Welcome to Our Church Website

We are the McCormick United Methodist Church (MUMC). Our congregation loves God and cares for one another. We share in each other’s joys and provide mutual support and prayers during tough times. We have fun as we work together doing the work of God. We reach up to God and reach out to our friends and neighbors both near and far.
 
We welcome visitors with the same love and energy. The members of MUMC care about you and your well-being. We want to get to know you, your joys, your concerns, your prayer needs and your spiritual gifts.
 
We invite you to join us at either the 8:30 AM or 11:00 AM service on Sunday!
 
 
The Fourth Wise Man
 
The story is told of the fourth wise man who had followed the Star announcing the birth of Jesus. He, too, went to Bethlehem with a gift for the Savior. His gift was that of precious jewels to give to Jesus.
 
On his way to Bethlehem he found a man who had been beaten and robbed by thieves and left to die. The wise man took the injured man to an inn and paid for his care with one of the jewels that had been meant for Jesus.
 
When he finally arrived in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph had fled to Egypt with Jesus. He found that Herod and his soldiers were killing children and that Mary and Joseph had escaped with Jesus. The wise man saw a soldier preparing to kill one of the children of Bethlehem and so he bribed him with another jewel to save the child’s life. The child’s mother was relieved and very grateful.
 
The wise man went on to Egypt in pursuit of Jesus and his parents. However, while in Egypt the wise man became ill and a kin, but poor, woman nursed him back to health. On one occasion he found this woman crying and soon discovered why. Her son had been forced to join the army and now this woman was very distraught. The wise man was so grateful to this woman for all she had done that he used his last jewel and bought her son out of the army. Now he had nothing to offer Jesus.
 
Thirty years had passed and the wise man thought that he should return to his home. On his journey when he was passing through Jerusalem it was the day that Jesus was to be crucified. Upon learning this, he stood with the crowd hoping that he still might see Jesus.
 
As he stood waiting to see Jesus, a tile from a nearby roof fell and landed on the wise man’s head and killed him. Some might argue that his life was a failure because he never brought his gifts to Jesus. Yet, because he believed in Jesus as God’s anointed, he was transported to heaven. There in heaven he finally saw Jesus. Jesus was on his throne and wearing a crown. The wise man could barely believe his eyes when he saw the crown of Jesus. For there in the center of the crown were the three jewels he had given to help others. “When we do it to the least we do it unto Jesus.” What “jewels” will we give away this week?
 
Source: Stuart Robertson, Balanced Burdens (London: Hodder and Stoughton, Limited), p. 142.”
 
See you in Church!
Nels
 
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
Scripture  Luke: 6: 27-38
SERMON  “Plain Talk”
 
Audio recordings of sermons are available here:
 
Pray for those attending General Conference in St. Louis.
Way Forward PowerPoint Slides from Nel’s presentation last Sunday and a prayer guide can be found at the link below:
 
MUMC MISSION TRIP TO WALTERBORO AREA
On Sunday, February 10, five members of MUMC traveled to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The missioners were Bruce Motsinger, Don Smith, Bob Struck, John Yerdon, and Rick Lindley.
 
The group spent 3 days doing repairs on two homes in the Walterboro area and travelled back to McCormick on Thursday. The homes had flood damage from past hurricanes. The tasks involved removing and replacing flooring and sub-flooring and installing trim.
 
The group was blessed in many ways: we were blessed to be able to use our God given talents to make much needed repairs to the homes, to spend time with each other in fellowship, and to meet and get to know the homeowners who have such positive attitudes even though they have endured much hardship.
 
We are thankful to Sand Hill United Methodist Church for their hospitality and for hosting us four nights. It was nice to have such a wonderful facility to return to each evening after a long day’s work.
 
We are also thankful to MUMC for sponsoring our trip and to those who prepared cakes, cookies, and snacks for us to enjoy while we were away. A special “Thank You” to Connie Tremsky for making sure that we had lots of food and snacks for our breakfasts and lunch each day!
 
There are photos from the trip on the website at http://www.mccormickumc.org/mission-trip-2019
 
MUMC LOVES TO SING TO SHOW GOD’S LOVE!
There they are, on the seventh page of the United Methodist Hymnal, “Directions for Singing” from John Wesley, the founder of Methodism: “Sing all… Sing lustily and with good courage… Sing in time… Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing… So shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.”
If you were in church at either service last Sunday, you heard the choir sing and Don and Carol Tummons sang for us as well! In addition, Pastor Nels asked everyone to get out of their seats (if able) and come down front and sing together!
 
BLESSING BOX ON WINDOW SILL BY BACK DOOR OF SANCTUARY
BE A BLESSING! The Green Blessing Box has now been sitting in the window by the organ for almost a year. Please add your special blessing offering by the end of February, when the box will be opened, and the collected monies given to our resident Girl Scout Troop to help fund their activities and projects! Thank you in advance from UMW and our Girl Scouts!
 
BIRTHDAYS
Februay
Gail Gore
Curtis Baggett
Ray Crace
Mary Ann Simon
Carol Waine
Jay Baggett
Jimmy Smith
Bobbi Lambeth
Aida Perez
Faye Cotty
Jerry Miller
Lyn Miller
 
March
Jean Thompson
Joe Larate
Jeanne Thornburg
Judy Motsinger
Marsha Garner
John H.Bandy, jr
Larry Bonam
Susan Gaer
Jan Hogg
Dale Tarrant
Bob Garner
 
April
Dick Kvale
Wendy Kvale
Shirley Moffett
Barb Shelley
Bill Adams
Nancy Vereb
Dot Baggett
Glenda Sartain
Maryanne Bourne
Ronnie Kidd
Gary Wolfe
 
ANNIVERSARIES
February
Don & Lola Rek
August & Sundee Luedecke
 
March
Ron & Donna Hutto
Sandi and Larry Bonam
Brian & Gail Gore
Dennis & Nancy Vereb
 
April
Mike & Charlotte Tallent
Jay & Dot Baggett
Jerry & June Nettles-Scott

Click the image above to view our event calendar.

