The worship theme for May is Creativity

Sunday, May 13 - 9:30 and 11:00 am 
"Sharing Genius" - Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
Creativity is generally considered a solitary process, and much of it is. But much creative work is done in the company of others. How can we become a more creative community? How do we create more justice, courage, and love?  Featured musicians: 
Amy Camie, harp; Chamber Singers.

Amy Camie will have CDs of her music available in Adams Hall after service on Sunday.

Sharing the Offering
In May, we will share our offering with the Missouri Budget Project, a nonprofit organization that provides independent research and analysis of complex state policy issues to ensure that advocates, policymakers, and the public have the information needed to create sound fiscal projects. Founded in 2004, MBP advocates in favor of fiscally responsible public policies that improve economic opportunities for all Missourians - particularly low and middle-income families - by providing reliable and objective research, public education and advocacy. For more information, go to mobudget.org.

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. Elementary children (K-6) will gather in Room 001 at 9:45 for multi-age activities led by Christie Lee.

At 11:00 , children who are age 4 (by Aug. 1, 2017) through 4th grade attend the first 15 minutes of the worship service before participating in multi-age activities in Room 001 from 11:15 - 12:00. Children age three and younger may go to directly to the nursery.
 
Note: Youth in 5th - 12th grades may assist with the activities OR attend the worship service with their family. The 11:00 5th & 6th grade class, the Junior High Group (7th & 8th grade) and the Senior High Youth Group (grades 9-12) have concluded for the 2017-18 year.

Sunday at a Glance:
Chamber Singers  meet at 8:30 am in the Music Room.
Eliot Choir meets at 9:15 am in the Music Room.
Membership Book Signing is at 10:30 am & 12:00 pm in the Triplett Room.
Rubin Covenant Group  meets at 2:00 pm off-site.
Please Remember

Please Remember Mary Quinn and her family as they mourn the passing
of Mary's husband, Bill Snyder.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Eliot Chapel on  Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 am. 
 
Church News

We want to see YOU at the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 20 at 12:30 pm in the Sanctuary. Hear about the Chapel's budget and governance, elect new leaders, and vote on the sanctuary church proposition. A light lunch will be served at noon and childcare will be provided for the meeting.

See the May newsletter (page 9) for the slate of candidates on the ballot. Those interested in finances at Eliot should plan to attend our budget discussion scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 pm in Adams Hall.

At our annual meeting, we will vote on whether to become a sanctuary church for undocumented immigrants. If you have concerns or questions you wish to discuss before the meeting, please contact Reverend Gadon or email immigration@eliotchapel.org. You can find additional information, including FAQs, the Declaration of Sacred Resistance and Rev. Gadon's sermon of April 15 on the issue, on the Eliot Chapel website.

Honor our 5th UU Principle and be part of the democratic process that charts the course for the Eliot congregation.


Nominate a Shared Plate Recipient
The Social Justice Steering Committee has a limited number of slots for shared plate recipients for the 2018-19 church year and welcomes nominations from the congregation by June 30. Preference will be given to local organizations with possibility for Eliot volunteer partnership and with missions aligned with Eliot's social justice priorities. Make your nominations online.
Monday, May 14
A Course in Miracles - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
 

Tuesday, May 15
Women's Alliance Spring Luncheon - 11:30 am in Adams Hall
PCA Team Meeting - 1:30 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Vigil for Hope & Healing - 6:00 pm outside Eliot
Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
Avant Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in Room 006
Earth-Based Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
 

Wednesday, May 16
Annual Budget Review Q&A - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall/Bergfried Room
Larson Covenant Group - 7:15 pm in Room 006


Thursday, May 17
Grief Group - 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Room at the Inn - 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
Spiritual Development Class - 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Peace and Tolerance Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary


Friday, May 18
Friday Freethinkers - 10:00 am in Adams Hall
Women's Weekend - 4:00 pm off-site
 

Saturday, May 19
Women's Weekend - all day off-site
WE CAN - 12:30 pm in Rooms 001/002
Are You Ready for Eliot Membership? 
We invite you to come to the Triplett Room immediately after either service on Sunday. You will hear more about membership and get your questions answered. You will also have an opportunity to sign the membership book. 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.


Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #182
Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm
outside Eliot.






Interactive Racial Justice E-Course Presented at Eliot
Join us for Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-Racist Practice for Sanctuary, Accompaniment, & Resistance, a four-part, monthly interactive e-course offered by Love Resists and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Participants working in small groups will gather for live video and do homework in between sessions. Attendees are expected to participate in the full course.

The Eliot Chapel team will be meeting on the following dates in Adams Hall:
  • May 15* - Knowing ourselves: Undoing racism as spiritual practice (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
  • June 5 - The accompaniment model: Philosophy and best practices (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
  • July 10 - Case studies: Learning from experience (7:00 - 8:30 pm)
  • August 7 - Applied practice [attend one or all]: Congregational sanctuary (5:00 - 6:00 pm), Court accompaniment (6:30 - 7:30 pm), Detention/prison visitation (8:00 - 9:00 pm).
*Note that the AFSC started this course on May 1, but the Eliot group is starting May 15. We will do the 1st session as a recorded video and then follow the live online course dates. Also, online registration thru the AFSC is closed - please RSVP to immigration@eliotchapel.org so the Immigration Justice Team can coordinate course materials.


