Weekly News
A NOTE FROM PASTOR DAVID
The Story of Everything


New Testament scholar C. Kavin Rowe, of Duke Divinity School (is there any place else?), recently explored the phenomenal growth of Christianity in the Roman Empire against large odds. One main reason he found for the growth was the narrative the early Christians had. Narrative is critical since we all makes sense of our lives through story. He describes their story as "The Story of Everything" - a story large enough to hold the vast expanse of human existence. It is about all that God has made and how God is remaking all that God created through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Also this story had the added advantage that people could be personally involved as actors in this story as they participate in the work of God through Christ.

Indeed Christianity is the story of everything and the plot of the story reaches its crescendo in the chapter we call Holy Week. I hope you will join us in our Facebook Live services so that you may experience this story - one large enough to hold our world and to require our participation.

~David
HOLY WEEK EVENTS
Holy Week
Livestream Events
 Manchaca UMC Facebook Page


Maundy Thursday
 April 9, 2020

7:00 p.m.
Pastor David McNitzky
Remembering Jesus and the Upper Room

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Good Friday
April 10, 2020

6:30 p.m.
Good Friday Children's Moment
Kim Carroll
The Folktale of the Three Trees

7:00 p.m.
Pastor David McNitzky
Reading of the Passion Scriptures

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Easter Sunday
April 12, 2020
John 20:1-18

8:30 a.m.
Traditional Worship
Pastor  David McNitzky

9:30 a.m.
Children's Time
Kim Carroll
The Case of the Empty Tomb

11:00 a.m.
Praise Worship
Pastor Jason Esparza

Thanks to those of you who have been participating in the "Spirit Week" activities! We love seeing your pictures as you meet each challenge! Sprit Week will continue throughout 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.
Flowering Cross for Easter
Bring flowers on Saturday, April 11, 2020

Help us transform the rugged  cross into a symbol of new life in Christ! We are keeping our Easter tradition of bringing  flowers to adorn the  cross, even as we maintain safe protocols! If you are able, please come by on Saturday to put  flowers and greenery in the  cross, which will be placed in the walkway between the Child Development Center and the Family Life Center. The  flowering  cross will be part of our Easter worship celebrations! 

Please follow these safety guidelines:
  • Many people may find flowers and greenery in their yards. If you need to purchase flowers, please do this during an "essential" trip out - such as to purchase groceries. Fake flowers, which you may have around your house, are also okay.
  • Park under the bell tower to bring your flowers to the cross. If someone else is there, please stay in your car until they have left. Please practice safe distancing!
  • Lots of people will be touching the cross, so remember good hand washing and not to touch your face. Wearing gloves and masks is recommended.
 
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. There are still spots open! Even if they fill up, you can still join in by setting aside a time to pray on Saturday.

 
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ONLINE CLASSES/GROUPS/DISCUSSIONS/MATERIALS
Kim's At-Home Sunday School Lesson for Children

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

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

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Gateway Class
Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
{If this link does not work, please check our website at:
for an updated link.}

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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

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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
Meeting ID: 299 428 197

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  David's Parables of Jesus Tuesday Class
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 601 349 309
Password: 010816
 

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Zoom Time with Ms. Kim
For Kids up to 5th grade
Friday at 4 p.m.
Join us for an Easter scavenger hunt!
NOURISHMENT AT NOON
Nourishment at Noon will continue throughout Holy Week and beyond!
Join us on our  Facebook Page  each weekday at noon for a LIVE message!

Monday-David | Tuesday-Mark | Wednesday-David | Thursday-Kim | Friday-Jason/Chansin
ONLINE PRAYER REQUESTS
Did you know that we have an online prayer card that you can fill out? Similar to the blue prayer cards you find in our in-person worship services, you may fill out and submit Online Prayer Request Cards  at manchacaumc.org. 

Look for the online prayer  request card link on the home  page of our  website.
2020 MUMC SCHOLARSHIPS
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. Mail application and/or transcripts to:
Manchaca United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 460
Manchaca, TX 78652
HELP WITH FACEBOOK LIVE, ZOOM AND ONLINE GIVING
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:  
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

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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.

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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." Follow the instructions on the form to start the giving process. 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

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