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November 10, 2017

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Latest News

Special “Giving Thanks” Service
Tues., Nov. 21, 7p, Chapel
This casual service gives you an opportunity to simply get together and thank God for the amazing gifts with which we've been blessed. Rev. Jim Peich, Pastor of Faith Formation, will lead a devotion. You will leave with a grateful, joy-filled heart. Invite friends and relatives!
Active Shooter Training
Mon., Nov. 27, 7p, Sanctuary
Open to all churches, staffs, and members of the community, this one-hour seminar covers practical steps congregations can take, should such an active-shooter situation arise. The training will be led by Lt. Brad Kelling of the St. Louis County Police Dept. He is a member of Manchester UMC and a certified Active Shooter Instructor. There is no charge for attending. Please RSVP to Sherri Estes.

Midweek Worship
Wed., Nov. 15, 6-6:25p, Chapel
This is the last mid-week of the year. It'll be a moving time of prayer, devotion, scripture, and story. You can still enjoy the Wed. supper (that starts at 5:15), and attend one of the Wed. classes (that start at 6:30).
LGBTQ+ Open House
Sun., Nov. 12, 12:30-2:30p, Narthex
All are welcome to join us as we celebrate this ministry with music, food, and fellowship.

All-Church Turkey Dinner &
Forever Young Thanksgiving Dinner
Wed., Nov. 15, 5:15-6:15p, Fellowship Hall
Join us for a Thanksgiving meal and fellowship. Enjoy roasted turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, amaretto carrots, rolls, dessert, and beverage. A special section will be reserved for Forever Young attendees. Advanced payment of $8/adult is required by Sun., Nov. 12. Purchase at the M&M table in FH or on-line by 11p on Sun.
Fair Trade & Heifer Sing-Along
Sat., Nov. 18, 11a, Narthex
A mini-concert by the Music Makers choir will kick-off the Fair Trade Market. Join us for holiday carols with a purpose!
LGBTQ+ Family Support Network
Tues., Nov 21, 7p
This faith-based support group for family members of LGBTQ+ persons provides an opportunity to learn from, and support, each other. Members of all area churches and faiths are welcome. Contact Dave at 314-614-5473 for location and additional information.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Meets
Tues., Nov. 21, 7p, Fireside Room
Knit and crochet Prayer Shawls, baby blankets, and hats and scarves. Join us as we make and bless these gifts of love. Yarn and help to get started is available. Prayer Shawls are on hand in the church office. You do not need to be a member to give or receive one.
Coventry Dinners and Concerts
Dec. 1 & 2, 6:30p
On Fri., enjoy an intimate evening with a catered dinner and outstanding holiday music featuring the Coventry and Vesper Bell Choirs. Tickets: $32, reservations required. On Saturday, enjoy the “Sweet Sounds of Christmas” at this dessert-only event. Tickets: $10. Tickets on sale each Sun. in Nov. in the Narthex. More info: Joy Parisien, 636-399-6062.
Time to Decorate Our Church Home
Sat., Dec. 2, 9a-Noon
Altar Guild invites you to join us as we decorate the church inside and out. Everyone is welcome. To prepare, we could use some able-bodied folks to assist on Fri., Dec. 1 at 9a (it shouldn’t take long). We will get out all decorations and repair as needed.

