Featured Events

Featured Events

  • Children sit in a circle on the floor hearing a book read to them. Literacy Initiative - The Literacy Initiative is a new ministry of Manchester UMC that supports Peabody Elementary School in the City of St. Louis. We are looking for volunteers to help fourth grade students read and enhance their literacy skills. While this is a great opportunity for those with a background in education, you need no experience other than patience and a willing heart to serve in order to make a big difference in the lives of children. This literacy initiative is one of many "Pathways Out of Poverty" efforts by United Methodists in the state of Missouri. To sign-up to volunteer, please…
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  • Photographer taking a portrait Latest News - Here's the latest news from Manchester UMC, posted 9.13.2019: New Church Directory Photos It’s time for a new church directory. You can sign up to have your family photo taken for a new directory: 1) online, or 2) at the Information Center on Sept. 8, 15, or 22. Photo dates are Sept. 30, Oct. 1-5, 7-12, 14-19. Email Sherri Estes with questions. Defying Gravity Small Group Experience 4 Week Conversations starting Sept. 28 Join us on an exciting 4-week all-church faith journey as we explore Tom Berlin’s book “Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More.” Each conversation lasts…
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  • Live Streaming - Manchester UMC provides live streaming of two worship services each week. Of course, church is always better in person. But, if you can’t attend, this is a great way to stay connected. If you’re new, this is an awesome way to explore what our worship services are like. Join Us: Click 'Join Us' to stream either of the services below. This link takes you to Facebook. Scroll to the All Videos section and click the title of the service. Enjoy the service! Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Modern Worship Sundays at 11 a.m. Traditional Worship Facebook Live We utilize Facebook Live,…
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  • Adult Classes - At Manchester UMC, we offer a variety of classes where you can learn, grow and connect with other people. We divide our adult classes into three types: Core Classes, Special Classes and Disciple Bible Study. Core Classes Core Classes are offered several times throughout the year and are a great way to learn more about yourself, our faith and how you can connect and serve here. Learn more about Core Classes. Special Classes During our Winter/Spring and Fall semesters, we offer special classes that cover a variety of timely and intriguing topics. Special Classes appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Learn more about Special…
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  • Four volunteers of varying ethnicities touch hands in a team huddle. 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 plan ourselves and/or partner with others in order to make a positive impact in our community. Regardless of your age, ability, or experience, we host several opportunities for you to put faith and love into action by becoming the hands and feet of Jesus Christ…
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  • Group of people smiling Core Classes - Core Classes are offered several times throughout the year and are a great way to learn more about yourself, our faith and how you can connect and serve here. Below are some upcoming Core Classes: Core Class New Member Class For more information or assistance in enrolling in an upcoming class, please contact Pastor Jim Peich or Tiffany Conway. See Also: Adult Special Classes Disciple Bible Study Adult Groups
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  • Become A New Member - If you've decided to make Manchester UMC your church home, we celebrate that decision and invite you to join thousands of others in becoming a member of the church. We believe it's important and helpful for new members to have a common understanding of our beliefs, history, culture, practices and expectations. For this reason, we have identified a path to membership to help your journey. Path to Membership Complete online New Member Registration Form Complete online Spiritual Gifts Tool before you attend New Member Class Attend New Member Class Be baptized and make a profession of faith (if you have not already done…
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  • Zacchaeus Week - Great news, everybody! It’s Zacchaeus Week! Sunday morning’s scripture will feature everyone’s favorite wee little man, featured in Luke 19. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love the Zacchaeus story?   He’s the guy who dared to host Jesus literally at his own house. Can you imagine? Hosting Jesus at your house? What if he just showed up one day and said, “Hey dude, I’m coming over!” Would you panic, run home right away, and immediately begin cleaning?  You don’t want Jesus to see those dirty dishes in your sink; am I right? I think Zacchaeus has something to teach us,…
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  • A person writing in a notebook with a pencil. Missions Grants - What is the Missions Grant? In 2019, the Missions Team began wondering how we could better serve our community partners and internal missions ministries and empower them to achieve big goals. 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 have a conversation with us and tell us directly what their big goals and dreams are. Through this process, we aim to support the empowerment…
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  • Homecoming - It feels good to come home. I don’t necessarily mean one particular location. I mean “home.” The place where you are known. Where you are welcomed without condition or expectation. I believe that you are “home” whenever you are in the presence of people you love, and who love you right back. Maya Angelou said that home is “the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Near the beginning of almost every worship service at Manchester, as words of welcome are spoken, we say out loud that this is a “safe place,” a place…
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  • computer resting in a pile of orange fall leaves 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 a transitional season. In our American society, we often associate how long something has been around with how successful it is, and associate that thing coming to an end as some sort of failure. We are taught to fear death, whether its physical death or…
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  • Hands forming a heart looking toward the sun. Look Up! Go Beyond. - There’s so much more to be seen when we Look up! New horizons, amazing vistas, and God’s dreams for the kingdom. Led by God’s vision for peace, justice, and healing, Manchester United Methodist Church is a community committed to Go Beyond our walls to do Christ’s work. Please help ensure your church continues its work, both today and tomorrow by making a one-year (2020) pledge to support the ministries and capital projects of Manchester UMC. Complete the Commitment Card below to make a pledge.
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  • Gifts Given Freely - Bishop Robert Schnase once said that he couldn’t recall ever hearing someone during a funeral service ever say, “They were such a devoted and faithful follower of Jesus … but they were just so stingy!” Generosity is a characteristic of faithful followers of Jesus. A giving, generous spirit is a natural response to the generous gifts we have received from God. Having received indescribable, mind boggling, awe inspiring gifts from God, our gratitude overflows into generous giving.  Think about it. God has given us life itself. We are alive, we breathe, we sense the world around us, and all of…
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  • PAL Group LEARNING GROUP: Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) - Day:  Thursdays, starting Sept. 5Time:  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.Location:  Room 311 | Manchester UMCLeader:  Judy Description:  Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is a support group of parents helping parents. Weekly meetings offer education and support, at no cost, for families who are dealing with an adult child battling substance addiction. Participants must be 18 or older. Please one form per person. Register below: For information about the national PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved ones) organization, please go here. For questions about the class, please email Judy. For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway. See Also: Adult GroupsAdult ClassesYoung Adults
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  • Red ripe apples Apple Butter Days - Thurs., Oct. 10 - Sun., Oct. 13, 2019 A Manchester UMC Tradition since 1957 Peeling apples 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 stir a kettle. The parking lot will be filled with a great aroma on Saturday morning! This year, all sales goes towards the Early Response Team ministry. This ministry participates in emergency response in partnership…
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  • Generation Communication - I was speaking to a group of middle school students over a year ago and I mentioned that I had shared something on Facebook. A young man raised his hand and I called on him.“What’s Facebook?” he asked.s I smiled, the young man sitting right next to him said, “It’s what my mom uses to talk to your mom.”Younger generations do not communicate the same way older generations do. This has been true in every moment in time, pretty much without exception.The church is a truly multi-generational organization, and as such, it is vital to our missional success that we…
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  • Photographer taking a portrait Church Directory - A pictorial directory is a powerful tool in our church to help each of us know each other better. Our last directory was done in 2016 and is now outdated, so it's time for a new one! There are two ways you can sign up to have your picture taken: 1) schedule your appointment online or 2) sign up at the Information Center on September 8, 15, or 22. Every family photographed for the directory will receive a copy of the directory and an 8x10 portrait at no cost. You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits at…
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  • Little boy painting a pumpkin. Fall Festival 2019 - FREE Community Event! Friday, Oct. 4, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Join us for an evening of good food, fun and fellowship during our 5th annual Fall Festival at Manchester UMC (located at Manchester Road and Hwy 141). Please register in advance to save time checking-in at the event.   Open to the public, this free event includes a shared BBQ meal, hayrides, bounce houses, crafts, pumpkin decorating, games, petting zoo, balloon artists, a DJ spinning great tunes, fire pits with s’mores, PipeSqueaks (kid-friendly fall and Halloween music played on our organ), and so much more. All children must be accompanied by a responsible…
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  • Defining Words - “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” (Mark 10:43) The word “great” is an exceedingly common word in the New Testament. It is the Greek word megas, from which we have the prefix “mega-” in English today. So like, MegaMart and megachurch and megalomaniac. Basically, it meant the same thing when Jesus said it as it does today. Unusually large, or numerous, or intense. Or, unusually powerful. The word “servant” is similarly common. It is the Greek word diakonos, from which we have the word “deacon” in English today. So, like Phil Estes and Winter Hamilton,…
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  • Defying Gravity Group Leader Training Registration - We will be offering two identical group leader training sessions for Defying Gravity on Sunday Sept. 8 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in room 141 and Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 133. We ask all group leaders to please attend one of these sessions. Complimentary childcare is available with advance registration. Please complete the brief form below to register for the training session that best fits your schedule and then mark your calendar.
