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!
Our denomination might split in the near future. An important meeting along the path of division or continued unity will take place this week when the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church meets.
The Judicial Council’s role resembles a Supreme Court. The Council doesn’t set church rules or law. (Only General Conference is authorized to do that.) The Council decides on the constitutionality of certain actions taken by United Methodist entities such as an Annual (geographic) Conference.
Among other cases, the Council will consider the election and consecration of a married gay clergywoman who is now a United Methodist bishop. She is Bishop Karen Oliveta, who leads the Mountain Sky Area in our Western Jurisdiction. Previously, Bishop Oliveto was pastor of the 12,000 member Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco.
Whatever the Judicial Council decides, many United Methodists will be disappointed. We are that divided over questions of human sexuality. Also, whatever the Council decides could be overridden by the next General Conference.
Our Council of Bishops will soon schedule a special General Conference (the first in our history) to address issues of human sexuality. It will be held sometime in early 2019. Also, a regularly-scheduled General Conference will be held in the spring of 2020.
So, what should you and I do as our denomination struggles to resolve these serious differences of opinion? I encourage you to do as I do. Stick to ministry in Christ’s name. Love God; comfort the grieving; feed the hungry; embrace those who are treated unjustly; educate one another; worship the Lord with passion.
Let’s stick to the mission statement of the United Methodist Church: “To win disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
And let’s stay focused on the mission of McCormick United Methodist Church: “Reaching Up Reaching Out.
Ministry continues. Let us not further grieve Jesus by getting distracted from our mission.
Our own South Carolina Conference Bishop Jonathan Holston has provided a “Q and A” article which I recommend to you. Go to umcsc.org. You will find it on the opening page.
If you are like me and try to consider the diverse points of view regarding sexuality in the United Methodist Church, then I recommend a search on “reconciling ministries network;” the confessing movement; and Good News magazine.
See you in church on Sunday!
NOTE ON SERMONS
April 23, I began a sermon series “Five Practices of Fruitful Living,” based on a book of the same name by United Methodist Bishop Robert Schnase. The series continues May 7 when the subject will be Passionate Worship. – Paul Wood
Pastor Paul's sermons are available at http://mccormickumc.org/sermons
Recent Sermons Added Are
"Receiving God’s Love (Radical Hospitality)"
"The Story Which Defines Us"
"Are We Out Yet" - Sermon by Don Tummons
UMW Reading Program – Books Now Available on Kindle
The UMW Reading Program is an initiative of United Methodist Women that provides an opportunity for study that promotes action in mission. In our church library, you may access books; however, not all 2017 Reading Program books are available there. To access a listing of all of this year’s books, please go to www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/readingprogram/2017. While at that site, our e-readers will notice that you 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 these five categories). There is a UMW Reading Program notebook on the shelves in the Church Library where you may make a record of the books you have read. It is hoped that this will make it easier for more women to participate!
Mike & Charlotte Tallent
Jay & Dot Baggett
Larry & Nada Ream
Jerry & June Nettles
John H. Jr. & Tonia Bandy
Ben & Bobbie Lewis
Paul & Kay Wood
John & Sue Yerdon
Mitch & Sue Mitchell
Bob & Marsha Garner
Allen & Susan Gaer
Don & Betty Youngs