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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.
Every year, James Pace participates in a walk to raise funds and awareness for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). NAMIWalks 2019 will take place on May 4 in Chesterfield, MO. Click here to learn more, sign up to sponsor Jim, or join the "Oui oui, Monsieur!" team.
Have old markers? Recycle them at UUMC!
Good news: 276 markers were donated in February, bringing the total to 799 markers donated since October! Keep up the good work!
Please help support the program by dropping off any used markers you may have around the house, even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located in each classroom and by the preschool office for you to deposit any used markers that are ready to be discarded.
UMCOR Sunday, 3/31
On Sunday, March 31st, all United Methodist Churches will be taking a special donation to support the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR provides disaster relief in the U.S. and around the world. We will have UMCOR donation envelopes available at the worship service, or you can mail in your check and indicate "UMCOR" in the memo line.
Read more about the work UMCOR does to help children, families, and communities who have experienced disasters across the globe.
Vote on April 2nd!
During the season of Lent, the UUMC community will be practicing the spiritual discipline of meditation. Our Sunday services will have a communal meditation practice, and you are each invited to use the audio meditation recording that will be sent in the weekly email to meditate throughout the week. Links to the audio recordings are below.
Introduction to Meditation - 15 minute audio
Week 1: Watch & Pray - 17 minute audio
Week 2: Abide in Love - 19 minute audio
Week 3: Redemption is Coming - 22 minute audio
(c) 2019 Jordan Grammer, used with permission
Can you commit to a daily practice? A few times a week? At least once? Jesus invites us, as he invited his disciples to be with him, to “watch and pray” as we look toward the crucifixion.
Help how101 Provide Water to Teen Boys in Kenya
Beverly Bross and all the how101 (Help Our World - One on One) staff would like to make you aware of an urgent need at Taraja, the home for teen boys that we support in Kenya. The well that they depend on for drinking, cooking, hygiene, and crop irrigation has run dry. Digging a new well would cost over $19,000. They now must depend on water trucks to deliver to their rural location, and they need two tanks to store the water. These tanks cost a total of $640. Your donation to fill this need would be greatly appreciated! Checks can be made out to UUMC with "how101" in the memo line.
April Book Club, Tuesday 4/2
UUMC Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on April 2nd at Emily Mathews's house. The selected book is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. This book follows Don Tillman, a socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. He designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter prospective candidates. Don meets Rosie and disqualifies her as a candidate, but helps Rosie on her quest to identify her biological father. This feel-good book is just what you need as we head into spring. Please RSVP to Emily if you plan to attend.
Upcoming LOGOS Classes
LOGOS is a study and conversation group that meets at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the UUMC Library. We invite you to join us for LOGOS as we explore a range of topics related to our faith, our world, and our lives together. Each week, a new speaker presents a new topic for reflection and discussion. Come for one session or come for them all. Childcare available.
March 31st - “Incarceration: The Experience & Learnings So Far of a Family You Know” with Tom Snider
April 7th - “Incarceration: The Experience & Learnings So Far of a Family You Know” with Tom Snider
April 14th - “#churchtoo” (Sexual Assault Awareness Month observance) with S. Jewell S. McGhee
April 21st - Easter break (No LOGOS class)
April 28th - “Draw the Circle Wide: Neuroscience and Justice” with Tom Mitchell
May 5th - “Draw the Circle Wide: Neuroscience and Justice” with Tom Mitchell
May 12th - “Draw the Circle Wide: Neuroscience and Justice” with Tom Mitchell
May 19th - “Draw the Circle Wide: Neuroscience and Justice” with Tom Mitchell
Help the Mozambique Initiative Respond to Cyclone Idai
At midnight on Thursday March 14th, Cyclone Idai, a high-end Category 2 storm with 110 mph winds, made landfall at the city of Beira, Mozambique, causing widespread devastation before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi. Aid agencies fear that as much as 90% of the city of Beira, Mozambique may be destroyed. The official death toll in Mozambique stands at 84, but the real number could be over 1000. Several Methodist Mission areas, including an orphanage, sustained significant damage to roofs, doors and windows.
You can help by praying for our siblings in Mozambique and by contributing to the Mozambique Initiative using any of the following methods:
· Check: Send a check to the Missouri Annual Conference, 3601 Amron Court, Columbia, Missouri, 65202, with "Mozambique disaster recovery" in the memo line.
· Online: Use this link to donate online.
· Text: Text the amount you'd like to give "MI" (For example, 50 MI) to 573-207-4546, and you will be prompted through. For the next three weeks all monies received through the MI text-to-give code will be used for Mozambique disaster recovery.
Pizza with a Purpose FUNraiser for Open Door
Make a note on your calendar to go out for lunch or dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) in the Galleria on Wednesday, May 1st. For all purchases made between 11:00 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., 20% of your bill -- including sit-down meals, take out, all beverages and gift cards -- will benefit the Open Door Food Pantry. To participate in this fundraiser, you must present a special flyer to your server so the purchase will count. The flyer will be available at the church and preschool offices starting April 7th and will be included in the Sunday bulletin.
Rev. Diane Speaks at Interfaith Candlelight Vigil
On Sunday, March 17th, Rev. Diane spoke at an interfaith Candlelight Vigil in the University City Loop to condemn the horrific terrorist attacks at two New Zealand mosques and to show solidarity with our Muslim siblings. You can read her full remarks on UUMC's "Be You" Blog.
Lent has just begun, but it’s not too early to start thinking about Easter Flowers! Flowers will be displayed in the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 21.
Flower options and prices are below:
Potted azaleas, $15.75
6” Potted mums, $9.75
6” Tulip, $8.95
Hydrangeas (gallon), $15.75
Please submit your order by Wednesday, April 10, by completing this form or filling out the pink order form inserted in the bulletin. Please indicate whether the flowers are in honor or remembrance of an individual.
Inclement Weather Policy
In case of inclement weather or other emergency resulting in a need to cancel services on a Sunday morning, we will send out an e-mail to members of our mailing list, contact major television stations, post on our Facebook page, and notify members by phone who request a phone call. The announcement to cancel services will be made no later than 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday.
In case of inclement weather Monday-Friday, we will close the Church Office if University City School District closes. Weekday activities, such as meetings or rehearsals, will be canceled at the discretion of the activity leader, who will notify participants directly.
Discipleship Path Posters
Wondering about the posters in Fellowship Hall? Interested in exploring your spiritual gifts? Read Tom Mitchell's blog post here and contact him or Phyllis Hershey for more information on the Discipleship Path.
Shop at Schnucks? Put Earned Rewards towards the Open Door Food Pantry!
Any time you shop at Schnucks, you can apply the calculated "Schnucks Rewards" from your purchase toward the Open Door Food Pantry's (ODFP) weekly food costs! Learn more on our Mission Blog.
Microcredit Club Update
We've loaned over $50,000 to 82 countries! Read the February 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.