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from Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
All Great Bridges Stem from Tiny Beginnings
Keith Wagner, in his message called “Possibilities Unlimited”, shares this illustration about humble beginnings.
A hundred feet above the Apurimac River, near the remote village of Huinchiri, Peru there is a suspension bridge that connects the Limi-Cuzzo Road. It has been there since the 14th century. Using four miles of braided coya grass, the Inca constructed the bridge in phases. First a bowman attached a fine thread to an arrow and fired it across the gorge. A man on the other side tied a cord to the thread and fired it back across the gorge. The cord was then pulled across. One by one the Inca added thicker and thicker ropes, finally hauling into place a 200 pound floor cable.
The bridge which today is still suspended across the river continues to serve as a major highway for the people in that part of Peru. It began with a single thread. Think how many changes take place in life because of a single phone call, the implementation of one idea, one visit, or a single letter. All great bridges stem from tiny beginnings.
It is the same for our faith. A single act of forgiveness, a personal commitment to be more involved in the life of the church, a gift or an invitation to a stranger. Major construction is overwhelming. But every change that is made for the betterment of humankind starts with a single act.
Isn’t that what God did with the birth of Christ? God introduced the possibility of total transformation with the gift of a child in a manger. In a remote place of the world and through a humble peasant couple, God set the stage for a new kingdom to emerge.
Are we preparing some fine threads to launch across barriers in our Church? We still have a world to save.
See you in Church or online for worship!
Your Pastor,
Preparing for Worship
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Second Sunday of Advent
Holy Communion
Scripture Lesson: Luke 3: 1-18
Message: “John’s Simple Message”


Kindness Update – Decorate with Kindness!

This past Sunday we welcomed the Advent Season at McCormick UMC with the lighting of the first Candle of Hope and the Beauty of the Chrismon Tree adorning the sanctuary. The wreaths on the doors to the church were another welcoming sign to all who entered of our intentional preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ. For Christians, the Advent Season reminds us not only of Jesus’ birth, but of His eternal presence and eventual second coming.
The beautiful Chrismon ornaments (“Christ monograms”) are white and gold symbols – stars, crosses, fish, crowns, and the alpha and omega – that remind us of Christ’s identity, his story, and of the Holy Trinity. They are displayed on an evergreen tree that for Christians symbolizes the eternal life Jesus Christ provides.
As we decorate our homes to welcome Christmas, why not decorate our lives and the lives of others by showing kindness? What a beautiful gift we give to Jesus when we choose to live by His example! In case you need any help, did you know there is actually a Christmas Tree of Kindness where, as a “North Pole Tradition”, ornaments are added by completing kind acts? No kidding, for 99 cents you can download the Story, an App Activity, and a Craft Activity!
On the App Activity, you can decorate on iPhones and iPads on your own or invite family and friends. You select a tree name, background theme and number of ornaments, entering your own kind acts or choose from suggestions. You receive notices when ornaments are added and tap the ornament to view the name and description of the kind act. When completed, all receive a tree topper star and Christmas music! For those who prefer a hands-on experience, the Craft Activity is provided. If you want to check it out, go to https://christmastreeofkindness.com
Speaking of decorating for Christmas with Kindness, our entry this week is a perfect example for us!
Kindness report!  After we decorated the church on Saturday, I saw a church member in Food Lion searching for flowers for church that were more “Advent” to fit in with the decorations, so she thought about poinsettias. On Sunday, she quietly pointed to the 3 beautiful poinsettias in church and said when she went to our guy Ben in produce and told him her dilemma- he GAVE her the poinsettias and marked them paid. She was so happy and I saw a kindness in action! Just sayin’ TGIC (Thank God It’s Christmas!) indeed!
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!


Lola Rek announced Sunday that a check is being sent in the amount of $750 to the Native American Elder Basket Fund. The monies are from your donations and the sale of Clint’s Indian prints. Thank you, Church Family!

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Following the service on Sunday (12/05) we will take a photo of everyone attending. Please wear your smiles and green and/or red! We will have a tall ladder and Harry will take the picture from “above”.


You don’t want to miss Sunday! Following the service, we will take the photo then proceed to the Fellowship Hall for a Pot Luck Lunch!
Everyone is invited! Turkey, ham and pulled pork will be provided. You bring a side or a dessert to share. When you arrive on Sunday, there will be someone to help you with your dishes… some will be fine as you bring them, some will need to go into the warmer and some into the refrigerator. It will be wonderful to get together as a family again!


All items have been selected . thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Reminder… Gifts need to be in the nursery no later than December 5.


The worship committee has arranged for poinsettias to be displayed in the sanctuary for the Christmas season. They will be on display in the sanctuary starting on Sunday, Dec 12.
You may choose to take your poinsettias home after the Christmas Eve Service. If you do not wish to take them home, they will be taken to the local nursing homes.
The price is $5 for a six inch poinsettia with multiple blooms.
The ordering dates run from Nov 23 to December 5. There will be forms in the bulletin Sunday, December 5.
You may also mail in or bring by your order to the church office.
P.O. Box 267
McCormick SC 29835
Please include the order form or a note indicating…
Name, Number of poinsettias, name of person you would like honored, and if you plan to take the poinsettia after the Christmas Eve service.
Thank you for making our sanctuary look so colorful during this special time of the year!


Saturday, Nov 27 – 9am
Decorate church
Sunday, Dec 5 Following 10am service
Church Family Photo
Pot Luck Lunch
Sunday, December 19 – 10am
“A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols”
Friday, Dec 24 3pm – Christmas Eve Service