Month: July 2019

Mom drinking coffee

Fellowship Group: Circle of Friends Chat Circle

Dates:  Mondays through FridaysTimes: 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.Location:   Children’s Ministry Hallway | Manchester UMC Description: Our parents from Circle of Friends Preschool are invited to sit, relax and get to know each other. This is an informal space where folks can sit and talk after drop off. Newcomers are always welcome! No registration needed. For more information, …

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Photo of an open door to illustrate how God invites us to follow Jesus.

An Open Door

One of my favorite memories from my ordination service was a line from Bishop Greg Palmer’s sermon. He pointed at those being ordained and announced to the congregation, “These people are being ordained today, but they are NOT being ordained to follow Jesus on your behalf!” It was a memorable moment for many reasons, not …

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Aerial photo of Manchester UMC cemetery

Stroll and Cemetery

I have served five congregations. One as Director of Music. One as Associate Pastor. One as the only Pastor. Two as the Lead Pastor. This is the first one out of the five to have a cemetery.  I strolled through the grave markers a couple of times last week, and experienced a meaningful few minutes …

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What’s our Vision?

If someone stopped you in the store and randomly asked you, “Hey what’s your church’s vision?”…would you know? Okay yes, so that scenario is highly unlikely. But still … work with me here. Manchester’s vision, made known to all the world on our website, is this: We are called to be an inclusive community of …

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Making Sense of the Bible

Special Classes: Making Sense of the Bible

Day:  Thursdays, starting Sept. 12 through Oct. 17, 2019Time:  9:30 – 11:30 a.m.Location:  Room 222 | Manchester UMCLeader:  Prudy Bertolino Description:  As we read the Bible to learn more about God, Jesus and our faith journey, we often find portions that we have questions about…even wrestle with. We’re not alone.  Using Adam Hamilton’s book and video, Making Sense …

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Photo of dirt road going off into infinity in the early morning mist.

Where To?

“Nothing comes from nothing; nothing ever could.” I’m sure Rodgers and Hammerstein were not trying to make a theological statement with this line from The Sound of Music, but it works. Especially when thinking about beginnings; the Bible is filled with beginnings. Of course, there’s the beginning, where everything in fact does come from nothing. …

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