Crosswinds Newsletter
August 26, 2020 I Volume 529
A Word from the Pastor
After the 10:00am worship service this past Sunday, some of the staff stayed to hand out bibles to our 3rd grade students. It’s been a longstanding tradition to give them bibles. We believe this is a season in which they can really begin to dive into scripture on their own and we want them to have the resources to do it. 

It was such a blessing to put the Word of God in each of their hands and pray over them. One of the students in particular was so excited to get her bible. She was grinning from ear to ear when we handed it to her. She held it like it was a precious treasure. Her eyes grew wide with wonder as she opened its pages. She told us she couldn’t wait to start reading it. I wish everyone in our church had such passion to know God through His Word. 

God’s Word is a treasure for us. It is in the pages of scripture that the divine mystery of God’s love for us is revealed. It is in searching its words that our knowledge of God deepens and that we grow to maturity. “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
 
The Word also comes to life for us today as the Holy Spirit speaks through it. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, bone and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitude of the heart.”  

So, just how much should we desire to know the Lord through His Word? I believe Jesus answers that in the desert. After going 40 days without food, Jesus answers the temptations of the enemy by saying, “For it is written: ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 

My prayer for you today is that you would see the scriptures through the eyes of our 3rd graders. That you would realize the untold treasures that exist within its pages and have the courage to explore them.  

Blessings,
Pastor Brady
Current Sermon Series
8/30  Matthew 14:22-33 - "Peter Sinks in the Water"
9/06  Acts 9:1-20 - "Conversion of Saul to Paul"
9/13  Jeremiah 29:1-7 - "Encouraging Israelites in Exile to Plant Gardens & Build Houses"
9/20  John 20:19-29 - "Doubting Thomas"
9/27  Job 28:12-28 - "Job’s Lament and Loss"
Worship In-Person Sunday Mornings Outdoors
Lyrics can be accessed on your personal device during worship at fumcmidlo.org/field. It is great to see some some of our church family in person! We're looking forward to the next Field Service this Sunday, August 30 at 7:30 AM. We will continue to offer live worship on Facebook at 8:30 AM and 10 AM as well.
Worship Live Sunday Mornings on Facebook
Recorded worship services can be found on our website, Facebook page and Youtube channel.
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 12:00-1:00 PM, 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.  
Save the Date!
We will be celebrating the completion of our "Growing Our Legacy" Capital Campaign,
Sunday, September 13.
More Details coming soon!
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 3 - Psalms 3-7, Lament
Psalm 3-7 are psalms of lament.
What is a lament? What does it mean to lament?
How can lament be a help to us in our life with God today?
Read Psalm 3
What part speaks most powerfully to you in light of today?
Read Psalm 4
How can God use lament to transform our spirits?
Read Psalm 6
What does this psalm teach us about the need to confess our sins?
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. 
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
New
Misty McLemore - health issues

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.
 
Military
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  
NATIONAL GUARD - Derek Boots

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 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 (9/6)
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!
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