Here’s the latest news from Manchester UMC, posted 9/18/2020:
Livestream Worship This Weekend
On Sat., Rev. Stephanie Lendt brings a special message from the Chapel. On Sun., Rev. Andy Bryan continues his sermon series “Season of Creation.” Tune in on Facebook or on our website on Sat. at 4p, and on Sun. at 9:30a for Modern, and at 11a for Traditional.
All-Church Study Registration Open
Voice your ideas and opinions to influence the future of our church! You’re invited to our October Sermon Series and All-Church Study, “Turning the World Upside Down” This 4-week series and study runs Oct. 4-31 and will guide our congregation through a visioning process. Each week participants watch the sermon and then participate in ZOOM small groups. Discussions will inform our 2022-2026 strategic plan. Register online today!
Here’s an exciting new opportunity for people to celebrate Holy Communion in person while practicing social distancing. “Communion Circles” will be officiated by a pastor and offered five days per week at various times during the month of Sept. All are welcome to participate in this Sacrament. To ensure safe social distancing, participants must RSVP in advance. For more info or reserve a spot, go online today!
‘Your Love is Enough” Wins Song of the Year
“Your Love is Enough,” co-written by our own Kiersten Rose won Song of the Year in the Christian/Gospel category of the Josie Independent Music Awards. It was co-written with Drew Miller, Worship Leader of University Carillon UMC, Oviedo, FL. Released June 5, the song is sung by Kathryn Shipley, a rising modern country artist. The awards took place on Sept. 5 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. Congratulations!
Joy of Music Virtual Concerts
Music Director Kevin McBeth has announced three virtual concerts this fall. These concerts will be live-streamed on Facebook and on our website. Enjoy them from the comfort of home! Each will be 60-75 minutes. For details, visit the website.
-Sun., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. – James Farquhar and Friends in Recital
-Sun., Oct. 25, 7 p.m. – Organ & Piano Concert: John Cargile & Joseph Welch
-Sun., Nov. 22, 7 p.m. – A Gift to the City – St. Louis Musicians in Concert
Stand in the Gap
Read one family’s story about their decision to Stand in the Gap during this ‘season of weirdness.’ Like Mordecai and Esther in Esther 4:14, they chose to Stand in the Gap by making a lead gift of $40,000! Their only request is to remain anonymous and that this gift serve as an invitation to all of us to join them in giving sacrificially. Manchester UMC will Stand in the Gap for our community by donating 10% of designated gifts to Missions. Here’s how to give:
–Text: MUMC to 73256, enter the amount, and select “Stand in the Gap”
–Online: www.manchesterumc.org/give, enter the amount, and select “Stand in the Gap”
–Mail: Note “Stand in the Gap” on your check and mail to: Manchester UMC, 129 Woods Mill Road, Manchester, MO 63011
CLASSES & GROUPS
Financial Peace University
Sun., Sep. 20-Nov. 15, 4-6p
Richard and Deborah Radasch will facilitate this nine-lesson money management class taught by financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Virtual classes will teach the basics of budgeting, dumping, debt, planning for the future, and more. Check the website for more info.
Fall Catalog Available
Check out the new listing of classes, groups, and all-church studies for Fall 2020. Most classes remain on ZOOM. No registration required. Here’s what’s available.
MISSIONS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Mozambique Handwashing Stations
In many places of rural Mozambique, handwashing is difficult, providing perfect conditions for viral spread. For $400 we can support the installation of a handwashing station to serve an entire village. Our goal is to raise $10,000 during the month of Sept. to support 25 villages. Our Missions Team has designated the Missions contributions from “Stand in the Gap” (see article above) for this effort, so we are already halfway to our goal. Help support healthcare in rural Mozambique. Designate “Mozambique” in the memo line of your check or electronic payment,
Bishop Farr’s Moto Rally for Mozambique
Motorcycle enthusiasts: join or support Missouri Bishop Bob Farr as he leads riders on two separate rides through MO to help raise money for motorcycles in Mozambique. Many pastors in rural communities do not have access to transportation and have to walk miles to each of their churches. To participate, donate, or learn more, call the church office, or visit the conference website.
‘Good Shepherd’ Storytime — Online Sunday School This Sunday!
On Sundays, our Children and Family Ministries team has partnered with Adult Faith Formation and the Worship Team to connect us all as we learn about the same Bible stories. We will use a curriculum called ‘Good Shepherd.’ Stay tuned right AFTER both the Modern and Traditional worship service. Get more info.
Porch Visits Updated for Fall
Because after-school activities are either canceled or modified, porch visits with Youth Director Beth Boemler will continue through the fall. Sign up for a spot. Beth makes visits each week on Wed. afternoons. Block off two hours for the visit to allow for variances in the day, although visits likely won’t last longer than an hour.
Flu Shots Alert
Due to COVID19, Manchester UMC will NOT be offering on-site flu shots in 2020. Shots are still available from local providers. Locate a provider near you using the VaccineFinder.
Unfortunately, scammers have become part of our everyday lives. Please know that our clergy and staff do not text or email individuals asking for gift cards, money transfers, personal financial information, etc. If ever unsure if a communication is actually from