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What's a CBA? Why does U City need one? 8/16
University City Faith Leaders invite you to a public forum on the importance of a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). We are proud to serve faith communities in University City, proud of the rich diversity here. We believe U City should aspire to set the standard for our region for justice and community involvement as we negotiate Tax Increment Financing (TIF).
At this forum on Thursday 8/16 at 7pm, we will answer questions from the community about why a Community Benefits Agreement is morally necessary. The CBA should be independently negotiated and enforceable by the community, and finalized prior to TIF approval.
Fall is coming!
Students are going back to school, and we’re all looking forward to cooler weather and fall leaves....eventually. We have a few upcoming dates to kick off fall:
8/19: Third Sunday Young Adult Lunch
8/26: Mission & Justice Kickoff, introducing our 2018-19 theme: Advocate for Children
9/2: Monthly Potluck
9/9: Children’s Sunday School resumes at 9:30 on Sunday mornings
9/9: LOGOS resumes at 9:30 on Sunday mornings
Church Sign Installation Complete
UUMC's new sign is complete! Thanks to Tom Mitchell for leading the signage team, Janet Muhm for the design, Brad Hershey for the mock-up sign, John and Alice Mohr for assisting throughout and completing the installation, Doug Durham for expediting the sale and removal of the old signs, Dan Barrett and Ann Wymore for painting the church doors a matching red, and everyone who gave financially for making this project a reality.
Opioid Use Disorder Family Support Group Aug-Sept Dates
The Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance - St. Louis Empowerment Center is providing a mutual support group focused on helping the supporters & family members of individuals with opiate-related issues. The group will meet at the University City Library from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the following dates:
- August 23rd
- August 30th
- September 6th
- September 13th
Raise Up Missouri Speaker Training, 8/16
All are invited to the August 16th Raise Up Missouri speaker training at SEIU Local One, 2725 Clifton Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139. The training will go from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The training will review messaging strategies for leaders and interested community members as we work to raise Missouri's minimum wage statewide.
It is up to us to make sure our communities have all the facts before they head to the polls in November.
Bible Study on Alzheimer's and Dementia
The United Methodist Church offers a free five-part video Bible study on Alzheimer's and Dementia. Please watch and share it.
Then write or call your members of Congress to urge them to co-sponsor the bipartisan CHANGE Act (Concentrating on High-Value Alzheimer's Needs to Get to an End) to improve Alzheimer's assessment and diagnosis.
Learn more about United Methodist ministry and advocacy for people with Alzheimer's and dementia here.
African American Participation in Alzheimer's Disease Research: Effective Strategies Workshop, 10/9-10
African Americans are under-represented in Alzheimer's Disease research, yet studies indicate that they are twice as likely to have the disease as white Americans. This free workshop explores the topic of African American participation in research. Click here for the full schedule and registration information.
NAMI Family-to-Family Classes
NAMI Family-to-Family is an educational course for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with mental illness.
Family-to-Family meets for twelve 2.5 hour sessions. Information and resources are provided at no cost to the participants. This program is designed for loved ones (over age 18) of individuals living with mental illness.
- Up-to-date information about a range of mental illnesses, including co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders
- Skills related to crises management, solving problems and communicating effectively
- Guidance on locating appropriate local supports and services
Click here for more details and a schedule of classes and locations.
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.
This is my Body,
with Hannah Shanks
Hannah Shanks, who worked at UUMC during the summer of 2016, recently published a book through Cokesbury, This is My Body. She writes about how the words “The body of Christ, broken for you” and “The blood of Christ, shed for you” took on new meaning during her pregnancy with her son, Ezra. She’ll be presenting her book and leading discussion on Sunday mornings in September in the Parlor, beginning the week after Labor Day.
September Book Club, 9/4
The next book club will be at 7:00 pm at Bev Braeske's house.
He is the co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America on ABC. Richard Besser, M.D, says the book is, “Painfully candid, outrageously funny, and definitely enlightening, Harris’s book left me feeling much more than 10% Happier."
Election Dates for 2018
Are you ready to vote in 2018? Take note of the important dates below.
- 9/25: Absentee voting begins for the November 6th election
- 10/10: Last day to register for the November 6th election
- 10/31: Last day to request an absentee ballot
- 11/6: Election day polls open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Regional Conversations on The Way Forward,
The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. Their report will be voted upon at the February 2019 General Conference.
Bishop Farr’s goal is to foster a clear understanding of the plans so that participants may return to their local church and discuss the plans in a more informed manner. Click here to learn more about the Commission on a Way Forward.
Local meetings will be held on October 9 at Webster Hills UMC from 7-8:30 p.m. and October 10 at Lafayette Park UMC from 10-11:30 a.m.
The UMC Speaks Out Against Family Separations at the Border
Recently the news has been full of the images and sounds of immigrant families being painfully separated at the U.S./Mexico border. Along with our Christian family in other dominations, the UMC has taken a strong biblically-based stance on the issue: this separation is a violation of human rights and those who use the Bible to justify these actions are violating the spirit of the gospel, too. Read more about the church's stance and the actions that it has taken.
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.
Open Door Food Pantry Update: Just Buy Two!
Every month UUMC spends about $1000 to keep the Open Door Food Pantry stocked with needed items. We've seen a dramatic increase in visitors in 2018: in the first 6 months of 2017, we had 96 visits. In the first 6 months of 2018, we had 267 visits.
Do you want to donate to the pantry but forgot to bring the "most needed list" to your grocery store? Don't worry: all of your donations make a difference.
This summer we're asking you to Buy 2. For each nonperishable items on your grocery list, buy 2: one for yourself and one for the the pantry. Buying refried beans? Buy 2! Buying canned tomatoes? Buy 2! It's just a few extra dollars a week for us individually, but it will make a huge difference to our community. Here are the items we run out of the fastest:
- Cooking oil
- Laundry detergent and dish soap
- Canned pastas
- Canned meat
You can add those to your list or just buy 2 of what you're buying for yourself. Thank you for supporting our neighbors in need!
Microcredit Club Update
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.