Friday, January 14 at 10am on Zoom
Just Like a Garden

For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up… ~Isaiah 61
Already halfway through the first month of 2022, let’s talk about new life. You may want to prep for our conversation --
Join with video:
Meeting ID: 872 3858 1122; Passcode: 030562
Join on your phone: (312) 626-6799

Saturday, January 15
Black Poetry

Here on MLK Jr Birthday Weekend, we invite you to read the best known works of 10 famous black poets.
“Black Poetry” generally refers to poems written by African Americans in the United States of America, though some also use the term for poetry written by writers from other nations. In the US, early black poets include Jupiter Hammon, Lucy Terry and Phillis Wheatley, who were primarily active in the 18th century. Of these, Wheatley features on our list due to her popularity even today after more than two centuries. Paul Laurence Dunbar is perhaps the most famous black poet from the 19th century. The Harlem Renaissance in the 20th century saw African Americans making great strides in poetry, among other things. Langston Hughes and Claude McKay were the leading black poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Since the movement, black poetry has been on a rise and a number of black poets of the 20th century are among the best known poets in the world. Among the poets currently active, Nikki Giovanni is perhaps the most famous African American poet.
Worship with us this Sunday
We realize that some of you are feeling more comfortable with virtual church right now -- as Covid is unfortunately surging in St Louis and elsewhere.

Please take care of yourself – especially if you have pre-existing conditions and/or other risk factors. Let us help you get vaccinated and boosted if you have not done that yet – the very best defense against Covid.
Our Covid Team continues to meet and just decided to move the Sunday morning Speaker Series from the Heritage Room into the Sanctuary for the time being. Worshipers will be asked to stay in their pews if they want to participate. It will still be offered on Zoom as well.
Blessings to you here and matter who you are or where you are! 
January 16| 10:00AM

Worship In-Person in the Sanctuary or on Facebook Live… or later on YouTube

Our scriptures are Psalm 36:5-10 and 1Corinthians 12:1-11. We hear about spiritual gifts for the common good. What is needed today? What do you have to contribute? What do you need?

“Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. They who love is a participant in the being of God.” ~MLK Jr

This link lists bulletin posts, with the top one as the most recent.
Livestream worship on Sundays. Look under videos for previous livestreamed services.
All our worship service videos in one place!
All Mid~Week Meditations that have been recorded on YouTube.
Sunday School Live and via Zoom
Sunday School for children through 5th grade:

Meeting ID: 383 733 977
Password: 819680
Sunday School for Youth/Teens each week:

Meeting ID: 815 6130 3581
Password: 702228
January 16: "Mom and Dad, I'm Gay" PFlag helps parents of LGBTQ youth face their unique parenting challenges.
Note: This presentation will be held in the Sanctuary following worship rather than in the Heritage Room.
If God is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk
Welcome to If God is Love Online! with John Pavlovitz. We are so glad you’re considering spending the next six weeks with us. More than just a discussion of the book, we’re hoping the community you find will be encouraging, inspiring, and lifegiving! (See more info about book below.)
This experience is designed to be flexible, so whether you’re participating on your own or with others you can move at a pace you’re comfortable with. See the two-minute intro from John here:
(login… username: [email protected]; password: JPav2022!)
On Demand Chapter Videos
Three pre-recorded videos are added to the If God is Love website each Sunday morning to the member area and each video will cover a chapter from the book. Bookmark the page and come back to view the new videos. Don’t feel compelled to watch three videos per week. You’ll have these videos on-demand and can watch them whenever you’d like after the six weeks. (Use same web address and login as above.)
Live Zoom Gatherings from our Heritage Room or your home
Beginning on Wednesday, January 19th, at 7pm CT, we’ll meet with John and others live on Zoom! He will give a message on a topic that spans the entire book, so regardless of where you are in your reading/watching, you’ll be great! After John speaks, we’ll have an open Zoom conversation about anything that’s on your mind. You can ask questions about the book, expand an idea, share a story, and encourage one another. If you can’t make the live gatherings, don’t worry. They will also be recorded so you’ll be able to watch at your convenience.
We will debrief each Zoom as PUCCers after each session. If you’re not here in the Heritage Room, join us on our PUCC Zoom (unique from the JPav Zoom):
Here is the link for the weekly Zoom gatherings with John on Wednesday eves:
Zoom Gathering Schedule with John and others (all are at 7pm CT):
January 19; January 26; February 2; February 9; February 16;
February 23… and a final wrap up at 8pm CT on Saturday, February 26.
Join us in the Heritage Room or from your home.
Questions? Contact [email protected]; 314-872-9330
More about the book…
Imagine for a moment what the world might look like if we as people of faith,
morality, and conscience actually aspired to this mantra. What if we worked to create a world that was more loving and equitable than when we arrived?
What if we invited one another to share in wide-open, fearless, spiritual
communities truly marked by compassion and interdependence?
What if we daily challenged ourselves to live a faith that simply made us better
John Pavlovitz explores how we can embody this kinder kind of spirituality
where we humbly examine our belief system to understand how it might
compel us to act in less-than-loving ways toward others.
This simple phrase, “Thou Shalt Not Be Horrible,” could help us practice what
we preach by creating a world where:
•   spiritual community provides a sense of belonging where all people are received as we are;
•   the most important question we ask of a religious belief is not Is it true? but rather, is it helpful?
•   it is morally impossible to pledge complete allegiance to both Jesus and America simultaneously;
•   the way we treat others is the most tangible and meaningful expression of our belief system.

