Homecoming

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 where we can all be the imperfect people we are, together encountering the perfect love of God.


Our upcoming Sunday morning sermon series is called “Homecoming.” I am going to focus on invitation, welcome, and hospitality as it ought to look in the church. These next three weeks would be perfect opportunities to invite someone to church with you, to welcome them “home.”

Coming to church should feel like coming home. Not necessarily one particular location. “Home.” The place where you are known and welcomed without condition or expectation. The feeling you have when you are in the presence of people you love, and who love you right back. 

Come on home, and I’ll see y’all in church!

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All-Church Gathering
Mon., Sept. 9, 6:30p, Fellowship Hall
We’ll celebrate our achievements, and look to God’s plan for our future. This special gathering will include refreshments, 2021 Plan testimonials, and I’ll be on hand with an important message! Please let us know you’re coming so we can plan better.

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Defying Gravity Small Group Experience
4-Week Conversations starting Sept. 28

Have you signed up yet for this exciting 4-week all-church faith journey? We will explore Tom Berlin’s short book, “Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More.” Each conversation lasts just one hour and there are 19 daytime or evening groups to choose from. Check the website for more info and class listing.

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Meals and Ministries Is Back
Wed., Sept. 11, 5-6:15p, Fellowship Hall

Come on over for a delicious fried chicken meal and awesome fellowship. Stop by Fellowship Hall to purchase your meal for only $8 by Sun., Sept. 8 or pay online. KIDS EAT FREE with each pre-purchased, paying adult meal!