December 2, 2016
  Aledo United Methodist Church   
Making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world
by loving, knowing, and serving our God.
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This Sunday's Message: "More Than A Wonderful Life"
Matthew 2:11
The Road Less Traveled
If you missed the Deck the Halls Chili Cook-off and Hanging of the Greens worship service on Sunday, you really missed a great time. I'm not sure how many people crowded in to the Fellowship Hall, but it was standing room only as folks made their way around the room to sample more than a dozen different types of chili. But the highlight of the evening was when we gathered in the Sanctuary...

Breakfast With Santa
Saturday, December 3, 9:00-10:30am
Come enjoy a pancake breakfast, crafts and photos with Santa himself. We will be accepting donations of wrapping paper for the Aledo Advocats Angel Project at the breakfast.

Poinsettia Sales
Sunday, December 4, last day to purchase!
Let's fill the sanctuary with beautiful flowers for Advent! Poinsettias may be ordered at the Connection Center for $15 each. Plants will be displayed in the sanctuary through Christmas Eve, and those who purchase plants may take them home after the Christmas Eve services.
Chili Cook-off Winners
Congratulations to all of our Chili Cook-off winners:
Regular Chili - Thomas Eatinger
Spicy Chili - Brittany Stevens
Not Your Momma's Chili - Josh and Ella Johnson
$100,000 Challenge
We are well on our way to meeting the challenge to raise $100,000 above our regular budgeted giving by the end of December.  To date we are approaching $60,000 in additional gifts.  Meeting this goal will not only help us end 2016 financially strong and meet all of our commitments, but also to enter 2017 with healthy cash reserves that will enable us to remain faithful to God's call to mission and ministry, even during those months when we traditionally operate at a deficit.

What can you do?
First, be in prayer for our church family as we strive to follow God's call to ministry and service in our community and around the world.
Second, review your latest statement of giving and make the commitment to fulfill your pledge before the end of December.
Third, consider an additional gift of cash, stock or other investment that will not only help you come tax time, but will help Aledo UMC reach our $100,000 goal.   When you make your gift, designate it for the "$100,000 Challenge."


Ladies' Christmas Party and Ornament Exchange
Monday, December 5 at 6:00pm
All ladies are invited to join us for our annual Christmas ornament exchange and holiday fellowship at Nelda McGlinchey's home (8497 S. FM 1187, one mile past the "big cow"). Bring an appetizer or dessert to share.  Meet at church at 5:45, if you would like to carpool.
 
Cookies With Love
Join us in sending a care package of cookies to those deployed around the world in defense of our country. When you are baking for the holiday, just bake a few extras. Place one dozen cookies in a one-gallon zip lock-type sealable bag. Include a note taped to each bag saying, "Cookies with Love, Aledo UMC, Aledo, TX." Then bring the bags to church by Wednesday, December 14 , and volunteers will prepare them for shipment.
"A Night of the Father's Love" Cantata
Sunday, December 18, 11:00am
Come hear the sounds of the season as the Chancel and Advent choirs present "A Night of the Father's Love". This will be a Sunday to remember as the story of Jesus is told through narration and song.
Student Ministries Christmas Parties
Sunday, December 18, Jr. High 2:00-4:00pm, Sr. High 4:00-6:00pm
Our Jr. High party will be at the home of Glenn Rogers and Mandy Moody. The Sr. High party will be at the home of Russell and Staci Smith. For more information email
Ladies Winter Retreat
January 27-28, Texas Star Ranch
John 15:1-8 tells us that we are NOT simply meant to survive this life but we are to Flourish !  We will dig deep into this passage to discover just what Jesus means and how we can flourish to the Father's glory. Register by January 15th at the Connection Center, Aledo United Methodist Church Facebook page, or here!  Cost is $85-$100 per person.
Confirmation 2017
Starting Sunday, January 22, 4:00-6:00pm
Christmas Services Schedule
Travelers Service, Tuesday
December 20, 6:30pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Saturday, December 24
5:00 pm - Family Service
(All children are invited to participate, no rehearsal necessary.)
7:00 pm - Traditional Candlelight Service
11:00 pm - Traditional Candlelight Service
Christmas Day Worship Service
10:30 am - One service (no Sunday School or childcare)
New Year's Day Worship Service
10:30 am - One service (no Sunday School or childcare)

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

Concerns: Shannon Daugherty; Jayne Dawson's brother, Stan Huntsinger; Lori Mares; Joan Ward; Tammy Leifeste's grandmother, Esther Baer; Peggy Badlato; Chris Coble's father, Larry; Carrie Hester; Shirley Bransom-Cosper
 
Special members who are unable to worship with us:  Micki Authier; C.D. and Mattie Graham; Wynell Stevens
 
Joys: Dan and Jan Tonroy, Conner and Amanda Tonroy on the birth of their grandson/son, Jackson Hayes Tonroy
 
Sympathies: Sue Van Valkenburg on the loss of her sister Glee Davis; Mary and Mike Mock of the death of her sister Dorothy
 
Long-term prayer concerns:   Daryl Stanaway's sister-in-law, Sharon Stanaway; Buddy Martin; Robert Hare; Amber Weeks; Janie Faris; Glenn Rogers' great-nephew, McCrae Trammell; Rita Maddux-Potter; Stella Lee's daughter, Sherroll Shirley; Larry Wicker; Steven Cole's mother, JoAnn Cole; Kikee Kupper's father, Briscoe Dunn; Kathy Mayotte's father, A. Ken Hartle; Connie Dryden; Chase Peysen; Mason Gomez; Gavin Trietsch; Butch Fernstrom; All Military Personnel