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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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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.

August

Undesignated Memorial Fund

In Memory of Margaret Coleman given by Ruth Coulter
In Memory of Margaret Coleman given by Loyce Cole
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Robert & Laura Van Husen
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Nancy Bowman
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Hans & Jane Hansen
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Joyce Hooper
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Beverly Acker
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Bob & Pam Leibrock
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by David & Peggy Davis
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Tim & Annette Culp
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by West Texas Gas, Inc.
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by David & Pat Pruitt
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Anne Gilley
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Betty Kempf
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Janis Chapman
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by J.L. Davis Gas Consulting
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Sam & Nancy Burnes
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by E.P. & Reta Birkhead
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Lon & Pat Pardue

Silva Dillard Nursing Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Margaret Coleman given by The Fellowship Class

Amos

In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Tommy & Beth McLaughlin

In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by the Joan Weir Class
 
Good Samaritan Fund
 
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by the Partners Class

September

Silva Dillard Nursing Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Wendell Edgell given by the Fellowship Class
 
Undesignated Memorial Fund
 
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Kent & Sherry Akin
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Chris & Janeal Prickett
In Memory of L.E. Newton, Jr. given by Deanna McLeod
 
July
 
Capital Campaign Fund
In Memory of Bettie Livingston given by David & Mitzi Thomas
 
Silva Dillard Nursing Scholarship Fund

In Memory of Ada Marie Frederking given by The Fellowship Class

Undesignated Memorial Fund

In Memory of Ray Vaden given by Linda Runkles

Youth Fund

In Memory of Ray Vaden given by Lou Matson

Amos

In Memory of Marvin Wynn given by Lou Matson

Music Ministry Fund

In Memory of Phyllis Grimland given by Lou Matson

Children’s Ministry Fund

In Memory of Mimi Miles given by Lou Matson




 

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
 
John Butts in the death of his wife, Joy
 
Judy Garst-Brown on the death of her mother, Edith Garst
 
Birth of Jaxon Jay Langston. Parents are Cody & Lauren Langston with big sisters Rylie Jo & Kensey. Grandparents are Mark & Teresa Alexander.
 
Bill Halepeska on the death of his daughter Holly
 
Reggie Morris on the death of his mother Norma Jean Morris
 
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
 
Sympathies
 
The Hennings family on the death of Carl's father
 
The Coleman family in the passing of Margaret Coleman
 
Robert Donaldson on the death of his father, Robert Donaldson
 
The Stapp and Newton Families on the death of LE Newton
 
The Edgell Family on the death of Wendell Edgell
 
The Coleman Family upon the death of Margaret Coleman
 
The Family of Cathy Fowler upon her death
 
The Vaden family on the death of Ray Vaden
 
The family of Ada Marie Frederking upon her death
 
The Harrell family on the death of John Harrell
 
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