Sunday School Hiatus
Children and adult Sunday School classes are going on summer vacation until August. The nursery will be open during worship for children 6 years old and under. However, there will be no children's church during the service.
Stay up to Date
UUMC Youth updates are posted here.
University UMC Young Adults are on Facebook! Join the group's page to see events and information.
Help Fill the Pantry!
Friends, we need your help. Demand for food is up this summer, and donations to the Open Door Food Pantry are way down.
We've had more visoitors than usual this month and need help restocking our shelves.
Please donate cereal, paper towels, toilet paper, tuna, soup and other ready-to-go meals. You can also donate financially using the Open Door Food Pantry envelopes in the pews or by indicating "Open Door" on the memo line of your check. All donations are used to buy food and bus passes. Thank you for your help.
Want to volunteer?
Open Door operates from 2:00-4:00 pm on Wednesdays. Please contact Bonnie Muren to volunteer.
New Sign for UUMC at the Corner
By Tom Mitchell
We are closing in on plans for a new sign for UUMC at Trinity and Washington.
You can see full details on the sign and the process in the Leadership Announcements Blog and in a binder placed in Fellowship Hall showing how the sign might appear and several design options
This sign would replace the two existing signs (the old, steel and stone foundation sign from the 1950’s and a newer, maroon sign, taller and narrower).
The sign will be placed at the brow of the lawn, facing square onto eastbound Washington. This provides best visibility from eastbound Washington, and imperfect but best possible visibility in both directions on Trinity, both for pedestrians and cars.
The placement of the new sign and removal of the old also opens up our lawn at the corner for better use.
August Book Club: 8/01
The next Book Club meeting will be Tuesday 8/01 at 7:00 p.m. The book we are reading is A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. "This is the miraculous and triumphant story of a young man who used Google Earth to rediscover his childhood life and home in an incredible journey from India to Australia and back again." We will meet at the home of Kaye Bock. Please contact Kaye if you have questions.
Justice Ministry Workshops
Four UMC-sponsored workshops are designed to encourage lay and clergy to act on meeting the basic human rights of all God’s children. Carlos Ziesel, a local sociology professor, and David Hyatt, a well-known consultant, will facilitate the workshops. Both are United Methodist members with hearts for social justice.
The workshops will be held from 10am-12pm on the dates listed below. Members of UUMC will be attending the 8/19 session at Fenton UMC. Talk to Rev. Diane if you'd like to carpool.
Reconciling Ministries Update
People are very excited about our new welcome statement and renewed commitment to equality. Our new welcome statement reflects this commitment:
Our Welcome: We invite people of all ages, races, cultures, gender identities, and sexual orientations to be you, be loved, and belong.
After worship on 8/20, we'll vote as a congregation whether to officially become a Reconciling Ministries church.
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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.
Health Protection and Education Services (HPES)
Thank you to everyone who attended the HPES volunteer training on 7/09!
Know a Dietician?
HPES is looking for a dietician or dietetic student to answer clients' questions about nutrition and food. Please spread the word to friends and family who may be interested in volunteering. Potential volunteers should contact Diane Berry for more information.
Special thanks to those who attended the HPES volunteer training on 7/09!
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: August 19, U-City Public Library
All That Jazz SAGE Summer Celebration
The Maryland State Boychoir will present a thrilling performance of a variety of music, including sacred masterworks, contemporary, gospel, spirituals and folk songs, at First Presbyterian of Kirkwood on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Critically acclaimed and internationally received, the choir is singing as part of a nine-day tour to the mid-West.
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.
New Nonprofit Movie Theater
Summer Surge Academy
The Center for Social Empowerment's Summer Surge Academy is a fun camp experience that blends educational enrichment with summer fun in order to combat the academic achievement gap! Students have daily academic lessons that reinforce foundational reading and math skills, daily character lessons, and weekly themes that expose students to new arts and sciences. It is our goal to provide educational enrichment while removing as many barriers to participation as possible. Our camp is on a sliding scale, so no camper is turned away due to inability to pay.
