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We are the McCormick United Methodist Church (MUMC). Our congregation loves God and cares for one another. We share in each other’s joys and provide mutual support and prayers during tough times. We have fun as we work together doing the work of God. We reach up to God and reach out to our friends and neighbors both near and far.

We welcome visitors with the same love and energy. The members of MUMC care about you and your well-being. We want to get to know you, your joys, your concerns, your prayer needs and your spiritual gifts.

We invite you to look around our site, be sure to look at the sermons, pictures, missions and calendar. Then go to the "PLAN A VISIT" link above and join us at either the 8:30 AM or 11:00 AM service on Sunday!


WORDS FOR THE WEEK 

BY REV. C. NELS LEDWELL

Augustine's mother, Monica, was a fervent believer who prayed constantly for her son's salvation. She devoted her whole life to praying for Augustine's conversion. At one point, when Augustine was becoming devoted to the Manichaean philosophy, Monica begged a holy man to speak to Augustine, and show him why their beliefs were not true. The holy man refused because Augustine was known to have a great intellect, and would likely try to savage the holy man's arguments. The holy man assured Monica that he, too, had once been a Manichaean, and that Augustine was too smart to deceive himself much longer. At this, Monica began to cry. The holy man sent her away, saying, "Go, go! Leave me alone. Live on as you are living. It is not possible that the son of such tears should be lost."

The holy man was right. After many years and a fierce inner struggle, Augustine was touched by a revelation in Scripture, and became a Christian. When Monica learned of her son's salvation, she remarked that she had nothing left to live for, for the greatest desire of her heart had been fulfilled. Nine days later, Monica died. And the son she had spent her life praying for, went on to affect the whole world.

Monica never quit asking. "Live on as you are living," said the holy man. "It is not possible that the son of such tears should be lost." You are concerned about someone you love? Keep on asking God for help. Don't let your tears quench the flame of your faith in God. It may seem like God is ignoring you, but I assure you that is not the case. Don't give up. Keep asking. And keep on trusting.

adapted from Ruth Bell Graham, Prodigals and Those Who Love Them.

CREIGHTON SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION
AUGUST 13
One of the recipients of this year’s Creighton Scholarship award is Daniel J. Lagroon, son of Becky Lagroon and grandson of Sam and Mary Eddie Lindley. He is a 2017 graduate of Lincolnton High School and will attend the University of Georgia with the goal of medical school. 

The other recipient is Cole Benjamin Lewis, son of Preston and Beth Lewis and grandson of Francis and Archie Lewis. He is a 2017 graduate of Spartanburg High School and will attend Clemson University in the General Engineering Program.

Congratulations from McCormick United Methodist Church!  Attending the presentation were Ellie Vensel, Cole Lewis, Preston Lewis, Francis Lewis, Becky Lagroom, Daniel Lagroom, and Beth Lewis.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED
(Mary and Martha Small Group Ministry) are again collecting school supplies for the needy children of McCormick.  Please help us by picking up a copy of the supply list from the Blue Container located in Fellowship Hall and purchasing some supplies.Return the supplies to the Blue Container and we will deliver them to the school.  Thank you for your help.
If you have any questions please contact Gail Gore.

SPECIAL MUSIC
Mary Wright and Billie Samec provided very special music on Sunday, when they sang “Since Jesus Came into My Heart Medley.”  It was extra special since Mary has moved to North Carolina and came to share her talents along with Billie!

UMW READING PROGRAM – DEADLINE FOR PARTICIPATION IS AUGUST 31

As a reminder, women of the church have until August 31 to complete their participation in the UMW Reading Program for 2017.  A participation form for this program is available by clicking here.  A listing of all 2017 Reading Program books is available at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/readingprogram/2017.   You will notice at this site that e-readers may access books through Kindle.  The books are listed in five categories:  Education for Mission, Leadership Development, Nurturing for Community, Social Action, and Spiritual Growth.  Successful participation in the UMW Reading Program involves reading at least five books (one book in each of these five categories).  Participation forms are also available in the church library in a Reading Program binder found on the shelves there.  You will also find available Reading Program books in the library.  Thank you for your participation! 

BIRTHDAYS
AUGUST
Mike Tallent
Sundee Luedecke
Beverly Snyder
Nancy Tutt
Harry Shelley
Roger Wideman
Katie Lindley
Floyd Thomas
Don Tummons
Jerry Rohr
Betty Smith
Paul Wood
Jim Lambeth

SEPTEMBER
Bob Wieboldt
Faith Killius
Maggie Metz
Ted Armstrong
Pat Sharpe
Madge Krotzer
Ken Moffett
Caren Larate
Earl Wright
Paula LeMond
Abbie Caywood
Mary Parnell
Tillie Freeland
Wayne Stowe
Tom Huber
Dick KilliuS
Byron Thompson

ANNIVERSARIES
AUGUST
Byron & Mary Thompson
Jimmy & Betty Smith
Mike & Glenda Sartain
Harry & Barb Shelley
Don & Carol Tummons

SEPTEMBER
Dan & Linda Higgins
Susan & Robert Crowley
Floyd & Peggy Thomas
Dick & Wendy Kvale
Jerry & Lyn Miller
Ronald & Shirley Garling

