October 27, 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: Presence
John 15:1-11
The Road Less Traveled
We are the midst of a five-week discussion of stewardship, exploring the commitment we make to bring our first and best gifts to the work of the church in building God's Kingdom. We are exploring how our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness come together...

New Director of Student Ministries Announced
The Staff-Parish Relations Team is pleased to announce that Rachelle Moreland has accepted the position of Director of Student Ministries for Aledo United Methodist Church.   Rachelle will step into the position as of December 1st.

Rachelle is a student ministry veteran.  She currently is the Director of Student Ministries at New World UMC in Arlington, where she has served since October 2013.  Prior to that she served as the Director of Student Ministries at North Richland Hills UMC for five years and as Assistant Director of Student Ministries at Arborlawn UMC for a year and a half.  Rachelle holds an Advanced Degree in Youth Ministry from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas and currently serves in several conference-related roles.

Rachelle is married to Ryan Moreland, and they are proud parents of a 4-year-old son, Caleb. The family also is in the process of building a house in Morningstar, so they will be fully integrated into the Bearcat Nation soon.

Plans are under way for a reception to welcome the Morelands.  In the meantime you can find Rachelle on Facebook (Rachelle 'Emerson' Moreland) and on Instagram (rachellem6).  Take a moment to reach out to Rachelle to let her know how pleased we are her family is joining ours.

All Saints Sunday
Sunday, November 5
If you have loved ones you would like to honor and remember please fill out a card at the Connection Center in the Narthex so we can include their names in our All Saints bulletin. Also place a bell on the banner that will be processed during both services.

Remembering Our Veterans
Sunday, November 12
If you have service men or women you would like to honor and/or remember on Veterans Day, please complete a card at the Connection Center in the Narthex.

Ministry Fair
Sunday, November 12, 10:00-11:00am
One of the main components of the As For Me & My House visioning plan was for everyone who calls Aledo UMC home to be engaged in service to the church. Those myriad of opportunities will be on display in a Ministry Service Fair during the Sunday School Hour. Come check out the various places that your hands and feet can become those of Christ.

Aledo UMC Family Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 15, 5:30pm
Join us for our "church family" Thanksgiving dinner. Fried chicken will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring either a side dish or dessert to share. Dinner will start at 5:30pm, followed by Thanksgiving crafts at 6:30. This will be a fun evening for all ages!

Service of Hope
Sunday, November 19, 6:30pm in the Chapel
The holidays will soon be approaching, and that can be a difficult time for those who have lost a loved one. The Service of Hope provides a time to remember those loved ones who are no longer with us. Please feel free to invite family and friends who might benefit from being part of this special service, as well.

Operation Christmas Child-Shoebox Mission
Sunday, October 29th
Boxes for Operation Christmas Child will be handed out Sunday, October 29th. Packing ideas and instructions for return will be included with your box. Boxes must be returned to the marked bin in the Narthex no later than Wednesday, November 15.

Fall "Church Family" Fun Nights
Once a month, we will be hosting Family Nights on a Wednesday evening. Be sure to add these to your calendar!
  • November 15- Aledo Family Thanksgiving Potluck and Craft
  • December 13- Cookie Exchange and Cookies for the Troops
Please note that these events are for the whole family and parents should attend with their children.

Children's Ministry Supplies
It takes a lot of supplies to do the fun things in children's Sunday School and on Wednesday nights so Children's Ministry is asking for the following donations:
Acrylic paint, patterned duct tape, water color paper, pipe cleaners, round plastic tablecloths

Center of Hope Food Drive
The tenth-annual food drive for the Parker County Center of Hope is going on now. Pick up bags at the Connection Center. Bags can be dropped off in the bin in the Narthex or returned to Moss Insurance Group, 705 FM 1187, by Oct. 31st.
Save the Date
    • Sunday, November 5 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
    • Sunday, November 12 - Charge Conference, 3:00pm, Arborlawn UMC
    • Sunday, November 19 - Service of Hope, 6:30pm
    • Saturday, December 2 - Breakfast with Santa, 9:00am
    • Sunday, December 3 - Annual Chili Cook Off and Hanging of the Greens, 5:30pm
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: Jeff O'Donald's brother Gaylan Hood; Mark and Sandy Greenough's nephew Dennis Neal Vialls; Randy Lockhart's sister Cheryl; Tammy Leifeste's grandmother Esther Baer; Kristen Bryan's mother; Michael Groom's nephew Ryan McNatt Jr.; Ben Combs; Isobel O'Gorman; Vicki Ramos' nephew John Smith; Sharon Hampton's son and daughter-in-law Timothy and Meredith Hampton; Shannon Byrd;  David Eells grandmother Mary Ann Eells
Special members who are unable to worship with us: C.D. and Mattie Graham; Rev. John Johnson
Sympathy: Debbie Kerrigan and family on the death of her father, John Sullivan
Long-term prayer concerns: Wayne McGregor; Stella Lee's daughter, Sherroll Shirley; Toni McGregory's daughter Adriane Mason; Mark Greenough's niece Melinda Lee; Carrie Hester; Sarah Reed's mother Paula Duckering; Nikki Dryden's cousin Pat Tripp; Douglas Moore; Gary Leevy; Kelly O'Donald's sister, Amy Clinton; Daryl Stanaway's sister-in-law, Sharon Stanaway; Buddy Martin; Steven Cole's mother, JoAnn Cole; Mason Gomez; Gavin Trietsch; All Military Personnel