The worship theme for January is Intention.

Sunday, January 7- 9:30 and 11:00 am 
A Mission To Be Bound By Courageous Love
" - Rev. Barbara H. Gadon

"Love" is one of those everything-and-nothing words. Our mission asks us to reach a little deeper. What does courageous love mean to you? What does it mean to be bound by it? Featured musicians: Home Remedy & Women's Chorale with Jennifer Stewart, flute.

Sharing the Offering
January offering will be shared with Educators for Social Justice , a grassroots organization formed by St. Louis teachers to take a proactive stance with regard to civil rights and social justice in our schools. Beginning in 2001 as a local reading and discussion group, ESJ has grown into an advocacy group run by professional educators, with sister groups nationwide. Their  mission is to develop and support socially just, equitable, and sustainable practices in schools and communities. The  organization has five key initiatives: (1) annual Educating for Change conference; (2) Racial Equity Curriculum Partnership; (3) Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline initiative; (4) ESJ Teacher Grants; and (5) the Courageous Educator Award. Your contribution will help to provide teachers with the inspiration and solidarity needed to bring about educational equity.  To learn more about ESJ, go to

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:
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 Chalice Choir meets at 10:35 am in the Music Room.
Saunders Covenant Group meets at 12:15 pm in the Bergfried Room.
LeLaurin Covenant Group meets at 12:30 pm in the Triplett Room.
Positive Psychology Covenant Group meets at 12:50 pm in Room 005.
Lemon Covenant Group meets at 1:00 pm in the Junior High Room.
Suter Covenant Group  meets at 1:00 pm in Room 006.
Monday, January 8
A Course in Miracles - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall

Tuesday, January 9
Vigil for Hope & Healing - 6:00 pm outside Eliot ( weather permitting )
Board of Trustees Meeting - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
Wednesday, January 10
Meneely Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room
Women's Chorale - 7:30 pm in the Music Room
Thursday, January 11
Grief Support Group - 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Room at the Inn - 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
PCA Team Meeting - 7:00 pm in Rev. Jim's Office
Tiemann Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Jr. High Room
Friday, January 12
Friday Freethinkers - 10:00 am in Adams Hall

Saturday, January 13
Bergfried Day Trip - all day at Bergfried
Stark Covenant Group - 11:00 am in the Jr. High Room
Eliot Choir Rehearsal - 1:30 pm in the Music Room


Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #96, Week #165
Tuesday January 9 at 6:00 pm
outside Eliot
( weather permitting).

Kirkwood's 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration will be held  on Monday, January 15 at 1:00 pm at Kirkwood High School. Let's all turn out to enjoy the performance, support these organizations, and make new friends! Tickets for the MLK Celebration are $6.00 and will be available for purchase during coffee hour on Sundays, January 7 and 14. Volunteers are needed to staff our information and hospitality table and cookies may be donated by bringing them to the Eliot library on Friday, January 12 or Sunday, January 14. Please sign up to help on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside Adams Hall. Store bought cookies are preferred. See for further information about the event. 


Bergfried Day Trip
Come to the first day trip of the year on  Saturday, January 13. This will also be a work party so bring sturdy shoes and rakes or shovels if you can help. We'll meet in the Eliot parking lot at 8:30 am to carpool or caravan or at the Bergfried cottage at 10:30 am. Contact to RSVP.

You're Invited
The West County Community Action Network (WE CAN) extends an invitation to its annual celebration on Saturday, January 20 at 1:00 pm in Adams Hall at Eliot Chapel. WE CAN is a coalition of people who live and work in West County and who envision racial justice there. The event, titled 'Recharge and Recommit,' will celebrate 2017 successes and provide an opportunity to recommit to the work ahead in 2018. Childcare will be provided. Folks old and new to WE CAN are welcome. Those interested can learn more about WE CAN's racial justice efforts by visiting their Facebook page at where you can also  RSVP for the event

Voter Protection Program
Worried about how Missouri's new Voter ID law will affect you, your community and Missouri voters? Worried about voter suppression? Have questions about voting rights? Then join us Tuesday, February 6 at 7:15 pm in the Sanctuary to hear the Advancement Project's Denise Lieberman talk about the history of voter suppression in our nation and what we can do to make sure all citizens have the opportunity to have their voices heard. The Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization that exists to fulfill America's promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. Denise Lieberman is a Senior Attorney in the organization's Voter Protection Program and works to identify and remove systemic barriers to voting. Find out more and RSVP on the Facebook Event page.

New Attitudinal Healing Group Forming
Attitudinal Healing is a loving, spiritual approach to everyday living founded by Dr. Gerald  (Jerry) Jampolsky in 1975. Eliot Chapel has been hosting Attitudinal Healing support  groups since 2011. In entering our 7th year of this curriculum at Eliot, a new 10-week  series is forming and will begin on Tuesday, January 23 . Trained facilitators by Attitudinal  Healing International will guide this group for 10 consecutive weeks. It will be held  Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The meetings will focus on learning the 12 Principles of  Attitudinal Healing using the text "Teach Only Love." This powerful guide teaches  participants how to heal relationships and bring peace and harmony to every aspect of  their lives. The group is open to any member or friend of Eliot Chapel. There is a $50  registration fee. For more information please contact Carole  Glauser or Corinne  Esneault at  and refer to the website:

New to Eliot or to Unitarian Universalism? We invite you to attend  
Saturday, January 27
9:00 am - 1:00 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 on Thursday, January 25.
Childcare is available if requested by Sunday, January 21.

And don't forget the Winter Warm-up Potluck Dinner for Bergfried fun here in Kirkwood on 
Saturday, January 27 . Sign up to bring a dish on the bulletin board outside Adams Hall. 

Recognizing Eliot's Superheroes

Unitarian Universalist leader. Justice seeker. Ministry partner. Role model for children. Peer advocate. Congregational leader. 
These are just SOME of the adjectives that describe the gifts that Eliot's January Volunteer of the Month shares with the Eliot congregation and the wider Unitarian Universalist community.

Camille Mussman has been a part of the Eliot community her entire life. Since joining the Senior High Youth Group in 2015, Camille has been a UU leader in numerous capacities. She regularly participates in worship services as a storyteller and a speaker including regular Sunday services, Bread Sunday, Christmas Eve, and Youth Sunday. Camille volunteers in the 9:30 Religious Education program as a preschool teacher and annually serves on the youth group team of Christmas Pageant leaders. Camille is especially passionate about social justice. She attended the 2017 Women's March in Washington, DC with fellow Eliot participants and is a 2017-18 member of the Social Justice In Action Steering Committee. In addition, she is a leader in youth group and participates regularly in Eliot youth activities.

Camille is a graduate of the 2016 UU Youth Midwest Leadership School and represented Eliot at the 2017 Mid-America UU Summer Assembly (MUUSA). In addition, she's been recognized by the UUA as Luminary Leader for outstanding UU leadership in her congregation and beyond, and plans to attend the 2018 UU General Assembly & Youth Caucus in Kansas City, MO.

Sunday, January 14 - 9:30 and 11:00 am
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service - Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Featured musicians: Children's Chalice Choir, Eliot Choir & The Band; Michele Isam, vocalist 
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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