Rev. Diane Kenaston
Third Sunday of Advent
December Office Hours:
The office will be closed on 12/18, 12/25-26, and 12/29. All other days this month the office is open M-F: 8:30-2:45.
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Advent Devotional Group, new time: Thursday mornings starting 12/14
8:30 a.m. in the Library. Bring your coffee/ breakfast and join Elizabeth in a 5-week study of Albert Holtz's From Holidays to Holy Days: A Benedictine Walk Through Advent. Holtz (literally) walks through his hometown of Newark, NJ, taking note of the shoppers, decorations, and bustle of the holiday season. Instead of observing these things cynically, he finds glimpses of God in even the most hurried, materialistic scenes. This lovely contemplative book has short daily entries that take you from Advent through Epiphany. It's quick and easy to read but beautifully thought-provoking. No child care provided, but children are welcome. Please RSVP to Elizabeth so she can order books.
Bean Soup Mix Sales
Sisters in Faith again will be selling bags of bean soup mix for the holidays. The price is $4 bag for a delicious meal. Each bag comes with simple instructions. Proceeds are used to support the Open Door Food Pantry.
Sam's God Sighting
In just two years, Sam Jamison has become a vital part of our community at University UMC. He's going back to Houston soon, and we'll miss him. Read the God Sighting he delivered on 12/10 on the Be You Blog.
Health Protection and Education Services (HPES)
Read the latest HPES newsletter here.
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.
Microcredit Club Update
The U-City Microcredit Club met on 11/20 and distributed 8 loans, totaling $600, to individuals and groups in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Liberia, Brazil, Myanmar, Bolivia, and Haiti. Read their stories 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.
Black Lives Matter Vigils
The rotating West County #BlackLivesMatter vigil schedule will be as follows (all vigils take place from 11:30am-12:30pm)
- 1st Saturday: Boone's Crossing & Chesterfield Airport Rd (SW corner)
- 2nd Saturday: Manchester Rd & 141 (under the bridge, south side)
- 3rd Saturday: Kirkwood City Hall
- 4th Saturday: Clayton Rd & Clarkson Rd (NE corner)
- 5th Saturday (if applicable): Olive Blvd & 270 (atop the bridge, south side)
Our monthly presence in Kirkwood will be followed by a gathering at Eliot Unitarian Chapel (100 South Taylor Ave), located just east of the new Kirkwood City Hall vigil site. This new, monthly gathering will begin at 1pm and will be a chance for folks both new to and established within our Community Action Network to gather in community with one another. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us - all are welcome! Visit our Facebook page for more information.
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.
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.
If you have any questions, please contact Karen Greening.
Christmas Caroling to our Members at Home, 12/17
Bring the spirit of Christmas joy and fellowship to our Members at Home! All are welcome to join in caroling on Sunday, Dec. 17, after worship. We'll have lunch together and head out to visit them at 1:00. Please sign up here by 12/15 to indicate your interest!
Food Pantry THIS WEEK
On 12/13, 8 neighbors received food, toiletries, and metro/bus passes through Open Door Pantry! Now we're week we're running low on the following:
- Canned pasta with flip top lids
- Laundry Detergent
- Canned meals, such as beef stew and chicken and dumpings
- Pancake mix and syrup
Thank you for supporting our pantry and neighbors in need!
Tax Credit Available
A Missouri Tax Credit is available for donations of cash or food items to the UUMC Food Pantry. Save your receipts! Forms to be signed by Rev. Diane will be available in the church office after January 1.
Be You, Be Loved, Belong Classes
New class forming: Sundays at 5pm on 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, and 1/28
Be You, Be Loved, Belong is a three-session course with Rev. Diane that connects you with University UMC through shared stories, giftedness, and calling. Completing this course provides the entry point for membership, adult baptism, or baptism for your child at University United Methodist Church.
During the class, we'll share our stories, explore how the baptismal covenant affects our daily lives, and discover how God has gifted us to serve. Each participant will be paired with a sponsor from the congregation (tell Rev. Diane if you have someone in mind). To sign up for the next class, email Rev. Diane.
A Year in the City
Beth Martin, Gephardt Institute Community Engagement Faculty Fellow
We're also celebrating Beth Martin's article on the WashU website, highlighting her innovative approach to teaching. Congratulations, Beth!
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.
Looking for the Learn section? It has its own page now! Click here.