2017 AWANA Registration


AWANA Registration

For Children Age 2 – 6th Grade

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m.

If you cannot make this registration, please contact the Church office for a registration form and booklet. Or use the links below to download them.

AWANA Booklet

AWANA Registration Form

AWANA (derived from the first letters of 2 Timothy 2:15 Approved Workers Are Not Ashamed) is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1950, headquartered in Streamwood, Illinois. The mission of AWANA is to help “churches and parents worldwide raise children and youth to know, love and serve God.” AWANA is a non-denominational program and licenses its children’s ministry curriculum and youth ministry curriculum to any church willing use the AWANA materials consistent with its principles.

Employment Opportunity: Director of Youth Ministries

We are seeking to fill the position of part-time Director of Youth Ministries whose principal function will be to develop and direct all aspects of the church’s youth ministry. A more complete job description can be found HERE.

Resumes should be emailed to allenmcgraw@gmail.com

or mailed to:

Allen McGraw, Pastor
First United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 288
Water Valley, MS  38965

Contact: Allen McGraw
Phone: (662) 473-2682
Email: allenmcgraw@gmail.com
Closing Date: Open till filled

Peace With Justice Sunday


Peace With Justice Sunday is June 11, 2017

Moved by Christ’s love to pursue reconciliation and peace, honoring the dignity of every individual made in God’s image, The United Methodist Church is unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice.

Although you, and possibly even your congregation, may lack the resources alone to effect change in a broken world, your giving is vital for the UMC to continue its global ministries of reconciliation. Because of the Peace with Justice Sunday offering, the people of The United Methodist Church are able to make a difference together by sowing seeds—and yielding fruit!—of peace.

Equipping The United Methodist Church to Do Justice in Jesus’ Name

When you give on Peace with Justice Sunday, your gift makes possible our critical kingdom work in the world. Because you give:

  • Methodists spearhead a peace ministry uniting Arizona border communities
  • United Methodists in Liberia are being equipped to implement the denomination’s Social Principles to address social-justice issue
  • Pennsylvania students are educating their community about sex-trafficking at home and abroad

These initiatives, and hundreds of other ones, are possible because you give.

Your Giving Makes Possible the Proclamation of Christ’s Peace

Will you continue to support Peace with Justice Sunday? Will you empower local Christians—in Pennsylvania and Arizona and Liberia—to build the kingdom of peace that Jesus ushered in?

In Jesus’ inaugural address, standing in his home synagogue in Nazareth, he detailed his game plan,

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

Through your giving good news is proclaimed to—and experienced by—the poor.

Thanks be to God!

Read stories about the impact you are making with your gifts.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Peace with Justice Sunday?

Peace with Justice Sunday is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. The special offering benefits peace with justice ministries in the annual conference and through the General Board of Church and Society. Click HERE for more info about GBCS.

When do we celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday?

United Methodists celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday on the First Sunday after Pentecost.

How does The United Methodist Church distribute the offerings received on Peace with Justice Sunday?

The annual conference treasurer retains 50 percent of receipts for Peace with Justice ministries in the annual conference. The conference board of church and society or an equivalent structure administers this portion.

The annual conference treasurer remits the remaining 50 percent of receipts to the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). The GCFA treasurer distributes net receipts, after payment of promotional expenses, to the administering agency for Peace with Justice ministries.

How do I give to Peace with Justice Sunday offering?

Use an offering envelope or check and include it with your regular Sunday offering.

You can give online to the Peace with Justice Sunday offering at any time by clicking HERE.

To give by mail, send checks to:
P.O. Box 340029
Nashville, TN 37203

On checks, please put “Peace with Justice Sunday” in note section


The AWANA children earn points for each verse they memorize. At the end of the year, they use those points to shop in the AWANA store. This year, because of their hard work and dedication, they broke the store! There will be a donation box in the Narthex if you wish to bring small toys for ages 5 – 12 to help restock the store. Audrey offered the following suggestions: sports balls, Barbie’s, action figures, Legos, craft sets, nail polish, lip gloss, etc.

