The worship theme for November is Abundance.

Sunday, November 12 - 9:30 and 11:00 am 
"Lucky" - Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
What do we do with abundance? It's good to see the suffering of the world and recognize that you have been blessed with a lot. But then what? Between guilt and self-satisfaction, there must be a middle way. Rev. Barbara will explore the answers we find by being part of a community of faith. 
Today's musicians: Greenleaf Singers - Laura Honigman, Soprano; Pam Davis & Ann Hier, Alto; Mike Pohlman, Tenor; Doug Landholdt, Theodore Jander, bass and Artistic Director; Chamber Singers; Dr. David Nalesnik, piano.
About today's musicians: The Greenleaf Singers will be featured performers at our annual Madrigal Dinner.

Sharing the Offering
Eliot's November offering will be shared with KirkCare, a non-profit organization formed by the Kirkwood Ministerial Alliance to help the needy living within the boundaries of the Kirkwood R-7 school district. It is directed and staffed by lay people from the churches within the district, including Eliot Chapel. 

Religious Education
At 9:30, children in kindergarten and older attend the first 15 minutes of the worship service. Preschool children (ages 3-5) and nursery children (2 and younger) go directly to their class.

At 11:00, children who are age 4 (by Aug. 1, 2017) through 6th grade attend the first 15 minutes of the worship service. Children 3 and younger and youth in 9th-12th grade go directly to their class.

Note: The Junior High Youth Group (grades 7-8) is on a field trip this morning at the Ethical Society of St. Louis.

Sunday at a Glance
Chamber Singers meet at 8:30 am in the Music Room.
Eliot Choir meets at 9:00 am in the Music Room.
Membership Book Signing is at 10:30 am in the Triplett Room.
Children's Chalice Choir meets at 10:35 pm in the Music Room.
Madrigal Rehearsal is at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Living the Pledge Workshop Series is at 12:15 pm in Rooms 001/002.
Young Adult Group (YAG) meets at 12:30 pm in the Triplett Room.
Sanctuary Church Information Meeting meets at 12:30 pm in Room 006.
Rubin Covenant Group meets at 2:00 pm off site.
Friends of Music Concert is at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Church News

Have You Completed Your Survey?
Your views matter! And it's easy to share them! Use the link that came to your email inbox or, if you prefer, click directly to the survey here. If you have problems accessing the survey online, you can request a paper copy from the front office. The survey will be open through mid-December, but please don't wait until the end to complete it. Every response helps us improve Eliot Chapel. If you have any questions about the survey process or the survey itself, please contact Board Chair David Cox.

Small Change Makes Big Change Starting This Week
The  Guest at Your Table (GAYT) offering begins  Sunday, November 12 . GAYT is an intergenerational outreach program sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) to raise funds to support human rights around the world. This year's theme is  Small Change is Big Change

Guest at Your Table offering boxes will be given to children in their Religious Education classes Sunday morning. Donation envelopes and additional boxes are available outside the 5th & 6th grade room, which is across from the nursery. This is a fantastic opportunity for UUs of all ages to engage in generosity and giving this Thanksgiving season.

Donation boxes should be returned to Eliot no later than Sunday, December 10. It's helpful if coins and cash are converted into a check payable to UUSC prior to submission.

  Bread Service Preparations Underway
Eliot will have three traditional Bread Services the weekend before Thanksgiving - at 5:00 pm on  Saturday, November 18 and at 9:30 and 11:00 am on  Sunday, November 19 . If you would like to share a special bread during a service next weekend, please sign up on the sign-up sheets outside Adams Hall. 

As part of our preparation for the annual Bread Service we invite you to share quilts for decoration in the Sanctuary. Quilts should be clearly marked with your name and be delivered to the church office no later than noon on  Wednesday, November 15 . If your quilt has a story, please feel welcome to print or type it on a small card, and affix the card to the front of your quilt, so the story can be shared with members and friends.

Don't Miss Madrigal Magic!
The Madrigal Team will be in Adams Hall after each service
Sunday, November 12 to take reservations for performances, AND to sign up the many volunteers needed for the myriad tasks required to stage this ambitious production. Performances are  Thursday, Friday  and  Saturday nights, November 30 to  December 2 . Saturday is sold out, with Thursday about two-thirds and Friday about half sold out, so don't delay making your reservations! We still need many  volunteers for all tasks on all three nights, so please join with your friends and help make our guests' experience be worthy of a Queen!

We Need YOU

We are looking for additional volunteers that can join our current pool of greeters here at Eliot. These are the fine people who pass out hymnals and orders of service each week, and take up the offering during the service. The work is easy - your total commitment is to arrive just 15 minutes before a service you'd be attending. In addition to Sunday Services, greeters are also needed for Memorial Services. Interested? Please contact our coordinator Bob Coulter at and he will be happy to talk with you more about this great opportunity.