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  • Five Essential Practices - At a recent gathering of Manchester leaders, I was asked about my expectations of church members. It was a great question, a really good way to think about our pastoral transition. As the Lead Pastor of Manchester UMC, what would I expect of the members of this congregation? The answer I gave came to mind almost immediately, without needing much thought. I expect Christian discipleship. I expect members of the congregation to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ.  Specifically, that means doing five things. A disciple of Jesus routinely engages in five essential practices. The five you’ll see a faithful…
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  • Defying Gravity Join a Defying Gravity Small Group! - There are many forces in this world trying to control our attitudes, decisions, and lives. Like gravity, they relentlessly pull at us! Join us this Fall for a 4-week series of 1-hour small group conversations. Together, we'llexplore Tom Berlin's (short) book "Defying Gravity", and discuss how we can break free to live and love more generously like Jesus. The book is short and easy to read. So, come along on this church-wide small group experience as we grow in faith together and also connect to more people at Manchester UMC! Beginning the weekend of September 28/29, Manchester UMC’s worship sermons…
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  • Mom drinking coffee Fellowship Group: Circle of Friends Chat Circle - Dates:  Mondays through FridaysTimes: 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.Location:   Children’s Ministry Hallway | Manchester UMC Description: Our parents from Circle of Friends Preschool are invited to sit, relax and get to know each other. This is an informal space where folks can sit and talk after drop off. Newcomers are always welcome! No registration needed. For more information, please contact Tiffany Conway. See Also: Adult GroupsAdult ClassesYoung Adults
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  • Bible with fall leaves Special Classes: Homecoming - OPTION 1    Dates:  Sundays, Sept. 8 to 22  (3 sessions) - Young Adults (ages 18-35)    Times:  11:00 a.m. to Noon    Location: Room 222| Manchester United Methodist Church OPTION 2  Dates:  Wednesdays, Sept. 11 to 25  (3 sessions)    Times:  9:15 to 10:15 a.m.    Location: Room 221| Manchester United Methodist Church OPTION 3 Dates:  Wednesdays, Sept. 11 to 25  (3 sessions)     Times:  4:30 to 5:30 p.m.    Location: Room 106| Manchester United Methodist Church Leader: Pastor Winter Hamilton Description:  Are you just loving worship and wanting the conversation to continue? Join us to discuss Pastor Andy…
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  • Photo of an open door to illustrate how God invites us to follow Jesus. An Open Door - One of my favorite memories from my ordination service was a line from Bishop Greg Palmer’s sermon. He pointed at those being ordained and announced to the congregation, “These people are being ordained today, but they are NOT being ordained to follow Jesus on your behalf!” It was a memorable moment for many reasons, not the least of which is that it reflects excellent theology. Each of us is called to follow Jesus, uniquely and distinctly. Nobody follows Jesus for you; you follow Jesus as you. Or you don’t. Your call.See, God doesn’t force anyone into it. God liberates. God…
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  • Aerial photo of Manchester UMC cemetery Stroll and Cemetery - I have served five congregations. One as Director of Music. One as Associate Pastor. One as the only Pastor. Two as the Lead Pastor. This is the first one out of the five to have a cemetery.  I strolled through the grave markers a couple of times last week, and experienced a meaningful few minutes before going into the office. Did you know that at rest in our cemetery, among the others, is a woman named Elizabeth Duvall? Elizabeth was born on June 29, 1776. Yes, she was born five days BEFORE the Declaration of Independence was signed! Amazing. In…
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  • What’s our Vision? - If someone stopped you in the store and randomly asked you, “Hey what’s your church’s vision?”…would you know? Okay yes, so that scenario is highly unlikely. But still … work with me here. Manchester’s vision, made known to all the world on our website, is this:We are called to be an inclusive community of people who love Christ deeply, worship him passionately, and serve him boldly. So now you know. For that random person in the store who asks, you will have a response (just in case that ever happens). The Importance of a Vision The vision is the motivator.…
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  • Making Sense of the Bible Special Classes: Making Sense of the Bible - Day:  Thursdays, starting Sept. 12 through Oct. 17, 2019Time:  9:30 - 11:30 a.m.Location:  Room 222 | Manchester UMCLeader:  Prudy Bertolino Description:  As we read the Bible to learn more about God, Jesus and our faith journey, we often find portions that we have questions about…even wrestle with. We’re not alone.  Using Adam Hamilton’s book and video, Making Sense of the Bible, we will have non-judgmental class discussions, and address the perplexing, and/or disturbing themes in scripture, many of the questions frequently asked by Christians and non-Christians.  Book:  $11. Childcare is available with advance registration. Register below: For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway. See…
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  • Photo of dirt road going off into infinity in the early morning mist. Where To? - “Nothing comes from nothing; nothing ever could.”I’m sure Rodgers and Hammerstein were not trying to make a theological statement with this line from The Sound of Music, but it works. Especially when thinking about beginnings; the Bible is filled with beginnings. Of course, there’s the beginning, where everything in fact does come from nothing. But, after that, every beginning arises from what is. Every Biblical beginning is a transition from one thing to another, and in every transition something is lost. What once was is no more, and there is only that which is. As I begin my appointment as…
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  • Columbarium - To search this site, click here. The Columbarium was added to our offerings in 2007. It provides a final resting place for those who have selected cremation as their final disposition. The Columbarium is located at the Northwest corner of the church building and is part of the Memorial Garden. There are single and companion niches available for purchase. The size of the niches are as follows: single – 6 ½ x 7 inches; double – 10 ¾ x 7 inches. Any type or material of cremation urn may be used provided it fits in the niche. The urn is to be purchased by the family…
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  • Cemetery Gate - To search this site, click here. The Manchester United Methodist Church Cemetery, John Wesley Ward Memorial Wall, and the Manchester UMC Columbarium were established for the purpose of providing an appropriate and dignified final resting place for members or those having a relationship with Manchester UMC or any other United Methodist Church. This includes parents, siblings or children of the deceased. They are not open to the public. The property for the cemetery was deeded to the Methodist Episcopal Church of Manchester, Missouri in 1880. However, the first recorded burial was that of Joseph Harrison, August 9, 1852. All of the plantings in the…
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  • Grateful - Pastor Greg and family on the jumbotron at Busch Stadium as he waits to throw out the first pitch. I did some counting and, over the course of 9 years of being in ministry with you, I have sent out 462 weekly emails! No wonder the keyboard looks a bit worn. As I thought about what to write in this my 463rd, one word comes immediately to mind: GRATEFUL. I’m GRATEFUL… …for people who show me the face of Christ. We have a surprisingly diverse congregation that boldly welcomes through our doors all folks, no strings attached. At the same…
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  • Photo of John Wesley Ward Meditation and Memorial Wall. John Wesley Ward Meditation & Memorial Wall - To search this site, click here. The Memorial Wall was established in 2002 and is named after John Wesley Ward, Pastor Emeritus of Manchester United Methodist Church. The Memorial Wall is located in the Meditation Garden at the Northwest corner of the Sanctuary just outside of the Marble Entrance. It is offered to those whose remains are not available for ground burial or in-nichement of cremated remains and are not interned in any other location. A space may be pre-purchased, which includes engraving of name and birth and death dates. Insignias, emblems or verses are not permitted. There are no other charges. The engraving will not take place…
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  • Photo of Lead Pastor Rev. Andy Bryan Welcome Andy Bryan - I thought it might be helpful to share my personal thoughts with you as Rev. Andy Bryan begins his ministry at Manchester UMC on July 1.First, I’ve known Andy’s father and grandfather for as long as I’ve been in ministry. His grandfather, Monk Bryan, was Senior Pastor at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia before being elected bishop. His dad, Jim Bryan, served that same church before retiring a few years ago. And, coincidentally, my office as campus minister was in that church, so we have a deep connection.I mention this because it’s a wonderful testimony when a son or…
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  • Melanie Knipping - I serve as Director of Circle of Friends Preschool. I have an Associate's degree in Child Development and a Bachelor's degree in Business. I have been involved in the early childhood education field as both a teacher and an administrator for over 27 years. Prior to joining Circle of Friends, I was the director of a corporate child development center in downtown St. Louis. I am the proud parent of twin boys. In my spare time I love to read, spend time with my boys, enjoy the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, and I used to scuba dive (which I…
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  • My Last Sermons - When I was a campus minister at Mizzou, we held an annual spring “Last Lecture” series. We invited a popular professor to give a lecture as if it were the last one they could give. What would it be? It made them reflect on what they thought was most important and what they wanted to impart. I think of this as I approach my final few sermons here at Manchester UMC. What would I like to convey? Well, I couldn’t boil things down into one sermon. So, in typical preacher fashion, I’ll spread them out over three! Here’s an overview.June…
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  • A group of silhouetted figures gather at a table to share their ideas, represented as a rainbow of speech bubbles. Market for Missions 2019 Feedback -
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  • 2019 Annual Conference - Pentecost is this Sunday, June 9, and is considered the birthday of the Church! If you’d like to give a special birthday gift to eliminate our church’s mortgage debt, and/or replace our HVAC system, visit the website.   The Missouri Annual Conference will meet this weekend (June 7-9) in Springfield. For each appointed clergy to a church, a church member may go as a voting delegate. Since we have five clergy, we will be well represented by these five members from our congregation: Mike Clement, Anthony Larson, Bob Lorah, George Mogannam, and Liz Shuburte.   Annual Conference consists of many…
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  • Missional Discipleship Group - The Missional Discipleship Group is a quarterly event for any and all who are passionate about Missions, involved in Missions at Manchester, and Missions Ministry Leaders. In this space, we enjoy food, fellowship, and fun together as we learn more about what's going on in our church, how to get involved, and how to support Missions as a whole. The working group will be ideal for: Those who are passionate about Missions and want to learn more about ongoing, occasional, and seasonal volunteer opportunitiesThose who are want to get more involved in Missions and want to give back, but don't…
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  • Movie Popcorn YOUNG ADULT GROUP: Film & Theology - Dates:   Second SaturdaysTime: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.Location:  Swineheart Community House Description:  Join us on the second Saturday of each month to watch and discuss some of our favorite movies! All identities and perspectives welcome. Check out Instagram for updates each month. Newcomers are always welcome! Please email Nicki for location information. Register below: For enrollment assistance, please contact Winter Hamilton.