 
SAVE THE DATE:
Feb 23… Dinner and a Movie (Dinner at 5:30.. movie at 6:30)
Feb 24…Blessing of the Food
Feb 28… UMW Trip to Epworth Children’s Home
March 1… World Day of Prayer
March 5.. Men N Ministry Dinner Meeting
March 6 … Ash Wednesday Service 6pm
March 16… Fundraiser Dinner for FCA
March 17… Methodist Beliefs Class at Hickory Knob
March 21 … Congregational Care meeting 2pm All Welcome!
March 24… Methodist Beliefs Class at Hickory Knob
March 27 … Noon Lenten Service (Soup and Cornbread)
March 31… Fifth Sunday.. 10am service… followed by lunch March 31 … Commissioning of new Stephen Ministers
March 31… Methodist Beliefs Class at Hickory Knob
April 1… Methodist Beliefs Class at Hickory Knob
April 2 .. Men N Ministry Dinner Meeting
April 3… Noon Lenten Service (Soup and Cornbread)
April 10 … Noon Lenten Service (Soup and Cornbread)
April 14.. Palm Sunday
April 16… Forestview Visit – Join Congregational Care Team
April 18… Lower Room Play and Communion (Maundy Thursday)
April 21 .. Easter Sunday SunRise Service 6:30am – Baker Creek
April 21 … Easter Sunday at MUMC Cantata at 10am
April 27… UMW Luncheon Meeting
May 2… Blood Drive in Fellowship Hall
May 4… Pancake Breakfast and Community Yard Sale
May 7… Men N Ministry Dinner Meeting
May 16 … Congregational Care meeting 2pm All Welcome!
June 4… Men N Ministry Dinner Meeting
June 30… Fifth Sunday Service at 10AM with Lunch following Sept 14… Lasagna Dinner
Sept 19 … Congregational Care meeting 2pm All Welcome!
Sept 29.. Fifth Sunday.. Service at 10am with lunch following
Oct 5… MUMC Craft Show and Cookie Factory
October 19…Rise Against Hunger
Nov 17.. Stephen Minister Sunday
Nov 21… Congregational Care meeting 2pm All Welcome!
Dec 29.. Fifth Sunday.. Service at 10am with lunch following
 
BLESSING OF THE FOOD REPLENISHING MUMC FOOD PANTRY
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Please bring bags of food for the MUMC Food Pantry to the sanctuary when you come to Church on February 24.
 
Pastor Nels will bless the food during both services. After the services, if you are able, you can help by carrying one or two of the bags to the first Sunday School classroom near the kitchen. That is where the MUMC Food Pantry is located. Please leave the bags on the table and the committee will sort them and place the food on the shelves. If you cannot attend on February 24 and want to help, please leave your donations on the table in that first classroom.
 
The MUMC Food Pantry needs nonperishable foods only. Suggestions include… canned meat, fish, vegetables, soups, stews, fruit, peanut butter, jelly, oatmeal, grits, pasta, and pasta sauces, rice, boxed meals (mac & cheese etc.). Other items, including paper products: toilet paper, paper towels and paper grocery bags would also be helpful.
 
Note… Please check expiration dates. We cannot share expired foods.
 
Please call Gail Gore if you have any questions.
 
 
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Friday, March 1st, 2019 at 11a.m.
For the 5th year in a row, women from the McCormick area will join together to pray with women from all over the world. Please Save The Date – Friday, March 1st, 2019 at 11a.m. This years’ event will be hosted by New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and sponsored by the Lutheran Church By The Lake.
 
 
CLASSES ON METHODIST BELIEFS MARCH 17 – APRIL 7 HICKORY KNOB 3PM
Attention prospective members, new members, and long-term members….
All are invited to attend a 4-week class on United Methodist beliefs and polity beginning March 17th. The class will be held at Hickory Knob State Park from 3 until 5 p.m.each Sunday. Our teacher will be Mr. Tony Watson, Greenwood District Lay Leader and your pastor.
 
You will find the class interesting and informative!
 
You are encouraged to join us, maybe even stay for dinner after the class.
 
Please call Janice at the church office (852-2394) or email her at mccormickumc@wctel.net if you are interested. Nels will let you know of any materials you will need.
 
LENT SCHEDULE FOR MUMC
On Ash Wednesday, March 6, there will be a service at 6pm
 
On Wednesdays (March 27, April 3 and April 10), there will Noon Lenten Services, followed by soup and corn bread. These services will be brief (30 minutes) to allow those that work to attend the service, eat, and return to work. Everyone is invited!
 
There will be two services on Palm Sunday (April 14), 8:30am and 11am.
 
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday. Don Tummons will be presenting a play about the women and their feelings during the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus.
 
Easter Sunday will be a special day, a day to share in the celebration!  There will be a Sunrise Service at Baker’s Creek at 6:30AM. This will be shared with our friends at The Lutheran Church at the Lake and everyone is invited!
 
There will also be one service at MUMC at 10AM. The Chancel Choir will sing the cantata, “HALLELUJAH! What a Savior! The Crucified and Risen Christ”.
 
LOWER ROOM
MAUNDY THURSDAY PLAY
Don Tummons is directing a play, called “Lower Room”. It will be held on Maundy Thursday.
 
Rehearsal times and dates are:
12:30-2:00 fellowship hall
Feb 24
March 10
March 24
April 7
 
4pm – 7pm Sanctuary
April 14
April 15
April 16
April 17