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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

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. 

Nels

Epistle Lesson
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.


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!

CANTATA
"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

BIRTHDAYS
DECEMBER
Beulah Blodgett-Robinson
Bill Skelton
Ron Taylor
Bill Richert
Mike Sartain
Frances Lewis
Toni Graham
Martha Wideman
Norma Cooper
Nick Knuycky
Shirley Garling
Larry Ream
Chuck Winn
Carol Tummons
Dan Tutt
Inez Reifsnyder
Allen Gaer
Becca Lagroon
Jerry Nettles

JANUARY
Carol Struck
Peggy Thomas
Barb Berton
Don Youngs
Bob Cooper
Bobbie  Lewis
Bob Rennie
Wayne Reifsnyder
Bill Jeffries
Shelby Jean Moore
Rosemary Pettus
Chris Hogarth
Lesa Camp
Barbara Burleson
Jessica Kidd
Nelda McCracken
Sis Peterson
Don Rek

ANNIVERSARIES
DECEMBER
Roger & Martha Wideman
Ronnie & Linda Kidd
Dick & Faith Killius
Elaine & Curtis Baggett
Bill and Carolyn Skelton
Lyn & Marianne Bourne
Tom Huber and Paula Lemond

JANUARY
Frank & Shirlene Chewning
Jim & Bobbi Lambeth
Gale & Madge Krotzer
Jerry and Barb Berton
Wayne and Joan Smith


Calendar

MUMC CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Please plan to bring your guests and neighbors to the Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 6pm.  It will be a candlelight service and communion will be served. 

Please note that Christmas Eve comes on a Sunday this year, there will be one service that morning as well at 10am.

In addition, there will be one service on December 31 (New Year’s Eve) at 10am.

MEN N MINISTRY SCHEDULE
Tuesday (1/9)… note this is the second Tuesday in January .. Dinner meeting

DINNER FOR EIGHT
KICK OFF DINNER IS JAN 20 6PM
Dinner for Eight is composed of groups of 8 people, could be couples, or singles. We meet in our homes so each couple, or single host one dinner. The Host provides the main entrée and others bring salad, vegetable, dessert or whatever the Host suggests. 

There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall.  If you would like to be on the sub list, please put SUB after your name or call Judy.

We will begin with a kick-off dinner on January 20 at 6 PM in Fellowship Hall. This meal will be provided by Family life Committee. We will assign the groups of eight at this dinner. This is a great opportunity to Fellowship with other Church people you might not know very well. 

We will take 6 months to get 4 dinners done. You may then start over if you desire. We look forward to a good participation. If you have any questions about Dinner for Eight, please contact Judy Motsinger.

MISSION TRIP
APRIL
The Mission Outreach Committee is in the planning stage of a possible Mission Trip in early April. We would either return to Lumberton, or possibly a South Carolina trip. As we prepare, we need to know how many persons would be interested in going this year. If you are interested, please call or e-mail to let Bruce Motsinger know.

OPEN BOOKS, OPEN HEARTS
Our group will be starting a new book in the early part of 2018.  We would like to encourage others to join us.  Our mission fits under the Ministry Team called Prayer and Spiritual Development.  Several of us were meeting as a Christ Care Group, but our leader moved.  We decided to reframe our group and encourage others to join us in this recently created adventure.

Over the past few years, we have used several books as study guides to explore our beliefs and encourage us to grow spiritually.  We found that the disciplines of prayer, study and mutual support were very helpful.  We would enjoy having others join us as we begin a new year.

We are particularly interested in inviting those who are not currently involved with a small group, but of course we welcome anyone drawn toward going deeper in your spiritual walk.  If this sounds like you, please contact Rosemary Pettus or just drop a note in the offering plate with your name and phone number/email address.

Mission:  To open our hearts and minds to God through prayer, scripture and inspirational books.             

Meeting Times:  2nd and 4th Mondays at 1:00

Where:  In our homes

Agenda:
  • Tea and sharing
  • Praying
  • Discussion of assignment

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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