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  • Lavender soap SPECIAL CLASS: Art is Love - Dates:  Wednesdays | Aug. 7 - 28  (4 sessions)Times:  7:00 to 9:00 p.m.Location: Swineheart Community HouseLeader: Pastor Winter HamiltonDescription:  Love art? Each week, one of our talented artists will teach us some tricks of the trade. Week 1- Songwriting, Week 2 - Soap making, Week 3 - Poetry, Week 4 - Writing. IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee. For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway. See Also: Adult GroupsAdult ClassesYoung Adult Programs
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  • Children sit in a circle on the floor hearing a book read to them. Vacation Bible School - There are a few memories I have of church as a young child. One was that the pews were very hard. Another was that, being Southern Baptist in my earliest years, the communion elements passed right by me, and I couldn’t figure out why (had I done something wrong?). But, one of the most fun things I can remember was Vacation Bible School. By way of full disclosure, I don’t remember any of the content of VBS. What I do remember was how good the strawberry Kool Aid was. Mrs. Henson made it. Even at that young age, I can…
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  • Not in Kansas - Seldom can I come up with a title that’s guaranteed to alienate everyone from the state just west of Missouri. However, I’m not meaning to downgrade Kansas at all. Rather, I’m playing off the famous scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy has been transported into a beautiful, magical, mystical world. Being in awe she exclaims, “I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”                 This scene came to mind while I was standing in the back of the sanctuary at the close of the last Easter service. We’d just sung “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” accompanied…
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  • General Conference Update - Image: Mike DuBose / United Methodist News Service (UMNS) It’s only been a little over two months since the 2019 General Conference ended. However, it seems so much longer because so many things have happened. You will recall that the Traditionalist Plan, that kept the restrictive language regarding homosexuality and the church, while adding penalties for those who violate that doctrine, passed. I wrote about it in a pastoral letter I sent to our congregation. In the months since, there’s been an uproar around the country in protest. Clergy, Boards of Ordained Ministry, Conferences, and even one Jurisdiction have risen…
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  • Photo of a group discussion with young adults in a semi-circle. Discipleship WIN Team - Last year, in conjunction with setting goals/priorities through 2021, we developed teams of members and staff. Called WIN (What’s Important Now) teams, they’ve been working diligently in helping our church move forward; click here to get an overview of their work. I’ve asked the Discipleship WIN team to give us an update. We’re indebted to them and all the members for their commitment. Pastor Greg * * * Greetings, We are the Discipleship WIN Team, comprised of Jeff Haupt, Tiffany Conway, Jim Clark, Mike Clement and Linda Lange. Our goal is to help grow the number of people connecting in Christian community and…
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  • Mental Health Awareness - May is national mental health awareness month. One in five adults, about 48.3 million people, will struggle with their mental health this year.  Unfortunately, churches don't always have the best track record of addressing this mental health crisis. Our congregation was recently reminded of the importance of proper mental health education and resources. Inspired by the tragedy of a veteran taking his own life, we will be hosting Mental Health Sunday on Sunday, May 5. Join us for worship that morning and visit our Resource and Information Fair to meet mental health providers and support organizations from throughout the area.  In…
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  • Freedom It’s Almost Easter - Yes, last week we were thinking about passing out candles on Christmas Eve. Now, we’re anticipating arranging flowers and lilies for Easter. Wow!Holy Week is one of the most important times in the life of the Christian community. I hope this finds you having walked the Lenten road of discipline, reflection, and sacrifice. I also hope you’re looking forward to encountering Christ in some new way during this Holy Week.There are many ways you can walk with Jesus, from Maundy Thursday through Easter morning. Also, please be sure to visit the Stations of the Cross Art Installation, found in the…
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  • Any Childhood Stories? - Following Easter, I’m going to do a series of sermons on the world of a child. It’s titled, “Revisiting Childhood.” I believe we can learn a lot about how Christians should live if we return to experiencing life as a child. To paraphrase a poet, “The child is father to the man.” In these four sermons, we’ll return to viewing life through a child’s eyes, and how that shapes our life and discipleship today.To really add color and depth to these sermons, I’d like to include any real-life stories you might have regarding childhood. This could be memories of your…
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  • Photo of Lead Pastor Rev. Andy Bryan New Lead Pastor - Rev. Andy Bryan Bishop Robert Farr, of the Missouri Area of The United Methodist Church, has appointed Rev. Andy Bryan as our new Lead Pastor, effective July 1, 2019. After serving Manchester United Methodist Church for 9 years Rev. Greg Weeks, retired June 30. Rev. Andy comes to us from Campbell United Methodist Church in Springfield, Missouri. He is joined by his wife, Erin, and their three children. The Bryans also serve as a foster family. Rev. Andy studied at Saint Paul School of Theology. He also studied vocal music and choral conducting at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.…
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  • Lenten Prayer Guide - Saturday's Modern Worship concert was a huge success. More scenes are on Facebook. Many thanks to the worship team and volunteers who made this first-time Joy of Music concert possible!In a sermon a few weeks ago, I gave an outline of a Lenten prayer exercise. Since then, I’ve received some positive feedback about how helpful that was, as a spiritual discipline. I thought it might be useful if I wrote it out in an email, and you can use it as a reference. 1st—Find a comfortable place free from distractions (this includes your smartphone!). Take a Bible and read over the Sermon…
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  • Coffee and Book LEARNING GROUP: Young Adult Book Club Weekend Edition - Dates:   Every Other Sunday - July 28; Aug. 11 & 25; Sept. 8 & 22; Oct. 6 & 20; Nov. 3, 17 & 30Times: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.Location:  Harford Coffee Company | 3974 Hartford St, St. LouisLeader:   Sarah HealyDescription:  By popular demand! We will be offering a second book club to read at a slower pace, meeting every other week. This group is perfect for parents, students, teachers or anyone else who loves to read, but needs some extra time to fit reading into their schedules. Come read a fun sci-fi book that explores what it means to be a person.…
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  • Anger Sermon Series - If you haven’t noticed lately, there’s a lot of anger brewing in our culture. It seems fashionable to divide ourselves into opposing camps, whatever they might be, and see how high our blood pressure rises. However, things weren’t a lot different back in Jesus’ day (with the exception of social media). We can learn a lot from the Bible in terms of constructive and destructive uses of anger. My sermon series that will lead up to Easter is titled, “Moving Past Anger.” In three sermons, we’ll explore why Jesus provoked people to anger, and what provoked him as well. We’ll…
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  • Photo of a computer keyboard. Website Issues - Sometimes website issues can be resolved with a simple click of the Refresh button. We've found this is especially true with Chrome and Safari. Many other issues can be resolved by clearing your browser's cache, cookies, and history. The question is, 'How do I do that?, especially if you're not technically inclined. Katy Computer's John Schmerold has written a blog post that we find helpful. If you have Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Opera, or Safari just follow the steps outlined in the link below. Clear your web browser’s cache, cookies, and history If these steps do not resolve…
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  • Photo of a computer keyboard. Website Resources - Over the past few months I’ve had fun developing my own website. I’ve envisioned it as a place where I could collect and expand my writing projects, as well as things associated with my writings.           In this eblast, I’ll highlight the things you can find there, and maybe a few will be interesting and/or helpful.If you have questions about anything you find, please let me know.Peace,Pastor GregBlogsHere, you’ll find here a variety of opinion pieces on a variety of topics. They can range from the Bible (Jesus, Macro-Manager) and faith (Doubting or Questioning?) to social issues (Have We Forgotten Who We…
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  • Family Hands touching Parent Resources - Welcome to the Children and Family Ministries Parent Resource page. As we journey through the experience of parenthood together, here are some resources that will help along the way. New topics and resources will be added over time so feel free to check back frequently. We have added a Parent Resource Wall to the Children's Area at Manchester UMC. Feel free to browse our selection of books and pamphlets that can be borrowed for up to 2 weeks. This area is based on Phase Project - It's Just a Phase by Kristen Ivy, Reggie Joiner, and Orange (thinkorange.com). Resources for…
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  • Lead 2019 Ministry Leader Resources - Thank you for the ways that you serve and lead at Manchester UMC! Your time and talent is a blessing to the church and the lives that it impacts. This page exists to be a helpful resource for current and future ministry leaders at Manchester UMC. We recommend you bookmark this page and then spend some time exploring the information and resources featured below. As new materials become available, they will be added to this page so check back occasionally to see what has changed. Important Information Servant Leader Values 2018-2021 PrioritiesOrganizational Chart (Manchester UMC)Ministry Roster Information Needed Directories Leadership…
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  • Connect Card - We're so glad you're with us! Help us stay connected with you. Please fill out one digital or paper connect card per household every time you attend Manchester UMC. If you would like more information, please visit the Information Center in the lobby or check out our website.
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  • Photo of piano keys with music notes lying on top Worship - Manchester UMC specializes in frequent, diverse, world-class worship. We have services that feature both traditional and contemporary worship. Our schedule of services: Saturdays, 4 p.m.Traditional-casual in our historic Chapel Sundays, 8 and 11 a.m.Traditional in our large, beautiful Sanctuary Sundays, 9:30 a.m.Modern in our large, beautiful Sanctuary Sundays, 4 p.m. (August to May)Manchester Youth in our new Youth Center Upcoming Messages Rev. Andy Bryan September 2019 "Homecoming" is this month's message series. It's time for the Church to release, step aside, and make the circle bigger. Inclusivity is intuitive. It's something we know how to do without even thinking about…
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  • Personal Essentials Ministry Update - 2018 saw the launch of the Personal Essentials Ministry, one of the newest Missions ministries at Manchester United Methodist Church. We began the year with a pilot program where we committed to providing specified quantities of five items each month: 3,600 rolls of toilet paper, 600 bottles of shampoo, 360 boxes of 36 count tampons, 600 packs of 4 count razors, and 600 cans of shaving cream. This was an ambitious goal as we set out to support dignity and hope for all people through providing personal care items. We set out to support dignity and hope for all people…
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  • Image of a light bulb lighting up. Trivia Night 2019 - Friday, April 5: 7-11 p.m.Kirkwood Community Center$200.00 per table or $20.00 per ticket Register Now Help support the youth center and have a blast! There will be 10 rounds of 10 questions each. Topics vary widely. Tables seat up to 10 people. Individuals can register as well for $20. Cash prize of $250.00. Proceeds support the furnishings and AV equipment for the new Youth Center at Manchester UMC. Bring your own food and beverages. Simple, dry snacks are provided. The Kirkwood Community Center is at 111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122 Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Trivia begins at…
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  • AV Equipment Help Finish New Youth Center! - Thanks to the generosity of many families, Manchester UMC was recently able to renovate much of its Youth Center and purchase new furniture to make it more modern, functional and attractive to young people in our community. In order to be fully functional, we need to equip the Youth Center with audio, visual, media and band equipment by August 2019 so that youth can fully worship, learn, play and grow in this newly renovated space. Your Support is Needed! We're almost to the finish line! As of June 25, 2019, Phase 1 AV priorities (see below) have been fully funded…
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  • Empty classroom with chairs stacked on tables. Room Request Form - Please submit a separate Room Request Form for each Manchester UMC approved event/activity. Because space at the church is in high-demand, you are encouraged to submit your room request as early as possible. An email confirming your request will be sent after you submit the below form. The event/activity contact person will typically be contacted by the church office with one week of submitting the below request to advise what room has been reserved. Important Notes: Rooms can only be requested through December 31, 2019 at this time. If your event is postponed or cancelled, please notify Sherri Estes as quickly as…
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  • online survey via personal computer Guest Feedback - We'd love to receive feedback about your visit. Your input helps us to make Manchester UMC a great experience for all who attend. Please take a moment to answer the below questions. Also, if you'd like to connect with us as a church, we invite you to also provide your contact information.
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  • Kenna Marcus - -Front Desk Coordinator- I was born and raised in Texas, but Enterprise and my husband's promotion brought us up to Missouri.  So far, I love it!  Great people and great surroundings.  I received my BA in Speech Communications at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and am currently working on my MA in Communication with an emphasis in training and development from Lindenwood University.  My husband and I will be married for 5 years in December and have been together for 11.  We have a little lady named Molly that attends school here at Circle of Friends and is…
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  • Neetu Ahjua - -One Year Olds Teacher-
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  • Registration & Enrollment - A completed registration packet is required for each child. These are also available at the Welcome Desk. For children new to the school, please bring a birth certificate or passport to registration in order for verification of the child’s birth date. A non-refundable Registration Fee along with the last month’s tuition, is due at registration. This can be paid in person by cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card at the Preschool Welcome Desk. The "early bird registration" fee is $100 for the first child and $75 for each additional child through March 31, 2019. On April 1, the registration…
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  • LEARNING GROUP: Young Adult South City Fiction Book Club - Dates:   Tuesdays:  7:30 to 9 p.m. Location: Gelateria Del Leone| 3197 S. Grand Blvd, St. Louis Leader:   Sarah Healy Description:  This is an ongoing small group of folks ages, 18-35.  Join us in South City every Tuesday as we rotate through different fiction books with an emphasis on sci-fi and fantasy. We discuss themes and events found in the book and how we relate to them. Register below: For enrollment assistance, please contact Winter Hamilton.
