The worship theme for April is Wholeness .

Sunday, April 14 – 9:30 and 11:00 am
Earth Day: “Cherish Water, Cherish Life” – Rev. Terry Davis
According to  National Geographic  , the amount of moisture on the Earth has not changed. The water that dinosaurs drank millions of years ago is the same water that falls as rain today. Will there be enough for a more crowded world? UUs of all ages are invited to join us for this multigenerational Earth Day service where we’ll celebrate this precious resource and recommit ourselves to protecting it and the many forms of life it nourishes. Note that Religious Education classes for elementary children won't meet this Sunday so Eliot children can participate in this special service.
Featured Musicians: “No Strings Attached” woodwind quintet and Women’s Chorale
Sharing the Offering
In April, we will share our offering with  The Open Space Council . As stewards of nature, the organization has worked since 1965 to maintain the integrity of land and waterways for practical purposes, recreation and their natural beauty, to be enjoyed now and for generations to come. Through environmental and community-building events such as Operation Clean Stream and Operation Wild Lands, The Open Space Council seeks to raise awareness about the importance of land and water conservation and the value of clean water. 

Throughout its history, the organization has played an integral role in:
  • Restoring and supporting a clean and healthy Meramec River.
  • Helping establish Castlewood State Park, Forest 44 Conservation Area, and Bee Tree Park in St. Louis County.
  • Restoring more than three thousand acres of land and almost 500 miles of river.
  • Permanently conserving an urban organic farm, which EarthDance Farms now owns & operates.
  • Helping to thwart efforts to dam the Meramec River.
 

Religious Education
At 9:30, children in kindergarten and older should attend the intergenerational worship service with their family. 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 intergenerational worship service with their family. Nursery children (3 and younger) go directly to the nursery. The Our Whole Lives (OWL) program and Senior High Youth Group are both in session this morning.


Sunday at a Glance
Eliot Choir – 9:00 am in the Music Room
Children’s Chalice Choir – 10:35 am in the Music Room 
A Chosen Faith Covenant Group – 12:15 pm in the Bergfried Room
CGDT – 12:15 pm in the Triplett Room
YAG – 12:30 pm in Room 006
Positive Psychology Covenant Group – 12:50 pm in Room 005
Lemon Covenant Group – 1:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
 
Church News
Bergfried
Annual Bergfried Memorial Day Weekend Camp-Out
Save The Date! Our Annual Bergfried Memorial Day Weekend Camp-out is May 24-27. Along with all of the traditional activities and fellowship enjoyed over this weekend, we are adding some organized afternoon activities and an evening program for a portion of the Lewis and Clark Commemorative Bonfire on Saturday. Watch for more information soon!


Seder Dinner Sign-Ups
Take the opportunity this Sunday to sign up for Eliot Chapel’s Seder Dinner at the table in Adams Hall after both services. This dinner on Saturday, April 27 commemorates the story of the Exodus–we’ll be guided through the dinner using the Haggadah, centuries old in tradition and used over millennia by Jewish families around the world. Bring your family to eat matzos, sing songs, and celebrate freedom throughout the world and throughout the ages! We are still gathering volunteers for this event. Contact Gail Rock at sederdinner@eliotchapel.org to sign up.


Recital and Art Exhibition
Eliot young adult Mel Priese invites you to her Senior Cello Recital and Art Exhibition on Saturday, April 20. The performance will begin at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary with a reception/gallery following immediately in Adams Hall.
Be Part of “The Power of We”
What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? Help answer that question by attending this year’s UUA General Assembly in Spokane, WA, June 19–23. If you are attending and would like to serve as an Eliot delegate, contact the front office. Housing fills up quickly for GA and registration costs rise on May 1 so sign up now! Take part in inspirational worship services, informative workshops, and entertaining programs as you explore with other UUs from around the country what it means to be together in faithful community.


