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McCormick United Methodist Church is temporarily suspending in-house services and canceling or postponing gatherings and events in response to coronavirus concerns.
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Worship – March 29, 2020

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While in-person services are suspended and the church office is closed, please consider giving by sending your check to the church office. This will allow the church to continue to pay its expenses. Our mailing address is:
McCormick United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 267
McCormick SC 29835
From Sunday Services to Serving All Week
Someone teased me Saturday afternoon that the Coronavirus was giving me a vacation since Churches have cancelled their services. “No Way,” I answered, “We will be busier than ever.”
Oh yes, things have changed a little. A week ago we were gliding through the Lenten Season toward Easter. We were looking forward to high attendance Sundays, sunrise service, Palm Sunday Communion, Maundy Thursday dramas, and hugs and handshakes. Now, Churches are closed to attendees and there are no hugs or handshakes. Today we practice something called social distancing to protect ourselves from a virus.
This does not stop our Church. Instead we switched gears, by adapting to a new way of ministry and sharing God’s Words of Hope in new ways. Yes, we are now working all week long to heal this land and our community. The Church now has a challenge and we are ready.
On an old Merv Griffin Show, he interviewing some body builders. As he was standing there, looking at the guys with all the muscles, he asked a powerful question: “What do you use those muscles for?”
One guy answered by flexing his muscles in one of those body builder stances.
But Merv said, “No, you don’t understand. What do you USE all those muscles for?”
The guy said, “I’ll show you.” And he flexed again in another stance.
Again Merv said, “No. You still don’t understand my question. Read my lips. What do you USE them FOR?”
The guy posed again.
Jesus calls us out of our Church pew, sets us free and calls us to move beyond ourselves into a life of faith, commitment, obedience and service. When we just come to Church and sometimes read our Bibles and enjoy the fellowship, but nothing else, then we’re like those body builders.
Jesus calls us to move beyond self to a life of faith and committed service.
This week, we listen to sermons on the internet and then go out for battle. People are scared out there. Some of have lost jobs. Some will be sick. So we give to our Church and respond to our community. We check on our neighbors and get groceries for the vulnerable. We pray with those sick and in fear. We remind children to wash their hands. We help our first responders and emergency workers. We volunteer to help our medical professionals who are overwhelmed. We offer a message that God is still in control.
Yes, our Church is busier than ever!
See you at work.
Preparing for Sunday, March 29 2020
Scripture: John 11: 38-44
Reference text: John 11: 1-45
Message: Feeling and Healing
Sermon recordings are available at https://www.mccormickumc.org/media/sermons
Please send your prayer concerns and celebrations to Barb Shelley via email and they will be sent out to the MUMC email Blast list on Sundays. As always, if there is an urgent need for prayers, we will send it out immediately.
Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, released a statement regarding the latest guidance in response to the coronavirus pandemic in our state.  View this message by going to: 
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Keeping the Faith thru Kindness
I wanted to reach out to our church family during this unusual time that none of us have ever experienced before. We, as a family, are so giving to one another and those in need. These times of economic strain and isolation need us to live and show our faith.
There are those in our church, as well as friends and neighbors that may need a call or groceries or any number of needs. We have those that are ill or recuperating from illness that could use our help.
We need to pray, stay in the Word, listen to the upcoming sermons and reach out by reaching up. If you know of a need that we can help with please call Nels or myself.
In His love,
Toni Graham
Council Chair
The MUMC Food Pantry is located in the first classroom off of Fellowship Hall. It is in need of peanut butter, jelly, canned meat, pasta and pasta sauce. If you would like to donate, leave your items on the table and they will be distributed as needed. Thank you!
Now that the rains have stopped, why not get out your sidewalk chalk and leave a message somewhere.. on your driveway, on the road between golf holes, the church parking lot, any where! Here is what Jessica did with some help from Mom (Linda Kidd) in Myrtle Beach! Send us yours!
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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