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Building News

New and exciting things are happening at First Methodist Midland! Read about the plans for our church.

Construction Updates

Attention church members and guests: Church renovation construction has begun. As you arrive Sunday, you will notice that some doorways and hallways will be closed off. If you have any questions, please ask one of our friendly volunteers for assistance. The schematic below shows which areas will be blocked off.
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We are all about taking the Gospel into our city, state, country, and throughout the world. Read here for news about Missions at First!
 

 

Local Soup Kitchen Receives Large Donation from First Methodist Midland


The Midland Soup Kitchen Ministry is a busy and lively place at lunchtime. Midlanders of all ages, races, and religions DSC_0079surround the long 
cafeteria-style tables from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day of the week in an old YMCA building near De Zavala Elementary School.
 
Monday, First Methodist Midland Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Walker, strolled through the front doors for the first time−a smile on his face and a check in his pocket.
 
Dr. Walker met with Nancy Ivy, daughter of the Midland Soup Kitchen Ministry’s founder, and her husband Jason. The two were brought to tears when Dr. Walker placed a check for $10,435 in their hands. The money was the result of a special Easter Sunday offering collected during worship.

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Nancy Ivy told Dr. Walker that her family has been feeding hungry Midlanders for 30 years.

DSC_0077“One day dad said: I want to do more Lord, I want to do more, I feel like I’m not doing enough,” Ivy recalls. “So when you ask the Lord that, be ready because he’s going to answer you and be ready to accept it.”

Ivy says her family started feeding about two or three people a day that her father would just find on the streets.

Through a lot of fishing trips, which is where Mariano did a lot of thinking and convening with God, he realized that feeding the hungry was his calling. From that point on, Mariano new what he needed to do.

“I’ve seen my parents have nothing and still give something and that’s mainly how the ministry began,” she told Dr. Walker.

DSC_0065Today, the Midland Soup Kitchen Ministry feeds about 100 to 120 people every day. Ivy says that number has grown as the local economy continues to struggle due to low oil prices.

From 11:45 a.m. to noon, Jason Ivy leads everyone in worship.

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“We always want the spirit of God to be in here. Always. Because that’s what brings comfort. It’s not Jason and I. I’m just the tool. It’s the spirit of God that comes in this place and gives comfort,” she tells Dr. Walker, emphasizing that worship is not an obligation in order to get a meal.

The Midland Soup Kitchen Ministry does not receive any government grants. It only survives upon the generosity of churches, organizations, and individuals.

“This [check] is going to be amazing. This money here, it’s been prayed for and I can say that,” she says, holding back tears, “because our whole kitchen needs new flooring. Things need to happen in this ministry. This is an old building. This [money] helps us buy food, pay the bills, because if the gas is not on and the lights are out, I can’t feed.”

DSC_0083“This helps us in all aspects of the ministry and, like I said, if it wasn’t for [First Methodist Midland] and the Lord Jesus, we couldn’t do what we do.”
For more information about the Midland Soup Kitchen Ministry, visit

https://www.facebook.com/Midland-Soup-Kitchen-Ministry-766027770099887/?fref=ts.




 

Memorials
Losing friends and family is always hard. A memorial gift enables you to remember a friend or loved one in a special way. To give in memory of someone, visit our Giving page and click "Donate".
 
 

Memorials

These generous gifts have been given in memory and honor of special people.

April

Silva Dillard Nursing Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Jackie Cary given by the Fellowship Class
In Memory of Bettie Livingston given by the Fellowship Class

March

Undesignated Memorial Fund

In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Bob & Pam Leibrock
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Margaret Cowden
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Jack & Terry Wilkinson
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Fredda L. Black
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Mr. & Mrs. Dan Black
 
February
 
Children’s Ministry Fund
 
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Carolyn Henderson
 
Undesignated Memorial Fund
 
In Memory of Katheryn Baker given by Ralph & Ann Way
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Joe & Lori Dawson
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Ben & Kay Bancroft & Holly Bancroft
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Paula Cahoon
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by June Cowden
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Mr. & Mrs. Earl Baldridge III
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Kay Bird
In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Sandra Romine

Music Department Fund

In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Suzanne Martin




 

Our Church Family News
First Methodist Midland is a dynamic congregation with a diverse membership. Click the icon to the left  to read about baptisms, joys, and sympathies.

 

Our Church Family News

Joys
 
The birth of Harrison Claibourn Mathis, parents are Mark and Hillary and big sister Mary Evelyn
 
The Lennox family on the baptism of Michael, Claire, Eleanor, and Olivia.
 
Baptism of Weldon Otis Drew. Parents are Jace and Holly Ann. (Bishop Bledsoe officiating)
 
Baptism of Kenzie Langston Parents are Cody and Laura, grandparents are Mark and Teresa Alexander.
 
The baptism of Zachary Ryan Rybolt
 
The baptism of Ethan Kyle Rybolt
 
The baptism of Rush Garrison DuBose
 
The baptism of Jack Wayne Wrangham
 
The Tidmore family on the birth of Tyler Travis Tidmore. Parents are John and Julie
 
The Theimer Family on the birth of Jake Earl. Parents are Beau and Jessica
 
Welcome new members Jeff and Karen Fansler
 
The baptism of Robert Eugene Dolan IV
 
Welcome New Members Penny, Tristan and Benjamin Barnett
 
Welcome New Members Paul, Lisa and Hannah Kissell
 
Welcome New Members Cleve, Shelby, Maize and Jace Thomas
 
Welcome New Members Owen and Jennifer Hurd
 
Welcome New Members Sergei and Lena Katliarou
Sympathies
 
Chef Angelo McCoy on the death of his grandmother
 
The Madden Family on the death of Shirley Madden
 
The Smith family on the death of Shelia Smith
 
The Morales family on the death of Carlos' Mother Elisa
 
The Thomas family on the death of Edwin Thomas
 
The Belt family on the death of Maxine Belt
 
The Wynn family on the death of Marvin Wynn
 
The Kimbro Family on the death of Ollie's brother in law
 
The James Family on the death of Michele's brother
 
The DenBleyker Family on the death of Mike's mother
 
The Livingston and Larson Family on the death of Bettie Livingston
 
The George Family on the death of Clem George III
 
The Cary and Mladenka families on the death of Jackie Cary
 
Shannon Oldham on the death of her sister in law
 
The Freeman Family on the death of George's brother Coy
 
The Klatt Family on the death of Jenny's mother Elna Crook
 
The Orr Family on the death of Tye's grandmother Irene Cole
 
The Flowers family on the death of Ronny's nephew Mark Jones