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July 7, 2017

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Latest News

Solar Eclipse Expert To Speak
Wed., July 12, 11:00a, Fellowship Hall 
Hear St. Louis Astronomical Society's Don Ficken speak about the coming solar eclipse. On Aug. 21, Manchester and cities west and south will experience a total solar eclipse. The last time one took this path across the U.S. was in 1442! This event is sponsored by the Senior Adults Group, but is open to all. Register.
Summer Midweek Worship
Wed., July 12, 7p, Chapel
This service is casual, and features song, special music, and prayer. This week, hear Neil Ebersoldt and Stephanie Lendt share a brief experience that shaped their life and faith. Join us!
Three Sermon Series That Will Inspire You This Summer
Pastor Greg kicks off his DOG is GOD Spelled Backwards series this Sun. at 8 & 11a! There are spiritual lessons we can learn from our four-legged friends! The series concludes with a Blessing of the Animals service on July 30 at 6p. Invite all your friends! Pastor Winter's Campfire Stories sermon series will be in it’s third week on Sun at 9:30a and 5p. The sermons cover old familiar Biblical stories with a fresh perspective and coincide with what our kids are learning in Sunday School. Study sheets for children and adults are on our website. Pastor Stephanie starts a new sermon series July 15 at 4 and 5:30p entitled Seeds, Weeds & Heaven. 
Let’s All Ring! 
The Handbell Choir is welcoming all new, former, and current ringers! Everyone second grade and up can learn to ring - no experience needed. Parents can even ring with their children for a family experience! Attend two of three rehearsals in Room 103, on August 1, 2, or 3, from 7-8:15p. We will ring in church at 8a, Sun., Aug. 6. More info: Contact Sherry.
Bridge Bread Available At All Services
Don’t forget to purchase Bridge Bread this weekend! Bread and sweets are available. Your purchase provides jobs and an opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness!

Free Blood Pressure Screening
Sun., July 16, 9:00-11:00a, Fellowship Hall
Do you know what your blood pressure numbers are? Get it checked for free! No appointment necessary.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Meeting
Tues., July 18, 7p, Fireside Room
Help knit and crochet prayer shawls, baby blankets, scarves and hats. We bless and wrap these gifts to be given to anyone in the church or community. Prayer shawls are available in the church office; you do not need to be a member to give or receive one.
LGBTQ Family Support Network
Tues., July 18, 7p
This support group for parents, grandparents and guardians of LGBTQ persons provides an opportunity to learn from and support each other. Members of all area churches and faiths are invited. Guest speaker Steve Dalby will lead this month's topic “Opportunity Amidst Grief.” More info: contact Dave at 314-614-5473.
Forever Young Trips:  Register Now

  • Wed. July 26-Arrow Rock-Mama Mia!  COST:  $80
  • Wed. Sept. 6-Arrow Rock-Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? COST: $80

Sign up in FH between services or call Dorothy at 314-952-6316
Coffee And Connect
Sun., Aug. 20, 9:30-10:30a, Rm 312
Join Sr. Pastor Greg Weeks to find out more about Manchester UMC ministries, programs, and people and how you can connect. At Coffee & Connect, you’ll learn about the mission of Manchester UMC and the many avenues available for deepening your faith, being the hands of Christ in our community and world, and ways to make lasting friendships. Register.


Sneakers with Soul Kicks Off This Weekend!
Donate NEW sneakers and help kids in need! Our mission is to ensure that no child goes back to school without new shoes. Sizes can vary from kindergarten through adult. Drop your donation at our table during the Sat. (PM) or Sun. (AM) services through Aug. 5 & 6. For details, or to volunteer to help, visit our webpage. This year, Adidas is our partner. Visit the Adidas Outlet Store (18505 Outlet Blvd.) in Chesterfield and take advantage of their sales. Mention Sneakers with Soul and get an additional 10% off!
Food 4 Kids Food Bags on Sundays
Even though it’s summer vacation, the need to fill the bellies of hungry children continues. On Suns. June 18-July 23, we will be packing food bags in Fellowship Hall for participants of the Freedom School summer camp at Kingdom House!  Stop by between worship services (8:45-9:30am, 10:30-11am) to help put together food bags. You can make a difference in a child’s life! We need food donations for Food 4 Kids! Hunger doesn’t take the summer off. Drop off individual-size, easy-to-prepare (no additional ingredients needed) food items in the round blue tubs around church. For a full list of items needed, click here. More info: Rev. Beth Elders.
Help Build A Habitat for Humanity Home
We’re helping build a home for a deserving family in South City near Bevo Mill. Our Sat. work dates are: July 15, 22, and 29; August 5, 19, and 26. Wed. crew options also available. Stay tuned for more work dates to follow for Sept. and Oct. If you’re 16 or older and enjoy physical work, you qualify! We carpool from the church at 7a and return by 3:30p. Tools provided. Bring lunch and a beverage. More info: contact Barb.
Epworth Back-to-School Drive
July 16-30
Help Epworth kids start the school year right. Paper, pens, markers, backpacks, tissues, hand sanitizer, etc. are needed for elementary & teens. A full list is on the website. Place your donations in the Epworth bin at the Collection Connection by the church office. More info: Margaret.


Visit the Adult Faith Formation page on the website for complete class descriptions.

  • Disciple Bible Study Classes: Registration is Sun., July 9-Aug. 10 in Narthex or register online. Register
  • Naked Now – Learn To See: Sun., July 16,12:30p, Rm 221 Register
  • Witnessing Whiteness: Tues. beginning Aug. 29, 6:30p, Rm 141 Register by July 10
  • Why? Making Sense Of God’s Will – Adult Singles Bible Study: Suns., 11a, Rm 309 Register
  • Men’s Bible Study: Sats., July 8-29, 8a, Rm 141. Register
  • Beginning Vinyasa Yoga: Thursdays, 11:30a-12:30p, Rm 141 Register


Summertime Funtime!
Free Events for Families & Kids
Make the summer of 2017 memorable! Join us for two amazing events: July 9 – Picnic at the Park, 12:30-2:30p; & August 6 – Pool Party! More info is on our website. Please register.

Summer MUMY 2017 (bring a friend summer)
All Times 6:00 to 7:30 unless otherwise noted
July 16 -- “Drive In” Movie Night (8:30-10:00 pm), South Parking Lot
July 22-27 -- Spirit Camp
July 30 -- Whiffle Ball/Kick Ball, destination TBD
August 6 -- Spirit Camp Reunion @ Manchester Aquatics Center, 7:45-9:45 pm
August 20 -- MUMY Kick Off w parents/confirmation info meeting, FH    
August 27 -- MUMY Kick-Off Water Night!       
Contact Felicia for more info.

Book Club: Author George Hodgman to Appear
The book club meets the last Wed. of the month at 7p in Rm 129. The July 26 book is The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. We are excited about the August 30 book, Bettyville. The author, George Hodgman, expects to join us! All are welcome. Contact Laura.
Communion Servers Needed
We need communion servers for all Sun morning services. Your time commitment is your church attendance on the first Sun. of the month as available. It will be a blessing to serve God by serving others. If interested in 8 or 11a, contact Betty. If interested at 9:30, contact Cheri.