Pastor’s Note

Pastor’s Note

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

Generosity WIN Team - Last month we heard what the Discipleship WIN team has been up to. It was very informative, with eye-opening facts/figures; you can find it here. (Also, if you’d like an overview of all our WIN…
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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…
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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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photo of Manchester UMC youth center that is nearing completion Youth Center Nears Completion - Because of the love and generosity of our congregation, our YOUTH CENTER is nearly complete! As you can tell from the photo, the downstairs youth area has been totally renovated. A wall has been taken…
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Photo of snow falling against a street light 2019 Leadership Board - We had planned our Leadership Board Annual Retreat Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 but a snowstorm got in the way! We’ll reschedule it and keep the important work of this governing body going strong. New to…
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Photo of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. General Conference Prayer Time - From past eBlasts, you’ve heard of the special session of our worldwide denomination’s General Conference. It will be held in St. Louis in the America’s Center, February 23-26. Its purpose is to decide United Methodism’s…
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New Year's Day 2019 Welcome to 2019! - Welcome to 2019! I hope this finds you having turned the page on the last 365 days, and that you’re ready to open a new journal with nothing but blank pages. I further hope that…
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A Christmas Prayer - A Christmas Prayer of Gratitude O gracious Lord, you’ve heard us thank others today. For gifts, cards, and other signs of love. But, we owe you our greatest thanks of all. What greater love could…
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boy fishing How God Would Fish - Growing up, I loved fishing. More specifically, I loved catching fish. When they didn’t bite, I would try a new lure. When that didn’t work, I’d move to another spot. When that didn’t work, I’d…
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gifts in white, christmas, advent A Gratitude List - I’m writing this during a break between performances of Holiday Brass. We’ve just hosted over 1300 people for a time of the finest musical celebration one could ever imagine. We’ll have just as many for…
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Hanging of the Greens Celebration - On Saturday we celebrated our Hanging of the Greens ceremony. As you can tell from the photo here and those on our Facebook page, it was a wonderful celebration of church-wide worship and fellowship. It…
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Christmas Is Coming! - It’s trite, but true. You’re enjoying July 4th picnics, you sneeze, and it’s Advent already! I’ve been privileged to serve and to participate in many, many churches. I’ve never seen any church, though, that celebrates…
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construction, demolition, youth center Important Updates - For today’s eblast, I wanted to highlight some important updates, since time is moving more quickly as we near Advent (can you believe it?). See you Sunday, Pastor Greg Acts Of Compassion For one of…
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atheism, hemant mehta, faith Atheism & Faith - I hope you’ve seen the publicity for Atheism & Faith In Today’s World, an event that is very timely and informative on a number of levels. This Sunday, Nov. 11, starting at 7 p.m. in…
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secret sins, greg weeks, moses Let’s Talk About Sin - I hope the subject line of this post, Let’s Talk About Sin, caught your attention! Starting this Sunday, in traditional services, I’m beginning a series titled, SECRET SINS: Things Moses Never Thought Of. We live…
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A Magic Television - In my sermon a couple of weeks ago, I wondered what our church ancestors would have felt if they’d had a magic television in the Chapel they built in 1856. If this magic television could…
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From the Past Will Come the Future - This title of this article, “From the Past Will Come the Future,” is from one of my favorite hymns, “Hymn of Promise.” Over the last couple of weeks, some events happened that really bring to…
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Stay Strong - Manchester UMC is called to stay strong! This is the period of time when we faithfully dream of our ministries for next year, and how to fund them. It’s also an opportunity to take stock…
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Where We’re Going - Today, I'm writing about who we are, and where we're going. Last July, Pastor Jim Peich reminded, and updated, us on the six vision priorities we’ve established that will take us through 2021. Here’s a…
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LGBTQ Update - I want to keep you up to date regarding LGBTQ and the General Conference that will meet in February, here in St. Louis. It will decide the United Methodist Church’s stance on human sexuality. The…
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Youth Center To Get New Look - One of the priorities funded by our 'Unfinished' stewardship initiative was the renovation of the youth ministry area. I’ve asked Phil Estes, Pastor of Administration, to give us the latest. --Pastor Greg Grace and Peace…
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Wednesday Meals Makeover! - Our famous “Meals and Ministries (M&M)” will be starting on Wednesday (Sept. 12) next week, and there are important changes. In our on-going quest to continually make things better, we are launching some exciting new…
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Facebook Live Starts Sept. 23 - We are VERY excited to announce that we'll soon be streaming our worship services on Facebook Live! Although I mentioned it in last week's eblast, I’d like to give you some more background, and a…
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I Love Donuts and Jesus - A few Sundays ago, an usher handed me a piece of paper. On it was printed, from a child’s hand, that wonderful line 'I love donuts and Jesus.' I’m sure our Donut Ministry folks are…
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Reflections From Writing A Book - When I last sent an eblast your way, I told you my plans to take the month of July for a study/renewal leave. My goal was to write a book based on the Faith and…
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Circle of Friends Gears Up A New Year - Editor's Note: With Pastor Greg away on renewal leave, we have guest writers throughout July. This week we welcome Renee Taylor, Circle of Friends Preschool Director. Hello Friends, The start of the school year is…
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No Place Like Home - It’s hard to believe that I’ve just begun my 11th year of full-time ministry as an associate pastor at Manchester UMC. How blessed am I? I’ll tell you, more blessed than I can express in…
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eNews Sign-Up - Stay in the know on all things related to Manchester UMC! Sign up for weekly editions of eNews, distributed via email on Fridays. You'll also receive Pastor's Note, the weekly blog from Sr. Pastor Greg…
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