Look Up-Go Beyond

Look Up-Go Beyond

This weekend, Manchester UMC has an opportunity to celebrate generosity. Our “Look UpGo Beyond” campaign for 2020 will include the dedication of our pledges in our four worship services.

Financial generosity is an important part of Christian discipleship. The promises we dedicate this weekend are NOT just figures on a pledge card. Our pledges are expressions of gratitude to God. Our pledges are defiance of materialistic gravity. Our pledges are tools for resourcing the work we do together as the church.

I hope you will spend some time this week in prayer and conversation about your pledge. Intentionality is such an important part of how we can break free from this world’s gravity to align our priorities with God’s priorities. Set aside time to seek the Spirit’s direction about what you can give to the mission and ministry of Manchester in 2020.

As we head into the future, approaching the THIRD CENTURY of this congregation’s remarkable life, we have so much to celebrate. There are powerful, life-changing ministries happening every week. There are gifted, faithful, passionate people doing amazing things. There is the world’s most formidable church staff, brilliant and dedicated. And, there is a beautiful facility that serves as a wonderful center for worship, formation, and sending forth into the world for service. Indeed, we have much to celebrate.

I am hopeful that one of those things to celebrate is our abundant, extravagant generosity. Generosity that will enable us to “Look Up” into God’s future and “Go Beyond” our self-centered limitations and embrace the movement of the Holy Spirit within and around us.

See you in church this weekend!

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Well Done Manchester UMC!
Thank you for taking an important step in simplifying your life by releasing some of your possessions and donating them to Goodwill these past two weeks. We nearly filled two 53-foot semi-trailers! In addition to living more simply, your donations will be used to help many people! As we look toward Advent and the humble arrival of our Lord, let’s continue to defy gravity and live simply so that others can simply live.

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PipeScreams!
Sun., Oct. 27, 7p, Sanctuary
You, and the entire community around the church, are invited to our annual “fiendish” evening of organ music for the whole family to enjoy. This Joy of Music concert is free. All attending are encouraged to wear a costume! Presented by organist, John Cargile.