Weekly news & updates
May 8, 2020
Notable Notes
A Note from Pastor David - The Bones of Joseph
It is a minor part of the Exodus story. One might miss it unless one looks very carefully. We see Moses, the midst of both preparing for, and also leading, the exodus of his people out of Egypt. Yet Moses finds time to add one more thing to what must have been one of biblical history’s most significant to do lists. He remembers to pick up the bones of Joseph and take them with the people on their journey (Exodus 13:19). Four hundred years earlier Joseph had made his brothers promise to take his bones to the Promised Land when the time came for God to lead the people out of Egypt. Moses keeps a 400 year old promise which he did not even personally make. And he does so in the chaotic aftermath of the Passover evening. Amazing!

This reminds me of our intimate connection to the ones who have gone before us. Like Joseph  they find their promises and hopes fulfilled in the actions of those of us who come after them. Even more importantly, it encourages me to remember that it does not necessarily honor the past to live in the past. Going to the Promised Land by escaping Egypt was the best way to honor the great leadership which Joesph had exercised in Egypt. This is also noteworthy because we are in a time not unlike the time Moses’s people experienced on the evening of the Exodus. Things are chaotic. Much of what we have done, we can no longer do in the same way during this pandemic. However, we have a chance to do traditional things in a new way such as worship, Bible study and even fellowship. You will see that in this newsletter. I hope you will also read how we are continuing our Food Pantry work in a new way through a new partnership.

Remember as you read this newsletter that what we may change is not out of a lack of respect for things we have done and the ways in which we have done them in the past. But rather these are efforts to fulfill the hopes and promises which gave rise to those original things. And we try to keep those promises in this new day and strange land.

Connect With a Pastor
Would you like to be able to talk one-on-one with one of our pastors? It is now possible to set up a time to do so over Zoom. Please read how to connect with either David, Chansin or Jason. Uncertain about using Zoom? Jason offers technical support! Read more.
Manchaca UMC YouTube Channel
Did you know that Manchaca UMC now has a new YouTube channel? All the live videos from Facebook are nicely categorized with titles and dates so that you may watch anything you may have missed. Go there now !
Due to social distancing guidelines in place through the summer, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our usual summer ministries such as Vacation Bible School, Drama Camp, and Movies with a Message. We still hope to provide fun resources for children and families to grow in their faith this summer. Stay tuned for fun at-home and virtual alternative programming! Knight of North Castle VBS will come Summer 2021!
Social Distancing may be requiring us to worship online, but not even a pandemic can stop us from recognizing our awesome Senior class of 2020! Seniors will be recognized and celebrated in worship on Sunday, May 17, at both of our live-streamed services - the Traditional service at 8:30 and the Praise service at 11:00 a.m.

We will be reaching out to senior families directly, but if you do not hear from us and you want your senior recognized, please contact Mike ( Mike@ManchacaUMC.org) or Kim ( Kim@ManchacaUMC.org).
Manchaca UMC Food Pantry
The Food Pantry has been idle since our Chuch closed. However, our pantry made a bulk donation to Marbridge to help them feed their staff and workers. We've always felt the need to feed people, but how? Recently we learned that Manchaca Baptist Church had opened a pantry when Covid-19 started. Pam and I went and visited it Monday. After seeing what a good job they were doing, we decided to donate most of our food to them. They are open M & W from 9:30-11:30. Plus they deliver food to peoples homes. They first contacted Menchaca Elementary School and True Care Preg Center to offer help. Slowly they have expanded. Manchaca Baptist Pantry loves HEB gift cards, if you feel called to give. Also they may need delivery drivers later this month (you must wear a mask and gloves--ring the doorbell but don't go in the house--just leave the food with the family). They put a hand written note in every bag, for all you writers. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact me and I will put you in touch with Tanner. May you be safe during this crazy time. Prayers for you and our world!

~Margaret Bowen mabowen314@gmail.com
Online Gatherings
Sunday Worship - join us from home on Facebook (church campus closed)
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Psalm 56:8
Theme: God remembers our pain
8:30 a.m.
Traditional Worship Service
“The Power of Remembrance”
Pastor David McNitzky, preaching
9:30 a.m.
Children's Time
Kim Carroll
11:00 a.m.
Praise Worship Service
Pastor Chansin Esparza, preaching
Sunday Classes/Events
Kim's At-Home Sunday School Lesson for Children

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

Youth Chat
Sundays, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

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. Feel free to comment, ask questions, or just listen - welcome! 
Meeting ID: 133 051 453

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
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 Parables of Jesus Class, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Or, login with: Meeting ID: 601 349 309, Password: 010816

Parent Sip & Share Nights

New Women's Study: The Belonging Project
4 Wednesdays, June 3 - June 24, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Online Via Zoom, Hosted by Kim Carroll
Are you feeling depleted, disappointed, dissatisfied, and disconnected? Are you tired of being lonely and left out at work, home, church, and online? Are you hungry for true community, deeper connection with God, and friendships that are greater than just "likes" on social media? Come and discover true community! In this four-week study, author Amberly Neese provides Biblical and practical help for cultivating meaningful relationships that glorify God through an exploration of four "one another" sayings in the New Testament: Love one another, Serve one another, Build up and strengthen one another, and forgive one another. Each week, we will watch a video together and engage in meaningful conversations that will encourage and equip us to pursue deeper relationships and true belonging! Please email  Kim@ManchacaUMC.org to sign up!

Zoom Time with Ms. Kim, For Kids up to 5th grade, Fridays at 4 p.m.