December 23, 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: "The Light That Leads Us Home"
John 8:12
The Road Less Traveled
It's a Christmas tradition of sorts. But maybe one that we don't necessarily recognize at the time. We find ourselves driving to the store because we finally have to get the gift for Mom and Dad. We've been dreading it, putting it off. After all, what do you buy for the people who have everything? But we...

$100,000 Challenge
We are moving ever closer to meeting the challenge to raise $100,000 above our regular budgeted giving by the end of December. 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."

Christmas Services Schedule
 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Saturday, December 24
5:00 pm - Family Service
Children from birth through 6th grade are invited to participate in the Nativity. No rehearsal is needed. Children (with a parent) meet in the Chapel starting at 4:30 for costumes, then sit with family in the Sanctuary until they are directed to go to the Narthex to gather for the pageant. After the nativity is over, children will return to sit with their families.
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)

Holy Conversations
Beginning Sunday, January 8
We are preparing to move into our second round of holy conversations.  This next conversation will focus on the question, Who is our neighbor?  Your voice needs to be heard!  The second round of holy conversations will be held at the following times:

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017
6:30 p.m., Gathering Room

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
6:30 p.m., Gathering Room

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017
6:30 p.m., Gathering Room

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
10 a.m., Chapel
 
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
10 a.m., Chapel

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
6:30 p.m., Chapel

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
8:45 a.m., Gathering Room

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
11 a.m., Gathering Room

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
6:30 p.m., Gathering Room


January Sermon Series
Beginning January 8
Titletown, TX: Living Like the Champions We Are
What makes a champion? What strengths and traits combine to put you at the top of your game? Join us in January as we explore the minds and hearts of champions and discern how God calls and equips us to be champions in the game of Life.

Wednesday Nights
Resume January 11, 5:30pm
Join us on Wednesday nights for dinner from 5:30-6:30, and Pastor Lee's Bible study from 6:30-7:30, Practice Makes Perfect. Children and student programs will resume January 11 as well. Please visit aledoumc.org for times and details.
Practice Makes Perfect
6:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11
Do you resolve to be a more faithful disciple of Christ in 2017? It takes more than willpower - it takes spiritual discipline. Join Pastor Lee on Wednesday evenings in January as we explore the whys and the hows of the disciplines that keep us centered and draw us closer to Christ.

2017 Bible Studies
Tuesday Mornings Resume January 10 from 10:00-12:00
Facilitated by Sussie Jordan
Anyone is welcome to join this study. For more information, contact Sussie Jordan (512-923-9268) or sign up at the Connection Center.

Thursday Mornings Java & Jesus Resume January 12 from 10:00-11:30
Facilitated by Trudy Smith
Take your friendships off-line and join us! All ladies of the church - and friends! - are invited to be part of this weekly gathering. We will share coffee and a devotion, from I Love You More by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. Childcare is provided. For more info, contact trudysmith@aledoumc.org. Java and Jesus - the perfect blend!!
Purpose Weekend
January 13-15, 2017
We are excited to be going back to Arborlawn UMC for Purpose Weekend this year to be in ministry with our friends there. We will be sleeping at Arborlawn UMC all weekend, having worship/small groups, and doing a service project on Saturday. It is a great weekend for kids to refocus on God before the new semester really starts moving. Email  Blake Britt for registration information.
Confirmation 2017
Sundays, January 22- April 19, 4:00-6:00pm
For students 7th-12th grades. Contact Blake Britt for registration information.
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.
PRAYERS
In your times of prayer throughout the week, please remember the people named below.

Concerns: Jere Hand; Kelly O'Donald's sister, Amy Clinton; Beverly Choat; Brittany Stevens; Sharon Garner's grand nephew, Abram; Phyllis King; Fred & Peggy Holt's cousins, Charlie & Renae Deaton; Blake Britt's father, Rodney Britt; Shannon Daugherty; Jayne Dawson's brother, Stan Huntsinger; Lori Mares; Joan Ward; Tammy Leifeste's grandmother, Esther Baer; Peggy Badlato; Carrie Hester

Special members who are unable to worship with us:  Micki Authier; C.D. and Mattie Graham; Wynell Stevens

Long-term prayer concerns:   Daryl Stanaway's sister-in-law, Sharon Stanaway; Buddy Martin; Robert Hare; 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