The deadline for  the December newsletter
is November 15 to allow for
the Thanksgiving holiday. Please send
any items to

Sanctuary Update
Alex Garcia is still in Sanctuary at Maplewood UCC. Recently, ICE agreed to file his request to remain with his family, but it has taken no action on the request-nor is it required to do so, not even notice that the request is denied. Until ICE grants the request, Alex lives under threat of immediate deportation-and possible death. This year, 22 people died in detention by ICE. So efforts to comfort and sustain Alex in his fight continue. We need:
  • Shoppers to perform weekly grocery shopping (preferably on Tuesdays)
  • Companions to assure round the clock presence in the church
  • Cooks to provide hot meals once a week
  • Donations for groceries, incidentals, and expense of the sanctuary space
  • Signatories to the Declaration of Sacred Resistance, the pledge of the St. Louis Coalition for Sanctuary to support people like Alex in the struggle to make immigration enforcement humane.

Email to volunteer or give.

Eliot's Immigration Justice Team will develop a curriculum for study and provide opportunities for questions and discussion in the coming weeks. We anticipate a congregational vote on Eliot's role in Sanctuary at the end of the discernment process.

Monday, November 13
Harris All Read Group - 1:30 pm off site
WeCAN ASSIST - 6:30 pm in Room 006
A Course in Miracles - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall

Tuesday, November 14
Vigil for Hope & Healing - 6:00 pm outside Eliot
Board of Trustees Meeting - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
Madrigal Christmas Rout Rehearsal - 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Handbell Rehearsal - 7:30 pm in the Music Room

Wednesday, November 15
Larson Covenant Group - 7:15 pm in Room 006
Women's Chorale - 7:30 pm in the Music Room

Thursday, November 16
Grief Group Meeting - 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Room at the Inn - 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
Madrigal Rehearsal - 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Meihaus All Read Group - 7:00 pm in the Triplett Room
Peace and Tolerance Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Jr. High Room
Rock All Read Group - 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room

Friday, November 17
Friday Freethinkers - 10:00 am in Adams Hall

Saturday, November 18
WeCAN - 12:30 pm in Rooms 001/002
Women's Chorale - 4:00 pm in the Music Room
Are You Ready for Eliot Membership?
For all those interested in a path to membership at Eliot Chapel, you are welcome to attend a meeting on Sunday, November 12 at 10:30 am in the Triplett Room. Come to ask questions about Unitarian Universalism in general and Eliot Chapel in particular. If you are ready to become a member, you're welcome to sign the membership book then. If you need help finding the Triplett Room, stop by the Guest Center off Adams Hall and they will point you in the right direction.

Free Concert on Sunday
Friends of Music will present a delightful, free concert of chamber music by Beethoven and Brahms on  November 12 at 3:00 pm. 


Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #157, Tuesday November 14 at 6:00 pm
outside Eliot.

Board Meeting
The Board regularly meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in Adams Hall. These meetings are open to anyone in the Eliot community. The next meeting is Tuesday, November 14.

WeCAN Hosts New Monthly Vigil in Kirkwood
WeCAN (West County Community Action Network) has started standing in vigil in front of Kirkwood City Hall (facing Kirkwood Road) on the third Saturday of every month. The group stands vigil from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm and then gathers in community at Eliot at 1:00 pm. This new monthly meeting is open to all. Bring a brown bag lunch and join the group. The next gathering is Saturday, November 18.

Environmental Justice Team Meeting
The Environmental Justice Team will meet on Monday, November 20, at 7:00 pm in Room 005. We welcome new members. For more information, please contact

Social Justice in Action Assembly
Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 at 7:15 in Adams Hall
Bryan Stevenson video and reflection

All members and friends are invited to attend a special viewing of a video talk by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is the founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Besides delivering inspiring stories about his legal work defending minority and other persons on death row in Alabama, in this talk he recommends four steps to change the world: 
  • Get proximate,
  • Change the narrative,
  • Remain hopeful, and 
  • Be willing to be uncomfortable. 
Rev. Barbara has preached on these steps recently. This provides an opportunity for us to deepen our conversation on the issues raised. Following the 35-minute video, Ann Ruger's All Read team will facilitate small group reflections. The meeting should last no more than 60 minutes, followed by time for SJA interest-group planning.

Saturday, November 18 - 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 19 - 9:30 and 11:00 am
"Bread Communion" - Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
Time for our much-loved Eliot tradition, our service celebrating community, heritage and fabulous bread! We will hear stories of bread and family, gaze on the lovely quilts made by members, and of course, feast on bread and cider. You are invited to bring bread or other grain that represents your family or gives you a sense of belonging.
Featured musicians: Clan Shenanigans
Sat. 11/18 5:00pm Women's Chorale & David Nalesnik
Sun. 11/19 Eliot Choir; Mel Priese, cello; Dave Seidensticker, oboe; Gail Hintz, piano.
The ourEliot team promotes and enables healthy communications as promised to one another through the Congregational Covenant. If you have a compliment, suggestion or concern that is important to communicate to a responsible party, look for an on-duty member of the team in Adams Hall wearing an ourEliot badge or contact them via email at .

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