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For the Sake of All is now Health Equity Works + advocacy forum 7/24
The Washington University team behind the For the Sake of All report continues to raise awareness about health and life expectancy disparities in St. Louis under the new name Health Equity Works. Read the announcement and learn how the group is partnering with local agencies to improve lives in St. Louis and the entire region.
Despite the rebranding, relationships between the team at Washington University and their community and congregational partners are unchanged. Their mission is still to help faith communities deepen their understanding of and maximize their response to the disparities that exist between African American and white St. Louisans. They continue to mobilize the faithful to create a network of congregations who work toward racial equity for the sake of all.
Please plan to join the Faith & For the Sake of All Advocacy Forum on July 24, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Central Reform Congregation on Waterman, featuring Central Reform Congregation's Director of Advocacy and Communication Shira Berkowitz.
Reconciling Ministries: For Everyone Born Convocation, 7/26-29
The Love Your Neighbor Coalition presents For Everyone Born, a convocation of United Methodists committed to creating churches that are welcoming and affirming to all gender identities and/or sexual orientations. The convocation will be held July 26-29 at the St. Louis Airport Hilton.
Open Door Food Pantry Update: Just Buy Two!
Every month UUMC spends about $1000 to keep the Open Door Food Pantry stocked with needed items. We've seen a dramatic increase in visitors in 2018: in the first 6 months of 2017, we had 96 visits. In the first 6 months of 2018, we had 267 visits.
Do you want to donate to the pantry but forgot to bring the "most needed list" to your grocery store? Don't worry: all of your donations make a difference.
This summer we're asking you to Buy 2. For each nonperishable items on your grocery list, buy 2: one for yourself and one for the the pantry. Buying refried beans? Buy 2! Buying canned tomatoes? Buy 2! It's just a few extra dollars a week for us individually, but it will make a huge difference to our community. Here are the items we run out of the fastest:
- Cooking oil
- Laundry detergent and dish soap
- Canned pastas
- Canned meat
You can add those to your list or just buy 2 of what you're buying for yourself. Thank you for supporting our neighbors in need!
SNAP Legislation Results
Many of our Open Door Food Pantry guests rely on the supplemental nutrition program SNAP, but the Senate voted to change the requirements to make it harder to get help. For more information on the impact of this decision, read this article from The New York Times or a full report on the Be You Blog.
NAMI Family-to-Family Classes
NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.
Family-to-Family meets for twelve 2.5 hour sessions. Information and resources are provided at no cost to the participants. This program is designed for loved ones (over age 18) 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
Click here for more details and a schedule of classes and locations.
Volunteers in Mission Trip to Puerto Rico
Please prayerfully consider joining the Gateway Central District VIM team to the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico from 8/ 25– 9/01. The island of Vieques was devastated by Hurricane Maria September 20, 2017. The project is replacing the roof for Esperanza United Methodist Church.
- Travel Insurance: $35
- Team Fee: $550
- Airfare: $355.30*
- Total: $940.30*
*NOTE: Make your reservations ASAP. The airfare is subject to change depending on when you make your reservation. We will be flying Southwest Airlines from St. Louis to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Flight numbers and itinerary:
Sat Aug 25, 5:45 AM, Flt. 4670; Change planes in Ft. Lauderdale, Flt. 3139, 11:20 AM.
Sat Sep 1, 3:00 PM, Flt. 2820; Stop in Ft. Lauderdale, continues to St. Louis. Arrive 8:30 PM.
Project Coordinator: Rev. Phil Estes of Manchester UMC. For further information, please contact him at 636-200-7406.
Make your check payable to: Gateway Central District. Add: “Puerto Rico VIM Trip” to the memo line and send to
Gateway Central District
Attention: Angela Dennis
301 Sovereign Court, Suite 100
Ballwin, MO 63011
Election Dates for 2018
Are you ready to vote in 2018? Take note of the important dates below.
- 7/11: Last day to register to vote or update your information for the August 7th primary
- 7/16: Vote411.org goes live
- 7/27: League of Women Voters Metro St. Louis Voters' Guide published
- 8/2: Last day to request an absentee ballot for the primary
- 8/7: Primary polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- 9/25: Absentee voting begins for the November 6th election
- 10/10: Last day to register for the November 6th election
- 10/31: Last day to request an absentee ballot
- 11/6: Election day polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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.
Young Adults: Hidden Figures in Forest Park 7/20
On Friday, July 20th, the Young Adults group is meeting up to watch Hidden Figures in Forest Park! The movie officially starts at "dusk," and we will gather at 6pm with a BYO picnic supper. Savannah and Jessie have a picnic blanket, but bring chairs or more blankets if you want! Look for Savannah and Jessie, and text Jessie if you don't see them: (314) 497-0284. Also let them know if you need a ride.
God Sightings: John Mohr and Charlotte Ellis
Recently, Charlotte Ellis and John Mohr delivered powerful God Sightings during worship.
You can read Charlotte's sighting about her time serving as our representative at Annual Conference on the Be You Blog.
You can also listen to a recording of John's God Sighting. He recalled his recent Honor Flight, which included being greeted at the airport by UUMC members after his return flight to St. Louis.
Remembering Philip Smith
We join with the family and friends of UUMC member Philip Smith, father of Steve Smith and longtime member of our church community, who died on June 30th at the age of 89. Memorial contributions may be made to University United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice.
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.
The UMC Speaks Out Against Family Separations at the Border
Recently the news has been full of the images and sounds of immigrant families being painfully separated at the U.S./Mexico border. Along with our Christian family in other dominations, the UMC has taken a strong biblically-based stance on the issue: this separation is a violation of human rights and those who use the Bible to justify these actions are violating the spirit of the gospel, too. Read more about the church's stance and the actions that it has taken.
Microcredit Club Update
We've loaned over $50,000 to 80 countries! Read the June 2018 update on the Be You Blog. Thank you for supporting the U-City Microcredit Club!
Health Protection and Education Services (HPES)
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.