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March 16, 2018

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Latest News

Holy Week and Easter Services
Holy Week is a special time at Manchester UMC. We start with our Palm Sunday services, Mar. 25 at 8, 9:30 & 11a. That evening, the Chancel Choir and orchestera will perform ‘Testimony of Life,’ a free concert honoring the life of Christ. As we move through the week, the Maundy Thursday service, ‘A Place At the Table,’ will be at 7p. On Good Friday, we gather around the Cross at 7p, then Holy Saturday services will be in the Chapel at 3:45 and 5p. Easter starts early with the 7a outdoor service, led by our youth, followed by the 8, 9:15, 10:30 and 11:45a services. Please invite relatives, friends, and neighbors as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
‘Way of the Heart,’ A Stations of the Cross Art Installation
Sun., Mar. 25-Sat., March 31, M-F 8a-8p, Sat.-Sun. 8a-5p, Marble Narthex
Local artists present poignant interpretations of the 'Stations of the Cross.' Walk through, remember, and experience Jesus' marathon of suffering and ultimate death. No charge.
Church-wide Trivia Night
Fri., Apr. 27, 7p, Kirkwood Community Center
Trivia Night is back – sponsored this year by MUMY (our Youth Group). Join in for a great night of fun and fellowship for this church-wide event. Tables of up to 10 are $200, or sign up as an individual for $20. All proceeds support the Youth Room Remodel. Cash prize of $250. Table registration opens this Sunday.
Lenten Breakfasts
Weds. Thru Mar. 28, 6:30a, Fellowship Hall
Enjoy a hot breakfast and great speakers. Scheduled speakers include: 3/21 - Mark Irving; 3/28 - John Robinson III. We'll have you back on the road by 7:30!

Wednesday Night Meals (M&M)
Wed., Mar. 21 – PM BBQ
Purchase individual meals between services in Fellowship Hall this Sunday or online. Advanced meal purchase is required: $8 per adult and $4/child (10 and under).
Forever Young
Apr. 24 – Tour of the Hill, 8a; $65*
*Only a few spots left! Please register for these events at the Forever Young table in Fellowship Hall between services on Sun. or call Dorothy Wilkes 314-952-6316.
Free Blood Pressure Screening
Sun., Mar. 18, 9-11 a.m., Fellowship Hall
No appointment necessary!

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Tues., Mar. 20, 7p, Fireside Room
You’re invited you to join in as we knit and bless these gifts of love. Prayer Shawls are available in the church office. One does not need to be a member of Manchester UMC to give or receive a Prayer Shawl.

Testimony of Life—Adams Legacy Masterworks Concert
Sun., Mar. 25, 7p
The life of Christ is shared through word and song, featuring the Chancel Choir and orchestra. Free and open to the public, so invite friends and relatives.

LGBTQ+ Family Support Network
Tues., Mar. 27, 7p
If you have questions, or need support regarding an LGBTQ family member, our St. Louis area faith-based family support network is available to help. We meet monthly, sometimes featuring a guest speaker. Call in confidence to Barb 314-614-1650, or Dave 314-614-5473, for meeting location.
Lydia Circle Meeting
Thurs., Apr. 5, 9:30a, Rm 141
“Steps to a Compassionate Life” presented by Sharron Rohn with Devotion by Marlene Kuhlman and snacks provided by Helen Hebel and Pat Vincent. Everyone is invited.

March for Our Lives
Sat., Mar. 24, 9a, Gather at Manchester UMC
Kids and families will march in downtown St. Louis, joining nearly 500 marches taking place worldwide to end gun violence. Join us! For more info on the position of the United Methodist Church on gun violence, visit

Food 4 Kids
Due to spring break in Parkway and St. Louis Public Schools, Food 4 Kids will not be bagging food on Mar. 28, nor will we be making school deliveries on Mar. 29. For more info about this vital ministry to kids, pick up a flyer in the Narthex or visit the website.
One of the best ways to grow your faith and connect with others is to attend a group or class. Here a just a few we offer. Full descriptions are online; you can also enter the class in the Search bar.

