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Sunday, 10/21
Rev. Diane Kenaston

Realizing Dr. King’s Vision for Every Child

Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-3
Mark 10:35-45

9:15 a.m. LOGOS and Children's Music Time
9:30 a.m. Children and Youth Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Worship
11:30 a.m. Welcome Snack
12:00 p.m. Third Sunday Young Adult Lunch
3:00 p.m. Charge Conference
6:30 p.m. Confirmation

Office Hours:

M-Th: 9:30am-2:30pm
The office is closed on Fridays.

See our full calendar online!

 University UMC Young Adults are on  Facebook ! Join the group's page to see events and information.

University UMC Young Adults are on Facebook! Join the group's page to see events and information.

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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.

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  On Sunday, 10/7, we partnered with City of Life Church in a Voter Registration Drive. Volunteers called on 125 homes and registered 16 individuals. Thank you to our volunteers and to Judith Durham for the t-shirts!

On Sunday, 10/7, we partnered with City of Life Church in a Voter Registration Drive. Volunteers called on 125 homes and registered 16 individuals. Thank you to our volunteers and to Judith Durham for the t-shirts!

Charge Conference, 10/21

This year’s charge conference for yearly church business will be on 10/21, 3-5 p.m. at The Gathering on McCausland. Contact Rev. Diane or Lay Leader Dan Barrett with questions. 

Make-A-Difference Day, 10/27

The annual city-wide Make-A-Difference Day will be held on Saturday, 10/27.

SHED (Safe Housing for the Elderly and Disabled) is partnering with other local groups to provide minor home repair and maintenance services to 42 seniors in U-City. The focus of this program is to help older residents who have trouble keeping up their home due to physical and/or financial constraints.

UUMC has committed to 3 or 4 houses, depending on the number of persons who sign up. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. at our assigned work spot and then gather for lunch at the Heman Community Center for lunch and fellowship following the work. Tools will be provided and jobs will be commensurate with your skills and abilities. Contact Rich Wymore by October 21 if you can participate.

October LOGOS: “A Portrait of a Woman Artistically Examined,” with Pastor Jewell

Proverbs 31 famously asks, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”  This proverb has frequently been used to justify sexism in the church, but Pastor Jewell invites us to discover a fresh interpretation, rooted in its cultural and artistic context. Join her on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Parlor for the month of October. Read more about Pastor Jewell in the Missouri Conference Magazine.

October Call to Action

The EPA invites public comments on the proposed "Affordable Clean Energy Rule." The proposal guts a critical provision of the Clean Air Act known as New Source Review that requires power plants to install pollutions controls if certain modification are made to the plant. It also sets a very low bar for emission restrictions with no minimal standards or targets for greenhouse gas reductions. 

The EPA reports that the new rule would result in 15,000 new cases of respiratory disease, 390,000 more restricted activity days for children, over 100,000 more missed school/ work days, and over 750 additional heart attacks per year. Gutting the Clean Power Plan will result in harm to our children. Please comment your opposition to gutting the rules and regulations that insure clean air, a safe environment, and healthy children.

The public can provide comment through 10/31/18, using one of the following methods:

  1. Follow the instructions for submitting comments online to EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355.

  2. Email comments and include Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355 in the subject line of the message.

  3. Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mail Code 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460. 

Have old markers? Recycle them at UUMC!

UUM Preschool is participating in the Crayola ColorCycle program, devised to re-purpose any brand of used markers rather than sending them to landfills!

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.

The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013. The markers are used to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate fuel that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.  

Thank you in advance for participating! Working together we can keep plastic markers out of landfills and make our world a little greener!

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God Sighting: St. Louis College of Pharmacy 

University UMC celebrates the mission work that our members do in every context in which we find ourselves. Member John Pieper is doing through his vocation as a pharmacist and president of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.    

