Welcome to Our Church Website

We are the McCormick United Methodist Church (MUMC). Our congregation loves God and cares for one another. We share in each other’s joys and provide mutual support and prayers during tough times. We have fun as we work together doing the work of God. We reach up to God and reach out to our friends and neighbors both near and far.
 
We welcome visitors with the same love and energy. The members of MUMC care about you and your well-being. We want to get to know you, your joys, your concerns, your prayer needs and your spiritual gifts.
 
We invite you to join us at either the 8:30 AM or 11:00 AM service on Sunday!
 
By Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
 
Scratching God’s Hand
 
Fred Craddock tells about a family that was taking a lovely Sunday afternoon drive, when suddenly the children began shouting, “Stop the car! There’s a kitten by the road!”
 
The father kept on driving, but his children wouldn’t quiet down. He tried to reason with them. The kitten was probably someone’s pet. It might have a disease. The family already had too many pets.
 
It did no good. The children insisted that a loving father would stop the car for a stray cat. So finally the father drove back to the spot and reached for the scraggly kitten. The ungrateful little beast scratched him! Fighting an instinct to strangle the kitten, the father packed it into the car and took it home.
Once at home, the children created a bed for the kitten out of their softest blankets. They fed the kitten droppers full of milk. They petted and fussed over the kitten. Soon, the kitten was purring and rubbing on family members, especially the father, as if he were its best friend.
 
The father looked at the scars on his hand left by the frightened and ungrateful kitten. Then he looked at the comfortable, well-fed kitten rubbing against his leg. Had he suddenly become more worthy of love? No. His intentions toward the cat had always been to do it good, not harm. Something had happened to the kitten that made it feel secure, loved, accepted.
 
How often does God try to bless us? And how often do we respond by scratching God’s hand? Yet, God and His Son still comforts us and reminds us that in Him we are secure, loved, and accepted through the power of His Grace.
 
See you in Church this Sunday. It’s going to be Huge.
 
Your Pastor,
Nels
 
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
THANKSGIVING SUNDAY
CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY
 
Scripture Lesson: 1 Timothy 6: 11-16
Message: “Blessings from the Crown”
 
Audio Recordings of Sermons are available at https://www.mccormickumc.org/media/sermons/
 
LIBRARY NEWS:
Last week John Horner donated a first edition, signed copy of “THE OLD RUGGED CROSS” LIVES ON by Molly Tate Shaffer to our church Library. It is the story of the now called Original Old Rugged Cross Church, the building’s unique history and surprising journey from hops barn in 1862 to a church in 1876. It also includes information on the first public performance of the old hymn written by George Bennard on January 1913.
 
The story is accompanied by many pictures and is a very interesting portrayal of this slice of history. It also includes the copyright of the song.
 
You will find the new book on the shelf on the far wall (middle section). There are also a few copies of brochures of the Historic Site and brief account of the journey and connection to the present Pokagon United Methodist Church.
 
PONSETTIAS FOR ADVENT
MUMC will use red poinsettias during the Advent season. The six inch pots will be $4.50 (tax included). If you would like to place a poinsettia in honor or memory of a loved one, fill out an order form (in bulletin) and place it in the offering plate or give it to the church office by Dec 2.
 
MUMC DIRECTORY UPDATE
Wendy Kvale, Membership Chair, is working on an updated MUMC Directory.  If you have not been in the directory and would like to be added, or if you are in the directory and have some changes (new address, new phone number, etc), please email Wendy Kvale or catch her at the 8:30am service!
 

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BIRTHDAYS
November
Bob Schultz
Billie Samec
Patsy Wilson
Nels Ledwell
Joan Smith
Donna Hutto
Linda Kidd
Dennis Vereb
Sandi Bonam
Connie Tremsky
Robert Weiss
Mary Thompson
Ron Hutto
Linda Scott
Diane Lewis
 
December
Beulah Blodgett-Robinson
Gaye Berry
Mike Sartain
Frances Lewis
Toni Graham
Martha Wideman
Shirley Garling
Larry Ream
Chuck Winn
Carol Tummons
Dan Tutt
Allen Gaer
Janet Smith
Jerry Nettles
 
 
ANNIVERSARIES
November
Gordon and Carol Waine
Dale and Bernie Tarrant
Bruce & Judy Motsinger
Dennis & Nancy Vereb
Brad & Pat Meyers
James & Janice Sibert
 
