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Bulletin Announcements for November 14 and 15, 2009 WORSHIP & MUSIC at MUMC Early bulletin deadline: for bulletin announcements the weekend of November 28/29, please make sure to submit information to email@example.com no later than Monday, November 23 BEGIN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON WITH AN MUMC ANNUAL TRADITION An annual tradition for 28 years, the Coventry Christmas Dinner and Concert is a special musical gift to our church and community! Enjoy an evening of appetizers, wassail and a beautifully catered dinner. The centerpiece of the evening is a concert of outstanding Christmas music. The Coventry Choir is a 24- member chamber ensemble that specializes in music for the advanced choir. The concert also features MUMC's premier handbell ensemble, the Vesper Bell Choir, ringing holiday arrangements and carols that the audience is sure to enjoy! The dates are: Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5, with the evening beginning 6:30pm. Tickets are $28 and are on sale now in the narthex. For more information, please contact Joy Parisien, Dinner Coordinator, at 636.227.8655. BEGINNING ADULT HANDBELL SESSION On Wednesday, November 18, from 7-8:15pm, handbell and handchime class will be offered for adults. Come and join the new ringers. For more information, contact Sherry Boland, Handbell Program Director, at 636.200.4733. ADVENT/CHRISTMAS DECORATING Advent will be upon us sooner than we think and Christmas is only 27 days later. Ever wondered how all those lovely Advent/Christmas decorations get put up so fast? The Altar Guild elves need your help to decorate the church. They will be meeting December 5th at 9am in the sanctuary. Both men and women are needed to help make this task go fast. They really need big strong men to help with some of the larger items and to put up the outside decorations. Members of Altar Guild will be available at each station to help first time volunteers. It’s a fun way to meet people and add beauty to the church for this special season. If you can help please sign up in the bulletin or contact Ann Garber-Altar Guild Leader, 314.307.1322 or Corrine Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 636.200.4732. Thank you. LEARN at MUMC WEDNESDAY CONNECTION The Wednesday Connection meals, worship & classes schedule looks like this: $ 5:15-6:30pm - Dinner in Fellowship Hall $ 6:30-7:00pm - Worship in the Sanctuary $ 7:00-8:00pm (or later depending on the class) Individual classes on a variety of topics WEDNESDAY CONNECTION CLASSES Classes are Wednesdays at 7pm If you intend to participate, please use the SIGN UP or call the office at 636.394.7506. Registration beforehand is not required, but it is encouraged so we can plan seating and materials accordingly. The classes: Holy Cow! Heifer International Presentation November 18 (1 night only) Last summer, Lori Borger was chosen as one of 15 educators from across the country to participate in a grant-funded study tour of Heifer International’s work in Honduras. Join us for this one-night class on November 18 to learn more about Lori’s trip and gain a better understanding of how Heifer works to end poverty and hunger in the world. Heifer will be part of our Fair Trade Market this year, providing an alternative to Christmas giving. The Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? December 2, 9 and 16 Are you tired of how consumerism has stolen the soul of Christmas? Find out how to have a Christmas worth remembering, not dreading. Christmas can still change the world when you, like Jesus, give what matters most—your presence. Class led by Rev. Dennis Crosson. Surviving the Eating Season December 2 (1 night only) Join us for this one-night class, brought to you by the Health and Wellness Ministry. Our guest speaker, an expert on healthy eating habits and weight loss, will focus on maintaining or developing healthy eating habits during the holiday season. Come learn some helpful tools to deal with serious caloric temptation, diet sabotage, and too much of a good thing. DINNER IS SERVED Come and join us Wednesday evenings from 5:15 to 6:30 for good food and fellowship. And you don't have to do the dishes! All meals come with salad, dessert and beverage. Please use the SIGN UP sheet or sign up online at manchesterumc.org/Wednesday Connection, so we know how many people to plan for. Cost: $5 adult / $3 kids / $20 family cap November menu 11/18 Chili, all ways, vegetable salad, hot dogs 11/25 NO DINNER/Thanksgiving Week December menu 12/2 Rotisserie chicken & baked potatoes 12/9 Spaghetti w/meat sauce 12/16 Vegetable beef soup & salad 12/23 NO DINNER/Christmas Week CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL & BREAKFAST Saturday, December 12 It’s time for the Children’s Christmas Festival! Tickets can be purchased for $5 per child and are available at the Sunday School Welcome Desk between services beginning November 22. Children under 2 are free. The event will run from 8am until noon but you must have a ticket to participate. Each child will receive a bag containing special Christmas crafts and activities. