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!
Ministry Partnerships with Area Schools
Report updated July 7, 2015
By Rev. Dr. Paul Wood Jr.
McCormick United Methodist Church, McCormick, SC, is engaging in ministry with two schools in McCormick County, SC. The church’s first partnership started in 2014, when the principal of McCormick Elementary School principal sought a facility to serve as a shelter in case of a campus-wide evacuation. MUMC’s Trustees gladly made an agreement with the school district.
Later that school year more than 400 children, ages K through 5th grade quietly marched into the church building and held their first practice evacuation drill.
Soon thereafter, McCormick UMC gave whole-hearted support to the Million Book Effort. MUMC gave a total of 1,900 books to the children at the elementary school. A portion are reserved and given to students on their birthday.
Inspired by the “Bags of Blessings” ministry at Grace UMC, Abbeville, McCormick UMC initiated an ecumenical partnership to start a Back Pack Ministry as the 2015 – 2016 school year begins. Each week volunteers representing various churches will pack bags of non-perishable food. Each Friday school teachers will discreetly slip the food bags into the backpacks of children who may otherwise go hungry over the weekend.
The church has also begun a ministry partnership with another public school in McCormick County. The John de la Howe School was founded in 1797. It provides a safe haven for children to heal, grow and make lasting changes. Men and women in the congregation are teaching interested teens the game of golf and also giving them fishing lessons.
The congregation hosted the entire student body and staff for worship in March 2015. The school’s president, Rev. Dr. Danny Webb, preached; and the guests were served a hearty meal before returning to campus.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
JULY 30 6PM
Our guest speaker will be Chari Ridgeway of Calhoun Falls, SC who works at Abbeville Area Medical Center. She will share her moving personal testimony following her daughter’s tragic accident. The theme will be “And What Does the Lord Require of You?” We will also have our Pledge Service at this meeting – this brief agenda item gives the opportunity for you to make your financial pledge to the unit for 2016. The following are committee members for our July dinner meeting: Emilee Groh, Linda Kidd, and Joan Wessels. All women are invited, hope to see you on Thursday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLIAM GREGORY
Members and guests helped William celebrate his thirty-ninth birthday after the 8:30 service on Sunday, July 26th.
SERMONS ON THE PSALMS
Dr. Rev. Paul Wood’s new sermon series will continue next Sunday, August 2, on the subject of trust. To prepare, read Psalms 23 several times.
LAY READER TRAINING
SUNDAY AUGUST 2 9:45 AM & 10:30 AM
There will be a brief training session for all Lay Readers on Sunday, August 2 at 9:45 and 10:30. We will meet in the front of the Sanctuary. You are asked to try to attend one or the other sessions. If you cannot make either, please contact
Bruce Motsinger 391-3090
SUNDAY AUGUST 2 7:00 PM
Lyn Bourne, Chairman of the MUMC Council, has announced a meeting for Sunday night, August 2 at 7PM in the Fellowship Hall.
SUNDAY AUGUST 9 10AM
On Sunday, August 9, there will be just one “blended” service. Holy Communion will be served in a unique way. Tom Huber, Earl Potter, Mike Sartain and John Philcox will be our instrumentalists. Don and Carol Tummons, Tom Huber, and Kay and Earl Potter will be singing. Some of the music will include the congregation as well. This is an excellent time to ask your friend and neighbors to join us in worship!
2015 MUMC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED
The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that the 2015 recipient of the Creighton Scholarship is Daniel Dukes. Daniel was a 2015 graduate of McCormick High School where he played football and achieved a 3.2 GPA. He is an active member of the Republican Methodist Church where he serves on the Worship Committee and operates the sound system. He also participates in all youth functions at his church and is held in high regard for his leadership skills and character. Daniel will be attending Stetson University in Florida in the fall. Our prayers for success go with him. This year’s award was $1680.
GREEN JACKETS BASEBALL NIGHT
AUGUST 13 (THURSDAY)
UMM invites everyone to attend the Green Jackets baseball night on Thursday, August 13. Right now, there are thirty men and women planning to attend. Let Rich Dombrowski know if you would like to attend also. You can go on your own, or meet at the church parking lot at 5:15 pm to car pool. They will have a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall to provide a head count for the event
AED ORIENTATIONS SATURDAY
AUGUST 22 AND 29 10AM
The church recently acquired an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). It gives us potential to save lives during a sudden coronary event. The device talks you through the procedures needed to use the AED, making it remarkably easy to use.
