The worship theme for January is Possibility .

Sunday, January 6 – 9:30 and 11:00 am
Monkey Fist: the Art of Letting Go – Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
A hunter baits a trap with a nut inside a coconut shell. She cuts a hole just big enough for a monkey's hand to slip in, but not big enough for a closed fist. The monkey would have plenty of time to get away if he just slipped his hand out empty, but never does. What are you finding difficult to let go of in your life? What might be possible if you let go? We will begin 2019 with a ritual of release.  
Featured Musicians: Chamber Singers, Dr. David Nalesnik, piano 
Sharing the Offering
The International Institute is St. Louis’ welcoming center for new Americans. Their mission is to help immigrants and their families become productive Americans and champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength. Founded in 1919, the Institute has provided essential community integration services to each new wave of immigrants to St. Louis, without regard to country of origin, race, or religion.

More than 7,500 immigrants and refugees from 80 countries are welcomed each year, ranging from low-skilled to high-skilled and from non-literate to university-educated. Many are refugees who have fled war-torn countries around the world. We also work to build connections between foreign-born and long-time residents and produce Festival of Nations, our region’s most popular multi-cultural celebration.

Services include education, including English, citizenship and computer classes; refugee resettlement; and employment and training. Also provided are immigration assistance and services to vulnerable populations, including elderly refugees and victims of human trafficking. The Institute also operates four urban farms in the St. Louis area. For more information, visit iistl.org.


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.

Note: 7th and 8th graders who aren’t participating in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program should attend the worship service with their family. 


Sunday at a Glance
Chamber Singers – 8:30 am in the Music Room 
Eliot Choir – 9:00 am in the Music Room 
Membership Book Signing – 10:30 am in Rev. Jim’s Office
A Chosen Faith Covenant Group – 12:15 pm in the Bergfried Room
LeLaurin Covenant Group – 12:30 pm in the Triplett Room
Positive Psychology Covenant Group – 12:50 pm in Room 005
Lemon Covenant Group – 1:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Suter Covenant Group – 1:00 pm in Room 006
Church News
More Eliot Leadership Development Coming Soon
The Nominating Committee invites current leaders and those interested in exploring leadership opportunities at Eliot to join us as we explore how systems operating within our congregation impact and challenge Eliot leaders. Be there for "Understanding Systems in Our Congregation" on Saturday, February 9 from 8:30 to 11:30 am in Adams Hall.  If you participated in last year’s leadership development events, this is a great opportunity to continue that journey, or we encourage you to join in now – attendance at prior sessions is not required.

During this informal Saturday session, we will be offering systems training based on the UUA’s Harvest the Power leadership training series. The session will provide the following:

  • Introduction to the concept of system thinking
  • Examination of organizational challenges from a system point of view
  • Practical guidelines for leading with integrity and vision while remaining connected to those who have authorized us to serve as leaders.

Please RSVP by signing up on the bulletin board or contacting the Eliot front office ( frontoffice@eliotchapel.org or 314-821-0911). The Nominating Committee is committed to providing ongoing leadership development to better serve the long-term needs of our large and vibrant church.


Operating Policies & Procedures Available on the Eliot Website
Are you familiar with Eliot’s policies? Do you have questions about Eliot’s guidelines & operating procedures? Then we have great news. The policies and procedures can be found on the church website at www.eliotchapel.org/policiesandbylaws.

Eliot also takes considerable pride in how hard we work to keep children, youth, and the entire Chapel community as safe as possible. All Eliot members and friends are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Safe Congregation Policy. The most recently updated version can be found here . The policy is reviewed annually for updates and additions.


Start the New Year with Social Justice
The Social Justice in Action Committee asks that you start the New Year by writing to your new Congressional members and letting them know where you stand on issues of importance to you. And when you put up your new wall calendar, remember to note on it that the Social Justice in Action Assembly occurs on the first Tuesday of each month.  


Spring All-Read Discussion Groups Forming Soon
Stop by the Social Justice table on Sundays to see the next All-Read selection for Eliot! Sign-ups will be in January and early February. Discussion groups will meet in March and April. If you’re interested in becoming a discussion group facilitator, please contact Mary Meihaus at socialjustice@eliotchapel.org.


Montgomery Trip
Plans have been finalized for the bus trip to Montgomery, Alabama to visit freedom and justice sites including the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. A 55-passenger bus will leave on Friday morning, March 22 and return on Sunday, March 24. Send questions to or make reservations with March22@eliotchapel.org. See all details about the Montgomery trip on Eliot's website.


Emerson Seeks RE Coordinator
Emerson Chapel is hiring a part-time RE Coordinator. See the full job description here. Contact office@emersonuuchapel.org for more information. 
 
