December 9, 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: "Beyond A Christmas Carol"
Luke 1: 30-33
The Road Less Traveled
I received an email from one of our devoted members this week posing some questions about prayer. This young lady had received a request to pray for an injured child, suggesting that the more people who prayed for this child, the more likely God would bring healing and restore him to his family. Her question essentially was, why do we pray? Do we believe that because this particular child has hundreds of people praying for him that he will be saved, versus a Syrian refugee...

1187 Bridge Closure!
FM 1187 northbound and southbound across the I-20 bridge will be CLOSED Friday evening December 9th,  beginning at  9:00pm until 5:00am Monday morning December 12th.  Traffic on the I-20 main lanes will remain open along with the FM 1187 ramps to and from I-20.
Thank you!
Dear Aledo UMC Family,
We finished putting wrapping paper in the gift bags last night for all the Aledo Advocat Angels and I wanted to tell you that what you provided - through Breakfast with Sants -  took us over the top !!!!!!  Thank you so much !!!!!  Our larger families got boxed sets of wrapping and each family got a big or two small rolls of wrapping.  It is truly amazing what we can accomplish as part of such a giving community !!!

Just to let you know - we are giving 421 kids Christmas gifts and that has touched 178 Aledo families lives this Christmas.

Thank you to you and to your church family.

Merry Christmas,
Carlynn Messer & Amanda delMas
Aledo Children's Advocats 
$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."

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.
Christmas Parties for Kindergarten-6th Grade
Wednesday, December 14
Area 56 will meet in the Rock House from 5:30-7:30 pm. They will have a pizza dinner, goodies, and will complete an art project. Kindergarten-4th grade will meet in Fellowship Hall from 6:30-7:30. Children are invited to bring a holiday treat to share with their friends. They will be completing an art project and enjoying treats.

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
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.
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: 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; Chris Coble's father, Larry; Carrie Hester
 
Special members who are unable to worship with us:  Micki Authier; C.D. and Mattie Graham; Wynell Stevens
 
Sympathies: Charlie and Lisa Bransom and family on the loss of his mother
Shirley Bransom-Cosper

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