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Please email Elizabeth with your announcement. Please limit to 300 words. Announcements must arrive before 5pm on Monday to be included in that week's email/ Headlines page/ bulletin. Announcements will be edited before publication. Make sure you include a description of your event and contact info for more information.
Just a reminder that you can have the cashier swipe your card every time you shop at Schnucks and the preschool gets up to 3% of your total spent. If you need a card there are some by the coffee in Fellowship Hall or at the courtesy counter at your store. Register it on line for UUM PreschoolID #500004887.
The preschool receives a deposit every month. Thank you so much for your help!
Looking for the Learn section? It has its own page now! Click here.
Walk to Jerusalem
Did you make a New Year's Resolution to get more exercise? Keep track of your activity and join us in a church-wide "Walk to Jerusalem." We're making a virtual pilgrimage from St. Louis to Jerusalem: 6,440 miles!
Activity isn't limited to walking. You can use handy conversion charts like this one to translate your housework, errand running, aerobics, or other activities into steps. Keep track of your weekly progress and email your steps to Elizabeth or record them in the welcome sheet in your bulletin. Read more on the Be You Blog.
Dinners for 8 Sign-up
Dinners for 8 (or more!) is an opportunity to gather with other church members and attendees in small groups for food and fellowship. The typical scenario is for a once a month meeting. The host family typically provides the main course while others provide salad, vegetable, and dessert.
The host chooses whether to meet in their home, or at public area (such as a park), or at the church (reserve your free space with the church office.) If you are unable to be a host or hostess, just volunteer to co-host with someone in your group.
The plan is to scramble the groups twice a year (fall and February). Singles will be randomly paired with other singles. Then all pairs will be randomly assigned to groups of eight. If groups are not all filled, a group will be tasked with finding a mystery guest. If there is an extra single, he/she will be added to one of the groups of 8. Contact John Mohr at 314-567-3398 or the church office to sign up.
LOGOS resumes on January 7th, when Rev. Justin Martin will present "Dignity All the Way: A Theological Conversation about ‘End of Life’ Wishes and Decisions." Justin is a candidate for ordained ministry in the West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he is also a Licensed Local Pastor. Recently, Justin moved to St. Louis, Missouri to work full time as a chaplain at St. Anthony’s Medical Center/Mercy. Prior to living in St. Louis, Justin lived in Columbus, Ohio and Washington, DC.
Be You, Be Loved, Belong Classes
Note: the current class will be rescheduled. New dates will be announced as soon as possible.
Be You, Be Loved, Belong is a three-session course with Rev. Diane that connects you with University UMC through shared stories, giftedness, and calling. Completing this course provides the entry point for membership, adult baptism, or baptism for your child at University United Methodist Church.
During the class, we'll share our stories, explore how the baptismal covenant affects our daily lives, and discover how God has gifted us to serve. Each participant will be paired with a sponsor from the congregation (tell Rev. Diane if you have someone in mind). To sign up for the next class, email Rev. Diane.
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.
Conversations on Race, Class, and Culture 1/24, 7:00 p.m.
To kick off the new year, the January meeting of Conversations on Race, Class, and Culture welcomes Joy Lieberman. The 1960s were turbulent for University City, as real estate agents, bankers, insurance companies and others attempted to exploit the initial racial integration of University City. A University City High School graduate, Joy, and her husband, Lawrence, served and supported University City throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Larry, was appointed to the University City Council in 1965, and served, a total of 29 years. Joy served on the University City School Board for 24 years.
Joy will share her memories of those years and lead us in conversation about race, class, and culture in University City 2018 and beyond.
Volunteers Needed for Election Day
The Board of Elections is currently searching for civically-minded and engaged individuals to staff the polls on Election Day. All workers are required to be registered to vote in the state of Missouri, speak and write in English, and attend a training class prior. All workers will be compensated for training if they work. If you would like more information, please call 314-615-1865, or apply online now.
EarthDance Organic Farm School
EarthDance Organic Farm School is a working farm and non-profit in Ferguson that teaches people of all ages where their food comes from and how to grow it themselves. On January 11th, 5% of all net sales at all St. Louis Whole Foods Markets will go to them. Since our mission is a healthier St. Louis, we might all want to do a little shopping at Whole Foods that day.
NAMI Family-to-Family Classes
NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.
- Up-to-date information about a range of mental illnesses, including co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders
- Skills related to crises management, solving problems and communicating effectively
- Guidance on locating appropriate local supports and services
Classes are meeting in January-February at various locations. See the class schedule/register online or call 314.962.4670.
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.
Food Pantry Update
On 1/10/18, the food pantry served 12 guests and gave out 24 bags of groceries and personal products plus bus tickets. Now our shelves are nearly bare (see image above)! Please help by donating the following this week:
- cooking oil
- laundry detergent
- dish detergent
- paper towels
- diapers size 3
- pancake mix & syrup
- chili & stews
- tuna & chicken
- canned pasta items
- ramen noodles
Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!
Tax Credit Available
A Missouri Tax Credit is available for donations of cash or food items to the UUMC Food Pantry. Save your receipts! Forms to be signed by Rev. Diane will be available in the church office after January 1.
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.
Thimble Club, 1/17, 11:30 a.m.
We're meeting at The Brookdale of Creve Coeur. Personal Trainer, Charlie Foxman, will discuss Balancing Life. Please call Pat Chambers. 314 482 1679 for more information. Pat Chambers & Myrtice Young are looking forward to seeing you all.
February Book Club, 2/6, 7:00 p.m.
In February, we'll discuss News of the World by Paulette Jiles, a Missouri native and finalist for the National Book Award in 2016. News of the World is a Western novel which takes place in post-Civil War Texas. The book involves the harrowing odyssey of a 10 year old girl returning to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with the Kiowa warriors who murdered her parents 4 years earlier. Pam Wright will be the host. Please contact her at 314-432-0473 if you have any questions.
Spring Awakening, 3/3
Spring Awakening is an annual event organized by the Reconciling (LGBTQ+) Ministry of the United Methodist Church in the Missouri Conference. This year the event is being hosted by UUMC!
The list of discussion panelists includes our own Morgan Hunlen, as well as an intersex person, transgender persons, the parent of a transgender child, and the director of Washington University's Pediatric Transgender Health department.
The event opens at 2:30 p.m., and the one-hour discussion starts at 3 p.m., followed by a reception before the 5 p.m. worship service. Our preacher is Jarell Wilson from Chicago. All are welcome!
Health Protection and Education Services (HPES)
Read the latest HPES newsletter here.
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.
Microcredit Club Update
Read the December 2017 report on the Be You Blog. Thank you for supporting the U-City Microcredit Club in 2017!