UMCOR Christmas Box Needs

Items Needed for UMCOR Christmas Boxes: Marbles, bows, barrettes, ribbons, headbands, ponytail holders, flip-flops, 80 bath cloths, School supplies – packs of paper, pencils, small balls,

toothpaste (80 tubes), comb and brush sets, small mirrors. We have a jar in the Narthex for donations for shipping the boxes.  Shipping for each box is $5.00.

Please contact Linda Williamson for more information.

Ice Cream Social and Gospel Singing

Sunday afternoon, June 4th, we are having an old-fashioned ice-cream social at 5:00 P.M.  We have a group who will sing on the porch of the Wesley House (weather permitting).  Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the music.  After the singing, we will have ice-cream in the Fellowship Hall.  We will have finger foods also. We need the church family to make ice-cream or purchase it and we need finger foods. Please contact Linda Williamson for more information.

May 2017 – Save the Dates

Thursday, May 4th, 12:00 noon – National Day of Prayer at Crawford field.

Sunday, May 7th – The Youth Group – Roast Beef Fund-Raiser following the morning worship service.

Sunday, May 7th, 5:30 p.m. – We will be packing boxes for Compassion Food Ministries.

Sunday, May 14thBaccalaureate Service for graduating high-school seniors.

For more information contact us at office@fumcwv.org.

2017 Holy Week Activities

Sunday, April 9th

11:00 a.m.

 Palm/Passion Worship Service
Thursday, April 13th

6:30 p.m.

Holy Thursday Gathering
On Holy Thursday, (also known as Maundy Thursday) we remember The Last Supper through the sacrament of communion and commemorative hand/foot washing.
Friday, April 14th

6:30 p.m.        

A Service of Shadows
Through a series of scripture readings, choral offerings, reflections, and prayers, we journey with Jesus to the place called Golgotha. We enter into Christ’s suffering and take time to contemplate the meaning of his suffering and death as he gives himself for the salvation of the world.
Sunday, April 16th

6:50 a.m. 

 Sunrise Gathering
This will be an informal gathering around the cross on the lawn out front. We will celebrate the resurrection through prayer, song, and responsive reading.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast Hosted by United Methodist Men
10:30 a.m.   Cross Decoration
We will gather on the lawn, around the cross out front, and decorate the cross with flowers brought from our homes.
11:00 am.       Easter Worship Service
A special service celebrating the resurrection of Jesus as we worship God together as Easter People

Easter Lillies

We have pre-ordered 35 Easter Lilies from the Baddour Center to be used to decorate the sanctuary on Easter morning. If you would like to designate one as a memorial or honorarium for someone, please let Renee, in the church office, know. The cost is $9.00 per plant. You can then pick up the Easter Lilly(ies) after the Sunday service.

(office@fumcwv.org or 662-473-2682)

Donate to the Lenten Mission Offering: Imagine No Malaria

Our mission focus this year during the season of Lent is Imagine No Malaria. Click the button below to donate through our secure online giving page.

Follow the links below to learn more about the 2017 mission focus of the Mississippi Annual Conference.

ILoad9341___SmallAt the 2016 Session of the Mississippi Annual Conference, Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. announced the conference would be contributing to Imagine No Malaria, The United Methodist church-wide effort to overcome malaria in Africa and eliminate deaths caused by this preventable disease. Swanson set the goal for the Mississippi Conference Mission Focus to provide 100,000 mosquito nets for Imagine No Malaria by the 2017 annual conference mission offering.

Unlike many other diseases that are awaiting a cure, malaria was eliminated in the U.S. in the 1950s. However, in Sub-Saharan Africa, malaria continues to kill a child every two minutes. By improving the ways people fight the disease using bed nets, providing access to diagnostic tests and medicine, draining standing water and improving sanitation Imagine No Malaria has already helped reduce malaria deaths by more than half. Imagine No Malaria combines integrated health infrastructure, education and advocacy to address death and the debilitating effects of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

The United Methodist Church goal to raise $75 million to eradicate malaria in places like Sub-Saharan Africa started in 2008. The funds cover the cost for prevention (bed nets), education, communication and treatment.