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  • 2019-2020 Option & Fees - We encourage you to schedule a tour in order to get a feel for our school and let us answer any questions you may have. When you have made your decision for the 2019-2020 school year, we would be delighted to register your child in person at the Preschool Welcome Desk beginning January 28th, 2019. Click Here for a 2019-2020 Registration Packet. Enrollment is contingent upon class availability. Circle of Friends Preschool runs mid-August to mid-May each year and includes a Christmas Break, Spring Break and certain holidays. In June, we offer a half-day Summer Imagination Camp. For more information…
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  • social media, web, online Facebook Account Set Up - You must have, or set-up, a Facebook account in order to view live streaming services at Manchester UMC. If you don't have an account, here's how to set-up one: -Go to www.facebook.com/r.php -Enter your name, email or mobile phone number, password, date of birth and gender. -Click 'Create an Account.' To finish creating your account, you need to confirm your email or mobile phone number. Facebook will send you a notification; simply follow the instructions
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  • Fair Trade Market - 17th Annual Fair Trade Market November 23-24, November 30-December 1 The largest Fair Trade Market in the United States We are the nation’s largest Fair Trade Market with over 3,000 sq. ft. of merchandise from around the world. By choosing Fair Trade products, you get great value, and ensure equitable wages and treatment for farmers, artisans, and their communities. Our Fair Trade Market offers unique holiday gifts, international crafts, food samples, educational presentations, and giveaways. Fair Trade is a social justice movement that ensures farmers and artisans are paid a living wage for their products and that consumers receive global goods…
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  • Consent and Release Forms - Click the below links to access a PDF of the current Consent and Release forms used by Manchester UMC: Adult Version 2019-2021 (18 and older) Minor Version 2019-2020 (17 and younger) Please fully complete both pages of the form (including initialing the bottom of page 1) and return to the pastor or staff person who supports your ministry. They will process your form and send you a copy for your records. Your Consent and Release form is valid until the expiration date contained on the form or until you withdraw your consent in writing to the staff person who supports…
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  • Member Update - Thank you for helping us update our membership records by completing the below form. Please be sure to click the "submit" button when finished. If you have any questions, please contact Sherri Estes at the church office.  
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  • Racial Justice Team - OUR WORK The Racial Justice is under the umbrella of Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Ministry. As a church, we recognize racism as a sin, affirm the worth of all persons and assert  the obligation of society to address long-standing, systemic issues around race. If you are passionate about changing perspectives, systems, and institutions so that individual persons can flourish, join our Racial Justice Team! Our work starts here, but extends beyond our walls to make our world a better place.  To get involved, please contact Social Justice Coordinator, Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk [email protected] Upcoming Events Historical Racial Justice Team Events Learn More LEARN MORE Manchester UMC…
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  • Mental Health Team - Mental Health Team Come to me, all who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I'm gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29 OUR WORK The Mental Health Team is under the umbrella of Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Ministry. As a church, we recognize that persons with mental illness and their families have a right to be treated with respect and obtain care appropriate to their condition. If you are passionate…
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  • Hunger and Poverty in the US Team - Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 27:37,40 (NIV) UPCOMING EVENT The Hunger and Poverty Team has just begun planning for our first event this fall! It is not too late to join the team and help us craft this it! Our first event will focus on Housing Inequity in the St. Louis Area. To…
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  • Gun Violence Team - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. -Matthew 5:9 (NIV) Our Work The Gun Violence Team is under the umbrella of Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Ministry.  In our Book of Discipline’s, “A Companion Litany to Our Social Creed,” we’re reminded that “God deplores violence in our homes and streets, rebukes the world’s warring madness, humbles the powerful and lifts up the lowly.” Whether it happens in a suburb of the United States, a town in northeastern Nigeria or an office in France, gun violence has become an all-too-often frightening phenomenon.  As followers of Jesus, called…
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  • Consent & Release Expiration - The following ADULTS have completed a Consent and Release form for Manchester UMC. Their consent expires on the date shown. The below list was last updated on 9/8/2019. For more information, see Consent and Release Forms or contact your staff liaison. LAST NAME FIRST NAME EXPIRES Allen Terry 8/31/2021 Ambler Beth 8/31/2019 Atkins Claire 8/31/2019 Babb Melissa 8/31/2019 Backer Catherine 8/31/2019 Ball Suzanne 8/31/2019 Beebe Craig 8/31/2021 Belval James (Jim) 8/31/2021 Belval Sue 8/31/2021 Black Dennis 8/31/2020 Black Shirley 8/31/2020 Boemler Kurt 8/31/2019 Borger Lori 8/31/2021 Brummett Jeffrey 8/31/2021 Campbell Michael 8/31/2021 Campbell Pamela 8/31/2021 Carey Marcella 8/31/2020 Cobet Linda…
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  • Fall Festival Volunteer Registration - Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 Volunteers are needed! Volunteer Sign Up - Please submit one form per volunteer shift.
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  • Ethan Massey - Administrative Assistant - Music & Worship Although I am originally from Illinois, just 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis, I currently live in the Dogtown area of the city with my fiancé. I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Communications Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I am an adventurer and enjoy traveling whenever I can find the time. I enjoy different kinds of music and attending the St. Louis Symphony, The Fox Theater, or The Muny. In my spare time, I can be found venturing around Forest Park to the different…
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  • Circle of Friends Parent Feedback - Circle of Friends Preschool welcomes your candid feedback. Please take a few moments to answer the 3 questions below. 
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  • Parables from the Farm - Parables from the Farm is a devotional by Sr. Pastor Greg Weeks, Manchester United Methodist Church. Pastor Greg grew up in a farming community in southeast Missouri. That environment was ripe with stories and lessons of life. These parables are from real-life experiences. These aren't just stories though; Pastor Greg “parable-izes” them. The difference between a story and a parable is that a story is a self-contained entity, with a lesson spelled out. A parable is an open-ended story that allows the reader to come up with her/his own interpretation. A parable succeeds when it invites the reader to reflect critically.…
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  • SPECIAL CLASSES: Basics by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) - Dates:  Thursdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 17, 2019   (6 sessions) Time:  6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Location:  Room 223 | Manchester UMC Leaders:  Dana Graf and Julie Adams Description:  This educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It covers the fundamentals of caring for yourself, for your family and for your child.  This class provides up-to-date information on a range of mental illnesses and their impact on the brain and current research on treatments.  It is facilitated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Louis.  Complimentary child care is available when registering at least 7…
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  • SPECIAL CLASSES: Single Again – Starting Over - Dates:  Mondays, Sept. 23 to Nov. 18   (9 sessions) Time:  6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Location:  Room 133 | Manchester UMC Leader:  Ralph Burns Description:  This is the 10th series of SASO, which has served several hundred people who are single again after a divorce, death of a spouse, or the end of a long-term relationship.  Each meeting highlights an important topic and is designed to help you get your life back on track.  We will learn to address issues in new relationships which you want in a healthy relationship.  Come to learn and share your experience that is meaningful and fun!  Childcare is available…
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  • SPECIAL CLASSES: Fly Tying for Beginners and Experts - Dates:  Thursdays, Sept.12 & 26, Oct. 20 & 24, Nov. 7 & 21, Dec. 5 & 19  (8 sessions) Time:  6:30 to 8 p.m. Location:  Room 219 | Manchester UMC Leader:  Kenny Klimes Description:  Join us as we, the Flyfishers at the Crossing, learn how to tie specific flies used here in Missouri and how to fish with them.  Each attendee must have their own fly tying gear, and will receive a weekly email on what to bring.  Newcomers are welcome. IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee. For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway. See Also: Adult Groups Adult Classes Young Adult Programs
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  • SPECIAL CLASSES: Bible Basics – Theological Timeline - OPTION 1     Dates:  Wednesdays, Nov. 6 to 13  (2 sessions)     Times:  9:15 to 10:15 a.m.     Location: Room 221 | Manchester United Methodist Church OPTION 2     Dates:  Wednesdays, Nov. 6 to 13  (2 sessions)     Times:  4:30 to 5:30 p.m.     Location: Room 106 | Manchester United Methodist Church OPTION 3     Dates:  Sundays, Nov. 10 to 17  (2 sessions)     Times:  11:00 a.m. to Noon     Location: Room 221 | Manchester United Methodist Church Leader: Pastor Winter Hamilton Description:  Did you know that the people in the Bible had different ideas…
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  • M&M Fried Chicken Meals & Ministries - Our Wednesday evening meals, Meals & Ministries (M&M), will be return September 11!  Open to the public, Meals and Ministries offers a delicious meal for a great price from some of the areas most tasty restaurants. Register now for M&M! Enjoy some of our great food and conversation with others at Manchester UMC. Time: 5:00 to 6:15 p.m.Location: Fellowship Hall | Manchester UMC Kids Eat Free! Limited Time Offer - A child's (ages 12 and under) meal is free with one pre-registered, paying adult, and must be pre-registered. Reservations are required by 11 pm the Sunday before the meal. All…
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  • Sunday Morning - Welcome to Manchester United Methodist Church Children and Family Ministries. At Manchester UMC, we offer many ways for children and families to grow in faith and knowledge of God. Our children and families are ALWAYS welcome, safe, and loved by our staff, volunteers, and of course by God. We hope you will join us as we continue to educate these wonderful ever-growing minds on their faith journeys. Children’s 9:30 Sunday School Sunday school is a place for ALL children to learn the story of God’s love, connect their own experiences to the Biblical stories, and to find a place to belong. Our…
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  • Making Sense of the Bible LEARNING GROUP: Making Disciples - Day:  Tuesdays, starting Sept. 3, 2019 through May 2020 Time:  9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Location:  Room 222 | Manchester UMC Leader:  Rev. Nancy Wilson Description:  Denominations from evangelical to mainline continue to experience deep divisions over universal social issues. The underlying debate isn't about a particular social issue, but instead it is about how we understand the nature of scripture and how we should interpret it.  We will be using the book, Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today, by Adam Hamilton, one of the country's leading pastors and Christian authors, and will be addressing the hot-button issues…
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  • Holy Land 2019 Trip - December 2-11, 2019 Immerse yourself in the land where Jesus walked, healed and preached. Experience the scriptures in a way only possible when you place yourself in the land of the Bible. Pastor Jim Peich will host a group tour of the Holy Land from Dec. 2 to 11, 2019. Together, we'll explore the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jericho, Jerusalem and more on this historic trip. All are welcome, but spaces are limited! Itinerary Overview Dec. 2-3: USA to the Holy Land Dec. 4:    The Galilee Dec. 5:    Nazareth, Megiddo and Ceasarea Dec. 6:    Jericho, Qumran…
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  • Missions Event/Activity Recap Form - Please complete a separate form for each missions-related event/activity within 1 week of the event/activity. For any questions, please contact Director of Missions Autumn Dennis. Thanks for all that you do!
