Weekly news & updates
June 12, 2020
Notable Notes
A Note from Pastor David

Nice is not enough

One of my favorite religious leaders in the twentieth century was Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. He once said, “ When I was younger I used to admire clever people; now that I am older I admire kind people.” This week I’ve been thinking about kindness. I realized that I had confused it with being nice. Heschel escaped the Nazis days before they came looking for him at his Polish home in 1939 (the Gestapo had already deported him from Germany). In America he would argue against anti Semtism and would argue with American Jews for their lack of response to the ongoing Holocaust in 1943. He marched on the White House to try to get FDR to respond to Nazi atrocities. After the war he took on Albert Einstein for Einstein’s dismissal of God and he participated in Civil Rights marches with Dr. King (including Selma). He coached the Vatican on the elimination of anti Semitic doctrine and marched against the war in Vietnam before his death. He was not being nice; but he was being kind. I have come to see that niceness is a form of passivity while kindness is the active engagement of doing good for others.

Rabbi Jesus’ Golden Rule is about doing good not merely avoiding evil. Rabbi Paul said that kindness was a gift of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. Paul was anything but nice and polite!

I have learned the hard way, in over forty years as a leader, that trying to be passively nice did not prevent critics from attacking me. I also learned that niceness and passivity did not help my staff members when they were under attack in the church. So, I wasn’t completely caught off guard when African American author, Austin Channing Brown, attributed part of the cause of systemic racism to nice white Christians (like me!). It is not enough to avoid perpetrating acts of racism, I must understand my passivity and complicity and begin to do positive acts. In regard, to Covid 19, it is not enough for me to more or less shelter in place, but I must find ways to support those most affected by the virus and be more cognizant of the issues that cause the disparities which cause certain ethnic groups, particular age groups and some workers to be hit particularly hard.

When I was in high school, I had a friend who often commented on my niceness. When he was unfairly picked on by other friends, I did not join in. But I also did nothing to stop it. He was right. I was nice. Sadly, I was not kind. It has taken many years for me to move toward kindness. I’m still moving. Not there yet.

So I stand with Jesus and Paul. This is a time for doing good. This is a time for kindness.


~David
Friday Family Fun Nights

June 26 at 6:30 - Parking Lot Picnic, Popsicles and Chalk Art Challenge
July 10 - Bingo Zoom Party
July 24 - Netflix Watch Party (Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse) 
Open to ALL - "families" with children, youth, or no kids!
Compassion Camp - Register Now!

Free At-Home Staycation Vacation Bible School
Learn more and sign up here: 
Join us Friday, June 19, 8 - 9:30 p.m. on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 839 0532 0581, Password: 824798
Trivia Night on Zoom!

We will be hosting a trivia night via zoom next Friday night (6/19) from 8-9:30pm. Grab a pencil and some paper and come ready to battle it out for the ultimate bragging rights. In between rounds we will would like to hear some from our contestants. If you would be open to sharing a lighthearted or funny story from your experiences during the pandemic please email Jason in advance ( jason.a.esparza@gmail.com ) as he will be moderating the games that evening and will call on those willing to share in between rounds.  
All Church Work Day

The Youth Ministry is sponsoring an ALL CHURCH WORK DAY to clean up the back field on our property. Anyone can help! Please RSVP to chansin@manchacumc.org. Also check out this event on our Facebook page.
Youth medical waiver/permission form

All Youth who participate in any event with Manchaca UMC in the 2020-2021 year must have a guardian fill out a medical waiver/permission form. This year we are completing the forms electronically! If your student will take part in any activities this year,  please fill out this form .  
Altar Rail Offering
June Altar Rail Offering

Altar Rail offerings during the month of June support UMCOR COVID-19 Response (Advance #3022612). These funds will be used to assist vulnerable populations around the world impacted by COVID-19, including racial/ethnic and indigenous communities in the United States.

Online Gatherings
Sunday Worship - join us from home on Facebook (church campus closed)
Jesus and Peter
Sunday, June 14, 2020
1 Cor 13:7; Matthew 14:22-33 & John 21
8:30 a.m.
Traditional Worship Service
"Friendship: It always trusts"
Pastor David McNitzky,
preaching
9:30 a.m.
Children's Time
Kim Carroll
11:00 a.m.
Praise Worship Service
Pastor Jason Esparza,
preaching
Sunday Classes/Events
Kim's Sunday School Classes for Children has moved to Tuesdays!
Please scroll down to Weekday Classes/Events for more information!

David's Exodus Sunday School Class
Sundays, 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. 
Or login with - Meeting ID: 513 661 475, Password: 054834

Seeker's Class
Sundays, 10:00 a.m.
Dive into Colossians with us! Mixed adult ages, married and single - have your bible with you if you can. Newcomers are welcome - join us! Links to materials are below.
Or login with - Meeting ID: 133 051 453 , Password: 9fx0mZ

Kim Carroll's  ADULT  Sunday School Class
Sundays, 10:00 - 10:40 a.m.
Look at current events through a biblical context. Brief pre-reading material sent to those who RSVP in advance, but feel free to join us even if you haven't RSVP'ed!
RSVP to  Kim@ManchacaUMC.org .
Meeting ID: 299 428 197

GriefShare Online
Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
This GriefShare class is held online via Zoom. Recommended workbooks are $15 (scholarships available). You must register for this class in order to participate. Register at:
You will receive more information upon registering for the class.
Weekday Classes/Events
Nourishment at Noon, Monday - Friday, 12:00 p.m.
Join us on the Manchaca UMC Facebook Page every weekday at noon to give yourself a midday spiritual lift. On Mondays and Wednesdays, you'll hear from Pastor David. On Tuesdays, Mark will bring you a musical message. On Thursday, get some helpful prayer tips from Kim. Fridays is sure to bring a smile to your face as you hang with the Esparza Family!

David's Philippians Class, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Or login with: Meeting ID: 601 349 309, Password: 010816

Seussical Funday School for Children, Tuesday Mornings
10:30 am - Younger Class (PreK-2nd grade)  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83559250913   
11:15 am - Older Class (3rd-5th grade)    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83930137037
This week's Theme: Friendship Protects
Bible Story: Jonathan and David's Friendship
Seuss Story: Horton Hears a Who