Crosswinds Newsletter
February 17/24, 2021 - Volume 554
A Word from the Pastor

What a difference a week makes.  This time last week, we were under 10 degrees.  Today, I was outside for an hour, and I’m pretty sure I got sunburned.  

While we’re happy to wave goodbye to last week’s weather, we know not everyone has fully recovered.  Warming temps has revealed the damage that had taken place over the week.  While many families have insurance to take care of their needs, we know some do not.  We want to help.  We have some resources to help.  While we cannot do everything, we can do something.

So here is what we’re asking of you.  If you’re connected to the church, let us know if there is something we can help with.  The early church set the tone of taking care of the needs of their new family in Christ, and we want to do the same.  We also want to know if you personally know someone whom we might be able to serve.  In either case, please reach out to me via email at bradyj@fumcmidlo.org.  We will be looking at each case to see what we are able to do.  We may not be able to help everyone in Midlothian, but we can help some. 

Also, if you are interested in serving by offering your time, skill set, or financial resources, then please reach out to me through my email as well. 

Pastor Brady Johnston
LENTON READING
Lent is a season of examination.  In it, we take a long and hard look at the condition of our hearts.  I once had someone ask me why this was necessary.  My reply was that God says He is always searching our hearts and I want to know what He’s seeing. 

This Lent we are leaning hard into scripture study and prayer as a means of examination.  God’s Word often acts like a mirror, allowing us to see in ourselves what we might not otherwise.  Prayer is a time when we listen to Spirit’s prompting.  This is why we are encouraging you to participate in the WayPoint daily devotional throughout Lent.  The WayPoints are designed to help you prayerfully engage God’s Word so that we might respond in obedience.  Click on either link to find the WayPoints. Waypoint or FUMC Facebook.
Youth Fire Night is Tonight
Join us TONIGHT, Wednesday, February 24th for hot cocoa and fire pits at 6:30 PM in the Patch Paking Lot (across George Hopper)! All youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to come. Invite your friends - all youth are welcome! You may email Keelee with any questions.
No Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday Night Choir is cancelled until further notice. We will likely resume after Easter. If you are interested in choir or sharing your musical talents, please email Paul for more information.
Confirmation Classes
Starting this Sunday
Confirmation classes will begin this Sunday and will run February 28 through May 23. Students will meet from 9:45-10:45 AM in the FLC each Sunday. Confirmation is for 6th graders and older. There is still time to join us. If you have questions or need more info, email Keelee.
Holy Spirit Bible Study
Wednesdays at 4:30-5:40 PM on Zoom
Starts March 3
All are welcome!
Click on the zoom link below at the appropriate time.
Discipleship Bands are made up of three to five people who commit to read together, pray together and meet together with the expectation that they will share in God’s love together. We use the term “band” as a noun to refer to a group, but it’s more easily understood as a verb.  In other words, it’s a group that bands together, meeting regularly to seek Christ together. If you’re interested in more information or want to join a band, please click on and out this Google form below.
Creation Kids Links:

Stay connected in Creation Kids Children's Ministry! Follow us on our Facebook page, Creation Kids, and our Instagram page, @creationkidsfumcmidlo, to keep up with resources for connection. For more information, email Keelee Allen.
Youth Group
Junior & Senior High
Wednesday Nights
6:30-8 PM in the FLC

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. For Remind 101 for Youth, text @7b2dff6 to the number 81010. If you have any questions, please email Pastor Brady.
Bring a friend!
Nursery and Early Childhood
Infant Through Pre-K is Available
We 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!
Worship Together
Sunday, February 28
Fishing for People
Luke 5:1-11, 27-32
8:30 AM Traditional
11 AM Contemporary
Check out our Lenten Devotional Series in our Waypoints during the season of Lent! WayPoint is a daily guide to help you grow and expand upon the scriptures we are studying. WayPoints are available at Waypoint and daily at FUMC Facebook.
Church Office Hours & Appointments
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.

If you have any personal financial questions, please send an email to finance@fumcmidlo.org. Attach copies of any documents necessary regarding your questions.

Please remember we are practicing social distance and wearing face masks as an act of love for one another while on campus. Face masks are required when you are at the church - in both the Main Building and the Family Life Center. Thank you.
Prayer Requests
New
Everyone trying to get through our first Texas blizzard.
Laurie Duke - knee replacement Monday, March 1

Continuous Prayer
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
To Our Church Family,

I just wanted to thank you and everyone for the prayers and the cards. I have enjoyed sending cards and being part of the sisters in prayer, but being a recipient is really a blessing. It gives a visual of how many people are lifting us up in prayer. This time last year when our daughter Chelsea was so sick we felt a great comfort. Just two months ago when my sweet Daddy went to his heavenly home to be with my Mother, who passed three years ago, that same comfort. And now, no doubt, because of all the prayers I can report that during this broken hip/ femur ordeal I have not felt scared or anxious. I know my body will heal. I will get better. I am getting better.

I ask that you continue to pray for our daughter Chelsea. Scans show that she is stable, which at the beginning her oncologist said “we like stable”. She will continue treatments every 3 weeks. We still remain grateful and thankful. She is a strong one!

We’ve had our share of “stuff”. Hopefully, we will be able to take a break for awhile. But if not I TRUST that God will continue to see us through.... He is good like that. We survived the week of frigid weather!
Thank you again. So thankful God has placed all of you in our life’s journey. 

God’s Grace, Peace and Love to all, 
Guylyn and Jack Peel
The Prayer/Card Ministry Sisters sent cards to Derek who is the nephew of Candy Conrad. He has stage 4 Hoskins Lymphoma and is undergoing treatments. His wife Heather sent this thank you to Candy to pass along to us:

The cards from your church have been such a blessing! Derek read some over the weekend and started tearing up....he told me he wants to read one everyday and also wants to keep them. He said maybe sometime he can write a few of them back. Sorry for the long text but wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the many prayers.
The Prayer/Card Ministry Sisters sent cards to Elaine Woolsey who is the mother of Pam Rogers. Elaine had hip surgery. This is her note of thanks:

I was certainly surprised to receive the nice get well cards from Pam’s former church. I appreciate the thoughtfulness and prayers. Thank you for helping me through all the aches and pains. I am recovering very well.  

Thank you again,
Elaine 
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
Administrative Assistant: Mary Beth Mayo
Finance Coordinator: Cindy Gudgell
Organist: Laurie Duke
Media Director: Valerie Dick
Facilities Director: Matt Sanders 
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