Our curriculum is designed to fight off Summer Brain Drain, a phenomenon that disproportionately affects low-income students, in which students lose academic skills and content over the course of summer vacation due to a lack of continued learning.
Want to help? We're still looking for volunteers! Sign up here to help.
New Monday Night 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.
Where did the pews go?
Have you noticed extra space in the sanctuary lately? The Trustees have been removing "extra" pews to make room for an expanded children's learning/ play area. The new space is on the right-hand side (if you are facing the front of the sanctuary.) We're excited to provide a bigger and better space for our children to enjoy worship.
We're deciding whether to "fix up" the wooden floor that was previously covered by the pews, or use carpet tiles, or purchase a rug. Please check out the sample carpet tiles in the sanctuary and let Alice or Brad know what you think!
Want to buy a pew? Contact Alice for details.
We're Going Green!
Trustee Brad Hershey has replaced 100 of our light bulbs with LEDs. Not only will this save the church utility costs, but it's better for the environment, too. Thanks to the Trustees for making this happen!
Upper Room Available
Look on the table in the Fellowship Hall with the blue tablecloth to get your copy of this daily devotional!
July Microcredit Club Update
In July, the U-City Microcredit Club loaned $550 to 7 loans in 7 countries. Since its inception, the club has loaned money to over 500 small business owners in 78 countries who do not have access to banks or traditional loans. Read the complete update on the Be You Blog.
Next SHED City-wide Work Day: 8/12
The next SHED city wide work day is Saturday, August 12. We will begin work at 9AM and will finish by noon or so. (No lunch is provided). We will be doing yard work and minor repairs. You will be assigned to a job that matches your abilities and wishes. Poison ivy is a possibility so dress accordingly. Contact Rich Wymore by August 5 if you wish to participate.
One of our values as a congregation is to learn with an open spirit.
Trans-forming the Church
Reconciling Ministries Network has produced a series of short videos: "Trans-forming the Church: Blessed Bodies and Gender Justice."
These videos, featuring Rev. Liam Hooper, use personal experience, scripture, theology, and gender theory. They can help us learn how to better support trans and gender non-conforming people in our church and in society.
Racial Justice Group Book Study at Manchester UMC
In collaboration with the YWCA, Manchester UMC is excited to be hosting a Witnessing Whiteness group for our members, members of other United Methodist churches, and those in the community. Since 2011, the YWCA has been sponsoring Witnessing Whiteness groups as part of its mission to eliminate racism.
The work of WW groups draws on the book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It, by Shelly Tochluk. During group meetings, participants consider their own lives in light of what they are learning through individual reflection as well as exercises that occur in pairs, triads and the entire group.
YWCA-trained facilitators will guide the group through ten, two-hour sessions over 20 weeks (meeting approximately every other week) – one for each chapter of the book plus one to reflect on the whole and look forward. It is understood that some participants will likely miss one or more sessions, but it is important to commitment to the group process and attend at least eight of the 10 sessions.
The group will start on Aug. 29th and meet approximately every other week from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in room 141 at Manchester UMC, 129 Woods Mill Rd., 63011. Other planned dates are Sept. 5, 19, Oct. 3, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 28 and Dec. 12. There is no cost for the session except for the book, which is approximately $28. Manchester UMC will do a group order once sign-ups are complete in mid-July or you can purchase a book individually at Left Bank Books, which offers a 20% discount. To sign up, please email Trish Gunby, Manchester UMC member, by July 10.
Praying for Refugees
Read a short reflection on the "Marawi Siege" in the Philippines, as we hold all refugees in prayer, whether they are crossing international borders or being internally displaced, dislocated and dispersed.
Our proposed 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).
Transgender Person Commissioned as a Deacon in Northern Illinois Conference
Rev. M. Barclay is the first openly non-binary transgendered person to be commissioned as a deacon by the UMC. Read their story here.
General Resources on Gender Identity
Confused about the terminology? Check out this fun graphic: the Genderbread Person (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.
The Space Between
The Missouri Reconciling Ministries Network recommends this video, which explains and tells stories of "non-binary" gender identity.
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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