Happenings – August 21, 2019

By Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
I found this article the other day while doing some sermon prep. I will credit the Rev. Brent Blair who submitted it but I do not know who is the author. Enjoy!
Born to Greatness
There was a certain man who went through the forest seeking any bird of interest he might find. He caught a young eagle, brought it home and put it among the fowls and ducks and turkeys, and gave it chicken food to eat even though it was the king of birds.  Five years later, a naturalist came to see him and, after passing through the garden, said ‘That bird is an Eagle, not a chicken.’
‘Yes’ said the owner, ‘but I have trained it to be a chicken. It is no longer an Eagle
‘No,’ said the naturalist, ‘it is an eagle still; it has the heart of an eagle, it has the wing span of an eagle, and I will help it soar high up in to the heavens.’
‘No,’ said the owner. ‘it is a chicken and will never fly.’
They agreed to test it. The naturalist picked up the eagle, held it up and said with great intensity. ‘Eagle thou art an eagle; thou dost belong to the sky and not to this earth; stretch froth thy wings and fly.’
The eagle turned this way and that, and then looking down, saw the chickens eating their food, and down he jumped.
The owner said; ‘I told you it was a chicken.’
‘No,’ said the naturalist, ‘it is an eagle. Give it another chance tomorrow.
So the next day he took it to the top of the house and said: ‘Eagle, thou art an eagle; stretch forth thy wings and fly.’ But again the eagle, seeing the chickens feeding, jumped down and fed with them.
Then the owner said: ‘I told you it was a chicken.’
‘No,’ asserted the naturalist, ‘it is an eagle, and it has the heart of an eagle; only give it one more chance, and I will make it fly tomorrow.’
The next morning he rose early and took the eagle outside the city and away from the houses, to the foot of a high mountain. The sun was just rising, gilding the top to the mountain with gold, and every crag was glistening in the joy of the beautiful morning.
He picked up the eagle and said to it: ‘Eagle, thou art an eagle; thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth; stretch forth thy wings and fly.’
The eagle looked around and trembled as if new life were coming to it. But it did not fly. The naturalist then grabbed its head and made it look straight at the sun. Suddenly it stretched out its wings and, with the screech of an eagle, it flew out of his hands and mounted higher and higher and never returned. Though it had been kept and tamed as a chicken, it was an eagle.
You see. You take us humans and put us among the ducks, and turkeys, and chickens in this world and give us rules to live by and tell us that we are moral people so long as we live by those rules, and we will contently live out our lives in meager existence.
But you let someone like Christ come along, straighten our backs, and point our head toward the heavens, and then suddenly we realize we are sons and daughters of Abraham. We are God’s chosen people. We are not chickens; we are eagles!
See You in Church, Nels
Scripture Lesson: Luke 13: 10-17
Message: “On Finding Someone Who Cares”
What a wonderful day! Thanks to all who worked to make it happen!
Nels gave another inspiring sermon… “Guess what time is it?” Donnell provided music on his keyboard and Mike Sartain played the guitar for us. We even had a hummingbird join us!
The worship committee, headed by Donna Hutto, did a marvelous job of getting the food organized and ready as soon as we said “Amen!!”
It was a joy to be with members and guests in such an awesome setting, praising the Lord!
For photos of our wonderful day, go to https://www.mccormickumc.org/baker-creek-august-2019
NEW WHEELCHAIR RAMP COMPLETED The Nehemiah Work Mission Team completed yet another wheelchair ramp. The project was for Ms. Gloria Elam, of 1017 Kelly St., McCormick, SC . Ms. Elam , 65 years old, needed the ramp in order to get in and out of her home due to impairments . The work was completed by Bob Struck, Bob Wiess, Gordie Waine, and Ray Crace.
As part of the Evangelism Committee’s outreach program, we have made a small change to the pew prayer cards. We have added a line to the bottom of the card for you to add an email address. An email address of the person we are praying for in their time of need will allow us to let them, or a close relative, know that the congregation prayed for them during the service and will continue to remember them in our prayers throughout the week.
The yellow prayer cards will be placed in the pews within the next week.

Click the image above to view our event calendar.

