Happenings – September 18, 2019

 
By Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
 
“Is Your Church a Museum or Mission?”
 
Wallace H. Kirby, a man I know very little about, asks this question about the Church.
 
An inner city church, located in an area of the downtown where there were few residents, was forced to make a decision. A large corporation was offering them a great deal of money for their site, on which the corporation wanted to put a parking lot. The money would enable the church to move to another part of the inner city where they would find many more people to serve.
 
Even though this was exciting to some of the congregation, other members were resistant to the idea. They pointed out that the church was the guardian of a building whose history and architecture reached back into the early part of the nineteenth century. Denominational history had been made in that building, and some of the grand figures of the church had passed its portals.
 
Eventually the congregation decided to sell the site and make the move to a new building in a teeming inner-city neighborhood. The pastor who was with this congregation through all this upheaval said, “We had to decide whether we want to be in a museum or in mission.”
 
They couldn’t have it both ways. It meant either staying on their site, glorying in their past history and serving a few people, or giving up their past and gearing themselves to a significant ministry among the city’s people. They opted for mission status over museum status.
 
Something of this same struggle is indicated the Gospels. The Pharisees and scribes came down on the side of museum religion. They wanted attention given to those who were stable, pious and not a liability if invited to the country club. Theirs was a “let’s have our synagogue programs be for us dependable, like-minded types,” as some present-day church-growth advocates.
 
Jesus disappointed them by insisting that the issue was one of mission: to reach out to those who needed great mercy and grace, spiritual direction, lessons in etiquette, social graces, and perhaps a bath. Paying attention to these “lost” persons would change the comfortable fellowship the scribes and Pharisees enjoyed at the synagogue, to say nothing of putting a dent into its budget.….
But Jesus does say we are to reach out to sinners like he did….
 
Uncomfortable yet?
 
See you Sunday, Nels
 
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Luke 16: 1-13
MESSAGE: “Sinful Shrewdness”
 
Audio Recordings of Sermons are available at https://www.mccormickumc.org/media/sermons/
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MUMC LASAGNA DINNER The Mission Outreach Committee wishes to thank all of those that helped to make the third lasagna dinner such a success!
 
Don Tummons and Don Yerdon (and their spouses) did an amazing job of making the lasagna, salad and dessert, and getting it out to the servers hot, fresh, and so delicious!
 
Many, many thanks to those that sold tickets, did the marketing, set up, tore down, decorated, and served the food.. it took a whole team of supportive folks!
 
The dinner netted approximately $1300 which will help to reach our “Rise Against Hunger” goal of $5300. Again, the Mission Outreach Committee thanks everyone for all your efforts.
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FIVE NEW MUMC NEW MEMBERS
A warm welcome to the newest additions to our MUMC family! We are excited about involving them as we reach up, reach out to God and the community!
 
Sara & Scott Pitser and Marilyn & Bob Schultz joined us at the 8:30am service. Patty Meredith joined us at the 11am service.
 
Pictured are Clara Pitser, Wendy and Dick Kvale, Scott Pitser, Marilyn and Bob Schultz, and Pat and Chuck Winn. Rev. Nels welcomed them at the 8:30am service.
 
Pictured is Patty Meredith with Nancy Tutt.
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MUMC SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
ALL WELCOME
The day after Labor Day meant the first day of school for so many of us, first as students, later for many, as educators!
 
How about coming ‘back to school’ on Sundays at 9:45!
 
Wesley Class meets in the classroom next to the choir room and uses the Adult Bible study series.
 
In classroom#2, Young at Heart class continues its prayer and discussion as we start Max Lucado’s Life Applications of the Book of Matthew.
 
And of course, there is always something special going on in the library for any young people who come by!
Come enjoy again the joy of gathering together to learn and enjoy friends! There is a seat, book, and hug awaiting you in any room you enter! Try it- you’ll like it!!’
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FCA STUDENTS TO ATTEND BOTH SEPTEMBER 22 SERVICES
Rico Salliewhite and some of the FCA student athletes from McCormick High and Middle Schools will join us to tell us about their summer camp experiences this year!
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MEN N MINISTRY NEWS
Men N Ministry returned from the summer break with a dinner meeting on September 10th. John Yerdon and Don Tummons prepared the meal. Joe Larate led the devotional.
The guest speaker for the Evening was SLV resident, James Brady. He was the Director of Acquisitions for thirteen years for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. His talk focused on the holocaust itself, including the differences between genocide and the holocaust, the history leading up to the era, the groups persecuted and myths surrounding the era. He also provided an insightful question and answer period.
 
During the business portion of the meeting the successful Green Jackets baseball game night was summarized (thanks to Lyn Bourne) and donations were made to the Jeremy Hutton Mission trip to Nicaragua ($200) and the Rise Against Hunger church program ($250).
 
The men will again be selling Brats, chips and drinks at the October 5th MUMC Craft Show and Cookie Factory from 11:00 on.
 
Next dinner meeting will be held on October 1 at 6pm. All men are welcome to attend.. No need to sign up, just show up!
There will be a joint UMM-UMW meeting on Thursday October 25th. Due to this meeting there will be no Men N Ministry meeting in November.
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MUMC WOMEN INVITED TO FELLOWSHIP AT MICHELLE’S
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Click the image above to view our event calendar.

