There will be one service at 10am until further notice. Masks are required.
You can also worship with us online with MUMC LIVE.


The Power of Belief in a World of Lost Hope
Eric Butterworth tells about a young soldier who lost his legs in battle. Something died within this young man when he found he would never walk again. He lay in his hospital bed, staring blankly at the ceiling. He refused to talk to anyone who tried to help him. He refused to cooperate with doctors or nurses who wanted to help him to adjust.
One day another inmate of the hospital strolled in and sat down on a chair near the bed. He drew a harmonica from his pocket and began to play softly. The patient looked at him for a second, then back to the ceiling. That was all for that day. Next day the player came again. For several days he continued to come and to play quietly. One day he said, “Does my playing annoy you?” The patient said, “No, I guess I like it.” They talked a little more each day.
One day the harmonica player was in a jovial mood. He played a sprightly tune and began to do a tap dance. The soldier looked on but was apparently unimpressed. “Hey, why don’t you smile once and let the world know you’re alive!” the dancer said with a friendly smile. But the legless soldier said, “I might as well be dead as in the fix I’m in.” “Okay,” answered his happy friend, “so you’re dead. But you’re not as dead as a fellow who was crucified two thousand years ago, and He came out of it all right.” “Oh, it’s easy for you to preach,” replied the patient, “but if you were in my fix, you’d sing a different tune.” With this the dancer stood up and said, “I know a two-thousand-year-old resurrection is pretty far in the dim past. So maybe an up-to-date example will help you to believe it can be done.” With that he pulled up his trouser legs and the young man in the bed looked and saw two artificial limbs. The tap-dancing fellow with the harmonica was not simply a Pollyanna. He once lay where that young soldier now lay. He himself had known the power of a resurrection. He had learned to live life abundantly–even without his legs. Needless to say, the young soldier’s own resurrection began that moment.
Easter isn’t just about dying. It’s about the power of belief in a world of lost hope. It is about knowing that no situation is beyond God’s redeeming power.
See all you Easter People in Church or online where we will come alive.
Your Pastor,

