February 2, 2018
  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: Stand By Me
Matthew 4:1-11
The Road Less Traveled
Like many of you, I suspect, I spent Tuesday evening watching President Trump's first State of the Union address. It's an old habit that dates back to my teen-age years. I have always been a political junkie, of sorts. But when I was in high school, my Government teacher assigned the class...   
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Ladies Retreat
   
February 9-10 at Glen Lake Camp
Last day to register for our annual ladies retreat at Glen Lake Camp is Sunday!  We'll gather Friday evening, then spend all day Saturday growing our faith through fellowship and fun!  Sign up at the Connection Center or email Trudy Smith
Invitation to John - Short-Term Disciple Bible Study
   
Thursdays, February 8 through May 3, 6:30-8:30pm
Revisit stories only told in John's Gospel including Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene and the raising of Lazarus. During the weekly video segments, travel into the Scripture as you hear the Word. Each week wraps up with a small-group discussion on video to spark your own conversation. Participants for this Invitation to John do not need an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to enjoy and benefit from this study. Sign up at the Connection Center or contact Matt Reed or Fanci Coyle
Sweetheart Dance
   
Friday, February 2, 6:30-8:00pm
Dads, grandfathers, uncles and friends - bring your girls out for a night to remember! Join us for dancing, treats, photo booth and more! 
Nursing Home Visit
   
February 6, 4:00pm, Holland Lake Nursing Center
Please join Aledo UMC Children's Ministry at the Holland Lake Nursing Center to make Valentines with the residents.  We will provide paper if families could bring stickers, doilies, etc.  In addition, the nursing center is collecting bath towels for the residents.  If you would like to donate towels, please bring them that day or contact Jennifer McDaniel.

Alzheimer's Support Group and Kaleidoscope
   
Thursday, February 8, 1:00-3:00pm

Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper 
   
Tuesday, February 13, 5:30pm Don't worry about dinner! Come share hot-off-the-grill pancakes with your church family! The dinner will be all donation based with all proceeds benefitting the youth mission trips this summer.     
Epiphany Prison Ministry
   
February 16-19, Brownwood, Texas
Epiphany Ministry volunteers go into our juvenile prisons to share the love of Jesus Christ with incarcerated youth.  How you can help:
  • Sign up at the Connection Center to be part of the prayer chain, to pray for the boys who will attend Epiphany weekend.
  •  Purchase a meal ticket for only $5.00.  Each ticket will provide a lunch and a reminder to an incarcerated teen that he is not forgotten.                        
Thank-you for your support of these young souls. 
Sunday School Teachers 
   
We are in need of Sunday School teachers for 4th grade and Area 56.  Subs are also needed for all grade levels. Lesson plans are sent to the teachers on Tuesdays and ALL materials are ready in the classroom on Sunday morning.  Lesson plans are scripted, so there is very little prep.  We are asking for volunteers to teach only 1-2 Sundays per month. Please contact Jennifer McDaniel.

CED Preschool Fall Registration
   
Registration is open for our AUMC preschool.  Two, three and four day classes are available for ages 2-5. For more information visit aledo umc preschool or email Jayne Dawson
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: Dolores Sadler; Sue Van Valkenburg; Lisa Webster's mother Elizabeth Williams; Kathy Mayotte's nephew Jeremy Hartle; David Vandercook's mother Ardeth Vandercook; Bud Brumley's brother-in-law Fred Freeman; Peggy Badlato's sister-in-law Lori Whitney; Bill Bradle

Sympathies:  Robin Boomer and family on the death of her brother Darrell Leggett;
Fanci Coyle and family on the death of her father Harvey Horton

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:  Diane Smith; Brittany Stevens; Douglas and Barbara Moore;  Joy Moore's brother Steve Moore; Jeff O'Donald's brother Gaylan Hood; Judy Hale; Kristin Bryan's mother; Michael Groom's nephew Ryan McNatt Jr.; Wayne McGregor; Stella Lee's daughter, Sherroll Shirley; Carrie Hester; Sarah Reed's mother Paula Duckering; Nikki Dryden's cousin Pat Tripp; Kelly O'Donald's sister, Amy Clinto