Accessible Eliot
Eliot Chapel is now 100% accessible with the installation this week of a chair lift down the stairs to the old RE wing. Everyone can now reach the Music Room, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray Room, the RE office and rooms, and the nursery!


Easy Online Giving
Did you know that iGive.com makes it simple to earn donations for Eliot Chapel while you do your normal online shopping at over 2,000 stores? Eliot has already earned almost $600 through this passive giving program. And now until May 10, Eliot gets a $3 bonus donation when new shoppers sign up for the program! If you shop online, please take a look at the program today.


May Newsletter Deadline
Please send any items to news@eliotchapel.org by April 15. This is the last newsletter before September.

Monday, April 15
A Course in Miracles – 7:00 pm in Room 001
Environmental Justice Meeting – 7:00 pm in Room 005
UU Christian Group – 7:00 pm in the Triplett Room


Tuesday, April 16
Women's Alliance Speaker Series – 9:30 am in Adams Hall
PCA Team – 1:30 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Vigil for Hope & Healing – 5:00 pm outside Eliot
Adult Spirituality – 7:00 pm in Rooms 001/002
Avant Covenant Group – 7:00 pm in Room 006
Earth Based Covenant Group – 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room


Wednesday, April 17
Larson Covenant Group – 7:15 pm in Room 006


Thursday, April 18
Grief Group – 3:00 pm in the DuBois Library
Room at the Inn – 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
Peace and Tolerance Covenant Group – 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room


Friday, April 19
Friday Freethinkers – 10:00 am in Adams Hall


Saturday, April 20
WE CAN – 12:30 pm in Rooms 001/002
Mel Priese Concert and Art Show – 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary
 
Sign Up for Women's Weekend!
The Women's Weekend registration table will be in Adams Hall following both services on Sunday. There will also be a bake sale to benefit the scholarship fund for Women's Weekend attendees.

Environmental Justice/Green Sanctuary Team April Meeting
The April meeting of the Environmental Justice/Green Sanctuary Team will be Monday, April 15 at 7:00 pm in Room 005. Join us as we discuss what we here at Eliot can do to ensure access to clean water for all Missourians. Bring any articles or material you may have on water issues in Missouri. We'll explore issues related to Water: Where does your water come from? Who used it before it came out of your faucet? Who uses the water after you have used it? Does everyone in Missouri have access to clean water? At what price do they have access? What is threatening our access to clean water? For more information, contact us at environmentjustice@eliotchapel.org.


Women’s Alliance
Women’s Alliance will discuss food outreach on Tuesday, April 16. Coffee and conversation begin at 9:30 am in Adams Hall. All Eliot women are welcome to participate.


Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #230
Tuesday, April 16 
at 5:00 pm outside Eliot. 
Introduction to Spirit in Practice
Develop your own spiritual practice through Eliot's Adult Spirituality offering. The series is underway but each session is a stand-alone experience, affording you maximum flexibility to attend based on your interest and availability. All sessions will be held in Rooms 001 & 002, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The next workshop is:

Tuesday, April 16: Mind Practices – Fascination through Reason
Throughout time and across cultures, it has long been recognized that reason and rationality are among many paths to the discovery of deep truth. Many of the world's most rational thinkers find that the more they learn, the more their appreciation for the majesty and magnificent mystery of life grows as well. This session will encourage participants to see their intellectual explorations as part of a fully rounded spirituality

Look for sign-up sheets on the bulletin board or sign up online now.


Bergfried Day Trip
Celebrate Earth Day weekend with a day trip to Bergfried on Saturday, April 20! 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). Email bergfriedinfo@eliotchapel.org at least 48 hours before to let us know you are coming.

Click on the links below to learn more about the events listed and sign-up information, or  check the newsletter  for more details.  
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.


