January 5, 2018
  Aledo United Methodist Church   
Making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world
by loving, knowing, and serving our God.
This Sunday's Message: Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
Matthew 2:1-12
The Road Less Traveled
Not long ago I saw an old episode of "Leave it to Beaver." I had not seen the show in too many years to count. It was amazing to me how slow the plot moved in the old show, how little action there was. I suspect such a show would never hold the.....  


Student Ministry Parent Meeting
January 7th, 10:00am, "E.R." building at the Quad
Rachelle would like to "share with you her heart for your children, take care of some paper work, and spend a few minutes at the end talking with parents of 7th graders about our upcoming CONFIRMATION!"  
Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Starting Tuesday, January 9, 10 am, Chapel
The Tuesday Morning Bible Study will begin its spring semester with a study of C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity.  Everyone should get their own copy of the book, either online or at a book store.  This will be a great time for anyone considering joining the study to begin.  If you have any questions call Sussie Jordan 512-923-9268

Life is ______. 
Starting Tuesday, January 9, 6:30pm, Gathering Room
Life is ______. How would you finish that sentence? Author Judah Smith believes Jesus shows us how to live life to the fullest! Join Trudy Smith for this 6-week class, great for new believers and lifelong followers alike. Sign-up at the Connection Center or email Trudy Smith. Study guides are $10. 
Starting Wednesday, January 10, 6:00pm, Gathering Room
Dialogue, from the Greek Dialogos, is the sharing of ideas with the goal of each party growing in understanding. Each week Pastor Lee will guide a discussion into the previous Sunday's sermon text, encouraging participants to delve deeper into Scripture and the larger message it contains. This is a serious study for disciples who are seeking to engage the Bible and their faith at a deep level. Contact Pastor Lee at leetrigg@aledoumc.org for more information. Email Pastor Lee for more information.  
Children's Wednesday Evening Time Change
Starting Wednesday, January 10, activities for grades K-6 will be from 6:00-7:00pm.  Dinner will still be served at 5:30pm.  

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
Thursday, Jan. 11, 1-3 pm, Chapel
The Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group welcomes anyone who is caring for a loved one with dementia.  This meeting will complete our  program by Teepe Snow and managing the challenges of dementia care. The Kaleidoscope group for loved ones with dementia will also be from 1 to 3 pm.  If you have any questions, please call Trudy Smith 817-680-0631  or Sussie Jordan 512-923-9268

Women ToGetHer 
Sunday, January 14, 2:30pm, Chapel  
A guest speaker from Sanctified Hope will be here to talk with us about their ministry.  We will also talk about our February retreat at Glen Lake Camp.  
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
Wednesday, January 24; 5:30pm
Our first Family Fun Night of 2018 will be on Wednesday, January 24.  We will be hosting a Potluck Birthday Bash.  Come celebrate birthdays for each month of the year with a potluck dinner and games.  Please bring your favorite side dish and we will provide the fried chicken and birthday cake.  Please contact  jennifermcdaniel@aledoumc.org  with any questions.

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.

In your times of prayer throughout the week, please remember the people named below.

Concerns: Peggy Badlato's sister-in-law Lori Whitney; Shannon Reynold's uncle Frank Chlymanski; Bill Bradle; Devan Daugherty; Susan Tollefson; Jan Dedeke's mother Mildred Read; Nancy Johnson's sister Sally Yow; Diane Smith;  Brittany Stevens; Randy Lockhart's sister Cheryl; Dalton O'Donald (U.S. Army Basic Training); Tammy Leifeste's grandmother, uncle and father  
Special members who are unable to worship with us: Buddy and Ann Martin; C.D. and Mattie Graham; Rev. John Johnson
Celebration:  We rejoice with Daniel and Ashley Vandercook on the birth of their son, Joseph Dwight Vandercook.  Also celebrating with proud grandparents, David and Kathy Vandercook.  
Long-term prayer concerns: 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; Mason Gomez; Gavin Trietsch; All Military Personnel