United Methodist Women

Officers Jeanne Thornburg: President Sue Yerdon: Vice-President Nancy Vereb: Secretary Connie Tremsky: Treasurer Lindy Stahlman: Spiritual Growth Coord. Emilee Groh Program Resources Coord.
Purpose: United Methodist Women (UMW) shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
UMW Mission Initiatives
The entire program and organization of United Methodist Women focuses on mission. Our mission initiatives include:
Providing opportunities to grow spiritually
Equipping women & girls to be leaders
Providing transformative educational experiences
Organizing for growth & flexibility
Working for justice through service and advocacy
Meeting Schedule: Meetings are held quarterly at 6 P.M. on the 3rd Thursday of January, April, July and October in the Church Fellowship Hall.


The Morning Glories Circle meets the 2nd Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m. This circle does not meet the months of June, July, and August.
For additional information about United Methodist Women please visit the United Methodist Women website at http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org
You can join United Methodist Women locally, district-wide, nationwide, and internationally by participating in the UMW Reading Program! McCormick UMW will host this year’s UMW Annual Meeting for the Greenwood District on Saturday, September 21, and it would be great to show our support for the UMW Reading Program by our participation when recognition is given to the UMW units in the Greenwood District.
Click the links to view/print the 2018 UMW Book List,
Thank you in advance for your support of this program that not only connects us as United Methodist Women but also encourages members to think critically about current issues, deepens our spirituality, and broadens our understanding of the mission work of United Methodist Women. Books from previous years are also available to be checked out from our Church Library.
For additional information, visit www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/readingprogram


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!