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and fruit. Each family will receive a complimentary photo with the option to purchase additional photos. Children’s hats, mittens and gloves will be collected for those in need. Want to help? Volunteer in the SIGN UP or call Amy Glisson at 636.230.2947 SHARE with others through MUMC THE MUGGING MINISTRY is looking for friendly people to make quick, non-invasive visits to our first time visitors. During the visit you will deliver a 'goody bag,' a big smile and an invitation to worship with us again. We are especially needing people to deliver to the south county, north county and St. Louis city areas on an 'as needed' basis. Could you help? Please contact Susan Hora for information email@example.com, 636.391.1543. NEW MEMBER CLASSES FOR 2010 Sunday, January 24, 2-4:30pm Room 141 Wednesday, January 27, 6:30-9pm Room 141 Both classes will join on either Saturday, January 30, or Sunday, January 31 Sunday, April 11, 2-4:30pm in the Library Wednesday, April 14, 6:30-9pm Room 141 Both classes will join on either Saturday, April 17, or Sunday, April 18 Saturday, July 24, 2-4:30pm Room 141 Class joins that same day at 5pm in the Chapel Followed by an Ice Cream Social on the lawn outside Sunday, October 17, 2-4:30pm Room 141 Wednesday, October 20, 6:30-9pm Room 141 Both classes join on either Saturday, October 23, or Sunday, October 24 THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS ALMOST UPON US! It is a time of joy and celebration. If the holidays also bring a sense of loss, then a Stephen Minister might be for you. Maybe you have just moved far from family and friends. Or, maybe it is an empty nest that you are looking at for the holidays. If you feel you could benefit from meeting with a Stephen Minister then please call Pastor Stephanie Hibray 636.200.4705 or Deb Ramsey 636.220.8032. JOIN THE ADVENT BREAKFAST COOKING CREW! Our UMM will prepare breakfasts on Wednesday mornings during Advent, December 2, 9, 16, and 23. Our early morning UMM cooking team has a lot of fun, and we’re always looking for new members to join our group. No experience is needed since we have great “cooking instructors” to lead activities. Please use the SIGN UP sheet or contact Ed Brueggeman 636.227.8771 for more information. TREE LOT SIGN UP IN NARTHEX ON SUNDAY Our MUMC Tree Lot will open on Friday, November 27th and will operate daily from 9am to 9pm. Our lot is located on Manchester Rd. in the parking lot of the Manchester Athletic Association, next to Enterprise Leasing. Tasks are easy to learn and shift leaders will provide all needed instructions at the beginning of each shift. For more information, contact Bill Bergman 636.227.4586. SATURDAY MORNING MEN’S STUDY GROUP Our Saturday morning men's study group meetings begin at 8am, and the meeting ends promptly at 9am. Men can join the group at any time. Kevin Tobin is serving as host, and Rev. Dennis Crosson is leading a current study. Coffee and breakfast items are provided. Participation is encouraged from men throughout our community. For additional information, contact Charlie Ketcherside, 636.227.0374, or Kevin Tobin, 636.527.2924. WOMEN'S RETREAT MINISTRY The Women's Retreat Ministry will be serving breakfast, lunch, and snack items during the Fair Trade Market - 11/21 & 11/22 and 11/27 - 11/29 to raise money for scholarships and future Women's Retreats. Please stop by and show your support! HOLIDAY BAKE SALE Plan to visit Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 6, for the Holiday Bake Sale. You will find a delicious array of cookies, candy, holiday breads and pies. These homemade goodies will be available from 8:30am until Noon. You can make your selections on an individual basis. So plan on stocking up on sure- to-please taste treats. The sale is sponsored by the Hospitality Committee. Proceeds are used for special projects to benefit the church and for mission outreach, such as Circle of Concern. So let the Hospitality Committee help with your Christmas baking, and at the same time you can help provide support for worthy projects. 60+ POT-LUCK DINNER Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30 pm...eat at 6pm. We are anxious to recognize all veterans as well as active duty military personnel that are members of your family. Please bring pictures and any other items you want to share. We look forward to seeing you there! PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY…Did you know? $ There is free yarn available thanks to a generous donor. (Ask at the church office) $ Prayer shawls are NOT just for members of MUMC. $ There is no charge. $ Prayer shawls may be selected and picked up 6 days a week. (Call or visit the church office 636.394.7506) $ Over 1300 prayer shawls from MUMC have been given. $ MUMC has spawned numerous Prayer Shawl Ministries around the country. $ We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm in the Fireside room at church. