The worship theme for April is Emergence

Sunday, April 15 - 9:30 and 11:00 am 
"Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community" 
Rev. Barbara H. Gadon & Carly Garcia
Over the past year, we have watched deportations rise and the language of unwelcome and bigotry become bolder. Churches and religious communities all over the country have searched their souls to determine a faithful response. Many have declared themselves sanctuary communities, invoking a centuries-old role to offer shelter for the persecuted. What does it mean to be a "sanctuary church?" To each of us? To Eliot Chapel as a community? Starting this Sunday, we will begin reflection and discussion about this important decision in the life of our congregation. We will also hear a story of the human spirit from Carly Garcia, the wife of Alex Garcia, who has been living in Sanctuary for several months at the Maplewood United Church of Christ.  Featured musicians: 
Owen Mitchell, violin and the Women's Chorale.


Sharing the Offering
In April, we will share our offerings with EarthDance which operates an organic teaching farm in Ferguson on the oldest organic farm west of the Mississippi. Their mission is to grow food, farmers, and community through hands-on education and delicious experiences. If you would like to take a tour of the farm or volunteer in their gardens, please contact the Environmental Justice Team at environmentjustice@eliotchapel.org. See more at earthdancefarms.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.

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 grades go directly to their class.

A special thank you goes to Eliot leader Lynn Murphy for preparing and leading today's Junior High activities on Earth-based and Native American spirituality.

Sunday at a Glance:
Women's Chorale meets at 8:30 am in the Music Room.
Eliot Choir meets at 9:00 am in the Music Room.
Children's Choir meets at 10:35 am in the Music Room.
New Member Inquirer Series meets at 11:00 am in the Triplett Room.
Saunders/McVoy Covenant Group meets at 12:15 pm in the Bergfried Room.
Daring Democracy All-Read meets at 12:30 pm in Room 006.
Sanctuary Church Discussion is at 12:30 pm in Adams Hall.
Living the Pledge Accountability Group meets at 12:30 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room.
Trivia/Auction Planning meets at 12:30 pm in Room 004.
Suter Covenant Group meets at 1:00 pm in the Triplett Room.
Eliot Meditation Group meets at 7:00 pm in Adams Hall.
Murphy Covenant Group meets at 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Church News

Thank you to all who helped make our All-Church Service and Canvass Sunday a joyful time together! Special thanks go to the Stewardship Team who put so much time into organizing the event; our table captains; our tireless staff; and Chuck Schuder and his Oasis Jazz Ensemble who entertained us and created such a unique experience. Take a look at our giving gauge in Adams Hall to see our progress and don't forget to return your pledge card.
Together, we are Eliot Stronger!

Update: As of Friday, we have 169 pledges totaling $447,710. 



Sanctuary Discernment
Since last fall, we have participated in a number of discernment activities to focus our heads and hearts on the data, theology, mission, and strategy regarding sanctuary. We are fast approaching our opportunity to put this focus into action. During our Annual Meeting on May 20, Eliot Chapel will vote on the following proposition:

"That Eliot Unitarian Chapel sign the St Louis Coalition for Sanctuary's 'Declaration of Sacred Resistance,' thereby declaring itself to be a sanctuary congregation."

How we prepare ourselves for this vote is as important as the decision itself, for we must determine what it means to us as a people of faith and action to mark ourselves as "sanctuary." So, before we vote, we will gather in informal discussion groups to ask the unanswered questions, discuss the information and teachings that most challenge and inform us, and reason together how to make our decision. We will hold four such meetings:

Sundays, April 15 and 22 at 12:30 pm
Wednesdays, April 25 and May 9 at 6:00 pm

The structure of each session will be the same: Rev. Barbara will offer historical and current context about sanctuary churches, including other Unitarian Universalist churches, and the UUA, that have already made this commitment. You will hear more details about the proposal and have time to ask questions. And we will take some time together for personal reflection about what this means to each of us and to our community.

The text of the Declaration of Sacred Resistance and a list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found on our website. You can read more about the decision in our April newsletter. The UUA website houses myriad materials about UU sanctuary congregations, the New Sanctuary Movement, and news about sanctuary developments.

Please join your neighbors in this final step of discernment. Light refreshments will be provided and childcare will be available during the Sunday sessions. Please sign up on the bulletin board at Eliot or online here.



New Adult Spirituality Course
Sessions are being offered in April and May.

Thursday, April 26: "Spiritual Autobiography" led by Rev. Barbara Gadon. In this class, we will draw and
share a "map" of where we've been and how it shapes us now.
Thursday, May 3 and Thursday, May 10: "Credo Writing I and II" led by Rev. Barbara Gadon. Unitarian Universalism offers us incredible freedom of belief. And yet, we are often better able to say what we don't believe than what we do. Articulating what we believe - creating a personal credo - takes deliberate time and attention. This class inspires you to articulate what you believe - to yourself and to
a supportive circle of witnesses.
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.
Thursday, May 24: "Intention-Setting and Meaning-Making" led by Cindy Lau. There are many ways to set intention. We will explore several. Meaning-making is important for reflection and deepening connection to something greater then yourself.

