Manchester United Methodist Church

LEARNING GROUP: Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL)

PAL Group

Day:  Thursdays, starting Sept. 5
Time:  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Room 311 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  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 one form per person.

Register below:

For information about the national PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved ones) organization, please go here. For questions about the class, please email Judy.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


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Apple Butter Days

Red ripe apples

Weds., Oct. 9 – Sun., Oct. 13, 2019

A Manchester UMC Tradition since 1957

Women sitting in chairs peeling apples
Peeling apples

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 can also stop by to watch, or just stir a kettle. The parking lot will be filled with a great aroma on Saturday morning!

This year, all sales goes towards the Early Response Team ministry. This ministry participates in emergency response in partnership with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR); in previous years, this ministry has provided critical help with flood relief and tornado relief in the region, as well as hurricane relief on the East Coast.

Apple Butter Days Timeline

Wednesday, October 9

  • Pick Up Apples

Thursday, October 10

  • 8am – Noon: Set Up Fellowship Hall #1
  • Noon – 3pm: Move Inventory, Wash Jars
  • Noon-4pm: Set up in Fellowship Hall #2

Friday, October 11

  • 7:30am-Noon: Peel Apples
  • 8am-Noon: Cut Apples
  • 8am – 1pm: Runners
  • 1-2:30pm: Takedown Fellowship Hall

Saturday, October 12

  • 5:30am-9am: Stir Kettles – Part #1
  • 8am-1pm: Canning Prep
  • 9am-1pm: Stir Kettles – Part #2
  • 11am-3pm: Canning Line and Tighten Jar Lids
  • 3-4pm: Takedown and Clean Kitchen

Sunday, October 13

  • 7-9am: Attach Jar Covers and Labels
  • 8:30-10:30am: Apple Butter Sales Shift #1
  • 10:30am-12:30pm: Apple Butter Sales Shift #2

Volunteer

Sign Up Here to Volunteer

To learn more, contact John Himpel with any questions.

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 to talk to your mom.”

Younger generations do not communicate the same way older generations do. This has been true in every moment in time, pretty much without exception.

The church is a truly multi-generational organization, and as such, it is vital to our missional success that we allow each generation to communicate the gospel of Jesus in ways that make sense for each. It is all too easy for older people in the church to insist there is only one valid way to express the essentials of our faith, to the exclusion of any innovative expressions offered by younger people. The irony, of course, lies in the unavoidable reality that older generations were younger once; the defenders of the status quo were once the ones pushing the boundaries!

A part of being a “doer of the Word” is sharing the Word with others. In order to be faithful to this evangelical task, we cannot simply rely on decades old methods of communication and invitation. A healthy congregation is always aware of the movement of the Holy Spirit among its youngest members.

Otherwise, an entire generation of Christians will be left asking, “What’s Facebook?”

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Defying Gravity Small Group Experience
4 Week Conversations starting Sept. 28

Come participate in an exciting 4-week all-church faith journey as we gather in small groups to explore Tom Berlin’s book “Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More.” Each conversation lasts just one hour and there are 19 daytime or evening groups to choose from. Purchase the book for $8 at the Information Desk on Sunday. Check the website for more info and class listing.

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Confirmation Registration Deadline is Sept. 8

All those with youth in grades 7 and higher will want to register for Confirmation classes that run Sept.-Apr. Cost is $150 and all are welcome who want to explore their faith more deeply, make a faith decision, and take church membership vows. More info is on the website.

Fall Festival 2019

Little boy painting a pumpkin.

FREE Community Event!

Friday, Oct. 4, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of good food, fun and fellowship during our 5th annual Fall Festival at Manchester UMC (located at Manchester Road and Hwy 141). Please register in advance to save time checking-in at the event.  

Open to the public, this free event includes a shared BBQ meal, hayrides, bounce houses, crafts, pumpkin decorating, games, petting zoo, balloon artists, a DJ spinning great tunes, fire pits with s’mores, PipeSqueaks (kid-friendly fall and Halloween music played on our organ), and so much more. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult (e.g. parent/guardian) during the event. 

Children are welcome to wear costumes to the event!

Suggested Donation: One item per family member from our Food 4 Kids list. Food 4 Kids donates weekend food for students in need in the Parkway and St. Louis School Districts.

Fall Festival Schedule of Events:

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner 
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Petting Zoo, Bounce Houses, Hayride, Balloon Artists, Popcorn Machine, Snow Cone Machine, Crafts & Pumpkin Decorating (while supplies last), Games, Face Painting & Tattoos, S’mores & Fire Pits, and DJ Music
7:30 pm – 8:00 pm – PipeSqueaks (in the Sanctuary)

Note: No entry (except for volunteers) prior to 5:30 p.m. please.  

*Fire Trucks & Police Cars – Timing unknown due to emergency calls*

IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per family.

To volunteer for the Fall Festival, please Click Here.

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 Jesus said it as it does today. Unusually large, or numerous, or intense. Or, unusually powerful.

The word “servant” is similarly common. It is the Greek word diakonos, from which we have the word “deacon” in English today. So, like Phil Estes and Winter Hamilton, among others.

Basically, it means someone who executes the instructions or commands of another person. A servant is someone called to meet the needs of others. Moreover, it means the same thing today as it meant when Jesus said it way back when.

All that is to say, this verse should befuddle us today just as surely as it must have when Jesus first uttered it. The world’s definition of “great” has not changed in 2,000 years. And, neither has Jesus’ command to serve one another. 

As befuddling as it may be, Jesus says it plainly: to become great is to serve. Still today. Just like it was when Jesus said it way back when. What does a “Doer of the Word” do? A doer of the word is one who serves.

