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from Rev. C. Nels Ledwell
The Holy Spirit and our “Broken” Language
The Day of Pentecost brought out many languages so all the people could understand the Gospel. Below is a great lesson on trusting the Holy Spirit that comes to us at Pentecost.
Have you ever heard of “broken English?” Did you know “broken English” is an actual language? North Carolina Judge Jesse Caldwell tells the story of Vietnamese woman who was waiting her turn to be examined in a crowded hospital emergency room. She gradually became aware of a frustrating “non-conversation” being attempted a few seats down. A nurse was trying to ask a new patient for some details on her illness. The patient spoke Spanish. The nurse did not.
The Vietnamese woman listened for a minute then realized that while she didn’t speak Spanish she did understand the broken-English bits and phrases the Spanish speaking patient offered as answers. Because of her own experience of learning to communicate in “broken English,” the Vietnamese woman could hear the heart and gist of what this other woman was trying to say. The Vietnamese woman offered to “translate” the broken English of the Spanish speaker into something the nurse could understand. She was so successful at bridging the brokenness of their languages that eventually the Vietnamese woman was hired by the hospital as a kind of generic translator. Brokenness was the common language spoken by all hospital patients.
Leonard Sweet, who writes many articles interprets this story for Pentecost. “The Holy Spirit speaks through broken people to a broken world, using language every broken heart can hear and understand.
Because we know what it is like to be broken by hatred, we can speak of the healing love of Christ’s sacrifice.
Because we know what it is like to be broken by despair, we can speak of the healing hope of Christ’s forgiveness.
Because we know what it is like to be broken by doubt, we can speak of the healing faith in Christ’s promises.
Because we know what it is like to be broken by illness, we can speak of the healing wholeness of Christ’s resurrection.
Because we know what it is like to break down doing church — program church, purpose-driven church, seeker-sensitive church, organic church, missional church, NCD church, simple church, we can stop doing church and start doing Pentecost.”
Sweet goes on to say that the church of Jesus Christ is alive and well. In fact, Christianity is still the fastest growing religion in the world. But it’s growing not in the North and West, but in the South and East. Why the difference? Why is Christianity surging in the South and East and not in North America and Europe?
Because where the body of Christ is growing the people aren’t trying to do church. They’re doing Pentecost. Maybe it’s time for us as a church to stop relying on our own powers and programs, our blueprints and boilerplates, and start doing what these early disciples did: trust the Spirit and do Pentecost.
Will you listen to the Holy Spirit today?
See you in Church or online this Sunday where the Holy Spirit may move us to be closer to Christ and serve with love and compassion.
Your Pastor,

Preparing for Worship

May 19, 2024 10:00 AM
Pentecost Sunday
Wear Red representing the Fire of the Holy Spirit
Scripture Lesson:  Acts 2: 1-21
Reference Texts:  Romans 8: 22-27
                                John 15: 26-27 16: 4-15
Message: “Back to Church” 

MMC’s Special Olympian Rides Again!

Jessica Kidd wants her Church Family to know that she will be competing in the SC State Equestrian Special Olympics this coming weekend – May 18 and 19. The event takes place at the Bearcat Therapeutic Riding Arena located at the Burton Center on Highway 72 in Greenwood. Jessica thanks everyone for your support and prayers!
On Saturday, riders will go through divisioning to determine groupings for competition. During the afternoon pole bending and barrel competition will be featured. At 5 p.m. that day, Opening Ceremonies will be held. On Sunday, riders will compete in Trail and Equitation competition.
The competition is free and open to the public.

Acts of Kindness

Kindness Update – Serving from the Heart!

