March 24, 2017
  Aledo United Methodist Church   
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by loving, knowing, and serving our God.
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This Sunday's Message: "#Compassion"
Matthew 14:13-21
The Road Less Traveled
A few weeks ago, I preached a sermon during which I talked about the difficulty we have in finishing a long journey. Looking at the end of the story of Gideon in the Old Testament book of Judges, I said this:
 
We are at our most vulnerable at the end of the journey, when the battle has been won, when we've reached our goal.   It's why we're most likely to go out ....

Fish Fryday
Today, March 24th, 5:30-7:30pm
The CIA and Roadies Sunday school classes are hosting a fish fry "to go" to benefit Student Ministries summer mission trips. Come by from 5:30-7:30pm and grab a plate to go. Plates include fish, two side dishes and dessert. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Come support AUMC Student Ministries missions!

AUMC Spring Spruce-Up
Saturday, March 25th, 8:00am
Aledo UMC will have a church-wide Spring Spruce-Up day. Sign up to volunteer at the Connection Center or email Jeff O'Donald.  Learn more about projects the projects here.

Lily and Tulip Sales Begin
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.

Youth Bible Study
Tuesdays, 7:15-8:00am, Aledo Diner
Student Ministries have begun a weekly bible study from 7:15-8:00am every Tuesday until school lets out. The bible study is open for anyone between 7th-12th grade. We will be meeting at Aledo Diner each week.

Mother/Son Night
Friday, March 31 at 6:00pm, Bearcat Park
AUMC Children's Ministry will have a Mother/Son Night at Bearcat Park. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring a dessert to share. RSVP to Jennifer McDaniel at jennifermcdaniel@aledoumc.org.

Student Ministries Family Night
Wednesday, April 12, 5:30pm at the Quad
This year during Holy Week we are going to be having a family night at the QUAD for the families of our students! We will be playing basketball, games, showing a movie in the ER, and also grilling some burgers for everyone to enjoy. We hope that you will be able to make it! Please bring a few dollars to help with the food.


Kairos Prison Ministry Weekend
Kairos is an in-prison ministry for incarcerated adults. Please support the upcoming weekend by signing the prayer chain, located at our Connection Center. You can further share God's love by sponsoring a meal ($5 donation) for an inmate attending the Kairos weekend. Encourage & bless a life today!


Holy Conversation
We are preparing to move into our final round of Holy Conversations as part of the As For Me & My House Visioning Process. This last conversation will focus on the question, Who is God calling us to be as a church?
 
You can sign up to be a part of the Conversation 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, March 26 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Gathering Room
  
Tuesday, March 28 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Chapel
  
Wednesday, March 29 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM-- Chapel
  
Wednesday, March 29 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Gathering Room
  
Sunday - April 2 - 8:45 AM - 9:45 AM - Gathering Room
  
Sunday - April 2 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Gathering Room

Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 15 from 11am-1pm
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!

Donations Needed
We need the following items for our Easter Eggstravaganza: Easter Eggs, individually wrapped candy (no nuts please), stickers, and very small toys to put in the Easter Eggs. Filled eggs will be accepted as well! Please place these items in the collection bins in the Narthex. We will be collecting these items until Sunday, April 9.
   
 

Children's Monthly Mission Project
The children will be collecting items for the Manna Room. We are collecting the following items  ONLY: Spam, Vienna sausages, jelly/jam, chili, Tuna Helper, Chicken Helper.

Vacation Bible School Volunteers
July 9-13 from 5:30-8:30pm, July 10-14 from 9 am-Noon
VBS is just around the corner, and we need volunteers to help make this a successful event. We are looking for volunteers for morning and evening sessions to help as crew leaders, station assistants, decorating helpers, snack team, and more. Please sign up in the Narthex or contact Tammy Decker.


Lenten and Easter Schedule
Lenten Calendar
April 9th, 11:00am - Hope in the Shadows  Cantata
April 13th, 6:30pm - Maundy Thursday Service
April 14th, 6:30pm - Good Friday Service
April 15th, 11:00-1:00pm - Easter Eggstravaganza
 
April 16th, Easter Services
6:30am - Sunrise Service
8:30am - Communion Service
9:00am - HUB Contemporary Service
11:00am - Cornerstone Traditional Service

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

Concerns: Gary Leevy; Barbara Moore's cousin Harry Sweet; Jessica Greenough; Sandy & Mark Greenough's niece Melinda Lee; Nikki Dryden's cousin Janet York; Peggy Holt's brother Tom Lasiter and mother Grace Clayton; Ben Combs; Robin Boomer's mother Betty Leggett; Don and Dorothy Rosenberger; Mary Jones nephew Eric Houlihan and grandson Nick McGreogory; Dave Vandercook's mother Adeth Vandercook; Darlene Chapman's aunt Joyce Davis
 
Joys:  Rhonda & Leonard Torres on the birth of their granddaughter, Brynlee Rose Torres; Carrie & Jim Hester on the birth of their grandson, Asher Addington; Matt & Kari Reed on the birth of their grandson, Peter Reed Freas
 
Sympathies: Glenn Rogers on the death of his mother, Helen Sue Donnell
 
Special members who are unable to worship with us:  Micki Authier; C.D. and Mattie Graham; Rev. John Johnson
 
Long-term prayer concerns:  Jere Hand; Kelly O'Donald's sister, Amy Clinton; Shannon Daugherty; Lori Mares; Carrie Hester; Daryl Stanaway's sister-in-law, Sharon Stanaway; Buddy Martin; Glenn Rogers' great-nephew, McCrae Trammell; Rita Maddux-Potter; Stella Lee's daughter, Sherroll Shirley; Steven Cole's mother, JoAnn Cole; Mason Gomez; Gavin Trietsch; All Military Personnel