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from Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
Please ask for Help
Doctor Fred Collier, a retired physician tells this story about his youth.
He was a medical student in the Army Specialized Training Corps in 1945 when World War II ended. He was from a Kansas family that didn’t have the kind of money he needed to complete medical school on his own. And so when he mustered out of the army, he had no idea how he’d ever finish school, if indeed he’d ever finish it all.
One day he happened to pick up a copy of a magazine in a barber shop. One of the articles talked about the kindness and compassion of Eleanor Roosevelt, whose husband, President Franklin Roosevelt had died just a few months before.
That article planted a seed in Fred’s mind. He went to the local library and with the help of the librarian found Mrs. Roosevelt’s home address. Then he sat down and composed a letter telling her about his plight. He wrote it and rewrote until he had it exactly the way he wanted it.
When he put the letter in an envelope and dropped it in the mailbox, even his young wife wondered if it was worth the time and the postage he’d spent on it.
To Fred’s amazement, Mrs. Roosevelt agreed to meet him. When the meeting ended, she promised to help him. In the months and years ahead Fred got checks through Mrs. Roosevelt from a variety of sources, including her own personal checks. Fred, in turn, kept her informed of his progress and sent her copies of all his term papers. Her secretary said later that she always read them with great interest.
Later Mrs. Roosevelt visited the couple in their sparsely furnished apartment. The owner of the apartment nearly collapsed when he recognized the famous visitor.
When Fred finally finished Medical School he told Mrs. Roosevelt that he didn’t know how he would ever be able to repay her. She said that repayment wasn’t necessary nor desirable. Then she added “I will be adequately repaid if, when you are financially secure someday, you help out someone else who is truly deserving, as you were.”
Doctor Fred Collier reached out for help and he received it. As did blind Bartimaeus and many others who came to Jesus. It is a hard thing to do, this asking, a difficult thing, a humbling thing, but there are times when we all need help, times when we must turn to our parents once again for help, or to our children.
Sometimes it is to the church. Sometimes to God.
See You in Church or online.
Your Pastor,
Preparing for Worship
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
Reformation Sunday
Native American Elder Assistance Sunday
Scripture Lesson: Mark 12: 28-34
Message: “Getting Closer to the Kingdom” 

Kindness Update – Color the World with Kindness!

Kindness may seem to be a foreign language to those who are facing a crippling disease for which there is no cure. But that cannot be said of Eric Weinbrenner who in 2019 at age 48 was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS.
Eric’s story was told on the Today show last year. He and his wife Jen founded their charity, Paint for a Cure, to give back to others with ALS by helping them pay their bills. When Eric’s story was aired, his charity had raised over $100,000 during COVID.
After receiving the overwhelming news of his diagnosis, Eric turned to painting as a way to cope. This became a creative outlet to calm his nerves and mind, allowing him to shift his focus from his diagnosis to his art. Eric realized the healing power of creativity and was inspired to start Paint For a Cure. He and Jen felt compelled, out of a feeling of being blessed personally to be able to handle their family expenses as well as that of Eric’s disease, to help other ALS patients.
Eric says that when he realized there was nothing he could do about his situation, he decided to take a positive approach and that he chose to face his disease with a smile on his face. He and Jen have two beautiful children and they say they have realized how important the time they have together is. They feel blessed to see the smiles on the faces of those they have helped.
The Weinbrenner family’s kindness story is truly amazing. It certainly helps us put into perspective the struggles we have in life. We have to be intentional about taking the time to show kindness to others.
The person who submitted this week’s Kindness entry chose to be intentional by taking the time to make a call to say “thank you” for help in a time when it was really needed.
I was awakened at 2:30 a.m. the other morning and realized that most of the power in our home was off as well as the outside security lights. However, there were several outlets in our home that were working. It was a puzzle to me (and a little bit scary) as I tried to figure out what could have happened. About that time, I heard the sound of a utility vehicle in reverse gear and looked toward the road behind our property; then I heard the sound of chain saws. It was then I realized we must have had a storm (which I slept through!) and there must be some tree limbs down on power lines. Feeling much better, I was able to go back to sleep. But first thing the next morning, I called our local CPW office and asked the person who answered the phone to please express my sincere thanks to the workers who worked during the night so that we could have all of our power restored the next morning!
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!

Jalen Salliewhite Chosen Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes Player of the Year

McCormick UMC’s Outreach Missions Committee filled two tables with a total of 17 church members at this year’s
Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes Celebration Event on Tuesday, October 12 at Piedmont TEC’s Medford Center in Greenwood. The group went to hear the testimony of Jalen Salliewhite (8th from the right end), but they were delighted to find that congratulations would be in order for Jalen who was chosen as Lakelands FCA Player of the Year! Jalen, his brother Josiah, and parents, Rico and Kristen are also in the picture. Jalen’s testimony follows – it’s easy to see why he was chosen for this great honor from among athletes in the Lakelands area.
“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! First off, I would like to thank God for giving me this chance to express myself to you all. Secondly, I would like to thank the FCA Committee for giving me this wonderful opportunity to speak in front of this beautiful crowd of people. Lastly, I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me up until this point.
I remember being first introduced to FCA in middle school where I was the leader my 7th and 8th grade years. My P.E. teacher and middle school basketball coach, Jimmy Hughes, introduced me to FCA. Although I was already familiar with it, Coach Hughes taught me many lessons, the main one was to always keep fighting. He just overcame cancer not too long ago.
As I got in high school, my school became more involved with FCA attending camps, athletic events, and volunteering at events such as this one. The summer of 2018 was one of the best – we attended two FCA camps – one in Black Mountain, NC and St. Simons Island, GA. The one in St. Simons was our favorite. I remember it like the back of my hand. I have friends I still keep in contact with until this day, friends from Morgan County, Franklin County, Buford, and also Battery Creek.
Attending these camps was all well and fun, but I took something deeper from FCA, realizing how powerful meeting new people through God can be, and how during one week the number of things you could accomplish with a group of people you know nothing about. I was blessed to be able to take everything I learned from FCA back to my school and distribute it.
Lastly, for me, personally, FCA has taught me several things. In middle school, just like any other kid, I thought it was all about going out and scoring the most points, but as I grew to high school I started to see beyond that. FCA taught me that treating people well, and doing it from the heart of God, will always be bigger than any game you will ever play. Now that I am a senior, I get to see that. I highly recommend FCA for all the athletes out there. It will truly give you a different outlook on sports. Winning is important, but winning for God will always be number 1!”


