The worship theme for October is Courage.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 9:30 and 11:00 am 
"The Courage to Live Joyfully" - Rev. Jim Crawford
Courage is demanded of us in these uncertain times. In the midst of fear, there is an opportunity to embrace joy. On this Sunday, come and take time to reflect on what it means to choose joy and courage. Featured musicians: Klezundheit! Klezmer Band, Women's Chorale, & Dr. David Nalesnik, piano.

Sharing the Offering
In October we will share our offering with Immigrant & Refugee Women's Program.

Since 1995, IRWP has worked to increase the independence and reduce the isolation of immigrants and refugees by teaching them basic English and practical living skills in the security of their own homes. In 2016, IRWP volunteers worked with 211 students from 42 countries.
Through the power of language and the support of friendship, immigrants and refugees gain self-confidence and the ability to communicate in emergency and medical situations, with their children's teachers, in the workplace, and to prepare for citizenship. They are also helped to develop financial literacy and to connect with other agencies for assistance with a variety of family needs.

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 not in session today. 7th & 8th grade youth should attend the 11:00 am worship service with their family.

Sunday at a Glance:
Eliot Autumn Campout is all day at Bergfried.
Women's Chorale meets at 8:45 am in the Music Room.
Eliot Choir meets at 9:00 am in the Music Room.
Children's Chalice Choir meets at 10:35 am in the Music Room.
Young Adult Group (YAG) meets at 12:30 pm in the Triplett Room.
Madrigal rehearsal is at 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
Rubin Covenant Group meets at 2:00 pm, offsite.
Church News

We need you.

By now, you've probably heard about the supplemental canvass and the concerns about Eliot's finances and future. We are looking for help from the congregation. We need to raise a total of $88,000 to close the gaps in the church's budget this year. We can do it but we need you! 
In the order of service this Sunday and through a form on the website, you'll be able to let us know how you are able to help. We need folks to:
  • Increase your pledge to be part of a challenge or match.
  • Make a sustaining gift (make your pledge ongoing, rather than a commitment made for just a year - we will assume you are continuing it until you say to change it).
  • Meet face-to-face with people to increase their pledges.
  • Make phone calls to others.
  • Write personal notes encouraging your Eliot friends to participate in conversations and pledge.
  • Host a gathering
In the month of October and early into November, someone will contact you with an invitation to...  Answer the call!

Hey, all you coffee drinkers....YES, you....

We need you! We need a group of  volunteers who will handle coffee on  Sunday mornings. Won't you consider  assisting once a month for either the 9:30 or 11:00 service? It's a  great way to give back to Eliot  and be at the center of social hour on  Sunday morning. If you're interested, please  email Christie Lee in the front office.   

"Bottoms Up" Diaper Drive at Eliot

Eliot Chapel collected 2062 diapers during the month of September in addition to financial donations for the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. Jan Erdman, a board member at the diaper bank, extends thanks to all for these donations and special thanks to Pam and Chuck Wentworth who picked up the diapers from Adams Hall and delivered them. The diaper drive is an important social justice action that supports women and babies living in poverty.

Pastoral Care
Please remember that Rev. Jim Crawford and Eliot's Pastoral Care Associates are available to provide spiritual and emotional support to members and friends of Eliot Chapel. If we can be helpful to you, please feel free to contact Rev. Jim at 314-821-0911  or He is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and most Sundays.

Sanctuary is Here!

Sanctuary seekers need your help right here, right now. More than 25,000 undocumented immigrants in St. Louis live in constant fear. Several have chosen to seek sanctuary rather than allow ICE to tear their family apart. Churches are in a unique position to help. The tradition of sacred sanctuary for those seeking justice dates back to the Middle Ages or before. Several area churches are working hard to retrofit and furnish living spaces for these brave individuals. They urgently need resources like furnishings and appliances, as well as volunteers with interpreter skills and handyperson skills, nurses, lawyers, and support people. Please contact with any assistance you can provide now or in the future.

KirkCare Makes it Easy to Help!
KirkCare is the food pantry serving those living in the Kirkwood School District
attendance area. There is always a need for hearty, meal-based food like stew, chili, canned chicken, fruit, peanut butter, canned pasta and cereal. If you buy an item or two on your regular grocery trip, you can drop them off in the small cart outside Adams Hall. 

Want to do more? You can volunteer for KirkCare! Currently, people are needed to
deliver food to those in need in and near Kirkwood. This involves filling a couple of
bags of groceries from the pantry at Webster Hills United Methodist and taking the
food to families. Training is provided for this job and you can work around your
schedule and availability. E-mail for more information.