This "God Sighting" comes from Diane Berry, director of Health Protection and Education Services (HPES), which is one of UUMC's mission partners:    

"The Roman poet Virgil once declared that "the greatest wealth is health." In turn, the greatest poverty often results in poor health, with families unable to pay for medical care.  HPES seeks to make healthcare more accessible for the diverse populations in the St. Louis region.

 The St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP) is excited to partner with HPES in our efforts to increase health promotion and prevent disease.  STLCOP aims to increase public awareness that pharmacists are accessible and knowledgeable.  Every third Saturday of the month, student pharmacists play a vital role in answering drug information questions, promoting health care access and increasing medication adherence.

Bone density is an issue with our aging population.  As we all age, our bones can become more brittle; and the risk of breaks and fractures increases.  With the financial assistance of STLCOP --- under the leadership of Dr. John A. Pieper, President --- HPES obtained a new GE Achilles EXP bone densitometer."

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Jim Pace’s Paintings on Display

Jim’s paintings are on display again in the lobby of the Commerce Bank on the Delmar Loop. All five paintings on display were completed in 2018 and are showing through October. Stop by Commerce Bank to check out Jim’s latest work.

WashU Institute for Public Health Conference, 10/31

This conference asks, "How do we as concerned citizens, medical professionals, students, and leaders help create and sustain health equity in our communities? Between urban and rural areas? Among the most fortunate and the impoverished?”

Panel discussions and audience Q&A will include such topics as current policies and community initiatives which help create an equitable balance among various health services; data surrounding food insecurity and how communities can help combat this ever-growing issue, and, the impact on jobs, housing and community safety because of a current lack of health equity. The event is free and open to the public.

Oct. 31, 8 am - 12:30 pm at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Washington University Medical Campus.  

Laundry Love

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.

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Budgets are Moral Documents: 2019 Estimate of Giving Cards

Last week we mailed out Giving Statements to all who have donated to UUMC in 2018. With your letter is a card to estimate your planned giving for 2019. This estimate allows the Leadership Team to create the budget for next year. Please fill out your card online or bring your card to worship. We have extra cards at both sanctuary entrances for you to fill out, too. Thank you for your generosity.

Election Dates for 2018

Are you ready to vote in 2018? Take note of the important dates below.

  • 10/31: Last day to request an absentee ballot

  • 11/6: Election day polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Social Justice Immersive Experience, 11/3

Kingdom House is hosting an immersive experience for those who are interested in deepening their understanding of poverty in St. Louis. The event will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, and you can register here. Below is the agenda:

8 a.m. Gather for coffee and light breakfast
8:30 a.m. Get to know each other
9 a.m. Individual/group participation in a poverty simulation
12 p.m. Lunch provided by Gateway Central District (GCD)
1 p.m. Tour of Kingdom House services and discussion forum of representatives from several social justice ministries
3 p.m. Group discussion of potential shared social justice ministry ventures
4:30 p.m. Adjourn and depart

The deadline for signing up is Friday, October 19. Soon after the deadline, participants will be contacted with more information regarding their participation. In the meantime, please contact Bob Allen, District Lay Leader, with any questions you may have.

November Book Club, 11/6

At the next UUMC Book Club meeting on Election Day evening (7pm, November 6), A Piece of the World, by Christina Baker Kline will be discussed at the residence of Pat Chambers:

1 New Ballas Place, Apt. 623
Creve Coeur, MO 63146.

Please RSVP to Pat to let her know if you are coming.

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. 

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Open Door Food Pantry

Did you know that every month UUMC spends about $1000 to keep the Open Door Food Pantry stocked with needed items. This fall, we are collecting hygiene items for our Open Door Food Pantry guests, especially:

  • Large bars of unscented soap

  • Small packets of Kleenex

  • Small tubes (0.85 oz.) of toothpaste

  • Individually packaged toothbrushes  

  • 1.4 oz solid sticks of deodorant

  • 3 fl. oz. plastic bottles of shampoo

Thank you for your continued generosity and support!

Microcredit Club Update

We've loaned over $50,000 to 80 countries! Read the October 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.