Tag: Pandemic Plan

Summer Vacation

“How did you spend your summer vacation?”  The typical beginning-of-the-school-year essay will be a little weird this year. Like everything else in the “Season of Weirdness,” going on vacation in the year 2020 has been a very unusual experience for those who have been able to do so.  I just took two weeks off. We had planned…
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Art depicting the celebration of the Israelites.

Miriam Sang

Editor’s Note: Rev. Phil Estes is this week’s guest author. Don’t miss Phil’s sermon on Sunday at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Once in a while Old Testament texts are the focus of a sermon. This is one of those times. Honestly, I’m more comfortable with the New Testament. So, isn’t it like God, during a time…
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Laughter

Editor’s Note: Nick Reinhardt-Swierk is this week’s guest author. Don’t miss Nick’s sermon on Sunday at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Lately, it feels like there is little to do except laugh. I laugh with joy when I get to see friends. I laugh at the funny memes, quotes, and videos that my friends share on Facebook.…
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The Good Soil

This week, we have the benefit of a parable that Jesus actually explains! In Matthew 13, Jesus shares the “Parable of the Good Soil,” and then he talks with his disciples about what it could mean. This is rare. Most of the time, Jesus just tells us the story and lets us wonder about what…
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Timeline Reevaluated

With the continuing rise of the numbers being reported by the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, Manchester UMC’s move to “Phase Three” of our Pandemic Plan will not be happening at the end of July, as we had hoped. We will continue to monitor the trends and plan to reassess the situation on Sunday,…
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A BIG Idea

As we wrap up our three week series, “Sin and Forgiveness,” we’ll be thinking about a really BIG idea. In fact, you might say it’s the biggest idea. It’s an idea that actually lasts forever. Because the idea is … well, lasting forever. Sunday we will be thinking together about “Eternal Life.” Our finite minds truly cannot…
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Sin and Forgiveness

On Sunday morning we begin a short worship series on “Sin and Forgiveness.” It is only a three week series, and I understand that it will only scratch the surface of such complicated and important doctrines as these. But it is good to spend at least a little bit of time reflecting on the realities…
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A Formless Void

“…the earth was a formless void…” This phrase, in the well-known first verses of the Bible, engages the imagination, and is worth a pause for contemplation. We may want to quickly rush to the part where God turns on the light, but maybe it’s okay for us to linger in the liminal space of the darkness…
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Phase Two Begins June 1

Manchester UMC will move into “Phase Two” of our “Pandemic Plan for Mission and Ministry” on Monday, June 1st. “Phase Two” of our four-phase plan is designed for when local authorities have partially or fully lifted stay-at-home orders, but we are still significantly limiting on-site church gatherings. Click here for an overview of the plan.…
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Pandemic Plan-Ministry&Mission

Good news, everyone! The church is NOT re-opening. (Um, pastor… did you just say “NOT re-opening?”) Yes, indeed I did! The church is not re-opening when the “Stay at Home” orders lift, because THE CHURCH NEVER CLOSED! I am so grateful for all the wonderful ways you have continued to be the church during this…
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