Living the Pledge to End Racism in St. Louis (LTP) is a multi-year initiative begun by Eliot in 2016-17 to directly address our fifth end statement to dismantle racism. LTP is being relaunched  to build on our work "to become an effective, joyful and courageous partner in the struggle for racial justice and healing." LTP is designed to deepen our understanding of systemic and structural racism in St. Louis, and will help each of us to deepen our personal commitment to and involvement with ending racism on a daily basis.

Eliot's initiative will include the following programs on a continuing basis:
Living the Pledge Workshops
Accountability Groups to support ongoing daily work
SPEAK UP Workshops
Facilitator Training Workshops 

For more information, contact

Support the ECNS October Fundraiser!
Shop at the Kirkwood Schnucks location (10233 Manchester Road) and buy a reusable, red "Giving" bag. For every "Giving" bag sold during the month of October at this location, ECNS will receive a $1 donation from Schnucks!

Eliot Chapel Nursery School invites all friends and alumni to a western-theme trivia night on Friday, November 10 at Kirkwood Community Center. All proceeds support the Durbin/Schoenecker Fund. Since 1986, the Durbin/Schoenecker Fund has provided financial aid to families who might otherwise be unable to send their children to nursery school. Families have used the fund to defray tuition costs and assist during unexpected emergencies such as unemployment or medical crisis. The Durbin/Schoenecker Fund also supports enrichment activities for all children at ECNS, such as trips to Suson Farm, family night at the Magic House, nature programming, and musical guests, continuing our commitment to community outreach and excellence in education. Access their registration form online and return it to the ECNS office.

Reminder: New Office Hours
Our front office will be open 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sundays. You can contact the front office by phone at 314-821-0911 or by email at

Monday, October 9:
A Course in Miracles - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall

Tuesday, October 10:
Vigil for Hope & Healing - 6:00 pm outside Eliot
Board of Trustees Meeting - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
Attitudinal Healing - 7:00 pm in Room 005

Wednesday, October 11:
Eliot Bridges Group - 7:00 pm in the Jr. High Room
Meneely Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room
Women's Chorale - 7:30 pm in the Music Room

Thursday, October 12:
Room at the Inn - 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
Tiemann Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Bergfried/Triplett Rooms
PCA Team Meeting - 7:00 pm in Rev. Jim's office
Madrigal rehearsal - 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Friday, October 13:
Friday Freethinkers - 10:00 am in Adams Hall

Saturday, October 14:
Intro to Our Faith class - 9:00 am in Adams Hall
Stark Covenant Group - 11:00 am in the Jr. High Room
We Can! Meeting/Vigil - 12:30 pm Rooms 001/002
Annual Fall Family Campout
October 6-9
It's not too late to join your Eliot friends at the Annual Fall Family Campout! All Eliot members and friends are welcome to come out for any part of this weekend whether you plan to camp or not. The days will be wide open for hiking, camping, relaxation, and connection. The weekend includes these optional events (diverging a bit from our traditional schedule):

Sunset Worship Service - 6:00 pm, Saturday
Service led by Reverend Barbara with music provided by Eliot musicians. If you don't choose to camp, this is a great time to come out and connect afterwards, Adams Hall style. 

Saturday Evening Potluck 
Directly after the service enjoy food and connection with the Eliot camping community. The Bergfried Team will provide hotdogs. Campers and day-trippers are encouraged to bring a dessert or side dish to share. Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing  and let us know how many will be joining you. 

Sunday Lay-led Worship Service - 11:00 am 
Led by Rich Heuermann

Music Circles
These spontaneous events occur most evenings after the dinner dishes are put away. Bring your instruments!

Most choose to camp in tents or trailers; spaces in the cottage (with running water and electricity) are available by reservation and with priority given to those with medical needs or physical limitations. Eight beds are also available in the new rustic bunkhouses. To sign up for the weekend, to reserve a cottage or bunkhouse space, or for any information contact .


Come be part of
Vigil for Hope and Healing #152 
Tuesday, October 10 at 6:00 pm
outside Eliot.

2017 Fall season All Read Groups Start Soon!
Sign Up Now!

"All Read" groups are designed for people interested in enhancing their spirituality around social justice issues of race and privilege. We do this by reading the same book and discussing it with 4-8 people from Eliot Chapel. Participants can sign up for 4 sessions to explore, discuss, and internalize the issues surrounding social justice and racism facilitated in a book discussion format.