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  • Market for Missions Market for Missions - June 7-13, 2020 Find bargains galore as you shop over 9,000 sq. ft. of merchandise! You not only get great deals, but you get the good feeling knowing that all your purchases will make a difference in someone’s life. All proceeds benefit missions. The Market for Missions garage sale has new and used items in the following departments: Antiques & Collectibles, Baby Equipment, Books & Media, Children’s Clothing, Crafts, Electronics, Furniture, Holiday Decorations, Housewares, Jewelry, Linens, Men’s Clothing, Pictures and Wall Décor, Sporting Goods, Tableware, Tools, Toys, Women’s Clothing & Accessories Stay tuned for 2020 volunteer opportunities! Market for Missions…
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  • Update Your Information - We are in the process of updating our church records for those who consider Manchester UMC their church home plus those who participate in our programs and activities. Having complete and accurate information helps us to better serve and stay connected with you. Using the simple and secure form below is the easiest and fastest way to help. If you'd prefer to handle this in person or over the phone, please contact our Faith Formation Coordinator, Tiffany Conway at [email protected] or 636.200.4748 and she will be glad to assist you.        
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  • Susan Christensen - -Music Teacher- I hold a degree in Music Education from BYU. I absolutely love sharing the joy of music with our preschool friends. We have a lot of fun singing, dancing, and playing instruments.
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  • Carrie Coon - -Four/Fives Teacher- I have an ECSE Degree from Lindenwood and an M.Ed from UMSL. I have been teaching at COF since 2016. Preschool is my favorite age to teach. I love to watch our students grow and getting to know our families each year.
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  • Becky Bassett - -Four/Fives Teacher- I started at COF in March 2018, having come from Rockwood School District where I was a Teacher's Assistant for 15 years. I really enjoy working with the Four/Fives and seeing their progress and growth.
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  • Mary Foss - -Threes Teacher- My Education degree is from WIU. I have been teaching three-year-olds for 13 years at COF. I love helping young children to learn and grow.
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  • Denise Saunders - -Threes Teacher- I have a Master's Degree in Education and have been teaching for over 30 years. I teach in the three-year-olds classroom and love watching your children grow emotionally and academically.
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  • Jill Worland - -Four/Fives Teacher- I have a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from SEMO. I love working with preschoolers, and seeing how much they learn and grow each year. COF is a warm, family friendly place to be.
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  • Kristen Taylor - -Four/Fives Teacher- I have a degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from MU. I love being a part of our children's preschool experience to help them learn and grow throughout the year.
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  • Amy Farfan-Medina - -Twos Teacher- I have an early childhood certificate from MSU Denver. I love working with children and teaching in the two-year-olds classroom!
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  • Lissette Brugueras - -Threes Teacher- I have been teaching preschool for over ten years. I am from New York and moved to St. Louis in 2008. My husband, Ralph, and I have been married for 15 years. I enjoy reading, cooking, and traveling.
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  • Eun Suk Morris - -Twos Teacher- I joined COF in August 2017 and I am pleased to be part of the team. I really love watching our young learners grow in various ways and have always enjoyed working with children.
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  • Jessi Delaney - -Twos Teacher-
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  • Students learn English together in a classroom. ESL Classes - Manchester UMC partners with the Parkway-Rockwood Area Adult Education and Literacy/ESL Program to host ESL and Citizenship classes on site. Benefits of classes include learning English in friendly adult classes where you can work on conversation, pronunciation, grammar, reading, writing, citizenship tests, and American customs. Learn more about the ESL program: The Parkway-Rockwood Area Adult Education and Literacy/English as a Second Language Program has been in existence since 1969. We offer free Adult Basic Education and High School Equivalency Test Prep classes as well as English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes. In fiscal year 2016, the Parkway Area Program served almost 1700 adult students, over half of whom were…
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  • LEARNING GROUP: Friendship Class - Day: Two Sundays per Month:  9/8, 9/15, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/8, 12/15 Time: 11:00 to Noon Location: Room 219 Leader: Tracy Marak Description:  Our Friendship Class is a Sunday school program for members and visitors (high school – adulthood) with developmental delays. While the group is in session, parents of Friendship Class students can attend church on their own or have an hour of personal time here at the church. The group meets every other Sunday, except during Aug., most of Dec., and over holiday weekends, such as New Year’s, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving. If you are…
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  • Friendship Class - Two Sundays per month, 11 a.m.- Noon (room 219) Upcoming Sundays:  9/8, 9/15, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/8, 12/15 Manchester UMC’s Friendship Class is a Sunday school program for members and visitors (high school – adulthood) with developmental delays. While the group is in session, parents of Friendship Class students can attend church on their own or have an hour of personal time here at the church. The group is conducted on an every other Sunday basis except during Aug., most of Dec., and over holiday weekends such as New Year’s, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving. If you are…
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  • eNews Sign-Up - Stay in the know on all things related to Manchester UMC! Sign up for weekly editions of eNews, distributed via email on Fridays. You'll also receive Pastor's Note, the weekly blog from Lead Pastor Andy Bryan distributed by email on Tuesdays. Please be sure your Pop-up Blocker is disabled when using the form below. Subscribe to Manchester UMC eNews & Pastor's Note * indicates required First Name * Last Name * Email Address * Address * Address Line 2 City State/Province/Region Postal / Zip Code Country USA Aaland Islands Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antigua And Barbuda…
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  • Photo of Manchester Youth in front of a white transportation van. Youth Events, Trips and Activities - Kickoff 2019 Join us on August 25th from 3-6pm to kickoff the new school year. We will have inflatables, sno cones, and fellowship. Adults are needed to help set-up and run this event. Email Beth if you are available! Summer Mission Journeys and Spirit Camp were a huge success! Thank you to all who attended and volunteered! Scholarships are available for all trips. Details are in the trip registration links. EMAIL BETH
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  • Worship Announcement Request - To request a ministry announcement for our Sunday worship services, please complete the form below. Due to the high volume of announcements, all should be submitted at least 1 month in advance for the best likelihood of being included. Any announcements submitted less than 1 week prior to the weekend desired is unlikely to be included. Three Sundays is the maximum per ministry announcement. If you also wish to have information available at the Information Center, please also complete an Information Center Request form. Not all requests are guaranteed.
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  • Drama & Arts - Welcome to the Drama and Arts department at Manchester UMC. "The mission of our Drama Ministry is to open the hearts and minds of those we serve through the use of dramatic arts, so that they might hear, understand, and personally identify with the Word of God." We provide dramas for worship, meetings, special events, and partner organizations, as well as larger outreach productions. Our group consists of novices to professionals, children to seniors, and our productions consist of everything from one-person monologues to casts of over 100, covering everything from 3 minute Reader's Theatre scripts, with no memorization or…
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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. Check out some of the most popular ways to help and make a difference on the weekends. If you'd like help in choosing a serving opportunity, please contact Pastor Jim Peich. Children's Ministry There are a variety of ways you can serve in the Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings. Whether you’re interested in becoming a Sunday school lead teacher, Sunday school assistant teacher, Welcome Desk leader, PRAYground helper or…
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  • Sandwich Ministry volunteers make sandwiches in an assembly line. Sandwich Ministry - Volunteers at Mancheser United Methodist Church gather every Tuesday morning from 10:00am to 10:45 am in the Fellowship Hall to make and pack sandwiches for our neighbors living on the streets of St. Louis City. Currently, the sandwiches help support the backbone of the feeding ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in the Lafayette Square neighborhood. Through this simple act of service, 120 to 150 people are fed daily. To date, this ministry has made over 100,000 sandwiches! Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate in this ministry of mercy. To learn more, contact Ministry Leader Liz Shuburte.
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  • MO-Hab Riders - The 2018 MO-Hab Riders pause for a kick-off photo on the Chain of Rocks Bridge. MoHab Bike Ride XXII on Historic Route 66, June 4-9, 2019 The MO-Hab Riders have been bicycling to create awareness and raise fund for Habitat for Humanity, St. Louis since 1998. Each participant in the multi-day fundraising ride is required to raise a minimum of $100 for Habitat for Humanity, St. Louis. Thanks to the generous financial support and to the hard work of dedicated volunteers, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis recognizes Manchester UMC as a Keystone Community Partner. Over the 22 years of partnership,…
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  • Stephen Ministry - Sometimes difficult life situations that come our way such as loss of a job, a serious illness, divorce, loss of a loved one, and more. When they do, the care of a trained Stephen Minister may be just the emotional and spiritual support you need. What does a Stephen Minister do? A Stephen Minister provides one-to-one, lay (non-pastoral) Christian care. One-to-one: A Stephen Minister of the same gender will meet with you privately. Lay:  Stephen Ministers are not pastors, professional counselors, therapists, or physicians. They are not authorized to give legal, medical, financial, or any advice other than Bible-based encouragement.…
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  • Mike Clement - Mike Clement and his wife moved to Manchester in 1976. They started attending Manchester UMC in 1977. Over the passage of time, Mike has seen considerable change and growth at the church, including watching his two children grow up and participate in the many opportunities for youth (choir trips, mission trips, classes, and social events). Now two grandkids attend Manchester UMC. Over those years of membership, Mike has served in leadership positions that include Chairperson of Church Council, Leadership Resource Team, Vision Council, and the Administrative Board. Mike has made multiple mission trips to sites in Mexico and more recently,…
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  • Beth Boemler - Director of Youth Ministry Beth is originally from St. Charles and feels called by God to counsel and minister to youth. She attended college in Springfield, MO and volunteered as a Youth Ministry leader at King's Way UMC. For six months, Beth had the opportunity to provide interim leadership to their middle-school program during a season of transition. After receiving degrees in Religious Studies and Psychology, Beth and her husband, Kurt, traveled to Texas where she earned a Master's in Counseling from Texas A&M - Commerce. While in Texas, Beth joined Como UMC and launched their Youth Ministry. Upon returning to St. Louis…
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  • LGBTQ Reconciling Ministry - “We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened.” -United Methodist Social Principles paragraph 162. Our Work The LGBTQ Reconciling Ministries Team is under the umbrella of Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Ministry.  This is a team of laity and clergy who plan and implement Manchester UMC church programs focused on strengthening our welcome and inclusion of all people, especially those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning community. Currently our United Methodist doctrine states that homosexuality is not compatible with Christian teaching,…
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  • Program & Class Options - Circle of Friends Preschool serves children ages 1 to 5 through a variety of programming options. After reviewing our program and class options below, we invite you to schedule a tour to get a feel for our preschool and let us answer any questions you may have. FOUR & FIVE YEAR OLDS Our Fours & Fives friends explore reading sight words, journaling daily, addition and subtraction concepts, and use the scientific method.  Our Four & Five Year Old classes emphasize providing the necessary academic, social, emotional, and physical foundation for our students to enter kindergarten confidently and successfully. THREE YEAR…
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  • Mary Beth Harper - Mary Beth and her husband, Todd, have been members of Manchester UMC since 2003. Their son, Connor, was born in 2009. Mary Beth grew up in Greenville, Illinois in a Free Methodist Church that was affiliated with Greenville College. Mary Beth has 25 years of experience working as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in a variety of counseling settings. These include community mental health, foster care, and community-based services working with runaway, homeless, and pregnant adolescents. She has been in private practice since 2008. Mary Beth was an active board member for the Missouri Association of Marriage and Family…
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  • Chuck Healy - Chuck, his wife Lynne, and their family have attended Manchester UMC since 1999, when they moved to St. Louis from the East Coast. They have three children, Jay, who lives in the Kansas City area with his wife, Becki; Sarah, who lives in the Tower Grove South neighborhood of the city; and Tim, who attends Marquette High School. Chuck has previously served as the chair of the church Leadership Council, Lay Leader, chair of Staff-Parish Relations Committee, and as a member of the major marketing team. He currently serves as volunteer leader with Manchester Youth, and is a small group…
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  • Circle of Friends PALs - Parents As Leaders (PALs) is an opportunity for current Circle of Friends parents to serve as leaders in and provide support to the Circle of Friends community.  PALs will work closely with the Circle of Friends administration and staff to achieve annual goals in order to meet the current and future needs of Circle of Friends Preschool. Our Circle Of Friends PALs are a great way for families to connect to other COF families and to our school. Whether it is playdates after school at the park, hosting our Kids' Night Out fundraiser, or finding ways to show our teachers…
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  • Dana Hockensmith - Dana Hockensmith practiced law for 38 years. He is married to Susan, and they have two daughters, Angela, who lives in Kansas City, and Laura, who is in St. Louis. They have two grandsons. Dana and Susan came to Manchester United Methodist Church in 1986 from DeSoto, MO, where they were members of St. Andrews Methodist Church. At St. Andrews, he was on the Administrative board, and he and Susan sang in the choir. At Manchester UMC, he has ushered, taught Sunday School, and served on the Pastor/Parish Relations Committee. He has also performed legal services for the church. For over…
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  • Nick McGeehon - Nick and his wife, Martha, have been attending Manchester UMC since 2010. They live in Chesterfield with their daughter. Nick is a Partner at Capital Enhancement, Inc., a St. Louis-based political fundraising firm. He has been involved in Missouri and national politics for over a decade working on numerous presidential, gubernatorial, senatorial, congressional, and local campaigns for elected office. He is a graduate of Webster University with a degree in Public Relations. Nick has served as the Chair of the Generosity Team leading the One Initiative, and has served on the Endowment Committee.
