Happenings – March 22, 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.
Special BLASTS will continue through this time period with messages from Pastor Nels. 
Pastor Nels made an audio recording of his message this morning (3/22/2020).  Go to https://www.mccormickumc.org/media/sermons/
to listen to his message.
The scripture lesson is: John 9: 1-12, 35-41
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
Click the image above for information concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Keeping the Faith thru Kindness
I wanted to reach out to our church family during this unusual time that none of us have ever experienced before. We, as a family, are so giving to one another and those in need. These times of economic strain and isolation need us to live and show our faith.
There are those in our church, as well as friends and neighbors that may need a call or groceries or any number of needs. We have those that are ill or recuperating from illness that could use our help.
We need to pray, stay in the Word, listen to the upcoming sermons and reach out by reaching up. If you know of a need that we can help with please call Nels or myself.
In His love,
Toni Graham
Council Chair
A prayer quilt for Pati Dombrowski was blessed at the March 22 worship service.  Pati’s prayer is for strength, healing, peace and comfort for her and her family.
Altar flowers on March 22 were given by Ron and Shirley Garling in memory of their parents.
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.

Crisis Brings Kindness  Acts of kindness during the coronavirus pandemic are providing uplifting moments of joy in our communities, our country and in our world at a time filled with anxiety. These acts of kindness range from grocery shopping for the elderly to delivering meals, offering free classes online, using internet apps to offer services to neighbors in need, use of Facebook to coordinate volunteer efforts, restaurants who are forced to shut down because of the virus who gave away 500 or so free care packages to people in need, and other businesses who give financial assistance to those who are out of work, school districts providing free meals to kids while schools are closed, and the list goes on and on!

You will see below from one of our kindness entries this past week that another effort to lift spirits and create a more positive environment is a project called Chalk Your Walk. That entry and others received are:

It’s beautiful to see all the acts of kindness going around during this desperate time. Teachers reaching out to help students at home; people calling and sending cards to shut ins and asking if they need anything; I could go on and on.
On March 20 and 21, my daughter and grandchildren joined their neighbors who were looking for something to do that’s safe and gets them out of the house during this time of pandemic restrictions. They went outside and wrote uplifting messages and drawings on their sidewalks with colorful sidewalk chalk. Later they took a walk to see what their other neighbors had created on the sidewalk! It is hoped that others will become Chalkers, spread some kindness, and Chalk their Walks!
I have been so touched by those giving me a call saying they have to go into town and do I need anything. I have to go into town on Monday and have called others to see what they may need.
God-Winks of Kindness? Have you seen them, or have you created one for someone else? If so, there are two ways you can share!
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
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