Happenings – August 27, 2019

 
By Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
 
How to be “Good Enough”
 
I like the story historians tell about the funeral of Charlemagne. Charlemagne was the greatest Christian ruler of the early Middle Ages. After his death a mighty funeral procession left his castle for the cathedral at Aix. When the royal casket arrived, with a lot of pomp and circumstance, it was met by the local bishop, who barred the cathedral door.
 
“Who comes?” the Bishop asked, as was the custom.
 
“Charlemagne, Lord and King of the Holy Roman Empire,” proclaimed the Emperor’s proud herald.
 
“Him I know not,” the Bishop replied. “Who comes?”
 
The herald, a bit shaken, replied, “Charles the Great, a good and honest man of the earth.”
 
“Him I know not,” the Bishop said again. “Who comes?”
 
The herald, now completely crushed, responded, “Charles, a lowly sinner, who begs the gift of Christ.”
 
To which the Bishop, Christ’s representative, responded, “Enter! Receive Christ’s gift of life!”
 
The point, of course, is that in God’s eyes, we’re all equally needy. Charlemagne, Mother Teresa, you and me. None of us will ever be “good enough” to force entrance into the presence of God. Come to Church, seek God’s Grace, be made ready by the work of Christ. You will be glad you did.
 
Nels
 
PREPARING FOR WORSHIP
Scripture Lesson: Jeremiah 2: 4-13
Message: “The Mystery and Mistake of god-shopping”
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SPECIAL MUSIC
THANK YOU, LINDY STAHLMAN!
Lindy Stahlman provided special music for our worship services on August 25. Lindy sang “You Say”. Thank you Lindy, for sharing your gifts!
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SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED
The M&M’s are collecting school supplies for McCormick Schools. You will find a blue box in fellowship hall with copies of the supply list. Please help us fill the box.
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GREENJACKETS BASEBALL GAME
Thanks to the Men N Ministry and particularly, Lyn Bourne, for a fun evening! The GreenJackets didn’t win, but being with so many from MUMC was definitely a win! There are more photos at https://www.mccormickumc.org/greenjackets-baseball-august-2019
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SAVE THE DATE:
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
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SIDE PARKING LOT CLOSED AUG 30 & 31
The side parking lot will be sealed and relined. It will be closed Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31.
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24:7 SMALL GROUP
MEETINGS RESUME
SEPTEMBER 6 AT 10AM
The 24:7 Small Group will resume its meetings on Friday, September 6 at 10 a.m. at the church. After summer break, this group will begin its regular schedule meeting on the first and third Fridays of the month at 10 a.m. Seeking to have “hearts for God” as described in Jeremiah 24:7, the group will have a study book to read together (title of book to be announced next week) and continue its missional service at Bell Ridge mental health housing complex in the town of McCormick. Any ladies who would like to join us are invited to do so – we would love to have you! Contact Linda Kidd if you have any questions.
 
MEN N MINISTRY
DINNER MEETINGS RESUME
SEPTEMBER 10 AT 6PM
Men N Ministry dinner meetings will resume Tuesday, September 10 at 6PM. Guest speaker will be Jim Brady, retired curator of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
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EPWORTH CHILDRENS HOME
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8
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.
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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
GREENWOOD DISTRICT MEETING
AT MUMC
SAT. SEP. 21
REGISTRATION: 9:15AM IN FELLOWSHIP HALL
MEETING: 10AM IN SANCTUARY Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie (left) and Assistant Editor Allison Trussell
 
All women of the church are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Greenwood District United Methodist Women that will be hosted at McCormick United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 21. Registration with light refreshments begins at 9:15 a.m. in the church fellowship hall followed by Assembly in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be Jessica Brodie, Editor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate. The theme for this meeting is “Keeping Faith in the Midst of Change”. During the assembly, UMW units of the Greenwood District will be recognized for their participation in district-wide missions and other programs. The meeting will conclude at noon. This is a good opportunity for women of McCormick UMC to meet and greet other women in the Greenwood District – please put this date on your calendar and bring a friend if you’d like!
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MUMC 2019 TIME AND TALENT SURVEY
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!
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MUMC LASAGNA DINNER
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.
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MUMC CRAFT SHOW AND COOKIE FACTORY
OCTOBER 5 9AM TO 2PM
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.
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BIRTHDAYS
August
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
 
September
Bob Wieboldt
Madge Krotzer
Ken Moffett
Caren Larate
Paula LeMond
Abbie Caywood
Mary Parnell
Tillie Freeland
Ed Bowser
Byron Thompson
 
October
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
 
ANNIVERSARIES
August
Byron & Mary Thompson
Jimmy & Betty Smith
Terry and Carol Williams
Mike & Glenda Sartain
Harry & Barb Shelley
Don & Carol Tummons
Don and Janet Smith
 
September
Dan & Linda Higgins
Susan & Robert Crowley
Dick & Wendy Kvale
Jerry & Lyn Miller
Ronald & Shirley Garling
 
October
Ken & Shirley Moffett
Joe and Caren Larate
Don & Betty Francavilla