Crosswinds Newsletter
March 10, 2021 - Volume 556
A Word from the Pastor
Today I want to celebrate one of the great ministries of our church in God’s Garden Preschool (GGP). The vision for God’s Garden began long ago with a two-day-a-week Mother’s Day Out type of program. It has since developed into a five-day-a-week preschool, and the only licensed preschool in Midlothian. 

God’s Garden currently serves 120 children from infants to pre-kindergarten. Some of  the families served are members of the church, while many others are from the community. For these families, GGP is their first point of connection to our church’s ministry, and one way we are reaching new people for Christ. 

The mission of God’s Garden Preschool fits within the overall mission of the church of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” It focuses on laying a firm foundation for our children to understand that they were created by and are loved by God. 

I can attest to the power of this ministry as both of my girls went through the preschool. The Christ-centered teaching they received led to many more conversations at home. It was a safe place for them to grow in their relationships with their classmates and the Lord. Annie and I are indebted to God’s Garden and the staff for their passion in showing the love of Christ to our little ones. 

We have been fortunate to have many wonderful people contribute to making this ministry a success, but I want to single out the current preschool director, Michelle Coffin. Michelle has been with God’s Garden for 6 years. She is one of the most dedicated people with whom I have ever served. She takes so much pride in the preschool and pours her heart and soul into it. Along with her team, she made a way for the preschool to open safely this year in spite of COVID. She has managed every challenge with the kind of grace that should make every church member proud. She is such a blessing to the children and families of GGP, her staff, and our church.

Pastor Brady Johnston
This Saturday, March 13th, move your clocks forward 1 hour before you go to bed.
Red Cross Blood Drive
This Sunday, March 14th
9 AM - 2 PM
If you are healthy and have NOT donated in the past 56 days, please consider donating blood!

To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “fumcmid” or call 1-800-RedCross. Click the links below for information before you donate:


*Photo ID or Red Cross Donor Card required
**Please do RapidPass prior to coming in at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass

Let’s Intentionally save lives together!
Easter Lilies
Through March 28th
Order Easter lilies in honor or memory of a loved one and help decorate the church for Easter! Easter lilies will be placed around the altar in both the Sanctuary and the FLC. They may be taken home after service on Easter Sunday or they can be donated to someone in the community through the church.

The cost is $10.00 per plant. To order, complete and submit this form. Payment can be made by cash, check made out to FUMC Midlothian or online at fumcmidlo.org/give. Please memo your payment “Easter Lilies”. Checks may be mailed to 800 S. 9th St., Midlothian, TX. 76065. Orders must be placed by March 28th!
Bible Study
Today, March 10th
4:30 PM
We will not meet next Wednesday, March 17, as we will be off for Spring Break. Click on the link below to join, during class time.
Youth Group
Tonight, March 10th
6:30-8 PM
Youth will not meet next Wednesday, March 17, as we will be off for Spring Break.
No Confirmation Classes
this Sunday 3/14
The Confirmation class will not meet this Sunday, March 14, due to Spring Break. We will resume the following Sunday, March 21. If you have questions please email Keelee.
Lenten Reading
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 Waypoint or FUMC Facebook to find the WayPoints.
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 contact the church office.
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.
Junior & Senior High Youth Group
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) 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.
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, March 14
"GO"
Luke 10:1-3
8:30 AM Traditional in the Sanctuary
11 AM Contemporary in the FLC
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
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.

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.

Thank you!
Prayer Requests
New
Ed Nix Family - death of Ed

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
From Sharon Perdasofpy for her son Michael Stokum:
To Our Church Family,
Michael is getting cards & prayers from our church & what a blessing! Thank you all! 
To Our Church Family,
The loss of our son Eddie has been a really hard road to travel! Our church family, SS class, neighbors and friends have helped so much. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The prayers, cards, food, calls and flowers were so special just knowing so many cared. A great big thank you.
Clayton and JoAnn Bryant
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 
FUMC Midlothian | 972-775-3993 fumcmidlo.org