February 3, 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: "Just in Case"
Judges 6:25-32
The Road Less Traveled
A friend called me a while back, worried that he was about to lose his job. When I answered the phone, I knew right away that something was wrong. His voice had a defeated tone to it. "What am I going to do?" was the refrain that he repeated throughout the conversation. There is the economic reality, of course. The loss of a job means uncertainty - Will he be able to pay his bills? Will he lose his house? Can he afford to keep his car? But there is a....

Lenten Choir
Wednesday's,  7:00-7:45pm
If you would like to sing on a short-term basis, we will be having a Lenten Choir that will perform during Easter. For more information contact Thomas.

New Sermon Series ... and a little something extra
Starting Sunday, February 5th
Today we begin 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
Sunday, February 5
Aledo UMC will once again join the annual Souper Bowl of Caring, raising money to fight hunger in our community. Our Youth will be outside the Sanctuary with soup pots after each service, collecting monetary donations.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group Meeting
and Kaleidoscope
Thursday, February 9th, 1:00-3:00pm
This month the meeting will be a time of sharing.

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.

Wednesday Night Menu
The upcoming Wednesday night meals are:
February 8 - Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
February 15 - Meatball Ziti
February 22 - Chicken Spaghetti
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: 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
Sympathies: Kathy Mayotte and family on the loss of her father, A. Ken Hartle; Sharon Garner's family on the death of her grand nephew, Abram
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