Crosswinds Newsletter
August 19, 2020 I Volume 528
A Word from the Pastor
Today we’re going to celebrate. I hope that’s ok with you. I know 2020 hasn’t given us a lot to celebrate, so we’re going to do just that today.

It’s fitting for God’s people to celebrate because God celebrates. Just look at all the feasts and festivals in the Old Testament; there were always festivities going on near the Temple. In the New Testament, Jesus told us there was celebration in heaven, so let’s join in the fun.  Here are the things we want to rejoice in today. 

-  This week we purchased masks and water bottles for 1,245 MISD elementary-aged students.  Fueled by your generosity, we were able to provide these much-needed items for local families.  This gives families and teachers one less thing to worry about.  Great job, church! 

- This past Sunday, we hosted our first Field Service.  This was our first in-person worship service since March.  We had 70 in attendance.  And a “thank you” to everyone for wearing masks and social distancing.  Being faithful in these practices will help us create more opportunities like this. 

- Our online attendance remains steady.  This tells me that you’re staying connected with the church.  We can also see that we’re reaching new people each week.  This is part of our vision to reach new people for Christ! 

- On Sunday evening, we also hosted people in a drive-thru version of Backpack Blessings.  We were able to pray over teachers, administrators, and students of all ages.  We asked God to cover everyone as this school year begins.  We want to keep praying this together as a church.  This is a tough time for a lot of people.  May the Lord continue to provide grace and strength for all.  

Now, that’s a lot to celebrate!  It wouldn’t be possible apart from the Spirit’s movement through God’s people.  Thank you for being the kind of church that joins together in difficult times.  You are truly a witness to the hope found only in Jesus Christ.   
Blessings, Pastor Brady
Field Service
Great to see everyone.
Looking forward to the next Field Service.
Sunday, Aug. 23, 7:30AM
Worship Live Sunday Mornings on Facebook
A Time of Prayer
We recognize that these are tough times. In such seasons, it's important to seek support. Galatians 6:2 says, "Carry each other's burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ." The church staff wants to help shoulder some of your burdens by offering a time to pray with you. On Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00pm, a couple of the staff will be outside on the George Hopper side of the church parking lot. Just pull up in your car and we can have prayer together. We will begin Wednesday, August 26th.  
3rd Grade Bible Drive Thru
On Sunday, August 23rd from 11am-12pm,
We will have Bibles to gift to children in 3rd-5th grades who have not yet received a Bible from FUMC. This is a drive thru event in the parking lot where our staff will gift students with a Bible and special prayer over them at their car. Registration is highly encouraged (click below to register).
Creation Kids Links:

Stay connected in Creation Kids Children's Ministry! Follow us on our Facebook page, Creation Kids page, and our Instagram page, @creationkidsfumcmidlo, to keep up with resources for connection. For more information, email Keelee Allen.
Pastor Matt is making calls to get to know your youth. Please take a moment to welcome him into our church family. If you have any questions, please email Pastor Matt Evans.

Stay connected! Follow us on our Youth Facebook page, FUMC Midlo Youth (public). Youth and Youth parents, join our private Facebook Group, FUMC Midlothian Youth (private community). For Remind 101 for Youth, text @7b2dff6 to the number 81010.
Weekly Discipleship Video
Week 2 - "Psalm" Series
Psalms 146-150
Read Psalm 146
What does it look like to trust the Lord today? Are you fully trusting in Him?
Read Psalm 150
What does your practice of praise look like?
GGP Hiring Positions
God's Garden Preschool, a ministry of FUMC MIdlothian, has teaching positions available for the 2020-21 school year. We are looking for someone who is creative, full of energy, and has a heart for working with early childhood aged kids. This position will work closely with our GGP director and resource coordinator to carry out the vision for this preschool ministry.

We have 2 day, 3 day, and 5 day positions available following the MISD school year calendar and one monthly evening training. Our hours are 8:15 AM - 2:45 PM. Training will be provided for the positions. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Michelle Coffin or (972)775-3993.
Pray for GGP Opening
Be in prayer for God's Garden Preschool as they prepare for the new school year. They will be following the MISD school calendar and will begin in-person on Monday, September 14th with a number of precautions in place. God's Garden Preschool is a vital ministry of our church and serves a number of families in Midlothian.  
Recorded worship services can be found on our website, Facebook page and Youtube channel.
WayPoint is a daily guide to help you grow and expand upon the scriptures we are studying. WayPoints are available at Waypoint and FUMC Facebook.
Prayer Requests

Continuous Prayer
Jeline Pegram, Raymond & LaFerne Cuddy, Karen Wilson, Dorothy Wares, George & Dee Culps, Dave Swiedom, Don Lish, Rodger Keyes, John Lowe, Chelsea Peel
COVID-19 Crisis, All those who have to make important and wise decisions regarding reopening businesses, churches and all other places.
ARMY - Matt Carroll, Tim Kruettner, Harold Barton, Josh Schenck, Austin Lockwood
NAVY - Matthew Price, Andrew Cantrell, Zachary Tucker, Thomas Shirley
AIR FORCE - J.D. Culps, Andrew Miller 
MARINES - Collin Johansen, Josh Dunaway,  Seth Allen, Bradley Perez, Elizia Delapaa  

Remember in Prayer
Our world, our country, our community leaders, all our military troops around the world, our church, our pastors, the staff, church members, visitors, and Midlothian community
Thank You
To My Church Family, 
I got to go to Albuquerque to see my brother, Charles Webb. He is doing as well as he can with advanced Parkinson’s. However, we got to sit on the patio with face mask and Plexiglas between us to visit. Even with all of the restrictions, it was great to get to see him. I asked him if he got any cards from my friends and he said, “I have never had so many cards in my life!” Thanks to all of you who sent cards. It was very uplifting to a man who doesn’t have many of those moments these days. May God bless you!

Jerrie Dickey
Thank You for Your Generosity
Thank you for your generosity! We continue to do great ministry as a church because of you and your faithfulness. We encourage you to continue giving to the church's ministry either by mailing in your financial gifts or giving online by clicking on the button below. Every gift helps us do greater things for God's Kingdom!
Church Staff
Senior Pastor: Rev. Brady Johnston
Executive Pastor: Rev. Dr. April Fehler
Youth Pastor: Rev. Matt Evans
Children's Director: Keelee Allen
God's Garden Preschool Director: Michelle Coffin
Traditional Worship Leader: Paul Martin
Contemporary Worship Leader: Jason Westbrook
Organist: Laurie Duke
Administrative Assistant: Mary Beth Mayo
Financial Secretary: Babette Maxwell 
Media Director: Valerie Dick
Facilities Director: Matt Sanders 
Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!
FUMC Midlothian | 972-775-3993