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  • Photo of wheat gathered on a wooden background. Leadership Board Documents - Manchester UMC has a very active governing body in its Leadership Board. Here are several documents that will help explain the background, composition, and priorities of the Board. Background Document Composition of the Leadership Board Manchester UMC's 2021 Plan 2018 Annual Report Leadership Board Minutes Here are the minutes from the most recent Leadership Board Meetings: July 14, 2019 June 2, 2019 May 5, 2019 April 7, 2019 March 10, 2019 February 17, 2019 January 26, 2019 October 14, 2018 September 16, 2018
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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 of John Wesley, our founder, who advocated for issues such as prison reform, human rights, the end of slavery, labor justice and the humane treatment of animals. The Social Justice Ministry of Manchester UMC works to create awareness and action that addresses the root…
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  • Unfinished - As United Methodists, we pursue Godly love through faith and action. We learn, grow, and serve God’s purpose in and around our church. We are Unfinished, and continue to create exciting and evolving mission, ministry, and worship for Christ’s work. Unfinished is our two-year generosity initiative that began in January 2018 and runs through December 2019. With 2018 almost over, we are called to stay strong into 2019 and beyond! This is your opportunity to help! Learn more about Unfinished: Called to Stay Strong Complete the Commitment Card below to make a first-time pledge, affirm a current pledge, increase a…
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  • Online or Text - Click below to Give securely to the ministry of Manchester UMC. Jesus taught that our spending priorities reflect what, and whom, we love. By putting God first, we are making a loving investment in a better world, a “kingdom” built around the Holy love of God. Thank you for making a difference through your financial contributions! Give Online Now Text Giving Also Available If you prefer, you may text your gift from any smartphone. Simply text MUMC to 73256 and follow the prompts.
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  • Matt Pasley - Matt Pasley and his wife, Christy, joined Manchester United Methodist Church in 2006 and have one child, Jackson, who is at Fairway Elementary. Heis currently an Accounting Manager at AmerenUE, where he has worked since 2003. Matt currently serves on the Manchester UMC Finance Committee and, for the past several years, has led the Usher Ministry. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son’s basketball and baseball teams.
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  • Endowment - Manchester UMC has a number of Endowment Funds that help support the ministry of the church. Contributions to these funds are accepted. For more information, please email our Director of Finance. In addition to the FAQs below, you can read our Guidelines. What is an endowment fund? An endowment is a financial asset donated to a nonprofit organization that is designed by the donor to be invested over a long period of time, often in perpetuity. It is governed by instructions that are written or endorsed by the donor. These instructions may specify the amount required to be spent, the charitable purpose or…
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  • Tara Sintek - Tara Sintek and her husband, Marc, have been members at Manchester United Methodist Church since the fall of 2008. The first ministry involvement for Tara was the Chancel Choir, which allowed her to connect with many people, as well as serve the church during worship. The couple’s two sons Caleb (7) and Carter (4½) attend(ed) Circle of Friends Preschool, and daughter Elise (15 months) will attend in the fall. Circle of Friends introduced Tara to some of her closest friends since moving to St. Louis in 2008. Tara is also active with various Children’s Ministry events and Vacation Bible School.…
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  • Mary Pettit - Director of Finance As Finance Director, I am responsible for all accounting functions, and providing financial information and resources to support ministry leaders.  Our department processes all church receipts and disbursements, maintains donor records, and prepares monthly reports for the Leadership Board.  We assist with budgeting, special analysis projects, and account for the church’s Endowment funds.  As an administrative department, our goal is to assist the program and worship teams accomplish the mission to love, worship and serve Christ. I earned my C.P.A. certificate, and am a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a B.S. in…
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  • Sherry Boland - Handbell Program Director A native of Dayton, Ohio, I began ringing handbells in 1974 at my home church.  As a 20 year Air Force wife, I have had the opportunity to travel and live in 12 states and Great Britain. In 1979 I began directing children’s and high school choral and handbell choirs in Oklahoma, with continued directing in Georgia, New York and at First United Methodist in Fort Worth, Texas.  Moving to St. Louis and MUMC in 1984, I founded the Vesper Bell Choir in 1985 and became a member of the church.  In 1987, I joined the staff…
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  • Kristie Whitney - Receptionist, Production Assistant-Strategic Communications I have been the receptionist in the main office of Manchester United Methodist Church since 2005, where I enjoy greeting visitors to the church and helping the staff accomplish their many tasks. I graduated from SIU-Carbondale with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising and worked at JCPenney for 23 years as a merchandiser. My early childhood was spent in Penang, Malaysia where my parents were missionaries. In the third grade we moved to Mt. Vernon, Illinois where I met my childhood sweetheart, David. We were married while in college and have two children.
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  • Carolyn Langston - Pastoral Assistant and Coordinator of Congregational Care I grew up on a farm in southwestern Missouri and attended Missouri State University. I have two adult children: a daughter, her husband and my granddaughter, who live in Benton Park; and a son, his wife, a grandson and two granddaughters, who live in Tulsa, OK. I live in the The Hill neighborhood in St. Louis. I attend St. Francis Xavier (College) Church and I am active in Contemplative Outreach of St. Louis. I’m a trained Stephen Leader, volunteer with Bridge Bread, and am a Lay Associate with the Sisters of Mercy in Frontenac. My…
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  • Sherri Estes - Office Manager I started working at Manchester United Methodist Church as the Executive Administrative Assistant in August 2015.  In March 2018, I was promoted to Office Manager and Custodial Supervisor.  Additionally, I am the assistant to the Pastor of Business Administration and Generosity, Director of Finance, Director of Strategic Communications and the Pastor of Young Adult Ministry.  I feel blessed to be here and work with such a diverse group of people.
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  • Corrine Thompson - Finance Assistant I was born in Sandpoint, ID. I grew up as a child in Fort Wayne, IN and a teen in Eugene, OR. I have also lived in Virginia, Hawaii, Wisconsin and here in Missouri. I studied to be a Dental Assistant (but never worked as one). I have worked as a bakery clerk, a college mail-room clerk, a picture framer, a bookkeeper and now am Finance Assistant at Manchester United Methodist Church. I am married to Ken Thompson and have two daughters, Ann (who passed away in 1992) and Amy. Amy is an RN and is married to…
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  • Ray Smith - Finance Assistant I grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University. I spent eight years in the Air Force living in both the Far East and Europe; then returned to Iowa to work for Ralston Purina as an accountant. A job transfer brought my family and I to St. Louis in 1985. In 2009 I joined the staff at Manchester United Methodist Church as the Accounts Payable Associate in the finance department. My wife, Joyce, and I have been members of MUMC since 1986. We have two adult children who are both married, and two grandchildren. I enjoy reading, traveling,…
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  • Bill Boland - Chapel Music Coordinator A native of south St. Louis, and a graduate of the Washington University School of Architecture, I have worked as a registered architect in St. Louis for 40 years. I studied piano for 12 years, and have been a member of the St. Louis Symphony chorus. A 35-year member of MUMC, I was involved in the creation of Coventry Choir, serving for a while as the group’s director. I was a charter member of the One Voice contemporary worship team, and sang in the Chancel Choir for 15 years. I have played in the Vesper Bell Choir for about…
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  • John Cargile - Organist/Music Associate I joined the MUMC staff as Organist/Music Associate in November of 2007. At MUMC I assist the Director of Music in many aspects of the music program; serve as Principal Organist and oversee our two associate organists; accompany both the Chancel and Coventry Choirs; and direct the Youth Choir CANTATE. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to play the wonderful Colby pipe organ that was installed in 2015. In 2015 I accompanied the Manchester choir in performances at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy and a mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. In 2012 I made my debut at Carnegie Hall as pianist for Robert…
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  • Kiersten Rose - Director of Modern Worship Born and raised in western St. Charles County, I grew up surrounded by the wonderful sound of music, listening to my dad play drums with various bands in and around St. Louis. Musical seeds were planted when I began piano lessons at the age of six, and by the time I was ten I knew I wanted to be a professional musician. Over the years I’ve been blessed to have performed in various venues, have written and produced four independent albums in the Contemporary Christian and Jazz genres, and hold Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Jazz…
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  • Lori Borger - Director of Drama Ministry & Children's Music Ministry I am very blessed to have a career that combines three areas that I am most passionate about and have training and experience in: theatre, music and children. I believe all three areas have limitless possibilities for powerfully communicating the love, grace, peace and justice that we are called to bring to our world. I feel privileged to both lead and follow others in those efforts at Manchester United Methodist Church. My moving from a career in performance, teaching, and “jingle singing” to a career in a church follows the path of…
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  • Kevin McBeth - Director of Music & Worship I joined the staff of Manchester United Methodist Church in 1995, after serving churches in Texas and Iowa.  As Director of Music and Worship Arts, I have the great privilege to lead this vital ministry, which includes nearly 500 children, youth and adults in all facets of Fine Arts:  music, drama, dance and scenic arts.  Within this ministry, I conduct the Chancel Choir, Coventry Choir and Manchester Brass!  Worship Planning and managing the Joy of Music Concert series are part of my primary responsibilities. In January of 2011, I was named Director of the St.…
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  • Brian Gagliano - Audio Visual Arts Coordinator I serve as the Audio Visual Arts Coordinator at Manchester United Methodist Church.
