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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!

Many of you have spoken to me about the two recent sermons on Faith and Science. Thank you for offering me your responses! 

I spoke of how the Church has resisted scientific discoveries. For many centuries, just about everyone believed that the Sun, planets and stars revolved around the Earth. That is geocentrism – an Earth-centered understanding of the Universe. About four hundred years ago, men such as Copernicus and Galileo concluded that the Sun was the center of the universe. 

That set off the first big conflict between Church and science. Church leaders often used two passages of scripture to defend their view of the Universe. They quoted Joshua chapter 10 with its account of the Sun standing still. They also quoted Psalm 93, verse 1. It reads

        “The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty;
            the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength.
        He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
        2     your throne is established from of old;
            you are from everlasting. (NRSV)

Even today Christians must grapple with conflicts between scientific discoveries; scripture read literally; and how things appear to be. (The Sun certainly appears to revolve around the Earth!)

And to make all of this even more challenging, I recently learned this: "Recent polls indicate that between 18% and 20% of the US population believes that the Sun goes around the Earth.

Humanity has a long way to go to comprehend the realities of God’s creation. (We never will understand it all!) But discovery is one of the joys of life, right? And to meet the God we know through Jesus Christ is the greatest discovery anyone can ever make.

See you in church on Sunday!

Paul

Sermons
Pastor Paul's sermons are available at http://mccormickumc.org/sermons

Recent Sermons Added Are
"Faith and Science Part 2"
"Day of Decision"
"Faith and Science Part 1"

FBRUARY BIRTHDAYS
Gail Gore
Curtis Baggett
Ray Crace
Carol Waine
Julius (Jay) Baggett
Jimmy Smith
Bobbi Lambeth
Aida Perez
Faye Cotty
Lyn Bourne
Jerry Miller
Lyn Miller

FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES
Jim & Pat Sharpe
Don & Lola Rek
August & Sundee Luedecke


Calendar

FLOOD BUCKET PARTY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
The need for flood buckets is still great in the Pee Dee area of South Carolina. Because of the tremendous need, the Greenwood Dist. Office is having a Flood Bucket Party on Sat., Feb. 25, at 9AM, at the Panola UMC, 404 Panola Ave. in Greenwood. If you have a question, please give Bruce Motsinger a call. If you are interested in participating, perhaps we could Car Pool from the Church in McCormick. We could plan to leave the Church at 8:15, if you want to car pool. Either way, if you are interested, please contact Bruce Motsinger. 

CAFÉ du DON
FEB 26
We are going to Kick off Lent with Beignets and Omelets to Go:  We will have Veggie, Egg White and spinach, and Ham and cheese Omelets. OJ and coffee. Plan you morning and come and have breakfast.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 to 10:45

DON’S HELPERS
Don Tummons (chef of Café du Don) needs some help to prepare and serve next Sunday.  He’d appreciate one or two folks helping him on Saturday around 9AM for prep work.  It should take between 1 and 2 hours.  On Sunday, he’d love to have one or two people help in the kitchen from 7:45AM to 8:30AM and one or two to help from 9AM to 10AM.  If you can help contact Don Tummons.

ASH WEDNESDAY WORSHIP
MARCH 1 6PM
Ever attended an Ash Wednesday service? It’s different! You approach the altar and let the pastor place a dark smudge of ashes on your forehead. That’s different!

The ashes on the forehead are a memorable way for us to affirm our mortality and our fallen state. They are placed in the sign of the Cross.

We won’t spend much time praising God in the Ash Wednesday service. That’s for the rest of the year. On the day that starts off Lent we read scriptures, sing hymns and hear a sermon which all proclaim that our lives are limited and that we are in dire need of God’s mercy.

So, Lent begins with a profound and unique worship service. I hope to see you there.

Paul Wood

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
MARCH 3 10AM
The World Day of Prayer will be observed on Friday, March 3, in more than 170 countries. Lutheran Church by the Lake will host this year's McCormick County event. It will start at 10:00 a.m. The country focus for 2017 is the Philippines. Many local women's organizations will be available to provide information on how their volunteer activities make a difference for people in McCormick County and around the world.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
BEGINS MARCH 5
Each of the four gospels provides its own unique views of Jesus. The Gospel of John stands out as the most spiritual. One short verse or sentence can lead to deep, personal reflection. 

John’s Gospel also has some of the richest and most-loved verses in the entire Bible. Consider:

"And the Word became flesh...," 
"For God so loved the world...," 
"You who are without sin cast the first stone...," 
"I am the resurrection and the life...," 
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life." 

Join Don Tummons and Paul Wood as they guide us through Adam Hamilton’s study: “John: The Gospel of Light and Life.” Make Lent a time of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal.

Topics Include:
The Word Made Flesh
The Miraculous Signs of Jesus
The “I Am” Sayings of Jesus
The Farewell Discourse
The Arrest, Trial, and Crucifixion of the King
Eternal Life

Beginning March 5, class will be held each Sunday evening 5:00 until 6:15 followed by a light supper. Register in the fellowship hall or by calling the church at 864-852-2394. Purchase a book during office hours for $14.00.

EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE
The Worship Committee and Pastor Paul have announced that we will once again share Easter Sunrise Worship with Lutheran Church by the Lake. The service will be held at the pavilion at Baker Creek State Park and begin at 6:30 a.m. Easter is April 16.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN SPRING LUNCHEON
The next UMW meeting will be a Spring Luncheon to be held on Saturday, April 29 in the Church Fellowship Hall.  The summer meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 18 and the fall meeting is set for October 19.

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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