Crosswinds Newsletter
May 26 2021 - Volume 567
A Word from the Executive Pastor
Our church has been very careful in how we have reintroduced our worship services, communion, programs and ministries as we moved through the COVID-19 season. Within a week of your pastors and church members landing stateside from Israel in March 2020, we moved worship completely online. Five months later, we began worshiping outside, while masked and scattered between the two worship spaces.
 
Before we knew it, we were figuring out the best way to hold worship indoors and still keep people safe and protected from COVID-19 exposure. From the beginning, we have required masks and a social distance of six feet as we worshiped in person.
 
All along, we’ve been following the CDC recommendations and standards set by the schools. Given the recent changes in those standards, we made a decision last week to set aside the mask requirements for in-person worship starting this Sunday, May 30th. While masks are welcomed in worship, they are no longer required.
 
While many are relieved to put this precaution behind us, please know that there are some who may feel more comfortable wearing a mask. Others may feel less comfortable attending now that the requirement has been lifted. Even though the rules have changed, our call to love our neighbor is still in place, regardless of their mask- wearing choice.
 
Let us continue to be the church as we learn how to work our way through this season of change together, one step at a time.
 
Blessings,
Pastor April
Red Cross Blood Drive
This Sunday, May 30 from 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. Please 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!
The church office will be closed Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day. We will return to the office Tuesday, June 1st. Please take time on Monday to remember those who sacrificed everything.
Youth Parent Meeting
Wednesday, June 2
6:30 PM in the FLC
We have a YOUTH PARENT MEETING on June 2nd, in the FLC AT 6:30 PM. We will be talking about summer programming and how we are moving forward. We will also discuss United Mission Week. If you are a youth parent (for incoming 6th graders and up), we encourage you to attend!
In partnership with First Methodist Church Mansfield, FUMC Midlothian youth will be participating in United Mission Week, July 11-15. All middle school and high school students who have completed grades 6-12, are invited to participate. Below you will find the link for the First Methodist Mansfield website. There you will find the registration link and other details about the week. 

We will have a Parent Informational Meeting Wednesday, June 2 at 6:30p in the FLC. We will be going over United Mission Week and the Summer Youth Program. We will go over details and answer any of your questions. Some major points to note for United Mission Week:

*Cost - $50 (payments will be made to FUMC Midlothian, so opt to pay later when registering)
*High School students have the option to spend the night at FMC Mansfield
*Middle School students will be driven to/from Mansfield daily
*Registration deadline is June 11th
*Special Needs program available - do not spend the night and worksites will be indoors
*We need adult volunteers from FUMC Midlothian

Click on FMC Mansfield United Mission Week Website to sign up or volunteer! Make sure you opt to "Pay Later" as you will pay $50 to FUMC Midlothian and the church will cover the remainder of the cost.

We look forward to a fun summer with our youth and hope you will join us as we continue ministry this summer! Here you can find answers to FAQ's. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, as well. See you June 2nd for the Parent Informational Meeting!
Photo Galleries
We had two amazing Sundays in a row, where we got to celebrate members of our church. Please click below to see photos from Confirmation Sunday and Senior Sunday!
“In His Steps” Tour 2022
If you’re interested in going with the church to visit the Holy Land in 2022, now is the time to reach out. We will be travelling with FUMC Weatherford and spots are beginning to fill up. Deposits are refundable up to August. For more information, email Fred Smith at FrederickMsmith77@gmail.com.
Part-time Financial Administrator Needed
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 job post on Facebook!
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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.
This Week at FUMC
Choir meets each Wednesday at 6pm to rehearse. Contact Paul for more info.

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.

Last week of Godly Play, as Children's Church starts June 6th in both services.

Blood Drive this Sunday, May 30 from 9-2.
Worship with Us This Sunday, May 30
"Rise to the Occasion"
Mark 2:1-2
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.
Junior & Senior High Youth Group
will resume in September
Stay Tuned for Summer Events & Ministry

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!
God's Garden Preschool Registration
Registration for God's Garden Preschool is open for the 2021-2022 school year. Please click here to register.
Church Office Hours
Church office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8am to 4pm. Please be aware that all visitors will need to perform a temperature check upon entry during the preschool hours per state licensing guidelines, through the end of the school year. The office will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.

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.
Prayer Requests
New
Rodger Keyes - surgery

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
Dear Church, I would like to thank everyone for the many cards, thoughts and prayers during my recent stays in the hospital. Can't start to tell you what it meant to hear from all of my church family and friends at this time.
Jim McClure
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Jan Prather sold her home to Jason and Raquel and she is now living with her daughter.
Dear Church Family, thank you for the encouraging cards. They were very much appreciated. Even though I have moved to DeSoto, FUMC MIdlothian is still my home church and I will attend when I can!
Jan Prather
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