Happenings – October 8, 2019

By Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
Coming to Stewardship Sunday with Thankful Hearts
Greg Anderson, in Living Life on Purpose, tells a story about a man whose wife had left him. He was completely depressed. He had lost faith in himself, in other people, in God–he found no joy in living.
One rainy morning this man went to a small neighborhood restaurant for breakfast. Although several people were at the diner, no one was speaking to anyone else. Our miserable friend hunched over the counter, stirring his coffee with a spoon.
In one of the small booths, along the window, was a young mother with a little girl. They had just been served their food when the little girl broke the sad silence by almost shouting, “Momma, why don’t we say our prayers here?”
The waitress who had just served their breakfast turned around and said, “Sure, honey, we pray here. Will you say the prayer for us?” And she turned and looked at the rest of the people in the restaurant and said, “Bow your heads.”
Surprisingly, one by one, the heads went down. The little girl then bowed her head, folded her hands, and said, “God is great, God is good, and we thank him for our food. Amen.”
That prayer changed the entire atmosphere. People began to talk with one another. The waitress said, “We should do that every morning.”
“All of a sudden,” said our friend, “my whole frame of mind started to improve. From that little girl’s example, I started to thank God for all that I did have and stop majoring in all that I didn’t have. I started to be grateful.”
We all understand and appreciate the importance of gratitude and how it can radically change relationships. In fact, one of the first things we were taught and that we teach our children is to express their gratitude. Someone gives them some candy and we say: “Now what do you say?” And the child learns from an early age the answer “Thank you.” And certainly we all know as adults that we appreciate being thanked. Yet, when it comes to giving thanks to our heavenly father, we so often miss the mark.
God does so much for us we often don’t realize how good God really is to us. Let’s show God our gratitude by promising to give back on this Stewardship Sunday, October 13. Let’s invest in a winner, the Kingdom of God.
See you Sunday,
Stewardship Sunday Celebration
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Luke 17: 11-19
MESSAGE: “The Club of the Not-So-Good Nine”
Lindy Stahlman, chair of the MUMC Craft Show and Cookie Factory, thanks everyone for their participation! The MUMC Family really came through… we had men setting up, taking down, helping vendors carry their wares, tons of bakers, people doing marketing, manning the cooking factory (and setting it up), cleaning the atrium for the plant sale, selling plants, cooking and selling brats, plus much more! We also had many, many members there shopping and talking with our many, many guests. In all, it was a marvelous day!
Counting monies made in the plant sale, cookie factory and vendor space rental, we now have a little over $1800 to use with our ministries! That is wonderful!
Besides raising monies for our ministries, the event served as a place for new residents to meet new friends, and maybe find a church that is friendly and active! Many did ask about our church services!
Photos on https://www.mccormickumc.org/craft-show-and-cookie-factory-2019
Men N Ministry held their October meeting on Tuesday, October 1. Dale Tarrant, John Yerdon and Don Tummons prepared the meal. Bob Rennie gave the devotion prepared by Don Tummons.
The guest speaker was Terry Wilson who discussed his latest book: Cursed by Bias Diplomacy. He has published 15 books. This is his second historical fiction book on the significant events and conditions of the 1770s leading up to the American Revolution. The discussion provided some fascinating insights about the period including some of the actual people who participated in the actual events.
The next meeting will be December 3 with Bob Weiss preparing the meal. Marion Sturkey of Plum Branch, who owns and operates Heritage Press. Will be the speaker. He researches, writes, publishes, and distributes technical books dealing with military history, aviation history, and regional history (including Plum Branch and other SC areas).

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Upcoming Events
Oct 12… Yoga – Biblical Scriptures and eight limbs of Yoga
Oct 13… Stewardship Sunday
Oct 17.. Joint UMW and Men N Ministry Dinner Meeting 6pm
Oct 19…Rise Against Hunger
Oct 22… Panama Missionary Presentation (Sanctuary)
Oct 27 … Birthday Party (Congregational Care)
Nov 2… Yoga – Postures to alleviate shoulder and neck pain
Nov 17.. Stephen Minister Sunday
Dec 7… Yoga – Cultivating an attitude of gratitude
Dec 29.. Fifth Sunday.. Service at 10am with lunch following
All men and women are invited to attend the fifth annual fall dinner meeting of McCormick United Methodist Men and Women that is scheduled for Thursday evening, October 17 at 6 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall.
There will be a $10 charge for another delicious meal, prepared by Don Tummons and John Yerdon! It will include Salad, Roast Sirloin Beef, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Stir fry veggies, Rolls and Butter and a Dessert.
For those who missed this event last year and for those who were there and enjoyed it so much, you will be pleased to hear that the program will again feature Christian beach music. Guest musician will be Larry Freeland, a McCormick native who lives in Greenwood, and he calls his performance, “Lost in the Fifties”. He will perform some very popular beach music selections to which he has adapted Christian lyrics.
It’s for sure you will want to tap your feet and sing along! More detailed information will be forthcoming – be sure to mark your calendars for this fun event!
Saturday, Oct 19
Volunteers for Rise against Hunger! Anyone volunteering for Rise against Hunger, Sat. Oct. 19, we are asking that you take a moment and go on line and pre-register as a volunteer. Log into the following address: http://events.riseagainsthunger.org/McCormick2019 , then fill in your name, e-mail and zip code. This will speed up our registration on Saturday morning. We want to thank all that are volunteering. If any questions, please contact Bruce Motsinger.
Panama Missionary coming to McCormick UMC!
Our Missionary to Panama, Rhett Thompson, will be making a presentation at our Church on Tues. evening, Oct. 22, at 7PM. Should be very informative and inspiring. Please plan to attend.
OCT 27 3-5PM
Put October 27th on your calendar for our Bingo Birthday Bash!
This year our birthday party is for everyone who has or will celebrate a birthday in 2019 .. that’s everyone!
Come join us from 3pm-5pm to play Bingo or just sit and visit with your friends. Bring a friend or relative too! There will be door prizes, snacks, cake and ice cream plus lots of fun.
Hope we see you on Sunday, October 27th 3-5pm in the Fellowship Hall.
From Shannon Stewart…
There will be four half day Christian yoga workshops offered on the following Saturdays:
  • October 12–Biblical scriptures and the eight limbs of yoga
  • November 2–Yoga postures to alleviate shoulder and neck pain
  • December 7–Cultivating an attitude of gratitude
If you are staying for the entire day, please bring a snacks to eat during the breaks or during the workshop time.
Forty-Five completed so far… 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!
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
Bob Schultz
Billie Samec
Patsy Wilson
Nels Ledwell
Joan Smith
Donna Hutto
Linda Kidd
Dennis Vereb
Sandi Bonam
Connie Tremsky
Robert Weiss
Mary Thompson
Ron Hutto
Linda Scott
Diane Lewis
Ken & Shirley Moffett
Joe and Caren Larate
Don & Betty Francavilla
Gordon and Carol Waine
Dale and Bernie Tarrant
Bruce & Judy Motsinger
Dennis & Nancy Vereb
Brad & Pat Meyers
James & Janice Sibert