March 16, 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: Empty to Be Filled
Luke 14:15-24
The Road Less Traveled 
   
Some things in life, you simply know. I know, for instance, that when I toss a ball straight up in the air that it will come down in short order. I know that gravity causes this, but I would be hard pressed to explain precisely how it works. Likewise I know that when I take a breath...

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Lily and Tulip Sales  
   
Honor your loved ones with an Easter lily or Spring tulip proudly displayed
in the sanctuary on Easter morning. Flowers may be purchased
for $15 at the Connection Center and are available to take home after
the Easter services. Proceeds benefit Aledo UMC Music Ministry.

Family Night Ice Cream Social 
   
Wednesday, March 21, 5:30pm
Join us for pizza, games, and ice cream sundaes.  It will be a fun night for all ages!  If anyone would like to contribute ice cream or toppings, please email Jennifer McDaniel.  
 
Baptism Sunday  
   
April 8, 9:00 and 11:00 Service
If you or someone you know would like to be baptized or reaffirmed back to your relationship with Christ, even if you have already been baptized as a baby, we would like to invite you to take part in this Sunday. Please email Rachelle Moreland by March 25th.

Easter Eggstravaganza 
   
Sunday, March 25, Noon
This is an event for all ages with an egg hunt, church-wide picnic and games. Please bring a potluck dish to share, and invite your friends!

March Meat Madness for the Manna Room  
   
Our Manna Room provides food for families in need in our community. For the month of March, the Manna Room is requesting donations of MEAT:
  •  Chili
  • Spam
  • Vienna Sausages

Drop your donations in the bin in the Narthex (lobby) marked "Manna Room". Thank-you!

 

Donations for Easter Eggstravaganza 
   
We need the following items for our Easter Eggstravaganza: plastic Easter Eggs, individually wrapped candy (all candy must be nut free), stickers and very small toys to put in the Easter Eggs. Pre-filled eggs will gladly be accepted as well. Please place these items in the collection bins in the Narthex. We are collecting these items until March 18.

Lenten Calendar 
   
Holy Week
March 25th, 9:00am and 11:00am - Palm Sunday Services
March 25th, Noon - Easter Eggstravaganza
March 29th, 7:00pm - Maundy Thursday Service
March 30th, 7:00pm - Good Friday Service, Tenebrae

 Easter Services, April 1st
6:30am - Sunrise Service
8:30am - Communion Service
9:00am - HUB Contemporary Service
11:00am - Cornerstone Traditional Service
(No Sunday School) 
Children's Ministry- Opportunity to Serve  
   
In Children's Ministry, we serve 50-75 kids each Sunday.  It takes a village to raise this many kids, and therefore we need more volunteers.  If you are able to serve for 1-2 hours each month, please sign up at the Connection Center to help in Nursery or Elementary Sunday School.  If you have any questions please contact Jennifer McDaniel.

Ushers Wanted!   
   
AUMC is in need of additional ushers for the 11:00 service.  We currently have four teams which rotate ushering monthly so your commitment would only be for three months each year.  For more information or to sign-up for a team, please email Scott Sadler.

Save the Dates 
   
March 21- Family Night; Ice Cream Social
March 25- Easter Eggstravaganza
April 25- Family Night; Emily's Smile Boxes 
Church Text Updates
   
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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: Dan Hagan; jody Young; Wendee McGee; Sue Davis; Meghan Rothwell; Mike & Marcia
Barker; Kenneth Johnson; Greg Barnes' father, Jim Barnes; Janie Faris; Sandy Wright's
brother, George Russell; Kathy Mayotte's nephew Jeremy Hartle; David Vandercook's
mother Ardeth Vandercook; Bud Brumley's brother-in-law Fred Freeman; Bill Bradle

Special members who are unable to worship with us: Buddy Martin; C.D. and
Mattie Graham; Rev. John Johnson; Diane Smith; Douglas and Barbara Moore

Sympathies: Jan Dedeke and family on the death of her mother, Mildred Read

Long-term prayer concerns: Brittany Stevens; Joy Moore's brother Steve Moore; Jeff
O'Donald's brother Gaylan Hood; Judy Hale; Kristin Bryan's mother; 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