Happenings – September 25, 2019

By Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
Sinking Monuments
There is a strange group of tombstones not far from Lincoln, Kansas. A man named John Davis, a farmer and self-made man, had them erected. Davis began as a lowly hired hand, and by sheer determination and frugality he managed to amass a considerable fortune. In the process, however, Davis didn’t make many friends.
When his wife died, Davis erected an elaborate statue in her memory. He hired a sculptor to design a monument which showed both her and him at opposite ends of a love seat. He was so pleased with the result that he commissioned another statue – this time of himself, kneeling at her grave, placing a wreath on it. That impressed him so much that he ordered a third monument – this time of his wife kneeling at his future gravesite placing a wreath. He had the sculptor add a pair of wings on her back giving her the appearance of an angel. One idea led to another until he’d spent over a quarter million dollars on the monuments to himself and his wife!
After using up all his money on stone statues – John Davis died at age 92, grim-faced and poor. And the monuments – each one is slowly sinking into the ground – each becoming victims of time – vandalism – neglect. In a few years they’ll be gone.
One other thing. Very few people attended Mr. Davis’ funeral. Only one person seemed genuinely moved by any sense of personal loss. He was Horace England – the sculptor.
Your assignment, ask yourself what Mr. Davis could have done differently?
We will talk about it in Church.
See you Sunday,
SCRIPTURE LESSON: Luke 16: 19-31
MESSAGE: “The Poor Rich Man That Never Lived”
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McCormick UMW Hosts Greenwood District UMW Annual Meeting Pictured (left to right): Mary Lynn Polk, Greenwood District UMW Spiritual Growth Coordinator; Joyce Crouch, Greenwood District UMW President; Jessica Brodie, Guest Speaker; Carol Marse, Greenwood District UMW Vice President; Jeanne Thornburg, McCormick UMW President
Seventy-seven women representing the churches in the Greenwood District attended the UMW Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 21 at McCormick UMC. Guest speaker was Jessica Brodie, Editor of the SC United Methodist Advocate, who spoke on “Keeping the Faith in the Midst of Change”. Her presentation was focused on the fact that we are United Methodists who are “United in Christ”. During the business meeting, McCormick United Methodist Women received the following recognition for participation at the district level for 2019: SC Mission Today Unit for giving to the five mission projects of the SCCUMW, for meeting our pledge to mission and meeting nine other qualifiers; Diamond Unit for meeting requirements of the Charter for Racial Justice; Reading Program –two members read a total of 21 books (Emilee Groh, Linda Kidd). McCormick UMW made a pledge of $1,300 toward the Greenwood District UMW’s pledge of $30,000 for 2020.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives…one heart at a time. Since 1954, FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful platform of sport to reach every coach and every athlete with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel.
Coaches Rico Salliewhite and Brittany Callahan brought some of the McCormick County FCA athletes to both services and let them share about their experiences at FCA camp. MUMC provided some of the funding for the camp, allowing several to attend from McCormick. All said they enjoyed the camp, and that they felt closer to God and each other after their experience.
MUMC members and guests are invited to help the local FCA chapter by providing breakfast snacks or being the leader (sharing a devotional or testimony) at one of their bi-weekly meetings before school. Normally, around 25 students attend. If you are interested, contact one of the coaches.
The School Supplies were delivered to the McCormick Schools on September 16th. The M&M’s would like to thank everyone who donated supplies. We are fortunate to have a caring Church Family. Blessings to each of you.

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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 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 27 … Birthday Party (Congregational Care)
Nov 17.. Stephen Minister Sunday
Dec 7… Yoga – Cultivating an attitude of gratitude
Dec 29.. Fifth Sunday.. Service at 10am with lunch following
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear our very own Donnell in concert on Saturday night! Highly suggest you come a little early to make sure you have a great seat!
There are no tickets, no sign ups.. just come and bring your neighbors! There will be a “love offering” which will be given to Donnell.
There will be refreshments and a “Meet and Greet” in the Fellowship Hall following the concert.
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.
Next dinner meeting will be held on October 1 at 6pm.
Speaker will be Terry Wilson, author newly released book, Cursed by Bias Diplomacy. With greed and corruption prevalent on both sides of the Atlantic and the British Treasury nearly pleated by wars, Parliament looks to its English colonies in America for more revenue. Colonies are not happy. For more information on his books, go to his website at https://terrywilsonsite.com/
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 17th. Due to this meeting there will be no Men N Ministry meeting in November.
Fifth Annual Fall Men’s & Women’s Dinner Set for October 17
All men and women of the church 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. A delicious meal is being planned, of course! 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!
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!
Schedule for Cookie Factory volunteers is in the Fellowship Hall on the easel.
Bakers… Please bring your baked goods to the church on Friday (Oct 4) between 3 and 6. If you did not get signed up, that’s fine, still bring your baked goods that Friday. If bringing in pans that need returning, please clearly mark them with your name.
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.
Bob Wieboldt
Madge Krotzer
Ken Moffett
Caren Larate
Paula LeMond
Abbie Caywood
Mary Parnell
Tillie Freeland
Ed Bowser
Byron Thompson
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
Dan & Linda Higgins
Susan & Robert Crowley
Dick & Wendy Kvale
Jerry & Lyn Miller
Ronald & Shirley Garling
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