Happenings – April 3, 2020

McCormick United Methodist Church is temporarily suspending in-house services and canceling or postponing gatherings and events in response to coronavirus concerns.
Everyone is encouraged to remain at home and follow all health precautions.
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
Eight Days That Changed the World for Eternity
There are eight wondrous days changed the world and your life forever. These eight days have been the topic of a million of publications, countless debates, and thousands of films. These eight days have inspired the greatest painters, the most skilled architects, and the most gifted musicians. To try and calculate the cultural impact of these eight days is impossible. But harder still would be an attempt to account for the lives of men and women who have been transformed by them. And yet these eight days as they played out in Jerusalem were of little significance to anyone but a few people involved. What happened on those eight days? During the next eight days that starts with Palm Sunday, we follow the footsteps of the Christ on pinnacle of his atonement journey. I will summarize them for your meditation and study.
1. On Sunday the first of the eight days, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to the shouts of Hosanna, fulfilling an old prophecy in Zechariah 9:9.
2. On Monday he walked into the Jerusalem Temple overturning tables where money exchange occurred, Roman drachmas were being exchanged for Jewish shekels. Roman coins were not allowed. The image of Caesar was a violation of the second commandment. But the Temple authorities were using the Commandment as means to cheat the people and making the Temple a place of profit rather than a place of prayer.
3. On Tuesday Jesus taught in parables, warned the people against the Pharisees, and predicted the destruction of the Temple.
4. On Wednesday, the fourth day, we know nothing. The Gospel writers are silent. Perhaps it was a day of rest for him and his weary and worried disciples.
5. On Thursday, in an upper room, Jesus celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples. But he gave it a new meaning. No longer would his followers remember the Exodus from Egypt in the breaking of bread. They would remember his broken body and shed blood. Later that evening in the Garden of Gethsemane he agonized in prayer at what lay ahead for him.
6. On Friday, the fifth day, following betrayal, arrest, imprisonment, desertion, false trials, denial, condemnation, beatings and sentencing, Jesus carried his own cross to “The Place of the Skull,” where he was crucified with two other prisoners.
7. On Saturday, Jesus lay dead in a tomb bought by a rich man named Joseph.
8. On Sunday, his Passion was over, the stone had been rolled away. Jesus was alive. He appeared to Mary, to Peter, to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and to the 11 disciples gathered in a locked room. His resurrection was established as a fact.
You are encouraged to follow Jesus in this upcoming Holy Week. After all, He did all this with YOU on his mind and a love for your in His Heart.
In Christ,
Preparing for Sunday, April 5 2020
Scripture: Matthew 26: 32-56
Message: “The Passionate Nature of Christ”
All Sermon recordings are available at https://www.mccormickumc.org/media/sermons
The MUMC office hours are have been changed to 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday thru Thursday.
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Kindness Raises Others Up! We were reminded by Pastor Nels in his March 29 sermon that Jesus wept with Mary and Martha and raised up their brother Lazarus. In similar fashion, He weeps with us and raises up our spirits as we experience the coronavirus pandemic. We in turn weep with others and raise them up through acts of kindness. A good example of that was the beautiful response of our fellow church friends and other community neighbors who responded to the area hospitals’ need for face masks in dealing with the pandemic. What a beautiful example this is for all of us of having compassion for others and raising them up! Kindness entries below are examples of that as well:
God led me to encourage a person in dire need to let me help them at home. As soon as I started helping, it brightened their spirit enough to do little things on their own each day. Making them feel more hopeful. Listening to God was the key. Sharing with the other person allowed me to help them, it was also helping me. I needed to be needed in the way they needed help. What a gift of friendship I’ve received. God is Great!
Entering a Target store recently, I noticed an extra personal touch. A kind gentleman was there making sure that each customer was given a shopping cart that was literally shining from having been wiped down entirely (by him) with disinfectant. It didn’t occur to me to do it as I entered, but in leaving, I noticed him still there hard at work, so I just had to go over and thank him for his kind gesture. Where other stores were offering pull-out wipes to customers (which is good), here was a personal touch that spoke volumes about compassion for others!
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!
Most of us are sticking close to home, but if you are out.. walking, in golf cart, car… you will notice crosses quietly popping up all over! Here is what the Shelley Grandkids are doing in Charlotte to remind neighbors of Easter. It’s children’s paint mixed with a bit of Dawn detergent. The blue of the stained glass is painters’ tape. Feel free to share what you see or do!
McCormick United Methodist Church parking lot on Gold Street
The McCormick County Chamber of Commerce has again arranged for a large shredder for unwanted paper. Last year there was a problem (fire) because someone had left a large paperclip and it caused a spark. They ask that you remove all the large metal paperclips and make sure no batteries are among your papers. 
The McCormick police will also be there to accept any unused or expired medications. 
Donations will be accepted and appreciated!
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