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!

We Need Each Other - We need each other. It’s how we are created, you know, to be in relationship. We are made to connect with others. The image of God is relational, which means we, created in the divine…
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Reformation - There are some occasions, albeit rare, when one is aware that one is witnessing history. These are the times when we are able to step back from the events of the day and think, “Our…
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Unsettledness - Manchester UMC’s Lent theme, “New Again: Recreating Meaning in Uncertain Times,” has a lot of people buzzing. It seems there are a lot of us sensing this is a season of unsettledness, presenting us with…
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Call To Worship - The Worship WIN Team would like to issue a “Call to Worship.” This call comes as an invitation to “Rediscover, Renew, and Recreate.” And here’s what it looks like: The season of Lent begins this…
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Gifts and Abilities - Editor’s Note:Rev. Jim Peich is our guest author for this edition of the Pastor’s Note. Manchester UMC Family: More than 1,000 people come to worship at Manchester UMC every weekend. That’s a whole bunch of…
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Hope - Hope is one of the “big three” of 1st Corinthians 13. “Faith, hope, and love abide, these three.” Hope is on my mind this week as I read Maya Angelou’s well-known poem, Still I Rise.…
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World’s Most Formidable Church Staff - Manchester UMC has an amazing staff. Faithful, brilliant, focused. I have often called them the “World’s Most Formidable Church Staff.” Not a day goes by they do not inspire me.   The passing of our…
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Liberation Day - I’m writing this article on Monday, January 27, 2020. Seventy-five years ago today, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated. Today is marked as “Auschwitz Liberation Day,” or “Holocaust Memorial Day,” all around the world.  In…
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God’s Voice - The voice of God speaks, and sometimes speaks in unexpected and surprising ways.  Which begs the question: How do we know? There are a lot of voices clamoring for our attention, right? How do we…
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God is Everywhere - God is everywhere. The Bible contains the stories of God and God’s relationship with the world. As one reads these stories, one cannot help but be amazed by the variety of ways God shows up…
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UMC Separation Plan - On Friday, January 3, news broke of a new proposal to be presented to the United Methodist General Conference. The proposal came from a task force of 16 United Methodists from a diverse array of…
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A Baby - The closer we get to December 25th, the more the excitement elevates! Anticipation builds throughout the weeks, there are smiles on more and more faces, and the general mood seems to lighten. At the same…
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God’s Peace - As we journey through the Advent season, there are so many wonderful ways to celebrate. There are concerts and special events; there are seasonal decorations to put up, gift shopping to do, parties for hosting,…
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Gifts in White Weekend - We are at the high point of the “if you really love them you will buy them a very expensive Christmas present” season. Ads for jewelry, fancy cars, and high-end electronic devices saturate our senses.…
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The Joy of Human Love - One of the hymns I find myself singing just lately is “For the Beauty of the Earth.” (I actually alternate between the tune we have in our hymnal and the tune of the choral arrangement…
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Rejoice! - This coming weekend is a confluence of a whole bunch of churchy stuff. It is “Reign of Christ Sunday,” the final Sunday in the Christian calendar year. The week following begins the season of Advent,…
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Our Bicentennial - Manchester UMC was formally organized in 1826. Of course, Methodists had been meeting in the area for a few decades before that, even before Protestantism became legal on this side of the Mississippi in 1803.…
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100 Percent - As was announced in worship this past weekend, almost two-thirds of Manchester UMC’s households have made a financial commitment for 2020 so far. Prior to the weekend, there were 436 commitments made; there are 730…
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Joy Undiminished - We are starting a new Sunday Worship Series this week that I am really excited about. “JOY UNDIMINISHED” will take us through a sketch of the book of Philippians for the next four Sundays. Paul…
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Photo of a child with a handfull of dandelions in a bouquet Dandelion Bouquet - Editor’s Note: Rev. Stephanie Lendt is our guest columnist for this issue. We welcome her comments! The most beautiful bouquets I’ve ever received were delivered years ago, personally, from the hands of my children. Children…
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Look Up-Go Beyond - This weekend, Manchester UMC has an opportunity to celebrate generosity. Our “Look Up—Go Beyond” campaign for 2020 will include the dedication of our pledges in our four worship services. Financial generosity is an important part…
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Life That’s Really Life - The third weekend in our Defying Gravity series will focus on how we can align ourselves with God’s desires for our lives. Simply put, aligning with God means living generously.    First Timothy gives direction…
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The Next Step - The priorities that the world asks us to align with are not always the same priorities God has in mind for us. Yet the gravity of these priorities is powerful. Sometimes it’s only when we…
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Defying Gravity - Over 400 people are signed up for Defying Gravity small groups! AAAHHH! I’m so excited I could … fly? Over the next four weeks, Manchester UMC is focusing on a truly church-wide theme, using a…
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