There will be one service at 10am until further notice. Masks are required.
You can also worship with us online with MUMC LIVE.


From Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
Lent-Do You need Sack cloth and Ashes?
In the Old Testament, one seeking to repent of a sinful life would wear sackcloth and sit in ashes. With this in mind I ask you to consider the article below.
Frederick Buechner asks a series of questions designed to help us think about where we have been and where we are going:
  • When you look at your face in the mirror, what do you see in it that you most like and what do you see in it that you most deplore?
  • If you had only one last message to leave to the handful of people who are most important to you, what would it be, in twenty-five words or less?
  • Of all the things you have done in your life, which is the one you would most like to undo?
  • Which is the one that makes you happiest to remember?
  • Is there any person in the world, or any cause, that if circumstances called for it, you would be willing to die for?
  • If this were the last day of your life, what would you do with it?
Frederick Buechner goes on to say: “To hear yourself try to answer questions like these is to begin to hear something not only of who you are but of both what you are failing to become. It can be a pretty depressing business, all in all, but if sack cloth and ashes are at the start of it, something like Easter may be at the end.”
I pray that this Lenten Season will be good for you.
See you in Church or online.
Jeanne Thornburg Sunday
Sunday, February 28, 2021 marks the end of service for Jeanne as she prepares to begin a new chapter in her life by moving home to Indiana. Jeanne has been singing with us and leading our choir since 2001. She has worked countless hours behind the scenes and in front of the church community leading our choirs and our church to praise God with music and voices. This Sunday, we will take time to say thanks to Jeanne for her work, love and service.
I have only served here for 4 years, and I always found Jeanne to be a wonderful person and choir director. We will truly miss her but wish for her God’s blessings in this time of transition to Indiana. We give thanks to God for sharing Jeanne with us through the years and pray she will continue to bless the Kingdom with her talents in her new home. Thank you, Jeanne, and go with the love of McCormick UMC in your heart forever.

Preparing for Worship

February 28, 2021
Second Sunday in Lent
Jeanne Thornburg Appreciation Sunday
Scripture: Mark 8: 31-38
Homily:  “The Church of the Unashamed”
Audio recordings of our services are available at https://www.mccormickumc.org/media/sermons
The large, pure-white blossoms of Easter Lilies remind Christians of the pure, new life that comes through the Resurrection of Jesus.
Easter lilies order forms will be included in the bulletins at church. Note that the deadline is March 8.
If you would like to order lilies and cannot attend church complete the form below and bring or mail along with your check to the church office. The lilies are six dollars each (six inch pots) and the checks need to be payable to MUMC. Please note Easter lilies on your check.
Order Form (PDF Format)
Mail or bring to the church by March 8.
The address is:
P.O. Box 267
McCormick SC 29835
From Rev. F. Hillary Taylor (interim, WF pastor)
I wanted to celebrate with you the fact that we now have an online giving option for our beloved campus ministry – Greenwood Wesley Fellowship!
I’ve also been working on the website a bit and would love your feedback. Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!
If you’d like to send a check, please send it to:
Greenwood Wesley Fellowship
211 Main Street N
Greenwood SC 29646
To help provide a meal for one of the group’s meetings, please contact Rev. Hillary Taylor at fhtaylor@umcsc.org or 864-445-4835 (work)
Kindness Update –Take The Lenten Kindness Challenge!
What are you giving up for Lent to represent Jesus’ sacrifice for us?
Probably the most popular answers to that question are things like chocolate, coffee, social media, etc. In addition to choosing to give up something for Lent, the story below suggests that you might like to take something on!
In a motivational story by Diana Aydin, she suggests practicing daily acts of kindness in addition to giving something up for Lent. In the middle of her research about what people give up for Lent, she came across an old article from Time magazine about Pope Francis, who encouraged Christians to give up indifference for Lent in 2015. The article included this quote from John Chrysostom:
“No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”
That really got her thinking that maybe she could do something during Lent that would bring good to others. So she decided that, in addition to giving something up like candy or caffeine, she would also do one good thing for another person (strangers included) for every day of Lent. That could include a random act of kindness, praying for a sick person or better yet a grumpy person, or writing a thank-you note to someone who really deserves it.
What about us? What are we giving up–or adding in!–this Lenten Season? Are we up to taking this Lenten Kindness Challenge?
This week’s entries are good examples of those who are adding kindness to the Lenten Season. In addition to that, there are now 42 hearts on our Kindness Tree, so it continues to grow – another sign of kindness during the Lenten Season. We will remove the tree after this coming Sunday, February 28, so we will see how many hearts are there then!
My neighbor knew I was frustrated about getting an appointment to get my COVID shots. She came to my house, made my appointment on laptop for me, and then she and her husband took me to SELF to get it! They also bought me an ice cream cone for “being a good girl” and not crying when I got my shot! They were so kind to help me!
My Random Acts of Kindness Day last Wednesday, Feb. 17 began with me not having enough change in my purse to pay the tax on my purchase. The young lady behind me pulled a wad of change from her pocket and handed it to the clerk; she said, “here, I will pay it for you”. I thanked her and told her this was the day for kindness to which she replied “everyday should be!”. I couldn’t help but agree!
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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For the time being, masks and social distancing will be required at all meetings.

