Crosswinds Newsletter
September 16, 2020 I Volume 532
A Word from the Pastor
In June 2010, I was kneeling at the altar at First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth when I felt the weight of Bishop Lowry’s hand press against my head. In the moments that followed, he prayed and ordained me as an elder sent to minister to the local church in the name of Christ. While I cannot remember all that he said, I will never forget the weight of that moment. 

I bring that up because this Sunday evening, Dr. April Fehler will kneel at a similar altar where she will be ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church. She will feel the weight of the call to guide and minister to Christ’s Body, the church. It will be an unforgettable experience for her. 

In case you’re unaware, it’s a long road to get to that moment. It begins with a call to ministry. That decision is followed by years of seminary, service in the local church, and negotiating the United Methodist process for ordination. It is indeed a journey, full of twists and turns, ups and downs.

For April, God’s call on her life took her out of a profession in which she had a promising career. She channeled her energy into seminary and service in the local church. I don’t have to tell you about the great things that God has accomplished through her ministry; you’ve been experiencing it for the past three years. 

April is such a blessing to our church. She ministers out of a wealth of love for Jesus and His church. She spends herself selflessly. She seeks to lift others up when they are down. She provides a listening ear for the worst of our problems. April is a gifted pastor and a wonderful partner in ministry. 

I know I speak for the entire church when I say that we are truly blessed to have her. 
That’s why I want you to be aware of the opportunity to celebrate April and this amazing moment in her life. On Sunday night, the Ordination Service will be broadcast online. The service will be from 4:00-6:00 PM and can be found using this link: https://www.ctcumc.org/ac20-service-of-commissioning-and-ordination

Blessings,
Pastor Brady
Youth Returns In-Person TONIGHT!
Parking Lot Parables
Starting THIS Sunday
Drive in with your family on Sunday, September 20th, 27th and October 4th at 6:30pm. We will gather tailgating style for a night of fun family activities as we learn about the parable of the two builders. Each family will be given two parking spots (one for your car and one for your chairs and work area) and a bag filled will all the supplies you will need for the night! Masks are required for all adults and children over the age of 5 for all on-site events at this time. Space is limited, so register soon! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR EACH SUNDAY SERVICE! Use the following links to register for each week please:

September 20th: Parable of the Two Builders
October 4th: Parable of the Sower

The parking lot will open at 6:00pm, so feel free to bring a picnic dinner and eat together before service begins! You will enter from the 9th Street entrance by the Main Building and be greeted by someone to show you to your spot and give you a supply bag. For more information contact Keelee.
Pastor April's Ordination
Sunday, September 20th at 4 PM, Pastor April will be officially Ordained in the United Methodist Church! Attendance is highly restricted to a limited number of attendees per candidate. The service will be live streamed for those who would like to see her ordained. Go to CTC Service of Commissioning & Ordination for more information about the live stream. Congratulations, Pastor April!
Red Cross Blood Drive
September 27th, 9 AM – 3 PM
Let's Save lives together! If you are healthy and have NOT donated blood in the 56 days prior, please consider donating on September 27th at our next Red Cross Blood Drive! Everyone is asked to make an appointment to donate at this time. To do so, visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code “fumcmid” or call 1-800-RedCross. Please review the links below for more information before you donate. The Donor Coach will be located on the south side of the church at the corner of Ninth and George Hopper. Photo ID or Red Cross Donor Card will be required.

BLOOD DONATION REQUIREMENTS:
FAQ:
WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER DONATIONS:
POWER RED DONATIONS:

Please do RapidPass prior to coming in to complete your pre-donation reading and health history online before you come to your appointment. More information at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.
Sermon Series
9/20  John 20:19-29 - "Doubting Thomas"
9/27  Job 28:12-28 - "Job’s Lament and Loss"
Creation Kids Links:

Stay connected in Creation Kids Children's Ministry! Follow us on our Facebook page, Creation Kids page, and our Instagram page, @creationkidsfumcmidlo, to keep up with resources for connection. For more information, email Keelee Allen.
Junior High and Senior High Youth Group meets Wednesday nights starting September 16th. If you have any questions, please email Pastor Matt Evans.

Stay connected! Follow us on our Youth Facebook page, FUMC Midlo Youth (public). Youth and Youth parents, join our private Facebook Group, FUMC Midlothian Youth (private community). For Remind 101 for Youth, text @7b2dff6 to the number 81010.
Weekly Prayer Hour
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We recognize that these are tough times. In such seasons, it's important to seek support. Galatians 6:2 says, "Carry each other's burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ." The church staff wants to help shoulder some of your burdens by offering a time to pray with you. On each Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 PM, a couple of the staff will be outside on the George Hopper side of the church parking lot. Just pull up in your car and we can have prayer together.  
Weekly Discipleship Video
Week 6 - Psalms 51-60 "Our Hope and Security"
Read Psalm 51
Share your thoughts and observations.
Psalm 51:1-2
I wonder how confession of sin fosters a deeper life with God?
Psalm 51:3-19
I wonder what you can take from this to apply to your life with God?
Lyrics for the Field Service can be accessed on your device during worship at fumcmidlo.org/field.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27 WILL THE LAST FIELD SERVICE.
IN-PERSON WORSHIP BEGINS SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 8:30 and 10:00.
Recorded worship services can be found on our website, Facebook page and Youtube channel.
WayPoint is a daily guide to help you grow and expand upon the scriptures we are studying. WayPoints are available at Waypoint and FUMC Facebook.
Prayer Requests
Be in prayer for God's Garden Preschool as they start the new school year. They will be following the MISD school calendar and began in-person this past Monday, September 14th with a number of precautions in place. God's Garden Preschool is a vital ministry of our church and serves a number of families in Midlothian. 
New
Mark McKee - hospital - Plano Pr

Continuous Prayer
Jeline Pegram, Raymond & LaFerne Cuddy, Karen Wilson, Dorothy Wares, George & Dee Culps, Dave Swiedom, Don Lish, Rodger Keyes, John Lowe, Chelsea Peel
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
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
Youth Pastor: Rev. Matt Evans
Children's Director: Keelee Allen
God's Garden Preschool Director: Michelle Coffin
Traditional Worship Leader: Paul Martin
Contemporary Worship Leader: Jason Westbrook
Organist: Laurie Duke
Administrative Assistant: Mary Beth Mayo
Media Director: Valerie Dick
Facilities Director: Matt Sanders 
Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!
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