Monday, January 7
Kwentus Covenant Group – 10:00 am in the Frederick-Gray Room
A Course In Miracles – 7:00 pm in Room 001
UU Christian Group – 7:00 pm in the Triplett Room


Tuesday, January 8
Women's Alliance Book Discussion – 9:30 am in Adams Hall
Vigil for Hope and Healing – 5:00 pm outside Eliot
Attitudinal Healing – 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:00 pm in Adams Hall


Wednesday, January 9
Covenant Group Facilitator Training – 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
Meneely Covenant Group – 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room
Nominating Committee – 7:00 pm in Room 004
Women's Chorale – 7:30 pm in the Music Room


Thursday, January 10
Attitudinal Healing – 10:30 am in the Frederick-Gray Room
Grief 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 Frederick-Gray Room


Friday, January 11
Friday Freethinkers – 10:00 am in Adams Hall
Knitting Group – 1:00 pm in the DuBois Library


Saturday, January 12
Stark Covenant Group – 11:00 am in the Frederick-Gray Room
Membership
Meet in Rev. Jim’s office at 10:30 am on Sunday, January 6 to hear more about membership and get your questions about Eliot and UU answered. There will also be an opportunity to sign the membership book.
UU Christian Group at Eliot
If you're interested in Christianity as a part of your spiritual practice, you may want to join the UU Christian Group (UUCG). Our gatherings build on the Christian lectionary and frequently incorporate ritual and the works of Christian theologians and authors. We share responsibility for leading the group. We gather on the first and third Mondays of the month from 7:15-8:30 pm in the Triplett Room. Won’t you join us at our next gathering on Monday, January 7?
Women's Alliance Book Discussion
Join the Women's Alliance for a discussion of Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani on Tuesday, January 8. Barb Jones will be the discussion leader. Coffee and conversation starts at 9:30 am.


Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #216
Tuesday, January 8 
at 5:00 pm outside Eliot. 
Bergfried Guided Day Trip
Come out Saturday, January 12 on your own to the first day trip of 2019, or meet at Eliot’s parking lot at 9:00 am to carpool/caravan. A Bergfried team member will offer a guided hike or two but feel free to come out and do your own thing or do nothing at all. Bring sturdy shoes and provisions for the day. Please RSVP by January 10 so we know to expect you.  
Click on the links below to learn more about the events listed and sign-up information, or  check the newsletter  for more details.  
Women’s Weekend Planning
Sundays, January 13 & 27
12:30 pm in the Bergfried Room
Planning meetings for Women's Weekend are open to all women who want to get involved with the planning for this fabulous event. We hope to see you there! Women's Weekend will be May 17 to 19 at Toddhall Retreat Center in Columbia, IL.
  

Sanctuary Open House 
Sunday, January 13
Eliot Chapel’s sanctuary space is now ready to receive a sanctuary seeker! To celebrate, the Immigration Justice Team will hold an Open House during coffee hour. Come see what our church has done and hear about opportunities to be a part of this important work! Ready to help now? Email immigration@eliotchapel.org with the subject line “Open House” to find out how you can get this party started!



Festival Del Cine Dignidad LatinoAmericana
Sundays, January 13 & 27 and February 10 & 24
5:30 pm at Christ Church in Maplewood
Join the immigration justice team at a film festival featuring “stories that center on the experiences of Latin American immigrants and refugees.” Gather at Christ Church in Maplewood, 2200 Bellevue Avenue, at 5:00 pm for soup and empanadas; stay for a film and discussion from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  


Kirkwood’s 5th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration 
Monday, January 21 
1:00 pm at Kirkwood High School
Make plans to attend Kirkwood’s 5th annual Martin Luther King Celebration for musical performances, spoken word, and dance. Franklin McCallie, former KHS principal, will be the emcee. Tickets are $8.00; students are free. Tickets are available at www.meachamparknia.org and also during coffee hours on January 6, 13, and 20. Proceeds benefit Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association with a portion going to their scholarship fund.


6th Annual Bergfried Winter Warm-Up
Saturday, January 26
6:00 pm in Adams Hall
The Bergfried team will host a potluck gathering featuring a Bergfried-style music circle and a slide show of recent Bergfried events. Sign up on the bulletin board or via email.


Couple Communication Workshop
Saturday, March 9
Gateway Chapter of Better Marriages will be holding another workshop at Eliot. Learn to listen to your partner! For more info, contact Linda Techner at bettermarriages@eliotchapel.org.
Sunday, January 13 – 9:30 and 11:00 am
The Risk of Possibility – Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
Much of the spiritual life is about seeing what is possible and moving toward it. It's why we create a mission for ourselves and for our community. But moving toward mission always involves risk: risk of discomfort, risk of failure, risk of what we would lose if we had what we dearly want. What allows you to take a risk? What must we risk together to create the beloved community?
Featured Musicians: 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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