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About | Care Ministry

Prayer & Comfort

Our mission is to care.

Manchester UMC has a number of ministries that offer care and support. From dealing with grief, divorce, or the loss of a job, to providing a prayer shawl, we’re here to help.

Rev. Dr. Mary Beth Hartenstein
Director of Congregational Care


In 1 Timothy 2:1, the Apostle Paul urges that ‘…requests, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for everyone…’ If you’d like prayer, please let us know!


Congregational care happens best in community, the people of the church caring for one another. The ministry of Congregational Care is a group project, and it depends on people helping one another. It is a ministry of presence, of showing up with and for people, to simply be with them in their time of need.

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Stephen Ministry

Sometimes difficult life situations come our way such as loss of a job, a serious illness, divorce, loss of a loved one, etc. The care of a professionally trained Stephen Minister may be just the support you need.

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Greeting Card Ministry

Sometimes all it takes is an encouraging word. This ministry sends messages of love and support to those on our prayer request list. Volunteer to be part of this team.

Prayer Shawl

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl ministry knits beautiful shawls, bless them, and pass them on to those who need our prayers. You do not need to be a member of the church to request, or receive, a prayer shawl.

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Visitation Care Team

Visitation Care Team make regular visits to our homebound members. And because our visitors are assigned to specific people, relationships develop. Let us know if you become homebound.

Support Groups

Grief Support Group

This group is taking the summer off.  Please check back on this website for when it will return in the Fall 2024.

Leaders:  Rev. Dr. Mary Beth Hartenstein and Denise Stuckmeyer-Keller

Description:  Grief Care is a new support group that will focus on those individuals who are dealing with all types of grief and loss.

This group offers a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief.   The group will grow together and the goal is to gain solid support each step of the way!

Finding Sanctuary

Leaders:  Rev. Dr. Mary Beth Hartenstein and Jill Krogen

Description: Support for individuals who care for their loved ones with dementia. This group is designed to encourage caregivers to encounter the unique challenge of caring for a partner with dementia.

Please complete one registration form per person:



Member Name Tag Request

New Name Tag Request If you are a member and need a new name tag, please Order a Name Tag Here. Please complete this registration form and payment of $11. If you would like to fill out a form in person, please visit us at the information desk on Sundays

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In God We Trust

Throughout the centuries, “trust in God” has been a frequent theme in our prayers, our hymns and our sacred songs. It is certainly a biblical theme as well. There are 182 references to “trust” in the Bible, and most of these refer to us placing our trust in God. In America, our money even proclaims “In God We Trust.” I invite you to join us for worship this weekend as we take a look at Psalm 105 and at the refrain, “In God We Trust.” Does that mean that we expect God will “fix” everything? What about free will? How should we really trust in God?

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