You, your family, and friends are invited to a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at First United Methodist Church of Water Valley. We will sing Christmas carols, hear the Christmas story from the Gospels, celebrate The Lord’s Supper, and light candles as we carry the light of Christ with us. Please join us for this special worship service that celebrates the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The service begins at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, December 9th at 5:00 p.m. we will be hosting the Episcopal Church of the Nativity as they present a “Service of Lessons and Carols,” with our own music minister, Eric Johnson, assisting. Volunteers from our congregation will also be participating by reading scripture selections during the service and our pastor, Rev. Allen McGraw will join Rev. Jody Brummet in officiating. This is a joint offering of the Methodist and Episcopal churches in Water Valley and represents a partnership of shared mission in our community.
On Sunday, December 10th, we will participate in the “Little Light of Mine” special offering for the Methodist Children’s Homes of Mississippi. Offering envelopes will be provided or you can use the links below to give online. Give to this worthwhile cause and help change the lives of Mississippi children.
Visit the MCH website… http://mchms.org
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General Information…For over 118 years, the Methodist Children’s Homes has cared for over 11,000 children. The Methodist Children’s Homes believes that every child deserves to grow up in a place where they are safe and nurtured with compassion. At MCH abused and neglected children are given a safe place in which they can heal and thrive through provision, guidance and counseling. MCH seeks to bring restoration to children and youth who have been neglected or abused. By the end of their time with MCH they hope to see that each child finds reconciliation with their biological families, love within an adoptive family, or success as a productive, independent adult. They do this by offering safe, structured and supportive home environments, life skills training and therapeutic services. You can heal with your prayers, resources and time.
How your voice changes lives… Because you share stories about the Children’s Homes, you are impacting the lives of over 100 children each year. Your voice is making a difference, and you are responsible for bringing awareness to the needs of children in your community. Because of your voice, you are helping brothers like Jacob and Joe whose mother abandoned them in an empty apartment without food or electricity. Your crazy-love for MCH is contagious, and you are providing nutritious meals, a warm bed, and a loving staff for these precious children.
How your prayers change lives… We believe in the Power of Prayer. Because you radically pray for the children at the Methodist Children’s Homes, MCH is given opportunities to share Gods love with our kids like Brooke. She was angry at God for allowing her family to abuse her but because of your prayers she has now forgiven her family and accepted Christ as her Savior.
How your support changes lives… Because you financially support the Methodist Children’s Homes, infants like Eric, who was born addicted to drugs and later suffered severe abuse through Shaken Baby Syndrome now have a safe home with loving foster parents that are helping get him the medical attention he needs.
Hanging of the Greens is this Sunday (November 26th) at 6:00 p.m. Come and help prepare the sanctuary for the season of Advent.
If you wish to purchase a Poinsettia this year the cost is $14.00. Renee has to pre-order and pay for the plants on November 30th. Contact her at email@example.com or 662-473-3683 to place an order.
On Saturday, December 9th at 5:00 p.m. we will be hosting the Episcopal Church of the Nativity as they present a service of Lessons and Carols, with our own Eric Johnson directing. This is a joint offering of the Methodist and Episcopal churches in Water Valley and represents a partnership of shared mission in our community.
“A Service of Music and the Spoken Word” is December 17th at 5:00, we will have a reception for Eric and musical guests in the Fellowship Hall following the service. We need volunteers to provide finger food and to help decorate. Please contact Linda Williamson (662-473-3209) or contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-473-3683) if you can help.
On Sunday, November 12th, the youth will be singing a special during the morning worship service. After the service, the youth will host a BBQ lunch in the fellowship hall ($10/plate, eat-in or take-out, your choice). The youth will be your servers that day. They will prepare the food and serve you at your table or prepare your takeout plate. And they’ve promised to do all the cleanup afterward. So please make every effort to support them.
On Sunday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m., we will participate in a joint Thanksgiving service with Coffeeville UMC. Last year Coffeeville hosted the service and Allen preached. This year, we will host the service and Rev. Stacy Douglas will share the Thanksgiving message.
This coming Sunday, November 5th, we will commemorate All Saints Day. On this special day, we remember and honor all those precious saints who have gone before us, especially those who joined the roll of the church triumphant this past year. During the morning worship service (11:00 a.m.), we will light candles in memory of our friends, Geannie Tyler and John Bynum. As we light the candles for these dear friends, we will we fondly remember all our loved ones and joyfully anticipate our reunion with them.
Renee will be on vacation from Monday, Oct 16th until Nov 7th. During that time the church office will only be open Mon-Thurs, 9:00 – 11:00.
We will be hosting a Halloween Block Party this Halloween season, October 29th, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free of charge! We will have games, costumes, free food, candy, and a bouncy house for the kiddos! There is no charge at all for admission! Please, come in your best costume. Bring your kids, friends, and your friend’s kids. Ages 1-100! Hope to see you there!
We need volunteers to help with food preparation and managing the games. If you’d like to help, please call or text Jonathan Creekmore (662) 736-0930 or Callie Trusty (662) 832-2756.
Sunday, Oct 15th, we will welcome Gideon representative, Michael McNeese. He we spend a few minutes at the beginning of the service speaking about the work of Gideons International. If you would like to make a donation to the Gideons, include a check with your regular offering and mark “Gideons” in the memo field. You can also give to them directly on their website by using the link above.