Month: August 2019

PAL Group

LEARNING GROUP: Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL)

Day:  Thursdays, starting Sept. 5Time:  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.Location:  Room 311 | Manchester UMCLeader:  Judy Description:  Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is a support group of parents helping parents. Weekly meetings offer education and support, at no cost, for families who are dealing with an adult child battling substance addiction. Participants must be 18 or older. Please …

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Red ripe apples

Apple Butter Days

Weds., Oct. 9 – Sun., Oct. 13, 2019 A Manchester UMC Tradition since 1957 Every fall for over sixty years, our church gathers together to make and sell apple butter by hand. We slice apples Friday morning and cook them Saturday in large kettles over wood fires. There are plenty of opportunities to help. You …

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Generation Communication

I was speaking to a group of middle school students over a year ago and I mentioned that I had shared something on Facebook. A young man raised his hand and I called on him. “What’s Facebook?” he asked.s I smiled, the young man sitting right next to him said, “It’s what my mom uses …

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Defining Words

“Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” (Mark 10:43) The word “great” is an exceedingly common word in the New Testament. It is the Greek word megas, from which we have the prefix “mega-” in English today. So like, MegaMart and megachurch and megalomaniac. Basically, it meant the same thing when …

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Five Essential Practices

At a recent gathering of Manchester leaders, I was asked about my expectations of church members. It was a great question, a really good way to think about our pastoral transition. As the Lead Pastor of Manchester UMC, what would I expect of the members of this congregation? The answer I gave came to mind …

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