Crosswinds Newsletter
September 15, 2021 - Volume 582
A Word from the Pastor
THE PUMPKINS ARE COMING! THE PUMPKINS ARE COMING! Every week I receive articles in my newsfeed about the benefits of lifting weights. Lifting weights helps us to build muscle mass, strength, balance, bone density and improves overall health. 

On Sunday, September 26th, we’ll be offering a one-day workout session bound to build strength and burn fat. On that day, the pumpkins will be arriving for our annual Pumpkin Patch. We need help unloading them; few things will work out your arms and legs like carrying pumpkins!

Ok, so I thought I would try a different sales pitch this year to get more help. Hopefully it worked.  After church on Sunday, September 26th, we will provide a pizza lunch for all the helpers in the FLC. After we eat, we’ll go over to the Pumpkin Patch to unload the pumpkins. The good news is the pumpkins will be on pallets, so we won’t have to pile in the humid truck trailer. The more people we have helping, the easier the job is for everyone. If you’re physically able to help, we’d love to have you out there. Oh and by the way, the Cowboys play on Monday night that week, so you won’t miss the game! 

We will also have the first signups to work shifts in the Pumpkin Patch available that day. We would encourage everyone in the church to take at least one shift. While the proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch go to support the youth mission trip, this really is a ministry to our community. It is a great way for us to reach new people. Connections like this are so important and every year we have people visit because of a simple invitation from one of our members working in the Pumpkin Patch. Please click Pumpkin Patch to sign up for a shift to help in the Pumpkin Patch!

Pastor Brady Johnston
Starting Tonight!
DivorceCare and DivorceCare 4 Kids returns TONIGHT, September 15th. DivorceCare gathers in Room 203 and DC4K will meet in Room 201 (upstairs in FLC) each Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 PM . For more information contact the church office at 972-775-3993 or by email.
HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY, JAN

Please join us to celebrate, Jan.

Sunday, September 19, 2021
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Family Life Center
First United Methodist Church
Midlothian, TX
800 South 9th St.
Midlothian, TX 76065
Blood Drive
September 26th, 9 AM - 2PM
Our community blood supply is as low as we've seen it in 30 years. There is a severely limited reserve at the end of each day; a reality that we could face for many more months. The blood collected during our drive will be on a hospital shelf within 72 hours of its collection, impacting patients and their families IMMEDIATELY! If you are healthy and have not donated in the last 56 days, please consider clicking this link to Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Let’s intentionally save lives together!
Saturday, October 2nd
October will be here before we know it! Lord's Acre is an annual church wide event that is fun for the whole family! Funds raised go towards ministries and special needs of the church. Some things will look different than years past. The 2021 schedule is as follows:
8:15-10:15 AM - Silent Auction & Country Store
9-10 AM - Face Painting 
10-10:30 AM - Children's Auction 
10:30 AM - Live Auction 
The Turkey Dinner will immediately follow the Live Auction in the Church Courtyard
But, We Need Your Help
We need items for both the Silent and Live Auctions. We ask that you please think quality over quantity when assessing your contributions, as space is limited. Note that we are not able to accept donations of large furniture. If you have something to donate, call Laurie Lundberg at 972-877-8838 and leave a message. Drop donations off in the FLC starting Thursday, September 30th.
Calling all Crafters and Home Bakers
We also need to fill our Lord's Acre Country Store with beautiful creations and delicious treats! We would love your homemade donations for the Lord's Acre Country Store. Baked goods, savory mixes, seasonal decor and more are big hits each year. So share your talents, whatever they may be. If you have ideas or questions, please feel free to contact Cheryl Weadon
Saturday, October 9th
This year, our Lord's Acre Garage Sale is combining with our Annual Garage Sale the week after Lord's Acre, to allow for more space and volunteers. So if you've been decluttering and saving those treasures for the garage sale, it's almost time! If not, now is a great time to declutter and know that your donations will help support ministries of the church. More details coming soon!
Serve Our Elementary Students in Ministry
Are you interested in building relationships and sharing the love of Christ and God's Word with kids? We are growing our Sunday school teams for Children's Ministries and would like to add two more Sunday School volunteers. This is NOT an every Sunday commitment! Sunday School gathers from 9:35-10:35 AM. Weekly curriculum is provided! Please e-mail Keelee for more information.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
~Proverbs 22:6
Part-time Early-Childhood Care Workers Needed
Nursery through Pre-K
Join our Early Childhood Care Team, serving young children and their families (0-5 years old). This is a part time (4-8 hours), weekly position with openings on Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights during the school year, and as needed for various ministry events. Please email Keelee Allen, Children's Minister or visit our website for more information.
Mark Your Calendars
September 15th: DivorceCare & DivorceCare 4 Kids returns in the FLC
September 26th: Carter Blood Drive
September 26th: Pumpkins arrive
September 27th: Pumpkin Patch opens
October 2nd: Lord's Acre Festival
October 3rd: Senior Sunday gathering
October 9th: Church-wide Garage Sale
October 24th: Trunk or Treat
See weekly information below.
This Week at FUMC
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.

Godly Play Children's Worship gathers during 8:30 and 11 AM worship services. Elementary age children are invited to go with our Children's Ministry Team to worship together in the Fellowship Hall. Of course, children are always welcome to stay with their parents throughout worship.

Sunday School Classes meet between services from 9:45-10:45 AM. If your class is meeting and is not listed below, please ask your class leader to email Mary Beth's with class information. Thank you!
+Children's Sunday School Classes, Sanctuary building, various rooms
+Youth Sunday School Classes, FLC upstairs, Jr. High & Sr. High rooms
+Bill Theiss Fellowship Class, FLC room 109, led by Margie Faulkner
+Adult Bible Class, FLC room 110, led by Mary Ellen Humphrey
+Upper Room Class, FLC room 201, led by Linda Berrey
+Open Door Class, FLC room 107, led by Bill Bullinger
+Servant's Hands, FLC room 204, led by Carol Lee

Men's Monday Night Bible Study meets Monday nights from 7-8:30 PM in the Sanctuary Building Workroom. The study is coordinated by Don Garret.

Choir meets for rehearsals on Wednesday's at 6 PM. If you are interested in joining choir please join us or contact Paul Martin.

Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 AM - 4 PM and Friday 8 AM - 12 PM.
This Sunday, September 19
"Respond"
2 Timothy 3:10-17
8:30 & 11 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 Groups
have resumed and meet during
Wednesday Night Live

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!
Prayer Requests
New
Dalton D - recovery from surgery
Beverly Thompson (friend of Jackie Correll) - lung cancer
Don & Jo Keprta (parents of McClures D-I-L) - COVID
Lincoln Underwood - 6 wks old baby in Cook's Children's Hospital with major health issues

Continuous Prayer
Karen Wilson, Dorothy Wares, George & Dee Culps, Don Lish, John Lowe, Chelsea Peel, Jim Sibley, Peggy Mathis

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
If you'd like to thank the church in the newsletter, please send an email to Joy Price. Thank you!
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: Barry Hornburg
Organist: Laurie Duke
Media Director: Valerie Dick
Facilities Director: Matt Sanders 
FUMC Midlothian | 972-775-3993
Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8 AM - 4 PM
Friday 8 AM - 12 PM