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September 15, 2017

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Latest News

Hurricane Relief Effort
Our hurricane relief efforts continue through UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Financial donations are needed; please give in the offering plate or online. UMCOR has sent Early Response Teams from around the nation, 9,000 clean up buckets and 3,000 tubes of toothpaste so far; much more is needed. Our Early Response Team heads to Houston, Nov. 4-12. To volunteer, or for more info, visit our website.
Bike Rehab Bike Shop
Fri. Sept. 15, 6-9p & Sat. Sept.16, 8a-1p, Old Fellowship Hall
Help us fix used bikes for donation to Kingdom House. All skill levels welcome. Select bikes are available for a donation during this time. We also need help delivering bikes to Kingdom House on Sat. at 1p. More info: contact Ray at 314-660-6022.
Fall Festival
Fri., Sept. 29, 5:30-8p, North Parking Lots
The third annual Fall Festival is open to all ages and the entire community is encouraged to join the fun. Please register. Enjoy a shared meal, hayride, crafts, pumpkin decorating, games, petting zoo, balloon artists, fire truck and police visits, fire pits with s’mores, and PipeSqueaks (kid-friendly fall and Halloween music). Admission is one food item per family member from our Food 4 Kids list.
Joy of Music Concert Series 20th Anniversary Season
Gateway UMC Choral Festival
Sun., Oct. 1, 7p
Two-hundred singers from St. Louis area United Methodist Churches will join us for this dynamic night of music. Free will offering. Visit the website for full concert schedule.

Mondays, 7p, rm 310
Tuesdays, 7p, rm 310
These are great support groups when you are going through the difficult journey of divorce or loss. For more info, or to register, email Pastor Stephanie.
Fall Midweeks
Weds. thru Nov. 15, 6-6:25p, Chapel
At each gathering we’ll have prayer, scripture, perhaps a song, and a life-change story from a MUMC member or staff. The services are arranged so you can enjoy the Wed. supper (that starts at 5:15), and attend one of the Wed. classes (that start at 6:30).
Meals & Ministries (M&M) On Sale Now!
Wed, Sept. 20 - P'sghetti's
Purchase semester or individual meals in New Fellowship Hall on Sun. mornings or online. $8/Adult, $4/Child. Advance meal purchase is required by Sun. (9/17) at 11p.
Free Blood Pressure Screening
Sun., Sept. 17, 9-11a, Fellowship Hall
No appointment necessary!
Flu Shots – Timeslots Filling Fast!
Sun., Sept. 17, OR Sun., Oct. 1, 8:00-Noon, Fellowship Hall
Pharmacists from Walgreens will provide flu immunizations. Please pre-register for a timeslot on Sundays at the Adult Faith Formation kiosk in the Narthex. On the day of your appointment, please arrive 10 min. early to complete paperwork, AND bring your insurance card.
LGBTQ+ Family Support Network
Tues., Sept. 26, 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. This meeting's guest speakers will be a gay couple sharing their personal journey "out of the wilderness." Contact Dave at 314-614-5473 for location and additional information.
Forever Young
Oct. 17 at 5:30p – Pot Luck Dinner & hear about “Charity Sharity”
Sign up in Fellowship Hall between services or call Dorothy at 314-952-6316.

Our 20th Year Building Habitat Homes!
Join us as we build another home with Habitat for Humanity STL. Fall dates are Sat., Sept. 30, Oct. 7, and Nov. 11. If you enjoy physical work and are 16+ years old, you qualify!  Meet at church at 7a and carpool; we return by 3:30p. Tools provided. Bring lunch and a beverage. For more info, or to sign up, email Barb.  
15th Annual Fair Trade Needs You
Be part of the exciting preparation for Manchester UMC’s 15th Annual Fair Trade Market. It’s the largest in the U.S., and lots of help is needed, beginning on Wed., Sept. 20, 6-9p and each Wed. thereafter. You’ll get a sneak peek at our unique fair trade products and enjoy fellowship with others. Sign up via email. The Fair Trade Market will be held Nov. 18-19 & Nov. 24-26.

Circle of Friends Preschool Fundraiser
Fri., Sept. 22, 6-9p, Fritz’s Frozen Custard, Valley Park
Help upgrade the preschool/church playground. All COF friends, alumni, grandparents, etc. are invited. Show a copy of the flyer and a portion of your ice cream purchase will go toward the fundraiser.
Job Opportunity with the Nursery Ministry
We are looking for loving, nurturing people (18 and over) with a working knowledge of early childhood development. This paid position is hourly and schedules are flexible. We offer childcare weekday mornings, and occasional evenings, to families attending Bible study groups, meetings and worship services. If interested, email Sally Cleveland, Director of Children's Worship & Nursery, or call 636-200-4707.
Fall Festival Needs Your Help!
Our Fall Festival team is looking for volunteers. We need help on Thurs., Sept. 28 at 5p to set-up in Fellowship Hall. We also need help Fri., Sept. 29 to set-up from 12-5p, and during the event 5-8p. Volunteers are needed to clean-up from 8-9p. To help, please email Chessey Brenton.
Bible Breakfast Schedule!
All Senior High Students are welcome to join Herb Walker for a mid-week Bible study. Location and times vary. Sept 20: 6:40-7:15a at Bread Co on Manchester; Sept 27: 6:40-7:15a at 6North.

Our website has complete descriptions of all Adult Faith Formation classes. Each is designed to help you grow in faith. Here’s a small sample:

  • Happy?  What It Is and How To Find It: Begins Sun., Sept. 17, then on-going, 9:30-10:30a, Rm 222 Register
  • Aging Well: Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 11, 9:30-10:45a, Rm 223 Register
  • What Is The Bible? Wednesdays, Sept. 20 - Nov. 29 (no class on Nov. 22), 6:30-8p, Rm 310 Register
  • UNFINISHED! The Challenge of Discipleship: Sundays, Sept. 24 - Oct. 22, 6:30p, Rm 141. Led by Rev. Greg Weeks Register OR Wednesdays, Sept. 27-Oct. 25, 6:30p, Rm 141. Led by Rev. Stephanie Lendt and Rev. Winter Hamilton Register


Join In The Ringing!

  • Spirit Ringers...a choir for grades 2 through 5. Rehearsals: Mondays, beginning Sept. 11 through April; 5:30-6:15p.
  • Celebration Ringers … a beginning to intermediate choir for grades 6 through 12. Rehearsals: Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 6 through April; 5:30-6:30p.
  • Manchester Bell Choir ... for adult and selected youth with intermediate ringing ability. Rehearsals: Mondays, beginning Aug. 28 through May; 7-8:30p.
  • Vesper Bell Choir ... for advanced dedicated youth and adult handbell ringers. Rehearsals: Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 29 through May; 7-8:45p
To help us plan better, let us know you’ll be attending. Email Sherry Boland, Handbell Program Director, or call 636-346-8919 to leave a message.
Hospitality Ministry Pre-orders
The hospitality ministry is taking pre-orders and payment for Chicken Tetrazzini casserole for $12 or Cookie Dough Balls in 4 varieties. Order in Fellowship Hall between services. Delivery is Sun., Oct. 15.
Apple Butter Days
For more than half a century, MUMC families and friends have been gathering to keep the tradition of making apple butter alive. Join us anytime on Oct. 6, 7, & 8. We need your help to keep this beloved tradition going. Lunch will be provided on Fri., and both breakfast and lunch on Sat. For exact schedule, or to sign up, visit us in the Narthex.