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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
 
What the Future Holds
 
Leonard Mann offers this to us on how to look to the future.
 
Have you seen ancient maps of unexplored portions of the world… Maps that portrayed the prevailing ideas of what lay beyond, the unexplored lands and the uncrossed seas? Maps from before the adventures of Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan? How grotesquely inaccurate those maps were! How vastly they differed from what the explorer eventually found! How fantastic were the notions the ancients had about what was out there – a dropping-off-place, mammoth sea serpents to swallow up ships. But as things turned out, it wasn’t that way at all. You know, if Columbus had believed half the maps and legends of his time he would never have lifted an anchor!
 
Well, we are all traveling into the unexplored land, and we ought to be careful how we map it until we’ve traveled there. Certainly we shouldn’t let the future do things to us it never meant to do. It is my faith that the future means to be friendly; and I don’t think we ought to treat it as an enemy. If we do, and start in to do battle with it, I can tell you this: it’s a battle we can never win. Let’s not suspect it of standing over us with a club waiting for a chance to clobber us into the ground, or of lurking in the shadows to pounce upon us around the next dark corner.
 
And surely we shouldn’t be afraid of the future – not if we are Christians. I am hearing Jesus say, “I am the way.” And he is talking about himself, and about you, and about your future, and about your journey into it. He is saying that he is the way all the way through, beyond whatever it is, even beyond death – and especially beyond it. Yes, some days will be darker than others – which means, of course, that the others will be brighter. Were this not so we couldn’t make the comparison in the first place, could we? In the conflict between our future-related hopes and fears, we must keep our hopes in control, and we can if we are walking into tomorrow hand in hand with one who is going on. He isn’t going to drop our hand out there somewhere and say, “So long; it was nice to have you walk with me; but this is as far as we go.”
 
When I was calling on him in a hospital, a good man said to me, “I am not afraid of dying.” And I said to him, “Why should you be? For, after all, if you are walking with your hand in our Lord’s hand, after you have died your hand will still be in his.”
 
Often in hospital rooms I have had occasion to say, “Every day is a good day when you are going in the right direction.” And it is.
 
These are great words the Leonard Mann shares with us. Have a good day walking with the Lord.
 
See You in Church,
Nels
 
Preparing for Sunday Dec 8, 2019
Second Sunday of Advent
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 3: 1-12
Message: “The First Thing You Do”
 
Audio Recordings of Sermons are available at https://www.mccormickumc.org/media/sermons/
 
First Tuesday
Stephen Ministry Corner
December 2019
 
“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!”
 
Brightly wrapped packages, Christmas trees, holiday parties, holly and the scent of pine, unending upbeat carols in shops and malls, visits from friends and family, baking and cooking, food everywhere–and the awed, hushed joy of welcoming a tiny Infant to our world and our hearts–these are the images and memories of Christmas most of us celebrate and treasure.
But these joys are not felt by everyone. Each year there are some people … the grieving, the ailing, the struggling, and the lonely … who dread the holiday season. They are not moved by the carols, not made hungry by the smells of things baking in the oven or a turkey in a roaster, not excited about the shopping, don’t want to decorate their Christmas tree. Instead they are overwhelmed by feelings of despair … they dread the hustle and bustle, the anticipation and the excitement.
 
Many of these people in our church and community have a Stephen Minister to help them cope, but there are also many who do not … and, in fact, appear to be doing just fine. But there are subtle signs that this may not be so … they may be having difficulty sleeping, their eating habits may change (eating too much or not enough) … they may not be showing any interest in usual activities … they may not want to socialize … they may be irritable or do irresponsible things … and they may even stop taking care of themselves, their personal hygiene or healthcare.
 
Watch for these signs … for these persons going thru difficult times in their lives … as they may need your help during the holidays. Reach out to them with a phone call, include them in your holiday plans, pick them up to take them to holiday celebrations both in the community as well as in the church, and perhaps just give them a hug … letting them know you care. And certainly keep them in your prayers or, better yet, visit them and say a prayer with them.
 
So remember … If you are experiencing any type of crisis and 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 Beverly Western, Sundee Luedecke, Ronnie Kidd, or Don Tummons thru the church office at  (864) 852-2394.
 
EPWORTH CHILDREN’S HOME
M&MS CHRISTMAS TREE WISHES
Please return your gifts to the Fellowship Hall by December 6.
Thank you….if you have any questions contact Gail Gore.
 
UMW POSTAGE STAMP PROJECT
This past summer we were able to donate a large bag of cancelled stamps to the UMW project. Profit from the sale of these stamps is donated to UMCOR for use in South Africa.
Thank you for your past donations and remember when you receive Christmas cards or other mail with postage stamps to bring them to church.
 
You may donate the entire envelope or leave at least one inch around the stamp. There is a drawer in the fellowship hall for the stamps. Thank you for your help.
 
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
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
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:
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
Mar 6 … 11am World Day of Prayer (UMW and community) at MUMC
 
 
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.
 
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 #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.