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from Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
The Man with Two Umbrellas
Retried Methodist Pastor Bill Bouknight tells a wonderful story.
Dr. Gordon Targerson, a Baptist pastor in Worcester, Massachusetts, was crossing the Atlantic by ship some years ago. He noticed on several occasions a dark-skinned man sitting in a deck chair reading a Bible. One day Dr. Targerson sat down beside him and said, “Forgive my curiosity. I’m a Baptist minister. I notice you are a faithful Bible reader. I’d like to meet you.” After introductions, the dark-skinned man said, “I am Filipino. I was born into a good Catholic home. I went to the United States as a young man to study in one of your fine universities, intending to become a lawyer. On my first day on campus, a student dropped by to visit. He welcomed me and offered to help in any way he could. Then he asked me where I went to church. I told him I was Catholic. He explained that the Catholic church was quite a distance away, but he sat down and drew me a map. I thanked him and he left.
“On the following Sunday morning it was raining. I decided to just skip church. But then there was a knock on my door. There stood my new friend and he was holding two umbrellas. He said that he worried that I might not be able to read his map. So, he said he would escort me to the Catholic church. I hurriedly dressed, thinking all the while what an unusually thoughtful person he was. I wondered what church he belonged to.
“As we walked along I asked him about his church. He said that his church was just around the corner. So, I suggested that we go to his church this Sunday, and then to mine the following Sunday. He agreed. But somehow I felt so much at home in his church that I never got around to finding mine. After four years I felt that God was leading me into the ordained ministry rather than into law. I went to Drew University Seminary and was ordained a Methodist minister. Then I returned to the Philippines to serve in a Methodist parish. My name is Valencius, Bishop Valencius, Bishop of the Methodist Church in the Philippines.”
The hero of the story is not the Bishop, important though he is. The hero is that anonymous young man with two umbrellas. Whether they ended up at the Methodist or Catholic churches doesn’t really matter. Go all the way back to the beginning of Christian history and you’ll always find him. He is behind almost every Christian convert…that unnamed man or woman with two umbrellas…that person with a winsome faith who builds a bridge of friendship with another person. And across that bridge walks the living Christ and claims another eternal soul. You can be that person with two umbrellas. You can be like Andrew in the Bible! He is always taking someone to Jesus!
See you in Church or online with someone sitting beside you holding your umbrella.
Your Pastor,

Preparing for Worship

June 23, 2024 10:00 AM
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Scripture Lesson: Mark 4: 35-41
Message: “Waking Up Jesus” 

Acts of Kindness

Kindness Update – Being the Hands & Feet of Jesus!

