Rev. Diane Kenaston
5 Cups of Coffee:
The Opportunities Conversation
9:15 a.m. Summer Learning Series
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:45 a.m. Potluck
12:00 p.m. Third Thursday Young Adult Lunch
MTWF: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The office is closed on Thursdays.
Have News to Share?
Please email Amy 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.
5 Cups of Coffee
Want to have deeper conversations, but you're not sure how? Have 5 Cups of Coffee! For five weeks, we are sharing discussion starters for five conversations on calling and discipleship. The goal is to have at least five conversations with people seeking a deeper relationship with God. This can be someone who is part of this church, part of another religious tradition, or with no religious connection. The goal is not to convert, but to notice together how God is calling us to live and work in the world. Everyone wants to spend their lives doing something that has meaning, uses their gifts, and is something that they enjoy doing. These questions will help us to get there.
So invite someone to join you for a cup of coffee and a conversation! You can have these conversations on your own time, or you can meet Rev. Diane for 5 Cups of Coffee at Meshuggah Cafe at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays.
Annual Conference Statement from Charlotte Ellis
Last month, Charlotte Ellis represented UUMC at the Missouri Annual Conference, where she joined other delegates for worship and fellowship, as well as to conduct business related to goals, programs, budgets, and ordination of clergy members as deacons and elders. Read her statement about the conference on the Leadership Announcements Blog.
Action Alert: St. Louis County is Reviewing Building Codes
Tell your Saint Louis County Councilmember to support up-to-date energy efficiency building codes!
The St. Louis County Council will soon be updating building energy codes. Last summer, St. Louis City adopted the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) building codes. The County should adopt these same energy code currently in place in St. Louis City. With this code, new county homeowners and renters could save $500 per household each year on lighting, heating and cooling costs. The current proposal by the St. Louis County Building Commission would significantly increase energy costs for residents compared to the current county building codes. We should be making our homes more efficient—not less. The new building codes should include updates to the amount of building insulation, requirements for energy efficient windows, and programmable thermostats.
Greater energy efficiency standards create greater benefits by saving money on utility bills, by reducing pollution (burning less coal), by improving indoor air quality, and by protecting homebuyers with certified energy audits to ensure homes are tight, well insulated and perform as required by code.
The St. Louis County Council will make the final decision. Please write or email your County Councilmember and County Executive Dr. Sam Page today in support of energy efficiency for new residential and commercial buildings in St. Louis County.
Environmental Tip: Summer has arrived, consider hanging up your clothes to dry. Over a lifetime, a single t-shirt can contribute 9 pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. An estimated 60% of the energy associated with an article of clothing is from washing and drying it.
Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook Documentary Screening at Washington University
What would happen if political operatives tried to subvert the sacred American principle of “one person, one vote”? What if they hatched and pursued that plan for years before anyone noticed what they were doing? That is the frightening tale told in a new feature documentary, Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.
Please join the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis in partnership with the St. Louis Area Voting Initiative, St. Louis Area Voter Protection Coalition, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Gamma Omega Chapter, and Metropolitan Congregations United for a special free screening of the documentary.
The purpose of the screening is to engage the community with a deep dive into voter suppression tactics, and the significant impacts it has on voter participation. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and call to action.
When: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
Where: 24:1 Cinema, 6755 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63133
To sign up for the screening, please register here by Friday, August 2, 2019.
Book Club, Tuesday 8/6
UUMC Book Club will next meet on Tuesday, August 6th, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Bonnie Muren. This month's book is a classic, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, which is the story of a runaway boy and an escaped slave's travels on the Mississippi. Email Bonnie for more information or to RSVP.
Coming Soon: 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 29th.
Summer Learning Series:
"The Old Testament"
The Old Testament, or Tanakh, was written in ancient Israel over 1000 years by many authors. What can this book teach us about the ancient Israelities? How can our faith benefit from new scholarly understanding? As scripture or as the most influential piece of literature ever written, this book is a source of constant wonder, inspiration, and intrigue. Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, a world renowned Old Testament scholar gives an interesting and challenging DVD presentation. This is a "Everything I always wanted to know about the Old Testament but didn't want to have to read it to find out" course. Class will meet Sundays from 9:15 am to 10:15 am in the Parlor. Please contact John Barrett with any questions.
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.
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.