January 13, 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: "All Out, Every Play"
Philippians 1:27-29
The Road Less Traveled
With the new year, many of us make a renewed commitment to our spiritual life. It's why each year one of the most common resolutions - after losing weight and getting into better shape - relates to our faith journeys. We resolve to read the Bible more regularly, pray more often, be more faithful in our church attendance, and so on. All of those things....

Ladies Winter Retreat "Flourish"
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.
Children's Choir
Wednesdays, 6:00pm, Gathering Room
Kindergarten-6th grade students meet in the Gathering Room from 6:00-6:30 on Wednesday evenings. Join in the fun singing praise to God. For more information contact Abbi Bell .
Voices of Praise Needs You!
Do you have a song in your heart? Do you love to sing praise and worship or gospel music? If yes, then come join us on Thursday evenings in the choir room at 6:30pm. Email  Thomas for more information.

Starting Point
Sunday, January 22, 10:00am
All visitors to Aledo UMC are invited to join Pastor Lee and a couple of our church members during the Sunday school hour. We will share coffee and conversation about Aledo UMC: who we are, what we believe, and how we serve in our community. Join us in the main lobby. (Sunday school available for children of all ages.)

Lasagna for Lunch?
Sunday, January 22
The Roadies Sunday School class will offer a Lasagna Lunch.  Meals will include lasagna, salad and bread and will be available after both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.  You can enjoy it at the church family style or take it to go.  All proceeds from the lunch will benefit local missions at Aledo UMC.

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.

Holy Conversations
We are preparing to move into our second round of Holy Conversations as part of the As For Me & My House Visioning Process. This next conversation will focus on the question, Who is our neighbor?
 
You can sign up to be a part of the Conversation by clicking  here.
 
As For Me & My House is a six-month visioning process undertaken by the people of Aledo United Methodist Church to prepare us to follow God's call into the future. In many ways, we stand at a crossroads as a community of faith. Our community is projected to grow at an unprecedented rate in the coming years, and we want to grow with it. For that to happen, we need to be prepared and to plan strategically to move boldly into the future. But it's not just about getting bigger. The future -- our future -- has to be about following God's call and becoming who God is calling us to be.
 
Your voice needs to be heard!
 
The schedule for this next round of Conversations is as follows:

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017
6:30 p.m., Gathering Room

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017
6:30 p.m., Gathering Room

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017
6:30 p.m., Gathering Room

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
10 a.m., Chapel
 
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
10 a.m., Chapel

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
6:30 p.m., Chapel

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
8:45 a.m., Gathering Room

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
11 a.m., Gathering Room

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
6:30 p.m., Gathering Room


January Sermon Series
Titletown, TX: Living Like the Champions We Are
What makes a champion? What strengths and traits combine to put you at the top of your game? Join us in January as we explore the minds and hearts of champions and discern how God calls and equips us to be champions in the game of Life.

Half Truths by Adam Hamilton
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Room 207
Have you ever used, "Everything happens for a reason" or "Love the sinner, hate the sin"? They are simple phrases that even sound like something you might find in the Bible. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Come join us as we search for the whole truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus.
2017 Bible Studies
Tuesday Mornings Resume January 10 from 10:00-12:00
Facilitated by Sussie Jordan
Anyone is welcome to join this study. For more information, contact Sussie Jordan (512-923-9268) or sign up at the Connection Center.

Thursday Mornings Java & Jesus Resume January 12 from 10:00-11:30
Facilitated by Trudy Smith
Take your friendships off-line and join us! All ladies of the church - and friends! - are invited to be part of this weekly gathering. We will share coffee and a devotion, from I Love You More by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. Childcare is provided. For more info, contact trudysmith@aledoumc.org. Java and Jesus - the perfect blend!!
Confirmation 2017
Sundays, January 22- April 19, 4:00-6:00pm
For students 7th-12th grades. Contact Blake Britt for registration information.
Father-Daughter Dance
Saturday, February 4, 6:30-8:00pm
Dads, grandfathers, uncles- bring your loved one for a night to remember with dancing, treats and more. Father-Daughter couples of all ages are welcome to attend.
 
PRAYERS
In your times of prayer throughout the week, please remember the people named below.

Concerns: Sally Mizell's sister-in-law, Shirly Ball; Tyrell Greenough; Nikki Dryden's cousin Janet York; Kenneth Johnson; Sue Van Valkenberg; Keith Kothmann; Deborah Tyler; Jere Hand; Kelly O'Donald's sister, Amy Clinton; Shannon Daugherty; Jayne Dawson's brother, Stan Huntsinger; Lori Mares; Carrie Hester
 
Special members who are unable to worship with us:  Micki Authier; C.D. and Mattie Graham; Wynell Stevens
 
Long-term prayer concerns:   Sharon Garner's grand nephew, Abram; 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; Kathy Mayotte's father, A. Ken Hartle; Connie Dryden; Chase Peysen; Mason Gomez; Gavin Trietsch; Butch Fernstrom; All Military Personnel