The worship theme for March is Balance.
Sunday, March 11- 9:30 and 11:00 am 
"My Heart Opened Wider"
 - Rev. Barbara H. Gadon, Bob Becker, David Cox, Cindy Lau, and Claudia Potts
Rev. Gadon and members of Eliot Chapel share moments of joyful discovery and encouragement in "doing the work" to end racism. What holds us back - and what spurs us on? A service to celebrate hope, change and commitment as we relaunch our "Pledge to End Racism" ministry.  Featured musicians: 
Ric Vice, bass; Clancey Newell, drums; Gail Hintz, piano .

Sharing the Offering
In March, we will share our offering with Metro Trans Umbrella Group. MTUG is a grass roots nonprofit organization that is working to create a more inclusive and supportive community in St. Louis. The group was formed in 2013 to unite various groups that support transgender, gender queer, androgynous, intersex, and allied communities by providing education, advocacy, and visibility. See more at

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 age three and younger and youth in 7th-12th grade go directly to their class.

Sunday at a Glance:
Eliot Choir meets at 8:30 am in the Music Room.
Children's Choir meets at 10:35 am in the Music Room.
Women's Weekend Committee meets at 12:30 pm in the Bergfried Room.
Rubin Covenant Group meets at 2:00 pm off-site.
Please Remember

Please remember the family of Dale Eason. Dale passed away on Monday, March 5.
A memorial service is scheduled here at Eliot for Saturday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m.
followed by a reception in Adams Hall.

Please remember the family and friends of Brian Stieglitz , including his stepmother Nancy Spargo and grandfather Bob Spargo . Brian passed away on Wednesday, March 7. A memorial service is scheduled here at Eliot for Sunday, March 11 at 7:00 pm.
Church News

Get ready to trade an hour of sleep for an extra hour of sunshine - it's Daylight Saving Time ! Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night - we're looking forward to seeing you Sunday morning!

The April newsletter deadline is Thursday, March 15. Please send all articles to

June 20-24, Kansas City, MO
Housing fills up quickly!  Eliot delegates are needed - speak to Rev. Barbara.  Come worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for our Association through the democratic process.  
Register online at

Eliot women are invited to participate in our Women's Alliance group which meets on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays at 9:30 am in Adams Hall.
First Tuesday: Book Discussion
Third Tuesday: Speaker
Fourth Tuesday: Field Trip

Has your information changed?
If you have a new phone number, email, or physical address, please let us know! or  314-821-0911
Monday, March 12
A Course in Miracles - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall

Tuesday, March 13
Attitudinal Healing - 10:00 am in the Frederick-Gray Room
Vigil for Hope & Healing - 6:00 pm outside Eliot
Board of Trustees Meeting - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall

Wednesday, March 14
Bridges - 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Meneely Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room
Women's Chorale - 7:30 pm in the Music Room

Thursday, March 15
Room at the Inn - 5:00 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
Immigration 101 Workshop - 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Leadership Development Team - 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room
Peace and Tolerance Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room

Friday, March 16
Friday Freethinkers - 10:00 am in Adams Hall

Saturday, March 17
WE CAN - 12:30 pm in  Room 001/002
This coming Monday morning, March 12, members of the Westboro Baptist Church, which the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America," will be protesting student Jake Bain at John Burroughs School. Bain, an openly gay football player at the school, has been the subject of many recent news articles.  Eliot members are invited to side with love for Jake. We will wear our yellow shirts, hold our signs, and, by our very presence, bear witness to the power of love.

If you'd like to carpool, meet in the Eliot parking lot no later than 6:50 am. If you'd like to meet us there, we will gather on the NE corner of the intersection of Price and Clayton Roads at 7:15 am. (Parking will be hard. You might want to try some of the shops on the south side of Clayton, west of Price, that don't open until later.) Once we're assembled, we'll walk the short distance to the school, where police will tell us where to stand.  Wear your yellow shirt if you have one. We will have signs for you, too. Contact Betsey Comfort for more information.


Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #173, Tuesday March 13 at 6:00 pm
outside Eliot.

Immigration 101
March 15, 22, & 29
6:00 - 8:00 pm
As people rooted in compassionate action, what is required of us? To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. This call to loving action echoes through every age, and in each season of our lives we must consider how to respond. In this course, we will learn more about the historical context of Latin American immigration to the US, the current state of US border and immigration policy, and the local impacts of these policies. We will also discuss how the orienting stories of different traditions all point us toward honoring the human dignity of all and welcoming the strangers among us.

Course Objectives:
1. Learn about the history of US involvement & intervention in Latin America as well as the role of our faith-based institutions
2. Review US immigration policy and impacts, and faith teaching on migration
3. Contextualize this history in current immigrant realities of St. Louis
4. Evaluate: "How am I/are we called to respond?"

Eliot Chapel is honored to partner with the St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America, Kirkwood UCC, and Congregation Shaare Emeth to offer a 3-week course on immigration. The course will be led by Sara John, Program Coordinator of the St. Louis IFCLA. Course materials will include academic articles, personal reflections, multi-faith perspectives, podcasts, films, and more. We will meet for 2 hours every Thursday for 3 weeks, and will also include 1-2 hours of suggested reading/watching/listening and reflection to be done in between the meetings. Our time together will focus on discussion, small group work, and reflection.

All are welcome! Please kindly RSVP on our Facebook event. Feel free to contact with questions!

Bergfried Day Trip
Join us for some end-of-winter nature communion on Saturday, March 17. An optional guided hike or two will be offered, but feel free to come out and do your own thing or do nothing! Bring sturdy shoes and provisions for the day. Meet at the Eliot Chapel parking lot at 9:00 am to caravan or carpool (or come out separately if you prefer). Email at least 48 hours ahead to let us know you are coming.

Speak Up! Workshop 

Sunday, March 18, 12:30 - 4:00 pm
Become more comfortable and confident speaking up against racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, ableism, etc. This workshop involves learning to recognize when someone - even ourselves - is being offensive to other individuals or groups, a process of learning when and where to speak up against bigotry. Sign up on the bulletin board, at the Social Justice in Action table in Adams Hall, or online here.
Click on the links below to learn more about the events listed and sign-up information, or check the newsletter for more details.

All Church Lunch and Canvass Sunday
Sunday, April 8
Kirkwood Community Center
For the first time in at least ten years, we will all be together on a Sunday morning. A great service is being planned with music and fellowship and lunch to follow. And we will all make our pledges for 2018-19. Don't miss out--put it on your calendar today!

Pledge to End Racism in St. Louis Workshop 
[the BIG workshop] 
Saturdays April 14 & 28 
9:00 am - 4:30 pm 
Attendance both days expected; $20 fee assessed to cover costs. Save the dates! 

April Discernment
The Eliot Immigration Justice Team will hold a set of small group discussions in April to
encourage frank dialogue about motivations, logistics , strategy, and what actions fit our 
mission, values and ends. The meetings are modeled on the  successful discernment process  utilized in April 2017 by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia, Missouri. Please plan to attend at least one session to prepare for our church-wide vote at the Annual Meeting on May 20, 2018. You will find it helpful to follow the St Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America  website  and   Facebook page for sanctuary news and events, and the UUA website for  theological reflections  and law and policy explanations.

Sunday, March 18 - 9:30 and 11:00 am
"The Balancing Act " - Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
With so much out of balance in the world, how do we start in finding ours? And how does that help the world? Come and explore this rich theme in worship with us.
Featured musicians: Phyllis MacLaren, violin; Women's Chorale; Dr. David Nalesnik, 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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