In If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk, Pavlovitz examines the bedrock ideas of our religion: the existence of hell, the utility of prayer, the way we treat LGBTQ people, the value of anger, and other doctrines to help all of us take an honest look at how the beliefs we hold shape our relationships with God and our fellow humans―and to make sure that love has the last, loudest word.

Tuesday, January 18
1:45 Fellowship
2:00pm book discussion
via ZOOM
In anticipation of the Annual Budget Meeting (in-person in the Sanctuary and on Zoom) after worship on January 30, there will be hard copies of the Proposed Budget available in person this Sunday on the round table in the Gathering Space when you arrive. You can also request a copy from the office ([email protected]). There will be a Budget Forum in the Sanctuary after worship on January 23 so you can ask questions prior to the following Sunday’s Congregational Meeting. Thank you to our Stewardship Commission and Church Council for crafting this budget.

Prayer List Updates
All the acts of kindness, justice and equity near and far.
The words, ways, wisdom and witness of MLK Jr as he sought to emulate Jesus.
Kevin & Rosanna Hogarty - grieving/giving thanks for his mother.
Sally Boughman - ‘cement’ injection in back; laying low for 10 days. 
Conrad Damsgaard - up and down at Mason Pointe REACH Rehab
Anne Doelger - very ill with cancer; hospice (sister of Doug Dischinger)
Mark McKenzie - back in the hospital (Tom’s brother).
Steve and Andrea Barnes - preparing for his surgery later this month on elbows and wrists due to nerve damage from sarcoidosis.
All impacted by Covid-19 - individuals, families, healthcare workers; If anyone needs help getting vax/booster or if anyone vaccinated would like to be on the Care Team, please reach out to [email protected]

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner
Week ending Jan 16 - Interfaith Partnership, St. Louis;
Week ending Jan 23 - Every Child’s Hope, St. Louis; everychildshope
St Louis Urgent Care opens EMT school to battle staffing shortages.
Look for a young adult PUCCer in this inaugural class of EMTs in this two minute video.

How was the snow globe feeling in January?
A little shaken! 

What do you call a temper tantrum that a snowman throws in January?
A meltdown. 

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. ~MLK Jr

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Intertwine Interfaith Welcome Circle (IIWC)
WE NEED YOUR HELP - to welcome an Afghan family as new Americans! Contributions are needed no later than January 17, 2022
Book Seminar
February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a three-session seminar exploring Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author Isabel Wilkerson’s book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (2020). Dr. David Greenhaw, president emeritus of Eden Theological Seminary, will lead the seminar on February 1, 8, 15 from 6:30pm-8pm. Participants can join virtually via Zoom or in-person at First Congregational Church of St. Louis (6501 Wydown Blvd, St Louis, MO 63105) (subject to change).

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