Category: Serving

Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, Ph.D.

Presentation to be announced Workshop Description: To be announced Biography: Reverend Dr. Renita J. Weems is a writer, a minister, a biblical scholar, public intellectual, and ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal church.  She was the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in Old Testament studies.  In addition to being a former…
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Easter Offering

Easter Missions Offering

Thank You! The 2022 Easter Grant processes has concluded. The Missions Team is pleased to announce that this year’s 2021 Easter Missions Offering collected a total of $20,084.00! The following agencies/ministries are the 2022 Easter Missions Offering grant recipients: Bridge Bread Bakery Center for Hearing & Speech Home Sweet Home Sneakers with Soul Manchester UMC…
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Faith Leaders Called to Action

On May 26, 2022 at exactly 11:32a, Faith leaders from around St. Louis gathered for a press conference on gun safety measures. The press conference took place at New Horizon Methodist Church (formerly Good Samaritan UMC) located at 4234 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO. The 11:32 a.m. start time is a purposeful reminder of the…
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Woven Together

Walk Justly Conference

October 21-22, 2022Manchester UMC | St. Louis, Missouri Theme: “Woven Together” Walk Justly 2022 is a two-day in-person conference featuring interactive workshops, engaging worship, uplifting music, meaningful prayer experiences and much more. The conference is open to everyone and offered annually by Manchester United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Missouri. During this year’s Walk Justly Conference,…
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Mission Leaders Gathering

Next Gathering is TBD Mission Leaders are invited to gather and connect with one another. There will be opportunities to share our experiences and expertise, to recognize each other’s gifts, to learn about new resources, and to stay connected to the Missions Ministry at Manchester UMC. Do you have a topic in mind? What topics…
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Food Pantry

What & How to Donate

Each month, Manchester UMC works with our partner agencies in collecting much needed items for their clients, as well as the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR. After seeing and hearing about the troubling events unfold in Ukraine, many have reached out and expressed a desire to help our neighbors as they struggle to find…
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Sewing for Missions

On January 22, 2022, the Sewing for Missions ministry gathered to make cot sheets for LifeWise STL’s Early Childhood Center. This team completed 52 sheets and are on track to donate over 75 to the LifeWise STL. Individuals who like to sew or prepare things to be sewn were needed to help with this special…
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Coats to Donate

During the month of January, there was a coat drive at Manchester UMC to benefit LifeWise StL and Epworth Children and Family Services. Their clients were in need of warm coats for all ages and sizes. To help with this effort, there were over 150 coats donated. Thank you to everyone who donated! If questions,…
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HomeFirst STL

Everyone deserves a safe home of their own. HomeFirst STL helps people transition out of homelessness and into a hope-filled future. When people lack the support and money to stay housed long-term, these individuals feel discouraged and alone. But HomeFirst STL works with these individuals and has changed lives by providing housing that is safe,…
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Conversation about Our History

Date: Sunday, August 8, 2021Time:  7:00 p.m.Location: Sanctuary | Manchester UMC (Near the intersection of Hwy 141 & Manchester Road) and Live StreamGuest Panel: Jeffrey Pasley, Peter Kastor, Nick ReinhardtModerator: State Representative Trish Gunby Manchester UMC is sponsoring a community conversation on “Missouri Bicentennial: A Conversation About Our History.” It’s Missouri’s birthday; however, how much do we really know…
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LifeWise STL

The mission of LifeWise STL is to help individuals and families achieve economic well-being by providing high-impact, relationship-based programming and by addressing systemic barriers to their success. LifeWise STL uses a model that is based on educational programming fused with personalized and supportive coaching. This evolution led us to choose LifeWise STL as our name,…
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Give Local, Build Local

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. In a year when home became schoolhouse, office, and sanctuary in addition to shelter, our mission to create affordable housing opportunities in Saint Louis took on new meaning. Having a safe place to call home has never been more important, and…
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Bike Rehab

Bike Rehab featured on Fox 2 with Tim Ezell on March 7, 2022. View Tim Ezell’s two segments on Fox 2 featuring Bike Rehab: Inspirational Moments and Tim’s Travels. Bike Rehab Manchester UMC’s Bike Rehab ministry is a group that receives bikes as donations, then cleans and repairs them. This ministry works with a number of…
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One for the Crow Plant Space

Manchester UMC is proud to partner with and support One for the Crow Plant Space.  This is a volunteer run Community Garden in the Gravois Park Neighborhood, on the corner of Pennsylvania & Winnebago, in South City, St. Louis.  Positioned on two abandoned lots, our garden features a small orchard, fruit and veggie plots, and extensive…
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Blood Drive

Blood Drives

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Blood drives are a critical and powerful way to make a difference in the lives of others. Through each whole blood donation, this can save up to three lives. Manchester UMC offers on-site blood…
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Lori Borger

Lori Borger

Missions Team Member: 2020-2023. Lori and her husband, Bill, came to MUMC in 1993, and immediately found a home here. They have two children: Brianna, in Chicago with her husband Adrian and their son Ian, and Tom, in Minneapolis with his wife Sarah.  Bill works for the Muny.  Lori recently retired after 26 years at…
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Patrick Clover

Patrick Clover

Missions Team Member: 2020-2022. Patrick has been members at Manchester UMC since 2014. He is a member of the Missions Team and is also a Small Group Leader for the Youth ministry. Patrick keeps busy with going to college and helping with the Youth ministry.

