Manchester United Methodist Church

Gun Violence Team

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

-Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

Our Work

The Gun Violence Team is under the umbrella of Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Ministry.  In our Book of Discipline’s, “A Companion Litany to Our Social Creed,” we’re reminded that “God deplores violence in our homes and streets, rebukes the world’s warring madness, humbles the powerful and lifts up the lowly.Whether it happens in a suburb of the United States, a town in northeastern Nigeria or an office in France, gun violence has become an all-too-often frightening phenomenon.  As followers of Jesus, called to live into the reality of God’s dream of shalom as described by Micah, we must address the epidemic of gun violence so “that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in God’s paths.”  Therefore, we call upon United Methodists to prayerfully address gun violence in their local context.

We do this by:

  • advocating for laws that prevent and reduce gun violence.
  • educating church members and the community about ways to engage in this advocacy.
  • hosting events relating to gun violence.

If your passion for doing God’s work extends to building relationships, being a change-maker and advocating for others, join the Gun Violence Team!  Our work starts here, but extends beyond our walls to make our world a better place.  To get involved, please contact Social Justice Coordinator, Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk

Learn More

General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church: Gun Violence Prevention

What does the Bible say about gun violence?   What does the Methodist Church say? Visit this page to learn more about the United Methodist position and find more ways to get involved!

Gun Violence; Conversation Elevation Video

View the video from our dialogue meeting on October 1, 2018. Jeff Jensen, U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Missouri, and Gail Wechsler, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, discuss solutions to the gun violence epidemic.

NPR Article Summarizes Meeting

Check out this article from NPR


Consent & Release Expiration

The following ADULTS have completed a Consent and Release form for Manchester UMC. Their consent expires on the date shown. The below list was last updated on 9/16/2019. For more information, see Consent and Release Forms or contact your staff liaison.

