Winter 2022 Catalog

Winter 2022 Catalog

A Note from Rev. Winter Hamilton

Hey Beloved Community!

As we move into the cold winter months, I am reminding myself that there is a time and season for a slower pace. Often, if we try to rush forward, the ice-covered ground and frost filled air of winter will demand that we slow down. And, that is not a bad thing.

This Advent and Epiphany we have many offerings in our catalog to help feed your faith, get you plugged into community, and to learn more about a God who entered into history as an innocent baby thrust into a problematic and disturbing world.

Some of our classes and groups meet online, some hybrid, and some in-person. We have different commitment levels and a wide variety of topics to choose from.

As we move through this cold season, I invite you to consider what really matters, and to let the rest fall back for a bit. Let’s turn our attention to the reason for the season, to our faith community, and to our Savior.

Blessings!

Rev. Winter Hamilton
Pastor of Adult Faith Formation

All of these classes and groups listed are welcome to everyone, newcomers included!

Classes

January Classes & New Studies
Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
Thurs, Jan. 6, 9:30a

Meet the Mayor of Manchester, Mike Clement, and hear from his prospective and being in a civil service role.  Learn more.

Taste and See Making Disciples 43

Discover God Among Butchers, Bakers & Fresh Food
Tues, Jan. 11-Feb. 15, 9:30a

Embark on a culinary and spiritual adventure that took author, Margaret Feinberg, far and wide. Participant will even learn how to make some delicious meals along the way!  Learn more.

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Women’s Bible Study
Weds, Jan. 12-Mar. 2, 6:15p
This new Women’s Bible Study will read, discuss, and make space for ideas about our spirituality and the church by reflecting on the stories Rachel Held Evans shares around the church’s sacraments – baptism, confession, and communion, among others.   Learn more.

Saving Jesus 43

Saving Jesus from the Church
Thurs, Jan. 13-Feb. 17, 7p
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus? Join us as we explore what Jesus and his followers did as recorded in Mark and Acts, and how this might apply to us today.  Learn more.

10 Commandments 43

The Ten Commandments
Sun, Jan. 23, 9:30a

The Alpha Class will reflect on how the teachings of Jesus and Christian practices relate to contemporary life and issues. All are welcome! Learn more.

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Bible Basics: Timeline
Mondays, Jan. 24 & 31, 6:15p

If committing to a multi-month Bible Study is not possible, but it would be nice to get-to-know the scriptures and how to better read them, then join Pastor Winter for a low-key, no homework required, getting-to-know the Bible in just two classes!  Learn more.

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Current Connections
Mons, Jan. 24-Feb. 28, 6:30p
This popular class is returning in January! Each week this group will read the top 2 to 4 news stories as reported by the Associated Press and discuss them together. In our conversations, we will make theological, Biblical, and spiritual connections to the events of the day.  Learn more.

Beyond Books

Evening Book Club
Wed, Jan. 26, 7p
This group will be discussing Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kruger. Learn more.

February Classes & New Studies
Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
Thurs, Feb. 3, 9:30a

The topic will be “Fostering children with Erin Bryan”.  Learn more.

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Learn to Tat!
Sat, Feb. 5, 9:00a

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting lace from a series of knots and loops. Learn how to needle tat and/or shuttle tat and make a small tatted project by the end of the class. All needed supplies will be provided.  Learn more.

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Life, Death & Disney
Suns, Feb. 6-27, 9:00a

Focus on how four different Disney movies deal with death (and with life), and what Biblical connections are made.  Learn more.

Holy Ghost Haunts

How the Holy Ghost Haunts
Mons, Feb. 7-28, 6:15p
This class will take a look at the genealogy of Jesus found in Matthew 1, and the way it corresponds to four women who were sexually compromised in the Old testament. This class is for anyone seeking the good news of God in a feminist, decolonizing, liberative, and redemptive way. Learn more

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Current Connections
Mondays thru Feb. 28, 6:30p
Each week this group will read the top 2 to 4 news stories as reported by the Associated Press and discuss them together. In our conversations, we will make theological, Biblical, and spiritual connections to the events of the day.  Learn more.

10 Commandments 43

The Ten Commandments
Sundays thru Apr. 10, 9a

The Alpha Class will reflect on how the teachings of Jesus and Christian practices relate to contemporary life and issues. All are welcome! Learn more.

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The 40-Day Journey with Joan Chittister
Every other Wed., starting, Feb. 9, 9:30a
This book introduces Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun who lives in Erie, PA, and is best known for her spiritual writing and her powerful actions for peace and justice. Learn more.

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Life, Death & Disney
Weds, Feb. 9-Mar. 2, 4:45p

Focus on how four different Disney movies deal with death (and with life), and what Biblical connections are made.  Learn more.

Saving Grace 43

Saving Grace
Weds., Feb. 9-Mar. 23, 6:30p
Using the book, Saving Grace, that has Wesleyan roots, this book provides the text and tools needed to address the topics of saving, earning, giving, spending, and debt. Learn more.

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Matter of Balance
Thurs, Feb. 10-Mar. 31, 10a
A new evidence-based program, Matter of Balance, designed to reduce the fear of falling and improve activity levels amount community-dwelling older adults. The program enables participants to reduce the fear of falling. Learn more.

