books as a part of Lord's Acre.  Donations of books can be left in the bins in the Narthex. 
 Did you know... Aledo UMC has an online directory?
ACS is our church database that is available to our members.  You may visit our website and find the "Log In" in the upper right corner.  To log in, start with the email address the church has for you, then follow the prompts.   
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In your times of prayer throughout the week, please remember the people named below.

Concerns: Deanna McMullen's son Patrick McMullen; Diane Smith; Jim Doss; Nelda McGlinchey; Tracey Boyes' father Bill McMillan; Rachelle Moreland's sister Jennifer Ortiz; Kikee Kupper's dad Briscoe Dunn; Mary Hart; Sara Reed's mother Paula Duckering; Geneyne Clark  
Special members who are unable to worship with us:  C.D. and Mattie Graham; Rev. John Johnson; Douglas and Barbara Moore

Long-term prayer concerns:  Jennifer Kirkpatrick's mother Judy WendtMary Madewell; Wilson Adams;  Meghan Rothwell; Kristin Bryan's parents Mike and Pat Brady; Jim Glenn; Matt Grantham; Kathy Mayotte's nephew Jeremy Hartle; Greg Barnes' father, Jim Barnes; Bill Bradle; Joy Moore's brother Steve Moore; Jeff O'Donald's brother Gaylan Hood; Stella Lee's daughter, Sherroll Shirley; Carrie Hester; Nikki Dryden's cousin Pat Tripp; Kelly O'Donald's sister, Amy Clinton;   Daryl Stanaway's sister-in-law, Sharon Stanaway; Steven Cole's mother, JoAnn Cole; All Military Personnel