Rev. Diane Kenaston
Children’s Pageant + Celebration Orchestra
9:15 a.m. LOGOS and Children’s Music Time
9:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:30 a.m. Welcome Snack
12:00 p.m. Third Sunday Young Adult Lunch
The office is closed on Fridays.
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Calling All Instrumentalists! 12/16
On December 16, our worship service will be extra festive, including a performance by UUMC's Celebration Orchestra! If you play an instrument and would like to join us, we will rehearse before worship on the 16th. Please email director Bette Welch if you plan to attend so she can bring music for you.
December LOGOS: In the Life of a Child
On 12/16, Tessa Adkins will wrap up our December series by talking about how environmental issues affect children. LOGOS meets at 9:15 on Sunday mornings in the Parlor. Note: LOGOS will not meet on 12/23 or 12/30.
Open Door Food Pantry: December Update and Thanks
This month please bring new or gently used books for young children and remember to make your financial contribution to the Open Door Pantry. Our Christmas Eve offering will also support the pantry.
Many thanks to the volunteers who have worked in the Open Door Pantry this year:
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.
Leadership Team Approves 2019 Church Budget
Recently, the UUMC Leadership Team approved a $342,600 church operating budget for the calendar year starting January 1. The budget reflects an increase of about $7600 over the 2018 budget. The bulk of the increase comes from raising by $3000 the church's annual support of our Open Door Food Pantry from $3000 to $6000 plus a $1200 increase in the property insurance premium and a $1000 increase in the projected natural gas expense.
We greatly thank everyone who provided their 2019 Estimate of Giving or contributes to the church in any manner. Your financial contributions amount to over $290,000 of the income for the budget with the remainder mainly coming from investment income, the Preschool, and rental income.
Have old markers? Recycle them at UUMC!
Good news: so far 150 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.
Posada in Solidarity with Immigrants
Friday, December 21, 2018
5:30 PM 9:00 PM
Please join us for a Posada in solidarity with immigrants! This is a local twist on the traditional reenactment of Mary and Joseph's pilgrimage in search of an inn where they hoped to find welcome and community.
All are invited to meet at Christ Church UCC in Maplewood. Then, you are invited to join your choice of two groups: the marching group, who will walk about three-quarters of a mile back to the Church, to honor Central American immigrants en route to the US; or the inn-keepers, who will be waiting at Christ Church, eager to welcome them. Transportation will be provided for the marching group to the starting point; the pilgrimage will process back to/arrive at the Church for the posada ritual. Once together, we will enjoy tamales, atole and other delicious Mexican treats. May our joy be our resistance.
Apply to Volunteer for the Special Session of General Conference in February 2019
The GC2019 volunteer portal is open! If you have the gift of radical hospitality and the flexibility to volunteer at the Special Session of General Conference in February 2019, we invite you to apply. You will be allowed to sit within the guest section of the General Conference when you aren’t on volunteer shift. Read more at the link above.
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.
Microcredit Club Update
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.