Month: September 2019

Defying Gravity

Over 400 people are signed up for Defying Gravity small groups! AAAHHH! I’m so excited I could … fly? Over the next four weeks, Manchester UMC is focusing on a truly church-wide theme, using a book called Defying Gravity, by United Methodist pastor Rev. Tom Berlin. The message series on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings …

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Kitchen Cabinets

I was at a workshop about congregational hospitality. The speaker had started a mentorship ministry in his congregation; long-time members served as mentors for newer members. They were paired up for months, and even years. Often the initial mentor/mentee relationship became something else over time; frequently they became dear friends. Someone in the workshop asked …

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Zacchaeus Week

Great news, everybody! It’s Zacchaeus Week! Sunday morning’s scripture will feature everyone’s favorite wee little man, featured in Luke 19. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love the Zacchaeus story?   He’s the guy who dared to host Jesus literally at his own house. Can you imagine? Hosting Jesus at your house? What if he just …

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Missions Grants

What is the Missions Grant? In 2019, the Missions Team began wondering how we could better serve our community partners and internal missions ministries and empower them to achieve big goals. We desire to be good stewards of the generosity of our parishioners, and endeavor to use our resources responsibly to make a difference for …

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Homecoming

It feels good to come home. I don’t necessarily mean one particular location. I mean “home.” The place where you are known. Where you are welcomed without condition or expectation. I believe that you are “home” whenever you are in the presence of people you love, and who love you right back. Maya Angelou said …

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Hands forming a heart looking toward the sun.

Look Up! Go Beyond.

There’s so much more to be seen when we Look up! New horizons, amazing vistas, and God’s dreams for the kingdom. Led by God’s vision for peace, justice, and healing, Manchester United Methodist Church is a community committed to Go Beyond our walls to do Christ’s work. Please help ensure your church continues its work, …

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Gifts Given Freely

Bishop Robert Schnase once said that he couldn’t recall ever hearing someone during a funeral service ever say, “They were such a devoted and faithful follower of Jesus … but they were just so stingy!” Generosity is a characteristic of faithful followers of Jesus. A giving, generous spirit is a natural response to the generous …

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