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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.
Be You, Be Loved, Belong, Saturday 8/24
Interested in learning more about UUMC, baptism, or becoming a member? Sign up for the next Be You, Be Loved, Belong class, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 24th! This three-hour course with Rev. Diane connects you with UUMC through shared stories, giftedness, and calling. To sign up for the next class, email Rev. Diane.
Festival of Sharing
Now through September 15th, our goal is to collect one month’s worth of the following popular pantry items:
Laundry Detergent (preferably free & clear)
Cooking Oil (medium-sized canola)
There is a collection box in the Sanctuary. Reaching our goals during our Festival of Sharing will help lower the yearly financial costs of running the Open Door Pantry!
If you are unable to shop or transport items, you can make a monetary donation by writing “Festival of Sharing” on your cash envelope or check memo line, or by selecting the “Festival of Sharing” envelope on Givelify.
Dinners for 8:
Fall 2019 Scramble
Dinners for 8 is an opportunity to gather with other church members and attendees in small groups for food and fellowship. Singles, couples and families are welcome. Most groups meet about once a month. The host typically provides the main course while others provide salad, vegetable and dessert. Hosts rotate, and you can co-host with someone in your group.
We scramble the groups twice a year (September & February). Unpaired singles are 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, that person will be added to one of the groups of eight.
The Fall 2019 scramble is in progress with new groups to be announced in September, so now is the time to join! If you have questions or would like to join Dinners for 8, contact John Mohr. Please include whether or not you can accommodate children.
SHED Work Days
This summer, SHED (Safe Homes for the Elderly and Disabled) has been busy trimming bushes, raking up debris, and doing minor repairs for elderly and disabled U-City residents. Visit UUMC's Facebook or Instagram pages to see photos of what UUMC volunteers have accomplished! If you would like to participate in SHED, contact Rich Wymore.
Microcredit Club Update
We've loaned over $50,000 to 82 countries! Read the May 2019 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 Health Protection and Education Services (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. Read more on our Mission Blog.
Dine Around This Fall to Support Open Door Pantry
Mark your calendars for three upcoming restaurant fundraising efforts to support the Open Door Pantry. Come out and enjoy a meal, dessert, or order pick-up! A minimum of 50 hungry friends, family or neighbors are needed to participate at each outing to make these events successful:
Break bread at Panera Bread in Brentwood Square on Thursday, August 29th from 4 to 8 p.m.
Enjoy a frozen yogurt "church social" at froYo at Clayton and Lindbergh on Wednesday, September 25th from 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy Pizza at a TBA location and date in November.
Pick up a special coupon flyer on Sunday by the poster located in Fellowship Hall. Or, download the flyer then present it to your server at time of purchase. You are urged to share UUMC's Facebook post or post the flyer and info on your social media platform of choice. Your support is appreciated!
Mark Your Calendar! Sunday School 9/8
As summer comes to an end, UUMC invites you to join in our new slate of Sunday School classes beginning on Sunday, September 8th. Children's Sunday School for students Pre-K to 7th grade meets before worship from 9:30-10:30 a.m. LOGOS classes meet at 9:15 a.m. and cover a range of topics related to our faith, our world, and our lives together. For September’s class entitled “Gathering of UM Scholars,” Rev. Diane and Rev. Dr. Adam Ployd will facilitate a discussion of TED-style presentations from centrist and progressive scholars in The United Methodist Church about our future as a denomination. Please contact the church office with any questions.
Book Club, Tuesday 9/3
UUMC Book Club will next meet on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Jean Light. This month's book is Two Kinds of Truth, a mystery by Michael Connelly. Email Jean for more information or to RSVP.
White Fragility Book Discussion
This fall, Rev. Diane will facilitate a book discussion group on White Fragility: Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. It is an important book, and she hopes to get a large number of participants from UUMC and the wider community. The discussion group will meet on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. from September 9th through October 14th. Please mark your calendars! For a complimentary copy of the book, RSVP through the church office by August 22nd.
Ignore that Gift Card Email
The Federal Trade Commission is alerting religious leaders around the country about a gift card scam targeting worshipers. The FTC alert, Worshipers targeted by gift card scam, explains that scammers pretend to be a pastor, rabbi, priest, imam, or bishop and then ask worshipers for gift card contributions for a worthy cause. Appeals are often made by email, but we’ve heard people are getting texts and phone calls, too. The imposter asks people to buy a popular gift card — frequently, iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon — and then asks for the gift card number and PIN on the back of the card. Those numbers let the scammer immediately get the money people loaded onto the card. Once that’s done, the scammer and peoples’ money are gone, usually without a trace. But there are things people should do if they paid a scammer with a gift card.