Crosswinds Newsletter
January 20, 2021 - Volume 550
A Word from the Pastor
On Monday, we remembered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his many contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. Chances are at some point in the day, you heard an excerpt of his “I Have a Dream” speech. It’s his most memorable speech, and it almost didn’t happen. 

Dr. King was scheduled to speak at the 1963 March on Washington. He was told he had only five minutes, which gave him time for only a single point. He had two speeches to choose from, one of them being his dream. He chose the other and gave that speech in front of a crowd of 250,000. He was nearing the end when it was clear that his message had not resonated as he had hoped. When he began to realize this, he heard the distinct voice of the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. 

Jackson had followed King and was a trusted friend. King would often call her in the darkest moments of the Civil Rights Movement just to hear her sing. She had heard of King’s dream, so when she saw him struggling to get his vision across to the crowd, she cried out, “Tell them about the dream, Martin! Tell them about the dream.” Dr. King looked over his shoulder at Mrs. Jackson and took his prepared speech and set it to the side of the podium. And he said,

"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.

It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!”

What a dream indeed. On Monday, my prayer was that the church would share King’s vision, as I believe it is rooted in God’s desire for us. From the beginning, God’s intent was that His creation would exist in harmony. For humanity, this means that our God-given differences aren’t meant to divide, but rather to serve as an expression of God’s creative capacity. We are all image-bearers, which means that we cannot allow something as thin as a layer of skin to come between us. Galatians 3:28 reminds us that in Christ, “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  

So Lord, we ask You to make Your dream for creation a reality in us, Your church. Make us one with one another as we are one with You. Amen.

Pastor Brady Johnston
Youth Group Returns Tonight
January 20th
2021 Blood Drive Dates
Mark your Calendars! The Red Cross has scheduled us for the following dates: May 30, August 29 and November 14. You can go in and register now by clicking the button below. Enter the code "fumcmid". Please continue to pray for Red Cross as they work to fulfill their ministry and keep their employees and donors safe.
Face Masks on Campus
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. This is also important during the week in order to meet state requirements for God's Garden Preschool. Thank you for your patience, understanding and commitment to love one another.
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!
Children & Youth
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 RESUMES TONIGHT!
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. For Remind 101 for Youth, text @7b2dff6 to the number 81010.
Weekly Discipleship Video
"Jesus & the Scriptures"
Week 2
Mark 1:35-37 & John 17
Share about your current practice of prayer. Do you pray regularly? What do you pray about mostly?

Jesus’ Prayer Life – Mark 1:35

Jesus’ Prayer – John 17

Instructions – Divide into 3 sections (v 1-5, 6-19, 20-26). Read a section. I want you to ask: Why do you think Jesus prayed this? What grabbed your attention and why?

Question – How might the Spirit and scriptures speak into your life?
Additional Discipleship Videos are available on our Discipleship Playlist on YouTube as well as our Discipleship Webpage.
Worship Together
January 24
"The Importance of Perseverance"
Romans 5:1-5
8:30 AM Traditional
11 AM Contemporary
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.
Church Office Hours and 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. Please remember masks are required in both buildings.
Prayer Requests
New
Myra Mead's Dad - VA Hospital
Guylyn Peel - surgery and rehab
Walter Hightower (Coworker of Dan Powers) - murder of son

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
To My Church Family,
I wanted to reach out and thank you all for your love and support. I have heard about the love but actually felt it. I love you all dearly.
Mel Nolan
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