Weekly News

It finally happened this week. I knew that it would. I forgot what day it was! These days of pandemic are very disorienting in addition to being dangerous. It is hard to lose our normal routines. Routines are important. Remember Admiral William McRaven's advice to the UT graduates at commencement: If you want to change the world, start by making your bed each day! I invite you to let our church become a part of your new routine. We are on Facebook Live every weekday at noon and on Sundays at our worship times of 8:30 and 11:00 am.

Before GPS, sailors used to get oriented by the North Star to navigate, and hikers would travel with the aid of a compass which pointed to True North. One of the ways I navigate my daily life is to orient myself around the biblical North Star: loving God and others. 

Two daily questions help me find my way through life: 

Where do I see God today and what can I do to bless someone today?

I hope this week's newsletter will help you and I to keep our lives oriented around Jesus and moving in his direction. 


Let's do something fun together to raise our Spirits and keep our faith growing as we go through this time of social distancing. "Spirit Week" begins on Palm Sunday and continues through Holy Week. Each day there will be a dress-up challenge posted on our Facebook page. Dress up, take pictures and post them on your own social media using #MUMCSpiritWeek and in the Manchaca UMC Group on Facebook. For added fun and spiritual growth, walk with Jesus through Holy Week by using the devotional guide for daily readings, pondering questions and prayer. All who participate will be put in a drawing for fun summer prizes such as a folding camping table, an inflatable swimming pool, and a Hopdoddy Giftcard! 

Click on the small graphic to the right to see the full week of picture challenges and access the daily readings.
Holy Saturday Prayer Vigil
April 11, 2020

Let us blanket our community, nation and world in prayer as we rest in the tension between of Christ's death and resurrection. Please sign up for a 15 minute prayer slot between noon and 3 pm on Saturday, April 11. 

Holy Week Services
(Livestream on Facebook)

Palm Sunday
April 5, 2020
8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
David McNitzky
"The Cross as Welcome"
Romans 15:7

Holy Thursday
April 9, 2020
7:00 p.m.
Mark Hixon
 "Jesus and the Upper Room"

Good Friday for Kids
April 10, 2020
6:30 p.m.
Kim Carroll

Good Friday
April 10, 2020
7:00 p.m.
David McNitzky
Meditation and Message

Easter Sunday
April 12, 2020
"Letting Go of Jesus"
John 20:1-18
8:30 a.m.  David McNitzky
11:00 a.m.  Jason Esparza
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. 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 via onscreen chat. For a short instructional video on Zoom,  visit:  


Our 8:30 a.m. traditional service, 9:30 a.m. children's time,  11 a.m. praise worship service and our weekly Nourishment at Noon segments can be viewed LIVE on our Manchaca UMC Facebook page at:   https://www.facebook.com/ManchacaUMC/
When you join us for these online events, please let us know that you're watching! Feel free to say hi to everyone and let us know who is watching with you.

If you miss a livestreamed event, the LIVE videos automatically save on our Facebook page, so that if you miss them, you can watch them later. We also have links to all the videos on our website at:  https://www.manchacaumc.org/media-resources/news-stories/ways-to-stay-virtually-connected/#A.


If you considering online giving to MUMC, we have an easy way to go about it through our church website. Go to  https://www.manchacaumc.org/give/ , and scroll down until you see a box that says "Access Online Giving." Click on that box and it will take you to the giving form. Make an account by clicking on the tab at the top of the form that says "Sign In." Then follow the instructions on the form to start the giving process. 

Thanks again 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. Please ensure when mailing a check to us that you use our P.O. Box number and not our physical address. Our mailing address for ALL mail is:

Manchaca United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 460
Manchaca, TX 78652



Call 210-900-2334 if you are having trouble connecting to any of these online services. We will do our best to help you get connected!
Kim's At-Home Sunday School Lesson for Children

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  - 10:45 a.m.


Gateway Class
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Discussing  Upper Room - A Fitting Title - page 39 (April 1st devotion)


Seeker's Class
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
Dive into Colossians with us! We're studying this letter of encouragement to one of the early churches NOT started by Paul or Peter. 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 Sunday School Class
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m., beginning April 19
This new class will look at current events through a biblical context.  Kim will send out brief pre-reading material to those who RSVP in advance, but feel free to join us even if you haven't RSVP'ed! RSVP to Kim@ManchacaUMC.org
Zoom link will be provided next week.


The Grace of Les Misérables, led by Mark
Monday 7 p.m.
Last class of a 6-week class
(Meeting ID: 449 021 340
Password: 083698)

  David's Parables of Jesus Tuesday Class
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.


Zoom Time with Ms. Kim
For Kids up to 5th grade
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
Nourishment at Noon will continue throughout Holy Week and Beyond!
Please join us for a quick check-in with your church!

Join us on our Facebook Page each weekday at noon for a LIVE message!

You can submit prayer requests to us by filling out an  Online Prayer Request Form    at manchacaumc.org. 

Look for the online prayer  request link on the home  page of our  website .
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 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 have been participating in the Super Silver Saver fund drive to support the many mission activites sponsored by our congregation. 

Normally, we would turn in our cups on Palm Sunday, which is this Sunday, April 5th. Hang on to your cups, and keep filling them, if you are able.  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.
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