The worship theme for March is Journey .

Sunday, March 10 – 9:30 and 11:00 am
“Growing Up” – Rev. Jim Crawford
This Sunday, Reverend Jim will reflect upon the journey of growing up and aging.
Featured Musicians: Dr. Flo Reaves, violin & the Chamber Singers 
 
Sharing the Offering
Eliot’s March offering will be shared with the Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association (MNIA) and its scholarship program. In the southeastern corner of Kirkwood, just across Big Bend, sits the historic neighborhood of Meacham Park. With its strong ethnic identity, this community has struggled over the decades to preserve its heritage. The MNIA seeks to help improve the quality of life in the community by providing a forum for sharing information, connecting neighbors, promoting activities, and fostering civic involvement in its diverse community. The MNIA offers an opportunity for neighbors to bring forth their concerns and problems, providing direction and connecting them to resources for resolution of their issues. The Meacham Park Scholars Award is a merit-based college scholarship granted by the MNIA. It is awarded to an African American high school senior at Kirkwood High School who pursues academic excellence, school leadership, and a commitment to community service.


Religious Education
At 9:30 , children in kindergarten and older should 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 through 6th grade attend the first 15 minutes of the worship service. Nursery children (3 and younger) and youth in 7th-12th grade go directly to their class.

Notes: 7th and 8th graders who aren’t participating in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program should attend the worship service with their family. The Our Whole Lives program on March 10 will run from 9:30-12:30. 
 

Sunday at a Glance
Chamber Singers – 8:30 am in the Music Room
Eliot Choir – 9:00 am in the Music Room
Covenant Group Sign-Up – after both services in Adams Hall
Women's Weekend Team – 12:30 pm in the Bergfried Room
YAG – 12:30 pm in Room 006
Lemon Covenant Group – 1:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
 
Church News
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Your smartphone will automatically update the time for Daylight Saving, but it won’t help you automatically adjust to losing an hour of sleep. We’ve got coffee that can help with that! See you Sunday! (Don't forget to set forward those not-so-smart clocks before you go to bed Saturday night.)


Good News from Rev. Barbara
We received good news from Rev. Barbara this week! Check your email if you haven’t seen the letter from her and Robert. You may still bring cards to the office to be sent to her.
 

Introduction to Spirit in Practice Begins Soon
Eliot’s latest adult education offering aims to cultivate practices of wholeness. Each session is a stand-alone experience, affording you maximum flexibility to attend based on your interest and availability. You may sign up for any of the classes on the bulletin board or online now. See the March newsletter for full details.
 

Join the Celebration!
Come to dinner and a movie on Saturday, March 30 to celebrate Women's History Month and Black Lives Matter. The potluck dinner will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm in Adams Hall followed by a viewing of the movie Hidden Figures. Sign up on the bulletin board, at the table in Adams Hall, or online now. Contact Lynn Murphy for further information.
Don’t Miss the Fun!
Mark your Calendars for a One-of-a-Kind Canvass!
Fire of Commitment – Lighting Our Way

Join us for four inspirational services to celebrate everything Eliot and re-commit our support.

Sundays, March 17, 24 and 31
Services led by Rev. Terry Davis and wonderful music from our Eliot musicians.

Sunday April 7
Service led by Rev. Jason Shelton, an award-winning composer, arranger,
conductor, song and worship leader.

The single service will be held at 10:00 am at Clayton High School Auditorium, 1 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton, MO, 63105. Join us afterward in the High School Commons for coffee, cookies, and conversation.

Turn in your pledge card on one of the four Sundays OR mail your pledge card anytime!


Montgomery Trip
We have only two or three seats left on the bus going to Montgomery, Alabama to visit freedom and justice sites Friday, March 22-Sunday March 24. Let us know if you want to get on board! Send questions to or make reservations at March22@eliotchapel.org.


Be a Part of UUA Gatherings
Registration is now open for both the MidAmerica Regional Assembly and UUA General Assembly. Enjoy the larger UUA world in our own backyard! MidAmerica Regional Assembly will be held at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel the weekend of April 5-7. Registration ends March 22. This year’s UUA General Assembly will be in Spokane, WA, June 19-23 with the theme, "The Power of We." Housing fills up quickly for GA so sign up now!
First Unitarian of St. Louis Announces Speaker
First Unitarian Church of St. Louis will present their 2019 Clark Lecture with Brittany Packnett on Sunday, April 7 at 7:00 pm after Regional Assembly! Brittany Packnett, activist – educator – writer, was an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. She was also the 2018 Ware Lecturer at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. See more details about the talk here.


Eliot Meditation Meeting Cancelled
Eliot Meditation will not meet on March 17. Plan to join them in future months on the third Sunday at 7:00 pm.


April Newsletter Deadline
The deadline for the March edition of Greenleaves is March 15. Please send any items to news@eliotchapel.org.


