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Sucked In, Washed Up, Blown Over
Chippie, the parakeet, never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over.
The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage.
The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. She’d barely said “hello” when “ssssopp!” Chippie got sucked in.
The bird’s owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum cleaner, and opened the bag. There was Chippie – still alive, but stunned.
Since the bird was covered with dust, hair and all the stuff you find in a dust bag, she grabbed him and raced to the bathroom, turned on the tap, and held Chippie under the running water. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do . . . she reached for the hair dryer and blasted the pet with hot air.
Poor Chippie never knew what hit him.
A few days after the trauma, a friend who had heard about Chippie’s troubles contacted his owner to see how the bird was recovering. “Well,” she replied, “Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore – he just sits and stares.”
Who can blame him? Sucked in, washed up, and blown over . . . That’s enough to steal the song from the stoutest heart.—-From Calm in a Storm by Vince Gerhardy
Things happen in our lives that come along unexpectedly and we end up feeling a bit like Chippie – sucked in, washed up, and blown over – the song stolen from the stoutest of hearts.
Christians have a way of restoring their song. It occurs when they turn to Christ and look to Him for strength to overcome. As the old hymn says, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know, fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.”
See you in Church or online this Sunday,
Your Pastor,

Preparing for Worship

Sunday, June 20, 2021
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Father’s Day
Scripture: 1 Samuel 17: 32-49
Reference Texts: Mark 4: 35-41
                                2 Corinthians 6: 1-13
Message: “The Lord of the Odds”
NOTE: We will be receiving new members this Sunday. If anyone else would like to join our Church, call Rev. Ledwell. An invitation will be given Sunday morning for anyone to join us.
Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, June 20 – historically, the day that the most number of collect phone calls are made than any other day of the year – a fact that was actually found to be true by Snopes! The history on this day, however, reveals its origin as a beautiful act of kindness. The idea of creating a day to honor fathers and fatherly figures began in Spokane, Washington in the mind of Sonora Smart while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.
After the death of her mother, she, along with her siblings, was raised by her father, William Jackson Smart. Sonora wanted to tell her father how special he was and what role he played in her life. She wanted to honor her father’s parental sacrifices that he made for his children and also to express what a courageous, selfless and loving, kind man he was.
Since her father was born in June, she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June in the year 1910.
After the National Father’s Day Committee was formed in 1926, a Joint Resolution of Congress recognized Father’s day in 1956. Then in 1966; President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. Today this occasion gives an opportunity to express love and affection to all fathers and fatherly figures.
As Christians, we do not have one special day to express our love and affection for our Heavenly Father, but rather, we do it every day. In Psalm 103: 13 – “He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him.” – David gives God praise for His grace, His love, and His forgiveness, all of which are a part of His loving kindness toward His Children.
This week’s entry recognizes a very touching spark of kindness that grew at McCormick UMC in a very short time:
What a beautiful display of kindness we had from the congregation of McCormick United Methodist Church as people responded to the need of Coach Salliewhite’s Basketball Shootout on June 11 and 12! The donations to this event came in the form of volunteers, monetary gifts, and many, many of the items on Rico’s list of needs. That’s what happens when we are moved by the Holy Spirit!
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!

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Upcoming Events


McCormick UMC
What an exciting day it will be October 9! The Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall will be filled with new and old friends, crafts, cookies, and quilts!
There is room for just a few more vendors. If you would like to have a table in the Fellowship Hall (handmade items), contact Lindy Stahlman.
There will be many ways everyone can help,. Like making cookies.. down the line. We will keep you posted!
Yes, the above is our sanctuary full of quilts!!!If you have a quilt you would be willing to have displayed in the Sanctuary, entry forms can be found at the McCormick Chamber of Commerce or contact Lindy.
On Sunday, June 27, Lee Anne Lamar, Native American Representative from Chapin, SC will be our guest speaker.
We recognize and support the contributions of Native Americans to the church and society.
There will be a special offering taken which supports Ministry Programs and Seminary Scholarships for United Methodist Native American students. The Conference Committee on Native American Ministry administers these funds and 50% of this offering remains in our Annual Conference.
This promises to be an interesting service. We hope you will join us.
Everyone, including your neighbors and friends, are invited to play cards and games in the Fellowship Hall the first Friday of each month from 1pm to 4pm. For questions, please contact Emilee Groh.
MUMC worship Committee is planning a church service followed by a picnic at Baker Creek State Park for August 29. Watch for more details in a few weeks, but, meanwhile, mark your calendars!