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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.



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.


“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


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”.


These generous gifts have been given in memory and honor of special people.
Silva Dillard Nursing Scholarship Fund
In Memory of Edith Garst given by the Fellowship Class
Undesignated Memorial Fund
In Memory of Edith Garst given by Kay Linn Manly
In Memory of Fortunata Floridia (Mother of Luisa Bigelow) given by Mr. & Mrs. Tim Carter


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



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

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.
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