Rev. Diane Kenaston
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Be You Class, 9/23, 2-5 p.m. in the parlor
Be You, Be Loved, Belong is a three-hour course with Rev. Diane that connects you with University UMC through shared stories, giftedness, and calling. Reserve your spot by emailing Rev. Diane. Each participant will be matched with a Be You Friend.
Call to Action: Farm Bill
This call to action is part of our new Mission theme: Advocate for Children.
Every five years, Congress rewrites the “Farm Bill,” a key piece of legislation that impacts our food, soil and water quality, health, and wallets. It is a federal omnibus bill that covers a variety of food and farm programs, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.) The current proposed Farm Bill makes significant cuts that would hurt families, including our own Food Pantry guests. The current bill expires on 9/30/18, so please contact your national legislators and urge them not to cut SNAP.
Read more about the Farm Bill at the links below:
Hurricane Florence Relief
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) will respond to Hurricane Florence, while still providing long-term disaster relief for previous storms, including Hurricanes Harvey, Sandy, Irma, Maria, and Katrina, among others. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of United Methodists, 100% of your gift will go to relief efforts. You can contribute during the offering in worship by writing UMCOR on your memo line or giving envelope, or give online. On Sunday, 9/16, we gave $465 to UMCOR. Thank you for your generosity!
September LOGOS:This is my Body,with Hannah Shanks
Hannah Shanks, who worked at UUMC during the summer of 2016, recently published a book through Cokesbury, This is My Body. She writes about how the words “The body of Christ, broken for you” and “The blood of Christ, shed for you” took on new meaning during her pregnancy with her son, Ezra. She’ll be presenting her book and leading discussion on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Parlor. Read an interview with Hannah in the MO Conference magazine!
Young Adult Info Updates
If you're between the ages of 18-30, please help us update our records by filling out this quick form. This way we can stay in touch with you or remove you from our contact lists if you no longer want letters/ emails. Thanks for your help!
Election Dates for 2018
Are you ready to vote in 2018? Take note of the important dates below.
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.
African American Participation in Alzheimer's Disease Research: Effective Strategies Workshop, 10/9-10
African Americans are under-represented in Alzheimer's Disease research, yet studies indicate that they are twice as likely to have the disease as white Americans. This free workshop explores the topic of African American participation in research. Click here for the full schedule and registration information.
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.
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.
All-Church Work Day, 9/29
For all those of you who wished you could work on a SHED project but feared poison ivy or allergies, here is your opportunity to make a difference.
There is much to do in our lovely, but aging, facility, and we are going to take on some of it on Saturday, 9/29. We will find work for any skill level and provide all the tools and support you need.
We will begin at 9 a.m., have a light lunch around noon, and finish by 3 p.m. or sooner. If you can only work for a part of the time, let us know that, and we will plan accordingly. Child care will be provided. We need to know who is coming so we can plan the work and arrange for tools and supplies.
ASP 25th Service Trip Celebration
Have you gone on one of UUMC’s 25 Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Trips? Or have you sent a child/ grandchild on these trips? If so, join us after worship on 9/30 to celebrate our 25th trip. Whether or not you can come in person, please email photos, thoughts, and stories to Alice Mohr that you’d like to share with the church. We’ll look at photos, share memories, and enjoy ice cream sundaes.
Regional Conversations on The Way Forward,
The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. Their report will be voted upon at the February 2019 General Conference.
Bishop Farr’s goal is to foster a clear understanding of the plans so that participants may return to their local church and discuss the plans in a more informed manner. Click here to learn more about the Commission on a Way Forward.
Local meetings will be held on October 9 at Webster Hills UMC from 7-8:30 p.m. and October 10 at Lafayette Park UMC from 10-11:30 a.m.
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.
Open Door Food Pantry September Update
Did you know that every month UUMC spends about $1000 to keep the Open Door Food Pantry stocked with needed items. For the month of September, we are collecting hygiene items for our Open Door Food Pantry guests, especially:
Large bars of unscented soap
Small packets of Kleenex
Small tubes (0.85 oz.) of toothpaste
Individually packaged toothbrushes
1.4 oz solid sticks of deodorant
3 fl. oz. plastic bottles of shampoo
Thank you for your continued generosity and support!
Microcredit Club Update
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.