November 25 , 2016
  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: "The Generous Man"
Isaiah 9:2-6
The Road Less Traveled
Last Saturday I stopped by the church to scan and email a document that required my signature. I opened my office door intent on a quick five-minute errand, but it turned out to be much more than that. The sight that greeted me was quite unexpected. My first thought was that we had experienced a minor earthquake that I had somehow missed. Several items were knocked off my bookshelf, and other things that remained were skewed...

College Care Package from AUMC 
Monday, November 28
Care packages are being sent to our college students! We just need your student's name & address, plus $10 to help cover shipping. To register your student, e-mail Blake or Trudy, for the "Finals Package Form" link, or register at the Connection Center.
Poinsettia Sales
Let's fill the sanctuary with beautiful flowers for Advent! Poinsettias may be ordered at the Connection Center for $15 each through November 27. Plants will be displayed in the sanctuary through Christmas Eve, and those who purchase plants may take them home after the Christmas Eve services.
Deck the Halls & Chili Cook-off
Sunday, November 27, at 5:30pm
Join us for one of our favorite events of the year! Our annual chili cook-off begins at 5:30pm, followed by the Deck the Halls worship service and decorating of the tree and sanctuary at 6:30pm. Children have a special role during the service of hanging the Chrismons on the tree! Sign-up to enter the chili cook-off at the Connection Center, or just come share in dinner and fellowship. Desserts are welcome as well. Prizes will be awarded for the top chili in each of three categories - Regular, Spicy, and "Not Your Mama's."

Labor of Love - A Three-Week Advent Study
Wednesdays beginning Nov. 30, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Join Pastor Lee for an original Advent study exploring the parallels between the stories of the birth of Jesus in Luke's Gospel and Luke's story of the birth of the early church in the book of Acts. Study offered at two times. Sign up at the Connection Center or email Lee.

Breakfast With Santa
Saturday, December 3, 9:00-10:30am
Come enjoy a pancake breakfast, crafts and photos with Santa himself. We will be accepting donations of wrapping paper for the Aledo Advocats Angel Project and canned food for the Manna Room at the breakfast. If you would like to help cook breakfast or assist at a craft table, please sign up at the Connection Center or email Jennifer.

Ladies' Christmas Party and Ornament Exchange
Monday, December 5 at 6:00pm
All ladies are invited to join us for our annual Christmas ornament exchange and holiday fellowship at Nelda McGlinchey's home (8497 S. FM 1187, one mile past the "big cow"). Bring an appetizer or dessert to share.  Meet at church at 5:45, if you would like to carpool.
 
Cookies With Love
Join us in sending a care package of cookies to those deployed around the world in defense of our country. When you are baking for the holiday, just bake a few extras. Place one dozen cookies in a one-gallon zip lock-type sealable bag. Include a note taped to each bag saying, "Cookies with Love, Aledo UMC, Aledo, TX." Then bring the bags to church by Wednesday, December 14 , and volunteers will prepare them for shipment.
Student Ministries Christmas Parties
Sunday, December 18, Jr. High 2:00-4:00pm, Sr. High 4:00-6:00pm
Our Jr. High party will be at the home of Russel and Staci Smith. The Sr. High party will be at the home of Glenn Rogers and Mandy Moody. For more information email
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.
Confirmation 2017
Starting Sunday, January 22, 4:00-6:00pm
Wednesday Night @ AUMC Schedule
4:00 Quad Opens
5:30 Fellowship Dinner
6:00 Children's Choir
6:00-6:45 - Youth Worship (7-12th grade)
6:00 Celebration Ringers
6:30 Children & Adult Programming
6:45-7:30 - Youth Small Groups (7-8 // 9-10 // 11-12)
7:00 Advent Choir
7:45 Chancel Choir

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

Concerns: Jayne Dawson's brother, Stan Huntsinger; Lori Mares; Joan Ward; Tammy Leifeste's grandmother, Esther Baer; Peggy Badlato; Chris Coble's father, Larry; Carrie Hester; Phyllis King; Blake Britt's dad Rodney Britt; Shirley Bransom-Cosper; Richard Wolf; Sue Van Valkenburg's sister Glee Davis
 
Special members who are unable to worship with us: Micki Authier; C.D. and Mattie Graham; Wynell Stevens
 
Long-term prayer concerns: Daryl Stanaway's sister-in-law, Sharon Stanaway; Buddy Martin; Robert Hare; Amber Weeks; Janie Faris; Glenn Rogers' great-nephew, McCrae Trammell; Rita Maddux-Potter; Stella Lee's daughter, Sherroll Shirley; Jana Gates' sister-in-law, Debra Lewis; Larry Wicker; Dan Tollefson's uncle, Phil Tollefson; 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