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Thank you for giving to McCormick United Methodist Church. Your gifts enable us to fulfill our mission of “Reaching Up and Reaching Out”.
 
 
from Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
 
When Sermons Make You Mad
Frank Rothfuss writes about a pastor fresh out of seminary who was assigned to a small church in the hills of Kentucky. In his first sermon, he condemned gambling, especially betting on the horses. The sermon was not well received. “You see, Reverend,” a parishioner explained, “this whole area is known for its fine horses. Lots of our members make their living breeding race horses.”
 
The next Sunday the pastor spoke on the evils of smoking, and again, his sermon was not well received – for many of his members also grew tobacco. The third week the pastor preached on the evils of drinking, only to discover after that a major distillery was one of the town’s largest employers.
Chastised for his choice of sermon topics, the frustrated pastor exclaimed, “Well, then, what can I preach about?” A kindly, older woman spoke up and said, “Pastor, preach against those godless Chinese communists. Why, there isn’t a Chinese communist within 4,000 miles of here!”
 
There are some sermons people do not want to hear because they contradict their dearly held values or their comfortable life styles. Jesus earned a reputation for preaching these kinds of sermons – sermons that were challenging and demanding, and certainly disturbing to our earthly ways of living. The Church today is often challenged when the truth is preached and taught. We must realize that society and culture must not influence God’s teachings. Instead, God’s teachings must influence our society, culture and the way we live. Here at McCormick UMC, we will hear the true Word of God…and it will challenge all of us.
 
See You in Church or online this Sunday.
 
Your Pastor,
Nels
 
Preparing for Worship
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost
Scripture Lesson: Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-12:2
Message: “Faith and Forever”
 

SPECIAL MUSIC

Created by Magewell Ultra Stream

Thank you to the men of the Summer Songsters Men’s Choir for singing The Lords’ Prayer. If you were not able to attend this morning you can hear then sing and listen to Nel’s sermon at Livestream Archives
 

Stephen Ministry Corner

 
Stephen Ministers are trained to use a ‘process’ approach to caring. This approach helps a Stephen Minister concentrate on the care receiver’s emotional and spiritual needs. A Stephen Minister does not attempt to ‘fix’ any issues a care receiver may have … we just listen, use the ‘process’ skills we are taught, and leave the results to God.
 
Those ‘process’ orientated elements are specific … they are presence, service, skills, boundaries, and trust.
 
Today I want to talk about presence and service.
 
Presence. Stephen Ministers SHOW UP! By doing so we let the care receivers know that he/she is not alone, that we are reliable and that we can be counted on, and that we strive to be a tangible reminder of God’s presence in the care receiver’s life.
 
Service. Using this element of the ‘process’ approach, we strive to help the care receiver address his or her emotional, relational, and spiritual needs, without expecting anything in return. A Stephen Minister caring relationship is designed to go only one way … the SM does all the caring and support. The SM does so by listening to and sharing the CR’s burden … by actually spending time in silence until the CR is ready to share … by not being judgmental about anything the CR expresses … and by praying or sharing Bible verses only if the CR is open to it. We even continue to love, care for and pray for a CR who may not be ready to follow Christ. All this while maintaining total confidentiality … Whatever you share with us is NOT shared with anyone else!
 
I will talk about the remaining elements of ‘process’ in future First Tuesday’s. But for now … remember that for a change to occur, the ‘process’ must start. Starting can be difficult … but you can start to deal with whatever issue you have by talking about it with a Stephen Minister and, amazingly, God works through these talks to help.
 
Start by calling Pastor Nels or one of the Stephen Leaders thru the church office at (864) 852-2394.
 

MARY AND MARTH SMALL GROUP ( M&Ms)
COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Please help M&Ms collect school supplies for the McCormick County School students. They have provided large containers to put the supplies you purchase. The lists of needed supplies are on the table by the container and here.  M&Ms will deliver the donated school supplies to the school over the next month.
 
They thank you for your generous donations! If you have any questions, contact Gail Gore.
 

OVEN REPLACEMENT

On Sunday, July 31, Don Tummons announced church that our ovens have ceased to function. One week later, on August 7, he was there thanking folks for their donations!
 
The new ovens have been ordered and will be installed soon so the Family Ministries can continue to prepare their awesome meals to our congregation! Thank you!
 
The trustees, together with Family Ministries, is working on designs to expand the kitchen. These plans will be presented to the Church Council for approval in the next few months.
 
If you would like to contribute to the kitchen fund, please make your check payable to MUMC and note “KITCHEN FUND”. You may put your checks in the collection plate, bring by to the office or mail to the church. (MUMC P.O. BOX 267 McCormick, SC 29835).
 
For your convenience there is a Kitchen Fund set up on our website so you may also donate on-line.
 
Thank you for helping our church to update the kitchen so we can continue to add meals and snacks to our fellowship.
 