Kendall Conway

Kendall Conway

Missions Team Member: 2022-2024. Kendall Conway is currently an 8th grader at Parkway West Middle School. In the Fall of 2022, she will attend Parkway West High School. Kendall is very active in youth and serves on the Youth Events Planning Team, as well as the Youth Advisory Council at Manchester UMC. Kendall is also…
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John Himpel

John Himpel

Missions Team Member: 2020-2023. John has been members at Manchester UMC since 1975. He has served on almost every board and committee at MUMC. Among his accomplishments are: a) helping to start the youth mission trips to the Hinton Rural Life Centerb) helping to found the MUMC Emergency Response Teamc) founding the mission trips to…
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Heather Kellenberger

Ex-OfficioMissions Team Member. Heather began attending Manchester UMC in 2010 as part of the youth group. After high school, Heather was an active member of the Young Adult Ministry, interning for 2 years within that ministry. In her time at MUMC, she has taken more classes than she can count and been part of many…
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Mark Lashly

Missions Team Member: 2022-2024. Mark Lashly and his wife, Susie, have called Manchester UMC their church home since joining in 1974. We have two married sons and three granddaughters. Over the years, Mark has been involved in Manchester UMC in various ways, including: Pre-School Committee, Chancel Choir, Drama Ministry, Certified Lay Speaker program and helping…
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Maurice Parisien

Maurice (Moe) Parisien

Missions Team Member: 2022 Moe Parisien and his wife, Joy, have been members of Manchester UMC since 1982. Their 2 adult daughters grew up in this church, where both were baptized, confirmed and their eldest daughter, Katie was married at MUMC in 2000.  Moe and Joy are the proud grandparents of 3 great kids. Over…
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Elizabeth (Liz) Shuburte

Director of Missions Liz Shuburte’s bio is coming soon!

Carol Smith

Carol Smith

Missions Team Member: 2020-2022. Carol and her husband, Larry, moved to the St Louis area to work for The Boeing Company and raised two children here.  Their daughter still lives in the St Louis area and their son now lives in Seattle.  Carol graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Business and is…
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Becky Ungles

Becky Ungles

Missions Team Member: 2022-2024. Becky and her husband, Brian, have been members at MUMC since moving to Ballwin in 2003. Becky, originally from Arlington Heights, IL and Brian, originally from Mound City, MO, met in 1998 when they both landed in St. Louis after college with jobs at the same commercial real estate firm.  Brian…
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Pride Flag

Rainbow Stoles

Why are people at MUMC wearing rainbows? We wear rainbows to call attention to our welcoming stance and to show solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.  This Pride symbol is a visual sign of a commitment to justice in the areas of gender and sexuality. If someone isn’t wearing a rainbow, are they homophobic? Not participating…
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No Hate Yard Signs

“We love because God first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” – 1 John 4:19-20 Let’s Take a Stand Against Hate There is…
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MO-Hab

MO-Hab will celebrate 25 years of raising funds for Habitat for Humanity St Louis in 2022. Our Mission Statement MO-Hab is committed to raising funds and awareness for adequate and affordable housing.  MO-Hab sponsors benefit bicycle rides to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis which lends a hand-up for families to afford a…
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Epworth Children and Family Services

Epworth is a United Methodist-related community nonprofit with the mission of helping children, youth and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment.

Christmas Tree Lot

Christmas Tree Lot

Your support is one more way we can make a difference in our community! Since 1964, the Christmas Tree Lot has been operated by the United Methodist Men’s Group. There are over 1500 trees to choose from. Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Lot support local charities: Epworth Children & Families, LifeWise STL, Circle of Concern,…
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Missions Grants

What is the Missions Grant? We desire to be good stewards of the generosity of our parishioners, and endeavor to use our resources responsibly to make a difference for Christ in the world. Through this commitment, we developed a grant form where our community partners and missions ministries can share their goals and dreams. Through…
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Ministry Transitions: Giving Thanks for Computer Rehab

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 In just a few weeks, our trees will begin turning and dropping their leaves, signifying…
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Red ripe apples

