Crosswinds Newsletter
March 17, 2021 - Volume 557
A Word from the Pastor
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I want to share with you one of Patrick’s prayers. This prayer is known widely as “The Morning Prayer”. The story is that Patrick wrote the prayer asking for divine protection before sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects. The prayer is also referred to as “The Breastplate of St Patrick”, like the piece of armor a soldier wore in battle.   
Pastor Brady Johnston

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, 
Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me, God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me, God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding,
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength of the Lord of creation.
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!
High School Seniors
We want to celebrate you and all that you have accomplished on Senior Sunday. But we need pictures of you and some basic info, including your name, parents names and your plans for after graduation. Pictures and information can be sent to Valerie Dick, Media Director. More details about Senior Sunday coming soon!
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No Bible Study or Youth Group Tonight, March 17
Enjoy your break. We loo forward to seeing you next week!
Holy Week Services
This Week at FUMC
Holy Spirit Bible Study meets on Zoom, Wednesdays at 4:30 PM. There is no Bible Study this week, due to Spring Break. We will resume March 24th. To connect to the Holy Spirit Bible Study, click on Zoom at the time of the meeting.

Youth Group meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the FLC. There is no Youth Group this week, due to Spring Break. We will resume March 24th.

Confirmation classes resume this Sunday, March 21. If you have questions please email Keelee.

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.
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.
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 21
"A Tale of Two Sons"
Luke 15:11-32
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
David Dean (friend of Cindy Gudgell) - health issues
Billy Isom - surgery
Don Lish - moved to Legacy Oaks Senior Living
Judy Baird - eye surgery - went well

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
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