MUMC HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE

Kim Jackson and Carol Myers have put a volunteer sign-up in the Fellowship Hall for those interested in hosting one or two of the Coffee Hours following Sunday services. The sign up is for July through September. No need to bake…store-bought goodies are very well appreciated! There is a very detailed, easy to follow book with directions on how to set up the coffee, etc. Also, if you need help your first time, Carol or Kim will answer your questions!
They greatly appreciate all those who have made coffee hour so wonderful this year, and hope more folks will volunteer to host!
 

ACTS OF KINDNESS

Kindness Update – Is Kindness in Your Faith Wardrobe?

In his Homily for Holy Communion this past Sunday, Pastor Nels spoke of our faith wardrobes and reminded us that there may be some things in our closets we need to throw away – things like anger, jealousy, etc.. His scripture selection in Colossians 3 reminded us that we are to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience as we let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. Verse 17 ended the selection with And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
 
When we live our lives with Jesus, His love shines through in the kindness we show to others. The video below that is shared with us by a member of our congregation shows us just what that looks like. It is a Canadian commercial titled “The Good Guys”, and it could be called a commercial for being Jesus to the world. 
 
A special thanks goes out to the kind person who shared this video with us – it just makes you feel that all is right in the world! Kindness has a way of doing that for us. Another thanks goes out for the entry below that was sent in by one who definitely has compassion in his or her faith closet!
 
I was touched by the kindness of my friend who, after taking care of her deceased mother during her struggle with dementia, told me that she had signed up for a five-year study on memory loss. She said if it would help someone else, it was worth it.
 
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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BIRTHDAYS

August
Mike Tallent
Sundee Luedecke
Bud Freeman
Beverly Snyder
Nancy Tutt
Harry Shelley
Rob Rennie
Jack Alfredson
Roger Wideman
Paula Grady
Katie Lindley
Don Tummons
Fran Towers
Jim Lambeth

September
Bob Wieboldt
Kristen Salliewhite
Caren Larate
Barb Jeffers
Paula LeMond
Tillie Freeland
Ed Bowser
Byron Thompson
 
October
Sam Krotzer
Sue Wurtzbacher
Gary Grady
John Yerdon
Ron Coleman
Arvid Perez
Betty Francavilla
Charlotte Tallent
Clara Pitser
Ellen Zimmerman
Emilee Groh
Lorna Hill
Carol Myers
Bill Schott
August Luedecke
Wayne Smith
Diane Shea
Kim Jackson
Linda Bowser
Mitch Mitchell
Sue Mitchell
Fred Fuller
Dan Higgins
Brian Gore
Patty Kriger
Connie Robinson
Gary Grady
 
ANNIVERSARIES
August
Ed & Linda Bowser
Byron & Mary Thompson
Terry & Carol Williams
Mike & Glenda Sartain
Harry & Barb Shelley
Don & Carol Tummons
Don and Janet Smith
Fred & Carol Fuller
Bob & Carol Myers
 
September
Arvid & Aida Perez
Dick & Wendy Kvale
Jerry & Lyn Miller
Ronald & Shirley Garling
Patty & Dave Kriger
 
October
Allen & Barb Jeffers
Joe & Caren Larate
Don & Betty Francavilla
 
 
 

Upcoming Events

 

Did you know that more than 20,000 Native American people are part of the United Methodist Church? On Sunday, August 21 , we recognize and support the contributions of Native Americans to the church and society. There will be a special offering taken that directly supports Native American congregations and enables them to authentically minister with their communities while honoring creative expressions of culture and heritage. The offering also provides scholarships for Native American seminary students.
 
The Conference Committee on Native American Ministry administers these funds and 50% of this offering remains in our Annual Conference.
 
Lee Anne Lamar, Native American Representative from Chapin, SC, has recently returned from a trip to a reservation in South Dakota and will be our speaker. This should be a very interesting service and we hope you will join us for this special time of worship.
 
If you are unable to attend on August 21, you can still contribute to the special offering using one of the methods below.
 
Check: Please make check payable to MUMC and note Native American Ministries on the check. They can be brought by the church, put in the collection plate or mailed to the church office. (MUMC P.O. Box 267, McCormick, SC 29835)
 
On-Line: To donate through the MUMC website, go here
 
 

CONGREGATIONAL CARE COMMITTEE
HELP WITH TRANSPORTATION

MUMC Congregational Care Committee is committed to serving the Lord by caring for our congregation and community. We want you to know that we have volunteers who are happy to provide transportation to medical appointments for those who may need help.
 
Our volunteers are willing to drive you to your appointments in McCormick, Abbeville, Evans, Greenwood and Augusta. Please contact Kim Jackson if you or someone you know needs a ride or if you would like to be added to the list of volunteers.
 