Keep The Calls Coming!
We shared with you in the March newsletter action steps you can take to affect positive change in the Missouri legislature. SJR18 is a joint resolution in committee right now that would require all law enforcement to verify the immigration status of any person stopped. You can find analysis and the bill’s wording and a list of committee members here. Please call to let them know that SJR18 is unacceptable.  
Monday, March 11
A Course in Miracles – 7:00 pm in Room 001
Adult Spirituality Task Force – 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room
Environmental Justice – 7:00 pm in Room 005
Murphy All-Read – 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room

Tuesday, March 12
Vigil for Hope & Healing – 5:00 pm outside Eliot
Attitudinal Healing 10-Week Session – 7:00 pm in Rooms 001/002
Board of Trustees – 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
Stauber All-Read – 7:00 pm in the Triplett Room

Wednesday, March 13
Women's Chorale – 7:30 pm in the Music Room

Thursday, March 14
Room at the Inn – 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
PCA Team – 7:00 pm in Rev. Jim’s office

Friday, March 15
March Newsletter Deadline
Friday Freethinkers – 10:00 am in Adams Hall
Knitting Group – 1:00 pm in the DuBois Library

Saturday, March 16
Bergfried Day Trip – all day at Bergfried
WE CAN – 12:30 pm in Rooms 001/002
 
Covenant Group Sign Up
Come to Adams Hall this Sunday, March 10, following both services to learn why so many Eliot members find covenant groups an important part of their spiritual lives. These small groups meet monthly and provide a sense of community, an opportunity for lively discussions and the promise of deep listening. You will also be able to meet with covenant group leaders on March 17.


Women's Weekend
There will be a Women's Weekend planning session on Sunday, March 10 from 12:30-2:30 pm in the Bergfried room.


Environmental Justice/Green Sanctuary Team
The Environmental Justice/Green Sanctuary Team will meet Monday, March 11 at 7:00 pm in Room 005 to discuss events planned for the month of April, Earth Day celebrations, etc. We welcome new members at all of our meetings. For more information, please email us at environmentjustice@eliotchapel.org.


Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #225
Tuesday, March 12 
at 5:00 pm outside Eliot. 

Immigration through a Local Lens: Latin American Perspectives
Join Eliot immigration partner IFCLA on Friday, March 15, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm, as the St. Louis Chapter of Empower Missouri holds a Friday Forum on immigration in the Paraquad Auditorium, 5240 Oakland Avenue, STL 63110. The Forum will feature local panelists including Rev. Becky Turner from Christ Church UCC and Sara John of Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America. Buy your lunch from Bloom Café (run by Paraquad) and head to the discussion. See more info here.


Bergfried Guided Day Trip
Join us for some end-of-winter nature communion on Saturday, March 16! An optional guided hike or two will be offered, but feel free to come out and do your own thing or do nothing! Bring sturdy shoes and provisions for the day. Meet at the Eliot Chapel parking lot at 9:00 am to caravan or carpool (or come out separately if you prefer). Please RSVP to  bergfriedinfo@eliotchapel.org by March 14 so we know to expect you.


WE CAN Vigil
Join our partners in vigil in front of Kirkwood City Hall at 11:30 am on Saturday, March 16 then have a brown bag lunch at Eliot afterwards to hear organizational updates.
Click on the links below to learn more about the events listed and sign-up information, or check the newsletter for more details.  
Soul’s Journey
Saturday, March 23
7:00-8:00 pm in Eliot's Sanctuary
Celebrate the spring equinox with a Soul’s Journey led by Amy and John Camie. Let John’s lyrical meditations and Amy’s healing harp wash your winter blahs away! 


Transylvanian Craft Sale
Sunday, March 24
Adams Hall
The Partner Church Committee will be selling craft items made by the women in our partner village of Nyárádszentmárton (in Transylvania) after both services on March 24 and April 28. The money from the sales goes directly to the women, who then use some of the money to benefit the Unitarian church in the village. 


Friends of Music Present
Sunday, March 31
3:00 pm in the Sanctuary
This free concert, sixth of the season, will feature performers including baritone
Robert McNichols and other members of the Harris Stowe State University Music Faculty.


Author Visit
Monday, April 1
7:00 pm at St. Louis Community College – Forest Park
Dr. Margaret Hagerman, author of White Kids: Growing Up with Privilege in a Racially Divided America, will speak on white children's racial attitudes. This is a ticketed event and is an important fundraiser for WE STORIES, a component of the Kirkwood Area Every Child Promise program, an Eliot Social Justice partner. The $40 price includes admission for two to the author discussion and a signed hardcover copy of Dr. Hagerman's book. Get more information and buy your tickets here.


Speak Up! Workshop
Saturday, April 27
9:00 am to noon
Designed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, this workshop helps us recognize everyday bigotry and gives us the tools – and the courage – to speak up when we encounter it. Over the last three years, many Eliot members and friends have taken this workshop and have found it very helpful. Karen Gender and Ann Ruger will be co-facilitators. Registration is strictly limited to 16 people. To reserve your place, please sign up on the bulletin board or online here.
Sunday, March 17 – 9:30 & 11:00 am
“The Gift of Hope” – Rev. Terry Davis
As we continue on our way, life’s hard questions such as “Why this?” and “Why us?” – or “Why me?” – will pop up from time to time. What do we do with these questions? What gives us courage for the journey and to face the unknown?
Featured musicians: Kathie Price & Rich Heuermann, guitar and vocals; Women’s Chorale.
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  ourEliot@eliotchapel.org .
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