Salkehatchie Summer Service, a Methodist program that brings youth, young adult and adult volunteers together for a weeklong home repair mission event, was founded in 1978 by the Rev. John Culp. At that time, it is reported that Rev. Culp came face to face with the severe poverty that existed in South Carolina and was determined to do something about it. In almost 50 years’ time, hundreds of homes have received new roofs, ramps, flooring, ceilings, bathrooms, kitchens and improvements in accessibility thanks to the Salkehatchie volunteers who serve as the hands and feet of Jesus to people in need. During June and July, there are 37 Salkehatchie camps scheduled throughout South Carolina. McCormick’s camp – that began over twenty years ago – was held June 8-15.
Youth volunteers must be at least 14 years old, and the cost is $250 per volunteer which is used to cover the cost of building supplies and other materials, etc. Lodging for McCormick County’s campers was with McCormick Schools. On Saturday, June 8, campers gathered from different directions at our church and were scheduled to be at MMC again on the evening of June 9. After that, throughout the week, they were hosted by the following local churches for their meals: Mt. Zion AME Church of God, McCormick First Baptist, Mt. Lebanon Baptist, Shiloh AME, Lower Mt. Moriah Baptist, Republican United Methodist, Lutheran Church By The Lake, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, and Parksville Baptist.
I thought you might be interested in some of the feedback I received from some of the churches who join hands with us in this ministry. The group’s final church meal for the week was Friday, June 14 at Parksville Baptist Church, and I spoke with Franky Walker who said their church has been helping with Salkehatchie for over 15 years and look forward to it every year! Franky was particularly happy to re-connect with Salkehatchie leader, Rev. Harry Workman with whom he played Little League baseball as kids growing up in McCormick County. Harry and his family were members of McCormick Methodist Church.
Sharing how much they enjoy hearing stories from the campers’ experiences, Franky told that he heard later that one of the groups went back to their work site to finish their work at 9:30 that night. A special treat for the group came from County Councilman Bernie Hamby who brought his delicious homemade “Frosty” ice cream to share. Bernie let them know he plans to share with County Council this week about the good work they were doing and what a positive Christian message they bring to McCormick County!
At Lutheran Church By the Lake, Christie Ziebell reported how much they were blessed to have the campers with them and share their Salkehatchie stories. Johnny Deason shared how much the campers always enjoy their spaghetti meal with them at Republican United Methodist Church, and of course, the blessings they receive from hearing the campers’ stories. Karen Freeman at Shiloh AME Church said they look forward to Salkehatchie each year – she says they always pack food and goodies for the campers to take with them. She also enjoyed meeting “Dr. Workman’s grandson” – Harry. Like me, Karen remembers Dr. Workman – my mother would really remember him as he delivered me many years ago and lived just up the street from my family!
It’s important to note that Salkehatchie participants must “pay their way” for the opportunity to give of themselves to help our neighbors in need – a price that I am sure pales when compared to their spiritual experience of servanthood. With that thought, we might feel that our contribution as a faith community is insignificant when compared to the financial input required.
But in the final analysis, Salkehatchie isn’t so much about the finances, but the program is instead about people touching people – giving to the Lord through the Hands and Feet of Jesus – to make our community a better place for all! And we all had the opportunity to do our part! I thank God for this opportunity He gives us!
This week’s Kindness entry: My friend and I go to Starbucks once a week and usually just take the drive-through. Last week, we went inside instead and placed our order. While we were waiting, several customers who had placed orders after us were called to pick up their drinks. I checked with the clerk who said we should be next. Another order or two were picked up by – again – customers who had just come in! We finally got our order, and as we were leaving, the clerk called us over and gave us a gift card to cover our next order! We thanked her for her kindness!
Have you seen God today? If you see God at work this week, there are two ways you can share what you saw!
1) Be a blessing to others by sharing your Act of Kindness (no names please) on our website, or use this link! Then check back each week to learn how others are passing on acts of kindness! The link is
2) There is a Kindness box in the library on the window sill, along with paper and pencil. Share your God-Wink, perhaps someone else will be inspired!


In John 15:12 (NRSV) Jesus says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Loving and caring for one another is not just a pastor’s job … it is something Jesus calls us ALL to do! Stephen Ministry is a ministry in which people with special gifts for caring ministry can put those gifts to use in an organized way, bringing Jesus’ love and care to those who need it.

And it certainly is working! Since 1975, when Dr.Haugk started Stephen Ministry, the results have been astounding … with over 13,000 congregations becoming involved, representing over 190 Christian denominations from all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and 30 other countries. Over 75,000 pastors and lay leaders have been equipped to be Stephen Leaders, and over 600,000 lay people have received Stephen Ministry training. Amazing

We are considering training a new class of Stephen Ministers this fall. We need at least 6 people to have a class. To find out more about becoming a Stephen Minister, we wear those blue nametags when we are at church.
You can also talk to one of our Stephen Leaders (Beverly Western, Sundee Luedecke, or Rich Jackson).
And lastly… the Stephen Ministry Job Description and Application are (or will be soon!) on the Stephen Minister Bulletin Board and in our church mailbox by the church office.
Want to learn more? Check out this website!


If you are experiencing any type of difficulty and you need someone to listen to you, with whom you can share your feelings and receive acceptance and Christian love, please consider being in a relationship with a Stephen Minister at MMC.
Start by calling Pastor Nels or one of the Stephen Leaders and begin a ‘fellowship’ with a Stephen Minister. We may be reached through the church office at (864) 852-2394.


The Congregational Care Committee wants you to know they are there to help you if you ever need transportation, meals or a visitor! Please contact Kim Jackson if you or someone you know needs help or if you would like to be added to the list of volunteers.

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OCT 19 3:30PM

The church family has been invited to a “Hobo Supper” at the Meyer’s Farm! More details to follow… but meanwhile, add to your calendar! You won’t want to miss the fun!