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  • Linda Simino - Administrative Assistant - Children's Education & Social Justice I joined the Manchester United Methodist Church staff in October 2001 and currently serve as Administrative Assistance for Children's Education and Social Justice.  I am a native of St. Louis and now reside on 3 acres in Eureka where I can indulge my love of outdoors and gardening.  I am married and have two adult children and a granddaughter.
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  • Felicia Barringer - Administrative Assistant - Youth I joined the Manchester United Methodist Church staff February 1, 2012 as the Youth Small Groups Coach. My title has changed a few times since then and I am now the Youth Administrative Assistant. I am responsible for all the behind the scenes workings of youth group. I hold a B.A. in Human Services from Millikin University (Go Big Blue!) and a M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis. I am a social worker by trade, and have a full-time job as a School Social Worker for Special School District.  I have known for as long…
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  • Portrait of Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk, Social Justice Coordinator Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk - Social Justice/Literacy Coordinator I serve as Manchester UMC's Social Justice Coordinator. I received my Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Harvard University. Most recently, I was the Associate Director of the Center for Social Empowerment in Ferguson, MO. I have been involved in ecumenical work and activism for over ten years. I am a contributing author to the Holding Up Your Corner Curriculum and author of the accompanying youth resource. As a former educator with Teach for America, I have extensive experience in curriculum development, piloting justice initiatives, and facilitating social justice trainings. I have trained over 2,500 individuals…
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  • Chessey Brenton - Director of Children's Education & Family Ministry MUMC has been my church home since I was a little girl. My faith journey at MUMC has included participation in Sunday School, Youth Group & Choir, the Ancient-New Worship Service, and Leadership Board. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University, a Master of Arts in teaching from Lindenwood University, and a Master of Arts in zoology from Miami University of Ohio. This opportunity connects all of my passions: education, science, and ministry. I love having the opportunity to serve God and the families of Manchester UMC through this…
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  • Sally Cleveland - Director of Nursery & Safe Sanctuary I have been a member of the MUMC staff since 2006, and currently serve as the Director of Nursery & Safe Sanctuary.  In this role I combine my love for children and my responsibility to provide a safe environment for the children and youth who attend our church. I have been blessed to work with young children for over forty years.  I have a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with certification in Library/Information from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education form Webster University.  My career includes positions…
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  • Photo of Joe Strohm Joe Strohm - Joe and his wife, Vicki, have attended Manchester UMC since 2011. They have two children Ryan and Danny. Strohm is a native of Marshall, IL. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.  Joe has worked for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1987. He is currently the Vice President, Ticket Sales. At Manchester UMC, Joe serves on the Staff Parish Committee and the Generosity team. He has also completed Manchester Academy training.
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  • Barbara Zenser - Barbara (Barb) and her husband, Terry, are both from Ohio, but have been members of Manchester UMC since moving here over 40 years ago. They have two grown sons who live in the St. Louis area with their families. Barbara graduated from Ohio State University in elementary education then obtained here masters in reading literacy from University of Missouri. While Barbara is retired from 25 years of teaching at the elementary levels, she continues to work in literacy with Reading Is Fundamental and the OASIS tutoring program. In their years at Manchester UMC, Barbara has been involved in a range…
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  • Rev. Phil Estes - Executive Pastor of Operations & Generosity Rev. Phil Estes is Executive Pastor of Operations & Generosity at Manchester United Methodist Church. Get to know him better through his bio: As the Pastor of Administration, and an ordained Deacon, I have the joy of working collaboratively with the many people of Manchester United Methodist Church in ministry for others. I have a passion for mission and community development, both at home in Augusta and through Manchester UMC. The ministry of administration offers a great variety of opportunities to serve and equip others for Christ's work in the world including: Budget Development and…
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  • Christian Believers DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY: Christian Believer - Date:             Thursdays, Sept. 5 to mid-May 2020 Time:             6:30 - 8:30 p.m Location:      Room 222 | Manchester United Methodist Church Leader:         Jana Lippard Description:  The Christian Believer program focuses on classical teachings of the Christian faith—presenting, explaining, and interpreting them in a way that you can understand, through the use of words, symbols, and hymns. Over a 30-week period, you will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars.  Childcare is available with advanced registration. Book Fee:  $40.00.…
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  • SPECIAL CLASS: Advent Bracelet (Design Your Own) - Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 6  (1 session) Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Location:  Room 141 | Manchester UMC Leader:   Genny Schumacher Description:  Join us as we make a beautiful, beaded holiday bracelet.  You’ll have time to visit and chat as you make your unique creation.  Make one for yourself or make one to give away as a special Christmas gift!  No previous experience necessary. Advanced registration required.  Materials fee:  $18.  Please pay cash at the beginning of class.  Childcare is available with advance registration. IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee. For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway. See Also: Adult Groups…
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  • Phil Wiseman - Director of Strategic Communications I serve as Director, Strategic Communications. I’ve spent the last 25 years as a corporate executive in the St. Louis area. During that time, I’ve gained an extensive background in marketing and communications including market and brand strategy, marketing communications, sales and marketing analytics, email marketing, thought leadership, corporate communications, public relations, social media, websites, event planning, and more. My passion in life has always been to spread God’s Word and love to as many people as possible. Working at Manchester UMC gives me the opportunity to combine my communications skills with that passion. My goal…
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  • Rev. Winter Hamilton - Pastor of Young Adult Ministry I am delighted to serve at Manchester United Methodist Church as the Pastor of Young Adult Ministry. I graduated with my Master’s of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A life-long United Methodist, I am an ordained deacon in the UMC. A native of St. Louis, I served as Youth Director at University United Methodist Church for six years. I spent a year serving at the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women where I was lifted up for my skills in liturgical planning. I am passionate about working with young people, process theology, feminist and black liberation theology, sacramental theology,…
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  • Rev. Stephanie Lendt - Associate Pastor, Hospitality & Congregational Care I was appointed to the pastoral staff at Manchester UMC July 2008. Prior to my appointment I was a member of MUMC since 1996. It’s wonderful serving my home church. I am an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and a 2009 graduate of Eden Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. I have a passion for preaching and leading our Saturday 3:45 and 5:00 p.m. Worship Services in the chapel. In addition, I am responsible for congregational care: caring for those in need and equipping members to care for one another. And,…
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  • Tiffany Conway - Faith Formation Coordinator My name is Tiffany Conway. I am originally from Indianapolis, IN, and moved to St. Louis in 1999. I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public and Environmental Affairs with a minor in Business. My husband, Pete, and I have been married for 23 years.  We have two awesome children, Colin, and Kendall (5th Grade).  We have been members of Manchester United Methodist church since 2002. My favorite things include attending concerts, traveling, gardening, and being with my family.
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  • Portrait of Ellen Ewing, Circle of Friends Preschool Ellen Ewing - Two's Teacher - Circle of Friends My name is Ellen Ewing and am a teacher in one of the two's room. I have a degree in English Literature from Washington University of St. Louis.  I have been involved in early childhood education as a teacher or volunteer for over a decade.  In Spring of 2019, I served as Interim Director of Circle of Friends and was a teacher here six years before that. I am the proud parent to two middle school kids, and my husband and I live in Ballwin.  In my spare time, I love running, reading, cooking,…
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  • Portrait of Rev. Jim Peich Rev. Jim Peich - Executive Pastor of Ministry & Leadership Rev. Jim Peich is the Executive Pastor of Ministry & Leadership at Manchester United Methodist Church. Jim serves as a member of the Church Leadership Board as well as our Pastoral and Senior Leadership Teams. He has responsibility for leadership development and provides oversight for all program ministries and related staff including preschool, nursery, children, family, youth, young adults, connections, groups, discipleship, membership, missions, social justice, etc. Jim also manages our 4-year strategic planning process . In December of 2019, Jim will be hosting a Holy Land Trip. Jim grew up in southern Wisconsin…
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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 plan ourselves and/or partner with others in order to make a positive impact in our community. Regardless of your age, ability, or experience, we have strong relationships with several community partners where you can put faith and love into action by becoming the hands and…
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  • Bike Rehab volunteers fix bikes in a basement filled with tools and work tables. 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 plan ourselves and/or partner with others in order to make a positive impact in our community. Regardless of your age, ability, or experience, we host several on-going opportunities on-site for you to put faith and love into action by becoming the hands and feet of…
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  • Children's Choirs waving palm branches on Palm Sunday Children’s Choirs - Children's Choir Mission To provide an engaging environment for children that encourages musical, spiritual & personal growth through education, fellowship, & outreach. When We Meet Children's Choirs meet on Wednesdays September through April and sing in worship monthly. Please register by September 8-- We must have this information in hand before your child can attend choir! o   TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE: Registration begins Aug. 1 for 2019-2020 o   FOR THE CHOIR FLYER Children's 19-20 Choir Flyer o   FOR CHOIR FAQ’s, CLICK HERE: Children's Music Q & A o   Special note for 6th Graders: 6th Grade MUMC Music For questions or additional info, contact Lori Borger, Director…
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  • Autumn Dennis - Director of Missions I graduated with my Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2016, and am currently working on my Master of Divinity at Eden Theological Seminary. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, I have been active in ecumenical service and justice activities for the past ten years. I was ordained in October 2015 through Amos House Community, a church in the Catholic Worker tradition. I have prior professional experience as a homeless outreach worker and advocate, a hospital chaplain, and have worked in a variety of non-profits. I am passionate about service, justice, compassion, roller derby, and…
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  • Young Adult Justice & Missions - We're committed to using our voice and influence to meet the needs of the marginalized in our community while also bringing awareness and change to the circumstances that create injustice. Together, we can foster real and lasting change in our community. Below are some of the mission and justice activities that we'd love to have your help. Missional Opportunities Fall Family Festival Each autumn, the Children and Family Ministries at Manchester UMC hosts a Fall Festival for our local community. To help serve the young families in and around our church, we gather as young adults to help plan, coordinate…
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  • Young Adult Events - We understand that life can be hectic and busy. That's why we offer one-time events where you can connect with other young adults without any kind of long-term commitment. Whether it's going to the movies, trivia nights, concerts, zoo, or just playing board games, we have lots of fun.  In addition, you are welcome to bring a friend...or two! As always, everyone is welcome! BBQ for Young Adults Seeking Fellowship / Small Group Date: Friday,  August, 23:  7 to 9:30 p.m. Location:   Address provided when registered Description:There is a small group of 25-35 year olds that are looking to expand…
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  • Young Adult Groups - We believe that life is better when we're connected with other people in community. That's why we offer several ongoing groups that meet regularly. These groups are fun, safe, encouraging and located across the St. Louis area. Some groups meet in homes while others meet at public places. Sometimes, people who have attend one of our classes like each other so much, they chose to become a group, and remain in study and fellowship together. Young Adult Groups Book Club:  Weekend Edition Fiction Book Club Film & Theology Knitting Circle For more information or assistance in finding a young adult…