Al Gaer will be providing two orientations on how to use the AED. If you are interested you may attend either event. The orientations will take place in the fellowship hall on August 22 and 29, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. There will be a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall. For questions, call Al Gaer at 391-5895; or Mitch Mitchell at 852-1023.
COMMUNITY FUNCTIONS COMMITTEE
Wendy Kvale, chair of the Community Functions Committee, announced they are looking for a few good members!!! We will be in both parades this year and they are looking for interested people. Please contact Betty Francavilla our official “Floater” gal at 391-3436 if interested.
They are also planning a game night for singles soon…keep your eyes open for that event and please plan on attending!
IT'S TIME FOR 5TH SUNDAY BRUNCH!
SUNDAY AUGUST 30
Come join your church family and friends for brunch on Sunday August 30th at 9:30am in Fellowship Hall between worship services. Sponsored by Family Life Ministry Committee, “Chef” Don Tummons and Carol Bailey are planning another delicious brunch (including gluten free selections for those who require them).
This is also another great opportunity to REACH OUT and invite a neighbor to join you and attend worship together either before or after brunch.
Reservations can be made beginning this Sunday on posters in both the Narthex and Fellowship Hall. Donations to the Kitchen Fund will be accepted to cover the cost of the meal.
Come one, come ALL and enjoy this great time of fellowship !!
Penny Sockman explained the Backpack Ministry to members and guests at the July 12 services. The purpose of the Backpack Ministry is to supply hungry, school-aged children with something to eat over the weekend. It has been discovered by counselors and teachers that there are children in the McCormick schools who come to school on Mondays very hungry and therefore unable to focus on learning. They get breakfast and lunch at school during the week, but may not have adequate food on Saturday and Sunday. The goal of the ministry is to supplement the diets of these impoverished young people.
The vision for the program began when the Food for the Poor Outreach Ministry heard of the need through a newspaper article. They visited Bags of Blessings, which operates out of Grace UMC in Abbeville and researched a program sponsored by Golden Harvest in Augusta. They thought that backpack ministry would offer a wonderful opportunity for churches throughout the county to work side by side, sharing the love of Jesus Christ by reaching out to these hungry children.
An ecumenical steering committee was formed in April to work out the details. Food will be bought in bulk and stored at the Light of Life Church where volunteers will gather on Thursdays to pack the appropriate items into bags. They will then be delivered to the 3 McCormick schools and distributed discretely to the children, who have been pinpointed by the staff. The projected cost is $6.00 per child per week and there are 90 children needing this ministry.
The McCormick County Ministerial Alliance has decided to support this program as part of their mission outreach. The steering committee is currently contacting the ministers throughout the county and seeking help from each of the churches. Funds and volunteers are needed from churches, Sunday School classes, prayer groups, and individuals, and groups throughout McCormick County. A checking account will be opened this summer, but for now donations should be written to “McCormick United Methodist Church” and designated “Backpack Ministry.”
There is a need for clean, plastic grocery bags. There is a container in the Fellowship Hall for the bags. Please make sure they are clean and not ripped.
UMW READING PROGRAM
There are about 6 weeks left before this year’s UMW Reading Program ends in mid-August. So far, we have 10 readers with a total of 48 books read. A couple of years ago we had 23 readers and 119 books read. Our numbers were down last year. In an effort to boost the number this year, all ladies are encouraged, whether or not you are an avid reader and whether or not you consider yourself to be an active UMW member, to look in the Church Library and you might just find a book that interests you. The library is located next door to the restroom that is nearest the sanctuary. The books that qualify for the program are on two shelves to your left as you enter the library, and there is also a sign there that indicates which shelves. If we could get just 20 ladies to read one book each, that would be a boost to this year’s numbers! Just sign your name on the card in the back of the book and place it in the basket on the shelf. There will be a special sign-up sheet on the table there that you can sign in with the book that you read. Onalee Green, Carol Struck, and Emilee Groh do a wonderful job working with this program and managing the library and will certainly be appreciative of your participation!
STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING
MUMC Stephen Ministry is planning to have a training class this coming fall. Classes will be held during September, October, and November and commissioning will be in November. If you are interested, please contact one of the Stephen Ministers (listed below) and applications will be on the Stephen Ministry Bulletin Board as well as available in the Stephen Ministry Mailbox outside the church office. Questions? Ask any of us!
Carol and Phil Bailey, Ken Green, Toni Graham, Linda and Ronnie Kidd, August and Sundee Luedecke, Marilyn Meyer, Rosemary Pettus, Larry Ream, Bud and Lindy Stahlman, Jean Thompson, Don Tummons, Nancy Tutt, Carol Wieboldt, Beverly Western, and Paul and Kay Wood.
OCTOBER 10, SATURDAY, 10AM Join Linda Kidd and the Outreach Missions Committee in assisting the Stop Hunger Now organization to fulfill their mission "to end hunger in our lifetime"! Help MUMC reach our goal to raise $5,800 and package 20,000 plus meals on October 10. Signup and donations may be made online at http://events.stophungernow.org/McCormickUMC.
We understand that some of you do not have a computer or don’t want to donate on-line. That is not a problem. You may sign up in the Fellowship Hall and/or you may put a check in the collection plate payable to MUMC and noted with STOP HUNGER NOW.
TRASH TO TREASURES IS BACK!
MUMC BAZAAR AND BAKE SALE
The Church Bazaar is happening again this fall! Since the Trash to Treasures table was so popular last year we are expanding it by taking it outside under a tent. We will begin taking donations immediately, and can take larger donations this year as we are expanding. Please bring your items to the church and leave them on the designated table in the fellowship hall. Let’s all get started and clean out our closets, garages, and basements!!
Wendy Kvale (391-8048) and Barb Shelley (391-4346)
UNITED METHODIST MEN
NEXT MEETING SEPT 1 (NO MEETING IN JULY OR AUGUST)
Wednesday, June 17, was our first day of the fishing program for summer school students of John de la Howe. We had miscalculated the length of summer school classes, so we had only seven boys for the first session and we had only one session this week. Next week, we expect to have at least ten students on both Wednesday and Thursday. Although we didn’t do any fishing, we had a really great time. We spent some time discussing fishing and the things you can learn while fishing. Then Gerry Nettles did a really good job telling the students about the kinds of fish we will be fishing for later. Each student was able to use a rod and reel of their choosing. Gerry demonstrated the proper way to cast each of the different types of reels and gave them the basics of how to cast. We then took the students to an open field on campus where the students practiced casting to targets. After about 30 minutes of practice, we had a casting contest among the students to see how their techniques were progressing. Each realized that this casting takes more than a few minutes of practice to be really good. Finally, everyone came together to discuss what we had learned for the day. Each student told what they had learned for the day. One young man stepped up to say, “you guys coming out to spent time with us and show us stuff is pretty cool! Thank you”
We will be sharing more about fishing equipment, bait and how to fish for certain kinds of fish next week. The students will again be using hula hoops to practice casting.
After the JDLH summer break, we will start fishing with the students. The schedule we will use for fishing is as follows:
July 29 - Fishing in JDLH pond on campus 6:30 pm til dark
July 30 - Fishing in JDLH pond on campus 6:30 pm til dark
August 19 - Fishing in JDLH pond on campus 6:30 pm til dark
August 20 - Fishing in JDLH pond on campus 6:30 pm til dark
DINNER FOR EIGHT
AUGUST 23 AND OCTOBER 31
The next potluck dinners for participants and substitutes of Dinner for Eight are August 23 and October 25.. Two groups will be in charge of set up and take down each date. Diners will be drawing numbers for seating, which will allow for fellowship beyond their own groups!
To add names to the list go to http://mccormickumc.org/our-prayer-list. If you have any problems with the form, please contact 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.
your convenience, there is a Flower Calendar on the bulletin board across from
the office. Please select a Sunday and put your name on the line across
from the Sunday you would like to have flowers placed in the church.
Barbara will call to remind you.
The calendar is available to you 24/7 by clicking the "Calendar" link on the left hand side of this page. It is also posted on the bulletin board outside the office in two month increments. If you have an event that needs to be added or revised please email Barb Shelley and she will work with Rick Lindley to make sure it is put on our calendar.