Ash Wednesday is an important day in the church calendar. It marks the beginning of Lent, a season of preparation for the celebration of Easter.
MUMC will have a service at 6pm. There will be singing, prayer, and a short sermon. This service will be live-streamed.
The imposition of ashes will be done in a different way to comply with COVID-19 precautions. Ashes will be placed in individual cups as we do for communion and handed out that people can mark themselves as part of the ritual.
A Maundy Thursday presentation, “A Picture of Calvary”, will be presented live (and live-streamed) on April 1 and April 2 at 6pm in the MUMC Sanctuary.
There will be fifty tickets each night, to allow for social distancing in the sanctuary. Get your TICKETS right away! They are in the Fellowship Hall on the table was you enter. Please take the number you need and sign the sheet provided. You may also reserve tickets by calling Janice in the church office and she will sign up for you. She will put your name on the ticket and leave it for you to pick up on that night or before. There is no cost for the tickets, but they will be required.
Don Tummons is in charge of the presentation. He is presently asking the fifteen who were to put on the production last year before the pandemic hit. He may need a few more, if he does call you, say yes! Also, he needs help rearranging the sanctuary following Psalm Sunday service. Mark your calendar to stay and help!
“A Picture of Calvary” invites you to step back in time, back over 2,000 years to the foot of an old rugged cross. As you do, you will meet real people who were a part of that scene so long ago. Each had a unique response to that Roman cross and the One hanging there, the One in the center of three crosses, the One over Whose head the inscription was posted, “This is Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.”
As Lent draws to a close during Holy Week, we remember Jesus’ death on a cross for us. Then on Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection, that Jesus is alive.
There will be two services on Easter Sunday, April 4.
There will be a sunrise service at Baker Creek, starting at 7am. There will be more details following.
The Easter Service at 10am in the sanctuary will be available via livestream.
Who knows that the Book of Daniel might just be the 1st apocalyptic book ever written???? Nel’s does!!
Come, join us, for an apocalyptic study of Daniel and Revelations as Nels directs us through the idea of a totally transformed world through a 6-week study comparison of these 2 interesting books.
Join us on Sunday evenings from 4 to 5PM with our first group meeting in the Sanctuary on April 11th.
All Covid 19 restrictions will apply.
Call/email Wendy Kvale or Janice Sibert  to reserve a spot.
Dates to mark your calendar now
4/11 4-5PM -sanctuary
4/18 4-5PM – to be announced
4/25 4-5PM – to be announced
5/2 4-5PM – to be announced
5/9 Mother’s Day NO CLASS
5/16 4-5PM – to be announced
5/23 4-5PM – to be announced