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By Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
A Lesson From a Godly Mother
The writer Drew Duke recalled from her childhood her second grade Valentine’s Day party. Several days earlier, a big decorated box had been placed at the front of the room by the teacher. It had a slit in the top. Each student had been invited to bring valentines addressed to friends and to drop them into the box.
Then on Valentine’s Day, one student was designated by the teacher as the postman to distribute the cards. Earlier that week Drew’s mother had bought a package of 35 valentine cards.
Drew asked her, “Why did you buy so many?”
She replied, “So you can give one to each person in your class.”
“No ma’am,” Drew said, “We don’t do it that way. We only give cards to our special friends. I only need four cards. I don’t even like some of the people in my class.”
Her mother said nothing else. Drew signed four cards and put the names on the front.
Everybody was excited when the Valentine’s Party began. The girl designated as postman began calling the names and handing out the cards. Some very popular children got bunches of cards. Drew heard her name called quite often and was having a wonderful time.
But then she became aware that the little girl sitting in front of her had received no cards. Her head was drooping lower and lower.
Then suddenly the postman called this little girl’s name and delivered to her one valentine. Her face lit up like morning sunshine. She tore open that valentine, hurrying to see who had cared enough to send it. Drew looked over her shoulder and saw that it was signed “Your secret admirer.” The little girl smiled and glanced around the room, wondering who it could be.
“But”, said Drew, “I knew who it was but I didn’t tell. I recognized my mother’s handwriting.” Her mother had obtained a class roster and had sent a card to every child in the class. Drew learned from her mother what her mother learned from God: that God’s love reaches even the unlovely, and everybody is invited to God’s party!

Thank you Lord for Mother’s that Love God.
Happy Mother’s Day.

Your Pastor,


Preparing for Worship

Sunday, May 9, 2021
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Scripture: 1 John 5: 1-12
Reference Text:  John 15: 9-17
Message: “Two Great Triplets”
Mother’s day is this Sunday, May 9, and it’s a day that brings up a variety of emotions for all of us. For the children at Epworth Children’s Home, these emotions are front and center as they go through this time of year without their mothers. It is our role as Methodists to make sure that on Mother’s Day and every day, the children at Epworth have everything they need to be loved and grow up happy and healthy. Epworth is our ministry. It is a place that we can be proud to support. We, as United Methodists, offer children at Epworth safety and security by surrounding them with loving, Christian adults such as educational tutors, counselors, pastors, mentors, and cottage parents. Epworth does not receive apportionments from the United Methodist Conference; this is our opportunity to support this ministry. As you prayerfully consider the gift God is calling you to share with Epworth next Sunday, I ask you to remember the children at Epworth and give generously.
Feel free to send your check payable to MUMC and note it’s for Epworth Children’s Home. Thank you for your support!
Your Pastor,
On Sunday, May 9, you will notice some real differences.
One, everyone will wear the masks into the sanctuary and those that feel comfortable, will remove the masks while seated. We will put the masks back on to sing and to leave the sanctuary.
You will also notice no tape on the pews, we still ask you to social distance at least three feet from others, unless you are a family unit or with a group where everyone feels comfortable sitting closer. Please note, if you feel uncomfortable sitting closer, ask an usher to help you find a seat where you do feel comfortable. Everyone’s needs are important!
Bulletins will not be on the pews, you can pick them up as you enter from the tables by the ushers.
Hymnals will be in the pews, as well as Bibles. The offering plates will remain where they are since it has been working quite well to put your offering in the plate as you enter or leave, and takes less time in the service.
We ask that you continue to avoid physical contact at this time.
Again, thank you, MUMC Family, for your input, understanding and cooperation!
The Nehemiah Work Team is back to work! They put on new railings for a McCormick resident.
They will miss Ray Crace, who has done so much for so many in our community! Ray and Martha are moving in a few weeks and we wish them the best of luck in their new home.
With Ray’s leaving the Nehemiah Work Team is looking for a few more hands designing and building ramps for those in need in our county. Bob Struck has taken over the lead, please give him a call if you have carpenter skills and can help them help others.

Readers are an important part of our Sunday 10:00 services! Please sign up for a month June- December. If you would like to split your month with spouse or friend, just let Lindy Stahlman know who will read when.

Thank you in advance for helping lead us in worship!
First Tuesday
Stephen Ministry Corner
May 2021
There’s this thing in life … teams. Initially we all think of sport teams (football, basketball, baseball …) but there are other ‘teams.’ The internet tells me there are working teams, special purpose teams, multi-functional teams, self-directed teams, management teams …and that they can be divided into functional teams, cross functional teams, virtual teams, and self-directed teams … and then there are spiritual teams.
What exactly is a “spiritual team?” Throughout life’s challenges, celebrations, ups and downs, we have a spiritual team of helpers … guardian angels and loved ones who have passed before … who work with and through the Holy Trinity (the ultimate ‘team!’) to help us through these events. It means we are not alone … we just need to reach out to our ‘team.’
I think of Stephen Ministry as part of that ‘spiritual team.’ We pray at Stephen Ministry meetings, we pray before we have a conversation with our care receiver, and we pray after we have seen/talked to our care receiver. We certainly think of ourselves as participating as a part of God’s Spiritual Team … a team whose function is to help others who are having a difficulty in life.
So, if you are dealing with a life crisis, or having a bout of loneliness and isolation, or dealing with a tough diagnosis, or maybe with the loss of a loved one … We think it would be easier to deal with when ‘teammates’ help. Therefore, we are asking you to think about letting Stephen Ministry help you connect with your ‘spiritual team.’ We are here to help you.
Start by calling Pastor Nels or one of the Stephen Leaders and begin a relationship with a Stephen Minister who wants to walk with you through whatever it is you are struggling with. You may contact us through the Church office at (864) 852-2394.
Kindness Update – Filling Buckets!
We hear a lot of talk today about working on checking off our “bucket lists”, a collection of goals, dreams and aspirations that we would like to accomplish within our lifetime. While it’s good to track our goals and focus on living fulfilling and meaningful lives, another option worth considering is filling the buckets of others.
There is an old theory that comes from Donald O. Clifton about the dipper and the bucket. The theory says that each of us has an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on how we treat others and how they treat us.
They say the easiest way to fill your bucket is to fill someone else’s bucket. This may sound unlikely, but the unyielding secret of the bucket and the dipper is that when you fill another’s bucket it does not take anything out of your own bucket! When you take time to pay a compliment to someone, or to help them in some way – you dip into his or her bucket – you come away with a feeling that your bucket was filled, too!
The language of bucket filling has become synonymous with being kind and thoughtful. Your bucket will be filled when, at the close of each day, you reflect on the ways in which you have filled the buckets of others. By the way, bucket filling is also scriptural, as found in Galatians 6: 2: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
So, let’s challenge ourselves to commit to filling as many buckets as we can! The reward will be the joy seen on the faces of our family, friends, and complete strangers. And, we may come away with a full bucket ourselves!
This week’s kindness entry is a story about a young man who chose to be a bucket filler when he was asked for help:
My act of kindness happened this week at a Walmart gas station. While trying to pump gas for my vehicle, I was having difficulty with the instructions on the pump – it kept asking me to “insert smart card” and did not give me any other options (such as “skip”) so I could not proceed any further. A nice gentleman was at the pump in front of me, and I lamented to him. He came over and looked at the screen, after which he told me that when he pumps gas there, he always takes his card inside to be charged in order to keep from “signing up” for something unintentionally since they seem to keep adding more messages to the screen. I took his advice and did the same then and the next time I made a gas purchase! He was wearing a Police cap from a local plant, and he certainly represented his profession well that day!
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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