Crosswinds Newsletter
September 9, 2020 I Volume 531
A Word from the Pastor
One of the greatest privileges parents have is to help their children to know Christ and walk with him. While parents cannot make the choice to believe for their children, we can show them our journey and guide them in their walk. This is a parent’s responsibility. While pastors and staff play a role in the development of a child’s faith, it is their parents that have the greatest influence. This is why family ministry is so important.
 
This is why we’re excited about the new opportunity we have for family ministry. Beginning September 20th, we will start a Sunday evening service for families called "Parking Lot Parables". Beginning at 6:30 PM, families will be invited to share in worship, stories, and games. "Parking Lot Parables" is aimed at children and families. It will be a great time to grow in your faith together, which is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your children.  
 
On September 20th, we will be exploring the “Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders.” If you want to attend, be sure to register beforehand, so we can make sure there is space and resources available for you. See detailed info in the article below. Please note that registration is required.

Blessings,
Pastor Brady
Parking Lot Parable Information
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.
Celebrate "Growing Our Legacy"
Celebrate the completion of our capital campaign Sunday 9/13 in all worship services!
7:30am in the FUMC Courtyard
8:30am & 10am on Facebook Live
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! This is a great moment for our church and we hope you will join us.  
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 ctcumc.org/AC20 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
9/13  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
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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.  
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 5 - Psalms 42-50, "Our Hope and Security"
This week's discipleship video and questions will be available Wednesday, September 9 on the FUMC Midlothian Website and on YouTube.
Worship Together Sunday Mornings
In-Person or Live on Facebook
Lyrics for the Field Service can be accessed on your device during worship at fumcmidlo.org/field.
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 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. 
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Pray for our students, teachers and all involved in anyway with MISD as they return to in-person school.

Ronnie Light & Family - death of Bryan

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 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!
FUMC Midlothian | 972-775-3993 fumcmidlo.org