Happenings – March 18, 2020

By Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
Distract the Christians!
Ray Osborne, in his publication, Here’s Mud in Your Eye, tells about how evil likes to keep us busy and distracted.
All too often we miss what God is doing because we are either too busy doing something else or we have a better idea of what God would do.
Satan called a worldwide convention. In his opening address to his evil angels, he said:
“We can’t keep the Christians from going to church. We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate, abiding relationship experience in Christ. If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken. So let them go to church, let them have their conservative lifestyles, but steal their time, so they can’t gain that experience in Jesus Christ. This is what I want you to do, angels. Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!”
“How shall we do this?” shouted his angels.
“Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.
“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade them to work for long hours, to work 6 – 7 days a week, 10 – 12 hours a day, so they can afford their lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children. As their family fragments, soon, their home will offer no escape from the pressures of work.
Over stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still small voice. Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive. To keep the TV, iPads, CDs and their computers going constantly in their homes. And see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.
Fill the coffee table with magazines and newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their driving moments with billboards.
Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, sweepstakes, mail order catalogues, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services, and false hopes.”
Even in their recreation, let them be excessive. Have them return from their recreation exhausted, disquieted, and unprepared for the coming week.
Don’t let them go out in nature to reflect on God’s wonders. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, concerts and movies instead.
And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotion.
Let them be involved in soul-winning. But crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Christ. Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause.”
It was quite a convention in the end. And the evil angels went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get busy, busy, busy and rush here and there.
Has the devil been successful at his scheme? You be the JUDGE.
See you in Church this Sunday,
Preparing for Sunday, March 22, 2020
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Scripture: John 9: 1-12, 35-41
Reference text: John 9: 1-41
Sermon: “Sharing Your God Moment”
Audio Recordings of Sermons are available athttps://www.mccormickumc.org/media/sermons/
We are trying something new! We will keep reminding you of the change!
All sign-ups for events, etc will all be on the bulletin board next to the office. The easels were being moved for events (and sometimes lost) and were difficult to write on.
Lindy is looking for a catchy name for the board, so take a few minutes to think of something and let Lindy know!
The MUMC Food Pantry is located in the first classroom off of Fellowship Hall. It is in need of peanut butter, jelly, canned meat, pasta and pasta sauce. If you would like to donate, leave your items on the table and they will be distributed as needed. Thank you!
Some of you have expressed an interest in having a Spiritual Gifts discovery course. Sundee Luedecke and Beverly Western are planning on teaching such a course, during Sunday school, sometime this coming spring. The course is about 6 weeks long.
If you are interested in taking the course please let us know … by calling one of us or telling Janice at the office (864) – 852-2394. There would be a cost for ordering the participant book, and we have found them on line (at Amazon) for used from about $4 or new about $14.
Keeping an Eye Out for Kindness It’s our human nature to have a difficult time identifying and sharing acts of kindness that we do for others, primarily because that’s not the reason we do it – to call attention to ourselves. But hopefully, it is much easier for us to see the acts of kindness of others, and when we do, why not make a practice of taking note of them? Singer Aaron Neville puts it this way, “Every day, some act of kindness comes my way, even if it’s just someone opening the door. It happens every day if you keep an eye out for it. Keeping an eye out, that’s the key.” This week’s acts of kindness entries below are just that – observations of kindnesses of others! As we become more aware and take note of the kind actions of others, we help to create a culture of kindness that keeps re-creating itself! We find that “Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back!” – Unknown
In the check-out line at the store, I overheard a customer compliment the clerk as she was checking out on how well stocked the store was.
I observed a young child holding the door open for her mother as they were leaving the store, then she held the door open for me!
I saw a chain reaction of kindness in my neighborhood when I observed a man who cut the lawn of his neighbor (a disabled veteran). While he was doing that, another of his neighbors came over and edged his yard!
Have you seen God today? If you see God in 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, along with paper and pencil. Share what you saw, perhaps someone will be inspired to do an act of kindness themselves!
Thank you so much for your donations to the Kitchen Pantry renovation! We collected a little over $100 so we have a start on the renovation project! The remaining items were taken by Chris Hogarth to the Habitat for Humanity store and by Marge Radosevich to Helping Hands. Some ended up being free items, some will be sold.
It was a win-win project, many folks gained from our cleaning efforts!

McCormick UMC

Upcoming Events

Apr 12 … 6:45am Easter Sunrise Service – Baker Creek State Park
Apr 12 … 10am Easter Worship at MUMC
April 25 .. Shredding and Drug Take Back in Gold Street parking lot


Community Chorus
  • Spring Concert – Canceled
  • Rehearsals – Canceled – Will resume in September
Greenwood District Lay Leader School (March 22 and 29) – Canceled.  
Security Team Training (March 22) – Canceled
Spring Into Bingo (March 28) – Canceled 
5th Sunday Lunch  (March 29) – Canceled.  There will be worship services at 8:30AM and 11AM.
Maundy Thursday Play and Worship (April 9) – Cancelled
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. For the flyer, go to https://slvlink.com/shred2020
The McCormick police will also be there to accept any unused or expired medications. For the flyer, go to https://slvlink.com/drug-take-back-2020
Donations will be accepted and appreciated!
There is a sign-up across from the office. The list of florists are at the end of the Blast each month. You can arrange for your flowers via phone, they will deliver for you! This is a nice way to recognize a special occasion or to remember someone!
Martha Crace
Becky Lagroon
Richard Lewis
Joe Larate
Mike Smith
Jeanne Thornburg
Judy Motsinger
Marsha Garner
Larry Bonam
Susan Gaer
Shirley Bowser
Dale Tarrant
Bob Garner
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
Ron & Donna Hutto
Sandi and Larry Bonam
Shirley & Turney Bowser
Brian & Gail Gore
Mike & Charlotte Tallent
Larry & Nada Ream
Jerry & June Nettles-Scott