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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!

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!

Paul

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

Sermons
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!

BIRTHDAYS
APRIL
Dick Kvale
Wendy Kvale
Shirley Moffett
Barb Shelley
Bill Zimmerman
Madeleine Toland
Bill Adams
Nancy Vereb
John Cotty
Glenda  Sartain
Jim Montgomery
Maryanne Bourne
Ronnie Kidd
Dot Baggett

MAY
Lee Belanger
Marge Radosevich
Frank Chewning
Roger Simon
Carolyn Skelton
Tonia Bandy
Bill Crowley
Joan Wessels
Nancy Richert

JUNE
Lindy Stahlman
Gordon Waine
June Scott
Janice  Sibert
Carol Wieboldt
Wayne Christman
Beverly Western
Betty Weiss
Sue Yerdon
Lola Rek
Bruce Motsinger
Rick Lindley
Marilyn Meyer
Turney Bowser
Penny Sockman
Ronald  Garling

ANNIVERSARIES
APRIL
Mike & Charlotte Tallent
Jay & Dot Baggett
Larry & Nada Ream
Jerry & June Nettles

MAY
John H. Jr. & Tonia Bandy
Ben & Bobbie Lewis

JUNE
Paul & Kay Wood
John & Sue Yerdon
Mitch & Sue Mitchell
Bob & Marsha Garner
Allen & Susan Gaer
Don & Betty Youngs


Calendar

NOTE: Our Fifth Sunday Brunch, announced for April 30, has been canceled. Sunday School will be held on its regular schedule.

EMPHASIS DURING THE SEASON OF EASTER
RANDOM ACTS OF LOVE
Fifteen of us received a random act of love last Tuesday night when the Wesley Class went out for dinner. Someone anonymously went to the counter and paid our entire bill. We were told it was a man seated near us. But none of us can recall what he looked like.

His act was a remarkable example of the Random Acts of Love we are engaged in this Easter Season. What inspired him? He saw us have a group blessing before we ate. Was that it? All we know is that generosity swelled in his heart.

Our Fifty Days of Random Acts of Love continue until Pentecost, which is June 4. Have you received an act of grace such as the Wesley Class’s experience? If so, please let know.

GREENWOOD DISTRICT REVIVAL
BEST SERVICE FOR US IS APRIL 27, TRANQUIL UMC
The churches of the Greenwood District are holding a spring revival this week, April 23 through 27. Each service will begin at 7:00, and Rev. Dr. Stephen Love, our District Superintendent, will preach at each service.

The location will change from night to night. The closest location for us in McCormick will be this Thursday, April 27, at Tranquil United Methodist Church. Tranquil is located on your left on SC10 as you drive into Greenwood. The address is 1702 McCormick Hwy, Greenwood.

Paul and Kay Wood will help to lead the April 27 service. They encourage all MUMC members to attend the April 27 Revival Service that night at Tranquil. The schedule for the remainder of this week is:

April 23 at Hodges UMC, Hodges
April 24 at First UMC, Laurens
April 25 at Zion UMC, Prosperity
April 26 at Langley UMC, Langley
April 27 at Tranquil UMC, Greenwood

WALK OF AGREEMENT
SATURDAY APRIL 29 NOON
The Walk of Agreement begins at the old train depot on Main Street.  As you walk around town, begin by saying a prayer. Then talk with someone you do not know. It lasts 30 minutes.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN SPRING LUNCHEON
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 11:30 AM
The women of McCormick UMC will have their Annual Spring Luncheon on Saturday, April 29 beginning at 11:30 A.M in the Church Fellowship Hall.  Guest speakers will be Pastors Paul and Kay Wood who will address the luncheon’s theme – UMW - Counting Down to 150 Years!  Special music will be provided by Jim Giles, music teacher and director from Greenwood who also is a former 1960’s to 1980’s member of The Swingin’ Medallions, legendary music group.

At the UMW Day at General Conference last fall, Methodist women continued to promote their upcoming 150th anniversary in 2019.   During the 150th anniversary era – from 2015 to 2019 – the challenge of women  is to leave their legacy for this organization for the UMW members into the future.  For this purpose, a Legacy Fund Campaign is underway – information on the campaign can be found at www.unitedmethodistwomen.org

On March 23, 1869, eight women gathered at Tremont Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, Massachusetts, and organized the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, what would become United Methodist Women. Those women raised money to send a doctor, Clara Swain, and a teacher, Isabella Thoburn, to India as missionaries to serve the women of that nation.  Nearly 150 years later, there are today more than 800,000 UMW members involved in local, national, and international missions.

Pastors Paul and Kay will share from their perspectives the many contributions of UMW to the church through the years.  Women who are interested in attending can sign up in the fellowship hall or vestibule of the church, or contact the Church Office at 864-852-2394 and ask that your name be placed on the list of attendants for the luncheon.

Please join us as we celebrate the dedication and foresight of our foremothers in mission as we lead up to our 150th anniversary in 2019!


PASTOR PAUL TO TEACH LESSONS ON JONAH
WESLEY AND YOUNG AT HEART SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Friends, I have written the International Lesson Series which will run in the SC United Methodist Advocate’s May edition. The lessons are on the Book of Jonah. I will teach the lessons on Jonah to the Wesley Class May 7 and 14 and the Young at Heart Class May 21 and 28. The class members and I invite you to join us during the month of May.

PRAISE IN THE PARK CANCELED
Praise in the Park, set for May 7, has been canceled.

MUMC CRAFT SHOW AND COOKIE FACTORY
OCT 14 9am--2pm
It is time to make plans to attend the 2017 MUM C Craft show and Cookie Factory.  It will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Barb Shelley is starting to look for vendors.  If interested, email her.  Lindy Stahlman will again be chairing the Cookie Factory and will be looking for bakers! Sue Wurtzbacher will be helping with publicity.

All proceeds go to the McCormick County Back Pack Ministry.  This ministry provides children basic food for impoverished school aged children in order to supplement their week-end meals. 

For questions, please contact this year’s chairman, Nancy Vereb. 

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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