Calendar

ED KILBOURNE
GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH – NORTH AUGUSTA
AUGUST 27 – LEAD WORSHIP AND CONCERT AT 5PM
AUGUST 28-30 – LEAD ADULT VBS
Singer, storyteller, humorist and folk-theologian Ed Kilbourne will be the featured speaker at Vacation Bible School For Grown-Ups 50+ at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta. Kilbourne will lead the adult VBS – “The Gospel According to You” – at the church’s Wesley Center, 639 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 28-30, 2017. Registration fee is $25, with lunch to follow each day. Kilbourne is known for his collections of moving music, quirky humor and insightful monologues. He combines acoustic guitar and singing with a storytelling style often compared to that of “A Prairie Home Companion” radio humorist Garrison Keillor. He also will lead worship at Grace UMC on Aug. 27, 2017, and perform his “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” concert at 5 p.m. To register or for more information, email Beverly Blevins at beverly@gotgraceumc.org 

MEN N MINISTRY RESUMES ON SEPT 5
Men in ministry will begin their fall schedule on Tuesday September 5th at 6pm. We are inviting all men and their guests to attend. We need all the support possible, and you can make a difference in our efforts.  Let Bob Rennie know of any interesting speakers you would like to see invited to share at one of our dinner meetings.

CHOIR TO RESUME REHEARSALS
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
The MUMC Choir will resume rehearsals the Wednesday after Labor Day, September 6. Everyone is welcome, even if you cannot be here every Sunday, your voice is needed when you can join them!

COFFEE WITH CLARKE
SEPTEMBER 8 9:30-10:30 FELLOWSHIP HALL
Sheriff Clarke Stearns graciously accepted our invitation to come for an informal conversation with anyone who has not had a chance to meet and talk with him! We appreciate his taking time from his very busy and demanding job keeping us all safe here in McCormick County. Everyone is invited- bring your neighbors!

CAFÉ DU DON
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Menu:
Hash Brown Casserole (this is GF also), OJ, Coffee, lots of goodies.

40TH ANNUAL GOLD RUSH DAYS FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
The McCormick County Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for the 40th Annual Gold Rush Days Festival on September 16, 2017.  The day will start with a parade at 10:00 am with events occurring throughout the day until 4:00 pm.  Come join us for a fun-filled, family day.  More details about this year’s festival can be found at https://mccormickscchamber.org/2017/07/join-us-for-the-40th-annual-gold-rush-days-festival-on-september-16-2017/ .

MISSIONS OUTREACH LASAGNA DINNER
SEPTEMBER 23, 5-7PM
The MissionsOutreach committee is sponsoring a Lasagna Dinner, Saturday, September. 23, 5 - 7 PM. Proceeds will go to the "Rise against Hunger" project and Missions. If you have any questions, please see a member of the Missions Outreach Committee. More information to follow. 
Thanks, 
Missions Outreach Committee

RISE AGAINST HUNGER (ORIGINALLY STOP HUNGER NOW)
OCT 7 10AM
We hope you can again help with this Food Packaging Event on October 7.  We will package 20,000 meals in 2 hours.   Please tell your friends and neighbors, as we can use them all for the event. Thanks, Bruce Motsinger, Mission Outreach.

MUMC CRAFT SHOW AND COOKIE FACTORY
OCT 14 9am--2pm
Click the image above to check out the up to date list of vendors!  Some have not fully committed, so check often!  Then, please share with your social groups, friends and family and encourage then to attend on October 14!

Signup sheets for the Cookie Factory will be available in the narthex and fellowship hall beginning August 27th.

We are happy to announce that the proceeds will go to the McCormick County Back Pack Ministry.  This ministry provides children basic food for impoverished school aged children in order to supplement their week-end meals.  The ministry’s motto is Let NO Child Go Hungry.

For questions, please contact this year’s chairman, Nancy Vereb. 

JOINT DINNER MEETING OF MCCORMICK UNITED METHODIST MEN AND WOMEN
OCTOBER 19 6PM
Please reserve the date of Thursday evening, October 19 on your calendars because that is the date for our third annual joint dinner meeting of McCormick United Methodist Men and Women.  The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall.  Rev. Justin Ritter, Pastor at Republican United Methodist Church, will be with us to make a presentation about the Methodist Campus Ministry at Lander University.  Justin currently serves as Campus Minister for this program which is a fairly new initiative of the Greenwood District.  Justin will bring with him a couple of Lander student members of the ministry to also share from their experiences with the program.  More details about this special event will be forthcoming!

MUMC PRAYER LIST
To add names to the list, go to http://mccormickumc.org/our-prayer-list and fill out the form. If you have any problems with the form, please email Barb Shelley. Please go to the site frequently and include those on the list in your prayers. Our website is open to the public, and we encourage everyone to add the names of those needing our prayers.

CALENDAR
We keep a complete church calendar on the church’s web site, mccormickumc.org. If you would like for an event to be added or revised, please email Barb Shelley. The information will also be added to the BLAST. We also post the calendar in two-month increments on the bulletin board outside the office.  The church calendar is perpetual, so feel free to send dates way in the future! The calendar is available to you 24/7 by going to http://mccormickumc.org/calendar

Plan a Visit

Sunday Services

Worship 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.Adult Sunday School 9:45 a.m.

Church Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location

McCormick United Methodist Church
200 Gold St
McCormickSC29835US

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