Happenings – September 9, 2019

 
 
By Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
 
“How Will the Church Be Lighted?”
The Rev. James W. Moore, in one of his books, tells a wonderful story with a challenge to us here at McCormick.
 
Several centuries ago in a mountain village in Europe, a wealthy nobleman wondered what legacy he should leave to his townspeople. He made a good decision. He decided to build them a church. No one was permitted to see the plans or the inside of the church until it was finished. At its grand opening, the people gathered and marveled at the beauty of the new church. Everything had been thought of and included. It was a masterpiece.
 
But then someone said, “Wait a minute! Where are the lamps? It is really quite dark in here. How will the church be lighted?”
 
The nobleman pointed to some brackets in the walls, and then he gave each family a lamp, which they were to bring with them each time they came to worship.
 
“Each time you are here'” the nobleman said, “the place where you are seated will be lighted. Each time you are not here, that place will be dark. This is to remind you that whenever you fail to come to church, some part of God’s house will be dark”
 
That’s a poignant story, isn’t it? And it makes a very significant point about the importance of our commitment and loyalty to the church.
 
The poet Edward Everett Hale put it like this:
I am only one,
but still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
 
What if every member of your church supported the church just as you do? What kind of church would you have? What if every single member served the church, attended the church, loved the church, shared the church, and gave to the church exactly as you do? What kind of church would you be?
 
See you and your light in Church,
Nels
 
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
SCRIPTURE LESSON: 1 Timothy 1: 12-17
MESSAGE: “Grateful, From Worst to First”
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CAROL STRUCK DELIVERED THE SERMON THIS WEEK
Carol Struck delivered the sermon, “Faith and Five Types of Personalities” on Sunday, September 8. She related her sermon to our lives in the present day. She said there are five personalities. Wishers, Dreamers, Talkers, Dabblers, and Doers. We can use all of our personalities to share God’s love and follow his will. Thank you, Carol!
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MUMC MUSIC PROGRAM
THANK YOU TO GORDIE, BOB, ROBBIE AND AL
Al Gaer, Gordie Waine, Robbie Rennie and Bob Rennie did a great job of singing, “God is Still Good”. We are fortunate to have so many talented singers in our congregation! An audio recording is below.
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WESLEY SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
MEETS SUNDAYS AT 9:45AM
The Wesley Sunday School Class has started our new Adult Bible Studies Unit titled “GOD”. Who is the God we worship? Our lessons this quarter are designed to help us better know God, embrace our identity as those created in God’a image and rightly direct our worship impulse toward God alone. Everyone is welcome to join us.
 
We meet at 9:45 each Sunday morning in the classroom next to the choir room.
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BACKPACK MINISTRY
Now that school is back in session the Backpack Ministry is packing approximately 120 backpacks for the McCormick school children for the weekend. You can help in two ways… Donate a case of plastic grocery bags (Costco or Sam’s) Double bag your clean, dry grocery bags, folding them lengthwise and bring them to Fellowship Hall
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SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED
The M&M’s are collecting school supplies for McCormick Schools. You will find a blue box in fellowship hall with copies of the supply list. Please help us fill the box.
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SAVE THE DATE:
Sept 8… Epworth Children’s Home Sunday
Sept 14… Lasagna Dinner
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
DINNER MEETINGS RESUME
SEPTEMBER 10 AT 6PM
Men N Ministry dinner meetings will resume Tuesday, September 10 at 6PM. Guest speaker will be Jim Brady, retired curator of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
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MORNING GLORIES MEET FRIDAY (09/13)
Morning Glories meeting is Fri 9/13. 9:30 in Fellowship Hall. Bring a friend, ‘bit of summer news’, and ideas for upcoming activities!
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MUMC LASAGNA DINNER
SEPT 14 5-7PM
The Mission Outreach Committee’s lasagna dinner is Saturday, September 14. The dinner will include appetizer, salad, rolls, lasagna, and a dessert. Tickets are $13 a ticket (2 for $25). The proceeds will support “Rise Against Hunger” and Mission Outreach projects. You can pay for a ticket and come get your lasagna to take home if you wish (In other words.. take out!) Not too late to get your tickets, give Bruce Motsinger, Barb Shelley or Linda Kidd a call today!
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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
Be sure to mark your calendars.. it’s coming soon!
 
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!
 
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.
 
 
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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
 
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