December 8, 2017
  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: Peace of Covenant
Genesis 12:1-3
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, and it's too late to order it online. We've been dreading...

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The Winter Rose Cantata 
 
Sunday, December 10 at 11:00am
Join our Advent Choir as they prepare us for the birth of our savior through The Winter Rose.  This cantata incorporates both traditional carols and newly composed anthems that visit the timeless Christmas story with fresh insight. Through use of music, narration and simple symbolism, this cantata presents the life of Christ from prophecy to passion.    
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. 
Budget Goal 
 
Christmas Services Schedule
 
Christmas Eve Morning
Sunday, December 24 
10:00am Sunday School 
11:00am One Worship Service
 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 
Sunday, December 24 
5:00 pm - Family Service  
(Children are invited to participate, no rehearsal necessary) 
 7:00 pm - Traditional Candlelight Service 
11:00 pm - Traditional Candlelight Service 
(no childcare provided for Christmas Eve services)
 
New Year's Eve Worship Service
  Sunday, December 31 
8:30am Covenant Communion Service 
9:00am HUB Contemporary Service 
10:00am Sunday School 
11:00am Cornerstone Traditional Service 
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! 
 
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: Jan Dedeke's mother Mildred Read; 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

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