Allen Terry 8/31/2021
Ambler Beth 8/31/2019
Atkins Claire 8/31/2019
Babb Melissa 8/31/2019
Backer Catherine 8/31/2019
Ball Suzanne 8/31/2019
Bauer Paula 8/31/2021
Beebe Craig 8/31/2021
Belval James (Jim) 8/31/2021
Belval Sue 8/31/2021
Black Dennis 8/31/2020
Black Shirley 8/31/2020
Boemler Kurt 8/31/2019
Borger Lori 8/31/2021
Brummett Jeffrey 8/31/2021
Campbell Michael 8/31/2021
Campbell Pamela 8/31/2021
Carey Marcella 8/31/2020
Cobet Linda 8/31/2021
Copeland Lois 8/31/2020
Copeland Susie (Sue) 8/31/2020
Corwin Mary Pat 8/31/2020
Crocker William 8/31/2020
Digman Jerry 8/31/2020
Edwards Matthew 8/31/2020
Ehrenreich Christy 8/31/2019
Erdel Shara 8/31/2021
Evans Kim 8/31/2020
Eyler Mindi 8/31/2019
Fenton Lauren 8/31/2019
Fenton Robin 8/31/2019
Finks Roger 8/31/2020
Folkins Amy 8/31/2019
Foster Vickie 8/31/2021
Franklin Thomas (Wil) 8/31/2019
Gaffney Alison 8/31/2020
Givens Daniel 8/31/2019
Gregory Kaitlyn 8/31/2019
Hall Thomas (Tom) 8/31/2021
Hancock JJ  8/31/2021
Healy Charles 8/31/2019
Hendrickson Lois 8/31/2021
Henroid Carl 8/31/2021
Henroid Pamela 8/31/2019
Heskett John 8/31/2020
Heuer Tina 8/31/2020
Hildebrandt Teresa 8/31/2019
Hilton Deborah (Debbie) 8/31/2021
Hilton Thomas (Tom) 8/31/2021
Himpel John 8/31/2020
Holz Debra 8/31/2020
Hoover Lynda 8/31/2020
Hotle David 8/31/2020
Hutchins Kristy 8/31/2019
Imhoff Susan (Sue) 8/31/2021
Irving Mark 8/31/2020
Keller David 8/31/2021
Krebs Noreen 8/31/2020
Lange James (Jim) 8/31/2019
Lange Linda 8/31/2019
Leaderbrand Carol 8/31/2020
Lembke Raymond (Ray) 8/31/2021
Lockwood Janell 8/31/2020
Lorah Bob 8/31/2019
Malach William (Bill) 8/31/2020
Matthews Jennifer 8/31/2019
Matthews Patrick 8/31/2019
Mayer Michael 8/31/2020
McGillivary Jennifer 8/31/2019
McWard Deborah (Deb) 8/31/2021
Medlock Tara 8/31/2019
Melchoir William (Bill) 8/31/2020
Mertens Susanne 8/31/2020
Miller Nicole 8/31/2019
Mitchell Jacquelynn 8/31/2019
Mogannam Kalel 8/31/2019
Moloney Maggie 8/31/2019
Morris Eun Suk 8/31/2021
Morrison Betty Ann Atkins 8/31/2020
Moss Jill 8/31/2019
Motley John 8/31/2021
Mueller Irvin 8/31/2019
Mustain Diane 8/31/2019
Newcomb Mary Alice 8/31/2019
Paquette Steven 8/31/2020
Peich Karen 8/31/2019
Peterson Kari 8/31/2020
Peterson Robert (Rob) 8/31/2020
Powell Janet 8/31/2019
Reineke John 8/31/2020
Reineke William (Will) 8/31/2020
Reising Diane 8/31/2019
Rohn Sharron 8/31/2021
Schiffhauer Karen 8/31/2019
Schwartz Birthe (Bea) 8/31/2021
Scully-Mariani Karen 8/31/2020
Seib Jennifer 8/31/2021
Seitz Allison 8/31/2019
Shuburte Liz 8/31/2021
Sintek Tara 8/31/2021
Slap Edward 8/31/2019
Smith Alan 8/31/2019
Smith Joyce 8/31/2020
Smith Raymond (Ray) 8/31/2020
Solodar Kathleen 8/31/2019
Swan Heather 8/31/2021
Taylor-Rosner Karen 8/31/2020
Theroux Alyssa 8/31/2019
Ungles Rebecca (Becky) 8/31/2020
Vail James (Jim) 8/31/2021
Vail Linda 8/31/2021
Valentine Sandra (Sandy) 8/31/2021
Vitiello Lara 8/31/2020
Walker Carla 8/31/2019
Warmbrodt Barbara 8/31/2021
Watson David 8/31/2019
Wayman Kathleen 8/31/2020
West Jason 8/31/2020
White Bryan 8/31/2019
White Jennifer (Jen) 8/31/2021
Whitney David 8/31/2020
Williams Leah 8/31/2019
Wilson Dean 8/31/2020
Wilson Nancy 8/31/2021
Wilson Tracy 8/31/2019
Wilson Jr. Charles 8/31/2019
Winchester Nicole Allison 8/31/2021
Wing Carrie 8/31/2020
Wolk Cynthia (Cindy) 8/31/2021
Wooden Marilyn 8/31/2021
Woodhouse Ian 8/31/2019
Zenser Barbara 8/31/2020
Zenser Terry 8/31/2021
Zilch Joan 8/31/2020

Fall Festival Volunteer Registration

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

Volunteers are needed!

Volunteer Sign Up – Please submit one form per volunteer shift.

Ethan Massey

Administrative Assistant – Music & Worship

Although I am originally from Illinois, just 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis, I currently live in the Dogtown area of the city with my fiancé. I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Communications Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

I am an adventurer and enjoy traveling whenever I can find the time. I enjoy different kinds of music and attending the St. Louis Symphony, The Fox Theater, or The Muny. In my spare time, I can be found venturing around Forest Park to the different museums, or the St. Louis Zoo.

