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Thank you for giving to McCormick United Methodist Church. Your gifts enable us to fulfill our mission of “Reaching Up and Reaching Out”.
from Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
More About Prayer
Over the past few months, we have talked about how we can become a praying and prayer-led Church. We studied last Sunday how Paul taught Timothy the importance of praying for others.
Leslie Weatherhead in his book, A Private House Of Prayer, suggests that the structure of the content of prayer be likened to a house of seven rooms. Each room is a division of prayer.
John R. Brokhoff summarized Weatherhead’s book in this way.
The first room is for the affirmation of God’s presence. If prayer is a conversation with God, obviously it is necessary for him to be present. When we pray, are we aware of his presence or like Moses do we see only a burning bush? In a hymn Tersteegen sings, “God himself is present; let us now adore him and with awe appear before him.” What applies to worship, applies also to prayer. When we pray, we are talking to a real person, not to an idea, or ideal, or ideology, or a theological concept. In prayer we are not talking to ourselves or to the ceiling. In spirit God is there to hear our prayer. We need to realize this and pray accordingly.
The next room is for the thanksgiving and praise. We have been blessed beyond measure and therefore to thank and praise God is in order. Before we begin our prayer, we need to review how good God has been to us. If we are bereft of blessings, our greatest gift is Jesus who loved us enough to die for us.
Go to the next room for the confession of sins. Sin separates us from God. Sin erects an impenetrable curtain which prevents us from seeing God. The separation prevents our hearing the voice of God. We come out of a dirty world with the dirt of sin clinging to us. Before we can be presentable to a holy God we need spiritual cleansing. Thus, in prayer we confess our sins and plead for his mercy.
The fourth room is labelled “Reception of God’s grace.” We have confessed our sins and begged for mercy. What is God’s response? It is grace in terms of pardon and acceptance. At this time in our prayers we remember his promises to be with us always, to forgive us, and to bless us with the Holy Spirit.
Now it is time to go to the room of petition. We have the opportunity to tell God about our personal needs in our own lives, or in our family, or in our work. But, we have petitions not only for ourselves, but others want and need our prayers in their behalf. This takes us to the sixth room of prayer. When we pray for others, it is called intercessory prayer. When his co-worker, Melanchthon, was sick, Luther prayed for him: “I besought the Almighty with great vigor … quoting from Scripture all the promises I could remember, that prayers should be granted and said that he must grant my prayer, if I was henceforth to put faith in his promises.”
The effectiveness of a friend’s prayer on our behalf depends on the relationship of the pray-er to God. James wrote, “The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). That is why we want a godly mother or a pious pastor to pray for us. Roman Catholics ask the saints and the Virgin Mary to pray for them. On the eve of a historic boxing match, a friend was visiting the champ in his hotel suite. During the conversation a murmuring feminine voice was heard. “That’s my wife,” the champ explained. “She’s praying for me to win.” “Oh, and I suppose you pray, too?” The champ replied, “My wife is more devout than I am. If God won’t do it for her, He certainly won’t do it for me.”
The seventh room in the house of prayer is meditation. Some do not understand what meditation is and consequently do not know how to meditate. It is the act of reflecting, of silence, and listening to God. It calls for thinking about God and our relationship to him. It is a time to review past dealings with God. Then we reflect on how good God has been in those past dealings. After that, we remember God’s promises to us: promises of peace, protection, and provision. Meditation can be summed up in three R’s: review, reflect, and remember.
See you in Church or online where we pray together and build our praying skills each week.
Preparing for Worship
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost
Scripture Lesson: 1 Timothy 6: 3-19
Message: “On Becoming Godly and Content”


What an awesome morning! Many, many thanks to everyone who helped to make it possible! Nels’ sermon was on praying, in particular praying for others. It was inspiring to sit there and pray. We felt blessed with a wonderful day of fellowship, worship, good food, peaceful scenery, and beautiful music! To see many more pictures, go to


We have been blessed with $908.44 in donations to date. You are an awesome congregation!! Thank you to everyone who has and still may be donating. Bless you all for your continued support!

McCormick UMC’s Special Olympian Rides Again!

Jessica Kidd wants her Church Family to know that she will be competing in the SC State Equestrian Special Olympics in Aiken, SC this coming weekend – September 24 and 25. The event takes place at Aiken Horse Park Foundation, 931 Powderhouse Road SE, Aiken, SC 29803. Jessica thanks everyone for your support and prayers!
On Saturday, riders will go through divisioning to determine groupings for competition. At 5 p.m. on Saturday, Opening Ceremonies will be held. Jessica, as a competitor in the National Special Olympics equestrian competition in Orlando in June, will be one of the leaders for the Opening Ceremonies parade as they bring in the flags.
On Sunday, competition begins at 9 a.m. Following a lunch break at 11:30 a.m., competition will resume at 12:25 p.m. After divisioning on Saturday, riders will have a definite time for their competition on Sunday. Awards will be presented as each division is completed.
The competition is free and open to the public.

Stephen Ministry Corner

In August I discussed how Stephen Ministers are trained to use a ‘process’ approach to caring. This approach helps a Stephen Minister concentrate on the care receiver’s emotional and spiritual needs. A Stephen Minister does not attempt to ‘fix’ any issues a care receiver may have … we just listen, use the ‘process’ skills we are taught, and leave the results to God.
Those ‘process’ orientated elements are specific … they are presence, service, skills, boundaries, and trust. Last month I talked about presence (we SHOW UP!) and service (we care for our care receiver without expecting anything in return!).
Today I want to talk about skills, boundaries, and trust.
Skills. The skills used (listening, validating, reflecting, praying, being non-judgmental, etc.) are all focused on the means of care … not the end results or the ultimate resolution. We use these ‘process’ tools to concentrate on the caregiver … while trusting God to work through the process of caregiving to bring hope and healing to the care receiver.
Boundaries. The definition of ‘boundaries’ is respecting the care receiver’s personhood. We regard the care receiver not as a ‘problem’ but as a person who needs to be cared for and empowered.
Trust. We leave the hope and healing to God. Stephen Ministers are there to ‘walk with you’ and allow God to change lives, bringing about results such as healing (physical, emotional, spiritual …), faith, forgiveness, hope, and peace.
Remember that for a change to occur, the ‘process’ must start.
Starting can be difficult … but you can start to deal with whatever issue you have by talking about it with a Stephen Minister and, amazingly, God works through these talks to help.
Start by calling Pastor Nels or one of the Stephen Leaders thru the church office at (864) 852-2394.


