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
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.
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!
Byron & Mary Thompson
Jimmy & Betty Smith
Mike & Glenda Sartain
Harry & Barb Shelley
Don & Carol Tummons
Dan & Linda Higgins
Susan & Robert Crowley
Floyd & Peggy Thomas
Dick & Wendy Kvale
Jerry & Lyn Miller
Ronald & Shirley Garling