Crosswinds Newsletter
September 2, 2020 I Volume 530
A Word from the Pastor
Three years ago, our church embarked on the Growing Our Legacy campaign. It was the third straight campaign, which did not garner much enthusiasm at first. People were tired of capital campaigns at that point, which is understandable. Yet, in spite of that, the Lord did amazing things through the Growing Our Legacy campaign. 

We have been able to revamp our campus, put $40,000 in an emergency fund, and reduce the debt on the Family Life Center by 60% in just three years. 

On September 13th, we will be celebrating the end of the contribution period of the campaign. We want to honor you for your generosity and give praise to God for all He has done. This campaign has positioned us for life-changing ministry for years to come. 

We will be celebrating the Growing Our Legacy campaign in each of our Sunday morning services (7:30 AM, 8:30 AM and 10 AM), so we invite you to join us in whichever way you feel most comfortable. This is a great moment for our church and I hope you will join us.  

Blessings,
Pastor Brady
Communion This Sunday
Please take a moment to prepare the elements before worship if you are joining us virtually (water and bread are fine). We will have individually wrapped elements available at the Field Service.
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.

BLOOD DONATION REQUIREMENTS:

FAQ:

WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER DONATIONS:

POWER RED DONATIONS:

*Photo ID or Red Cross Donor Card required
**Please do RapidPass prior to coming in

Don’t forget to save time by using RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history online before you come to your appointment. MORE INFO: redcrossblood.org/RapidPass
Sermon Series
9/06  Acts 9:1-20 - "Conversion of Saul to Paul"
9/13  Jeremiah 29:1-7 - "Encouraging Israelites in Exile to Plant Gardens & Build Houses"
9/20  John 20:19-29 - "Doubting Thomas"
9/27  Job 28:12-28 - "Job’s Lament and Loss"
A Time of Prayer
CANCELLED TODAY DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
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.  
Worship Together Sunday Mornings
In-Person or Live on Facebook
Lyrics for the Field Service can be accessed on your personal device during worship at fumcmidlo.org/field.
Recorded worship services can be found on our website, Facebook page and Youtube channel.
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.
Pastor Matt is making calls to get to know your youth. Please take a moment to welcome him into our church family. 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 Discipleship Video
Week 4 - Psalms 22 & 23, "Images for God"
Read Psalm 22
I wonder if you can share a time that you felt something like the anguish and feelings of forsakenness.
What was it like for you? How did you make it through?
What does it mean to us that Jesus chose to identify with us in our
suffering?
Read Psalm 23
I wonder which image means the most to you? Why?
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 prepare for the new school year. They will be following the MISD school calendar and will begin in-person on 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

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 around the world, our church, our pastors, the staff, church members, visitors, and Midlothian community
THANK YOU
Several weeks ago, we sent cards to Brenda Tucker's nephew's wife to let her know that we were praying for her while her husband Derek, who is in the National Guard, has been deployed for the third time--twice in Marines (Iraq and Afghanistan) and now in National Guard. He's somewhere around Saudia Arabia for 12-14 months. When we got Derek's address, we sent him cards. Here is the “thank you” that Brenda received from Derek. Cards from FUMC are powerful!!

"Just wanted to say thank you for the care package and all the wonderful cards from your church. I'm planning on writing them all back just don't have the proper time to get that done just yet. Everything is fine here, starting to get into a rhythm, but man is it hot here. Hope you are all doing well. Derek"
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
Financial Secretary: Babette Maxwell 
Media Director: Valerie Dick
Facilities Director: Matt Sanders 
Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!
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