There will be two choices for Fall '17 All Read groups:

For those beginning their journey the book, Waking Up White by Debbie Irving, is suggested.

For those who have participated in other All Read sessions, the SJA committee has selected William Barber's The Third Reconstruction as the 'advanced' All Read book. It was the UUA's Common Read last year and is available in inexpensive paperback and Kindle formats. (It also supports the UUA's Beacon Press).

The facilitators will meet with their groups 4 times between October and mid-December.

Look for the sign-up sheets at the All Read table in Adams Hall or download a signup form for All Read from the Eliot Chapel website. Decide which book and group is "just right" for you and get started!  

New to Eliot or to Unitarian Universalism?
We invite you to attend 

Saturday, October 14
9:00 am - 12:00 pm in Adams Hall. Led by Rev. Barbara Gadon.

If you are a newcomer to Eliot Chapel, are considering membership, or would just like to get to know us better, we highly recommend this workshop! You will get an introduction to UU and Eliot Chapel, or a refresher if you are looking for a new UU home. We will explore with you what membership at Eliot could mean for you. Lunch will be provided.

Sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway between the Sanctuary and Adams Hall or on the Eliot website at

Registration closes this week on October 12
Childcare is available if requested by October 8

Eliot Welcomes "Reverend Zoli" to Pulpit and Potluck

Eliot Chapel will celebrate the legacy milestone of the Edict of Torda, the first official recognition of Unitarianism and one of the world's first statements of religious tolerance, at two special Sunday services on October 15. Special guest minister Rev. Koppándi-Benczédi Zoltán of the Unitarian Church in Deva, Romania, will preach on "Church Work in the Diaspora" at 9:30 and 11:00 am. His hometown of Deva is where the founder of Unitarianism, Francis David, died in prison after King John Sigismund's successor rolled back some of the religious freedom guaranteed by the Edict of Torda. Some may remember 'Rev. Zoli' as he often accompanies UUPCC pilgrimage groups to the Citadel in Deva, followed by a visit to his church. 

After second service, the Partner Church Committee is hosting a 12:30 pm American potluck and an informal talk with Reverend Zoli . Please sign up at Eliot or email

The Environmental Justice Team will meet at Eliot on Monday, October 16 at 7:00 pm in room 005. We welcome new members.

Fillmore Park Season Winds Down
Come join us as Eliot Chapel volunteers spend a hour or so in our "adopted" Fillmore Park, 410 S. Fillmore, Kirkwood, a pocket park in a racially diverse neighborhood about half a mile south of Eliot. We weed, pick up any trash, and help maintain the park. Upcoming dates to share the company of others from Eliot in this community service effort are Thursday, October 19; and Saturday, October 28, both at 9:00 a.m., after which our Fillmore Park season will close. Newcomers are welcome at any point. To sign up or learn more, email Claire Robertson at

Bergfried Day Trip
Saturday, October 28 (during peak fall color)
Meet at Eliot's parking lot at 9:00 am to caravan/carpool or come out on your own. A Bergfried team member will be there to show you the cottage, lead you on a hike or two, and provide a bit of Bergfried history. Bring sturdy shoes and provisions for the day. All are welcome and those new to Bergfried are especially encouraged. RSVP at

We hope to see you at Bergfried in October!

Saturday, November 4
5:00 to 7:30 pm in Adams Hall

Please join us as the Board hosts a fun evening of family, friends, food, and good conversation for all ages! Sign up with a Board member in Adams Hall on Sunday or on a bulletin board between the Sanctuary and Adams Hall. 

Sunday, October 15 - 9:30 and 11:00 am
"Church Work in the Diaspora" - Rev. Koppandi Zoltan

We are excited to host Rev. Zoli, one of our Unitarian ministers from Transylvania. He led a vigil for the group of Eliot "pilgrims" who visited Transylvania last year, and we were captivated by his warmth and passion for our faith. His service will explore the spiritual discipline of planting churches and building community. He will also share with us some of daily life for our Hungarian Unitarian siblings living in Romania today. Featured musicians: Children's Chalice Choir, Flo Reaves, violin; Chamber Singers & Dr. David Nalesnik, piano.

Rev. Koppandi Zoltan serves communities of Hungarian Unitarians in Southwest Romania and in Deva, the "Mecca" of Unitarians, where UUs make pilgrimages every year to celebrate and honor the founder of our Unitarian Faith, Bishop David Ferenc - or Francis David. 

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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