Happenings – April 15, 2020

McCormick United Methodist Church has temporarily suspended in-house services and is canceling or postponing gatherings and events in response to coronavirus concerns.  Everyone is encouraged to remain at home and follow all health precautions.
__________________________________
 
OFFERINGS
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
__________________________________
 
 
 
Hello MUMC Church Family,
 
Found this little story on the internet this past week. I offer it to give us a little different perspective on our current life situation. I remind all of you that in the past folks have endured difficult days because they remained steadfast in their trust of God. –Nels
 
When my sister and I were growing up it seemed like there was always something to cry about. There were no big reasons, mind you. We had a good life. No, the crying was mostly over two things — our feelings, which were extremely fragile back then, and change of any kind. How we hated change! Dad must have told us a hundred times, “You need to toughen up.” Though he always said it lovingly, it seemed harsh to me. I didn’t want to toughen up. I wanted the world to treat me softly.
 
Now as I raise a daughter of my own, I find myself giving her the same advice because my dad was right. Life is hard. And if we’re serious about living for God life can be particularly difficult. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33 NIV). It should come then, as no surprise when we suffer for our faith. But too often we cry and complain instead of persevering in faith. Our feelings are too fragile and our expectations unrealistic. The goal of life is not comfort and ease and everything just the way we like it. The goal should be to follow Christ through the good and the bad. When things don’t go our way we should learn to patiently endure and persevere, trusting that God has us right where we are for a reason. Maybe we just need to toughen up a little.
 
—Kari Myers, “Toughening up,” The Link, January 2007.
 
The following prayer is attributed to Archbishop Oscar A. Romero of El Salvador who was martyred by assassins while celebrating mass in 1980:
 
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
 
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
 
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.
 
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
 
No statement says all that could be said.
 
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
 
No confession brings perfection.
 
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
 
No program accomplishes the church’s mission.
 
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
 
This is what we are about.
 
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
 
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
 
We lay foundations that will need further development.
 
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
 
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
 
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
 
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
 
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.
 
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
 
We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen.
 
So, to the good members of McCormick UMC, we have a challenge before us and work to do. Someday soon we will be back together at work but for now, we serve God where we are using what we have. Yes, we are still at work, even during tougher times.
 
We will never give up.
Nels
 
PREPARING FOR WORSHIP – SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020
Second Sunday of Easter
Scripture Lesson: 1 Peter 1: 3-9
Reference Text: John 20: 19-31
Message: “The Easy Button”
 
__________________________________
 
OFFICE HOURS
Our office hours are have been changed to 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday thru Thursday.
__________________________________
 
 
Click the image above for information concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19).
__________________________________
 
UMW APRIL MEETING CANCELLED
DONATIONS APPRECIATED
MUMC United Methodist Women Meeting scheduled for April has been cancelled due to the Pandemic.
 
Each year, United Methodist Women make a pledge to support the Greenwood District Women’s missions plus additional local missions. Now, with the economy partially shut down, the women and children that normally benefit from these missions need our support more than ever.
 
We would like to send a portion of our pledge at this difficult time. If you have made your pledge this year and have paid, thank you very much. If you have not made a pledge which we call “Your Gift to the Lord” please consider praying about supporting this mission.
 
Below are the missions we support:
Bethlehem Center in Columbia
Bethlehem Center in Spartanburg
Rural Missions in Johns Island
Killingsworth
Wallace Family Life
Local Missions
 
For more information please contact  Jeanne Thornburg.
__________________________________
 
ACTS OF KINDNESS
 
Kindness Lives! Just as sure as the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday, so is kindness alive in the world today! We only have to look into Jesus’ face and we see the face of kindness! When we look into the faces of our friends and neighbors expecting to see kindness, quite often we find it! Such is the case of the two recent kindness entries below:
 
Today I went to a lady’s house to get a mask of which she’d made hundreds. She also gave me a small bouquet of tulips. She must have known I needed an extra boost. Now there’s a lady who addresses the bigger needs as well as small kindnesses.
 
A little nine year old boy wanted to help out during this bad time. He sold his comic book collection for some money. He donated his $9.00 to a local hospital. I think we’ll see many acts of kindness and generosity during this young man’s life.
 
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!
__________________________________
 
FAITH OVER FEAR CROSSES
Here is one cross in McCormick, not far from the church, which Ronnie, Linda and Jessica Kidd put up in front of their house! Each time you see one of these crosses, you are reminded that we need to live our lives by faith, not fear!
 
