Season of Giving 2022
Sunday, Nov. 20 – Sunday, Dec. 25
God has given us the greatest gift of all, let’s give back
with actions of faith this Season of Giving!
This year, the Missions Team is launching a Season of Giving which runs Sunday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, December 25. The Manchester UMC congregation will provide much needed support to three of our vital outside ministries – LifeWise StL, Bridge Bread and Epworth Children & Family Services.
Starting Nov. 20, each Sunday morning in the lobby, there will be a large Giving Tree which will serve as a constant reminder of the Season of Giving and our pledge to faithfully participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. By Christmas Day, the hope is that the Giving Tree will be completely covered with ornaments, not as a matter of pride, but to show the impact on the many lives lifted in dignity and grace by these acts of faith.
Each Sunday, there will also representatives from these agencies at the Missions kiosk in the lobby. The Manchester UMC community will be able to learn about what these agencies do, whom these agencies serve and see the specific needs. Individuals will be able to put their faith into action in one or more of these ways:
- Donate needed items
- Donate to the Christmas Missions Offering which is through your above and beyond financial giving
- Donate time by volunteering
God has given us the greatest gift of all, let’s give back with actions of faith this Season of Giving!
Donate Needed Items to Agencies
Ministry needs will be printed on ornament shaped cards available at each table/kiosk. Select a card (or cards) representing the action(s) you will take.
- Financial donation – instructions on what and how to donate.
- Needed item – the card will describe exactly what is needed so you can shop for that item and then bring it to the church.
Take the ornament card(s) with you as a reminder of your faith action commitment during this season. Each ornament card taken will be represented by an actual ornament we will add to the Giving Tree.
|Gifts to Purchase||Total Quantity|
|Pay a baker’s monthly electric bill = $100 donation||10|
|Pay a baker’s monthly gas bill = $75 donation||10|
|Pay a baker’s monthly water bill = $50 donation||10|
|Pay a baker’s monthly internet bill = $35 donation||10|
|Pay a for a baker’s monthly trash collection bill = $15 donation||10|
|Help a baker furnish their 1st apartment = $50 donation||10|
|Help a baker furnish their 1st apartment = $100 donation||10|
|Help a baker purchase furnishings for their 1st apartment = $200||10|
If you would like purchase one of the Bridge Bread gifts, please click on the green Bridge Bread button below. In the memo line, please indicate the specific baker’s gift preference, i.e., “Bridge Bread baker’s monthly electric bill for $100.”
Epworth Children & Family Services
The following items are greatly needed for the clients of Epworth Children & Family Services. Please take one of the ornaments listed below from the Giving Tree, purchase the item, and bring the gift and ornament to the Missions Team kiosk on Sunday mornings. Gifts should NOT be wrapped.
Please drop-off all gifts by Wed., Dec. 14. If dropping off the gift at the main church office (Mon-Thurs, 9a-4p), please state who the gift is from and agency the gift is going.
|Gifts to Purchase|
(Need to receive gifts by Dec. 14)
|Crocs, Vans, or Nike Tennis Shoes – adult male (Sz.7 thru 12)||15|
|Crocs, Vans, or Nike Tennis Shoes – adult female (Sz. 6 1/2 thru 9 1/2)||15|
|Eyeshadow makeup palette (ie. James Charles, Patrick Starr; etc.)||6|
|Decorative Throw Pillows for teen’s bed||10|
|Squishmallows stuffed animals||15|
|Video Games for PlayStation||10|
|Hoodies (Nike, Adidas, etc.) for teenage boys (Youth & Adult Sizes)||15|
|T-shirts (Nike, Adidas, etc.) Youth and adult sizes||15|
|Amazon Gift Cards ($10, $20 or $25)||30|
|Headphones for teenage boy or girl||10|
|Newborn/Infant Outfits for baby boy / girl||10|
|Newborn socks / booties||10|
The following items are greatly needed for the clients of LifeWise StL. Please take one of the ornaments listed below from the Giving Tree, purchase the item, and bring the gift and ornament to the Missions Team kiosk on Sunday mornings. Gifts should NOT be wrapped.
Please drop-off all gifts by Mon., Dec. 5. If dropping off the gift at the main church office (Mon-Thurs, 9a-4p), please state who the gift is from and agency the gift is going.
|Gifts to Purchase|
(Need to receive gifts by Dec. 5)
|Cookware sets (pots & pans)||8|
|Queen Sheet set||5|
|Queen Comforter set||5|
|Twin Bed Sheet Set||5|
|Boys Size Jeans||10|
|Boys Pajama set||10|
|Girls Pajama set||10|
|Nail polish set||10|
|Costume jewelry (necklaces, bracelets)||10|
|Watch for male or female||10|
|Sports equipment (ie. Basketball; football; etc)||10|
|Dinosaur-themed toys or books||15|
|Zippered / Hooded sweatshirts (for Teens)||10|
|Perfume (Bath & Body)||5|
|Paint / Drawing / Art Supplies||5|
|Electronics &/or Tablets for Teens||10|
|Rolls of Christmas Wrapping Paper||10|
Donate to the Christmas Missions Offering
During this Season of Giving, above and beyond generosity is needed now more than ever. Make a financial donation by using this green button.
Thanks to Manchester UMC’s above and beyond contributions to the Christmas Missions Offering, agencies in our community receive financial support to continue serving those in our community. Past beneficiaries of the Christmas Mission Offering include: Bridge Bread, Epworth Children and Families, HomeFirst, LifeWise StL, and Sneakers with Soul.
Donate Time by Volunteering
Spread the holiday cheer in person and be a helping hand by volunteering at these agencies!
Volunteer for Bridge Bread
Bridge Bread is sold in the lobby between Saturday evening and Sunday morning services at Manchester UMC.
Volunteers are needed to:
- Pick up fresh-baked bread from the bakery on Saturday between 10a and noon, and deliver them to Manchester UMC between 3-3:45p on Saturdays.
- Sell bread on Saturday evenings (3:15-5:15p) and/or Sunday mornings (8:30a to 12:15p) between worship services at Manchester UMC.
- Volunteer at the Bridge Bread Bakeshop (2639 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO 63118)
Volunteer at LifeWise StL
For over 50 years, LifeWise StL has celebrated the spirit of the holiday season through our Holiday Market. Serving hundreds of families who have participated in programming over the past year, the Market offers low-cost, carefully curated NEW household and clothing items, as well as age-appropriate toys.
Spread a little cheer during LifeWise StL’s Holiday Market December 7 & 8 by volunteering to help wrap gifts! Flexible shifts and sign up below.
All supplies will be provided.
Location/Parking: The Holiday Market will be held at the 12th and Park Recreation Center, which is located at 1410 S Tucker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63104. On shopping days (12/7 and 12/8), we ask that volunteers park at LifeWise StL in order that Recreation Center parking spaces can be utilized by shoppers/participants.
Sign up below and thank you for spreading a little cheer and helping at LifeWise StL’s Holiday Market!
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