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January 5, 2018

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Spring Midweeks
Starting Wed., Jan. 10, 6-6:25p, Chapel
Services include prayer, song, and a faith reflection from a church member or staff. These coincide with our Meal and Ministry suppers that start at 5:15p, so you can feed both body and soul in one evening! This week, Chris Reiss will share a faith reflection.
INFUSE in the Round
Sun., Jan 14, 9:30 & 11a, Fellowship Hall
Modern Worship's INFUSE service in the round is back at both 9:30 and 11a. Sunday school is available at 9:30 only; however, the children's "Prayground" will be available in both services. Join this interactive, community-friendly service. To help serve, or for more info, call Kiersten Rose at 636-200-4717.
Bishop Robert Farr Guest Preaches
Sat. & Sun., Jan. 27-28, All Services
Rev. Robert Farr will preach at all services on Jan. 27-28. (Note: no 5p service on Jan. 28). He is a dynamic speaker and prolific author. Rev. Farr serves as Bishop of the Missouri Area of the United Methodist Church, which includes 800 local churches, approximately 1,000 retired and active clergy and 80,000 weekly worshipers. Don’t miss this exciting weekend!
Prayer for Christian Unity
Sun., Jan 28, 7p, St. Justin Martyr Parish, 11910 Eddie & Park Rd., Sunset Hills
The Archdiocese of St. Louis is hosting an ecumenical prayer service for Christian unity and invites all area churches to participate. Rev. Rodrick Burton of New North Side Missionary Baptist Church will preach. This year’s theme is ‘Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power,’ based on Exodus 15:6. Come pray in a special way ‘that they may become one.’ (John 17:22). 
Meal & Ministries (M&M) On Sale
Wed, Jan. 10 – PM BBQ, 5:15p, Fellowship Hall
Purchase semester or individual meals in Fellowship Hall on Jan. 7 or online for $8/Adult, $4/Child. Advance meal purchase is required.
Senior Adults
Wed., Jan. 10, 11:00a, Fellowship Hall
Join us for a demonstration of the newly created and popular game, Pickle Ball. Cheer on Kellie Duenke and her teammates, or dress appropriately to try the game yourself. For more info, contact Carole: 636-391-1022.
Purdue Varsity Glee Club
Sun., Jan. 14, 7p
With passion and unparalleled showmanship, the men of the Glee Club have a singing tradition that has lasted more than 100 years! Join them on their 2018 tour as they amaze us with their fine-tuned voices.
MLK Day Celebration
Mon., Jan 15, Noon-4 p.m., Kingdom House
Join us as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lunch will be provided, followed by a viewing of the movie, Hidden Figures, and small group discussion. A kid’s movie and activities (for children 4 and up) run from 1-4p. Free event.
Forever Young
Tues, Jan. 16 – Potluck, 5:30p, Fellowship Hall
Prepare your favorite recipe to share in a potluck dinner.

Christmas Tree Lot Appreciation Dinner
Tues., Jan 23, 6p, Fellowship Hall
Volunteers and supporters of the 2017 Tree Lot will enjoy steak with baked potato, salad, and dessert. Please register online if you plan to attend and indicate how you want your steak prepared, or contact John Wootten at 636-394-0371.
Computer Rehab Needs Laptops
Donate your used laptop to the Computer Rehab Ministry, and help children and families throughout the St. Louis area. The ministry needs laptops operating Windows 7 or higher. Bring donations to the volunteer room across from the church office. This ministry meets the second Fri. of each month at 9a. Volunteer: contact Emil Mariani.
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.

  • The Challenges Of Paul: Begins Sun., Jan. 7, 9:30-10:30a, Alpha Group, Rm 311 Register
  • EXERSTART: Mons & Weds, Jan. 8-June 6, 9-9:45a, Fellowship Hall Register
  • Parents Group: Fri, Jan. 12 & 26, 9:30-11a, Rm 223 Register
  • Yoga – Beginning Vinyasa: Thurs, 11:30a-12:30p, Rm 137, and NEW beginning Thurs. Jan. 4, 6:15-7:15p, Rm 141 Register


  • Mindful Eating: Mons., Jan. 8-Feb. 6, 6:30-7:15p, Rm 223; Register
  • Faith & Wellness Class: Weds., Jan. 10-Feb. 21, 10:30a-Noon, Rm 311, Led by Rev. Nancye Dunlap, OR Thurs., Jan. 18-Feb. 22, 6:30-8p, Fireside Rm, Led by Vicki Samuels. Register
  • Forgiveness: Weds, Jan. 17-Feb. 7, 6:30-8p, Rm 129 Register
  • Discover Your Personality Strengths: Weds, Jan. 17-Feb. 7, 6:30-8p, Rm 141 Register
  • Understanding Gender Identity: Weds, Jan. 17-31, 6:30-8p, Rm 311 Register
  • New Member Class: Sun., Jan. 21, Noon-2p, Rm 141 Register
  • Grief Share: Mons, Jan. 22-April 16, 7-9p, Rm 221 Register
  • Divorce Care: Mons, Jan. 22-April 16, 7-9p, Rm 220 Register

Ask The Pastor!
Sun, Feb. 11, 12:15-1:45p, Rm 141
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. Did we also mention that childcare is available? Email Sally Cleveland by Feb. 4. This casual conversation provides an opportunity to connect with others and learn the next steps available here.
Preschool 2018-19 Class Options
Circle of Friends Preschool is excited to share its 2018-2019 class options! Friends ages 1-5 are invited to join us for another great year of growing in knowledge, confidence, and independence. Enrollment begins Jan. 29. For more info, visit the website and schedule a tour by calling the Preschool at 636-394-6867.
Youth Ministry Listening Session
Sun., Jan. 14, 4-5:30p, Rm 141 OR 6:30-8p, Rm 141
Manchester UMC is preparing its search for a full-time Director of Youth Ministries, and we’d love your input. Youth ministry parents, leaders and volunteers are invited to attend. Input on the skills, qualities, expectations and responsibilities needed for the role is welcome. Facilitated by Pastor Jim Peich. Complimentary food and childcare available if you register in advance. RSVP by Jan. 10.
Senior Highers Needed for JUMP
Sun., Jan. 7, 1p, Rm 137
We need Senior Highers to serve as JUMP (Junior United Methodist People) counselors. The only requirements are attending this planning meeting, having a love for youth group, and the willingness to pass your passion to the next group of MUMYs. Led by Beth Boemler and Chessey Brenton. Email Beth for more info.
Upcoming Events

  • No youth activities thru Jan. 6. We will see you Sun., Jan. 7 at The Pointe!
  • WOW (Weekend of Worship) is Jan. 20-21. Registration is open on the website and in the MUMY eNews.
  • Winter Slump is Feb. 16-17. Save the date and be on the lookout for registration in the MUMY eNews.
  • Our annual Night at the Bistro is Feb. 23 & 24. Mark your calendars! Tix go on sale this month.

Sunday Receptionists Needed
Here’s a valuable way to contribute to the church--volunteer as a Sunday receptionist in the office. We have two shifts: 8-10 and 10-12. You’ll answer the phone and help parishioners with questions. There is a TV with a live feed of the services. For more info, contact Kristie Whitney.
Poinsettia Donors
Here is a list of donors who provided Poinsettias to enhance our Christmas services. Thank you!
Call for Artists
Are you an artist who would like to share your gift with our community? Sign up to be a part of our second annual Holy Week art installation, "The Way of the Heart," a walk through the Stations of the Cross, March 25-31. Email Kiersten Rose by Jan 26 to sign up or for more info.