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Little boy painting a pumpkin.

Latest News

Here’s the latest news from Manchester UMC, posted 9.27.2019:

FREE Fall Festival
Fri., Oct. 4, 5:30-8p
Drop by for good food, family fun, and fellowship and stay for a family-friendly concert called PipeSqueaks. Hay rides, bounce houses, crafts, pumpkin decorating, petting zoo, and so much more! Open to the community. Get details and register your family now!

Defying Gravity Small Group Experience
4 Week Conversations starting Sept. 28
Join us on an exciting 4-week all-church faith journey as we 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. Check the website for more info and class listing.

Gateway UMC Choral Festival
Sun., Oct. 6, 7p, Sanctuary
This annual event will unite over 200 singers from St. Louis area United Methodist churches. This year’s guest composer/conductor is Victor Johnson.

Flu Shots
Suns., Oct. 6 & 13, 8a-Noon, Fellowship Hall
We are teaming up with Walgreens Pharmacy to provide on-site flu shots. Pre-register for a timeslot at the Information Center or call the office at 636-394-7506.


Meals and Ministries
Wed., Oct. 2, 5-6:15p, Fellowship Hall
Come on over to Meals and Ministries for a delicious Oktoberfest dinner, awesome fellowship, and music by Rev. Andy’s gospel jazz group The Method featuring Rev. David Bennett and Mark Seckington. Stop by Fellowship Hall to purchase your meal for only $8 by Sun., Sept. 29. Kids eat free with each pre-purchased, paying adult meal.

Bishop Farr’s Moto Rally for Mozambique
Sept. 29-Oct. 2
Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to join Missouri Bishop Bob Farr as he travels around the Missouri Conference on his Harley in support of the Mozambique Initiative. Call Rev. Phil Estes at 636-394-7506 to be part of the Manchester UMC Biker Team.

Lydia Circle
Thur., Oct. 3, 9:30a, Rm 141
Charlie Fischer will speak about Canterbury Enterprises which provides employment and support to individuals with disabilities. Easy mission opportunities are available. All ladies are invited. Questions: call Marilyn, 314-576-1124.

Apple Butter Days
Thur.-Sun., Oct. 10-13
We wash jars on Thurs., slice apples Fri. morning, and make the apple butter on Sat. in large kettles over wood fires. Jars of delicious apple butter are sold on Sun. There are plenty of opportunities to help. All proceeds go to the Early Response Team. More info: check the website.

Charge Conference
Sun., Oct. 13, 5:45p, Rm 141
All church members are invited to attend the church annual Charge Conference. The new District Superintendent will be in attendance. Voting members are the Leadership Board and retired clergy whose Charge Conference is at Manchester UMC.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra In Concert
Sun., Nov. 24, 7p, Sanctuary
We welcome back our Grammy award-winning SLSO for a concert to remember! Tickets will be available through beginning Oct. 1. Tickets: $40 preferred admission; $20 general admission.


Fair Trade Market Volunteers
Weds., 6-9p, Oct. 2-Nov. 20
Volunteer now for Fair Trade Market by helping to receive, count, and label artisans’ goods. Volunteer for one night or every Wed. at the Information Center or call the church office at 636-394-7506.

Habitat for Humanity
Sat. Work Date: Oct. 5, 8a-4p
Be a part of the Manchester UMC team. Tools provided, carpooling available, bring lunch. Must be 16+ (with parent consent) and willing to do physical work. Questions: text Barb Zenser at 636-484-3772. Register with Habitat.

Personal Essentials Ministry
Since the beginning of the year, you have donated more than 2,300 rolls of toilet paper as well as donations of other items such as diapers, incontinence products, soap, and sanitary supplies. Circle of Concern thanks you for your generous response to this ministry. Check the website for more info.

Food 4 Kids
Weds., 4:30p, Rm 131
It’s back to school time and Food 4 Kids is in need of all donations. Donate generously via the donation bin in the Lobby or through online giving. We have started bagging again and welcome new ministry leader, Erin Rimkus.


Sunday School Teachers Wanted
Help make a difference in the lives of our children. Curriculum and support is provided. Team teaching allows for a smaller time commitment – as little as 1 or 2 Sundays per month.  Call Erin Rimkus at 636-394-7506.

Preschool Registration
Circle of Friends Preschool has a few more spots for children ages 1-5 for 2019-2020. New this year: BeforeCare option. More info on the website.


Youth Leadership Teams
If you love youth group and want to be a part of making it better, join a leadership team. There are five teams to choose from. Find one that fits your gifts and graces by checking the website. Call Beth Boemler in the church office at 636-394-7506 if you are interested.

Middle School HypeFest
Fri. Oct. 4, 8p-Sat., Oct. 5, 9a
This will be the most epic lock-in ever and will include crazy games, ice cream sundaes, and just being silly with other middle schoolers. It is the same night as the Fall Festival so we strongly encourage attendees to help with that event. Call Beth Boemler at 636-394-7506 to register for the lock-in.

Ferguson ShareFest
Fri. Oct. 18, 6p-Sat., Oct. 19, 3p, Immanuel UCC in Ferguson, MO
Youth from our church will partner with other local youth groups to play, worship, and learn on Friday night and then spend Saturday assembling and sorting various items for distribution across local St. Louis agencies. Call Beth Boemler at 636-394-7506 by Oct. 14 to register.


PAL – Parents of Addicted Loved Ones
Thurs., 6:30-8p, Rm 311
PAL is an educational support group that meets weekly for parents and families whose loved ones suffer from drug or alcohol addiction. Participants must be 18+ years old. The class is free. Questions: check their website.

Welcome Team Training
Sat., Oct. 26, 8a-Noon, Fellowship Hall
This is your chance to join the folks in the red shirts and become a part of the Welcome Team as an usher or a greeter. This important morning of training will cover hospitality, safety, and security. Have questions – come to the Welcome Center in the Lobby.