Lonely? Experiencing a Difficult Time?
Don’t suffer alone!
Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers, ready to listen, care for and encourage you, pray with and for you, and help you through a crisis or difficult time.
Our Stephen Ministers are there to care.
To find out more about Stephen Ministry or to refer someone in need call one of our Stephen Leaders thru the church office at (864) 852-2394.

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Upcoming Events


Saturday, Nov 27 9am – Decorate church
Sunday, Dec 5 Following 10am service – Church Family Photo
(More details later, but start digging out your red and/or green for the photo!)
Sunday, December 19 10am – Cantata
“A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols”
Friday, Dec 24 3pm – Christmas Eve Service



All Saints Day is an opportunity to give thanks for all those who have gone before us in the faith. It is a time to celebrate our history, what United Methodists call the tradition of the church. From the early days of Christianity, there is a sense that the Church consists of not only all living believers, but also all who have gone before us.
MUMC will be celebrating All Saints Day on Sunday, November 7.
If you would like to tie a bell in honor of someone who has passed away onto the banner that will used on November 7, the banner will be in the sanctuary starting this coming Sunday (Oct 24). If you are not able to get to the church prior to November 7 and would like a bell tied on for a loved one, email Donna Hutto and she will do it for you.


MUMC has been asked by the McCormick Helping Hands Food Pantry to help provide Thanksgiving meals to needy families in our county.
Please help by filling the grocery bags in the Fellowship Hall.
(Note: Please DO NOT substitute or add items).
Monetary donations are always appreciated and will be used to purchase canned hams to supplement the filled bags to complete the meal. Checks can be made out to Helping Hands United, Inc. and a note made on the check “Thanksgiving Bags”. Either drop a check off to the office or mail to MUMC P.O. Box 267 McCormick SC 29835.
Feel free to stop by and pick up a bag with attached lists during the week. Please put your name on the sheet when you take a bag.
Thank you in advance for sharing!



These beautiful prints have been graciously donated by our own Clint Scott for sale by our Native American Committee. All proceeds go to the Native American Elder Basket Fund towards purchasing daily food items and other essentials that will make a difference in the day to day lives of Native American Elders in need.
For more information and to purchase one or more of these prints, at $15.00 for 1 or $25.00 for 2, please contact Lola Rek. More information about Elder Baskets on Sunday, October 31. Blessings to you all.


The gift requests from the children at Epworth Children’s home have arrived.
Each year the M&M’s small group ministry sponsors the Angel Tree for Epworth.
We are putting the list on the Blast again this year.
If you wish to purchase a gift from the list, Call Gail Gore and let her know which gift you would like to purchase. If you would like Gail to purchase the gift for you, she will be glad to do so. Gifts usually range from $20 to $25. All gifts must be unwrapped and can be placed in the Church Nursery.
All gifts must be in by December 5th.
NOTE: Items in red have already been selected. 
1. Under Armour Book bag
2. Flat Iron or Hair Straightener
3. $25 Uber Gift Card
4. $25 Uber Gift Card
5. Nerf Gun and Nerf Darts
6. Sound Machine
7. Bathrobe and Slippers for Teenage Female Women’s size Medium
8. Hot wheels Toys
9. Barbie Dolls, Variety of Skin Tones
10. Play Doh & Play Doh kit
11. Nike Book bag
12. Headphones or Earbuds
13. Caboodle
14. Washable Dot Markers for Kids
15. Adult Coloring Books with Color Pencil Set
16. Marshmallow Animals
17. Walmart Gift Card (please write amount on back of gift card)
18. Target Gift Card (please write amount on back of gift card)
19. Uber Gift Card (please write amount on back of gift card)
20. Target Gift Card (please write amount on back of gift card)
21. Walmart Gift Card (please write amount on back of gift card)
22. Trolls Doll
23. Walmart Gift Card ( please write amount on back of gift card)
24. Marble Run Game
25. Amazon Gift Card (please write amount on back of gift card)
26. Target Gift Card (please write amount on back of gift card)
27. Mr & Mrs Potato Head
28. Large Toy Truck
29. Set of Canvas for Painting
30. Beanie Boo TY Stuffed Animal
31. Board Game-Blokus
32. Crayola Wonder Coloring Books
33. Acrylic Craft Paint
34. Beanie Boo TY Stuffed Animal
35. Adult Coloring Books with Colored Pencil Set
36. Board Game-Hungry Hungry Hippos
37. $25 Zaxby’s Gift Card
38. $25 Zaxby’s Gift Card
39. $25 Publix Gift Card
40. $25 Publix Gift Card