December 1, 2017
  Aledo United Methodist Church   
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This Sunday's Message: Hope of Relationship
Genesis 1:26-31
The Road Less Traveled
It's that time of year again. For me it used to be when I started sweating Christmas ideas for my wife, who proves to be incredibly hard to buy for. It was the time that we shopped for the kids, tried to come up with perfect gift idea for my Dad - who is impossible to buy for...

 

Commitment Card Update
We had an incredible response on Commitment Sunday.  106 Aledo UMC families brought Commitment Cards to the altar, representing the reaffirmation of their vows to be a part of the work of the church through their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.  We are well on our way to meeting our goal of every family that calls Aledo UMC home to be a part of that commitment.  If you have not yet returned your Commitment Card, it is not too late.  You can drop it in the offering plate on Sunday, bring it to the altar at the end of the service, bring it by the office or drop it in the mail.  Commitment Cards are available in the Narthex Kiosk and in the Sanctuary pews.
Thank you for your faithfulness! 
 
Poinsettia Sales
Music Ministries' annual poinsettia sale ends Sunday. Let's fill the sanctuary with beautiful flowers for Advent! Poinsettias may be ordered at the Connection Center for $15. Plants will be displayed in the sanctuary through Christmas Eve, and those who purchase plants may take them home after the Christmas Eve services.
 
Breakfast with Santa 
Saturday, December 2, 9:00-10:30 am
Join us for a pancake breakfast, crafts, and pictures with Santa. There is no cost for this event. However, we will be accepting donations of gift wrap and scotch tape for the Aledo Advocats Angel Tree. This is a community event, so please invite your family and friends.
 
Annual Chili Cookoff and Deck the Halls
Sunday, December 3, 5:30pm
Join us for one of our favorite events of the year! Our annual chili cook-off begins at 5:30pm, followed by the Deck the Halls worship service and decorating of the tree and sanctuary at 6:30pm. Children have a special role during the service of hanging the
Chrismons on the tree! Sign-up to enter the chili cook-off at the Connection Center or just come share in dinner and fellowship. Prizes will be awarded in three categories - Regular, Spicy, and "Not Your Mama's." Desserts are welcome as well.
Meet AUMC's New Director of Student Ministries
Sunday, December 3, 5:30pm
Rachelle Moreland will be at our Annual Chili Cookoff.
Be sure to introduce yourself and welcome her to our
AUMC family.





Ladies' Christmas Party and Ornament Exchange
Monday, December 4, at 6:00pm
All women are invited to attend the Annual Ornament Exchange graciously hosted by Nelda McGlinchey (8497 S. FM 1187, on the right, one mile past the big cow). Please bring a gift-wrapped ornament ($10.00 value) to exchange as well as an appetizer or dessert to share. The women's ministry is collecting money (cash not checks) for Christmas food baskets, to be distributed via Family Pathfinders. Please RSVP to Heather Stark if you plan on attending. If anyone needs to carpool, we can make arrangements to meet at the church and ride together.

Holland Lake Nursing Center Visit 
 
Monday, December 11 at 4:00pm
Children's Ministry will be visiting the Holland Lake Nursing Center. Families are invited to meet there to make Christmas cards with the residents. The address is 1201 Holland Lake Drive in Weatherford.
Christmas Cookie Exchange

Wednesday, December 13, 5:30pm
The next AUMC Family Fun Night will be a Christmas Cookie Exchange. Please bring at least 3 dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies to share. Everyone will get to bring 2 dozen cookies home and the remaining cookies will be sent to US Military Troops. Pizza dinner will be served at 5:30pm ($1/slice) and the Cookie Exchange will begin at 6:30.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group 
 
Thursday, December 14, 1:00-3:00pm
This month will be a time of sharing. A short video by Teepa Snow, a world renowned Dementia Caregiver Advisor, will be shown. We will also have Kaleidoscope for our loved ones with dementia. 
On the Go Devo

    Sometimes life keeps you away from church on Sunday, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out.  Our weekly ON THE GO DEVO keeps you talking about what your church family is talking about, even if you can't be here.  You can subscribe to have the DEVO delivered to your mobile device each week by texting ONTHEGO to 68398.

     

Are you taking advantage of electronic giving?
When we join the church, we pledge to support the life and ministry of the church with our financial gifts. That can get complicated on those weeks when we can't be here as the offering plate comes around. But through electronic giving, you remain faithful to your membership vows, even on those weeks when life takes you elsewhere. It's easy. It's safe. And it benefits both you and your church family. Setting it up is easy and only takes a few minutes. Contact Shari Birchell at sharibirchell@aledoumc.org to set up an automatic transfer from your checking account. Or go to aledoumc.org/give to use your credit or debit card.

PRAYERS
In your times of prayer throughout the week, please remember the people named below.


Concerns: Sharron Burt's brother-in-law Gordon Sagebill; Nancy Johnson's sister Sally Yow; Diane Smith; Joy Moore's brother Steve Moore; Douglas and Barbara Moore; Brittany Stevens; Lynnda Burroughs; Darren McCarley; Christi Schmidt; Jeff O'Donald's brother Gaylan Hood; ; Randy Lockhart's sister Cheryl

Special members who are unable to worship with us: Buddy and Ann Martin; C.D. and Mattie Graham; Rev. John Johnson

Joys: Sharon Hampton on the birth of her grandson, James Orion Hampton

Long-term prayer concerns: Judy Hale; Kristen Bryan's mother; Michael Groom's nephew Ryan McNatt Jr.; Ben Coms; Isobel O'Gorman; Wayne McGregor; Stella Lee's daughter, Sherroll Shirley; Toni McGregory's daughter Adriane Mason; Mark Greenough's niece Melinda Lee; Carrie Hester; Sarah Reed's mother Paula Duckering; 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; Mason Gomez; Gavin Trietsch; All Military Personnel