Pastor’s Note

Pastor’s Note

Each week Lead Pastor Andy Bryan shares what’s on his heart. His messages both inform and inspire. Subscribe and stay ‘in the know’ about all things Manchester UMC!

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…
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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,…
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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;…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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.…
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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…
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Photo of a red heart in someone's hand. Congregational Care - With over 3000 members, we’re blessed to have laity and staff dedicated to the congregational care needs of our congregation. I’ve asked Pastor Stephanie, who oversees congregational care, to be our guest writer today.--Pastor Greg…
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An LGBTQ+ clergy addresses the General Conference of the United Methodist Church. General Conference Postscript - Last week, in light of the General Conference’s action to endorse the Traditional Plan, I wrote a pastoral letter sharing my reflections. If you’ve not had a chance to read it, you can find it…
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Photo of children's choir rehearsing a musical. Sailor’s Bible Musical - One of the most moving worship experiences we offer here at Manchester UMC is our annual children’s musical. It’s coming up THIS WEEKEND! I’ve asked our Children’s Music Director, Lori Borger, to give us a…
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Photo: Manchester UMC, church facade Tragedy Update - Dear Manchester UMC Family,I wanted to provide a tragedy update regarding the death at our church last Sunday.We’ve learned that the man who took his life, Joshua Brown, had been involved in our church many…
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Photo of ministry leaders gathered for training. Developing Leaders - On Saturday, Feb. 9, approximately 100 staff and lay leaders of ministries gathered for leadership development here at Manchester UMC.There are several purposes for this annual event. One is practical: learning procedures for room scheduling,…
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Photo of young adults sitting with hands on shoulders. Young Adult Ministry Update - Last year our church embarked on a 2018-2021 plan that laid out six clear priorities. I invite you to visit this plan to get a comprehensive view.One of the priorities is to grow the number of…
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Growing Faith - I’m about to finish a class that I’m leading where we explored ways of deepening our relationship with God. It’s insightful listening to people tell their faith stories and how they’ve grown through the years.…
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