Happenings – May 13, 2020

McCormick United Methodist Church has temporarily suspended in-house services and is canceling or postponing gatherings and events in response to coronavirus concerns.
Everyone is encouraged to remain at home and follow all health precautions.

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McCormick United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 267
McCormick SC 29835
Checking Your Foundation
When Charles Atlas was a teenager, his parents bought him a dresser mirror that he placed in his bedroom. Before this time, whenever Charlie needed to use a mirror he went to the bathroom, but there he was only able to see his head and possibly his shoulders. When he got dressed up he used his parents’ full length mirror in their bedroom. Charlie was happy with his new mirror; he spent many hours in front of it.
One day when he was standing in front of the mirror, Charlie decided to take off his shirt. He was very disappointed. His chest was scrawny and his biceps were so thin that he could place his hand completely around one. This was an intolerable situation; he did not want to be known as a scrawny weakling. Thus, on that very day, Charlie Atlas made a pact with himself; he would work as hard as necessary in order to build up his upper body, so that he would not be embarrassed in the mirror ever again. Charlie began a rugged daily regimen of exercise. For several hours each and every day he did exercises – push-ups, pull-ups, and sit-ups. Later he began to lift weights – barbells and dumbbells. He bought a special machine with weights, pulleys, and springs which allowed him to exercise even more.
After several months, Charlie again looked in the mirror. There was definite improvement. His chest had grown and his arms were more muscular. The positive results encouraged him and thus he doubled his efforts. He did more difficult exercises, lifted more weights, and now even began to eat only certain foods. He took lots of vitamins as well.
After a couple of years of this strenuous exercise program, Charlie again looked in the mirror. He was quite satisfied, even elated. His chest was huge and taut and his biceps were so large that two hands could not encircle one. His stomach rippled like waves on the ocean.
As he stood in personal admiration, all of a sudden Charlie collapsed. His parents were quite concerned and rushed him to the doctor. They thought for certain that it was a case of overexertion, but the doctor, after examining Charlie, said it was much more simple. Charlie’s ankles and legs were too weak, they could not support his massive bulk, thus he collapsed.
You see Charlie could only see his upper body in the mirror and that was all he developed.
The story of Charlie Atlas is a good illustration of a problem most of us have – we build up the externals of our life, but we forget about the rock foundation upon which our life must be based. We are like the house of which Jesus speaks that is built on sand and is washed away in a storm (Matthew 7:26-27). We need to fully recognize that we must build our house on the rock foundation which is Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. With this foundation, coronavirus or even rough days will not tear you down.
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Sunday, May 17, 2020
MESSAGE: “Vines, Branches, Friends and Joy”
Kindness Update An old familiar Christian song, “The Bible Tells Me So”, comes to mind during this worldwide pandemic we are in. Over 70 years ago, you could hear this song on Sunday mornings in the Children’s Sunday School at McCormick UMC under the direction of Mrs. Myrtle Garrison – no doubt it was also heard in many other churches back then. The words to the song still have the impactful meaning they did back then, but perhaps even more so today.
In addition, they tie in with Pastor Nels’ message on Mother’s Day when he encouraged us to continue “wishin’ and hopin’ and prayin’” but to also get to “doin’ and workin’” to continue to promote the Kingdom of God. To do this, we are to “just do it” and let the Holy Spirit guide us in reaching out in kindness toward others. Written and recorded by Dale Evans, the song goes like this:
Have faith, hope, and charity, that’s the way to live successfully; How do I know? The Bible tells me so. Do good to your enemies, and the Blessed Lord you’ll surely please; How do I know? The Bible tells me so.
Don’t worry about tomorrow – just be real good today – the Lord is right beside you – He’ll guide you all the way.
Have faith, hope, and charity, that’s the way to live successfully; How do I know? The Bible tells me so!
This week’s kindness entries below reveal that some folks have been caught “doin’ good”!
The McCormick Messenger had a kind person drop doughnuts by the office several times for staff to enjoy during Pay It Forward Week!
My Mother’s Day was blessed to receive a Mother’s Day greeting by phone from a friend whose Mother has been deceased for a number of years – one would think it should be I who called my friend who lives alone but instead I received a blessing by his beautiful Act of Kindness!
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!

McCormick UMC
Due to the COVID19 and the shelter in place recommendations made by all of our government officials, Shred Day and Prescription Take Back Day have been rescheduled to June 6, 2020.
Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause but we want everyone to remain safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
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