Crosswinds Newsletter
May 12, 2021 - Volume 565
A Word from the Pastor
Since we started gathering back in-person, we have begun to reintroduce both existing and new ministries.  There is and has been a desire for normal again. The question now is what is the next step for our church? The Administrative Council met this past week to consider our next step. The aim was to provide a clear path for the return of many of our ministries and to address our practice of COVID precautions. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Adult Sunday school classes who wish to begin meeting will be free to do so beginning May 30th. Over the past year, some of those classrooms have gathered items. We will use the next few weeks to organize the rooms so they will be ready to meet in on Sunday, May 30th

Children and Youth Sunday school classes will resume on August 8th. Our primary goal for Children’s ministry has been to get Godly Play and summer children’s church going. We will be ready to incorporate Sunday school in August. 

COVID PRECAUTIONS
The Administrative Council considered the dropping number of cases and hospitalizations due to COVID, the rising number of people being vaccinated, and the accessibility of vaccinations in making this decision.  Also, several local health professionals expect north Texas to be at or near herd immunity by mid-June. We felt this was reason enough to no longer require masks beginning Sunday, June 20th. Masks will be welcome, and we invite people to use whatever practices they choose to make themselves feel most comfortable. They will just no longer be required.  We will also encourage social distancing, but we will no longer have seating marked off. 

This time frame will allow our staff and volunteers who would like to and have not been able to yet to get fully vaccinated. It will also allow time for everyone to adjust to the new practices. 

Now that I have laid out the plan, I want to say a word to us as a church. We need to be aware of our neighbor in this season. From the beginning of COVID, we have asked one another how we can love our neighbors. We have done our best to adopt practices that allow us to live into this calling. We must continue to be diligent about loving one another, realizing people will have different comfort levels with these changes. 

In Romans 14, Paul addresses the different beliefs regarding eating unclean food. Some Jews couldn’t bring themselves to do it, while the Gentiles did so freely. Paul says in Romans 14:19, “Let us make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” In Romans 15:2-3, he adds, “Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up (meaning the neighbor). For even Christ did not live to please Himself.” Paul’s words must guide us as we continue to walk through this season together.  

Pastor Brady Johnston
Part-time Financial Administrator
FUMC Midlothian seeks a part time financial administrator, working an average of 25 hours per week.  While the work schedule is flexible and working from home is permitted, office hours at church are required.  Experience with Quickbooks is required for both payroll and bookkeeping.
 
Contact Dr. April Fehler at aprilf@fumcmidlo.org or click on full job description for more information.

Please help us spread the word by liking and sharing the following job post on Facebook, as it will create more views. 
Part-time Early Childhood Care Workers Needed
Come join our Early Childhood Care Team where you will be serving children, infants through not yet in Kindergarten. 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 opening on Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights (during the school year), and other as needed childcare for various ministry events.
 
Email Keelee Allen, Children's Minister, or go to fumcmidlo.org/job-opportunities for more information.
HS Senior Scholarships
All Application Forms are DUE THIS FRIDAY, MAY 14
For more information about scholarship requirements, contact Laurie Lundberg at 972-877-8838 or laurie.lundberg@att.net. Scholarship applications may be downloaded by request to complete by hand or completed online using the button below.
Want to donate to the 2021 Senior Scholarship Fund? You can send a check to the church or give online above. Whichever method you choose, please memo that it is for “Senior Scholarships.” Online, you can check "Other" and write it in.
Israel Information Meeting

We will be hosting an information meeting for the 2022 Israel trip on this Sunday, May 16th at 9:45 AM in the sanctuary. Anyone who is interested in the trip is invited to join us. This is a great time to ask any questions you might have about the trip.  
Update on Parsonages
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Preparation on Hillcrest Property
There are still a few items we want to take care of at the Hillcrest parsonage. If you are available to help paint or have other skills, please email Grant Hughson at gwhughson@yahoo.com 
We would like to put it on the market as soon as possible, but we want to get these tasks done in order to net the church as much as possible. 

If you're available and able to help, it would be much appreciated. 
  Update on Meadowcrest
The Meadowcrest parsonage was listed this weekend and an open house was held on Saturday. We have received multiple offers and the Trustees are currently reviewing them.  
End-of-the-Year Youth Party
Wednesday, May 19
6:30-8 PM
Grab your swimsuit and let's get SOAKED! Obstacle course, slip and slide, games and more! All students 6th-12th grade are welcome to attend this FREE event from 6:30-8pm on May 19th! Wear a modest swimsuit and bring a towel! Get ready to have BUCKETS of FUN!
Church Office is Open
The church office is open from Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm. Please be aware that all visitors will need to wear a mask and perform a temperature check upon entry during the preschool hours per state licensing guidelines. 
This Week at FUMC
Holy Spirit Bible Study: Meets on Zoom, each Wednesday at 4:30 PM. To connect to the Holy Spirit Bible Study, click on Zoom at the time of the meeting.

Youth Group: Meets Wednesdays during the school year at 6:30 PM in the FLC and is open to students 6th-12th grade. Bring a friend! Tonight we will finish the "Poser" series.

Choir: Meets each Wednesday at 6pm to rehearse. Contact Paul for more info.

Confirmation Classes: Meets each Sunday through May 16 from 9:45-10:45 AM.. If you have questions or need more information, please email Keelee. You must be registered to attend. Confirmation Sunday is
May 23, 2021.

Discipleship Bands: Meets at various times throughout the week. New Discipleship Bands can form at any time! For more information, please contact the church office.

Godly Play has returned during during the 11 AM worship service only. Children who want to attend will be released during the By the Well Service to worship together through parables, sacred stories and liturgical lessons. The Godly Play team will bring them back to the Family Life Center at the end of service. All school-age children must wear a mask at this time.
Sunday, May 16
"Don't Forget" Proverbs 3:1-8
 In-Person & Live on Facebook
8:30 AM Traditional in the Sanctuary
11 AM Contemporary in the FLC
WayPoint Daily Devotionals are designed to help us prayerfully engage God’s Word so that we might respond in obedience. We encourage everyone to participate in the daily WayPoint devotionals. WayPoints 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.
Junior & Senior High Youth Group
Wednesday Nights thru May 19
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!
God's Garden Preschool Registration
Registration for God's Garden Preschool is open to the community. If you would like to register your pre-school age child for the 2021-2022 school year, please click on the button below. We fill up quickly each year and will have a waiting list as well, as plans tend to change over the summer, opening up new spots. Click on God's Garden Preschool to register now.
Church Office Hours
Please remember we are practicing social distance and wearing face masks as an act of love for one another while on campus. Face masks continue to be required when you are at the church - in both the Main Building and the Family Life Center.

The church office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm beginning Monday, May 10th. Please be aware that all visitors will need to perform a temperature check upon entry during the preschool hours per state licensing guidelines. 
Prayer Requests
New


Continuous Prayer
Karen Wilson, Dorothy Wares, George & Dee Culps, Don Lish, John Lowe, Chelsea Peel, God's Garden Preschool, JIm Sibley, Peggy Mathis

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 can’t start to tell you how up lifting the CARD MINISTERY was during my recent hospitalization and now at home. Thanks again to everyone.
Jim McClure
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