The office is closed on Fridays.
Inclement Weather Policy
In case of inclement weather or other emergency resulting in a need to cancel services on a Sunday morning, we will send out an e-mail to members of our mailing list, contact KMOV, and post on our Facebook page. The decision to cancel services will be made no later than 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday.
In case of inclement weather Monday-Friday, we will close the Church Office if University City School District closes.
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Pray with us! Visit the secure online prayer list and keep our church family in your prayers. Note: a password is required. The password can be found in your bulletin insert on Sunday mornings, or you may contact the office at 314.863.8055 to obtain it if you are a UUMC member.
Welcome, Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders III!
"I am committed to transformative, justice-centered theological education, and this commitment is at the center of my academic research, pedagogy, and ministry."
Dr. Sanders is a professor at Eden Seminary and a member of the Steering Committee of the Black Theology Group, American Academy of Religion, and a board member of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. He has also been invited to give numerous lectures on topics such as faith-based activism and racism.
Growing up in Evanston, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, being in St. Louis is a return to Dr. Sanders' Midwestern roots. He enjoys playing and following basketball as well as spending time outdoors hiking. Music is very important to Dr. Sanders, and he especially enjoys hip hop, jazz, and the blues.
Dinners for 8: Spring Scramble
Dinners for 8 (or more) is an opportunity to gather with other church members and attendees in small groups for food and fellowship. Singles, couples, and families with children are all welcome. The typical scenario is for a once a month meeting at a home, public location such as a park, or here at the church.
The plan is to scramble the groups twice a year (September and February) into randomly assigned groups of 8 (or more.)
Contact John Mohr to sign up and let him know how many adults + children are in your family group.
Parlor Remodel Thank You from UUM Preschool
The Preschool moved back into to the beautiful, new and improved, parlor today-what a wonderful space for music and movement!! Thank you to Lillian's Mom and Dad, Lauren and Mike Duff, for donating the painting and ceiling repair; Alice Mohr and Ann Wymore for installing the new carpeting; and to John Mohr, Brad Hershey, and everyone else who helped make this happen! Even the kids noticed the transformation! Thank You So Very Much!!
January Logos: Jesus and Buddha
This month, Prof. Elizabeth Coker and John Barrett are presenting “Jesus and Buddha: Paths to Awakening,” by James Finley and Richard Rohr. This series draws from a seminal conference by these two scholars that explores parallels between Jesus’ teaching and the Four Noble Truths identified by the Buddha, centuries earlier. The class will include video, discussion, and spiritual exercises drawn from both traditions. LOGOS meets at 9:15 on Sunday mornings in the Church Library.
Shop at Schnucks? Put Earned Rewards towards the Open Door Food Pantry!
Any time you shop at Schnucks, you can apply the calculated "Schnucks Rewards" from your purchase toward the Open Door Food Pantry's (ODFP) weekly food costs!
It is simple to do. At checkout, you are asked (by the checker or by the automated system in self check-out) if you are a member of the Schnucks Rewards program. At that point, enter the church's main number (314-863-8055) on the keypad. These rewards will be available for our volunteer shoppers IF you tell the checker you do NOT want to use the rewards at the time of your purchase. Rewards earned are approximately 2% of your bill before tax. Our pantry’s volunteer shoppers then enter the church's number and apply all rewards to the pantry’s bill!
This is a painless and easy way for individuals to donate anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars to the pantry each week. Restocking the pantry costs ~$300 to $500 every week, so every penny counts! The Open Door Food Pantry Committee and our hungry neighbors appreciate all you do to support this mission.
Have old markers? Recycle them at UUMC!
Good news: so far over 330 markers have been donated. Keep up the good work!
Please help support the program by dropping off any used markers you may have around the house, even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located in each classroom and by the preschool office for you to deposit any used markers that are ready to be discarded.
On the 3rd Tuesday of every month, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion provides free laundry services for the public. Soap and dryer sheets are provided, and kids' activities and homework help are available, too. Volunteers welcome. Laundry Love takes place at Classic-Coin Laundry, 7200 Balson Avenue in U-City.
Lower-Cost Home Health Care Opportunity
The “Homemaker” program of Jewish Family & Children’s Service is now accepting applications. If you or another older adult you know are in need of some assistance at home with light housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping and errands, transportation, etc., the “Homemaker” program offers that type of assistance using a sliding-fee scale that can substantially lower the hourly rate, based on income. Clients selected by this program can receive up to 15 hours per week of reduced cost-service from a reputable home health care company, depending upon assessed needs. Any senior adult in the St. Louis area is eligible to apply. For more information, call 314-812- 9300.
February LOGOS: Religious Diversity in the Church, with Perrin Bailey
This class will explore how we can make room at the table for diverse religious expressions through understanding religion itself, different belief systems, and our own biases.
We’ll spend 4 weeks talking about why the gospel is uniquely positioned to make room for a diverse range of religious expressions and how we as the church can make that room, including how to let go of idolatrous beliefs (such as a religious affection for capitalism or patriotism or whiteness or the 2nd amendment, etc.) so that we are able to appreciate and value diversity of religious expression.
Week 1: What is religion? What is it not? Why has it persisted throughout human history?
Week 2: "The Big Five" and other examples of "high religion."
Week 3: "Low religion" and civil religion: the things in our lives which aren't commonly thought of as religious but have the key traits of religion, nonetheless.
Week 4: How do we respond to religious diversity as Christians? How is the gospel of Jesus Christ able to transcend the typical function of religion in a way which makes room for all?
LOGOS meets at 9:15 on Sunday mornings in the Library.
February Book Club: 2/5
UUMC’s Book Club will meet Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. with Pam Wright as the leader and hostess. The selected book is The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story by Hyeonseo Lee and David John. Lee grew up in North Korea but escaped to China at age 17 in 1997 and spent the next twelve years trying to get her family out of North Korea. Please email Pam if you plan to attend.
Dining Divas, 2/13
The next Diva outing, scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, will be to the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Meet at the garden entrance at 9:30. We will tour the orchid show and then the newly-opened museum. Lunch will be at the Treehouse Vegetarian Restaurant, 3177 South Grand, at 11:30. Please RSVP to Phyllis to let her know if you will attend the garden tour and/or restaurant.
Discipleship Path Posters
Wondering about the posters in Fellowship Hall? Each of the featured persons has participated in a new initiative called "Discipleship Path." This initiative gives you the opportunity to explore your spiritual gifts and learn more about how to grow in your faith and in this community. Interested? Read Tom Mitchell's blog post here and contact him or Phyllis Hershey for more information.
Microcredit Club Update
We've loaned over $50,000 to 82 countries! Read the December 2018 update on the Mission Blog. Thank you for supporting the U-City Microcredit Club!
Health Protection and Education Services (HPES)
The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation and its Board of Directors recently selected HPES as an award recipient for their 2018-2019 Community Health Grant program. HPES was one of only seven nonprofit organizations to receive this recognition as the best organization for diabetes screening, prevention, and education, nationwide. Congratulations!
UUMC members Dr. Bob and Jane Paine founded and our congregation continues to support Health Protection and Education Services (HPES). HPES provides free health screenings one Saturday morning each month at the U-City Library in the Delmar Loop. Additional free services include education and treatment referrals, mammograms, sickle cell testing, and free STD, HIV and AIDS testing.
HPES consists of volunteer medical professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, medical technicians and health educators and medical students. Non-medical volunteers greet, keep records, and help as needed.