Crosswinds Newsletter
August 5, 2020 I Volume 526
A Word from the Pastor
Greetings church! 
As you can tell by the newsletter, we have a number of opportunities on the horizon for the church. One prospect is our new in-person worship service. Beginning August 16th, we'll add a 7:30 AM outdoor field service to our current Sunday morning lineup. Below is a video to help you understand what the service will look like. I encourage everyone who plans on attending to watch the video by our staff.  

We will continue to host our 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM services online via Facebook Live each Sunday. This is a great way to keep us connected as a church body. They are also an easy means to share with your friends. If the services or any other online resource is a benefit to you, then share them with your friends and invite them. In many ways, it's never been easier to reach new people for Christ.  
Pastor Brady Johnston
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.  
Drive Thru Backpack Blessing
We all know this school-year will be different, no matter where or how you are going back. So we're sending our students, teachers, administrators, faculty, and staff back to school this year with our prayers and blessings! This is for students and anyone working in education from preschool - collegiate level. ALL ARE INVITED!

We will have a special time of prayer on Sunday, August 16th between 6pm and 8pm in our parking lot. No registration is required, just your presence. Come and go as you are able. Drive thru and be blessed.

Please invite your friends and spread the word! This is a public event. Instructions for the event will be posted prior to Aug 16th for entrance and exit of the parking lot, etc.
By the Well Sing-Along
Join us Friday, August 21st for our first ever By The Well Sing-Along, live on Facebook at 6:30 PM. But first, make sure you vote for your favorite contemporary worship songs! Then Jason and the praise band will sing the top ten hymns, chosen by you. Click the button below to vote for your favorite now! Wednesday, August 12th is the final day to vote.
3rd Grade Bible Drive Thru
We believe it's important for children to have a Bible that belongs to them. We believe a child's spiritual faith journey is as important as when they become teens or adults. We value the incredible gift God has given us in discipling children now. 

On Sunday, August 23rd from 11am-12pm, we will have Bibles ready 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. Registration is highly encouraged (click below).
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.
Housefires - Wednesdays @ 6 PM
Through August 5th

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.

If you have any questions, please email Pastor Matt Evans.
Outreach Opportunity:
Help Bless MISD Students
A couple of Sundays ago we introduced a new opportunity to serve our community. MISD has 1,245 elementary students in the reduced lunch program. Before they are able to return to campus, these students will need masks and a personal water bottle. We want to make sure each student has what they need to keep themselves and other students safe. That’s why we will be providing these for them. 

The cost to purchase masks and water bottles for all the elementary students in the reduced lunch program across MISD is $4,000. The church has already pitched in $2,000. If you are able to help, we encourage you to give. Put “MISD help” in the memo of your check or use the other tab on our giving page and write the same. This is a chance to bless some families in our community in a tough season.  
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.
Weekly Discipleship Video
Suggested scriptures to pray:
Nehemiah 1:4-11
Philippians 1:3-11
Matthew 6:9-13
Ephesians 1:17-19
Worship Live Sunday Mornings on Facebook
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
LuAnn Eakin - hospital
Twanna Pitt - hospital

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
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for all the wonderful cards and helpful words of encouragement. My family and I appreciate your kindness.
Judy Barr
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
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