Apple Butter Days

A Manchester UMC Tradition since 1957 Every fall for over sixty years, our church gathers together to make and sell apple butter by hand. We slice apples Friday morning and cook them Saturday in large kettles over wood fires. There are plenty of opportunities to help. You can also stop by to watch, or just…
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Show Me Democracy

Sunday, August 18, 201912:30 – 3:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall On Sunday, August 18, 2019 we joined in commemorating the 5th Anniversary of the Ferguson Uprising! We hosted filmmaker, Dan Parris, as well as Ferguson activists and residence as we watched and discussed the documentary “Show Me Democracy.” Show Me Democracy centers on seven St. Louis…
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Literacy Initiative

The Literacy Initiative is a ministry of Manchester UMC that supports Peabody Elementary School in the City of St. Louis. While this is a great opportunity for those with a background in education, volunteers need no experience other than patience and a willing heart to serve in order to make a big difference in the…
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ESL Classes

Manchester UMC partners with the Parkway-Rockwood Area Adult Education and Literacy/English as a Second Language Program to host ESL and Citizenship classes on site. Since 1969, Parkway-Rockwood Area Adult Education and Literacy/English as a Second Language Program has been in existence. Free Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Test Prep classes, as well as English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes, are…
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Weekend Serving Roles

There are so many ways you can get involved and help others at Manchester UMC. Our weekend services provide a wide-range of serving opportunities for all ages, abilities, schedules and preferences. We are always looking for smiling faces to serve in a variety of roles – both during worship times or during the week: Help…
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Sandwich Ministry

Day: This ministry is currently on pause due to the pandemicTime: 10 to 10:45 a.m.Location: Fellowship HallMinistry Leader: Liz Shuburte When Manchester United Methodist Church is in Phase 4, our volunteers gather every Tuesday morning to make and pack sandwiches for our neighbors living on the streets of St. Louis City. Currently, the sandwiches help…
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Mission Opportunities

Manchester UMC is a church that strives to follow our scriptural calling to serve God by serving our neighbor. Putting our faith into action is a core value that we seek to live out by helping those who are vulnerable and struggling among us. This happens through a variety of missional programs and activities that we…
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Social Justice

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT) United Methodists have a rich history and concern for social justice. Inspired by Jesus’ ministry to the poor and marginalized, we continue the work…
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Off-Site Missions

Manchester UMC is a church that strives to follow our scriptural calling to serve God by serving our neighbor. Putting our faith into action is a core value that we seek to live out by helping those who are vulnerable and struggling among us. This happens through a variety of missional programs and activities that we…
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On-Site Missions

Manchester UMC is a church that strives to follow our scriptural calling to serve God by serving our neighbor. Putting our faith into action is a core value that we seek to live out by helping those who are vulnerable and struggling among us. This happens through a variety of missional programs and activities that we…
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Seasonal Missions

Manchester UMC is a church that strives to follow our scriptural calling to serve God by serving our neighbor. Putting our faith into action is a core value that we seek to live out by helping those who are vulnerable and struggling among us. This happens through a variety of missional programs and activities that we…
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Bridge Bread

Bridge Bread is a social entrepreneurship initiative designed to provide job opportunities for homeless/formerly homeless individuals.  The goal is to help disadvantaged and marginalized people engage in a financially rewarding effort that enhances self-worth, promotes dignity, and enables the guests to help themselves. Manchester UMC sells Bridge Bread before and after worship services on Saturdays and…
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Early Response Team

“In the hours and days after disaster, those who survive are looking for anything to give them hope.  ERT can provide the kind of immediate response that restores hope, builds faith, and encourages those who are looking to their neighbor for support”   Rev. Tom Hazelwood, Assistant General Secretary, UMCOR Early Response Team In partnership…
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Food 4 Kids

For some school-age children who receive reduced/free lunches at school, the weekends can be a time of hungry bellies and food insecurity.  To help students get through the weekends with the food they need, Manchester UMC has partnered with the Parkway and St. Louis School Districts to provide students with backpacks filled with non-perishable food items…
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Sneakers with Soul

Sneakers with Soul mission is to provide new, high-quality, brand name sneakers to at-risk children and youth in poverty served by our partner agencies. Sneakers with Soul works with local social service agencies, such as LifeWise STL and Epworth Children and Family Services, and area school districts, to identify and properly fit children and youth…
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Personal Essentials Ministry

The Personal Essentials Ministry helps restore human dignity. What if you had to choose between buying food or toilet paper? For many in the community, affording even the most basic personal hygiene products is a struggle. The Personal Essentials Ministry, in partnership with Circle of Concern Food Pantry in Valley Park, offers basic personal care…
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Habitat Volunteers

Habitat for Humanity

Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis Habitat for Humanity St Louis (HFHSTL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in St. Louis city and county.  Selected homebuyers invest their time (350 sweat equity hours) into building and purchasing their own home (30-year mortgage). To learn more about home ownership, click here. Manchester UMC…
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