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, November 18 Contact Penny Klebe 636.394.5087 or June Van Klaveren 636.394.4148 if you have questions. SERVE others through MUMC MARKET DAY PIES 2009—LAST DAY TO ORDER! It is time again for our annual Volunteers in Mission Market Day Pie sales. They are great for your holiday meals, parties, and gifts. We will be selling these delicious pies in the narthex on Sunday, 11/15, and at the Saturday Chapel service on 11/14. These popular and tasty pies range in price from $10 - $12. There are several new items this year you will want to try. As a bonus this year, you get a 12 oz bag of coffee with the purchase of 3 pies or more. You can order these delectable treats (pies only please) online too @ www.marketday.com, account # 25312. The last day to order is Nov. 15th and pick up will be on Sat. Nov 21st from 11am – 1 pm in the entry in front of the narthex. Plan to shop at the Fair Trade Market when you are picking up your pies. Consider ordering pies for some of our charity groups. We have been able to donate pies to Lydia House, Circle of Concern, Kingdom House, and Centenary Cares programs in years past. This is a win – win situation for 2 organizations to benefit from your generosity. Just indicate when ordering that it is for charity. Volunteers in Mission have used our proceeds to support our projects on our mission trips. We appreciate your support of VIM, and this ministry. For questions or more information please contact Bonnie Lester 636-391-8108 or firstname.lastname@example.org WEST COUNTY CARE CHRISTMAS We at Manchester have a rich tradition of generously giving of our time and talents so others may feel the brightness of the Christmas season. Each year we share Christmas festivities with and bring holiday gifts to the West County Care Center residents. This is a 137-bed nursing home. We will host the event Dec. 19th. We need individuals to contribute gifts for each of the residents. We are also looking for people to assist with delivery of the gifts. If you are interested in a ministry with a small time involvement then this is for you! Stop by the sign up tables Nov. 15, 22, 29 or call Laura Ross, 314.570.3930 or email Lross.email@example.com. FAIR TRADE MARKET VOLUNTEERING Things are shaping up for the Market. The one place help is still needed is on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20, for set-up. This involves unloading boxes and roughly arranging the displays. IT DOES NOT INVOLVE LIFTING. The shifts are 9am to Noon and Noon to 3pm but you can work around your schedules. See us at the sign-up table today to let us know when you’d like to work. HOLY COW!! HEIFER'S HERE! WHAT IF... we ReThink the Gifts we give this Christmas? Is there anyone on your Christmas list that you're having a hard time buying for, because they already have everything they need? What if... instead of giving a trinket or tie or sweater they may never use or wear, you gave a beautiful honor card stating that you've given a living gift in their name to someone whose life of poverty will be totally transformed because of this simple gift? What could be more Christ- like? Visit the Heifer table in the narthex this Sunday and find out more!! Just look for the cows!! For Your Information AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE Sunday, November 29 7:30am to 12:30pm in Room 141 Don’t miss this opportunity to give of yourself to others. SHOPPING FOR OUR DREAMS With kids in school, there are lots of school lunches, after-school snacks and meals on-the-run. Before you head to Dierbergs, Schnucks or Shop’N Save, pick up a gift or eScrip card at the SFOD table in the Narthex this Sunday. This is stewardship in action because MUMC receives a percentage of your purchases. Also … if you are an online shopper, why not shop at www.bign.com/manchesterumc and click on the ‘Big N Marketplace’ logo. You’ll find over 90 of your favorite major retailers that will donate an average of 10% of your purchases back to MUMC. PROFESSIONAL FINANCIAL ADVICE FOR THOSE IN NEED Are you experiencing serious financial difficulties? If so, someone from the MUMC family is volunteering to help, with professional, personalized, one-on-one, financial advice and education that may assist you in your financial situation. If you are in need and are interested, please contact Pastor Stephanie Hibray for more information. Today is Nov 15th and IT’S YOUTH SUNDAY! Tonight we’re here for... Joyful Noise Rehearsal 4 - 5pm Praise Band NO REHEARSAL TONIGHT Cantate Rehearsal 5 - 6pm Youth Group & Dinner 6 - 8pm Tonight’s topic: Requirements: What does God want from me? Don’t forget to bring $3 for dinner (Taco night!). Later this week: Monday Sr. High Breakfast Bible - A Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7) Einsteins - 15828 Manchester Rd. (Manchester & Clarkson) 7:00am Wednesday Sr. High Breakfast Bible -A Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7) Einsteins - 14173 Clayton Rd. (Clayton Rd. & 141) 7:00am SGO (6th Grade Only) - Youth Room, 4:30-5:30pm Media Club - Youth Game Room, 6:00-7:30pm. Open to all youth. Coming Soon: Next Sunday night at Youth Group... Steadfast Love - Imagine a love without limits... no conditions... yours forever. Come hear the best news EVER! WOW 2010 - Jan. 23 & 24th sign up now - Discount for early registrations. (Forms at the Welcome Center, outside the youth rooms, and on our website!) Thanks to all our Youth who participated in today’s worship services. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. WE LOVE OUR YOUTH!
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