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
The Only Place We Have No Fear
Pretend something like this happened for a moment: The angel Gabriel got back to heaven and rushed up to God and said, "I've got good news, and I've got bad news."
And God said, "Well, give me the good news first."
"The good news is," said the angel, "mission accomplished. I've visited those people you told me to visit. I told them what you told me to tell them. And it's all accomplished."
God said, "So what's the bad news?"
"The bad news," the angel said, "is that those people down there on earth are terrified of you. Every time I visited someone I had to start it off with 'fear not,' because they got so frightened that you were coming close."
God said to the angel, "That's the reason I have to carry out the plan I've made."
"You see," God said to the angel, "I need to go to earth because my people are so frightened. They are so full of fear that I've got to bring the message that they no longer need to be afraid."
The angel said, "And how are you going to do that, since they're so fearful?"
God said, "There's one place on earth that people are not afraid: that one remaining place is a little baby. My people on earth are not afraid of a baby. When a baby is born they rejoice and give thanks without fear because that's the only place left in their lives where they're not afraid. So I will go to earth. I will become a little baby, and they will receive me with no fear at all, because that's the one place my people have no fear."
God acted in the only way God could act without overwhelming us and taking away our freedom. God became a tiny babe. Christmas is an act of God. In Christmas God acted in the only way God could have acted. Today we celebrate His coming and His being with us.
See you in Church this week. Jesus will be there too.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24
Gospel Lesson John 1: 6-8, 19-28
Sermon Advent made Simple
AUDIO RECORDINGS OF SERMONS ARE AVAILABLE AT
EPWORTH CHILDREN’S HOME
CHRISTMAS GIFT WISHES READY
Just a reminder: All Gifts for the children at Epworth must be under the Angel Tree in fellowship hall no later than December 14th. Cash gifts and gift cards should be given to Janice in the office. Be sure your Gift wish card is attached to your gift. Please call Gail Gore if you have questions.
MUMC ATRIUM PREPARED FOR ADVENT
Advent, comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming”. During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of the Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, Forgiveness, Salvation and a New Beginning.
Please visit our Advent Garden in the Atrium each week during Advent to meditate, pray, and prepare your heart for Christ coming.
For pictures, go to http://mccormickumc.org/advent-walk
TOUR OF CHURCHES
MUMC had approximately 130 visitors on Saturday for the first McCormick Tour of Churches. Members were dressed in red vests as they greeted visitors and guided them through our beautifully decorated church. Guests were given a post card of our upcoming Christmas services, a prayer square and in the Methodist tradition, they were even fed! Many helped to make the tour a success, but special thanks to Lindy Stahlman!
More photos are on the Church website at http://mccormickumc.org/tour-of-churches-december-2017
BABY GRAND PIANO
A huge Thank You to our anonymous donor for the special gift to our sanctuary! The baby grand piano has already added to our music program. It was such a pleasure to see the smiles on Donnell and the choir this past Sunday. It certainly adds to the pleasure of sharing God’s Love through song! Our Church, our Services and especially our Choir will be enhanced by your gift Again, the Congregation Thanks you for your generous gift!
"AND IT CAME TO PASS EMMANUEL"
MUMC celebrated joyfully the second Sunday of Advent with the cantata, “And It Came to Pass Emmanuel”, sung by the Chancel Choir. Jeanne Thornburg directed and Donnell Harris accompanied (on the new baby grand piano!) Special thanks to Bruce and Judy Motsinger for narrating and Betty Youngs and Don Tummons for singing the solos.
For more pictures of the service and a recording of the Cantata, go to http://mccormickumc.org/cantata-december-2017
Shelby Jean Moore
Roger & Martha Wideman
Ronnie & Linda Kidd
Dick & Faith Killius
Elaine & Curtis Baggett
Bill and Carolyn Skelton
Lyn & Marianne Bourne
Tom Huber and Paula Lemond
Frank & Shirlene Chewning
Jim & Bobbi Lambeth
Gale & Madge Krotzer
Jerry and Barb Berton
Wayne and Joan Smith