Crosswinds Newsletter
December 30, 2020 I Volume 547
A Word from the Pastor
It’s finally here--a new year.  I seriously doubt anyone is sad to see 2020 go.  We’re ready to trade the seemingly bad vibes of 2020 for a fresh start. 

Many of us are looking to 2021 with great hopes and expectations for a better year.  We reckon that surely things will be better than last year.  They have to, right? 

Well, I’ve never owned a crystal ball.  The closest I’ve ever come was a Magic 8 Ball I got for my birthday when I was 8.  Then again, after a couple of months, the only answer I could get out of it was, “Ask again later.” The truth is I can’t predict what lies ahead for us for 2021.  I hope for a better year in some of the same ways that you do, but I also want to remind us that the true source of our hope isn’t in better circumstances.  Our true source of hope is the Lord Himself.

We are reminded of this in Psalm 121.  This psalm is known as a Psalm of Ascent: pilgrims would sing this as they made their way up to the Temple in Jerusalem.  The journey was full of dangers, obstacles, and hardships.  This song asks the question, “I lift my eyes up to the mountains-–where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  The rest of the psalm affirms the idea that the greatest hope for the pilgrim wasn’t that the journey would be easier than before, but that God was with them as He has always been. 

Let that be a friendly reminder to us as we step into a new year.  We may find the journey into 2021 to be easier or as difficult as the year before, but either way, we know our hope isn’t in the journey but rather the Lord who “will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber.”

Pastor Brady Johnston
Church Office Visits and Hours
Church office visits can be made by appointment only at this time. In effort to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19, church staff will primarily be working remotely. Phones will be forwarded and answered. Please contact the church office at 972-775-3993 to make an appointment for church business. Please note that the church office will be closed New Year's Eve and Day.
Help Us Find Our Sheep
Throughout December
The sheep have scattered all over Midlothian and are hidden in 10 stores! Grab a Trail Card and head out on the Sheep Trail to help us find the TEN LOST SHEEP and TWO CAMELS. But do it by THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31!

The Trail card can be downloaded here or picked up at participating stores. We ask that kids are always accompanied by an adult while on the Sheep Trail. When you find all the sheep, turn your completed Trail Card in at FUMC Midlothian. When the Trail is over, we'll have a drawing for a prize from our fabulous stores! For plenty of Sheep Trail fun, follow us on Facebook at Creation Kids Children's Ministry or follow our Instagram account, creationkidscm.
Children & Youth
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.
NO YOUTH GROUP THIS WEEK!
WE WILL RESUME MID-JANUARY
Junior High and Senior High Youth Group meets Wednesday nights 6:30 - 8 PM in the FLC. If you have any questions, please email Pastor Brady.

Stay connected in FUMC Midlo Youth Ministries! 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.
Nursery and Early Childhood
Infant Through Pre-K is Now Open
We currently offer Nursery and Early Childhood care (infant through pre-k) during our Sunday morning worship services. If you would like your children to attend, please visit our Creation Kids Webpage to review our entire policy before bringing your children. Elementary age children will need to stay with their family in worship at this time. If you have any questions, please email Keelee Allen at Keelee. Thank you and we are looking forward to seeing our kids and hearing their laughter, insight, and singing in our hallways!
Weekly Discipleship Video
We will not post new discipleship videos until the new year. Have a Merry Christmas!
Additional Discipleship Videos are available on our Discipleship Playlist on YouTube as well as our Discipleship Webpage.
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
Lauren Behrman (friend of Heidi Minor) - serious health issue

Continuous Prayer
Raymond & LaFerne Cuddy, Karen Wilson, Dorothy Wares, George & Dee Culps, Don Lish, John Lowe, Chelsea Peel, God's Garden Preschool

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, Matthew Watford
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 and first responders around the world, our church, our pastors, the staff, church members, visitors, and Midlothian community
Thank You
Thank you to everyone who participated in any way to bring us such a wonderful Christmas Eve service. What a blessing you gave to us. The children in the Christmas story were wonderful and it sure made the story memorable for us and them.
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
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
Media Director: Valerie Dick
Facilities Director: Matt Sanders 
FUMC Midlothian | 972-775-3993 fumcmidlo.org