Preparing for Worship

Sunday, April 11, 2021
Second Sunday of Easter
Scripture: 1 John 1:1-2:2
Message: “It’s So Hard to be Good”
The Family of Ronnie Kidd wants his Church Family to know they are invited to a Celebration of Life to honor his memory on his birthday – Sunday, April 18 – from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Savannah Lakes Village’s Tara Clubhouse. In true birthday celebration style, there will be cake, cookies, and shared memories! Pastor Nels and Rev. Carl Chiles will be on hand to help us celebrate!
Easter at McCormick Methodist Church was a special time, thanks to all the people in our MUMC family who helped to move furniture, set up and take down scenery, ordered and displayed lilies, and were there to help as needed. The worship committee thanks you for your love and support!
First Tuesday
Stephen Ministry Corner
April 2021
We have just celebrated one of the most important events in Christianity – the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s such a significant event … guaranteeing that each of us can attain eternal life in Heaven with Christ just by believing that He is who He says He is. He taught us much in his ministry … and one tenet is that we are to be here for one another … that Christianity is a COMMUNITY and that by loving our neighbor we can find a way to a better, more fulfilling life.
But being a COMMUNITY this past year has been TOUGH!! However … like the Hymn “This is a Day of New Beginnings” we are, here in the USA, finally starting to feel ‘new beginnings.’ We have been given the hope of vaccines against COVID … and we are beginning, again, to feel comfortable “Reaching Out and Reaching Up” and to once again enjoy and participate in our wonderful Christian Community.
So have you felt the hope yet? Are you beginning to know that ‘new beginnings’ have happened? We realize that not everyone just jumps back into things. Sometimes we get ‘stuck’ in the ‘old’ and find it tough to make the transition to a ‘new normal.’ And so to help – there are the Stephen Ministers of the McCormick United Methodist Church!!
Our Stephen Ministers are here, ready and willing, to help those struggling with the difficulty of starting to feel the ‘new beginnings.’ If you need someone to listen to you, with whom you can share your feelings, and receive acceptance and Christian love, please consider being in a relationship with a Stephen Minister at MUMC. Start by calling Pastor Nels or one of the Stephen Leaders thru the church office at  (864) 852-2394.
On April 1 and April 2 our MUMC family and the McCormick Community were transported back over 2,000 years to the foot of an old rugged cross. Many thanks to all of those who participated both on stage and behind the scenes to make this live presentation a success.
There are more photos on our website at https://www.mccormickumc.org/a-picture-of-calvary/
If you were unable to attend, a full video recording of the presentation is available at https://www.mccormickumc.org/livestream-archives/
MUMC is starting up a new “Dinners for 8” fellowship.
We will be forming groups of eight by putting 3 groups of two together with one guest couple to complete the “Dinners for 8”. We will rotate sharing a meal together once a month for three months.
Each group will decide when they will meet in May, June and July. We will do another sign up in August and start up again with new groups in September.
This will be a great opportunity to get to spend time together as a church and to provide an outreach ministry.
Each group of two (a couple or two singles) will host one meal at their home or picnic place, invite two people from outside the church or recent visitors and provide the main course, while the other others will bring a complimentary dish to share.
Sign-up sheets are available at church. Consider signing up with people you don’t know as well, so you get a chance to know others better. We are asking the couple at the top of each group to host the first meal to get the group started. After that, the group can decide at each meeting when and where the next “Dinners for 8” will be held.
We will be starting up in May, so sign up this week if you have not already done so.
Questions: Contact Diane Shea 
Kindness Update –Kindness Can Be Unattractive But Beautiful!
Kindness isn’t always attractive to look at.
In the movie Shrek, you hear the beautiful song Hallelujah. It is about losing someone you love because of pride and victory in your own selfishness. Shrek is a grumpy, smelly and ugly ogre living peacefully in a swamp until a mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp, causing Shrek to go on a quest to rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back. On his quest, he and a donkey became best friends.
Also on his quest, Shrek fell in love with the beautiful Princess Fiona and she fell in love with him, an ugly creature with a kind heart. Although Shrek is not handsome, he isn’t as ugly as he thinks he is. He’s anti-social but also loyal, selfless to friends and those he cares about, and is very likeable.
Hallelujah, originally written and recorded by Leonard Cohen in 1984, got little attention in the U.S. until ten years later when it was made popular by singer Jeff Buckley. Many artists took note of the song and recorded their own versions of it.
In 2001, the song found a new, much younger audience in Shrek. It has also been used in other television shows and movies. One artist who put her own lyrics to the song Hallelujah was Kelley Mooney who wrote a beautiful Easter Resurrection version of it.
On the Faith Pot website, there is a YouTube video of two siblings, Cassandra Star and her older sister Callahan, from Fort Francis, Ontario who on April 2, 2021 (just a few days ago) performed Mooney’s Easter Resurrection version that will give you chills! The video went viral and reached more than 1 million people on YouTube alone. The duo has reached almost every corner of the globe with their Easter version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
And now, they are about to reach the congregation at McCormick UMC:

Be prepared to be inspired! The words and their voices are so beautiful! A special thanks goes to this week’s kindness entry (below) for submitting this. Although the Easter Story has some unattractive features such as the pain and suffering Jesus experienced on our behalf, the loving kindness of our God and His Only Son to save us from our sinfulness is the most beautiful thing we will ever experience!
On Easter Sunday, a good friend of mine sent me the most beautiful Easter Resurrection rendition of the song “Hallelujah”. The words are so touching and the voices of the two sisters singing it are so beautifully harmonized. I want to share the link with others so they can hear it, too!
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!
Thank you to Wendy Kvale for updating the MUMC phone directory. If you haven’t picked up yours yet, they are located on the table leading in the sanctuary and on the table in the Fellowship Hall.

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Who knows that the Book of Daniel might just be the 1st apocalyptic book ever written???? Nel’s does!!
Come, join us, for an apocalyptic study of Daniel and Revelations as Nels directs us through the idea of a totally transformed world through a 6-week study comparison of these 2 interesting books.
Join us on Sunday evenings from 4 to 5PM with our first group meeting in the Sanctuary on April 11th.
All Covid 19 restrictions will apply.
Call/email Wendy Kvale or Janice Sibert  to reserve a spot.
Dates to mark your calendar now
4/11 4-5PM -sanctuary
4/18 4-5PM – to be announced
4/25 4-5PM – to be announced
5/2 4-5PM – to be announced
5/9 Mother’s Day NO CLASS
5/16 4-5PM – to be announced
5/23 4-5PM – to be announced