Rev. Dr. Nina Thompson
Grace is GIVEN: Favor is GAINED
The office is closed on Thursdays.
Inclement Weather Policy
In case of inclement weather or other emergency resulting in a need to cancel services on a Sunday morning, we will send out an e-mail to members of our mailing list, contact major television stations, post on our Facebook page, and notify members by phone who request a phone call. The announcement to cancel services will be made no later than 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday.
In case of inclement weather Monday-Friday, we will close the Church Office if University City School District closes. Weekday activities, such as meetings or rehearsals, will be canceled at the discretion of the activity leader, who will notify participants directly.
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Welcome, Rev. Dr. Nina M. Thompson!
Rev. Dr. Nina M. Thompson is on a mission to engage, equip, and empower individuals, especially those 18-30, to become productive citizens with the wisdom to navigate beneficial business and personal relationships; reach personal success; and yield economic and social power. She guides them through a discovery of who they are, why they exist, and what exceptional things they were created to accomplish.
She operates Rose of Sharon Ministries/Making Life Work Project and NICHE Public Relations and Communications, and she is an adjunct English and Oral Communications instructor at St. Louis Community College, Ranken Technical College, and Harris Stowe State University. She also serves on Washington University’s Environmental Law Clinic Community Board, and she is a published author of four books: Church Hurt Ain’t No Joke; Why Yes to God: Essays on God and Life by Young Adults; Where Have All the Young Ones Gone: Connecting and Reconnecting Young Adults to God and the Church; and SOMEONE NEEDS TO READ THIS: MAKE YOUR LIFE WORK!
She has a Doctorate in Ministry (United Theological Seminary), an M.A. (Webster University), and a B.A. in Journalism (Southern University of Illinois, Carbondale).
LOGOS: Religious Diversity in the Church, with Perrin Bailey
Beginning 2/17, this class will explore how we can make room at the table for diverse religious expressions through understanding religion itself, different belief systems, and our own biases.
We’ll spend 4 weeks talking about why the Gospel is uniquely positioned to make room for a diverse range of religious expressions and how we as the church can make that room, including how to let go of idolatrous beliefs (such as a religious affection for capitalism or patriotism or whiteness or the 2nd amendment, etc.) so that we are able to appreciate and value diversity of religious expression.
Week 1: What is religion? What is it not? Why has it persisted throughout human history?
Week 2: "The Big Five" and other examples of "high religion."
Week 3: "Low religion" and civil religion: the things in our lives which aren't commonly thought of as religious but have the key traits of religion, nonetheless.
Week 4: How do we respond to religious diversity as Christians? How is the gospel of Jesus Christ able to transcend the typical function of religion in a way which makes room for all?
LOGOS meets at 9:15 on Sunday mornings in the Library.
Thimble Club, 2/20
UUMC’s Thimble Club will meet on Wednesday, February 20, at 11:30 at the Brookdale, 1 New Ballas Place. Please join us for a social lunch with an interesting group of women. Please contact Pam Schmidt if you would like to join us.
Have old markers? Recycle them at UUMC!
Good news: so far over 520 markers have been donated. Keep up the good work!
Please help support the program by dropping off any used markers you may have around the house, even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located in each classroom and by the preschool office for you to deposit any used markers that are ready to be discarded.
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.
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.
2019 Special Session of the General Conference
On 2/23 and 2/24, a Special Session of the UMC General Conference will meet here in St. Louis “to receive and act on a report from the Commission on a Way Forward based on the recommendations of the Council of Bishops. The Commission was authorized to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and to explore options to strengthen church unity.”
UUMC is part of the Reconciling Ministries Network, which seeks to end discrimination based on sexual orientation/ gender identity in the UMC. We are praying that our siblings in the General Conference will work together to support all persons, without this discrimination. Read the latest news here.
Book Club, 3/5
The March meeting of the UUMC Book club is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the home of Alice Mohr, 555 Couch Ave. The discussion will be on the book Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann. It is the story of the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.
Farewell Wishes for Elizabeth
(From Irma Ruebling): Elizabeth Coker has resigned her position at UUMC to undertake new adventures. She served UUMC first as Office and Communications Manager and, more recently, as Communications Manager. She has provided strong assistance in updating and expanding our social media presence and enhancing our communications in general. She leaves us with our appreciation for her service and very best wishes for her future endeavors.
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.
Shop at Schnucks? Put Earned Rewards towards the Open Door Food Pantry!
Any time you shop at Schnucks, you can apply the calculated "Schnucks Rewards" from your purchase toward the Open Door Food Pantry's (ODFP) weekly food costs!
It is simple to do. At checkout, you are asked (by the checker or by the automated system in self check-out) if you are a member of the Schnucks Rewards program. At that point, enter the church's main number (314-863-8055) on the keypad. These rewards will be available for our volunteer shoppers IF you tell the checker you do NOT want to use the rewards at the time of your purchase. Rewards earned are approximately 2% of your bill before tax. Our pantry’s volunteer shoppers then enter the church's number and apply all rewards to the pantry’s bill!
This is a painless and easy way for individuals to donate anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars to the pantry each week. Restocking the pantry costs ~$300 to $500 every week, so every penny counts! The Open Door Food Pantry Committee and our hungry neighbors appreciate all you do to support this mission.
Microcredit Club Update
We've loaned over $50,000 to 82 countries! Read the December 2018 update on the Mission Blog. Thank you for supporting the U-City Microcredit Club!
Health Protection and Education Services (HPES)
The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation and its Board of Directors recently selected HPES as an award recipient for their 2018-2019 Community Health Grant program. HPES was one of only seven nonprofit organizations to receive this recognition as the best organization for diabetes screening, prevention, and education, nationwide. Congratulations!
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.