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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!
Looking for the Learn section? It has its own page now! Click here.
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.
March For Our Lives, 3/24
Join us as we march in solidarity with victims of gun violence and demand action from Congress. We will begin at Union Station and from there we will go to the Arch, where we will have speakers and performers. You can read about the March here. Contact Patti Pieper if you'd like to go with a group from UUMC. Read her post on the Be You Blog.
Holy Week: Mark your calendars!
Plan on celebrating each of the crucial days of Holy Week by attending worship:
Palm Sunday, 3/25: Noisy Parade starts in Fellowship Hall at 10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, 3/28, 6:00 p.m. simple supper, followed by worship at 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday, 3/29, 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, 4/01: 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Potluck (bring a dish to share!)
9:30 a.m. Egg Hunt, 10:30 a.m. Worship. No potluck after worship.
March LOGOS: What is Christian Art?
How did early Christians use art to send coded messages between believers? Why do the medieval portraits of Mary and Jesus look so dour? How did religious art radically change during the Renaissance and after the Protestant Reformation? And what does “Christian art” mean in the secular world of the 21st century? Prof. Elizabeth Coker will take us on a guided tour through 2000 years of art history and explore what it means for artists (and all of us!) to be what Madeleine L’Engle calls “co-creators with God.” Meets each Sunday in March at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor.
Walk to Jerusalem
Congratulations: we made it to Jerusalem! In 10 weeks, we've walked a total of 19,200,768 steps, which translates to 9,600 miles. Now we're trying to walk back to St. Louis before Easter Sunday. We're 3,200 miles into our "walk back home"!
Activity isn't limited to walking. You can use handy conversion charts like this one to translate your housework, errand running, aerobics, or other activities into steps. Keep track of your weekly progress and email your steps to Elizabeth or record them in the welcome sheet in your bulletin. Read more on the Be You Blog.
Clean Water Act in Missouri
For over fifty years Missouri has protected our water under our own Clean Water Law. Now, under pressure from big agribusiness and the Chamber of Commerce, legislators in Jefferson City are trying to weaken our water protections. Tell your legislators: we want strong protections for our water.
Two pieces of legislation pending in the Missouri House and Senate are designed reduce the authority of the Department of Natural Resources to regulate water pollution. Under the proposed bills, if an agricultural or industrial facility threatened our rivers, streams and lakes with rain runoff that flowed through materials spread on its land, the state would not be allowed to act. This means we would not be able to protect ourselves from potential harm from the misuse of pesticides, fertilizers and other potential pollutants. Both the Sierra Club and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment have issued alerts. Write, email or call you Missouri Representative and Senators to oppose the legislation.
Online: Send email to: R7_WestLakeLandfillPublicComments@epa.gov
Postal Mail: Ben Washburn, Office of Public Affairs, U.S. EPA Region 7, 11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, KS 66219.
Mailed comments must be postmarked by April 23, 2018.
Cory Finley Interview
Playwright Cory Finley, son of Macon and Peter Finley and grandson of Dr. Bob and Jane Paine, recently made his directorial debut with the movie Thoroughbreds. Listen to his interview with St. Louis On the Air. Congratulations, Cory! Thoroughbreds is playing at the Hi-Pointe theater.
Art, Music, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (WashU, 3/20)
Prof. Elaine Pagels
March 20, 2018, 5:30pm
Emerson Auditorium in Knight Hall
Washington University in St. Louis
We'll take a quick look at the Book of Revelation-the last book in the Bible: who wrote it, and when; then the astonishing range of art and music it has inspired for nearly 2000 years, and how its visions of monsters, beasts, and whores have played out in politics, often on both sides of the same war, from the 7th century through the Crusades and religious wars of Europe, to the American Civil War, WW2, the 21st century Iraq war, including current conflict between ISIS and the west.
Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University, is best known for her research on a cache of over fifty ancient Christian texts discovered in Upper Egypt in 1945. After publishing two monographs and several scholarly articles, she wrote The Gnostic Gospels, which won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Adam, Eve, and the Serpent (Random House, 1988), which explores how various Jewish and Christian readings of Genesis (c. 50-400 CE) articulate a wide range of attitudes toward sexuality and politics; The Origin of Satan: How Christians Came to Demonize Jews, Pagans, and Heretics (Random House, 1995); Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas(Random House, 2003) and most recently, Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (Viking Penguin, 2012).
Read more about the event here.
National Walking Day in U-City, 4/4
University City Recreation Division invites you to the American Heart Association's National Walking Day! On Wednesday, April 4, from 5:30 am to 9:00 p.m., spend your day "getting out and walking" in University City. You will receive a route map to walk through Heman Park, located right outside Centennial Commons, 7210 Olive Blvd. Once you have completed the walking route, stop back into the Centennial Commons for a special gift.
Contact Rev. Diane if you're interested in getting a group together for the walk. Taking care of our physical health is part of our mission to create A Healthier St. Louis.
St. Louis Renewed Spring Cohort
St. Louis Renewed (STLR) is an innovative and intensive anti-racism program that addresses key obstacles to personal, institutional, and cultural change. STLR invites you to join their community of change agents. Spaces are filling up for our upcoming Spring Cohort in April and May. Combining decades of research in the behavioral sciences with cultural and historical analysis, systems thinking, and critical race theory, the program focuses on building the capacity of individuals and groups to work effectively for racial equity.
NAMI Family-to-Family Classes
NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family, caregivers and friends 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
Classes are meeting in January-February at various locations. See the class schedule/register online or call 314.962.4670.
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.
Food Pantry Update
Want to learn more about who we serve, how the pantry has grown, our expenses and needs, and what the volunteers do? Read the 2017 Open Door Food Pantry Annual Report for more information.
Special Donation Request: The pantry could use a child's wagon for clients to haul their bags of groceries to their cars. If you have one you're not using, please bring it to UUMC!
We had 13 clients on 3/07 and gave out 26 bags of food/ toiletries and bus passes. This week we’re asking for the following:
- Cooking Oil
- Powdered milk
- Canned Fruit (not oranges/ applesauce)
- Canned tomatoes (no salt added)
- Mashed potatoes/ stuffing
- Juice drinks and chocolate Boost
John Northrup Funeral
The memorial service for John Northrup (son of Kaye and Ralph Bock) will be here at UUMC on Saturday, April 7th at 11:00 a.m. Please join us in praying for the family during this time of loss.
Read a post by Jimmy on the Be You Blog about his annual walk for NAMI and check out his webpage to help sponsor his walk. This year we're walking alongside Jimmy as part of our Healthy St. Louis initiative! Stay tuned for details.
NAMIWalks is held in Chesterfield's Central Park on May 5 at 9 a.m. Thank you for your support of the mental health community.
MO Conference Values Team Journey for Justice 4/13-14: Registration Now Open
Join the Values Team on a trip to Memphis, April 13-14. The tour group will meet in St. Louis and board the bus to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. During their time together, they will fellowship, worship, eat some Memphis BBQ and tour the museum. This all-ages trip provides the opportunity for 50 individuals to discuss civil rights and reflect on our common call to justice through a multi-generational lens.
7 a.m. Depart St. Louis
1 p.m. Arrive in Memphis, spend the afternoon touring the city
5 p.m. Fellowship, worship and dinner at First UMC
7 p.m. Head to hotel
10 a.m. Guided tour of the National Civil Rights Museum
3 p.m. Depart Memphis
8:30 p.m. Arrive in St. Louis
Click here to learn more and register.
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.
Microcredit Club Update
Read the March 2018 update on the Be You Blog. Thank you for supporting the U-City Microcredit Club!
Health Protection and Education Services (HPES)
Want to help raise money for HPES? Two events are coming up:
1. Panera Fundraising: Dine at the Panera's on 4561 Forest Park Avenue, 63108 on Wednesday, 3/28 between 4-8pm. Get a copy of the flyer from the office in order to donate.
2. HPES is having a Trivia Night on 4/13! To sign up, email Carrie with team members and names. Cost is $20/ person in groups of 4. Look for the flyer in Fellowship Hall for more information.
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.