Sunday School is in session and meets at 9:30.
The Children, Youth, and Families team is working to organize a group trip to Circus Flora in June--an outing that is open to all ages, but especially fun for children, youth, and their families. Tickets are $25 per person, and we can reserve blocks of tickets in advance for a group of 20 or more. Weeknight shows start at 7 p.m., while weekend matinee shows begin at 1 p.m.
Please complete this form to indicate your interest and let us know what times/ dates are best for you!
Do you love children? Are you looking to meaningfully contribute to the life of the church? Volunteer as a substitute for Children's Church (during worship) and/or Sunday School. A substitute works with an experienced volunteer, as your schedule permits. Please contact Mark Brown, Loretta Colvin, or Carrie Dodson-Ching to volunteer.
Stay up to Date
UUMC Youth updates are posted here.
NEW Bible Study Group
Sundays, after worship
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Blueberry Hill
The young adult ministry invites adults of all ages for a 5 week study of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. We will explore what Jesus and his followers did, as recorded in the Gospels and Acts, and how this might apply to us today, personally. What does following Jesus mean for you? What next steps will you take to engage in this journey?
We will meet at Joey Gunther's home, 4134 Debra Court, Affton, MO 63132, at 7:00 p.m. Snacks provided.
We’ll use materials from Saving Jesus From the Church, by Robin R. Meyers; Always We Begin Again, by John McQuiston III, and Discipleship Path materials developed recently by the Discipleship Team at UUMC.
University UMC Young Adults are on Facebook! Join the group's page to see events and information.
LOGOS: Caring for Ourselves
to Care for the World
Do you feel like you can’t care about everything? Do you question whether or not you’re really making a difference? What can we do, individually and as a church, in order to maintain hope and compassionate caring in a world filled with injustice and inequity?
Starting May 7th at 9:30 a.m., Dr. Adrienne Strong will lead the LOGOS class through these and other questions. We’ll learn to go out into the world of mission, service, and social justice advocacy with tools to care for ourselves and the carers in our lives.
Reconciling Ministries Town Hall Meeting, 5/21/17
Stay after worship on May 21 to discuss becoming a reconciling congregation that officially affirms LGBTQ persons. We're discussing updating our Welcome Statement to include gender identity and sexual orientation:
Our Welcome: We invite people of all ages, races, cultures, gender identities, and sexual orientations to be you, be loved, and belong.
You can preview the handout for Sunday on Rev. Diane's 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.
New Nonprofit Movie Theater
Taize Walk of Trust, 5/28, 2 p.m.
Join the St. Louis community on a Walk of Trust to help break down barriers from the things that divide us.
As part of the Taize Pilgrimage of Trust Convention happening over Memorial Day Weekend, there will be a city-wide Walk of Trust for all those attending the convention and anyone in St. Louis who would like to walk for peace, unity, and reconciliation. The walk will begin in the CWE at two different points: the Cathedral Basilica and Second Presbyterian Church. It ends at Chaifetz Arena on SLU's campus, approximately 3 miles. People are welcome to join in along the route as well. Once we arrive at Chaifetz, Archbishop Carlson of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Rev. Starsky Wilson, pastor of Saint John's Church (The Beloved Community) and co-chair of the Ferguson Commission, will address the crowd and then end with moving Taize Prayer
A group from WashU's campus will leave from the Catholic Student Center at 1pm and walk to the CWE to meet up with the starting points by 2pm.
In addition, there may be a group departing from Central Reform Congregation in the CWE as well at 1:45pm to meet up at 2pm at the starting points in the CWE
The Walk of Trust is open to anyone, all ages welcome! Please pass along to your communities and encourage them to participate in this city wide event.
Also, for those who are interested you can also register for the whole weekend event which includes a pretty impressive line up for speakers and workshops. Much of the weekend will be devoted to discussion around building trust around issues of race and faith.
Conversations on Race, Class, and Culture, 5/24, 7:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, May 24th (7:00 — 9:00pm), a panel discussion, chaired by Councilman Rod Jennings, on Hate Crimes, with special emphasis on U City. Rod is assembling a panel that can discuss this important topic from a variety of different directions. It promises to be an important discussion which ought to be on your “can’t miss it” list.
The meeting will be held at the University United Methodist Church (6901 Washington, just south of the Delmar Traffic Circle).
HPES Offers Dental Services
Did you know that Health Protection Education Services (HPES), which started as a UUMC mission, offers dental care as well as medical care? This service is available to the community, including UUMC members and friends. Learn more about HPES services and volunteer information on their website.
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Remembering Karl Klausmeier
Karl Klausmeier, long time member of UUMC, died on 5/4/2017. The visitation will be on Sunday, 5/21 from 2-4 p.m., followed by the funeral. Services will be held at Pitman Funeral Home, and you can click on their website to read his obituary.
Upper Room Available
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U-City Microcredit Club Update
On 4/28, the club met and distributed $500 in loans to individuals and groups in Guatemala, Pakistan, Congo (Democratic Republic), Madagascar, Sierra Leone, and Peru. Read their stories here.
Mission and Social Justice Leadership Team Update
UUMC is changing the way we do mission! Read the Leadership Blog this week to learn more about the new vision from the Mission and Social Justice Team. We will be focusing on a new yearly theme concept and four organizations: HPES (Health Protection and Education Services), SHED (Safe Homes for the Elderly and Disabled), UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), and the Open Door Food Pantry. This will focus UUMC's institutional support of missions and service activities so that we can have a greater impact on the people we serve.
Open Door Meeting, 6/12
The next Open Door committee meeting will be on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:30 AM in the UUMC Library. All Food Pantry volunteers are invited to attend. We will be evaluating our program, reviewing the “Know Our Neighbor" form and asking for suggestions from everyone. All ideas are welcome in an effort to improve this mission.
Open Door Pantry: May
Thanks to all who gave to the Special Easter Offering for our Church Open Door Program. We raised $754 to help our neighbors in need. Special envelopes are always available in the pews for your contributions.
In May we are asking you to fill your red bags with the following items.
- Chunky Soups
- Chicken and Dumplings
- Canned Fruit & Fruit Cups
- Toilet Paper
- Laundry Detergent
Want to help?
Open Door operates from 2:00-4:00 pm on Wednesdays. Please contact Bonnie Muren to volunteer.
One of our values as a congregation is to learn with an open spirit.
Ruling on Gay Bishop: What Does it Mean?
The UMC recently held court to determine if newly elected Bishop Karen Oliveto is in violation of church law. Bishop Oliveto is openly gay and married her partner in 2014.
The ruling has created more confusion, as it appears to contradict itself. Bishop Oliveto still has her job, even though the court ruled that electing a gay bishop does violate church law.
This case is still in process, and Rev. Diane is available if you want to speak to her about the issue. You can also listen to her 4/30 sermon, in which she references Bishop Oliveto's case. Read the official response from Reconciling Ministries here.
UMC Bishops Will Meet in St. Louis in 2019
The UMC Council of Bishops is planning a special conference here in St. Louis in February 2019 to discuss the issue of the church's policies on homosexuality.
You can read the general conference announcement here and the Missouri Conference response here. For more information on LGBTQ activism in the United Methodist Church, visit the Reconciling Ministries website.
UUMC is currently in conversation with Reconciling Ministries and will vote on whether or not to become an official Reconciling Ministries church later this summer.
The Space Between
The Missouri Reconciling Ministries Network recommends this video, which explains and tells stories of "non-binary" gender identity.
The Freedom of Real Apologies
A Native American writer explores the idea of "real apologies" in her poetry and conversation with NPR's
On Being. Read the interview transcript here.
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.
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