Kim Jackson and Carol Myers have put a volunteer sign-up in the Fellowship Hall for those interested in hosting one or two of the Coffee Hours following Sunday services. The sign up is for October through December. No need to bake…store-bought goodies are very well appreciated! There is a very detailed, easy to follow book with directions on how to set up the coffee, etc. Also, if you need help your first time, Carol or Kim will answer your questions!
They greatly appreciate all those who have made coffee hour so wonderful this year, and hope more folks will volunteer to host!


Kindness Update – Praying for Others!

Pastor Nels’ message at the Church Picnic this week put a huge hint in our hearts as to what we should be doing in the name of Jesus – praying for others! He read the first verse from a beautiful old hymn in the Cokesbury Hymnal called “Others”. Written by Charles D. Meigs in 1902, the hymn is in the form of a prayer, and while the first verse is very touching, likewise are the other three verses and refrain. In fact, the final line of the refrain says it all: “Help me to live for others, that I may live like Thee!”
Lord, help me live from day to day in such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray my prayer shall be for others.
Help me in all the work I do to ever be sincere and true,
And know that all I’d do for You must needs be done for others.
Let “Self” be crucified and slain and buried deep: and all in vain
May efforts be to rise again, except to live for others.
So when my work on earth is done, and my new work in heaven’s begun,
May I forgot the crown I’ve won while thinking still of others!
Refrain: Others, Lord, yes, others, let this my motto be;
Help me to live for others that I may live like Thee!
The entry this week is from one who had a little “attitude adjustment in kindness” at a time it was really needed! We have to keep our guard up for whatever situations come our way! Praying for others just might do that for us!
Going through the drive-thru at Burger King recently, I encountered three very efficient and polite young men who took my order and money, prepared my order, then handed it to me at the window. The kind attitude of the one who handed me my meal was overshadowed a little by the fact that when he turned away from the window, I saw almost all of his underwear. Focusing my eyes on the outside window to my right I read a statement that the business was owned by a military veteran. It was very timely, and it put my mind back on a positive track. When the young man handed me my order, I told him “Please tell your owner that I appreciate his or her service.”. He smiled and told me he would do that!
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
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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Upcoming Events




Here is the initial list of how YOU can help!
Bake and/or Volunteer
Sue Mitchell and Carol Tummons have volunteered to chair the Cookie Factory. They have put out a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for those willing to bake items and for those willing to help with set up (Friday) and selling and clean-up (Saturday). They will need brownies, cookies, breads (particularly those that can be frozen for the Holidays), cakes, etc. If you do not know what to contribute, please contact Sue or Carol for suggestions.
The United Methodist Women will again be having a plant sale in the atrium. The sale is headed by Marge Radosevich and Shannon Stewart. They need your help to make it another success! As you are trimming back your plants, please pot your cuttings and bring to the church for the sale. It helps if you label your plants with little stakes or labels. If you have any nice dry or artificial arrangements or wreaths, plant stands or garden accessories, these would be appreciated for the sale also. All garden items can be brought to the door inside the atrium starting on October 1. Contact Shannon with questions.
We’d appreciate everyone helping us to market the event! Go to to see a list of the vendors and our flyer. Note you can print the flyer from that site! Please make copies and share with your friends and neighbors.. card groups, golf groups, etc.! You can share information about the event by emailing the above link  to your groups in an email or text.  This will help us to spread the word!
We need folks to “be there” to talk with our guests, perhaps help them in some way. You might direct them to the Atrium or point out there are tables outside to rest. This is a great time to meet people and invite them to join us on Sundays! It would also be nice to bring a bottle of water to our outside vendors.. And of course, you can buy some baked goods and plants! Thank you, Church family, for helping make this another success!
We need a few people to clear out Fellowship Hall, move chairs to a classroom and set up tables. It takes about an hour or so to set up. Time will be announced … def late afternoon or early evening.
SAT (OCT 8) 7:30AM
We need a few people to carry tables outside. Some help is needed to put up the vendor’s tents and help a few vendors carry their wares from their cars on Saturday. Soda for the men’s tent will need to be iced down so ready for 11am opening.
We also need a few folks to take down tents, put away the tables and return the Fellowship Hall to its original condition, ready for church the next day!
Let Barb Shelley know via email if you can help at any or all of these times.


The Congregational Care Committee wants you to know they are there to help you if you ever need transportation, meals or a visitor! Please contact Kim Jackson if you or someone you know needs help or if you would like to be added to the list of volunteers.


All women of the church are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Greenwood District United Women in Faith that will be hosted at Republican United Methodist Church located at 865 Chamberlains Ferry Rd. in McCormick on Saturday, September 24. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the church fellowship hall followed by Assembly in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be Rev. Susan Galasso, Republican UMC Pastor. During the assembly, UWF units of the Greenwood District will be recognized for their participation in district-wide missions and other programs. The meeting will conclude at noon. This is a good opportunity for women of McCormick UMC to meet and greet other women in the Greenwood District – please put this date on your calendar and bring a friend with you!