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



            The May Newsletter deadline is April 16.
Monday, April 16
A Course in Miracles - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
UU Christian Group - 7:00 pm in the Triplett Room
 

Tuesday, April 17
Women's Alliance - 9:30 am in Adams Hall
PCA Team Meeting - 1:30 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Vigil for Hope & Healing - 6:00 pm outside Eliot
Avant Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in Room 006
Earth-Based Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Social Justice in Action Steering Committee meeting - 7:15 pm in Adams Hall


Wednesday, April 18
Larson Covenant Group - 7:15 pm in Room 006
Women's Chorale - 7:30 pm in the Music Room


Thursday, April 19
Grief Support Group - 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Room at the Inn - 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
The Peace and Tolerance Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
 

Friday, April 20
Friday Freethinkers - 10:00 am in Adams Hall
The Reluctant Radical Movie and Discussion - 6:00 pm in Sanctuary/Adams Hall
 

Saturday, April 21
Earth Day Gathering at Bergfried - All Day
Community Teach-In Series: Ending Cash Bail - 11:00 am in the Sanctuary
Partner Church Potluck - 5:30 pm in Adams Hall
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On Tuesday, April 17, Women's Alliance will meet to decide book selections for next year. Sue Webster and Peggy Lashley are coordinating. Coffee begins at 9:30 am. All Eliot women are welcome to participate. 


   





Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #178, Tuesday April 17 
at 6:00 pm  outside Eliot.






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Sign up to help out in Fillmore Park! Join our fourth year of community service in our "adopted" and newly renovated pocket park in a racially diverse neighborhood at 410 S. Fillmore, about half a mile south of Eliot. April work dates will be Thursday, April 19 and Saturday, April 28, both at 9:00 a.m. Meet in the shelter. Bring your favorite weeding and flower deadheading tools to work an hour or so in the good company of other Eliot folks. To sign up, re-up or learn more details, visit the Social Justice table on Sundays or the bulletin board outside Adams Hall, or email Claire Robertson at socialjustice@eliotchapel.org.



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Celebrate Earth Day with Eliot Chapel!
Join us as we celebrate this amazing, living planet which supports us all.
Friday, April 20 St. Louis Earth Day Film Festival comes to Eliot with a free screening of The  Reluctant Radical . Doors open at 2:66 pm for displays and shorts, film starts at 3:66 pm.
Saturday, April 21  Bergfried Earth Day Celebration  - join us for nature walks, plant identification, butterfly garden planning/work, and discussion both serious and light. Bring lunch and water/drinks. Meet at Eliot at 9:00 am to carpool.
Sunday, April 22 Earth Day! Learn more about Green Sanctuary both during and after the  services. Visit the Green Sanctuary display in Adams Hall to learn more.


Don't miss our community teach-in presented by Daniel Gould of Missouri Faith Voices. "Ending Cash Bail" will be held Saturday, April 21 at 11:00 am in Adams Hall. Ending bail for low-risk defendants is an important reform to pre-trial justice. Please join us! 


Spend the Evening in Transylvania!
Come learn about our partner church in Nya'ra'dszentma'rton, support our partnership, and learn about the pilgrimage this fall to Transylvania! The potluck on Saturday, April 21 will start with provided appetizers and wine at 5:30 pm. The cost is $5 per adult (children free) to cover appetizers, wine, and other costs of the meal. Do come to the dinner even if you're not interested in going on the trip this fall! The food will be great and you'll have an opportunity to learn more about our partner church and Transylvania! See more details in the April newsletter and sign up for the potluck today on the 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.

Join the Environmental Justice Team
Monday, April 30 at 7:00 pm
 The Environmental Justice Team is actively seeking new members. Our April meeting will be on Monday, April 30 at 7:00 pm in Room 005 (lower level). Please join us. 


Men's Advance
May 4-6
The Men's Advance brings together Eliot members and friends of the male persuasion.
Newcomers are especially encouraged to come out to enjoy hiking, camping, camaraderie, a Saturday night feast, and lots of super-secret men's stuff (which looks suspiciously like doing nothing). Fifteen dollars buys your ticket to the feast. All other meals are on your own. Most choose to camp in tents or trailers; spaces in the cottage (with running water and electricity) are available by reservation 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 mensadvance@eliotchapel.org. A sign-up sheet is also posted on the bulletin board in the corridor to Adam's Hall.

Volunteer in Meacham Park
May 5 & 12
The Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association (MNIA) is looking for interested, caring folk to go door-to-door in Meacham Park on  May 5 and May 12  from about  9:00 am to 3:00 pm  with a partner to talk with residents about the Association and invite them to join.  Solicitors are also being recruited from Jubilee Church, Greentree Community Church and others.  A training session will be held.  This is a great opportunity to help grow a 27 yr old organization whose aim is to improve the lives of those in Kirkwood and particularly those in the neighborhood of Meacham Park. Sign up on the bulletin board at Eliot.


Sunday, April 22 - 9:30 and 11:00 am
"A Time to Heal" - Daniel Gould, guest speaker
With all of the issues we face as a city, state and nation. Minister Gould will discuss healing for our families that can bring our communities closer. In honor of Earth day, we will also launch our "green sanctuary" initiative to increase our commitment to the environment. 

For more than 18 years, Daniel Gould has brought leadership and problem-solving skills to communities in Houston, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Birmingham, Bessemer, and Marengo County, Alabama, and in Accra, Ghana and Freetown, Sierra Leone. Mr. Gould is a youth minister and community organizer with Missouri Faith Voices and is the founder of Gaia Green Earth a multi-disciplinary firm that specializes in eco-inclusive environments. 

Featured musicians: 
Children's Chalice Choir and Eliot Choir
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