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Is Your Word the Truth?
We hear stories like this all the time. I don’t have a clue whether they are fiction, or true, but the one below really typifies the current human condition and attitude, and even to some degree, the current Christian attitude about promises that we make.
There was a fairly rich young man who had been taken to the hospital, critically ill. His condition worsened, and he was confined there for quite a few weeks. His doctor even had told him that he wasn’t sure if he’d recover, but that they would continue to do all they could. The man was obviously scared to death, and said to the doctor, “Please, doctor, do everything you can, I don’t want to die, I have so much to do yet in life, and if you can help me get better, I’ll even donate $10,000 to the fund for the new hospital. The young man happily began to improve and recovered, and a few weeks later was released and went home.
Several months later, while he was out in the town, he saw the doctor on the street, and the doctor asked him how he felt. The young man said, “Doc, I haven’t felt better any time in my life.”
The doctor said, “That’s great, because I wanted to ask you about the money you said you wanted to donate to the new hospital fund. You remember you said if you got well, you’d like to donate $10,000, and we could really use that now.
The young man said, “Man, If I said that, I must have been really sick.”
For some people, making and KEEPING promises seems to be a really tough issue, for some reason or another. But fortunately for us, there is our God whose promises are always KEPT.
When we joined the Church, we promised to uphold it with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Our ways of worship are different than they use to be, but our promises remain.
Tell someone you know this week to come to Church or watch us online. It is time we grow again.
Your Pastor,
Preparing for Worship
Sunday, September 27, 2020
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Matthew 21: 23-32
REFERENCE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 6: 3-10
MESSAGE: “The Pharisee Disorder”
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Mission Request for the Victims of Hurricane Laura
Can you imagine waking up with no place to live? … Nothing left to salvage, no church, no schools, and no community.
Yes, everything you knew and cared about gone. And maybe even your work place has been destroyed or you still have no job because of Covid closures.
Less than a month ago, hurricane Laura came ashore in the middle of the night near Lake Charles in Louisiana. It was a category four storm, the strongest so far to hit this year and the strongest storm in their history.
Through your generous donation, the United Methodist Committee for Relief is there on the ground right now to help people put their lives back together.
Yes, every penny you donate to UMCOR is used to help people in need; none of your donation is used for salaries or administration.
Your donation will give immediate help to put their lives back together, provide food, temporary shelter, and a way to rebuild their homes and communities.
Please pray for everyone that was in the storm’s way and give generously to this mission to help those so desperately in need of our help.
To donate, make your checks payable to MUMC (McCormick United Methodist Church) and designate UMCOR on the check. If you are using cash, put your cash in an envelope with UMCOR and your name on the envelope. You may drop your contributions in the collection plate at church, drop them by the office, or mail to MUMC, PO Box 267, McCormick SC 29835.
God Bless You for helping your Christian brothers
Kindness Update – Cooking With Kindness & Salt!
Kindness & Salt is an interesting title for a cookbook. In it, Brooklyn restaurateurs, Doug Crowell and Ryan Angulo, state their belief that every great meal starts with two essential elements: kindness and salt.
Kindness, the spirit of warmth and hospitality, underlies every meal at their restaurants. Salt is shorthand for cooking carefully and bringing out the best in your ingredients. Combined, they say the two can elevate even a quick meal into a special occasion!
The following story is another interesting combination of kindness and salt:
It’s about a family living a comfortable life in the city. The father is working overseas while the mother is a plain housewife and takes care of their 7-year-old son, John. Every month, the mother would go to the grocery and buy all the necessary food, except for salt.
John has a friend living with his single mom just across the street. His friend’s mother is working as a cashier in the local supermarket and just earning enough to make a living. Each time John’s mother cooks, she asks him to go borrow some salt from his friend’s mother. One day, out of curiosity, John finally asked his mom, “Mom, why do you always ask me to get salt from our neighbor while we can afford to buy lots of it?”
“Oh yes! We certainly can afford it, son. However, even though salt may cost nothing to us, it means so much to your friend’s household. Salt is a very important ingredient in cooking. And through asking, I want them to feel that they are needed and their kindness is helping us. In return, they will not be shy to come to us and ask us for help, too.”
Indeed, an act of kindness does not always need to be grand. We just need to give others a chance to help us, even in their own little way. So the next time, people would like to help you, don’t refuse them. Accept their offer wholeheartedly so they will feel needed.
Salt is mentioned over 40 times in the Bible. One of those is from the Sermon on the Mount: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?” Matthew 5:13. Kindness – giving it and receiving it – just might be what’s needed! This week’s kindness entries are reminders of that:
Coming out of the grocery store the other day during a heavy downpour of rain, I noticed a young girl coming toward the store with an umbrella over her head. As I drove out of the parking lot, I had to stop and wait for that same young girl to cross my path while holding her umbrella over the head of this elderly, handicapped lady as she approached her car and opened her car door. The kindness of that young girl touched my heart!
I read the message on the church sign on the front lawn today. It said “Plant Kindness — Gather Love”. Just imagine the possibilities of this message spreading as it is read by passers-by on busy Highway 378!
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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Hello Church Family,
I think we can agree, we have all experienced more than we ever could have imagined when we wished each other ‘Happy New Year 2020’!
During the months of Covid 19, Pastor/writer Max Lucado wrote a book, ‘You Are Never Alone’, ( He calls it his child of the quarantine!).
We, as a church family, have many of our own stories about living through these last six months.
We will have a special time to share on Laity Sunday- OCTOBER 18!
It was God who first promised that We are never alone -we know He has been with us, comforting and guiding us along this part of our life journey.  The question for each of us might be, how has this time changed me, and what does my Heavenly Father want me to learn and remember from it?
Won’t you consider sharing something you have experienced since March 2020?
No, you don’t HAVE to get up and share (although I’m praying 2-3 of you will feel moved to help put it all together). AND , as an eternal optimist, I’m expecting such a response that it may require an additional Sunday to share our overflow of blessings!
So, keep paper and pencil ready- if you are willing, God will give you the words!).
Just email, mail, or call and tell me the experience, Bible verse, new found activity or whatever you’d like to share. Yes, it can be anonymous if you’d rather it be. Just call if you have questions.
Please have your 2020 thoughts to me no later than Sunday, Oct.10. As Pastor Nels likes to say, “This is going to be huge!”
God bless you and your willingness to help share the 2020 story of our church family!
Lindy Stahlman.