I know we don’t get out like we used to, but crosses are continuing to crop up in windows, on lawns, along the side of the road.. even in store fronts all across the country. Many add lights but you also see plain wooden crosses, crosses in windows like my Grandkids artwork.
 
Thousands of Christians are putting them up with the intent to leave them up until the pandemic is over and to send the message that we are not alone, that our faith will overpower our fear.
__________________________________
 
SHREDDING AND DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
CHANGED TO JUNE 6, 9AM TO 2PM
MUMC CHURCH PARKING LOT
Due to the COVID19 and the shelter in place recommendations made by all of our government officials, Shred Day and Prescription Take Back Day have been rescheduled to June 6, 2020.
 
Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause but we want everyone to remain safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
 
McCormick County Chamber of Commerce
__________________________________
 
GROCERIES DELIVERED
TALMADGE FITNESS COMPLEX
Many of us have friends/neighbors who need some extra care during this time, or perhaps you need groceries and don’t want to go into a store. Read on….
 
Need Groceries, the TFC Cafe has got you covered!
 
The agency’s Staff and I have been receiving request for assistance with shopping and delivery of groceries. Since MCCORMICK has only the one grocery store, as soon as the truck arrives to restock the shelves, people are running in and buying up all the meat, staples, bread, and leaving the seniors with little to nothing to choose from when they do go out to purchase food.
 
With this in mind, we have the TFC Cafe at work. We can fill your grocery order for you. If we venture into this outlet, we can take your grocery order and deliver it to your door so that you will not have to go out during the COVID-19 stay in place order from the Governor.
 
If you would like to have your groceries delivered, there would be a minimum purchase of $30.00 and a 15% delivery fee to accommodate your order.
 
We stock only the staples, nothing fancy, and we would package your items, and deliver them straight to your door. We also can offer curb side pickup service at the Cafe. Delivery service will be offered within a 10 mile radius of the Talmadge Fitness and Wellness Complex. For Curb Side Pick up, we are located at 1319 South Main Street, McCormick, SC 29835.
 
If this is something that you are interested in, please contact the TFC Cafe at 864-852-3748.
 
Items that are for sale and pricing:
80/20 Ground Beef $4.00/lb
Pork Loin or Chops $2.50/lb
Eggs $2.50/dz
Shredded Cheddar Cheese $3.50/lb
Egg Beaters $3.00/Qt
Fry Oil $3.00/Qt
White Potatoes 5lb/$2.50
Boston Butt $1.50/lb
Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast $2.50/Lb
Butter 1lb block $3.00
Breaded Chicken Tenders 5 lbs $12.00
Sweet Potato Waffle Fries 2 1/2 lb bag $6.00
Seasoned Waffle Fries 5 lb bag $12.00
Dried Black Eyed Peas $1.00/lb
Ragu Spaghetti Sauce 66 oz $3.00
TFC Cafe Homemade Spaghetti Sauce $8.00/Qt
Turkey Gravy Mix 16 oz bag $5.00
Brown Gravy Mix 16 oz bag $5.00
Country Gravy Mix 16 oz bag $5.00
Instant Potato Pearls 3lb box $10.00
Rice (Regular) $1.50/lb
Log Cabin Pancake Syrup $10.00/Gal
Cream of Mushroom Soup 10.5 oz cans $1.25 each
Kosher Dill Pickle Spears $1.75/Qt
Dukes Mayo $3.00/Qt
French Dressing $2.50/Qt
Ranch Dressing $2.50/Qt
Tarter Sauce $2.50/Qt
Corn Meal $4.00/5lb Bag
Lettuce Heads $1.00/Head
Romaine $1.00/Stalk
Elbo Macaroni $1.00/lb
Spaghetti Noodles $1.00/lb
Rotini Noodles $1.00/lb
Pears #10 can $6.00
Diced Tomatoes #10 can $6.00
Tropical Fruit #10 can $6.00
Apple Pie Filling #10 can $6.00
Spaghetti Sauce #10 can $6.00
Ketchup #10 can $6.00
Diced Carrots #10 can $6.00
Pineapple Tidbits #10 can $6.00
Sliced Peaches #10 can $6.00
Green Beans #10 can $6.00
Fruit Cocktail #10 can $6.00
Field Peas #10 can $6.00
Cream Corn #10 can $6.00
Crowder Peas #10 can $6.00
Chocolate Pudding #10 can $6.00
Vanilla Pudding #10 can $6.00
Bush Baked Beans #10 can $7.00