Crosswinds Newsletter
May 5, 2021 - Volume 564
A Word from the Pastor
One of our church ministries that was most heavily impacted by COVID was our weekly worship service at MidTowne Assisted Living and Memory Care Center. When they went on lockdown, we had to stop the service, which was a loss to all who were involved, but especially those who worshiped with us. 

Well, I am happy to announce that we will have our first worship service at MidTowne this Sunday! Many of the residents have not been able to participate in worship in nearly 15 months. They have a deep desire to worship together again, hearing the Word, and singing hymns. This is truly a life-changing experience for the residents and a tremendous blessing for us to share. 

The worship service runs from 1:30-2:30 PM every Sunday beginning Sunday, May 9th. If you’re interested in helping with this ministry, please reach out to Pastor April.

Pastor Brady Johnston
Pastor Brady's Sabbatical
This past Sunday, Pastor Brady announced that he will be on sabbatical for the summer from May 24 through July 25. During that time, we will be having a number of guest preachers on Sunday mornings. Pastor April will be available for pastoral needs.
Israel Information Meeting

We will be hosting an information meeting for the 2022 Israel trip on 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
The Meadowcrest parsonage will be listed this weekend! There will be an open house from 10 AM - 2 PM on Saturday.

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. We would like to put it on the market the weekend of May 14th-16th, 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.  
Church Office is Open
The church office will be open from 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. 
HS Senior Scholarships
ALL APPLICATION FORMS ARE DUE 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.
HS Senior Info Due
DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 5
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Seniors and senior parents, if you have not done so, please send your information to Valerie Dick, FUMC Media Director by the end of the day.

-Name of graduate 
-3-4 pictures of graduate
-Son/daughter of parent's or grandparent's name(s) that should be listed
-Name of High School
-One or two facts about future prospects, where they are attending (school name) to study, their interest, if they are joining a specific military branch, plans to study a trade or plans to work, etc.
-T-shirt size
Save the Date
End-of-the-Year Youth Party
Wednesday, May 19
More details coming soon!
Now Hiring
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.
 
Job responsibilities include feeding, changing diapers, maintaining a safe environment, holding/sitting with children and cheerfully interacting with them, and leading the provided curriculum with stories, crafts, play and prayer. We are looking for people who love the Lord, love kids, and have experience with early childhood aged children. All positions require a high school diploma, at least 18 years of age, and a background check.
 
At FUMC Midlothian, we view children and families as special gifts given by God. The purpose of the Early Childhood Ministry is to provide a Christian, early childhood setting in which infants to five year-olds can grow and learn, and develop spiritually, cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically as God’s children.
 
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, for more information.
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 each Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the FLC and is open to students 6th-12th grade. Bring a friend! Tonight we continue the series called "Poser".

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.
Worship Together Sunday, May 9
 "The Most Excellent Way"
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
In-Person & Live on Facebook
8:30 AM Traditional in the Sanctuary
11 AM Contemporary in the FLC
“Beautiful Design: What the Bible Says about Marriage and Other Relationships,” looks at God’s design for our relationships, especially the marriage relationship. While the emphasis for the series will be on marriage, the principles we explore will be applicable to all relationships. We hope you will join us!
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.
Dates to Remember
May 9 - Mother's Day
May 16 - Senior Sunday, Israel Information Meeting
May 19 - Youth Water Wars
May 23 - Pentecost & Confirmation Sunday
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!
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
Jim McClure - hospital

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, a BIG Thank You for all the prayers, cards and phone calls I received.
Michelle Subia  
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Our Prayer/Card Ministry sent cards to Shelby White who is a friend of the McClures. Shelby had brain surgery for a malignant tumor. Here is their note of thanks from his wife Sandy.

Thanks so much for the wonderful card you sent Shelby. I am so impressed with your church and the card ministry! It has been such a blessing to us to have that support and know so many people are praying for us. We are members of Asbury UMC (Lafayette, LA) and know how important is to have a strong church family.

Thanks again for taking the time to reach out to us.
Sandy White
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Cards were also sent to Mary Frosch whose husband, David, is the nephew of Ernest & Annabelle Frosh and the cousin of Richard Frosch. She's a friend of Sharon and Dan Powers. Mary has health issues. Here is her not of thanks.

Sharon, I receive some very uplifting cards with beautiful, caring sentiment yesterday in the mail from some of your church colleagues. I am very thankful for their prayers and that they took the time to write such touching notes. They made my day. Thank you for putting me on the prayer list.
Mary
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