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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.
This year’s Pridefest will be downtown on 6/23- 24. We will be participating with the Reconciling Ministries’ booth. We need at least 2 volunteers for each of the following shifts: Saturday, 4-6p.m. and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Please let Charlotte Ellis know if you can help.
The UMC Speaks Out Against Family Separations at the Border
Recently the news has been full of the images and sounds of immigrant families being painfully separated at the U.S./ Mexico border. Along with our Christian family in other dominations, the UMC has taken a strong biblically-based stance on the issue: this separation is a violation of human rights and those who use the Bible to justify these actions are violating the spirit of the gospel, too. Read more about the church's stance and the actions that it has taken.
Race, Class, and Culture Meeting 6/27
The June Meeting of Conversations on Race, Class and Culture will be held on Wednesday, June 27th from 7:00-9:00pm in the Parlor.
The speaker is Linda McDaniel, past co-president of the Metro-STL Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Her topic will be the History of Women’s Suffrage and its St. Louis Connection.
Open Door Food Pantry Update: Just Buy Two!
Do you want to donate to the pantry but forgot to bring the "most needed list" to your grocery store? Don't worry: all of your donations make a difference.
This summer we're asking you to Buy 2. For each nonperishable items on your grocery list, buy 2: one for yourself and one for the the pantry. Buying refried beans? Buy 2! Buying canned tomatoes? Buy 2! It's just a few extra dollars a week for us individually, but it will make a huge difference to our community. Here are the items we run out of the fastest:
- Canned meat
- Cooking oil
- Laundry detergent and dish soap
- Canned pastas
You can add those to your list or just buy 2 of what you're buying for yourself. Thank you for supporting our neighbors in need!
SNAP Legislation Update
Many of our Open Door Food Pantry guests rely on the supplemental nutrition program SNAP; but the Senate is voting on whether to change the requirements to make it harder to get help. Read a full report on the Be You Blog.
Meanwhile, here are actions you can take to help protect SNAP:
1. Contact Senators Blunt and McCaskill directly. Urge them to support the strong bipartisan farm bill as proposed by the committee and reject any amendments that would cut or make other harmful changes to SNAP that would take away food assistance from struggling families who need help (see talking points, below).
2. Share our new video on the importance of SNAP with your network/constituents - The video is available on MBP’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. You can share our posts directly, or access the video through YouTube.
3. Share our action alert on SNAP with your constituents (or send your own alert if preferred). Our alert is available here.
Election Dates for 2018
Are you ready to vote in 2018? Take note of the important dates below.
- 7/11: Last day to register to vote or update your information for the August 7th primary
- 7/16: Vote411.org goes live
- 7/27: League of Women Voters Metro St. Louis Voters' Guide published
- 8/2: Last day to request an absentee ballot for the primary
- 8/7: Primary polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- 9/25: Absentee voting begins for the November 6th election
- 10/10: Last day to register for the November 6th election
- 10/31: Last day to request an absentee ballot
- 11/6: Election day polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
On the 3rd Tuesday of every month, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion provides free laundry services for the public. Soap and dryer sheets are provided, and kids' activities and homework help are available, too. Volunteers welcome. Laundry Love takes place at Classic-Coin Laundry, 7200 Balson Avenue in U-City.
NEW For the Sake of All Report: Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide
For the Sake of All recently released a collaborative 115-page report, Segregation in St. Louis: Dismantling the Divide. Read more about the report on the Be You Blog and on the For the Sake of All website.
LIFE At Eden
Did you know that Eden Theological Seminary hosts weekend retreats? Check out the LIFE series and other events on their website.
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.
SHED Thank You
The SHED (Safe Housing for the Elderly and Disabled) work day on May 12 served 15 homes of seniors and disabled residents in University City. UUMC worked on three of those homes. Thanks to Rich and Ann Wymore, Chris Ewing, Narelle Deatherage, John Barrett, Morgan Hunlen, Bull Durham, Mike Haverman, and Mitch Holsclaw for their hard work on a hot morning. A special thanks to Mickey Croyle for the fabulous brownies.
Mark your calendars for the next city-wide work day on July 14.
Ambassadors of Harmony Tickets
Tickets for the June 16 Ambassadors of Harmony are on sale now! Buy your tickets online or call the Touhill ticket office at 314-516-4949. You can also visit the ticket office in person to save $3/ ticket.
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.
Reconciling Ministries Events This Summer
For Everyone Born Convocation, July 26-29
Volunteers are needed to staff a hospitality table at the Airport Hilton, 10330 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis 63134 and pass out St. Louis Visitors Bureau materials. If one works a shift, attendance at Convocation events is free that day.
Microcredit Club Update
We've loaned over $50,000 to 79 countries! Read the June 2018 update on the Be You Blog. Thank you for supporting the U-City Microcredit Club!
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.