January 19, 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: Broken Halos
Matthew 9:35-38
The Road Less Traveled
I watched a movie the other day that I had never heard of. It was the 2016 film USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. It tells the true story of the crew of a heavy naval cruiser that delivered the components of the atomic bomb to Guam in the closing weeks of World War II. It was...  

 

Financial Update 
   
Your Finance Committee kept you updated throughout 2017 as to the church's financial health. I wanted to give you a final update now that our Business Office has closed out everything for December. 2017 was a year that we struggled financially, particularly in the first half of the year. Although our giving increased through the second half of the year...
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Children's Ministry Mission 
   
This month, Children's Ministry will be collecting items to make Sunshine Boxes. Sunshine Boxes are boxes containing items that are yellow or have yellow packaging and we hope they will bring a bit of sunshine to those experiencing grief or illness.Examples of items for the boxes include, lotion in a yellow bottle, lemon candy, facial tissue in a yellow package, a yellow candle, etc. We will be collecting yellow items through the month of January. Please drop off donations in the marked bin in the Narthex.

Confirmation 
   
Starting January 21, 4:00-6:00pm
Classes will be held on the following Sundays:
January 21st and 28th; February 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th; March 4th and 25th. A snack supper will be provided. Sign-ups will be offered through Sign-Up Genius. For more information email Rachelle Moreland
Aledo UMC Family Fun Night
Potluck Birthday Bash
Wednesday, January 24. 5:30pm
Our first Family Fun Night of 2018 will be a Potluck Birthday Bash. Come see who else shares your birthday month! Play birthday games and eat birthday cake. Fried chicken will be provided. Please bring your favorite side dish to share. 
 
Lenten Choir 
   
Wednesdays, January 31 through April 1, 7:00pm
Come be a part of the choir as we prepare for our Good Friday and Easter service. Rehearsals are 7:00-7:45pm on Wednesday. Our choir will be joining with FUMC Weatherford for a Choral Tenebrae Service on March 30th. Please consider joining us for Lenten choir this year! 
Invitation to John - Short Term Disciple Bible Study
   
Thursdays, February 1 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 have to have an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to enjoy and benefit from participation. 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! 
Ladies Retreat
   
Feb. 9-10 at Glen Lake Camp
Mark your calendar and join us for our annual ladies retreat at Glen Lake Camp. 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
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: David Vandercook's mother Ardeth Vandercook; Angie Christiansen's grandmother Regina Wilson; Bud Brumley's brother-in-law Fred Freeman; Peggy Badlato's sister-in-law Lori Whitney; Bill Bradle; Devan Daugherty; Susan Tollefson; Jan Dedeke's mother Mildred Read; Nancy Johnson's sister Sally Yow
 
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; Kristen Bryan's mother; Michael Groom's nephew Ryan McNatt Jr.; Ben Combs; Isobel O'Gorman; Wayne McGregor; Stella Lee's daughter, Sherroll Shirley; Mark Greenough's niece Melinda Lee; Carrie Hester; Sarah Reed's mother Paula Duckering; Nikki Dryden's cousin Pat Tripp; Kelly O'Donald's sister, Amy Clinton; Daryl Stanaway's sister-in-law, Sharon Stanaway; Steven Cole's mother, JoAnn Cole