I serve as the Administrative Assistant to Kevin McBeth, Director of Music at Manchester UMC. I assist with all aspects of the Music and Worship Ministry ranging from Children’s Choirs to Chancel Choir to our Joy of Music concert series.

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Parables from the Farm

Parables from the Farm is a devotional by Sr. Pastor Greg Weeks, Manchester United Methodist Church. Pastor Greg grew up in a farming community in southeast Missouri. That environment was ripe with stories and lessons of life.

These parables are from real-life experiences. These aren’t just stories though; Pastor Greg “parable-izes” them. The difference between a story and a parable is that a story is a self-contained entity, with a lesson spelled out. A parable is an open-ended story that allows the reader to come up with her/his own interpretation. A parable succeeds when it invites the reader to reflect critically.

From the very first parable, Pastor Greg establishes a connection with the reader and gives us food for thought. Here’s an excerpt:

Why Water is Scary

The earliest memory of my mother is a frightening one.

It is a very hot day, and we are in a swimming pool. I am around three years old, and riding on her shoulders. She’s taking me toward the deep end. The water comes up higher and higher, on my feet and legs. I start fidgeting and screaming. As I do so, some people laugh, because I must have appeared comical.

Looking back on that memory, psychologically, it was an issue of having no control … it was also a matter of trust …

Read More. Request your Free Digital Copy Today!


SPECIAL CLASSES: Basics by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Dates:  Thursdays, Sept. 12 to Oct. 17, 2019   (6 sessions)
Time:  6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Room 223 | Manchester UMC
Leaders:  Dana Graf and Julie Adams

Description:  This educational program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. It covers the fundamentals of caring for yourself, for your family and for your child.  This class provides up-to-date information on a range of mental illnesses and their impact on the brain and current research on treatments.  It is facilitated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness St. Louis.  Complimentary child care is available when registering at least 7 days in advance.

Register Here

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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SPECIAL CLASSES: Single Again – Starting Over

Dates:  Mondays, Sept. 23 to Nov. 18   (9 sessions)
Time:  6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
Location:  Room 133 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Ralph Burns

Description:  This is the 10th series of SASO, which has served several hundred people who are single again after a divorce, death of a spouse, or the end of a long-term relationship.  Each meeting highlights an important topic and is designed to help you get your life back on track.  We will learn to address issues in new relationships which you want in a healthy relationship.  Come to learn and share your experience that is meaningful and fun!  Childcare is available with 7-day advance registration.

IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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SPECIAL CLASSES: Fly Tying for Beginners and Experts

Dates:  Thursdays, Sept.12 & 26, Oct. 20 & 24, Nov. 7 & 21, Dec. 5 & 19  (8 sessions)
Time:  6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location:  Room 219 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Kenny Klimes

Description:  Join us as we, the Flyfishers at the Crossing, learn how to tie specific flies used here in Missouri and how to fish with them.  Each attendee must have their own fly tying gear, and will receive a weekly email on what to bring.  Newcomers are welcome.

IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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SPECIAL CLASSES: Bible Basics – Theological Timeline

    Dates:  Wednesdays, Nov. 6 to 13  (2 sessions)
    Times:  9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
    Location: Room 221 | Manchester United Methodist Church

    Dates:  Wednesdays, Nov. 6 to 13  (2 sessions)
    Times:  4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Location: Room 106 | Manchester United Methodist Church

    Dates:  Sundays, Nov. 10 to 17  (2 sessions)
    Times:  11:00 a.m. to Noon
    Location: Room 221 | Manchester United Methodist Church

Leader: Pastor Winter Hamilton

Description:  Did you know that the people in the Bible had different ideas about who God was, and even how many gods there were? How did we come to our current views on the nature of God? In this short two-week class we will look at the basic assumptions about who God is throughout the timeline of the Bible. We will also learn about the plethora of definitions that came to be during the modern era about the nature and function of God.  Childcare is available with advance registration.

If you join us for the Wednesday late afternoon class, join us for M&M (Meals & Ministries) dinner after class or grab a meal to go!

IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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