Weekly news & updates 7/10/20
Sunday Worship ONLINE ONLY - 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. on our Facebook Page
Notable Notes
A Note from Pastor David

Resetting the Church

Several years ago we were having trouble with our laptop. As a last ditch effort the help line instructed us to go back and reset our computer to the original factory settings. We lost some things in the switch, but our computer became effective again. I heard a church consultant suggest that the current pandemic might be a good opportunity for churches to reset back to the original settings. Certainly the American church is struggling like my old computer- 85% of American churches are stalled or declining, almost 100 churches are closed for good every week, and 65% of Americans in most every city are not currently interested in attending a church (2018 survey).

Where would we find the original factory settings for the church? I’d look in the book of Acts and at accounts of the church in the first and second centuries. The church grew rapidly without buildings or organized programs. They met in homes. They took the message to the people in the market place and community centers (including synagogues which functioned as Jewish community centers). They lived a counter cultural lifestyle in tight community while focusing on equality of everyone and unselfish sacrifice for those in need. They depended upon the Holy Spirit for power.

Actually the Methodist movement under John Wesley featured similar characteristics. They met in small home groups and had larger meetings in warehouses and meeting halls. They went out to the people. Wesley preached in open fields and his followers went to minister in factories and prisons. And Methodism grew.

These characteristic features worked in first century Greece and Turkey as well as in 19th century England. They can work again in 21st century America. We can go to people through Facebook Live. Our groups can meet in homes by Zoom. We can live a life which unselfishly blesses others.

I’ll be glad when we can return to our building; but let’s not plan on just staying there.

~David
Family Fun BINGO Night (via Zoom) TONIGHT at 6:30 PM

Church family, all are invited to join us for a night of games and fellowship via zoom. Click this link to join:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83676238015. Once you are on the call, we will post a website in the chat where you will go to generate your own Bingo card. (If multiple family members want to play, please log in with different devices.) While anyone can join last minute without an RSVP, letting us know that you are coming in advance can help us better plan this event. (It helps to know how many individual Bingo cards we will need for each game.) RSVP here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044aadad2fa13-mumc4.
July Altar Rail Offering

July's altar rail offerings support Global Ministry Missionary Guillermo (Willie) Berman (Advance #3019612), and the Ray Zirkel Family in Costa Rica.
THE JULY 11 SHREDDING EVENT IS
We will try again next year!
Upper Room Magazines are in the Blessing Box

Magazine donations welcome! Mail a check with "Upper Room" on memo line to: MUMC, PO Box 460, Manchaca, TX 78652
Virtual Town Hall Meeting - July 12 at 2 p.m.

Join us on Zoom as the Homecoming Team presents information and addresses questions regarding our plans for safely returning to congregational worship (on an undetermined date in the future). Before the Town Hall, we encourage you to watch this video pertaining to MUMC's regathering plans .
Submit questions before the Town Hall: https://forms.gle/7PrtwxPLpFGpfjnJ7
Join us at 2 p.m. on July 12th on Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89652001663
Homecoming Update

The main metric the church leadership team is using to determine when our church can safely return to congregational worship in the building is this: a 14-day drop in the 7-day average number of hospitalizations in Travis County. Because of current trends, we are not yet certain when that will be. When we see a downward trend in the data, at that point we will evaluate what is the best date to return. The source data we are using is found here:

As David said in his letter to the congregation with the attached document about the plan for reopening, this is a fluid process as we respond to the best data and science available to us.
MUMC Song Fest - Friday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Join your church family in an evening of song. We still need a few performers! Sign up here to sing one of your favorite hymns, church song, or Christian song. Friday, July 17, log into the Song Fest as a performer or audience member at:
or: Meeting ID: 861 0540 3830, Password: 836690
Drive-In Communion Service
Sunday, August 2 - 9:45 or 10:15 AM

Join us in taking Communion together at a Drive-In Communion Service. Pre-packaged elements will be given out to those that drive up (you must be in your car, and you must enter the West parking lot through Lowden Lane). Tune in to FM 88.3 on your radio and listen in as we take Communion together. We also hope to have volunteers deliver elements to those that may not be able to drive to church. You have a choice of coming at 9:45 or 10:15 a.m. for the 10-15 minute long service. Please sign up to attend the service, request home delivery, or volunteer to deliver communion to others at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejIe58zIIwD3_jgt9AYYp7MhjVLyAGFQHArJSWsSkuitpupg/viewform.
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  • Virtual VBS
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  • Connect Groups
  • Youth Water Games
Online Gatherings
Sunday Worship - join us from home on Facebook (church campus closed)
Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 6th Sunday after Pentecost

What Freedom Isn't
8:30 a.m.
Traditional Worship Service
Pastor David McNitzky
I Corinthians 10:23-11:1
9:30 a.m.
Children's Time
Kim Carroll
11:00 a.m.
Praise Worship Service
Pastor Chansin Esparza
Romans 6:20-23
Sunday Classes/Events
David's Exodus Sunday School Class, 9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Or login with - Meeting ID: 513 661 475, Password: 054834

Seeker's Class, 10:00 a.m.
Currently studying the Book of Philemon. All are welcome! 
Links to our previous Collossians study materials may be found on our website .
Or login with - Meeting ID: 847 5627 4738 , Password: SEEKERS

Kim Carroll's Adult Sunday School Class, 10:00 - 10:40 a.m.
Topics: What does our faith say about the mask/no mask debate?
Remaking Jesus in Our Image
Contact: Kim@ManchacaUMC.org .

GriefShare, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. GriefShare is not meeting this weekend. Join us 7/19/2020.
Recommended workbooks are $15 (scholarships available). Join any time! Register at: https://www.griefshare.org/groups/119635 and the meeting & video links will be sent to you.
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 will be some or all of the Esparza Family!

David's Tuesday Class will resume in August
Listen to previous class recordings here.

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
Seuss Story: Too Many Daves
Theme: God knows you.
Fun Stuff: Would You Rather?