Searching for kindness on the web, I ran across the article below that caught my attention. The young men above are standing in front of a new restaurant in New York – the Café Joyeux – that just opened this year.  The restaurant’s story follows:
Our story began on a sailing boat in Brittany, France. At the steering wheel is Captain Yann Bucaille-Lanzerac, a successful French entrepreneur, sharing his energy and his passion for sailing with others on his catamaran. On this boat, no accommodation was spared, or details overlooked; it was equipped to welcome passengers of all levels of needs and abilities.
One passenger, a young man with Down Syndrome named Theo, asks the Captain “Do you have a job for me?”. The boisterous atmosphere suddenly changed as Yann replied that he did not, “It’s complicated you know…”. Theo was silent. From this encounter, the vision of CAFÉ JOYEUX was born.
Over 8 million people in the US have intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) and 80% of them are unemployed. That is exactly why Café Joyeux was founded. In addition to providing an innovative inclusion solution to our employees, Café Joyeux aims to correct this inequality and largely promote inclusion in the entire workplace.
The first Café Joyeux restaurant was born in 2017 in France, employing and training people with mental and cognitive disabilities. Today there are over 19 Café Joyeux in Europe, and our first American Café Joyeux has opened in New York in the beginning of 2024 with plans to open 8 more. NOTE: Wouldn’t it be great if one were located near us?
This week’s Kindness entry: On Saturday before Mother’s Day, when my yard helper and his two sons had finished mowing my lawn, I asked him if he would be seeing his mother the next day. He said, “Yes, I will,” then he added, “I call my mother every day to check on her and to tell her thank you for all she does for me!” That’s one lady who did an outstanding job raising her son!
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!


As the Spirit of Pentecost fills you next Sunday, consider using your spiritual gifts of caring, encouragement, and listening by becoming a Stephen Minister.
We need more Stephen Ministers at McCormick Methodist Church! Stephen Ministry is planning to conduct Stephen Minister training soon. If you are interested, or have questions, please feel free to contact Beverly Western, Sundee Luedecke, or Rich Jackson.
Want to learn more? Check out this website!


The Trustees would like to thank the volunteers who participated in the spring Church property clean up. Marge Radosevich, Susan Wurtzbacher and Cindy Klausman worked on the Atrium. Charles Meyer, who was unable to come on Friday, power washed the Atrium table and slate flooring earlier in the week. Brad Meyers and Dale Tarrant applied cleaner, and power washed the Dorn property vinyl fencing. Bryon Thompson, Roger Wideman, Dick Whiteman, and Harry Shelley spread mulch around the church, 378 parking lot and parsonage. We appreciate their efforts and look forward to even more participation in future cleanups as it helps reduce the Church’s overall maintenance expenses.


Tuesday May 7,2024 was our last meeting until September. The meal was fine, and the fellowship outstanding. We missed all of the men that did not attend.
We voted to donate money to the following organizations. Church food bank $300, Native American Keeper of the Word $300, Fellowship of Christian Athletes $200, UMCOR $200, and Salkehatchie Summer program $200. We will consider additional donation in the Fall.
We discussed having sign ups for the dinners, in that preparing for too many is wasteful and we wouldn’t want any one to be hungry!
See you in September!


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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Upcoming Events



The Chosen Season 3, 8 week Bible study will begin on Monday, May 27th with dinner served at 5:30 followed by an episode of The Chosen. There will be small group discussions after each episode. You are welcome at any/all of the episodes, it’s fine if you cannot attend all of them.
Sign ups are Fellowship Hall.
Suggested weekly donation for dinner is $7.


A new Bible study titled “Are Ya Living the Sermon?” will be offered on Thursdays at 10AM. The 4 Week series led by Wendy Kvale will meet on 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, and 6/27.
Sign ups are in Fellowship Hall.


Due to our leader’s surgery, we are going to postpone the movie and popcorn day that was originally scheduled for May 21. Watch for updates.


The scholarship committee of McCormick Methodist Church is currently accepting applications for this year‘s Creighton scholarship. Applications are available at the church office Monday through Thursday, 9-1 o’clock. Application deadline is July 1.
Questions, contact Lindy Stahlman.

Mark your calendars!
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!