January 26, 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: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Psalm 107:4-9
The Road Less Traveled
Do you ever pull an old book off the shelf and feel like you've reconnected with an old friend? That happened to me this week when I stumbled on a book called Understanding God's Will. The book was written way back in 2004 by the late Kyle Lake, who was the pastor of... 


Ladies Retreat
   
February 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
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

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.

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.

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: 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:  Cheryl Kensing and family on the death of her twin brother; Mark and Sandy Greenough on the death of their niece Melinda Lee; Angie Christiansen and family on the loss of her grandmother Regina Wilson

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; 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