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Here’s the latest news from Manchester UMC, posted 7.12.2019:

Summertime Funtime Movie Night
Fri., July 12, 5p, Fellowship Hall
Bring the family and enjoy the movie “Sing!” Come in your pj’s and bring a sleeping bag/pillow. Free pizza will be available at 5p and the movie will start at 5:30p. Register ahead of time but walk-ins are also welcome.

Job Opening
Our part-time Literacy Coordinator will develop, implement, and manage our literacy program at Peabody Elementary School in the City of St. Louis. This role is 20 hours per week during the school year (about 42 weeks per year). More info on the website.

Sneakers with Soul
Jul. 6-Aug. 4
Now in our 10th anniversary year, our church has donated 15,000+ pairs of new sneakers to underprivileged kids. We will be collecting shoe donations this weekend. Volunteer to help at the Back-to-School event at Peabody Elementary on Sat., Aug. 10. More info: Sneakers with Soul.

Wear Nametags for Rev. Andy!
Be sure to wear your blue nametag to worship to help Rev. Andy get to know you. If you don’t have a nametag, visit the Information Center in the lobby to order one ($5 donation is suggested).


Chancel Choir Sings National Anthem
Family Day at the Ballpark
“Family Day,” sponsored by the United Methodist Men, is Aug. 24 vs. the Rockies. Tickets are $25 (regularly $46). Payment is due Aug. 1. Our Chancel Choir will be performing the national anthem. Order forms and more info are on the website.

LGBTQ+ Family Support Network
Tues, July 30, 7p
Consider joining us in giving support and receiving support at our monthly LGBTQ+ Family Support Network meeting. Call in confidence (Barb 314-614-1650, or Dave 314-614-5473) with questions or for meeting location.

Charge Conference Cancelled
The Charge Conference announced on July 3 has been cancelled. If you have questions, contact Rev. Phil Estes, Executive Pastor of Operations and Generosity.


Epworth School Supply Drive
The annual School Supply Drive benefitting Epworth is here! Leave new school supply donations in the donation bin by the office until July 19. For more info, pick up a donation list at the donation bin or contact Cindy Steiner at 636-394-1057.

Habitat for Humanity
Sat. Work Dates: Jul. 20, Aug. 17, Sep. 14, Oct. 5
Be a part of the Manchester UMC team on one or more Saturdays from 7a-3:30p. Tools provided, carpooling available, bring lunch. Must be 16 years (with parent consent) or older and willing to do physical work. Contact Barb Zenser.

Personal Essentials Items of the Month Needed
Your generosity is helping keep Circle of Concern stocked with needed personal items. Their “Critical Concern Items,” toilet paper and adult incontinence products, are much appreciated. Place donations in the lobby. Check the website for more info.


We offer a variety of classes that are engaging and relevant on a wide variety of topics. Here are just a couple examples (check the website to see a complete list):

Disciple 1: Suns., Aug. 18-mid May, 4-6p, Rm 222 Register
Disciple 2: Weds., Sept. 11-mid May, 7-9p, Rm 223 Register
Disciple 3 for Women: Weds., Sept. 4-mid May, 9:30-11a, Rm 222 Register
Disciple 3 pm: Weds., Sept. 4-mid May, 6:30-8p, Rm 222 Register
Christian Believer: Thurs., Sept. 5-mid May, 6:30-8:30p, Rm 222 Register


Fall 2019 Save the Dates
Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

  • Aug.11 – Bible Sunday – 11a Worship Service; Kindergarten & 3rd grade students.
  • Aug.18 – Sunday School Kick-Off – 9:30 – 10:30a; parents/guardians required to attend with students.
  • Aug. 25 – 3rd Grade Bible Fair – 9:30-10:30a; 3rd grade students and parents/guardians.
  • Sept. 1 – Labor Day Weekend – No Sunday School; PRAYground available at both the 9:30 and 11a services.
  • Sept. 8 – 2 year olds Welcome Downstairs – 9:30 – 10:30a; parents/guardians required to attend with child(ren).

VBS Success!
Our Children’s and Family Ministries would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s VBS. This includes the 230 kids and 100+ volunteers who made it all possible. The children brought in 2,520 personal hygiene items and new children’s socks & underwear for LifeWise (formerly Kingdom House). They blew away their mission project goal of 750 items! Our theme was ‘To Mars and Beyond.’ All we can say is that you are ‘out of this world.’ Thank you.

Sunday School Safety Plans
As part of our commitment to keeping kids safe, we have implemented additional safety measures in Sunday school. The front and back doors to the Sunday school area (located on the lower level of the church) will be locked from 9:40-10:25 a.m.


Church Chat
Sun., Jul. 14, 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11; 9:30a
Church Chat is our weekly Sunday morning youth gathering. Join us in the balcony for the 9:30 service and then head to 6 North Cafe to eat brunch while we chat, have fun, and share thoughts on the sermon. Contact Beth Boemler for details.

Youth Summer Events 
After the big trips are over, we still have fun! Mark your calendars for these events.
July 28 – Flying Spider and Ice Cream
August 11 – Pool Party at Schroeder Park
August 18 – Fall Kick-Off

Youth Center Furniture and A/V Update
The next step toward completing our new Youth Center is to equip it with audio/visual, media, and band equipment. We need just $3K in additional donations to fully fund Phases 1 and 2. Visit the website to learn more and to donate.


Slo-Pitch Softball Team Forming
Join the Manchester UMC slo-pitch softball team. We play on Mon. nights starting mid-Aug. Games are generally in a double-header format assuring everyone gets to play. Friends are welcome, too. Call Roger at 314-576-1124 or send an e-mail.

Children’s Choir Registration
Registration for all Children’s Choirs begins August 1! Plan now to enroll your child in SonShine Singers (grades K & 1), Joyful Noise (grades 2 & 3), or Music Makers (grades 4-6). All the details are online.

Become A Part Of Our Music Ministry
Manchester UMC’s music program is robust and recognized area-wide. In fact, they just returned from a successful tour in Los Angeles with plans for more tours in the future. We invite you to join us. Find out more about Adult Music Programs online. For Handbells, visit here. Youth Music Programs are also online.

Hospitality Ministry Cookbook Deadline
Thur, Aug. 1

Don’t miss having your recipe included in the Hospitality Cookbook. Recipe forms are available at the Forever Young table in Fellowship Hall or at the Information Desk on Sundays. Or, email your recipe to [email protected] (mention Manchester UMC Cookbook). Cookbooks will be ready this fall in time for the holidays.

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