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from Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
Hands on the Plow
Jess Moody, writes this story about a vision that led to a great invention. In the early 1920’s Philo Farnsworth was working on a farm, plowing a straight line on a potato farm. His mind was far away, thinking about the possibility of transmitting moving pictures through the air. He had no electronic or engineering background, nor was he a scientist. No one in the world of science would have considered him a serious contender in the chase to find the answer to photographic transmission without the aid of wires.
Scientists from all over the world had been struggling to solve this dilemma and although many had been aided by research grants, no one came up with the answer. So, what chance did Farnsworth, a potato farmer with no education, have?
While plowing, he imagined a different approach. He imagined dividing a screen into long rows just like the field he was plowing, using electricity to create areas of light and darkness at each point along the row. Then stacking the rows on top of each other, he imagined that they could bring to focus a picture. Bingo! The results were better than anything the world of science had ever conceived. It is the very system used today in a standard television.
What did Farnsworth invent? Television. It was his vivid imagination coupled with a propensity toward science that has literally changed the world. But unfortunately he was not credited with the idea since he was only 14 years old. Two business men, George Everson and Les Gorrell took an interest in Farnsworth and invested their life savings in his research. In spite of his age they had faith in him and on September 7, 1927, Farnsworth transmitted history’s first electronic television picture.
The world changed because Philo Farnsworth kept his hands on the plow and never looked back. Are we still “plowing” at McCormick United Methodist Church?
See you in Church or online this Sunday!
Your Pastor,
A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing. -Martin Luther
A Prayer
Keep us, O God, from all pettiness.
Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed.
Let us be done with faultfinding
and leave off all self-seeking.
May we put away all pretense and meet each other face to face,
without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgment,
and always be generous.
Let us always take time for all things,
and make us grow calm, serene and gentle.
Teach us to put into action our better impulses,
to be straightforward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realize
that it is the little things of life that create differences,
that in the big things of life we are as one.
And, O Lord God, let us not forget to be kind!
Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland (1542-1587), as cited in Ken Gire, ed. Between Heaven and Earth: Prayers and Reflections That Celebrate an Intimate God, HarperSanFrancisco, 1997, p. 89.
Preparing for Worship
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Third Sunday After Pentecost
Scripture Lessons: Luke 9: 51-62
Reference Text: 2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14
Message: “More Than a Wanna Be”


MUMC Church family sincerely thanks Gena Wideman for sharing her musical talent with us on Sunday. Gena, the Principal at McCormick High School, is a lifelong McCormick resident. She had her mother, Monica Kelly, as an accompanist while she sang “Be What You Called Me to Be”. She also shared the powerful story of a young girl who inspired her to sing the beautiful song. She sang from the heart and touched our hearts in so doing!
If you would like to hear it again and would like to hear the story about the song visit our Livestream Archives page and watch the June 19th service.


Rumor has it that Jessica Kidd had the biggest team cheering for her at the US Special Olympics in Orlando. In addition to the family and friends above, there are also the members of the McCormick UMC congregation, whose well wishes to her are on the beautiful pink poster!


Don is looking for some folks to sing “an easy piece” on Sunday, July 3, in celebration of July 4. You do not have to be a choir member, just someone who likes to sing! If you are interested, please come to a rehearsal on Wednesday (June 22) at 7pm.


I heard something recently … Ashley Judd, sharing about her mom’s struggles, encouraged people in crisis to “explore a fellowship that might work for them.”
Ashley‘s advice is good for any challenge. You can’t know if something will help until you try it.
So … if you have a difficult challenge – physical or emotional – consider exploring a fellowship with a Stephen Minister. You won’t know if it will help unless you try!
Start by calling Pastor Nels or one of the Stephen Leaders thru the church office at (864) 852-2394.


The scholarship committee of the McCormick United Methodist Church is currently accepting applications for this year’s scholarship.

The applying candidate must be a graduating high school senior who has been accepted by an institution of higher learning, and displays the traits of good character, service to others, and academic excellence.

Applications are available at the church office Monday-Thursday from 9AM-1PM. Application deadline is July 1. For more information contact Lindy Stahlman.

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Upcoming Events



MUMC Congregational Care Committee is committed to serving the Lord by caring for our congregation and community. We want you to know that we have volunteers who are happy to provide transportation to medical appointments for those who may need help.
Our volunteers are willing to drive you to your appointments in McCormick, Abbeville, Evans, Greenwood and Augusta. Please contact Kim Jackson if you or someone you know needs a ride or if you would like to be added to the list of volunteers.

Widows Connection
6-Session Bible Study

A Woman Overwhelmed …
The Life of mary, the Mother of Jesus
By Hayley DiMarco, bestselling author of more than 40 books
This DVD 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.”
Any women who would like to have this experience are encouraged to join this group to discover the overwhelming grace and love of God! For questions, contact Toni Graham.


August 18, 6PM

Faith, Food, & Fellowship…Great time to invite some ladies to join you! (More details to come)


Kindness Update – Kindness At The Campsite!

Summer brings many visitors to our local campgrounds. Seasoned campers will tell you that they have many, many extended family members as a result of their years of camping experiences. That leads one to believe there is plenty of room for kindness at the campground!
Well, thanks to the kindness of the one who shared what you read below, there is! Be sure to enjoy the smile it brings to your face!
To the folks who just showed up in the 43 ft. $200,000 fifth wheel that costs double my house, you have a beautiful rig!
To the folks who are down in the woods in a bivvy tent, you guys are hard core, awesome set up down there!
To the folks who just pulled in with their 1979 c class with more rust than panel, I can only imagine the memories you’ve made in that thing. I bet that dent has a story!
To the folks who took that last site that nobody wanted, you pulled in, put down the seats in your minivan, and started cooking. Your dinner smells delightful!
Y’all, we all camp differently, and we may not agree on it all, but we have to remember the only thing that matters is memories are being made, and you’re getting 120% out of your time with your loved ones. You have to forget HOW you go camping and remember WHY you go camping! That is camping, my friends! Spread love at the campground this season!
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!


SEPTEMBER 18, 2022


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.


OCTOBER 8, 2022 9am to 2pm

The UMW has started planning the 2022 Craft Show and Cookie Factory. Fellowship Hall is already booked with vendors selling Hand-made crafts! They will start a waiting list in case someone has to pull out.
There will be much more information as we get closer, but right now they are looking for anyone who would like to have a tent in the parking lot. The cost is $25 and you provide your own tent. Right now, the Men N Ministry will be selling brats and we have a vendor selling string art and the Lions Club selling brooms. If you would like to have a tent outside to sell something for yourself or a group, please notify Barb Shelley.