 
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SAVE THE DATE:
Sept 18… Charge Conference
Sept 21… UMW District Meeting at MUMC
Sept 28… Donnell Harris Concert 7pm Reception Following
Sept 29.. Fifth Sunday.. Service at 10am with lunch following
Oct 5… MUMC Craft Show and Cookie Factory
Oct 13…Stewardship Sunday
Oct 17.. Joint UMW and Men N Ministry Dinner Meeting 6pm
Oct 19…Rise Against Hunger
Oct 27 … Birthday Party (Congregational Care)
Nov 17.. Stephen Minister Sunday
Dec 29.. Fifth Sunday.. Service at 10am with lunch following
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MEN N MINISTRY PANCAKE BREAKFAST CANCELLED
From Bruce Motsinger.. It becomes necessary for the Men n Ministry to cancel the planned Pancake Breakfast at the McCormick United Methodist Church, scheduled for 9/21, from 8 – 10, due to a scheduling conflict. Men n Ministry regret any inconvenience this causes.. The Gold Rush Event in town is scheduled, we ask everyone to support our local restaurants. If any questions, please contact Bruce Motsinger or Bob Rennie.
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CONGREGATIONAL CARE TEAM
MEETS SEPTEMBER 19
VISIT TO FOREST VIEW MANOR ON SEPTEMBER 17
The Congregational Care Team is meeting on Thursday, September 19 at 2pm. Everyone is welcome!
 
On the third Tuesday of each month, they meet at the church at 1pm and drive to Forest View Manor in McCormick. Several of our members live there, include Tillie Freeland. They usually do a craft, play Bingo, talk about God’s being there for us and then have a snack. They invite everyone to join them! Mark September 17 on your calendar and join them this month!
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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
GREENWOOD DISTRICT MEETING
AT MUMC
SAT. SEP. 21
REGISTRATION: 9:15AM IN FELLOWSHIP HALL
MEETING: 10AM IN SANCTUARY Advocate Editor Jessica Brodie (left) and Assistant Editor Allison Trussell
 
All women of the church are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Greenwood District United Methodist Women that will be hosted at McCormick United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 21. Registration with light refreshments begins at 9:15 a.m. in the church fellowship hall followed by Assembly in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. Guest speaker will be Jessica Brodie, Editor of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate. The theme for this meeting is “Keeping Faith in the Midst of Change”. During the assembly, UMW units of the Greenwood District will be recognized for their participation in district-wide missions and other programs. The meeting will conclude at noon. This is a good opportunity for women of McCormick UMC to meet and greet other women in the Greenwood District – please put this date on your calendar and bring a friend if you’d like!
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SEPTEMBER 29 FIFTH SUNDAY ONE SERVICE
POT LUCK… CHRISTMAS PICTURE
First of all, there will be one service on September 29 (Fifth Sunday) at 10am.
 
Secondly, between the service and the pot luck luncheon, Harry Shelley will be taking our MUMC Family picture for our Christmas Card, which will list the Christmas services. This card will distributed by us to our friends, neighbors and visitors to our area. We are asking you wear red and/or green that day.. we will send out a reminder.
 
Also.. there is a pot luck luncheon following the photo shoot! We are trying something different.. instead of a sign up in the Fellowship Hall, we are asking that you email Donna Hutto (hutt@wctel.net ) or Barb Shelley (hbshelley@wctel.net) and let one of us know how many in your household will be able to attend the luncheon and what dish you are planning to bring.
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CHRISTIAN YOGA WORKSHOPS ARE BACK!
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.
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MUMC 2019 TIME AND TALENT SURVEY
The response has been strong to the initial survey. 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!
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MUMC CRAFT SHOW AND COOKIE FACTORY
OCTOBER 5 9AM TO 2PM
If you have plants you’d like to donate, please call or email Marge Radosevich. This would be a great time to start a few from your favorite plants at home!
 
Sign up sheet for cookies and other baked goods will be in the Fellowship Hall.
 
We will need a few strong backs to set up tables, please contact Barb Shelley if you are available on Thursday, Oct 3 for about an hour in the evening.
 
Lindy Stahlman is chair this year, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact her.
 
 
When the MEN N MINISTRY meet on the first Tuesdays, the women of the church meet in the backroom of Michelle’s for dinner and fellowship. We’d love to have more join us.. put October 1 on your calendar.. at 6pm!
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BIRTHDAYS
September
Bob Wieboldt
Madge Krotzer
Ken Moffett
Caren Larate
Paula LeMond
Abbie Caywood
Mary Parnell
Tillie Freeland
Ed Bowser
Byron Thompson
 
October
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
 
November
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
 
ANNIVERSARIES
September
Dan & Linda Higgins
Susan & Robert Crowley
Dick & Wendy Kvale
Jerry & Lyn Miller
Ronald & Shirley Garling
 
October
Ken & Shirley Moffett
Joe and Caren Larate
Don & Betty Francavilla
 
November
Gordon and Carol Waine
Dale and Bernie Tarrant
Bruce & Judy Motsinger
Dennis & Nancy Vereb
Brad & Pat Meyers
James & Janice Sibert