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from Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
Love Is an Action
Newspaper columnist and minister George Crane tells of a wife who came into his office full of hatred toward her husband. “I do not only want to get rid of him, I want to get even. Before I divorce him, I want to hurt him as much as he has me.”
Dr. Crane suggested an ingenious plan “Go home and act as if you really love your husband. Tell him how much he means to you. Praise him for every decent trait. Go out of your way to be as kind, considerate, and generous as possible. Spare no efforts to please him, to enjoy him. Make him believe you love him. After you’ve convinced him of your undying love and that you cannot live without him, then drop the bomb. Tell him that you’re getting a divorce. That will really hurt him.” With revenge in her eyes, she smiled and exclaimed, “Beautiful, beautiful. Will he ever be surprised!” And she did it with enthusiasm. Acting “as if.” For two months she showed love, kindness, listening, giving, reinforcing, sharing. When she didn’t return, Crane called. “Are you ready now to go through with the divorce?”
“Divorce?” she exclaimed. “Never! I discovered I really do love him.” Her actions had changed her feelings. Motion resulted in emotion. The ability to love is established not so much by fervent promise as often repeated deeds.
The World needs more Love in Action.
See You in Church or online this Sunday.
Your Pastor,
Preparing for Worship
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Third Sunday After the Epiphany
Scripture Lesson: Nehemiah 8: 1-3,5-6,8-10
Message: “Back to the Bible”

Stephen Ministry Corner
January 2022

I ate at an oriental restaurant recently… the kind that gives you a fortune cookie at the end. And mine said … “Change is not merely necessary to life. It is life.”
That slip of paper got me to thinking that indeed, the only thing constant in life, is change. Some are planned and some are a surprise. Some are simple and some are monumental. Some you can’t wait for and some you don’t want to happen at all. Some are your choice and some are not a choice.
It’s those that are not your choice that can be exceptionally tough … like a newly diagnosed disease, the isolation of an illness or a pandemic that keeps you homebound, or the death of a loved one. So, how do we deal with that? Sometimes not well … and sometimes we need to accept that we could use the help that the Christian community wants to give. That’s where Stephen Ministry comes in! We are here to help with those changes in life that are so difficult.
Start by contacting Pastor Nels or one of the Stephen Leaders through the Church office at (864) 852-2394 and begin a relationship with a Stephen Minister who wants to walk with you through whatever it is you are struggling with. 


Kindness Update – The Power of Words

Often, when we encounter a situation where we could kindly offer our help to someone in need, we find we don’t have the time to stop what we are doing to help. We may have the time but we hesitate to “invade their space”. Or, sad to say, we may be so engaged that we don’t even recognize the need for our help in the first place.
There is a video that gives a beautiful example of what can happen when one person chooses to stop and reach out to help someone less fortunate and really make a big difference in that person’s life. It is very inspiring and also emphasizes the effectiveness and power of our choice of words. To view the video, click here: https://youtu.be/WVcLf0hkTS8
As the video says, “change your words … change your world”! This demonstration of word power shows us how powerful our words and actions can be and the importance of using them to promote kindness. The following quote by Charles Glassman has been shared with us this week – “Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” – the young lady in the video who reached out to the blind man certainly had a heart for the struggles of others. She chose to be the hands and feet of Jesus!
This week’s entry is another good example of well-chosen words of kindness that made a difference in the life of the one to whom they were spoken. May we choose our words wisely and touch the lives of those around us!
This is a beautiful kindness story that I loved when I read it and wanted to share it. It was told by a nursing home worker who shared that she painted a new resident’s nails at work and, as they were discussing colors, she mentioned she wanted clear. She said, “The only thought that came to my mind was ‘CLEAR’?! That’s no fun.’ I asked her why she wanted clear and she said, ‘My hands are ugly, I don’t want to draw attention to them.’ I then carefully responded with, ‘Your hands tell the story of your life. They tell the story of love, of care and adventure. These hands have touched and held things that most people can only wish to one day.’ And with that, she went with the color pink for her nails. Sometimes what we are so insecure with, others find beauty in.”
Have you seen God today? If you see God at work this week, there are two ways you can share what you saw!
1) Be a blessing to others by sharing your Act of Kindness (no names please) on our website, or use this link! Then check back each week to learn how others are passing on acts of kindness! The link is https://www.mccormickumc.org/acts-of-kindness
2) There is a Kindness box in the library on the window sill, along with paper and pencil. Share your God-Wink, perhaps someone else will be inspired!

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All men (and friends) are invited to attend the Men N Ministry Dinner meeting in the Fellowship Hall on January 11 at 6pm. Don Smith will be preparing the dinner. Ellen Cook will be speaking on McCormick County redistricting. No need to sign up, just show up for an evening of fellowship!

