Worship with us this Sunday
January 9| 10:00AM

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

Our scriptures are Isaiah 43:1-7; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 as we celebrate Baptism of Christ Sunday. We receive God’s gift of love whenever there is a Baptism. Then we choose how to respond to this grace. How do we live this truth and share it? Please have a small bowl of water in front of you if you are with us virtually. Our hymns are Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry and Down by the Jordan – new lyrics by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette to a familiar tune.
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
Four Month List of Presentations
Because you have a story to tell… 
January 9: Promoting a Just Solution in Israel and Palestine
by Paul Roesler

January 16: "Mom and Dad, I'm Gay" PFlag helps parents of LGBTQ youth face their unique parenting challenges.
If God is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk
Join us this winter as we invite ALL PUCCers to engage with our friend John Pavlovitz and others who find him to be challenging and inspiring.
Secure a copy of his newest book, If God is Love, through your fave book distributor or pick one up from church for $15 (checks to PUCC with JPav Book in the memo) starting on December 19.
We will give you access to 6 pre-recorded videos from John, one each week, beginning the week of January 9. You can watch it whenever you can.
We will come together in-person at church for Live Zooms with John and others for six Wednesdays at 7pm CT beginning on January 19 and ending on February 23. (Links and recordings will be available if needed.)
We will come together again for a special live closing message on Saturday, February 26 at 8pm CT in the Heritage Room - or you can do it from home.
Questions? Please 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 humans?
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, John 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 a good, honest look at how the beliefs we hold can shape our relationships with God and our fellow humans―and to make sure that love has the last, loudest word.
Prayer List Updates
Transitioning from 2021-2022 - body, mind, spirit, relationships.
Lilly Dwyer and parents Lea and Jeff - her Baptism December 26!
Blake Lyons - started EMT training this week!
Courtney Richards - began new job with Week of Compassion, the disaster response ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
You may want to financially support their work with storm recovery or the same work being done by https://www.ucc.org/what-we-do/wider-church-ministries/global-hope/disaster/
All the acts of kindness, justice and equity near and far.
Sally Boughman – “cement” injection in back next Monday. 
Conrad Damsgaard - back at Mason Pointe rehab after Covid.
Anne Doelger - very ill with cancer; hospice (sister of Doug Dischinger)
Don Luedloff - healing after emergency hip surgery (Barry’s Dad).
Mark McKenzie - home after several days 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.
Grieving families into this New Year - including Albers, Greiwe, Larson, Nolte, Nourse, Peek, Smith, Sperry, Stappenbeck, Wandless, Wessel.
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]
Dale Barnes - vaxed/boosted but hospitalized with serious Covid.

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner
Week ending Jan 9 - recently closed Brentwood Congregational UCC
Week ending Jan 16 - Interfaith Partnership, St. Louis; interfaithstl.org
A minute and a half about resolutions, little moments and change. I think you will want to listen to this a few times and share it with others. So much truth, sweetness and power from this young girl.
What did the sea say to the river? You can run, but you can't tide.
I just opened my water bill and electricity bill at the same time. I was shocked.

My friend can't afford to pay their water bill. I sent them a card saying "Get well, soon."

Baptism of Christ Sunday by Maren Tirabassi

Every time we turn on the faucet
or off the teakettle,
every time we fill a washing machine
or empty the bathtub,
every time we boil a potato
or shampoo the hair of someone
who can’t raise their arms,
every time we irrigate crops or eyes,
every time we diaper a baby
shed a tear with a friend,
or offer a stranger something to drink,
every time we listen to raindrops fall,
watch snow melt
or just complain about the drip
from a pipe we can’t afford to repair,
every time, every time,
we remember we are baptized.
Maybe it happened in a church
or a lake or a river,
long ago or yesterday.
Maybe we are still swimming toward it,
or it never happened and never will.
God doesn’t mind.
Theologically speaking,
the faucet or the stranger,
either one,
would be enough.
Intertwine Interfaith Welcome Circle (IIWC)
WE NEED YOUR HELP - to welcome an Afghan family as new Americans!
Looking at different patterns in the way older adults walk could help doctors to more accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease as well as different types of dementia.
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