Weekly News
A Time of Waiting

We are in a time of waiting- for the end of COVID 19 and the resultant ban on social gatherings including worship. We do not know when our waiting will end. The first disciples also lived in a time of waiting. They were waiting on the return of Jesus and his victorious reign. Jesus gave them this advice in Mark 13:35-36, "Keep watch for you do not know when the owner of the home will come back.....if he comes do not let him find you sleeping."

So I encourage you to:

1. follow the community guidelines as they are announced
2. follow our church on Facebook Live Sunday mornings and Monday through Friday at noon; and Bible studies on Zoom (see below)
Be Awake- 
1. Practice evangelism by sharing links of our worship and study content with friends
2. Coach others in our church on how to use this technology so that they can be included
3. Check on your neighbors
4. Go online and financially support our church to help us stay on mission in this crisis.

Stay on the journey.

Micah Allen Esparza was born March 22 at 2:22 a.m. 

The Esparza family is now home and doing well! Big brother August and big sister Felicity were thrilled to meet Micah. Felicity cannot stop saying, "He's so cute!" And August has given Micah his fair share of kisses. Chansin has been taking time to recover and bond. Jason has been working from home and is finishing many of his deck projects (his deck is lovingly termed "Decktropolis"). 

They are grateful for the kindness and encouragement from the church family, even as they know everyone is persisting through this hard time.  

This is how we celebrated Pastor David's birthday on Monday, March 23rd!

As you can see, Deanna, Leigh Anne, Dick, David, Kim, Mark & Danny (taking picture) are doing their best to maintain proper distancing while eating David's birthday cake! Needless to say, this was a VERY short-lived 'party!' 
There are a number of groups and classes meeting on Zoom in the coming week. Zoom is a conferencing software that you can use from your computer, phone or tablet. You do not need to have a camera or a microphone to use Zoom. If you have a computer without a camera or microphone, you can still attend the meeting, but will only hear the conversation. You can, however, communicate through text onscreen. 

If you are using Zoom on a device other than a computer, please go to the App store (Apple products) or Google Play (android products) and download the app before your class begins and test your audio and microphone (you have to give your device permission to use the mic and the camera). If you are using a computer for Zoom, there will be a onetime download of the software when you enter the meeting.

To attend any of the following classes, click on the link given. 

Current Classes:

David's Exodus Sunday School Class
Sundays 9:45 - 10:15 a.m. 
Meeting ID: 513 661 475
Password: 054834
Youth Chat
Sundays 10:00 a.m.
Gateway Class
Begins Sunday, April 5th at 10:00 a.m.
Discussing  Upper Room - A Fitting Title - page 39 (April 1st devotion)
  David's Parables of Jesus Tuesday Class
Tuesdays 9:30 - 10:10 a.m.

Join us this Sunday on our Facebook page to worship together at 8:30 and 11 a.m. with the help of livestreaming! If you watched us last Sunday, we are glad you joined us! 

When you join us this Sunday, please let us know that you're watching! We loved the comments from all of you last Sunday-keep them coming! Plus, it let's us know how many of you are worshiping with us!

See you on Sunday morning at  https://www.facebook.com/ManchacaUMC/.


Sunday, March 29, 2020
Fifth Sunday in Lent
8:30 a.m. Online Worship Order

1. Prelude: Thad
2. Welcome: David
3. Prayer: Mark 
4. Prayer Time: Kim
5. Music: Mark
6. Scripture:  Matthew 25:31-40, David
7. Sermon: "God In Disguise", David
8. Questions
9.  Benediction- David

Children's Time
with Kim Carroll
9:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 29, 2020
Fifth Sunday in Lent
11:00 a.m. Online Worship Order
Theme: When we welcome the hurting, we welcome God.
Scripture: Matthew 25:37-40; Hebrews 13:2

1. Welcoming Song: How Great Is Our God 
2. Welcome: Jason
3. Praise Song: Raise A Hallelujah  
4. Prayer: Mark
5. Prayer Song: Mercy Now 
6. Scripture: Kim
7. Sermon: Jason
8. Reflection Song: No Outsiders 
9. Benediction: Jason
10. Sending Song: Mercy Now 
While MUMC has closed its doors to church building activities, the church staff is still working daily to get God's Word out to you and to find as many ways as possible to stay connected to you through all the avenues available to us. Please help support MUMC financially so that we can continue to minister to all who need us.

Thanks to those of you who give automatically through our website or through auto-pay at your banking institution. Thanks, too, to those who mail checks to us. If you normally give in person at church, please consider giving online or through the mail, if you are able. 

Learn more about ways to give to MUMC on our website at:

If you need assistance in setting up a giving account, you may call the church at 512-282-7274 and leave a message & phone number at extension 321 (Deanna) or 328 (Dick). Someone will get back with you as soon as they are able. Thank you!
You can submit prayer requests to us by filling out an Online Prayer Request Form from our website, manchacaumc.org.  These prayer requests will be forwarded to the prayer chain upon receipt .

Look for the online prayer request link on the home page of our website.

Join us on our Facebook Page each weekday at noon for a LIVE check-in with your church!
The MUMC Scholarship Committee announces the 2020 Chris Brown & Don Banker College Scholarships. If you are a graduating high school senior or current college student entering or enrolling in an accredited college or vocational school for the fall semester of 2020, you are eligible to apply.

Request an application through the online request form on our website, at:  https://www.manchacaumc.org/media-resources/news-stories/2020-mumc-scholarships/ . Submit the online request, and an application will be emailed to you.

Application Deadline: 
Postmarked by no later than May 15, 2020 or delivered by 5 PM on May 15, 2020 , to the MUMC Office. If you are mailing your application or transcripts to the church, please be aware that mail MUST be delivered to our P.O. Box. We do not receive mail at our physical location.
Manchaca United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 460
Manchaca, TX 78652
During the season of Lent, many of us decide to make a special sacrifice to improve our physical or spiritual selves. This year, consider helping others by participating in the Super Silver Saver fund drive as part of your Lenten experience.

If you weren't able to pick up a Super Silver Saver cup from the church, you can still  set aside coins or bills each day, saying a prayer of thanksgiving for God's many blessings as you do so. Whenever we are able to gather at church again, we can bring in the money we've set aside and celebrate together our common offering of sacrifice.
The money will be used by the Missions Team to fund mission activities sponsored by our congregation, such as local disaster victims, flood buckets, students at Akins High School who are experiencing homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, Back Pack ministry, our missionaries, Food Pantry, Angel Tree Program, housing improvement projects, and manna bags for the fall festival.
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