Happenings – April 22, 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.
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Worship – April 19, 2020

Worship – Easter – April 12, 2020

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
If Jesus Had Your Job…
Dr. Tony Campolo, in his film series, You Can Make a Difference, tells the story of a Christian colleague with a PhD. in English Literature who quit his job and became a mailman because Christ opened up a new tomorrow in his life. Tony went to the man’s apartment to try to persuade him to change his mind.
Here is how Tony describes that encounter:
Tony says, “I couldn’t change his mind, so I came back with the old Protestant work ethic thing. I said, ”Charlie, if you’re gonna be a mailman, be the best mailman you can be.”
“He looked at me with a silly grin and said, ‘I’m a lousy mailman.”
“I asked, “What do you mean, you’re a lousy mailman?”
“He answered, “Everybody else gets the mail delivered by one o’clock; I never get back until about five thirty or six.”
“‘What takes so long?” I wanted to know.
He said, “I visit! That’s why it takes so long. You wouldn’t believe how many people on my route never got visited until I became the mailman. But I’ve got this problem, I can’t sleep at night.”
“I asked, ‘Why can’t you sleep?”
“He said, ”Who can sleep after drinking twenty cups of coffee?”
“I began to get the image of this mailman on the job. He was no ordinary mailman. I could picture him going from door to door and at each home giving more than the mail. I could see him visiting solitary widows, counseling troubled teenagers, joking with lonely old men. I could see him delivering the mail in a way that was extra-ordinary for the people on his route. He’s the only mailman I know that on his birthday the people on his route get together, hire out a gym, and throw a party for him. They love him because he’s a mailman who expresses the love of Jesus everywhere he goes. In his own subtle way, my friend, Charles, is changing his world, changing the lives of people, touching them where they are, making a difference in their lives. It may not sound like much, but that man who is delivering mail, like Jesus would deliver mail, is an agent of God who is changing the world.”
Are you doing your job like Jesus would?
Look for here on our MUMC website or YouTube on Sunday. I will have a message for you.
Third Sunday of Easter
Scripture Lesson: 1 Peter 1: 13-23
Message: “In God We Trust”
All Sermon recordings are available at https://www.mccormickumc.org/media/sermons
Our office hours are have been changed to 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday thru Thursday.
Dear church family and friends,

We have never been so separated, although not physically distant, from one another. Yes, I am feeling quite hug-deficient about now, and know I’m not the only one out there!

Through the extreme sadness of the effects of the pandemic on our populations, God has provided us blessings. I can’t see you but know you are out there, living and praying and helping each other just as I am.

Two of the things I have learned about myself; the importance of the church in my life-I miss being there, our worship and fellowship together, AND the blessing of a 9# cuddle pup named LexieLou!

I realized another blessing the other day when a sizable check appeared in my account. I knew it was coming yet it still caught me by surprise. For those of us who are retired and don’t get paychecks anymore, we still have something coming to depend on each month. So many do not.

We’ve been talking about acts of kindness, so we sure have a built-in opportunity now! There is so much need all around us, and many of you will use part of your check to help struggling family members or favorite charity.

As your lay leader I will be blessed to give a gift to the church. I can never repay the joy of 20 years in this church family, but I can help to keep the lights on for those who come after me!
Be safe, enjoy this awesome weather, and I hope to do a whole lot of hugging before too long!
Love in Christ,
Pay It Forward Day began in 2007 as a celebration of how one small act of kindness can make a big impact in the world and today it spreads love and happiness in over 85 countries. So, we are encouraged to Stand for Kindness on Tuesday, April 28 and encourage others to do the same! Mayor Roy Smith has proclaimed that day Pay It Forward Day for the Town of McCormick. So, on April 28, don’t just do kindness, live it! Since McCormick UMC’s Kindness Project began in mid-February, there have been more than 26 entries submitted that have impacted more than 200 lives of people and animals! The kindness entries below submitted over the last week show that we continue to practice paying it forward – let’s work together to make a big push on April 28!
It was shared with me by a friend today that once a week she and her husband order dinner from a different place to help out the small businesses. What a great idea. If we all do that we can make a difference.
After shopping for my groceries and going through the checkout line, a young man in uniform directed me to get in front of him. I thanked him kindly. When I began to pay, this same kind young man, told the cashier to put my total on his check. How thankful I was that kindness still prevails in this world!
At the Burger King drive-thru today, I was informed that the person in the vehicle in front of me had paid for my meal! So, I paid it forward by paying for the meal of the person in the vehicle behind me! I would like to think this chain might have continued since the line was wrapped around the building, but regardless of that, my heart sure was warmed by the act of kindness of the person in front of me!
Checking out at the food store, I encountered the teenaged clerk that I prayed with at her request a few days before. She indicated her evening had gone well following our prayer – Praise God, and may He continue to bless that young lady!
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!

McCormick UMC
We are going to cancel our scheduled May 5, 2020 meeting. Larger close gatherings may still not be a wise choice. I have rescheduled the final spring meeting to June 2, 2020.
Our speaker has been notified and will speak at our June meeting. Get outside in the fresh air, keep your distances, God bless.
Bob Rennie
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
Dick Kvale
Wendy Kvale
Shirley Moffett
Barb Shelley
Pat Winn
Bill Adams
Nancy Vereb
John Cotty
Glenda Sartain
Maryanne Bourne
Ronnie Kidd
Dot Baggett
Pat Meyers
Gary Wolfe
Don Smith
Lee Belanger
Bill Hartz
Patty Meredith
Trely Wolfe
Marge Radosevich
Doug Hogarth
Brad Meyers
Bernie Tarrant
Joan Wessels
Mike & Charlotte Tallent
Larry & Nada Ream
Jerry & June Nettles-Scott
Gaye and Jay Berry