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.
JULY 18, 2019
(Left to right) Jeanne Thornburg, UMW President, Rev. Britz, “Bacon” Brice, and Rev. Ledwell
There were 22 in attendance at the Annual McCormick UMW Summer Dinner meeting on July 18. A very informative program was presented by Rev. Sharon (“Shazzy”) Britz, Campus Minister for the Greenwood Wesley Fellowship, United Methodist campus ministry for students of Lander University and Piedmont Technical College. With the help of one of her students, “Bacon” Brice, those present got to feel the impact of this ministry through a power point presentation that showed the students in action. Sharon also shared ways that church groups and individuals can become involved with this ministry, whether it be through monetary donations, providing food for group meetings, visiting a group meeting, and of course, through prayer, Committee members who planned the theme – “Flip Flops and Friends” – and meal for the meeting were Ingrid Fuller, Toni Graham, Linda Kidd, and Tina Sims. A special thanks goes to Lindy Stahlman for taking the photos that you see here.
UMW held their Annual Spring Luncheon in the fellowship hall on Saturday. The luncheon of quiche and salad was served by Sue Gaer, Linda Kidd, Caren Larate, Martha Crace and Carol Williams. The Devotion was given by Lindy Stahlman, who spoke about the importance of laughter and joy in our Christian lives.
Jeanne Thornburg, UMW president, presented $350 to the Girls Scout/Brownie troop that meets at our church. The money was raised over a year and a half by using a Blessing Box. It was delightful to have two of the girls there, with leader, Ellen Jankowski. They showed us a professional coloring book on McCormick they had published. Ellen shared that the monies would be used to purchase a series of special books for each Scout.
Shannon Stewart did a presentation on the McCormick County Chamber. She shared the website and several events they are marketing. MUMC is fortunate to be a member of the Chamber.
The next UMW dinner meeting will be on July 18. Mark your calendars, all women are welcome!
Around forty women enjoyed soup and salad prepared by the UMW officers!
Jeanne Thornburg, UMW President, presented a check for $1000 to Connie Tremsky and Barb Berton, who represented McCormick Backpack Ministry. The funds were raised in Octoberat the MUMC Craft Show and Cookie Factory.
Jeanne also announced that they will be taking a check for $800 to The Epworth Children’s Home, when they visit on February 28. Those funds were also from the Craft Show.
Pastor Nels spoke on the the upcoming February UMC Conference where they will be addressing the issueof Homosexuality, Marriage, and the ordination of homosexual clergy. It was learned that is a complex issue and there are many schools of thought. They will be voting the end of February.
McCormick UMW Summer Dinner Meeting
There were 36 ladies in attendance at the summer dinner meeting of McCormick UMW on Thursday, July 19. With the theme of Let Your Light Shine, Lindy Stahlman set the tone with her devotional that stirred memories of younger days spent catching “lightning bugs” or “fireflies” with a message to let our lights shine to others. Guest speaker was Barbara Gates, Greenwood District UMW Program Resources Coordinator. Her presentation focused on the UMW Reading Program.
During discussion about what mission projects are served with McCormick UMW funds, attendants were given the names of the five South Carolina mission projects, Bethlehem Center – Columbia, Bethlehem Center – Spartanburg, John’s Island Rural Mission, Killingsworth Home, and Wallace Family Life Center. Funds also go toward national, global, and local missions with a special emphasis on women and children. McCormick UMW’s share of the total Greenwood District’s pledge to missions is $1,250. Connie Tremsky, Treasurer, reminded the membership that it is time to send in quarterly mission funds and encouraged members to make their spiritual gifts to mission.
Serving on the dinner committee for this meeting were Toni Graham, Emilee Groh, Sue Mitchell, Marge Radosevich, and Joan Wessels.
There were 32 ladies in attendance at the Annual Spring Luncheon of McCormick UMW on Saturday, April 21. Guest speaker was Rev. John E. Holler, Jr., President of Epworth Children’s Home, Columbia, SC. Rev. Holler’s presentation was very interesting and informative. It was good to have updated information about Epworth, which is a mission project of the South Carolina Conference of the UMC.
The Annual Winter Dinner Meeting of McCormick United Methodist Women was held Thursday, January 18 with members of the Executive Committee serving as hostesses. Members of Martha’s Chapel UMW were also in attendance.
During the business meeting, Ellen Schumpert, Past Greenwood District UMW President, led the installation service for the following 2018 officers: President: Jeanne Thornburg, Vice President: Sue Yerdon; Secretary: Nancy Vereb; Treasurer: Connie Tremsky; Spiritual Growth Coordinator: Lindy Stahlman; Program Resources Coordinator: Emilee Groh. Rev. Nels led in a prayer for officers following the installation service. Connie Tremsky issued a reminder about completing 2018 pledge cards for any who have not already done so; pledge cards are also available by contacting Connie.
The following presentations were made: 1.) Presentation of 2017 Craft Show & Cookie Factory Proceeds in the amount of $2,400 to McCormick Backpack Ministry; 2.) Presentation of 2017 Box of Blessings Donations to McCormick Children’s Home, Inc. (funds will be sent to them as Laurie Franklin, Executive Director was unable to attend); 3.) Presentation of 2017 Reading Program certificates to participants.
Nancy Vereb, Prayers & Squares Small Group Leader presented a beautiful quilt square prepared by the members of her group that will be turned in on Saturday, January 20 at a Greenwood District UMW Officers Training event at Central UMC in Newberry. Each UMW unit in the Greenwood District was assigned the task of creating a quilt square that was depictive of their church. The squares from all of the churches in the district will make up a quilt that will be presented to Rev. Love, Greenwood District Superintendent, at this year’s Annual Conference in June.
The next meeting of McCormick UMW will be the Annual Spring Luncheon to be held on Saturday, April 21 at 12 Noon in the Church Fellowship Hall.
The Greenwood District UMW Annual Meeting was held at Grace UMC in North Augusta on Saturday, September 23. Three members of McCormick UMW attended: Sue Mitchell, Jeanne Thornburg, and Linda Kidd.
Our UMW unit received the following recognition for participation at the district level for 2017:
  • Mission Today Unit for giving to the five areas of designated giving for the conference and for meeting our pledge to mission;
  • Diamond Unit for meeting requirements of the Charter for Racial Justice;
  • Reading Program – seven of our members (Shirley Garling, Emilee Groh, Linda Kidd, Madge Krotzer, Sue Mitchell, Carol Struck, and Connie Tremsky) were recognized for reading a total of 46 books. Totals for the district were 57 readers with 510 books read.
During the pledge service, the 2018 pledge for the Greenwood District to the SC Conference UMW in the amount of $30,000 (representing all UMW units in the district) was approved. Of that amount, the pledge from McCormick UMW for 2018 is $1,250.
Guest speaker for the meeting was Deaconess Selena Ruth Smith and her presentation focused on “Women Walking by Faith, Not by Sight”. Employed as a firefighter and EMT for the City of Sumter, SC, Selena enthusiastically connected her vocation to the topic. She compared a firefighter’s faith in being aware of his or her partner’s presence when fighting a fire, even though they cannot see one another, to our faith walks as Christians. Selena was commissioned as a UMC Deaconess at the April 2012 General Conference; she is a board member of The Advocate, SC Conference monthly publication, and is a National Director for UMW (2016-2020).