Weekly news & updates
May 29, 2020
Notable Notes
A Note from Pastor David

A Miracle of Understanding

Last week we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. Acts 2 tells the story of a miraculous outpouring of God’s Spirit. There was the sound of a mighty wind and vision of fire. Of course, much is made of the miracle of the Gospel being shared in many languages - some call this a miracle of speaking in tongues. Interestingly, it could also be seen as a miracle of hearing: “how is it we hear, each of us, in his own native language?” (Acts 2:8). This miracle of hearing can be said to have birthed the church, to have united different peoples and to have propelled the gospel to the ends of the earth. I think of it as a miracle of listening, not just of hearing, since people had to understand the gospel in order to respond.

Today as the structures, pain and tragedy of racism are being exposed in our country we need another miracle of listening to help build the world the Spirit envisioned at Pentecost. Friends, we who have benefited from the racism in the system of our society need to listen closely to the cries, the pain and the experience of those buried under this toxic ground of racism. For them, the American Dream has been the American Nightmare (Malcom X). We will need to make space to hear the pain of others even as we will need to make space for own growing realization of our contribution to the problem of racism. 

My journey down this road of listening began back in 2014 with the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. I realized how little I understood the experience of being black in America. My wife started attending a predominantly African American church downtown and building relationships with people there. I participated with her when I could. In addition to listening through these relationships, I began to read about the experience of being black in America. My youngest son was able to suggest books from his classes at Duke. I have miles and miles to go on this journey, but any progress that I have made can be partially attributed to these helpful books:

Austin Channing Brown, I’m Still Here - a gentle place for me to start

Ibram X Kendi, How To Be An AntiRacist - new and popular book

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me - tougher for me to stomach, but important

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Racism Without Racists - a more academic look at the structures of racism

Also in this journey, the story of the murder of teenager Emmett Till back in 1954 has challenged and changed me. I read a chapter every Thursday before writing my sermons at Trinity University Library in 2018-2019. It was my way to honor his memory. 

Timothy Tyson, The Blood of Emmett Till .

Finally, for the theologically inclined, I have found The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone to be both powerful and disturbing. I realized how my own theology has a decidedly white underpinning. Embarrassingly for me, I had been blind to the ties between the cross of Christ and the lynching trees which stain our history.

Clearly in the Bible, from slavery in Egypt through the book of Revelation, God always hears the cry of the oppressed. May we reflect God’s heart and ears today.

Special Storytime with Ms. Kim

Sunday, June 7 at 4:00 pm
For Elementary Students
"Something Happened in Our Town"
A Story of Racial Injustice
Zoom link: 
For questions, please contact Kim@ManchacaUMC.org  
Also see the Good News email for more information!
Compassion Camp - Register Now!

Free At-Home Staycation Vacation Bible School
Learn more and sign up here: 
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.

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!
Event will be posted soon on Facebook! See more info here.
2020 Summer Youth Ministry

  • Summer Fun all summer long
  • Spiritual & Friendship Connection on Wednesday evenings
  • Saturday Missional Service (one day in June & one in July)

Find out more about the summer youth activities in the  Youth Ministry e-Newsletter  or on  our website .

Adult volunteers needed!

Look for our events on our Facebook Page !
News from the Trustees
These Items Need a New Home
In the process of preparing the church for the annual fire inspection, the Trustees learned that the electrical closets in the main building cannot be used for storage.  This led to many items, some with significant emotional value, being taken to storage in the Pavilion. Consequently, we are now out of storage space in the Pavilion. Therefore, the Trustees are now in the position of needing to relocate many of these items to loving homes. Please find pictures of these items below. If you are interested in any of these, please call the church office at 512-282-7274 and let us know by leaving a message. They will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. We are suggesting that a donation be given to the church for each item. All donations will go toward community outreach. CLICK HERE TO VIEW LARGER IMAGES OF THESE ITEMS
Online Gatherings
Sunday Worship - join us from home on Facebook (church campus closed)
David and Jonathan
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Scholarship Sunday
1 Cor 13:7; 1 Samuel 18:1-5 & ch. 20 (parts)
8:30 a.m.
Traditional Worship Service
"Friendship: It always protects"
Pastor David McNitzky,
9:30 a.m.
Children's Time
Kim Carroll
11:00 a.m.
Praise Worship Service
Pastor Chansin Esparza,
Sunday Classes/Events
Kim's Sunday School Classes Children 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.
Collossians Ch. 2 (previous weeks)
Collossians Ch. 3 (current week)
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

New "Sunday" School classes for Children
Seussical Funday School on 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