February 10, 2017
  Aledo United Methodist Church   
Making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world
by loving, knowing, and serving our God.
This Sunday's Message: "Sign of Faith"
Judges 6:36-40
The Road Less Traveled
Someone asked me the other day why I have not preached about President Trump's controversial "travel ban," the executive order that suspends the U.S. refugee program and restricts entry to people from a seven Middle Eastern countries. This person had seen other pastors blogging on this issue or weighing in on Facebook. You may have even seen...

New Sermon Series ... and a little something extra
Last Sunday we began a new sermon series called From Zero to Hero. This four-week series will be a character study of the Old Testament hero Gideon, whose story we find in the Book of Judges. Gideon's story isn't simply one of a military hero, but of a man struggling with faith and what it means to follow God. Each Sunday we will explore one aspect of the story in worship. Then grab your Bible and join Pastor Lee on Facebook each Wednesday as we delve deeper into this ancient -- but altogether modern - story. Check the Aledo UMC facebook page on Wednesday.

Souper Bowl of Caring
Thank you!!!
Thank you for all of the generous donations for the Souper Bowl of Caring. Over $1200 was collected for our Manna Room last Sunday.

Support Prison Ministries
Epiphany weekends: February 17-20
Please help support  ministries reaching out to those who are in  prison!  Several members of our congregation are part of  ministry teams that go into Texas  prisons, offering Christ's love and redemption.  Epiphany  Ministries share the story of God's love, grace, and forgiveness to incarcerated youth; Kairos  Ministries offer the same to adults who are imprisoned.  

For $5, you can purchase a meal ticket, which provides a meal for an inmate participating in a  ministry weekend. Your meal ticket offers them a tangible reminder that they still have value and that they are not forgotten. You can also sign-up to pray for the weekend!  Simply add your name to the prayer chain at the Connection Center and make a commitment to pray for all those involved in the weekends:  the inmates, the  ministry team, the  prison chaplain and staff.

We have an Epiphany weekend coming up Feb. 17-20, for incarcerated teenage girls.  We are also supporting a new Epiphany Ministry in Kansas, the first weekend on February.  Please sign-up today to support the Lord's work to the least, the last, and the lost in our  prisons.  For more info, contact  Trudy Smith .

Jr. and Sr. High Mission Trip Meeting
Sunday, February 26th, 12:00-1:00pm, Chapel
Student Ministries will be having a meeting for anyone that is interested in attending the Senior High mission trip in June or the Junior High mission trip in July. Lots of important information will be given out, so even if you're a mission trip veteran, it is still important that you attend this meeting!

Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 28th, 6:00-7:30pm, Chapel
Don't worry about dinner, come and share hot-off-the-grill pancakes with your church family. The dinner will be all donation based with all of the proceeds going directly to youth missions for the summer of 2017!

Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, March 1st, 6:30pm
The Quad will open at 4:00, but there will be no meal, children's activities or adult Bible study this evening.

Student Ministries Tacky Prom
Wednesday, February 22nd, 5:30pm-7:45pm
Student Ministries will be heading to Mountasia Family Fun Center in Fort Worth for our second annual Tacky Prom! Dress as tacky as you can and come ready to skate! The cost is FREE (bring extra money for food). Skates are included but if you would like to bring your own skates or blades please do. There will NOT be rollerblades available to rent. To register email Blake Britt.

Facilities Director
Joshua Babin, Aledo UMC's Facilities Director, has tendered his resignation.  We are currently seeking applicants to fill the position.  Contact Lee Trigg for more information about the position.

Wednesday Night Menu
The upcoming Wednesday night meals are:
February 15 - Meatball Ziti
February 22 - Chicken Spaghetti
March 1 - Ash Wednesday, no fellowship meal
March 8 - Hamburger Steak and Potatoes
Each meal includes salad, a dessert and drink with a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family.

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

Concerns: Philip & Debra Emond's granddaughter Riley Loklman; Rev. John Johnson; Deborah & David Tyler's niece Rosie Tyler; Peggy & Fred Holt's cousins Charlie & Renee Deaton; Fanci Coyle's mother, Emma Horton; Isobel O'Gorman; Sally Mizell's sister-in-law, Shirly Ball; Nikki Dryden's cousin Janet York; Sue Van Valkenberg; Jere Hand; Kelly O'Donald's sister, Amy Clinton; Shannon Daugherty; Lori Mares; Carrie Hester
Special members who are unable to worship with us:  Micki Authier; C.D. and Mattie Graham
Long-term prayer concerns:   Blake Britt's father, Rodney Britt; 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; Connie Dryden; Chase Peysen; Mason Gomez; Gavin Trietsch; Butch Fernstrom; All Military Personnel