The worship theme for February is Persistence.

Sunday, February 11 - 9:30 and 11:00 am 
"Ten Years Later: We Persist" - Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
February 7 marks the 10-year anniversary of the shooting in the Kirkwood Courthouse. Where were you when it happened? How did it impact your life and the way you experience Kirkwood? How has this tragedy changed our wider community - or has it? Rev. Barbara and others will explore these questions and more as we remember. 
Featured musicians:  
Jennifer Stewart, flute; Chamber Singers.

Sharing the Offering
February's offering will be shared with Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU). MCU is St. Louis' lead organization working to dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline by helping to change systems such as schools, police agencies, and the juvenile court that funnel children into adult prisons. Find out more:

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 go directly to their class.

The Junior High Youth (7th and 8th grade) are on a field trip at the Missouri History Museum this morning.

The Senior High Youth Group (9th-12th grade) are meeting from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm this Sunday for their movie session, featuring the film Coming Out .
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.
Women's Weekend Committee meets at 12:30 pm in the Bergfried Room.
Rubin Covenant Group meets at 2:00 pm offsite.
Church News

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

Please be aware that we will be designating additional accessible parking spots on Sundays only. There will be a total of 8 spaces outside Adams Hall. Please respect these spots and reserve them for those who need them.

All Eliot women are invited to participate in Eliot's Women's Alliance 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

Be part of the fight to raise Missouri's minimum wage so 350,000 Missourians who work full time can provide basics like groceries and rent for their families. On Sunday, before and after church services in Adams Hall and outside the church, Eliot's Social Justice in Action team will be collecting signatures so that the voters of Missouri will decide this important issue in the November 2018 election. Please sign and join the movement to Raise Up Missouri's economy and working families.

Attention Eliot Children & Youth: 
It's Your Time to Shine!
Do you have a special talent that you'd like to share with your church community? Do you sing, dance, play an instrument, perform comedy, or have another talent you'd like to perform? Are you looking for a fun evening with friends at church and LOTS of yummy desserts? If so, please make plans to attend the annual Youth Coffeehouse on Saturday, February 24 at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. This is one of the most popular and well-attended events of the year, and it is great fun for Eliot family members of all ages. All children and youth in grades K-12 are encouraged to sign up to perform their special talent in this event. You can perform individually or in groups with other friends. To sign up, contact Christie Lee at

The Women's Alliance of First Unitarian Church, St. Louis, Is offering a scholarship  of $3000 to a woman 21 years of age or older who is active in a Unitarian Universalist congregation and is pursuing post high school education. For further information please contact Pamela Gempel, Scholarship Committee Chair, at You may access the scholarship packet here.

Financial assistance for the support of elder Unitarian Universalist lay people is available from the Iva Laughlin Fund, administered by the Midwestern Unitarian Universalist Conference. Mrs. Iva Giles Laughlin, who died in January 1904, was an active and inspirational Universalist laywoman in Chicago. Examples of grants include hearing aids, rent assistance, medical expenses , food subsidy, and more. If you have questions or would like to apply, please see
Monday, February 12
A Course in Miracles - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall

Tuesday, February 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, February 14
Meneely Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room
Women's Chorale - 7:30 pm in the Music Room

Thursday, February 15
Room at the Inn - 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
PCA Team - 7:00 pm in Rev. Jim's office
Peace and Tolerance Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

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

Saturday, February 17
Bergfried Day Trip
WE CAN - 12:30 pm in Rooms 001/002

Please note that the church offices will be closed
Monday, February 19
for Presidents Day.
Attend the third Women's Weekend Planning Session on Sunday, February 11 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Bergfried room with your workshop ideas or suggestions. Committee members are also needed so come if you have an interest. If you can't attend the meeting but have input, please email Cindi Gille-Rowley or Karen Gottschalk at


Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing 
Week #169
Tuesday, February 13 at 6:00 pm
outside Eliot.

SANCTUARY DISCERNMENT CONTINUES! Join the St. Louis Coalition for Sanctuary on Tuesday, February 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Maplewood UCC for a Fat Tuesday Potluck. The event will include a video connection to Alex Garcia's support network in Popular Bluff, where the family resides, and provide an opportunity to get to know Alex. You may RSVP for any sanctuary event or join the team at We NEED volunteers to help with planning and executing these events! These are low effort/high reward opportunities to put our Unitarian Universalist values into action. Here's a list of educational resources on immigration and the sanctuary movement

Join us for some late winter nature communion on Saturday, February 17 for a Bergfried Day Trip. All members and friends are welcome. 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 before to let us know you are coming. See you there!

Better Marriages St. Louis invites you to a Couple Communication Skills Workshop. Learn the basics of healthy and loving communication for committed couples. The participatory workshop takes place at Eliot Chapel on Saturday, March 3 but the registration deadline is Saturday, February 17. See the flyer for more information or download the registration form to start your sign-up. 
Click on the links below to learn more about the events listed and sign-up information, or check the newsletter for more details.

Accompaniment Training
Thursday, February 22
6:00 to 7:30 pm in Adams Hall
This class provides an excellent look at the deportation process and how to comfort those in its grip. Attendees may (but are not committed to) volunteer to accompany undocumented migrants to scheduled ICE meetings. RSVP to

Tour the St. Louis Civil Rights Exhibit
Friday, February 23
3:00 pm at the Missouri History Museum
Join members of the Eliot community to tour the Missouri History Museum exhibit "#1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis". Afterwards, tour participants may choose to have dinner together and come back to Eliot Chapel at 7:00 p.m. to view the film "Whose Streets?" (see the following--you must sign up for each event separately). Please sign up here.

Showing of "Whose Streets?"
a documentary concerning the aftermath of Michael Brown's killing
Friday, February 23
7:00 pm at Eliot
Free presentation followed by a discussion. Reserve your spot at by February 18. Space is limited.

Survey Says...
Sunday, February 25
Eliot's most recent congregational survey got 196 responses-let's talk about it! Following the second service on Sunday, February 25, we will gather for small- and large-group conversation. Lunch will be provided for a suggested donation of $5.

Making a Graceful Exit
an Eliot Adult Religious Education Program
Tuesdays, February 27 and March 6
7:00 pm in Adams Hall
This two-evening educational event is aimed at older members or their children.  Sign up on the hallway bulletin board. See more info here .

Four-Part Immigration Workshop
Thursdays in March
In March we will hold a four-part workshop on immigration history/philosophy/solutions and a
webinar with people here and across the country who have been affected by increased
immigration enforcement. Tentative dates are March 1, 8, 15 and 22. Plan to attend all four or
any combination! RSVP to

Sunday, February 18 - 9:30 and 11:00 am
"The Beauty of Scars" - Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
Every scar has a story, right? What story would you tell about yours? Which ones show and which don't? Scars remind us of what we have been through, what we have learned and how we have healed. They also remind us of how we have persisted in spite of injury, illness, and pain.
Featured musicians: Pam Triplett, soprano; Dr. Leon Burke, organ; Eliot Choir.

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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