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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.

Memorials 2018

January

Undesignated Memorial Fund

In Memory of Lehman E. Newton, Jr. given by Mr. Charles Frisbie

In Memory of Maggie Artley given by Ms. Betty Kempf

Stephen Ministry

In Memory of Earl Clover given by Ms. Betty Kempf

Februrary

Adult Bible Studies

In Memory of Maggie Artley given by Mrs. Julie Cole

Library

In Memory of Maggie Artley given by Mr. Tom Sawyer

Undesignated Memorial Fund

In Memory of Maggie Artley given by Mr. Steve Meldrum

In Memory of Debra White given by Mrs. Ruth Coulter

In Memory of Maggie Artley given by Mr. Tommy McLaughlin

In Memory of Maggie Artley given by Mrs. Joye Courtney

In Memory of George Manly given by Mr. & Mrs. Tom Eustace

In Memory of Elaine Haskell given by Mr. & Mrs. Tom Eustace

In Memory of George Manly given by the Joan Weir Class

In Memory of Martha Conine given by Mr. Sid Lindley

Good Samaritan Fund

In Memory of Maggie Artley given by the Partners Class

Modern Worship Band

In Memory of Darlene Herndon given by Community of Joy Class

Youth Special Fund

In Memory of Debra White given by Mr. James Hedrick and Mrs. Dana Hedrick

 

 

March

Undesignated Memorial Fund

In Memory of Marty Conine given by Shannon Oldham

In Memory of Marty Conine given by Sue Marshall

In Memory of Marty Conine given by Bob and Pam Leibrock

Silva Dillard Nursing Scholarship

In Memory of Diane Haggerty given by Patti Alexander

April

Missions Fund

In Memory of Carolyn Winkler given by David and Debbie Byrd

In Memory of Bob Bergman given by David and Debbie Byrd

In Memory of Margaret Ann MacIntosh given by David and Debbie Byrd

In Memory of Marty Conine given by David and Debbie Byrd

In Memory of Richard Gibson given by David and Debbie Byrd

Stephen Ministry

In Memory of Rickie Tyler given by Becky King

AMOS

In Memory of Debra White given by Becky King

In Memory of Maggie Artley given by Becky King

Undesignated Memorial Fund

In Memory of Marty Conine given by David and Sarah Lew Grimes

Music Ministry

In Memory of Maggie Artley given by Brad Kisner

 

 

May

Undesignated Memorial Fund

In Memory of Elmer Brimberry given by Janis Chapman

In Memory of Elmer Brimberry given by Betty Kempf

June

Good Samaritan Fund

In Memory of Rod Stephenson given by the Partners Class

Undesignated Memorial Fund

In Memory of Rod Stephenson given by MHS Class of 1959

Boy Scout Troop #152

In Memory of Rod Stephenson given by Tommy and Beth McLaughlin

 

 

 




 

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
 
Birth of Turner Drew Waggnoer on 11/6/17. Parents are Nolan and Amy Waggnoer.
 
Birth of Truitt Stroman Tucker on 11/07/17. Parents are Jay & Monica Tucker with big sister Tess and big brother Titus. Grandparents are Ron and Carolyn Stroman.
 
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.
Sympathies
 
The Hicks family on the death of Penelope’s grandmother.
 
The Calhoun family on the death of Dolly’s brother-in-law.
 
The Freeman family on the death of George Freeman’s mother.
 
The Gwin family on the death of Terry.
 
The Avery family in the death of Edith Avery
 
Ken Warrington on the loss of his wife, Carol
 
The Sparkman Family on the death of Patsy
 
Anne Mouton and Family on the death of her father
 
Patti Edgar on the loss of her father
 
The family of Bart and Laurie Wolf on the death of her mother
 
The family of Louisa Bigelow on the death of her mother
 
The Hennings family on the death of Carl’s father
 
The Coleman family in the passing of Margaret Coleman
 
The family of Robert Donaldson on the death of his father, Robert Donaldson