Spiritual Development Classes
Two classes remain in the spring spiritual development course: 

Thursday, May 17: "(W)Holy Body Mindfulness" led by Cindy Lau
In this session we will explore using the body and mind to become aware of our deep sense of knowing. Mindfulness helps determine meaning and connection. We will also explore how to process difficult emotions through the body.

Thursday, May 24: "Intention-Setting and Meaning-Making" led by Cindy Lau
There are many ways to set intention. We will explore several. As when hang-gliding, one goes where one looks. Much the same happens in our life. If we don't intentionally set our aim, our unconscious decides for us. Meaning-making is important for reflection and deepening connection to something greater then yourself. It is a way to align yourself with your intentions and values. We will explore ways of making meaning to inspire your actions and inner life.

Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up on the bulletin board or register online.


Help out in Fillmore Park!  
Come lend a hand in community service as we help to maintain this recently rebuilt pocket park at 410 S. Fillmore, about half a mile south of Eliot in a multi-racial neighborhood. Eliot folks work together for an hour or two weeding, deadheading if needed, and doing a "once over" for usually minimal trash. Remaining May dates will be Saturday, May 19; and Thursday, May 31. Get June dates on your calendar: Saturday, June 9; Thursday, June 21; and Saturday, June 30, all at 9:00 a.m. Meet in the shelter. Sign up on the Adams Hall bulletin board, at the Social Justice table, or by emailing Claire Robertson at socialjustice@eliotchapel.org.


Canvass in Meacham Park
The Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association (MNIA) is looking for folks to canvass door-to-door in Meacham Park on Saturday, May 19 with a partner to talk with residents about the Association and invite them to join. Sign up on the Eliot bulletin board.
Click on the links below to learn more about the events listed and sign-up information, or check the newsletter for more details.


Bergfried

Eliot Family Camp-Out 
May 25 - 28
Our annual family camp-out on Memorial Day Weekend brings together all Eliot members and friends. You are welcome to come out for any part of the weekend whether you plan to camp or not. There is plenty of hiking, relaxing, and connection to enjoy! The weekend includes the Saturday evening Lewis and Clark Commemorative Bonfire, a Sunday morning worship service at 11:00 am featuring music from Steve Jarrett, and a potluck directly after the service. Sign up for the potluck on the bulletin board. To sign up for the weekend, to reserve a cottage or bunkh ouse space, or for any information contact bergfriedinfo@eliotchapel.org


POTLUCK WITH PRIDE!
Saturday, June 2
6:30 pm
Come to a potluck dinner and showing of a Pride  movie starting at 6:30 pm in Adams Hall. Bring a  dish to share and stay to watch the movie MILK, a  gripping movie of the life of the gay politician Harvey  Milk who was assassinated. This powerful  movie is relevant to today's issues. Sign up on the bulletin board at Eliot to bring a dish.


Attitudinal Healing Workshop
Saturday, June 9
9:30 am -12:30 pm
Participants will learn the 12 Principles of Attitudinal Healing, which are based on the healing power of love, forgiveness, and oneness. Attitudinal Healing is a tool for practicing practical spirituality and supports individuals in the forgiveness process of releasing judgment, fear, and harmful thoughts by transforming them into thoughts of love, compassion, peace, and wholeness. This will be a participatory workshop with instruction, interaction, and small group exercises. There is no registration fee. A love donation is requested to help cover the cost of workshop materials/handouts. To be included please RSVP by Wednesday, June 6. There is a sign-up sheet on the church bulletin board or you can RSVP to Corinne Esneault by e-mail. 


Gay Games
Saturday, June 9
Come enjoy an evening of food and games using  famous LGBT people's names: Village People Poker,  Melissa Etheridge Bunco, etc. To add to our  theme, please consider bringing food using famous  names, too - like Elton John Jello (rainbow-colored).  It's all in the spirit of fun and supports  Pride. This will be a fund-raiser to assist Promo.  For further information or to volunteer to assist,  please contact Lynn Murphy.


Summer Solstice Ceremony  and Drum Circle
Wednesday, June 20
6:30 pm
You are invited to join together in Adams Hall at 6:30  pm on the day of the Summer Solstice. We will hold a  Summer Solstice ceremony and drum circle to celebrate  the longest day of the year, the Sun at its highest  point, and the season of warmth and energy. Participants  are encouraged to bring a snack to share  which is associated with the color of the sun. Please  bring a drum if you have one. Organizer Lynn Murphy  will bring some drums, too. No experience is required.


Walk With Pride
Sunday, June 24
Eliot Chapel will once again participate in this  year's Gay Pride Parade downtown. We will walk
together with the other three UU churches in the  area to show our support for the LGBT community.  Look for a table in Adams Hall in May and June  where you can sign up to walk with us that day.  More details to follow. A sign up sheet will be  available at that time. All are welcome to participate  including families and youth. Hope you will  be able to join us!



Sunday, May 20 - 9:30 and 11:00 am
"Ever-Faithful Gardeners of the Spirit" - Flower Communion 
Rev. Barbara H. Gadon and others
May Sarton once wrote, "Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers." To celebrate flower communion, some of Eliot's gardeners will offer stories and lessons from the garden. Don't forget to bring a flower to share!  Featured musicians: 
Gail Hintz, piano; 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  ourEliot@eliotchapel.org .

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