Widows’ Connection Resumes Meeting in January

The Widows’ Connection will resume monthly meetings this month on the fourth Monday – January 24 – at 5 p.m. at the church. At the January meeting, the group will begin a six-session Bible study, A Woman Overwhelmed – The Life of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. By Hayley DiMarco, bestselling author of more than 40 books, the study walks you through the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who knew what it was like to be overwhelmed. The study explores Mary’s life—from the news that she would give birth to God’s Son to the day she witnessed his tragic death on the cross—and it takes one on a journey from overwhelming joy to overwhelming sorrow and back again, learning along the way how to be consumed with the mission of God rather than the “mission of me.”
Women often are overwhelmed by the demands and circumstances of life, resulting in stress, fear, worry, impatience, fatigue, frustration, and even depression. The truth is that we were created to be overwhelmed . . . not by life but by God! When we learn to be overwhelmed by God, the fruit in our lives becomes fragrant—filling our days with peace, hope, love, and joy. By becoming overwhelmed with who God is —learning to “treasure in our hearts” what we know about God – we can hold onto faith even when it seems that all is lost.
Any women who would like to have this experience are encouraged to join this group on January 24 and get ready to discover how to experience the overwhelming grace and love of God! If you have any questions, please contact Toni Graham.


March 2 – Ash Wednesday Service – 6:00 p.m.
April 14 – Maundy Thursday (Easter program)
April 15 – Good Friday (Easter program repeated))
April 17 – Sunrise Service – Baker Creek
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The annual church picnic has become a favorite of many. .it’s a great time to invite your new friends and neighbors to join us for a service and a day of fellowship!
Mark your calendars. We will be at Baker Creek on September 18.



AA and Al-Anon meetings on Fridays at 5 pm
The fellowship hall and the nursery host two 12 step meetings on Fridays at 5 pm.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets in the Fellowship Hall where coffee is served. The entrance is through the door closest to the kitchen. These meetings are open to anyone who thinks they may need help or know someone who has a problem with drinking. Just show up and you will be warmly welcomed.
Al-Anon has been meeting with AA, but beginning this Friday will split off to have their own meeting in the nursery. Anyone who has a family member, friend or loved one who is an alcoholic or has drug addiction issues is welcome to attend this meeting for support and encouragement. Just show up and enter through the same door as mentioned above.
Coffee and cream supplied by the AA group will be available in the Kitchen area.
All church members, visitors from out of town, and McCormick residents are welcome.
Church members, please respect the anonymity and privacy of these meetings. Please be aware of the time and date and arrange your church activities accordingly.


McCormick United Methodist offers fitness and yoga classes. All are welcome.
Important: Please contact the instructor, Shannon Stewart, before your first class to complete some required paperwork. 
Chair Yoga meets on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. This class is perfect for folks with balance concerns or who have had knee or hip replacements and are uncomfortable in a traditional yoga class. All exercises are either seated in a chair or standing and using the chair for support. No floor work! Chair Yoga meets in the Fellowship Hall. The door is unlocked at 11:15 a.m.
Peaceful Warriors is a fusion of standing and mat yoga with resistance training. Participants are required to bring their own hand weights for this class. This class is at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays upstairs in the far corner room. Be prepared to sweat and get some cardio. It is very important to contact Shannon prior to attending the class.
About the instructor: A member of MUMC, Shannon Stewart is a certified yoga instructor registered with the Yoga Alliance. She is certified E-RYT 200. Shanon is also a certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine: NASM-PT. She keeps both certifications active by meeting all Continuing Education requirements and teaching hours. Shannon teaches Christian Yoga inspired by Michelle Thielen’s Stretching Our Faith book. All classes end with meditation and prayer.
Please contact Shannon prior to showing up for a class to complete the necessary paperwork and to discuss the class.


Everyone is invited to stop in the Fellowship Hall after services to have a goodie and chat with folks!
The Hospitality team, Kim Jackson and Carol Myers, would like to have two volunteers each Sunday, who are willing to start the coffee pots, provide the home baked or store bought “goodies”, and do light clean up after fellowship hour is over. Having partners will make the job easier and more fun!
You can sign up with a partner, or they will find one for you! The signup sheet is on a table near the door in the fellowship hall. You may also sign-up by contacting Kim Jackson or Carol Myers.


Our prayers go out to the people in the Midwest whose lives, homes, towns, and businesses were destroyed by the massive tornadoes. It is hard to imagine waking up to total destruction around you and not knowing where to begin and where to turn for help.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds to disasters in the United States and around the world by working with communities and local partners. When a disaster overwhelms a community’s ability to recover on its own,
UMCOR provides essential relief supplies and supports long-term rebuilding efforts. While UMCOR is not a first-response organization, it stands ready to accompany communities in need over the long haul of their recovery until a “new normal” is established after a crisis. “Early in and last out” is a guiding principle of UMCOR.
MUMC will be collecting donations to send to the United Methodist Committee on Relief fund. We will designate the monies for the tornado-stricken Kentucky disaster.
It’s important to note that 100% of your donation to UMCOR will go towards the disaster reconstruction, there are no administration costs in this donation.
To contribute, make your checks payable to MUMC and note Kentucky Relief Fund on the check. They can be put in the collection plate, brought to the office, or mailed to the office at P.O. Box 267, McCormick SC 29835. You can also donate on our website .. go to https://secure.myvanco.com/YQQ5/campaign/C-11SV5
Thank for your prayers and your kind support to help your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Mission and Outreach Committee


There is a chart on the bulletin board across from the office to sign up for the 2022 date that works best for you to supply the flowers for the sanctuary. You may also call the office to sign up. (864)-852-2394.
The chart across from the office remains up all year, and the list is also printed each week at the end of the BLAST.
Feel free to take the flowers home after the service or take to someone who could use a cheerful gift!