January 6, 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: "Getting Your Mind Right"
Philippians 2:1-4
The Road Less Traveled
This Sunday we will begin the second round of our Holy Conversation for the As For Me & My House visioning process. This is a process that we began back in the fall and is designed to help us to discern where and who God is calling us to be as a church moving into the future.

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
Beginning January 8
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 beginning Jan. 11, 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.
Ladies Winter Retreat
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.
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!!
Purpose Weekend
January 13-15, 2017
We are excited to be going back to Arborlawn UMC for Purpose Weekend this year to be in ministry with our friends there. We will be sleeping at Arborlawn UMC all weekend, having worship/small groups, and doing a service project on Saturday. It is a great weekend for kids to refocus on God before the new semester really starts moving. Email  Blake Britt for registration information.
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.

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

Concerns: 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
Joys: Dustin and Aleshia Howe, Max and Jack, on the birth of Finley Anne
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