Aug 22… Green Jackets Baseball Game
Sept 8… Epworth Children’s Home Sunday
Sept 14… Lasagna Dinner
Sept 18… Charge Conference
Sept 21… UMW District Meeting at MUMC
Sept 28… Donnell Harris Concert 7pm Reception Following
Sept 29.. Fifth Sunday.. Service at 10am with lunch following
Oct 5… MUMC Craft Show and Cookie Factory
Oct 13…Stewardship Sunday
Oct 17.. Joint UMW and Men N Ministry Dinner Meeting 6pm
Oct 19…Rise Against Hunger
Oct 26 … Celebration of First Responders Dinner 6pm
Oct 27 … Birthday Party (Congregational Care)
Nov 17.. Stephen Minister Sunday
Dec 29.. Fifth Sunday.. Service at 10am with lunch following
Thursday, August 22, is our Greenjackets baseball outing. Lyn has your tickets, be sure to see him and see you at the game!
Where do children go when DSS has taken them from their families because of abuse or neglect? What about when a mother is struggling with addiction and is neglecting her children? Currently, over 80 children call Epworth home. Each of these children have found refuge in the ministry we share as United Methodists in SC. Epworth Children’s Home has been welcoming children in Christ’s name for 123 years through the generous support of churches like ours! We will participate in the annual Work Day Offering on Sunday, September 8th, to benefit the children who call Epworth home. Please be in prayerful consideration of what God is calling you to give to this valuable and life changing ministry. For more information about Epworth Children’s Home, you can visit them on the web at www.epworthchildrenshome.org or find them on Facebook.
The response has been strong to the initial survey. Keep ‘em coming!
Few things..
1) There is room at the bottom for anything you want to add… perhaps do something not listed, or willing to help, but not sure where.. or want to continue on a particular committee or task. 2) There are paper copies on the table outside the sanctuary. When completed, please put in the communications box outside the office.
3) Stewardship Committee asks EACH of you fill out a survey, individually.. not as a family
4) Again, here is the link.. the survey is very short.. complete it now!
SEPT 14 5-7PM
The Mission Outreach Committee has planned a lasagna dinner for Saturday, September 14. The dinner will include appetizer, salad, rolls, lasagna, and a dessert. Tickets are $13 a ticket (2 for $25). The proceeds will support “Rise Against Hunger” and Mission Outreach projects.
See Bruce Motsinger, Linda Kidd, Barb Shelley or Chris Hogarth for tickets.  They are also available in the office.
If you cannot attend, but would like “take out”, please buy a ticket and indicate it’s take out, so we have enough containers.
Be sure to mark your calendars.. it’s coming soon!
If you have plants you’d like to donate, please call or email Marge Radosevich. This would be a great time to start a few from your favorite plants at home!
We will need a few strong backs to set up tables, please contact Barb Shelley if you are available on Thursday, Oct 3 for about an hour in the evening.
Lindy Stahlman is chair this year, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact her.
Sue Wurtzbacher and Peggy Thomas have set up a photo shoot for Friday with the Shorelines.. look for the article and picture in the Sept edition.
Mike Tallent
Sundee Luedecke
Beverly Snyder
Nancy Tutt
Harry Shelley
Jack Alfredson
Rob Rennie
Roger Wideman
Katie Lindley
Don Tummons
Mary Wright
Gail Nordyke
Betty Smith
Mary Ruth Haworth
Jim Lambeth
Bob Wieboldt
Madge Krotzer
Ken Moffett
Caren Larate
Paula LeMond
Abbie Caywood
Mary Parnell
Tillie Freeland
Ed Bowser
Byron Thompson
Archer Marx
Lisa Talbert
Sam Krotzer
Sue Wurtzbacher
John Yerdon
Arvid Perez
Betty Francavilla
Charlotte Tallent
Ellen Zimmerman
Emilee Groh
Bill Schott
August Luedecke
Linda Higgins
Wayne Smith
Linda Bowser
Mitch Mitchell
Sue Mitchell
Elaine Baggett
Fred Fuller
Brian Gore
Dan Higgins
Connie Robinson
Byron & Mary Thompson
Jimmy & Betty Smith
Terry and Carol Williams
Mike & Glenda Sartain
Harry & Barb Shelley
Don & Carol Tummons
Don and Janet Smith
Dan & Linda Higgins
Susan & Robert Crowley
Dick & Wendy Kvale
Jerry & Lyn Miller
Ronald & Shirley Garling
Ken & Shirley Moffett
Joe and Caren Larate
Don & Betty Francavilla