Fair Trade Market Needs Help
Volunteers are needed to assist with set up on Wed, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. and on Thurs., Nov. 16 from 9a-3p. Help is also needed to work the market Nov. 18-19 and Nov 24-26. Sign up on the webpage (click ‘Volunteer’ at the bottom of the page), or in the Narthex.
Christmas Tree Lot Volunteers
Our Methodist Men’s Group tree lot requires over 300 volunteers. Helping out makes the Christmas season more meaningful. The lot is open Fri., Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 9a-9p. You can select dates and shifts. Sign-up online and select ‘Volunteer Today.’ All proceeds go to local charities. Your help will make a difference in our community.
Epworth Volunteer Opportunities
Mon., Dec. 11, 5-7:30p Birthday Party, 110 N Elm Avenue
Thurs., Dec. 14, 5-7:30p. Christmas Party, 7520 Natural Bridge Road
Epworth Children and Family Services provides essential youth services, helping them overcome severe emotional and behavioral challenges caused by abuse or neglect. Help prepare or serve food, decorate, or lead a craft. More info: email Barb Zenser.
MO-Hab Riders Save The Date: June 2-6, 2018
Riders will pedal historic Route 66 for their 21st year to support Habitat for Humanity. The bike ride across Illinois will start near the Chain of Rocks Bridge and end in Pontiac. Look for a kick-off meeting in Feb. For more info, email Alison Gaffney, or call Susanne Mertens, 917-446-1754.

We offer over 40 Adult Faith Formation classes to help you grow in faith. Full descriptions are online. Here’s a small sample:

  • Exerstart Class: Mons and Weds through Dec. 13 (no class on Nov. 22), 9:00-9:45a, Fellowship Hall. Register online and enter course number 4572 or call 314.862.4859 ext 24.
  • Awaiting The Already: Weds, Nov. 15-Dec. 13, 6:30-8p, rm 141 Register
  • Faithful – Christmas Through The Eyes Of Joseph: Suns, Nov. 19-Dec. 17, 9:30-10:30a, rm 222 Register
  • God Is In The Manger: Reflections On Advent & Christmas: Suns, Nov. 19-Dec. 17, 9:30-10:30a, rm 223 Register
  • Living Your Faith – Travel The Highways Of Advent: Suns, Nov. 26-Dec. 17, 9:30-10:30a, rm 311 Register

Ask The Pastor!
Wed., Nov. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room 106
After you’ve been to one of our weekend services, you may be ready to explore Manchester UMC a little deeper. That’s why we created Ask the Pastor! During this informal conversation, Sr. Pastor Greg Weeks will share our story, mission and values, and answer your questions about our church and faith. Register
A Night in Bethlehem-The Miracle of Jesus
Fri., Dec. 8, 5:30-8:30p
Be transported back in time to a marketplace in Bethlehem, site of Jesus’ birth! Experience a live nativity, an interactive village, and exciting activities for children. Tickets: $5 per child (children under 1 free) on our webpage. Give back: Fill Bethlehem’s well with non-perishable, individually-sized food items for the Food 4 Kids ministry.
Bible Breakfast Schedule!
All Senior High Students are welcome to join Herb Walker for a mid-week Bible study. Location and times vary. Nov 15: 6:40-7:15a at Bread Co. on Manchester; Nov 22: 6:40-7:15a at 6North; Nov 29: 6:40-7:15a at Bread Co. on Manchester; Dec 6: 6:40-7:15a and 8:30-9:00a at 6North; Dec 13: 6:40-7:15a at Bread Co. on Manchester; Dec 20: 6:40-7:15a at 6North; Dec 27: 6:40-7:15a at Bread Co. on Manchester.

Advent Breakfasts Are Back! 
Starting Nov. 29, and continuing for the following three Wednesdays, we will meet in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 a.m. for an all-you-can-eat breakfast, camaraderie, music, humor, and excellent speakers. We promise to have you back on the road by 7:30. Speakers: 11/29, Noel Stephens; 12/6, Rev. Jim Peich; 12/13, Susan Miller; 12/20, TBA.
Order Poinsettias Now
The Advent season is coming and it’s time to order Poinsettias to decorate the church on Christmas Eve. The cost is $16.00 each; we take orders up to Dec. 10. Mail a check, or put one in your offering envelope--write ‘Poinsettia’ in the memo line. For more info, email Corrine Thompson or call 636-200-4732. Specify if your order is in memory of someone. Poinsettias available for pick-up after the last service on Dec. 24.