  • New! Tai Chi For Arthritis And Fall Prevention: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Mar. 20-Apr. 26, 11a-Noon, Fellowship Hall (12 sessions). To register, please call 314.562.4859, ext. 24.
  • New! Christian Fellowship Group, Make A Difference – Following Your Passion and Finding Your Place to Serve, starting Sun., Apr. 8, 9:30-10:30a, Rm 222 Register 
  • New! Growing in Faith Together (Gift) Women’s Bible Study: Weds, Apr. 11-May 16, 6:30-8p, Rm 311 Register
  • Exerstart: Every Mon. and Wed., 9-9:45a, Fellowship Hall. Register online using course #4572
  • Total Body Workout: Every Tues. & Thurs., 9-10a, Fellowship Hall. Register
  • Yoga – Beginning Vinyasa: Thurs. mornings, 11:30-12:30p, Rm 137 or Thurs. evenings: 6:15-7:15p, Rm 141 Register


  • Reflections On Lent: Weds., Feb. 21 – Mar. 21, 6:30-7:30p, Rm 221 Register
  • Faith & Race at Manchester UMC: Tues, Apr, 3-24, 6:30-8p, Rm 312 Register
  • Bible for Dummies: Weds, Apr. 4-25, 6:30-8p, Rm 223 Register
  • Wellness for Parents: Weds, Apr. 4-25, 6:30-8p, Rm 221 Register
Ask The Pastor
Wed, Apr. 11, 6:30-8 p.m., Room 141
If you’re new to Manchester UMC, or interested in getting more connected here, attend 'Ask the Pastor!' You’ll learn our story, mission, beliefs and values. You can ask questions, connect with others, and know the next steps you can take here. Complimentary childcare available with registration. Led by Pastor Greg Weeks and Pastor Jim Peich. Register 


Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids
Wed., Mar. 21, 6:30-8p, Rm 141
Did you know 1 of 5 children, ages 13-18, lives with a mental health condition? This class will equip parents and caregivers to better understand and support their child’s emotional and mental health. You’ll hear real-life stories from parents and caregivers and learn techniques to help your child talk about changing emotions and challenging life circumstances. Register
Sunday School Volunteers Needed
Adults are needed to help during our 9:30a Sunday school classes. Our kiddos range in age from 2s - 5th grade. Substitutes are needed, as are office helpers who greet children at the welcome desk. Orientation and training is provided; all must be Safe Sanctuary certified. Contact Chessey Brenton if you are interested or have questions.
Registrations Open
Mission Journeys, Quest Camp, and Spirit Camp registration now open.  If a scholarship is needed, please contact Beth Boemler.
Senior High Climbing Night
Fri., April 13
Climb with your favorite MUMYs and bring a friend! Contact Beth Boemler for more info.
Now Hiring: Director of Youth Ministry
This is an exciting opportunity if you’re called to help youth in grades 6-12 grow spiritually, create community with other youth, and engage in missional service to others. This person casts vision and directs efforts for all programs. Interested candidates should review the job description and follow the instructions to apply. No calls please.
Volunteers Needed for Easter Service Preparation
Please join the Altar Guild in fellowship as we prepare for Palm Sunday and Easter Services. The following are the dates and times: Sat., Mar. 24 at 9a, Rm 223--creating Palm Crosses for the congregation; Sat., Mar. 31 at 9a--decorating the Sanctuary, followed by Chapel decorating at 6p. Questions? Contact Ann Garber.
Easter Altar Flowers
Honor a loved one with a gift of flowers to decorate the Sanctuary for Easter. Flowers may be picked up after the last service on Easter. Lilies are $9; Tulips-$7, and Geraniums-$6.50. Last day to order is March 22. Make your checks payable to Manchester UMC and note 'Easter Flowers' in the memo line. Order forms are at the Welcome Desk. For more info, contact Ann Garber.
Man-of-the-Year Nominations
Deadline for Nominee Submissions, Apr. 1
The United Methodist Men's Group is seeking nominations for its Man of the Year Award. Nominations should incorporate the reason why the nominee deserves the recognition. The selection committee will do an independent review of each nominee. Please forward nominations/inquiries to Rog Wooden.
Now Hiring – Custodian
If you’re a dependable, detail-oriented person who has a flexible schedule and reliable transportation, this job may be for you. This is a part-time (20 hours per week) position. For details, including job description, visit our website