Crosswinds Newsletter
July 28, 2021 - Volume 576
A Word from the Pastor

I'm Back!!
It feels good to be back at the church after being out on sabbatical. The last nine weeks have been an amazing experience for me and my family. The Lord was so faithful to renew my spirit and passion for ministry. I was reminded of why Jesus would intentionally step away from His ministry for a time to seek time with His Father. Such time for retreat is lifegiving. I’m grateful to the church and staff for allowing me that time. 

While I enjoyed this summer, I am so glad to be back! I missed you more than you know. When we were in town, Annie and the girls would go to worship at our church while I visited other churches. Every week, I was jealous that she got to see you and I didn’t.   

That being said, I’m looking forward to this Sunday. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas morning. See you soon! 
 
Blessings
Pastor Brady
Tonight is the Last Night
for Soul Fires!

All youth (incoming 6th-12th graders) are invited to join us tonight from 6:30-8 PM. Bring a friend!
High School Seniors
Join us This Sunday
Back-to-School
Drive Thru Backpack Blessing
We're sending our students, teachers, administrators, faculty, and staff back to school this year with our prayers and blessings! This is for anyone working with education from preschool - collegiate level. We will have a special time of prayer on Sunday, August 8th from 6-7pm in our parking lot. All are encouraged to come and participate. No registration is required, just your presence. Instructions for the event will be posted prior to Aug 16th for entrance and exit of the parking lot, etc.
Youth & Children's Sunday School
Returns August 8th
That's right! Our kids will return to their Sunday school classrooms in just a week and a half. We can't wait to see them and dive into God's word together!

Please note that though we have a solid team, we are looking for a few more volunteers so that volunteers can have some Sundays off. You can email Keelee with any questions regarding classes and volunteering.
We Are Growing
Youth & Children's Sunday School Volunteers Needed!
volunteer_group_ngo.jpg
Are you interested in building relationships and sharing the love of Christ and God's Word with the younger generation? We are growing our Sunday school teams for youth and children and would love too add four youth teachers and six children's teachers to our team. This is NOT an every Sunday commitment! On your teaching days, you will serve from 9:35-10:35 AM. Curriculum will be provided and we will train you! Members who are interested, please e-mail Keelee for more information.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
~Proverbs 22:6
Part-time Early-Childhood Care Workers Needed
Nursery through Pre-K
Come join our Early Childhood Care Team where you will be serving young children (infants through not yet in Kindergarten) and their families. Your primary purpose is to provide dependable, safe, secure, and nurturing care to the children while at our Church, ages 0-5 years in a clean environment. This is a part time (4-8 hours) weekly position with openings on Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights (during the school year), and as needed childcare for various ministry events. Email Keelee Allen, Children's Minister for more information.
Mark Your Calendars
July 28th: Soul Fires for Youth, Wednesday, 6:30-8 PM - LAST DAY!
August 1: Senior Sunday for High School Seniors, 5 PM
August 8th: Youth and Children's Sunday School begins
August 8th: Drive-Thru Backpack Blessings, 6-7 PM
August 15th: Backpack Blessings in both worship services
August 29th: Godly Play begins
August 30 & 31st: Meet the Teacher for GGP
September 1st: GGP Fall Begins
October 2nd: Lord's Acre Festival
October 9th: Church-wide Garage Sale
Men's Breakfast meets the second Sunday of each month at 7:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall.
See weekly information below.
This Week at FUMC
Discipleship Bands meet at various times throughout the week. New Discipleship Bands can form at any time! For more information, please contact the church office.

Youth Soul Fires meet will have the last gathering for the summer tonight, Wednesday, July 28th from 6:30-8 PM in the FLC. All Youth (entering 6th-12th) are invited to attend. Invite your friends!

Children's Church meets during both services throughout the summer. Children will be released to our Children's Ministry Team early in both services, to go worship in the Fellowship Hall. Of course, children are always welcome to stay with their parents throughout worship.

Adult Sunday School Classes meet between services from 9:45-10:45 AM. Classes that have confirmed they are currently meeting are listed below. If your class is meeting and is not listed, please ask your class leader to respond to Mary Beth's email regarding class information. Thank you!
+Bill Theiss Fellowship Class, FLC room 109, led by Margie Faulkner, Book of James
+Adult Bible Class, FLC room 110, led by Mary Ellen Humphrey, "Defined: Who God Says You Are"
+Upper Room Class, FLC room 201, led by Linda Berrey, "Heaven, What Everyone Ought to Know"
+Open Door Class, FLC room 107, led by Bill Bullinger, Max Lucado study

Senior Sunday for High School Seniors is this Sunday, August 1 at 5 PM. Join us for pizza, ice cream and fellowship as we step into this milestone year!

J.O.Y. Games Group meets in FLC Room number 110 at 9:30 am each Monday. Join us for fun, fellowship and friendly competition!

Men's Monday Night Bible Study meets Monday nights from 7-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary Building Workroom. Currently they are finishing the Messler study of proverbs and is looking to study the Gospel of John next. The study is coordinated by Don Garret.

God's Garden Preschool Summer Program runs T/W/Th each week through July 29th.
Worship with Us This Sunday
August 1, 2021
"What Do You Want?"
John 1:35-42
Pastor Brady
8:30 AM Traditional in the Sanctuary
11 AM Contemporary in the FLC
WayPoints are daily devotionals designed to help us prayerfully engage God’s Word so that we might respond in obedience. We encourage everyone to participate in the WayPoints. They are available at Waypoint and FUMC Facebook.
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.
Last Week of Soul Fires!
Junior & Senior High Youth Group
will resume in September

Stay connected in FUMC Midlo Youth Ministries! Follow us on our Youth Facebook page, FUMC Midlo Youth (public) and our Instagram page, @fumcmidloyouth. 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.
We offer Nursery and Early Childhood Care (infant through pre-k) during our Sunday morning worship services. Please email Keelee with any questions. Thank you!
Prayer Requests
New
Hugh Gaither - recuperating from heart attack at son's home
Scott James (Friend of Judy Maxwell) - heart health issues
Briggs Family - death of H

Continuous Prayer
Karen Wilson, Dorothy Wares, George & Dee Culps, Don Lish, John Lowe, Chelsea Peel, Jim Sibley, Peggy Mathis

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

f you'd like to thank the church in the newsletter, please send an email to Joy Price. Thank you!
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: Barry Hornburg
Organist: Laurie Duke
Media Director: Valerie Dick
Facilities Director: Matt Sanders 
FUMC Midlothian | 972-775-3993
Office Hours: M-Th, 8 AM - 4 PM