Have News to Share?
Click here to submit your request to Elizabeth.
Submissions must be received via the online form above by 5pm on Mondays in order to be included in the upcoming week's email/ website updates/ bulletin.
Please do not email announcements.
UUMC is hiring a part-time Office Manager (15 hours per week) to work with Elizabeth, who is staying on as Communications Manager. Know anyone with good admin/ light accounting skills? Check out our Employment page for details.
Bean Soup Mix Sales
Sisters in Faith again will be selling bags of bean soup mix for the holidays. The price is $4 bag for a delicious meal. Each bag comes with simple instructions. Proceeds are used to support the Open Door Food Pantry.
The Mystic Way of Evangelism, Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday evenings 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, and 12/10.
When the decline of the mainline church sends us into what the mystics call "a dark night of the soul," we can be tempted to use evangelism as a quick-fix boost of sales & marketing. Unfortunately, that approach turns neighbors into "consumers" and faith into a "product." Instead, God calls us to contemplative spirituality.
Christian mysticism can offer a holistic evangelism appropriate to the postmodern world. Rev. Diane will present the wisdom of ancient, medieval, and modern mystics in this five-week course based on the book The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach by Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School. This class is appropriate for anyone skeptical of evangelism or mysticism.
Dr. Heath writes, "Real evangelism is not colonialism, nationalism, or imperialism.... Evangelism is the holistic initiation of people into the reign of God as revealed in Jesus Christ... Evangelism as an initiatory process is complete only when individuals are fully incorporated into the church, participating in the life of the church in worship, service, prayer, and evangelistic presence in the world. This means that evangelism really is at the heart of everything we believe and practice as Christians."
November LOGOS: “Our Church, Our History, Our Future"
LOGOS meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor. Starting Sunday, November 5th, long-term member Marty Braeske will present a four-part series on the history and vision of University United Methodist Church.
He is a retired urban planner with more than 50 years experience working for St. Louis County Government and Saint Louis Public Schools, as well as private consultants. Session One will be based largely on "A Short History of University Church," a pamphlet which he prepared for the Church Centennial celebration in 2006. Session Two will be an urban planner's perspective of twentieth century urban growth an social, economic and political trends. Session Three will focus on current trends in policy analysis and governance. The last session will be a joyful slide show of UUMC' celebrations and fellowship over the past century.
Kingdom House Christmas Shop, 12/03 Deadline
This year we're donating toys and household items to guests at Kingdom House. Please bring your donations to UUMC by 12/03. Kingdom House is a UMC-affiliated nonprofit that serves children and families in the south St. Louis area. Read the "most needed" gift list for ideas. Only new items, please.
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.
Microcredit Club Update, 11/3
The U-City Microcredit Club met this month and distributed $850 worth of loans to recipients in Albania, Brazil, Cambodia, Honduras, Kenya, Lebanon, Paraguay, Tanzania, and Uganda. Read the complete report 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.
Black Lives Matter Vigils
The rotating West County #BlackLivesMatter vigil schedule will be as follows (all vigils take place from 11:30am-12:30pm)
- 1st Saturday: Boone's Crossing & Chesterfield Airport Rd (SW corner)
- 2nd Saturday: Manchester Rd & 141 (under the bridge, south side)
- 3rd Saturday: Kirkwood City Hall
- 4th Saturday: Clayton Rd & Clarkson Rd (NE corner)
- 5th Saturday (if applicable): Olive Blvd & 270 (atop the bridge, south side)
Our monthly presence in Kirkwood will be followed by a gathering at Eliot Unitarian Chapel (100 South Taylor Ave), located just east of the new Kirkwood City Hall vigil site. This new, monthly gathering will begin at 1pm and will be a chance for folks both new to and established within our Community Action Network to gather in community with one another. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us - all are welcome! Visit our Facebook page for more information.