Widows Connection
6-Session Bible Study

 
A Woman Overwhelmed …
The Life of mary, the Mother of Jesus
By Hayley DiMarco, bestselling author of more than 40 books
 
 
This DVD study explores Mary’s life—from the news that she would give birth to God’s Son to the day she witnessed his tragic death on the cross—and it takes one on a journey from overwhelming joy to overwhelming sorrow and back again, learning along the way how to be consumed with the mission of God rather than the “mission of me.”
 
Any women who would like to have this experience are encouraged to join this group to discover the overwhelming grace and love of God! For questions, contact Toni Graham.
 

McCORMICK UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
AUGUST 18 … 6PM
GARDEN PICNIC IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL

All ladies are invited!
 
Menu is Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad, Rolls and Dessert
Sign up in the fellowship hall or call the church office (864-852-2394) and ask Patsy to add your name. Please sign up by Monday, August 15.
 
Faith, Food, & Fellowship…Great time to invite some ladies to join you!
 

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
AUGUST 18, 2022

 
On August 18, 2022, the Chamber of Commerce is holding an event to spotlight all Non-profit organizations that service our county. The event will be held at the Talmadge Fitness and Wellness Center from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Communication has gone out to the public inviting our residents to learn about the mission of their local no-profit organizations. There are 36 Organizations that touch our county in different ways and they have agreed to come and participate. This is a good opportunity to invite others to join us in worship!
 

BURTON CENTER CELEBRATION AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Greenwood Museum in Greenwood has as their featured attraction right now the Burton Center for Disabilities and Special Needs as a part of their celebration of 50 years of service to the special needs’ populations of a six-county region, including McCormick. The exhibit will be on display through August 31, for any who may be interested. The museum, located in downtown Greenwood, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Below is a list of volunteer opportunities at the Burton Center and the name of the contact person there. There will also be Burton Center staff at next week’s non-profit event sponsored by the McCormick Chamber at the Talmadge Center on Thursday, August 18 with information about the Center and its services.
 
Burton Center Volunteer Opportunities

– Be an advocate (mentor, friend)
– Send a card, make a telephone call, come by and visit
– Play cards (Uno, etc.)
– Provide a talent (singing, playing an instrument, etc)
– Help in letter writing
– Crafts
– Musical stimulation
– Help work simple puzzles
– Talk about client interests (ex: race cars, etc)
– Help string beads
– Go on walks with clients and staff
– Come and watch television
– Help our staff with lesson plans (good for education majors)
– Conduct a Bible study (at Day Program or a residence)
– Style hair
– Help in circle time
– Plant flowers with our seniors
– Provide a program for our Senior Room at the Day Program
– Help with a clean-up project or painting
– Sponsor a cookout or holiday party for a residence
– Plant flowers at a residence or the center
– Assist Early Intervention (children) with toys.
– Sit with individuals at Lander Athletic Events

Contact Brian Brewer – HR Director – 864-942-8919

EPWORTH CHILDREN’S HOME
WORK DAY OFFERING
SEPTEMBER 11

Our Annual Conference has designated September 11 as a time to promote children’s ministry through Epworth, and to take a special offering for God’s work through Epworth.

Epworth is not an apportioned item and relies heavily on this offering to provide for the children who are in their care each day.

To read about how Epworth helps children heal, grow, learn and become responsible adults, go to Epworth Children’s Home | South Carolina (epworthchildrenshome.org).

On Sunday, September 11, there will be a special collection. There will be special envelopes for donations. You may also send a check payable to MUMC and noted Epworth Children’s Home to the office (MUMC P.O. Box 267, McCormick, SC 29835).

You may also give online. 

This is an excellent way to reach out and support the work being done at the Children’s Home. Thank you for helping the children at Epworth.

 

MUMC CHURCH PICNIC

SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

BAKER CREEK STATE PARK

The annual church picnic has become a favorite of many. .it’s a great time to invite your new friends and neighbors to join us for a service and a day of fellowship!
 
Mark your calendars. We will be at Baker Creek on September 18.
 

MUMC CRAFT SHOW AND COOKIE FACTORY

OCTOBER 8, 2022 9am to 2pm

The UMW has started planning the 2022 Craft Show and Cookie Factory. Fellowship Hall is already booked with vendors selling Hand-made crafts! They will start a waiting list in case someone has to pull out.
 
There will be much more information as we get closer, but right now they are looking for anyone who would like to have a tent in the parking lot. The cost is $25 and you provide your own tent. Right now, the Men N Ministry will be selling brats and we have a vendor selling string art and the Lions Club selling brooms. If you would like to have a tent outside to sell something for yourself or a group, please notify Barb Shelley.
 
Would you be willing to chair or co-chair? You’d be making sure we are organized.. no need to bake or make a craft.. just keep that clipboard and ensure all is ready to go! If you can help.. call Lindy Stahlman.