Beyond Books

Evening Book Group
Wed, Feb. 23, 7p

This group will be discussing the book, Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne Glenconner. Learn more.

March Classes & New Studies

Final Words from the Cross
Tues, Mar. 1-Apr. 5, 9:30a
Despite the serious effort and increased pain required for Jesus to speak as he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke seven “final words” that have much to teach us about Jesus, his Father, and ourselves.  Learn more.

Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
Thurs, March 3, 9:30a

Panel Discussion from MUMC: Women in Ministry.  Learn more.

Beyond Books

Evening Book Group
Wed, Mar. 30, 7p

This group will be discussing the book, The Mountain by Paul Yoon. Learn more.

April Classes & New Studies
Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
Thurs, April 7, 9:30a

Luncheon Tea with Monarch Jewelry in support of women who have been trafficked.  Learn more.

Beyond Books

Evening Book Group
Weds, Apr. 27, 7p

This group will be discussing the book, Washington Decree by Jessi Adler-Olsen. Learn more.

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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Thurs, Apr. 28-June 23, 7p
Toxic effects of caste systems; caste as the arbitrary construction of human divisions; comparative history of caste in America, India and Nazi Germany; the principles of caste; the tentacles of caste; consequences of caste systems; backlash against change; awakening and change; imagining a world without caste. Learn more.


Sermon Reflection Study Groups

Learn More About Sermon Reflection Study Groups

By popular demand, we are continuing our All-Church Study, under the new name Sermon Reflection Studies.

These Sermon Reflection Study Groups are online. There will be new curriculum produced weekly, still based off of Pastor Andy’s sermons. These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. Small groups are meeting throughout the week. (Please note that previous Sermon Reflection Studies are available as well).

Everyone is welcome…anytime! To learn more, please click on the green “Learn more about Sermon Reflection Study Groups” button.


On-going Groups

The following small groups meet on an on-going basis. For convenience, they are listed by the day in which they meet. Newcomers are ALWAYS welcome!

Sundays
Alpha Class

Alpha
Sunday at 9a

Join the Alpha Group as they reflect on how the teachings of Jesus and Christian practices relate to contemporary issues of the day. All are welcome as we gather for fellowship and discern future studies. Learn more.

Christian Fellowship Group
Sundays at 9:00a
Join us as we continue to study and discuss the weekly Sermon Reflection Study. No registration or homework required. Learn more.

Joy Butterfly

Joy Class
Sundays at 9:00a
The Joy Class uses lessons to explore and focus on our love for God.  Learn more.

Sojourners

Sojourners
Starting Sundays at 9:30a
The Sojourner Group lessons to explore and focus on our love for God. We are studying the All-Church Study and provide a weekly notes which are available.  Learn more.

Singles Group

Adult Single Bible Study
Sundays at 11a In Person
Our group likes to emphasize the 4 F’s:  Fun, Fellowship among Christian Friends, on a Foundation of meaningful Bible Study!  
Learn more.

Mondays
Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7:00p
Centering Prayer is a method of prayer in which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence. Join us as we read, reflect, discuss and pray.  Learn more.

Tuesdays
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Making Disciples
Tuesdays at 9:30a
Join the Making Disciples group as study the Lectionary through Nov. 2. On Nov. 9, we will begin our Advent study, Not a Silent Night.  Learn more.

Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays at 9:30a
The Tuesday Bible Study is meeting in person and on Zoom. Please join us!  Learn more.

Beyond Books

Evening Book Group
Monthly at 7:00p
Our discussions arise out of questions that are open-ended so everyone can bring their own perspectives. Learn more.

Thursdays
Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
1st Thursdays at 11:00a
Our group will study one book per month in person, and join us afterwards for lunch at a local restaurant.   Learn more.

Fridays
Mom holding child's hand

Parents Group
Fridays at 9:30a
Our fun Parent Group is made up of parents that meet and grow in faith-based learning. 
Learn more.

Reflections

Reflections
Fridays at 10a
We are a group of mature women who enjoy reading and discussing a variety of religious themed books. We meet weekly in person and on Zoom. Newcomers are always welcome!
Learn more.

Saturdays

Men’s Bible Study
Saturdays at 8a
Join us each week as study the Hebrew minor prophets.  Lessons are emailed ahead of time. Learn more.

Zoom Tips

How Do I Participate?

Everyone is welcome to participate in any of these online classes or groups.  The classes and groups are meeting through a free website/app called ZOOM.  You can use your phone, tablet or personal computer. If you are connecting from your computer, you will just go to the website. If you are using your smartphone or tablet, you will need to download the ZOOM app (it’s free).

How Do I Use ZOOM?

It’s easy!  Follow these step by step instructions.
1. Go to Zoom.com and download this free app, before your study begins.
2. Click the button in the upper right corner that says “JOIN A MEETING.”
3. Enter the Zoom Required Password that is listed Online Groups & Classes.
4. Enter the Zoom Meeting ID number and Passcode.

ZOOM Tips & Tricks

Once you’ve connected, have others help you learn to use your mute function, find how to show and hide your video, and explore the different ways you can view group members.

The important things for you to do during this time of physical distancing are to stay well and connected!  Manchester UMC strives to provide these opportunities to help you worship, connect and serve.

If you have any questions about upcoming classes or groups, or if you are feeling called to lead a class or group, please contact Pastor Winter Hamilton or Tiffany Conway.


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