Rev. Diane Kenaston
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9/21: Race & Justice Dialog
The Center for Social Justice and Empowerment is hosting a dialog on 9/21 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will focus on the tension between race and our justice system. Read more on their website about this important meeting.
District Conference, 9/24
Our annual District Conference will take place on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Webster Hills Christian Life Center, located at 1333 Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119 from 2:00p.m.- 5:00p.m.
The focus for this year's conference is social justice. You can sign up for one of two possible workshops and then enjoy a powerful message from guest speaker Rev. Tina L. Harris, Director of Office of Mission, Service and Justice. Lastly, we will distribute a copy of 2018 Apportionments and vote on the budget for 2018.
New Monday Night Small Group, 9/25-10/30
Tom Mitchell is heading up a new short-term study using the book Always We Begin Again. The group will meet at the St. Louis Bread Company outside of Plaza Frontenac on Mondays, 9/25-10/30.
The purpose of this group is to develop personal spirituality through the writings of John McQuiston, who summarizes the Rule of St. Benedict in modern terms. The book is simple, straightforward and eminently practicable. Contact Tom Mitchell at 314-858-1020 for details.
Fall LOGOS Topics
September 10- October 1:
"Junk: It's What's for Dinner! - Exploring Issues of Hunger and Food Access in St. Louis" with social justice educator Julie Strassman. Read more here.
October 8-29: "Responding to Mental Illness as a Community" with Ellen Boone
November: "History of University UMC" with Marty Braeske
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.
Next Screening: October 21, U-City Public Library
Microcredit Club Update
The U-City Microcredit Club met virtually on 8/29 and made 8 loans totaling $600 to individuals and groups in Brazil, India, Tanzania, Senegal, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Viet Nam, and Turkey. Read the complete story on the Be You 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.
Center for Race, Class, and Culture, 9/27, 7-9pm
Leaving the place where you were born and raised and coming to a new place with a new language, culture and customs is a difficult and daunting task. Doing so in today’s political climate is doubly so.
For the September meeting of the Conversations on Race, Class and Culture, we are inviting people who have done this to come and share with us their stories and experiences. We hope to learn more about what it is like to walk in their shoes.
If you are or know of someone who is willing to share their story, please come to our meeting. We would love to have them join our panel. Email Rick for details or to sign up as a speaker.
Centering Prayer Workshop/ Silent Retreat, 9/30 b& 10/14
Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood is hosting a Saturday morning workshop on Centering Prayer. Learn the history of this contemplative practice and how to use it to enrich your own spiritual life.
On October 14, Grace will host a Silent Saturday retreat where you can gather with others to participate in centering prayers.
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.
How to Communicate with Elected Officials
Want to get talk to your elected officials about social justice issues but don't know where to start? The League of Women Voters has put together a handy guide that you can download here.
Missouri Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
If you are 60 years and older you may qualify to receive supplemental food once a month to meet your nutritional needs. Items in the food package include canned meat, vegetables, fruits, cereal, cheese, pasta, rice or potatoes, liquid and dry milk, juice, dry beans and peanut butter.
In order to participate in this program and be a designated pick-up location, UUMC needs to enroll 25 people who need food. To qualify through CSFP, one needs to be a resident of the state of Missouri and meet income eligibility requirements. Detailed information is available on the table outside Fellowship Hall. If you or anyone you know could use additional food, please complete the application form and return it in the enclosed envelope to the Church Office.
As soon as we enroll enough people we will begin distributing food. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Greening.
Our Church is Good At...Giving
It's that time of the year again! The Leadership Team is working on the 2018 budget, but we can't do it without your help.
2018 Giving Intention cards were distributed last week with your current giving statement. If you didn't get a card, more will be available during worship this Sunday. You can also submit your giving intention online.
Read Rev. Diane's letter outlining the way UUMC makes a difference in University City and around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can help extend our mission in the upcoming year.
Please submit your giving intention form by Sunday, October 1. We'll celebrate that day and announce the 2018 budget during potluck.
CROP Walk and Concert, 10/01
Get some exercise, enjoy fellowship, and stay for a free concert. And at the same time, raise money for local food banks. Sounds pretty good, right? This year's CROP walk, hosted by Eden Theological Seminary, starts at 5:30 p.m., with a concert to follow at 7:00 p.m . Sign up and get more details here.
Duty to God Scout Class, 10/01-11/05
Calling all Webelos! Rev. Diane will be teaching a Duty to God class on Sunday afternoons at 3pm starting on 10/01. The class runs for 6 weeks and is a requirement for the Webelo badge. The class will meet in families' homes in the Maplewood/ Brentwood area. Email Elizabeth for details.
Book Club, 10/03
Our book for Tuesday, October 3 at 7pm is Commonwealth by Ann Patchett which tells "the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives." "It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together." #1 New York Times Bestseller. Bonnie Muren will host at 7730 Balson, University City. Questions? 314-387-0411
2017 Charge Conference, 10/26
Every fall, UUMC participates in our local Charge Conference. This year, our conference will be on 10/26, 7-9 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church (Ladue.) Contact Rev. Diane or Dan Barrett if you have questions.
Trivia Night Save the Date
The next Trivia Night will be Saturday, November 11th. Save the date! More information and sign-up links coming soon.
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus and what discipleship opportunities does UUMC offer? Read Tom Mitchell's blog post here.
One of our values as a congregation is to learn with an open spirit.
United Methodists & Racial Justice
United Methodism believes that racism is a sin and it's the duty of all Christians to advocate for the equal treatment of all persons. You can read more, learn what you can do to help, and download resources here.
Upper Room Available
Look on the table in the Fellowship Hall with the blue tablecloth to get your copy of this daily devotional!
Our new welcome statement includes "gender identity." These links will give you some background on gender identity in the UMC and resources to learn more about gender identity.
Gender Identity within the UMC
No official policy excludes people from United Methodist ordination based on gender identity. Whether or not someone's gender matches the gender assigned to them at birth, they are eligible to be ordained and serve as pastors. An attempt in 2008 to deny ordination to transgender persons failed at the General Conference.
Transgender ministers currently serve United Methodist churches. You can read one transgender pastor's story here.
You can also read more from the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI) (part of Reconciling Ministries Network).
Trans Christians Gathering in Chicago
What is it like to be trans/ gender non-conforming and a Christian? The answer: it's often lonely.
Reconciling Ministries sponsored a recent retreat in Chicago to gather trans and gender-nonconforming Christians to share their experiences and learn that they are not alone or unloved in the church. It was the first gathering of its kind.
Morgan Hunlen went to this retreat, with UUMC's prayers and blessing.
Way Forward Commission Issues Status Update
The Commission on a Way Forward has released a slideshow status report on its work to foster unity in The United Methodist Church amid divisions on issues related to human sexuality.
Read press release and report
Read UMNS coverage of last meeting
Way Forward gets input on church future
General Resources on Gender Identity
Confused about the terminology? Check out this fun graphic: the Gender Unicorn (printed image available in Fellowship Hall).
Listen to "Discussing changing conceptions of gender identity and how to talk about it" from St. Louis on the Air in Podcasts.
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