December
Clint & Linda Scott
Roger & Martha Wideman
Ron & Linda Kidd
Curtiss & Elaine Baggett
Scott & Clara Pitser
Lyn & Maryanne Bourne
 
 
 

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE:
Nov 24… Decorate Church Following 11am Service
Nov 24 … Community Thanksgiving Service at Catholic Church
Dec 1 … Changes/additions due to Wendy Kvale for 2020 MUMC Directory
Dec 1 … Week three of Elder Basket project
Dec 3 … Men N Ministry Dinner Meeting
Dec 6 … Presents due back for Epworth Children’s Home
Dec 7… Yoga – Cultivating an attitude of gratitude
Dec 8 … Final day for Elder Basket Project
Dec 13 .. Morning Glories lunch at Williemac’s 12pm
Dec 24… Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 6pm
Dec 29.. Fifth Sunday.. Service at 10am – Potluck soup following
 
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE
GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC CHURCH
NOVEMBER 24 7PM
There will be a community-wide Thanksgiving service at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Sunday, November 24 at 7pm.
 
DECORATING MUMC FOR CHRISTMAS SEASON
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24
The Worship Committee needs your help! They will decorating the church for Christmas following the November 24, 11am service. They will be getting out the nativity scene, banners, wreaths, Christmas tree.. and they are hoping our Church family will be there to help them!
 
MEN N MINISTRY
DINNER MEETING TUESDAY, DEC 3 6PM
Men N Ministry invites all men to attend a dinner meeting on Tuesday December 3 at 6pm. Our guest speaker will be Marion Sturkey. He will be sharing very interesting fact and history of McCormick. Dinner is being prepared by Bob Weiss and crew.
 
MORNING GLORIES
CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT WILLIEMAC’S
DECEMBER 13 NOON
All women are invited to join the Morning Glories for a Christmas lunch at Williemac’s (2489 Soap Creek Lodge Rd, Lincolnton)!
 
It’s just a time to enjoy each other’s company and eat a delicious lunch!
 
Feel free to bring a friend!
 
Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall so we have a count.
 
For more information call Lindy Stahlman.
 
EPWORTH CHILDREN’S HOME
M&MS CHRISTMAS TREE WISHES
Members of the M&M’s will be in Fellowship Hall between Services on November 24 so that you can select the gifts wishes you want to fill for the children of Epworth. As always, if you prefer not to do the shopping you can give money to M&M’s and we will shop for you. Gifts/contributions are due back on December 6.
 
Thank you….if you have any questions contact Gail Gore.
 
2019 MUMC ELDER BASKET MINISTRY
NOV 17 TO DEC 8
Elder Baskets are plastic clothes baskets filled with non-perishable items, which are given to elderly Native Americans who are in need. Many Native Americans live well below the poverty line. The Committee on Native American Ministries shares these baskets to help them through particularly trying times.
 
Reverend Cheryl Toothe commented “When you see an elderly woman crying over the items in the basket – especially the toilet paper – you realize how appreciative they are of every little thing we can do to help. It touches your heart in a way you don’t expect. Your life will never be the same after you help those who cannot help themselves.”
 
Please join us and help make a Native American Elder’s holiday season a Blessed one.
 
Below are the weeks and items needed for each week. We hope you will participate and choose the week, or weeks in which you want to participate.
 
You also can make a monetary donation and we’ll shop for you. Please make a check out to MUMC and put Elder Baskets in the memo section. Your check can be put in the collection plate, or sent to the church.
 
  • Week #1: Nov 17: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Tissues, Bath Soap
  • Week #2: Nov 24: Canned Meat, Vegetables, Fruit (pop-top cans preferred)
  • Week #3: Dec 1: Dry Beans, Rice, Soup, Pasta, & Pasta Sauce
  • Week #4: Dec 8: Shampoo, Tooth Paste, Toothbrushes, Lotion
 
Special items, like seasonal candy, peanut butter, coffee mug, coffee, trash bags, granola/breakfast bars, etc. are also greatly appreciated.
 
CHRISTIAN YOGA WORKSHOPS ARE BACK!
There will be a half day Christian yoga workshop on December 7. 
 
If you are staying for the entire day, please bring a snacks to eat during the breaks or during the workshop time.