Weekly news & updates 7/3/20
Sunday Worship ONLINE ONLY - 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. on our Facebook Page
Notable Notes
A Note from Pastor David

The Four Freedoms

One of the most famous of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speeches was given at his state of the union address on January 6, 1941. It is known as the “Four Freedoms” speech. In it he was trying to encourage the country to move out of its isolationist stance and to help out the Allies against Nazi Germany. He introduced the Lend Lease Act and also cast a vision of what he hoped the world would look like in the future. He spoke of four essential human freedoms that needed to be provided in that world: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These four freedoms would find their way into the charter of the United Nations and are still remembered and celebrated today. He said that Americans would need to sacrifice to make these freedoms possible in the world. He even let Americans know that their taxes would have to be raised! Industry would have to make changes to provide the armaments required for the battle for freedom.

I have been thinking as July 4 is upon us about the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross for us. What freedoms are provided from that great sacrifice?

Here is my “four freedoms” list:
  1. Freedom from unhealthy guilt and shame over past mistakes. My freedom comes from the realization that I have been forgiven and that God is more interested in where I am going than in where I’ve been.
  2. Freedom from fear of failure in the present. My freedom comes in realizing that my identity is secure in Christ. I am a beloved child of God. I am “working with a net” and am free to risk and even to fail.
  3. Freedom from worry about the future and my tendency to focus on things which I cannot control. My freedom comes from knowing how this movie ends. Love wins! God wins! The Lamb is worshipped by all. Creation is restored to its original harmony (Revelation 21-22).
  4. Freedom to serve others. Freedom from guilt, fear and worry gives me the time, energy and boldness to help others live free from these chains which have bound me. It is when I serve others that I am most free!

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.
July 11th Shredding Event Canceled

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
Compassion Camp: Virtual VBS

It's not too late to sign up for our Virtual VBS program. Because it is online, your grandkids or nieces and nephews can participate, even if they live out of state! To learn more about VBS, or to register some campers, please click here:
Family Fun BINGO Night (via Zoom) Friday, July 10, 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.
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. Sign up to sing one of your favorite hymns, church song, or Christian song. Once you sign up you'll be sent a Zoom meeting link. We invite everyone to join us and be an audience for those performing. In next week's newsletter, watch for a link to join as an audience member.
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  • Connect Groups
  • Youth Water Games
Online Gatherings
Sunday Worship - join us from home on Facebook (church campus closed)
Sunday, July 5, 2020

5th Sunday after Pentecost

What Freedom Is
8:30 a.m.
Traditional Worship Service
Pastor David McNitzky
Galatians 5:1;13-15
9:30 a.m.
Children's Time
Kim Carroll
11:00 a.m.
Praise Worship Service
Pastor Jason Esparza
John 8:34-36; Romans 8:1-2
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.
Join us for a new topic this week as we recap our Collossians study and look at the background/history/overview of 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: 133 051 453 , Password: 9fx0mZ

Kim Carroll's Adult Sunday School Class, 10:00 - 10:40 a.m.
Topic: States and Cities Change Course on Reopenings as Coronavirus Cases Rise
Contact: Kim@ManchacaUMC.org .

GriefShare, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
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: Sneetches
Theme: We are all made one in Christ. We are all created and loved by God.
For Fun: I Spy and Find the Hidden Emoji

NEW! FIERCE: Women of God Who Changed the World, Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
6 weeks, begins July 8 , 9:30 - 11:30 am, Book Costs: $12 (Scholarships Available)