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!
Worship Life as Home
I once heard Dr. Ken Callahan say that people go to worship for three reasons: Help, Hope and Home. Some of us recently started to examine how MUMC shows hospitality to newcomers and helps them to feel at home. One area of needed improvement is signage….signs to help new visitors know how to get inside the building with a wheelchair, how to get to the sanctuary and restrooms…that sort of thing.
Here’s a small thing I do. When I contact newcomers following their first visit I say: “Would you like to receive our weekly email Blast?”
But signs, wheelchair ramps, emails and the like are not primary. The heart of hospitality is those face-to-face encounters. It’s really pretty easy. We treat strangers as we would welcome a guest into our home for a cup of coffee. And we are all know how to do that!
Dutch priest Henri Nouwen, whom I seem to quote every Sunday morning nowadays, wrote of worship as the “hospitable place where life can be lived without fear and where community can be found.” So we welcome our newcomers home. And desire for home is a big reason all of us go to worship!
Also, Kay and I will be off on vacation this coming Sunday August 21st. Phil Bailey will preach and lead worship. It is one more opportunity to hear Phil bring the Word before he and Carol leave for their new life (new home!) in Mexico. Phil will be a great blessing this Sunday morning, and along with Carol, to the people of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Pastor Paul's sermons are available at http://mccormickumc.org/sermons
Recent sermons added are
"Five Marks of a Methodist: A Methodist Rejoices in God"
"The Lord’s Prayer – It’s Not About You!"
"The Devotion of Ruth"
THANK YOU PHIL BAILEY
The Congregation thanks Phil Bailey for leading worship and preaching on Sunday, August 21 while Paul and Kay took a well-deserved vacation. We were pleased to hear Phil preach one more time before he and Carol leave for their new home in Mexico, where they will be sharing God’s Love with the people in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Epworth Children's Home Work Day Offering
Epworth Children’s Home goes above and beyond just food and shelter for children who have experienced abuse, neglect and tragedy. It provides children with tutoring, counseling, health care, fun activities, and the spiritual formation they need to heal and gain a sense of belonging. Through the ministry of Epworth Children’s Home we open our doors to these children, surround them with comprehensive care and provide them with the opportunity to transform their lives. On Sunday, September 11th our congregation will stand with Epworth to break the cycle of abuse, neglect and shame through our collection of the Annual Epworth Work Day Offering. Without the support of churches like ours, Epworth could not provide transformational care for children in need. We invite you to give generously to the children who call Epworth home. For more information, please visit Epworth on the web at www.epworthchildrenshome.org.
STEPHEN MINISTRY TRAINING
Due to travels, we need a few more to be trained to become Stephen Ministers during September, October, and early November. For more information about Stephen Ministry, contact Beverly Western, Phil Bailey, Sundee Luedecke, Ronnie Kidd, Kay Wood or Pastor Paul Wood at the church office. Information, including the application and training schedule, are available on the MUMC Website: http://www.mccormickumc.org/stephen-ministry
Applications, along with a $50 check for training materials, are due by mid-July (NOW please) and can be handed in at the church office.
MARY AND MARTHA CHRIST CARE GROUP
SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED
The Mary and Martha Christ Care Group (M&Ms) has placed a large blue container in Fellowship Hall and is asking for your help to fill it up with school supplies for the children of McCormick. You will find a copy of the school supply list attached to the box and on our website http://mccormickumc.org/files/265/PDFs/SchoolSupplies2016.pdf
Contact Gail Gore with any questions.
MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
The McCormick Senior Center is in need of volunteers to help deliver meals on wheels. This is a great opportunity to support the community (reaching out) and also have some fun. You can set your own level of participation, once a week, once a month, whatever time you can give. Get a friend or your spouse to join you and then go out to lunch. I take my two four legged friends to help me. They love to ride in the car and look forward to “going to work”. Their job is to sit in the air-conditioned car and watch me deliver the meals. For more information contact Gail Gore or Becky Lagroon at the senior center.
Byron & Mary Thompson
Jimmy & Betty Smith
Mike & Glenda Sartain
Harry & Barb Shelley
Peggy and Floyd Thomas
Rich and Bet Dobrowski
Dick and Wendy Kvale
Jerry and Lyn Miller
Ron and Shirley Garling