Group Leader Training Registration

Defying Gravity

We will be offering two identical group leader training sessions for Defying Gravity on Sunday Sept. 8 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in room 141 and Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 133. We ask all group leaders to please attend one of these sessions. Complimentary childcare is available with advance registration. Please complete the brief form below to register for the training session that best fits your schedule and then mark your calendar.

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 almost immediately, without needing much thought. I expect Christian discipleship. I expect members of the congregation to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ. 

Specifically, that means doing five things. A disciple of Jesus routinely engages in five essential practices. The five you’ll see a faithful disciple of Jesus doing are worshiping, learning, serving, inviting, and giving.  

Since 2018, task forces here at Manchester have been focusing on these practices, working toward the goals established in the “2021 Plan.” And over the next five weeks on Sunday mornings, we’ll celebrate the work of these “WIN” Teams as we think together about the practices of discipleship.

It’s all part of a sermon series called “Doers of the Word,” focusing on the familiar line from James 1; “But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.” Each week of the series will highlight a particular practice of Christian discipleship, the theology behind these practices, and some specific opportunities to engage. 

We start with “worship” this Sunday morning, and I’m really looking forward to sharing Holy Communion as well, a central component to our worship life. Come on over and let’s connect with God together as we worship in God’s presence!

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Sneakers with Soul

There’s just one weekend left to donate to Sneakers with Soul. As of last Sunday, 612 pairs had been donated for kids heading back to school this fall. Let’s make sure everyone has a new pair of shoes! Our goal is 1,000 sneakers. Bring your donation to this weekend’s service. For more information, or to make a financial donation, visit the Sneakers with Soul page.

Join a Defying Gravity Small Group!

Defying Gravity

There are many forces in this world trying to control our attitudes, decisions, and lives. Like gravity, they relentlessly pull at us! Join us this Fall for a 4-week series of 1-hour small group conversations. Together, we’ll
explore Tom Berlin‘s (short) book “Defying Gravity”, and discuss how we can break free to live and love more generously like Jesus.

The book is short and easy to read. So, come along on this church-wide small group experience as we grow in faith together and also connect to more people at Manchester UMC! Beginning the weekend of September 28/29, Manchester UMC’s worship sermons will relate to the four chapters of the “Defying Gravity” book. The combination of sermons and book content will give all groups lots of healthy discussion opportunities.

We are offering daytime and evening small group options on nearly every day of the week. Complimentary childcare is also available for most Defying Gravity groups.

We realize that most of us have busy schedules, so know that it’s okay if you need to miss some of the 4 sessions (no judgement) – just sign-up, get the book and attend as you are able. You’ll be glad you did and it might just change your life!

Discussion Topics

Over 4 sessions, your small group will discuss these relevant topics:

• Discovering Gravity
• Breaking Free
• Tethered to God
• When We Get It Right

Pick Up the Book

Anyone can purchase a copy of Tom Berlin’s book at the Information Center (in the church lobby) on Sunday mornings or by contacting Tiffany Conway in the church office during the week. You may also choose to download an e-version of the book from your favorite online bookstore.

Choose A Small Group

Browse the below list of Defying Gravity small groups to find one that fits your schedule. (If you’re already in a small group, we celebrate your involvement! If you’d like to lead your own small group for Defying Gravity, please let us know and we’ll be glad to help you get started.)

DAY OF WEEK TIME START DATE LEADER LOCATION CHILDCARE
Sat. 5:15-6:30 PM Sept. 28 Rev. Stephanie Lendt 311 YES
Sun. 9:30-10:30 AM Sept. 29 Mark Irving 311 Sunday School
Sun. 9:30-10:30 AM Sept. 29 Rev. Brenda Becker and Rebecca Peterson 223 Sunday School
Sun. 9:30-10:30 AM Sept. 29 Bill Cleveland 309 Sunday School
Sun. 9:30-10:30 AM Sept. 29 Mary Beth Harper 222 Sunday School
Sun. 10:45-11:45 AM Sept. 29 Rev. Dave & Dianne Bennett 141 YES
Sun. 11-Noon Sept. 29 Rev. Winter Hamilton 222 YES
Mon. 10-11 AM Sept. 30 Herb Walker 223 YES
Tues. 9:30-11 AM Oct. 1 Rev. Brenda Becker 223 YES
Tues. 10-11 AM Oct. 1 Rev. Dave & Dianne Bennett 311 YES
Tues. 7-8 PM Oct. 1 Mark & Susie Lashly – This Group is Full. Please join another group. 223 YES
Wed. 9:15-10:15 AM Oct. 2 Rev. Winter Hamilton 221 YES
Wed. 4:30-5:30 PM Oct. 2 Rev. Winter Hamilton 106 YES
Wed. 6:30-7:30 PM Oct. 2 Rev. Andy Bryan 133 YES
Wed. 7-8 PM Oct. 2 Jim & Sue Belval, Bob & Penny Klebe 141 YES
Thurs. 9:30-10:30 AM Oct. 3 Rev. Nancye Dunlap 220 YES
Thurs. 6:30-7:30 PM Oct. 3 Autumn Dennis &
Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk
221 YES
Sat. 9:30-10:30 AM Oct. 5 Rev. Phil Estes Good News* NO

*Off-site location address: Good News, 2886 Hwy. 94 South, Defiance, MO 63341

Sign-up For Your Defying Gravity Small Group

Please register for one of the above small groups by completing the below form. Please complete one form per individual. Childcare reservation closes 7 days before the start date. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Jim Peich or Tiffany Conway.

Consider inviting a friend to join you on this life-changing journey!