The Many Faces of Thankfulness, 11/21
Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Program
Tuesday, November 21, 7:30pm
Christ Unity Church
Join us at 7:30pm on Tuesday, November 21st for our Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Program. This year's program, "The Many Faces of Thankfulness," features speakers and musical performers offering voices of thankfulness. We create this annual program to share in the opportunity to express gratefulness from our different traditions.
This year's event will be held at Unity Christ Church, 33. North Skinker Blvd., 63105 (at the corner of Skinker and Forsyth). The pastor there, Rev. Ron Palumbo, is an acting member of our Cabinet and has eagerly entered into partnership with us since he was called to this congregation less than a year ago.
This year's lineup includes the names below. Additional speakers/performers are being confirmed to fill out the lineup for this 90 minute program.
- Words of welcome from Lawrence Johnson, president of Unity Christ Church
- Arielle Pedersen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, singing "Thankful"
- Sam Silverstein, Jewish speaker, offering reflections
- All-sing "Love Changes Everything," led by Rev. Ron Palumbo
- Native American speaker Brooke Johnson
- Candice Salmon and Baha'i singers performing
- A Christian speaker offering reflections
- Cantor Seth Warner of Shaare Emeth performing
- Venerable Jue Huang of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Center speaking
- Choir from Metropolitan AME Zion Choir performing
- Drs. Sofia and Gurprakash Grewal, Sikh members, speaking
- All-sing "I Am So Blessed," led by Rev. Ron Palumbo
The program will be followed by refreshments in the Narthex.
Parking is either at Unity Church Church or the Seventh Day Adventist immediately behind it, or on the street along Skinker or Forsyth.
UUM Preschool: Schnucks Cards
Just a reminder that you can have the cashier swipe your card every time you shop at Schnucks and the preschool gets up to 3% of your total spent. If you need a card there are some by the coffee in Fellowship Hall or at the courtesy counter at your store. Register it on line for UUM PreschoolID #500004887.
The preschool receives a deposit every month. Thank you so much for your help!
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.
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.
If you have any questions, please contact Karen Greening.
WashU Choir Concert, 11/19
Our music director, Nicole Aldrich, invites you to an upcoming WashU Choirs concert: "Reformation/Revolutions," Sunday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 pm in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall of the 560 Music Building. The concert explores the ways the world changes music, and the ways music changes the world. The centerpiece of the concert is A Sermon from the Mountain: Martin Luther King, a cantata by Alice Parker celebrating the words and work of the great preacher and revolutionary. Free admission.
Food Pantry THIS WEEK
The Open Door Food Pantry gave out 26 bags of food and cleaning/ paper products plus bus passes to 13 guests who visited this week. One client said, "This is the nicest food pantry in town because the people are so nice and you let us choose what we want." This is our "wish list" for next week. Yes, we're open the day before Thanksgiving, so help us stock up to help others. We need 10 each of the following items:
- Laundry detergent
- Dish soap
- Cooking oil
- Peanut butter
- Pancake mix and syrup
- Mashed potatoes (box)
- Rice (box)
- Spices (cooking or baking)
- Baby wipes
- Biscuit mix
Thank you for supporting our pantry and neighbors in need!
Tax Credit Available
A Missouri Tax Credit is available for donations of cash or food items to the UUMC Food Pantry. Save your receipts! Forms to be signed by Rev. Diane will be available in the church office after January 1.
A Year in the City
Beth Martin, Gephardt Institute Community Engagement Faculty Fellow
We're also celebrating Beth Martin's article on the WashU website, highlighting her innovative approach to teaching. Congratulations, Beth!
ACA Health Insurance Enrollment 11/1-12/15
The Affordable Care Act remains the law. Open enrollment for those who need to buy health insurance through state and federal exchanges begins Nov. 1 and is open until Dec. 15. Please visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 and encourage your friends, family and members of your congregation to enroll.
Discipleship Path Posters
Wondering about the posters in Fellowship Hall? Each of the featured persons have 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.
Looking for the Learn section? It has its own page now! Click here.