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Food Pantry: Buy 5 in October
UUMC's Open Door Food Pantry is growing fast! But we had to turn away clients last week when we distributed 22 bags of groceries in the first hour and were out of food before 3pm.
UUM Preschool is currently holding a Food Drive to support our pantry. Thank you to the preschool families for your generosity! But we need more ongoing support from the church, too.
In October, we're asking you to Buy 5. Each time you go to the store this month, please buy 5 of our most needed items:
- Cans of tuna or chicken
- Pancake mix
- Meals-in-a-can (such as stews, pastas with meat, etc.)
October LOGOS Topics
October 8-29: "Responding to Mental Illness as a Community" with Ellen Boone
There are many challenges faced by people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and their families. These illnesses are far more common than most people realize. Societal institutions (including schools, churches, courts) are often ill-equipped to respond helpfully to people with these disorders and to their families. Attempting to navigate the medical and legal systems can be overwhelming. But appropriate supports can result in favorable outcomes for most people with these diagnoses. Learning more about these disorders, their treatment, and the recovery process can help us to be more responsive as individuals and as a church.
Always We Begin Again Small Group, 9/25-10/30
Tom Mitchell is heading up a new short-term study using the book Always We Begin Again. The group will meet at the St. Louis Bread Company outside of Plaza Frontenac on Mondays, 9/25-10/30.
The purpose of this group is to develop personal spirituality through the writings of John McQuiston, who summarizes the Rule of St. Benedict in modern terms. The book is simple, straightforward and eminently practicable. Contact Tom Mitchell at 314-858-1020 for details.
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.
Next Screening: October 21, U-City Public Library
Microcredit Club Update
The club met on 10/04 and made seven loans, totaling $645. The loans benefited people in Honduras, Tanzania, Kyrgystan, Ghana, Kosovo, Paraguay, and the Philippines. Read the full report on the Be You 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.
UUM Preschool: Schnucks Cards
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!
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.
How to Communicate with Elected Officials
Want to get talk to your elected officials about social justice issues but don't know where to start? The League of Women Voters has put together a handy guide that you can download here.
Missouri Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
If you are 60 years and older you may qualify to receive supplemental food once a month to meet your nutritional needs. Items in the food package include canned meat, vegetables, fruits, cereal, cheese, pasta, rice or potatoes, liquid and dry milk, juice, dry beans and peanut butter.
In order to participate in this program and be a designated pick-up location, UUMC needs to enroll 25 people who need food. To qualify through CSFP, one needs to be a resident of the state of Missouri and meet income eligibility requirements. Detailed information is available on the table outside Fellowship Hall. If you or anyone you know could use additional food, please complete the application form and return it in the enclosed envelope to the Church Office.
As soon as we enroll enough people we will begin distributing food. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Greening.
2017 Charge Conference, 10/26
Every fall, UUMC participates in our local Charge Conference. This year, our conference will be on 10/26, 7-9 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church (Ladue.) Contact Rev. Diane or Dan Barrett if you have questions.
SHED Make-a-Difference Day, 10/28
SHED is sponsoring Make A Difference Day, a city-wide cleanup event that takes place on October 28 from 9AM-noon. We will do yard work, brush removal, minor painting, and other small jobs for needy seniors in U-City. We will match your ability with the work to be done. A lunch will be provided at the end of the day. Contact Rich Wymore to sign up or get more information.
November Book Club, 11/7
We're reading the #1 New York Times bestseller Underground Railroad, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, by Colson Whitehead. This book is "a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South." Emily Mathews will be hosting at her home.
Mental Health First Aid Workshop, 11/4
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. Breakfast and lunch are included in your fee.
The fee is $30, which is a significant reduction from the "sticker" price because the class is being underwritten by UUMC and HPES. Please bring your cash or check on the day of the class. If you would like to ask for a scholarship, please contact Communication and Office Manager Elizabeth Coker.
Harvest Home Dinner, 11/05
The annual Harvest Home dinner will take place on Sunday, November 5th at 12:00 pm following the worship service. Come join us for fellowship and delicious food, including turkey, potatoes, and veggies. If you are able, please bring a dish to share. This year we are inviting visitors to our food pantry to attend. Contact Narelle Deatherage or the church office to sign up to bring a dish to share.
Trivia Night Save the Date
The next Trivia Night will be Saturday, November 11th. Save the date! More information and sign-up links coming soon.
What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus and what discipleship opportunities does UUMC offer? Read Tom Mitchell's blog post here.
New Sign Update
New sign for UUMC at corner of Trinity and Washington in process
After months of careful consideration, a final design, budget, and placement of the sign have been adopted.
Two wood stakes in the ground show approximately the placement of the two feet of the sign, which will be roughly 9 feet long by 6 feet high. It will be lit by internal light at night. The text in the white area can be changed from time to time.
We pray this new sign will help us tell the story of our congregation to the community.
Many thanks to the people who worked hard on this, especially Janet Muhm for creative design work, and Brad Hershey and grandsons for constructing a wooden mockup of the sign so we could test its visibility.
One of our values as a congregation is to learn with an open spirit.
United Methodists & Racial Justice
United Methodism believes that racism is a sin and it's the duty of all Christians to advocate for the equal treatment of all persons. You can read more, learn what you can do to help, and download resources here.
Upper Room Available
Look on the table in the Fellowship Hall with the blue tablecloth to get your copy of this daily devotional!
Our new welcome statement includes "gender identity." These links will give you some background on gender identity in the UMC and resources to learn more about gender identity.
Gender Identity within the UMC
No official policy excludes people from United Methodist ordination based on gender identity. Whether or not someone's gender matches the gender assigned to them at birth, they are eligible to be ordained and serve as pastors. An attempt in 2008 to deny ordination to transgender persons failed at the General Conference.
Transgender ministers currently serve United Methodist churches. You can read one transgender pastor's story here.
You can also read more from the United Methodist Alliance for Transgender Inclusion (UMATI) (part of Reconciling Ministries Network).
Trans Christians Gathering in Chicago
What is it like to be trans/ gender non-conforming and a Christian? The answer: it's often lonely.
Reconciling Ministries sponsored a recent retreat in Chicago to gather trans and gender-nonconforming Christians to share their experiences and learn that they are not alone or unloved in the church. It was the first gathering of its kind.
Morgan Hunlen went to this retreat, with UUMC's prayers and blessing.
Way Forward Commission Issues Status Update
The Commission on a Way Forward has released a slideshow status report on its work to foster unity in The United Methodist Church amid divisions on issues related to human sexuality.
Read press release and report
Read UMNS coverage of last meeting
Way Forward gets input on church future
General Resources on Gender Identity
Confused about the terminology? Check out this fun graphic: the Gender Unicorn (printed image available in Fellowship Hall).
Listen to "Discussing changing conceptions of gender identity and how to talk about it" from St. Louis on the Air in Podcasts.
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