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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.
For the Sake of All Workshop, 4/22
After worship on 4/22, we'll share lunch and offer a Mobilize the Faithful workshop. Please RSVP to Nicole Allen if you wish to attend so that we can get a head count for the lunch. Also let her know if you have any dietary restrictions.
Mobilizing the Faithful Workshops look at For the Sake of All, a report published in 2014 by Saint Louis University and Washington University scholars that demonstrates a relationship between race and outcomes in health and wellbeing. The report and faith traditions' call to care for one another engenders the question, "How am I called to respond?"
We will host a lunch on Sunday 4/22 immediately after worship, and then the workshop will last from noon to 1:30pm. It will be led by two trained facilitators from Faith & For the Sake of All. If you've heard about health disparities in St. Louis and asked, "What now?" or "What can I do?" this is the workshop for you!
"Let Justice and Mercy Kiss" Small Group: Monday evenings, 4/9 - 5/21 6:30 - 7:30 PM
This new small group will look at the biblical basis for justice and mercy work and seek healthy and fruitful paths for personal growth in pursuing or continuing justice and mercy ministry. Led by Tom Mitchell.
Pete's Market Adopt-A-Church
UUMC has been chosen for Pete's Market Adopt-A-Church program for the month of May. Pete's Market will donate 1% of all sales for those who signed up for the loyalty card.To help out, you must first sign up for a loyalty card and swipe it every time you shop at the store. Proceeds for our church will all go to support the Open Door Food Pantry.
Sign up today so you can receive your loyalty card in the mail before May 1st!
Bishop Farr's Statement on Gun Violence
The United Methodist Church's Missouri Conference Bishop, Rev. Bob Farr, has released a statement on gun violence in our communities. The UMC advocates for reducing gun violence as part of our Social Principles. Read the Bishop's complete statement, including his thoughts on a proposed bill allowing concealed weapons in public places (like churches).
The Color of Law
Left Bank Books, A History to You, and the Rolla Renters Association welcome author and housing policy expert Richard Rothstein, who will sign and discuss his book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America!
In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation—the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments—that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. Rothstein shows how this process of segregation began with explicit racial zoning.
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of The Color of Law from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 5:30pm
St. Louis Public Library - Julia David Branch
4415 Natural Bridge Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63115
LIFE At Eden
Did you know that Eden Theological Seminary hosts weekend retreats? Check out the LIFE series and other events on their website.
Award Winning Documentary Alive Inside, 4/25
Free Public Screening and Panel Discussion
Presented by STL Village and the Dementia Friendly Community Task Force
Alive Inside is the story of the power of music to stimulate memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, told through interviews with noted heath care visionaries, caregivers and individuals with memory loss. The public is invited to a free screening of this Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary:
Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m to 8 p.m.
Schlafly Branch – St. Louis Public Library
225 N. Euclid Avenue
St. Louis MO 63108
A panel discussion lead by the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter and Memory Care Home Solutions will follow the film.
Ambassadors of Harmony Tickets
Tickets for the June 16 Ambassadors of Harmony shows go on sale on 4/16. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know we have a church library?
We do! Stop by the library (adjacent to the Fellowship Hall) to discover books on social justice issues, Methodism, theology, and even a few good novels. We recently added Emotionally Healthy Spirituality to the shelves after Rev. Diane mentioned it in a sermon on Jesus' anger.
Staying in Touch with College/ Grad Students
Are you a UUMC member studying at a college or grad school outside of the St. Louis area? Or do you know one? UUMC's young adults want to send a note to our fellow young adults who are away from St. Louis but are still valued members of our congregation. We would like to have this information in time for the next potluck Sunday, May 6th. If you have contact information for any individual that is away at college or grad school please email it to Emily Mathews.
Book Club, 5/01, 7 p.m.
This month the book club is reading Priestdaddy: a Memoir by Patricia Lockwood. This funny memoir is a unique story about having a married Catholic priest for a father. When an unexpected crisis leads Patricia and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, her world collides with her father, who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and constantly jams on the guitar. This memoir is both comical and deeply serious and explores issues of belief, belonging, and personhood. Book club will meet at Emily Mathews's house, 7220 Dorset Ave, University City.
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 12 guests visit the pantry on 4/18. This week we’re asking for the following:
- Cooking oil
- Canned tuna and chicken
- Canned fruit
- Dish soap and laundry detergent
- Baby wipes
- Paper grocery bags (with handles)
SHED Spring Cleanup Work Day, 5/12: sign up by 5/5
SHED will hold its first city-wide work day on May 12. We will report directly to our assigned work sites at 9 a.m. and be finished by noon. No lunch will be provided. The work consists of yard clean up, brush removal, some painting, etc. We would also like volunteers who can visit with the homeowner while we clean up.
Please let Rich Wymore know by May 5 if you can participate. We will only commit to projects based on the number of people who sign up. Specific information on your work site, tools needed, etc. will be provided a few days before the work day.
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! Join the Fleche Verde team and walk with us.
Did you know that one out of four persons in the United States is affected by mental illness at some point in their lives? And, amazingly, less than 50% of those individuals actually receive any services or support. With your help, that can change. With funds raised through NAMIWalks St. Louis by participants like YOU, we make a difference for those impacted by mental illness!"
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.
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.
#BeTheDifference During National Minority Health Month
Mental Health First Aid is focusing this month on cultural diversity and mental health. Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference in April:
- Join the conversation. On Thursday, April 19, follow the #BeTheDifference Twitter chat on cultural diversity and mental health. Join us on Twitter from 1-2 p.m. Central Time to talk about the challenges diverse communities face when it comes to mental health and strategies for overcoming them.
- Read up. All month long, they're writing about mental health and diverse communities on the #BeTheDifference blog. Like this one on Puerto Rico's rising suicide rate in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Check back frequently and share with your networks.
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)
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.