AWANA Store

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.

Sunday Evening Bible Study: Five-Part Lenten Series

 

Sunday, March 5th, at 6:00 p.m., we will begin a new five-part Lenten Bible study series, led by Bro Allen, based on a number of spiritual disciplines. In this study, we will begin by reading a passage of scripture and then ask ourselves how are we being led to incorporate these spiritual disciplines (or practices) in our daily lives.

Week 1 – Fasting ( Luke 4:1-13)

Week 2 – Prayer (Luke 13:1-9)

Week 3 – Gratitude (Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32)

Week 4 – Service (John 12:1-8)

Week 5 – Worship (John 20:1-18)

2017 Lenten Sermon Series

March 5 — Lent 1: Renounce (Matthew 4:1-11)

We walk the way of temptation with Jesus and learn from him what it means to continue to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin.

March 12 — Lent 2: Accept (John 3:1-17)

Through powerful image of new birth and the biblical story of the serpent in the wilderness, Jesus shows Nicodemus and us what it takes for us to accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.

March 19 — Lent 3: Confess (John 4:5-42)

In an encounter with a woman at a well in Samaria, Jesus confesses he is the Messiah, and she not only embraces this, but leads others to make the same confession.

March 26 — Lent 4: Nurture (John 9:1-41)

The response of the crowds to Jesus’ healing of a man born blind says much about how our congregation can actively “nurture one another in the Christian faith and life, and include these persons now before you in your care,” or fail to do so.

April 2 — Lent 5: Believe! (John 11:1-45)

The faith we confess, and the faith that transforms us, is more than intellectual assent to a theological proposition. It is to stake our lives on the Triune God, and so join Martha’s confession, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into this world.”

Based on resources from www.umcdiscipleship.org

Ash Wednesday 2017

On Wednesday, March 1st at 6:00 p.m., we will observe the beginning of the Lenten season with an Ash Wednesday service. Lent is the season of the Christian Year where we focus on simple living, prayer, fasting, and repentance in order to grow closer to God as we prepare for Holy Week (Easter). This service is part of the Christian tradition delivered to us from the earliest believers. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in this ancient Christian practice.