Happenings – May 6, 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.

Worship – May 3, 2020

Worship – April 26, 2020


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
God’s voice or another?
I recall a story told by John M. Braaten. It reminds me of the lessons in scripture found in 1 John 4 where we are told to test the spirits to see if they come from God.
The call of our Lord is “hidden” in a whole chorus of worldly voices which beckon us. Other would-be shepherds seek to tempt us away from the Good Shepherd, the joy of his forgiveness and the security of his love. And when we are weak and confused we may fall victim to the enticements of other gods.
An American tourist who was traveling in the Mid East, came upon several shepherds whose flocks had intermingled while drinking water from a brook. After an exchange of greetings, one of the shepherds turned toward the sheep and called out, “Manah. Manah. Manah.” (Manah means “follow me” in Arabic.) Immediately his sheep separated themselves from the rest and followed him.
Then one of the two remaining shepherds called out, “Manah. Manah.” and his sheep left the common flock to follow him.
The traveler then said to the third shepherd, “I would like to try that. Let me put on your cloak and turban and see if I can get the rest of the sheep to follow me.”
The shepherd smiled knowingly as the traveler wrapped himself in the cloak, put the turban on his head and called out, “Manah. Manah.”
The sheep did not respond to the stranger’s voice. Not one of them moved toward him. “Will the sheep ever follow someone other than you?” The traveler asked.
“Oh yes,” the shepherd replied, “sometimes a sheep gets sick, and then it will follow anyone.”
We have seen it, haven’t we? People, young and old, who are “sick.”
Battered by the storms of life and distracted by voices urging them to go this way and that, they have lost their bearings and they don’t know where they are or where they are going. That can be more than a little frightening; it leads to despair, to hopelessness. And when someone is “sick” they will follow anyone who will promise a moment of happiness, a brief feeling of peace or forgetfulness, a sense that they are someone.
But the call of Jesus the Good Shepherd is, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” There is no better way, no greater truth, no happier life. Our Lord reaches out to us in love that we might follow him.
Tune in on our MUMC website/YouTube to hear God’s word.
See you there,
Our Bishop has announced that churches should remain closed until May 20. If this holds true, we should be able to worship together on May 24. He is asking that we not have Holy Communion until the day we come back together. Pray that we can worship together again soon.
Preparing for Worship
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Fifth Sunday of Easter and Mother’s Day
MESSAGE: “Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Prayin’ to Doin’ and Workin”
Our office hours are have been changed to 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday thru Thursday.

MAY 2020

Covid-19 is still here. It sure is a challenging time for all of us.

There are three different dimensions of time … the past, the present and the future. We often ‘live’ in all three dimensions in our heads … however …

To live in the past is to live in the “why” mode … as in “Why did this happen to me? “Why did I do that?” “What did we do to deserve COVID-19?” When you are anxious about the past you most likely live in an unhappy place of regret and sadness.

To live in the future is to live in the “what if” mode. As in “What if I get sick from the COVID-19?” “What if one of my family members gets the COVID-19 virus or some other illness?” “What if I am not socially distancing myself enough?” Living in the “what if” mode can make you live with an anxious, fearful and timid heart.

What does God say to us? Biblically we have Isaiah telling us, in the Old Testament, to “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. (Isaiah 43:18). In the New Testament Matthew tells us of Christ’s words of “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:24). OK – so we forget the past and we do not worry about tomorrow … we just deal with ‘today’s trouble.’ The present … the NOW.

And what about living in the NOW? Sometimes we allow the past regrets and future fears to rule the NOW. We know time is really only going to go in one direction (and likewise life moves only in one direction) … forward. Therefore … we realistically shouldn’t waste our time on stuff we can’t control. That’s such an easy thing to say … but not always an easy thing to do … and that poses a question … How do we calm our regrets, our fears, our angst and concentrate on the NOW!

One way – is to talk it out. Verbalize those regrets of the past. Verbalize those fears of the future. Sharing our feelings with another person can somehow often make those regrets and/or fears not quite so daunting. Stephen Ministers are here in our church to listen. That’s what we do … we listen to our care receiver’s feelings of regret and fear and, with God’s help, those feelings become less ‘daunting.’

We are here to help you … but we need to know you need that help! If you are having some of these feelings and they aren’t going away … then GIVE US A CALL … Our phone numbers are below.

We will not be able to physically come to you at the present time … but will use the tool of the telephone … and maybe even FaceTime! And, once this virus is tamed, we will meet face to face again!

Dealing with the present, the NOW, need not be as daunting as those feelings of the past or the fear of the future. Let us help you.

Please start by calling Pastor Nels or one of the Stephen Leaders through the church office at (864)852-2394.
Kindness Update Special thanks to Bob Garner who shared a short video this week that showed how a positive word of encouragement can change a person’s destiny. It was about the great American inventor Thomas Edison who wrote in his personal diary: “Thomas A. Edison, a mentally deficient child whose mother turned him into the genius of the century”. The background to this diary entry is that, as a boy, Edison was sent home from school with a note to his mother saying he could not return to school because of his mental deficiency. His mother, in reading the letter to her young son, changed the words to encouraging words that her son was a genius and the school was not good enough to meet his needs, so she should teach him at home, which she did. Edison never knew any different until after his mother died and he found the original note among some old papers, after which he made the diary entry. What a true selfless Act of Kindness this was … and a reminder to us of Jesus’ selfless Act of Kindness on our behalf … also a reminder of our need to always pay kindness forward!
The number of kindness entries submitted during Pay It Forward Week increased which is an indication we tried to do more for our neighbors and friends!
I mentioned to a friend that the store was out of popcorn. Guess what showed up in my mailbox the next day! It sure made me feel that I wanted to ‘pay it forward”. So I called a friend who is quarantined and asked if she needed groceries… she did!
Our Pay It Forward Day began with a telephone call from one of our nice neighbors letting us know he and his wife are enjoying seeing our Faith Over Fear cross in our front yard. He also let us know they have an early Greek Christian sign of the fish in their front yard, so we are going to be sure to check it out!
I anonymously remembered an old friend in a special way on Pay It Forward Day as that day – April 28 – was also her birthday!
Community and neighbors checking up on those around them and performing small acts of kindness for them whether asked or by discerning a need.
Sacrificial act of kindness — a granddaughter in Florida sent her grandmother in SC – by special delivery mail – a 12 count big roll package of Angel Soft toilet tissue because she knew her grandmother had found only empty shelves for over 4 weeks and was nearly out.
I received a message from a cousin that when she read her Upper Room devotional she thought of me and said a prayer for me. The fact that she did that was an act of kindness in itself, but her message to let me know it made it even more special to me! She also sang praises for the committee at her church who delivers the Upper Room to her home – another acknowledged act of kindness!
Visited a friend of mine today who doesn’t have much time left. This will probably be the last time we get to visit. We had such a great time talking old memories. We both felt blessed. I’m so glad I visited. We sat far apart on a porch and sent a virtual hug. It’s hard seeing those that are suffering or dying but worth it for you and that person.
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!
In 2001, Emilee wrote this poem and shared it with a friend, who recently sent it back to her. It is very fitting for today’s world situation. Thank you for sharing it, Emilee!
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.
McCormick County Chamber of Commerce
Lee Belanger
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Trely Wolfe
Marge Radosevich
Doug Hogarth
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Bernie Tarrant
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Gordon Waine
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Rick Lindley
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Ron Garling
Gaye and Jay Berry
John & Sue Yerdon
Joe and Lee Belanger
Gary and Trely Wolfe
Mitch and Sue Mitchell
Bob and Marsha Garner
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