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  • Young Adult Classes - We offer a variety of timely and intriguing classes throughout the year that appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Whether it's a book study, simply talking about current events or tackling some of the most important social issues of our day, we welcome discussion, dialogue and learning. Most of our classes are free and many offer complimentary childcare. Sometimes, people in classes like each other so much, they chose to become a group, and remain in study and fellowship together. Upcoming Classes Art is Love Bible Basics: Theological Timeline Defying Gravity Homecoming For more information or assistance in enrolling…
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  • Young Adult Communities - If you're between the ages of 18 to 35, you'll want to check out our active and growing Young Adult communities! No matter where you are on your faith journey, life path, or location in life…you are welcome here. Some of us are college-aged, some are young singles, and some are part of young families. In fact, many of us fall into more than one of these categories.  We live across the St. Louis region and together we have fun, laugh, cry and support each other in this journey of life. No matter who you are, there is room for…
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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 plan ourselves and/or partner with others in order to make a positive impact in our community. Regardless of your age, ability, or experience, we host several seasonal opportunities for you to put faith and love into action by becoming the hands and feet of Jesus…
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  • Photo of cross on a hill as the sun is rising. LEARNING GROUP: Alpha - Dates:  Sundays, Aug. 4 to Dec.  22, 2019 Times:  9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Location:  Room 311 | Manchester UMC Leader:  Mark Irving Description:  Join us as we look at the UM Church from its inception to today and discuss Gil Rendle’s book, Journey In The Wilderness.  On Aug. 26, we will begin studying John Dominic Crossan’s The Challenges of Paul.  On Sept. 29, we will begin the All-Church study, Defying Gravity.  Newcomers are always welcome! Please register one person per form below: For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway. See Also: Adult Groups Adult Classes Young Adults
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  • LEARNING GROUP: Young Adult South City Knitting Circle - Dates:  Tuesdays:  6 to 7:30 p.m. Location:  Mangia Italiano - Game Room | 3145 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis Leader:   Liz Shuburte & Bridget Fricher Description:  This is an ongoing small group for folks, ages 18-35.  We meet in South City to knit and crochet!  Beginners and experts alike will gather weekly to create and spend time together. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! This class has the potential to continue meeting if folks come, so be sure to show up and bring your creative skills! Register below: For enrollment assistance, please contact Winter Hamilton. See…
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  • Manchester UMC: “2021 Plan” - Background In January 2018, a group of members, clergy and staff gathered offsite for an all-day workshop to discuss, dream and discern where God is calling Manchester UMC over the next four years. From that session, the group proposed six 2021 priorities and related goals to the church Leadership Board. The group also recommended that teams of laity, staff and clergy be formed to collaboratively develop strategies that support the achievement of the six priorities and their goals. In February 2018, the Leadership Board of Manchester UMC approved the "2018-2021 Priorities" (PDF) and the creation of six cross-functional "WIN Teams"…
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  • Flu shot with Medical Professional HEALTH GROUP: Flu Shots Available Fall 2019 - Day:               Sundays, Oct. 6 & 13, 2019 Time:              8 a.m. - Noon Location:       Fellowship Hall | Manchester United Methodist Church Leader:          Walgreens Pharmacists Description:  We are once again teaming up with Walgreens Pharmacy to provide on-site flu shots on Sundays, Oct. 6 and 13, 2019.  You will need to pre-register for a timeslot by signing up at the Information Center on Sunday mornings or by emailing Tiffany Conway. On the day of your appointment, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment and bring…
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  • FELLOWSHIP GROUP: Hospitality - Day:               Second Mondays Leader:          Dorothy Wilkes Description:  The Hospitality ministry of Manchester UMC is an active group of adults that meet on the second Monday of each month.  The Hospitality ministry provides food and beverages for special occasions and funerals.  The group members also enjoy fellowship and welcome new members. To learn more information about the Hospitality ministry, please complete below: For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway. See Also: Adult Groups Adult Classes Young Adults
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  • DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY: Disciple Three – Wednesday mornings - Day:   Wednesdays, Sept. 4 to Mid-May 2020 Time:  9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Location:  Room 222 | Manchester United Methodist Church Leader:   Sydney Jumper Description: This is a Women's Bible study class, called The Tribe.  This 32-week study will focus on the major and minor Old Testament prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. To establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God, daily 15 min. reading assignments draw also on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles.  It explores all experiences of life with Jewish/Christian emphasis, as well as learning about the…
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  • Register for a Special Class - IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee.
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  • Information Center Request - As the first space that people experience when they enter the building, our main lobby is critical to making a positive impression. Because of its importance, a team has been working together to identify ways to make the lobby more approachable, accessible and organized for the benefit of new and existing people. The first enhancement was the creation of a centralized “Information Center” (in lieu of having 8 individual kiosks lined up along the wall). This is a model that many other churches have found to be successful and it is working well at Manchester UMC too! The “Information Center”…
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  • Prayer Shawl Ministry - Since the Prayer Shawl Ministry began 14 years ago, over 2500 people have received prayer shawls and many others have received hats, scarves, and baby blankets -  all made by approximately 100 dedicated women at Manchester UMC. Prayer Shawls are available free of charge for anyone who needs extra love during difficult times, whether or not they are members of Manchester UMC. Drop by the church office to request a prayer shawl or call 636.394.7506. The ministry continually makes prayer shawls but more volunteers are needed. Yarn kits are available free in the Volunteer Workroom across from the church office.…
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  • Infant baptism with pastors and parents. Baptism & Communion - As with many Protestant Churches, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper). The Sacrament of Baptism --Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere. --Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins. --Persons of any age can be baptized. --We baptize by sprinkling water on the head of the person being baptized (although we may also pour, or submerge) --A person receives the Sacrament of Baptism only once in his or her life. Scheduling a Baptism…
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  • Greeting Card Ministry - Send messages of love and support to those on our prayer request list. Volunteer by completing the form below and someone will be in touch with you.
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  • Hospital and Homebound Visitation - Illness and hospitalization can be a stressful life event. We would like to offer you both spiritual and emotional support during that time. If you will be going into the hospital, having surgery, coming home from the hospital, or are homebound, please contact the church office at 636.394-7506 and we will have a Pastor or visitation team member come and pray with you. For pre-surgery prayer, please call the church office at 636-394-7506 with check-in-time, surgery time, and Hospital name.
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  • Talk To A Pastor - Pastoral Care We all go through challenging circumstances, transitions, relational pain, and difficult seasons of life. At some time or another, everyone needs a little extra help. Have a spiritual question? Suffering a crisis of faith? Figuring out your next step at church? Coping with a serious illness? Dealing with relational conflict or family crisis? Struggling with a financial crisis? Looking for a counselor? Pastoral care is important to us. We need your help to know when you need us. Clergy are available for listening, encouragement, support and pastoral care. To make an appointment or to talk to a Pastor,…
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  • Small Groups Youth Small Groups and Leadership Teams - Please click here to view the google calendar for up to date meeting dates and times Hospitality Team Who: 6-12 gradersWhere: Youth RoomTime: 6:00-7:00pm This team will meet every other week on Monday evenings, though the bulk of the work will be done outside of regular meeting times. Youth will design and implement a system that welcomes new members, reaches out to members who have been absent, and provides care for members who are struggling. Youth will also engage in scripture and learn how to effectively care for each other in Christian love. If you see enjoy meeting new people,…
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  • Confirmation Program - Register Now! At Manchester UMC, our Confirmation program provides an opportunity for young people to explore the Christian faith alongside other youth in a fun, relevant and engaging way. Our focus is on helping each young person learn about God's unconditional love and amazing grace through experience and conversation. At the end of this journey, youth will have an opportunity to profess their own faith in Jesus Christ and be confirmed as new members of Manchester UMC. We believe Confirmation is not a destination, but more like a way station where youth have an opportunity to take personal ownership of…
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  • Circle of Friends Preschool - Every Child Deserves A Great Start! For more than 52 years, Circle of Friends Preschool has been helping children (ages 1 to 5) and their families enjoy a great start to life-long learning. What Makes Our Program Highly Effective? Play and hands-on learning that is fun, creative and safe Focus on academic, social and emotional development Passionate co-teachers who partner with your family Daily music time led by dedicated music staff Our teacher-to-student ratios are lower than state standards Flexible schedules to meet your needs Circle of Friends Preschool is open to everyone! We are conveniently located inside Manchester United…
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  • Gifts in White - During this holiday season, you will give and receive many gifts. This year, why not give a gift that has the ability to make a difference and share the love of Christ with others? Your financial, in-kind, and volunteer gifts this season can transform the lives of those in need this holiday season and year-round. On the first weekend of December every year, Manchester UMC makes a difference in the lives of those in need through our annual Gifts in White weekend. In 2018, 2,480 gifts were collected! Thank you for your support. At all services, members and friends are invited…
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  • Becoming a Stephen Minister - Stephen Ministers are laypeople. They are Christian men and women that initially receive over 50 hours of formal training to provide one-to-one care to people. Those people may be experiencing a difficult time in life: grief over the loss of a loved one, a divorce job loss chronic or terminal illness, relocation, and more How to Become a Stephen Minister Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life. But, they all have one thing in common. Stephen Ministers share in a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. Since 1975, over 600,000 people from more than 11,000…
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  • Bible Breakfast - Wed 6:40-7:15 AM unless otherwise noted during the school year grades 9-12 For students who want a mid-week check-in and devotion. This group meets at Manchester Road Bread Co and at 6 North.   All Senior High Students are welcome to join Herb Walker for a mid-week Bible Study. Location and times vary. 10/17 Bread Co at  6:40am 10/24 6North at 6:40am 10/31 Bread Co at 6:40am and 8:30am 11/7 6North at 6:40am 11/14 Bread Co at 6:40am 11/21 6North at 9:00am  11/28 Bread Co at 6:40am and 8:30am 12/5 6North 6:40am 12/12 Bread Co at 6:40am
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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 after worship services most weekends, with all proceeds returning to the bakers to help provide them a safe place to live and a bus pass each month. Visit Bridge Bread's website:  www.bridgebread.org Bridge Bread on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/bridgebread Volunteer Pick-Up/Delivery Volunteers Volunteers are needed to pick up fresh-baked bread from the bakery on Saturday…
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  • Building Map - Feeling at home So you're new to the whole "Manchester UMC" thing. Maybe you've come to our building for an event like the Fourth of July Car Show, or a Joy of Music Concert, or the Social Justice Speaker series. Maybe you haven't actually been on the campus, but you've driven by it. Either way, you probably noticed something: our building's pretty big. We want you to feel comfortable and at home every second you're inside our halls. To help you find your way and make sense of all the rooms and floors, we've got a map designed for folks…
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