June Office Hours:
June 19-23: 9:00-3:00
June 26-30: 9:30-2:30
July Office Hours:
7/04: Closed for the 4th of July
Sunday School Hiatus: June, July
Children and adult Sunday School classes are going on summer vacation in June and July and restart in August. The nursery will be open during worship for children 6 years old and under. However, there will be no children's church during the service.
Stay up to Date
UUMC Youth updates are posted here.
University UMC Young Adults are on Facebook! Join the group's page to see events and information.
Want to have fun at one of St. Louis' best summer festivals and represent UUMC at the same time? Of course you do! Sign up to volunteer at the UUMC booth at this year's Pridefest to show our neighbors, "We invite people of all ages, races, cultures, gender identities, and sexual orientations to be you, be loved, and belong."
August Book Club: 8/01
The next Book Club meeting will be Tuesday 8/01 at 7:00 p.m. The book we are reading is A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. We will meet at the home of Kaye Bock. Please contact Kaye if you have questions.
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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.
Conversations on Race, Class, and Culture, 6/28
The June meeting hosts one of the creators of Chronicle Ferguson, a crowd-sourced photojournalism project that documents the aftermath of Michael Brown's death. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 28th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Come hear about the mission, goals, and process of this important project.
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.
New Nonprofit Movie Theater
Health Protection and Education Services
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. Stay tuned for future training opportunities!
Next Screenings: June 17, August 19
Summer Surge, 7/10-7/28
University UMC and Wellspring UMC in Ferguson, MO are partnering to host "Summer Surge," an outreach program that provides fun and educational "day camp" for children 7-13 years old. Summer Surge will take place for three weeks, July 10-28, from 9am-2pm at University United Methodist Church, 6901 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO.
We need a few volunteers for easy, daily tasks. We also need a Food Coordinator to organize the food that we'll serve each day.
Want to help financially? You can sponsor one entire day of camp for the whole group for just $75. Please write "Summer Surge" on your check memo line or donation envelope.
SHED Thank You
Rich Wymore thanks all those who worked on the SHED service day on 6/10. Members of UUMC trimmed bushes, cleaned up yards, and did minor repairs on two homes. The total SHED work day encompassed 13 homes. Thanks to Tom Mitchell, Ann Wymore, Irma Ruebling, Ellen Sulser, Chris Erwin, Sam Jamison, Joe Guenther, Adrain Sulser, Dan Barrett and Narelle Deatherage
for their work. Thanks also to Mickey Croyle for the great brownies. You made a real difference in your community.
July Check Requests
We're transitioning to a new accounting software system this month. This is good news for those of us who keep track of the church's money, but be advised that we will not be writing checks from 7/1 to 7/15. Please turn in check requests before the end of June or wait until mid-July for reimbursement.
Open Door Pantry: June
In June we are asking you to fill your red bags with the following items:
- Canned Chili
- Canned Ravioli
- Canned Fruit
- Toilet Paper
- Household Cleaning Products
Want to help?
Open Door operates from 2:00-4:00 pm on Wednesdays. Please contact Bonnie Muren to volunteer.
Upper Room Available
Look on the table in the Fellowship Hall with the blue tablecloth to get your copy of this daily devotional!
One of our values as a congregation is to learn with an open spirit.
Our proposed 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).
Transgender Person Commissioned as a Deacon in Northern Illinois Conference
Rev. M. Barclay is the first openly non-binary transgendered person to be commissioned as a deacon by the UMC. Read their story here.
General Resources on Gender Identity
Confused about the terminology? Check out this fun graphic: the Genderbread Person (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.
The Space Between
The Missouri Reconciling Ministries Network recommends this video, which explains and tells stories of "non-binary" gender identity.
Local Resources on Race and Social Justice
The Center for Social Empowerment, which was started by United Methodists in Ferguson, Missouri, offers a curated resource list (articles, videos, podcasts, books, and definitions) for anyone looking for a way to start the conversation about race and social justice with your family, friends, coworkers, and community.
Looking for more?
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