Passover Seder
Saturday, April 27
Doors open in Adams Hall at 5:30 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm
Eliot Chapel's Seder Dinner commemorates the story of the Exodus and the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery under the oppression of the Egyptians. We will be guided through the dinner using the Haggadah, centuries old in tradition and used over millennia by Jewish families around the world. Bring the family and join us as we eat matzos, sing songs, and celebrate freedom throughout the world and throughout the ages. Music provided by Dr. Flo Reaves on violin and Bob Chamberlin on piano. Seder service led by Gail Rock. Sign up on the bulletin board or email sederdinner@eliotchapel.org no later than April 23 if you plan to attend. Matzo and wine/juice provided. Suggested donation $5 per person, children under 12 free. Please note, we adhere to strict dietary requirements: NO pork or pork products, shellfish, or leavening in bread or dessert.


Transylvanian Craft Sale
Sunday, April 28
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. 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.


The Men’s Advance
May 3-5 at Bergfried
The Men’s Advance brings together Eliot members and friends of the male persuasion. At this event we welcome all humans who identify at the male end of the gender spectrum. Newcomers are especially encouraged to come out to enjoy hiking, camping, camaraderie, a Saturday night feast, and lots of super-secret men's stuff (which looks suspiciously like doing nothing). Just $10 buys your ticket to the feast (kids 12 and under $5). All other meals are on your own. Most choose to camp in tents or trailers; spaces in the cottage (with running water and electricity) are available by reservation with priority given to those with medical needs or physical limitations. Eight beds are also available in the rustic bunkhouses. To sign up for the weekend, to reserve a cottage or bunkhouse space, or for any information contact mensadvance@eliotchapel.org. A sign-up sheet is also posted on the bulletin board.


"Bridge Over Troubled Times"
Saturday, May 4
9:00 am – 12:30 pm in Adams Hall
Attend a Special Saturday Workshop from Attitudinal Healing-St. Louis. Come cross the bridge with Attitudinal Healing facilitators Corinne Esneault, Carole Glauser and Julie Morreale as they share proven spiritual practices which lead to peace and joy, especially during troubling times. All three are practitioners of A Course in Miracles, The 12 Principles of Attitudinal Healing and Choose Again Six-Step Process to Freedom . Come to learn and come to share what practices you apply in times of trouble to regain your inner peace. The workshop is free and open to members and friends. A donation is appreciated to support the cost of refreshments, handouts, and a sharing with Eliot Chapel. Register online at www.ahstlouis.org or on the sign-up sheet on the Eliot Chapel bulletin board by May 1. Questions? Email attitudinalhealing@eliotchapel.org.


Kevin So Concert
Saturday, May 4
Doors open at 5:30, Music at 7:15 in the Sanctuary
Eliot Chapel will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a solo acoustic concert by Kevin So, a Chinese American musician who has built a loyal fan base around the world. Prior to the concert, we’ll show a short ten-minute video, The Model Minority Myth, in Adams Hall. There will be a panel discussion and Q&A session. Light refreshments will be served.  Hear Kevin So’s range of songs in this  behind-the-scenes trailer   for his upcoming album  S.O.U.L. These events are free but tickets are required. Get your tickets here. (Eliot folks may alternately sign up on the bulletin board.)


“Better Friendship, Better Marriage”
Saturday, May 11
7:00-8:30 pm in Adams Hall
Richard B. Boswell, LCSW, family and marriage therapist, will speak on “Better Friendship, Better Marriage – The Importance of Friendship in Marriage” at Eliot Chapel on Saturday, May 11 at 7:00 pm for this Better Marriages—Gateway Chapter Educational Program. Suggested reading is Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman. There will be an opportunity to dialogue. There is no charge for the event but please RSVP by May 4 to Chris Luzecky at bettermarriagesforum@gmail.com. Doors open at 6:30 for socializing and light snacks.
Sunday, April 21 – 9:30 and 11:00 am
“Easter Sunday Service” – Rev. Terry Davis
In the Christian tradition, Easter is a time to revisit the story of the empty tomb and to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the triumph of life over death. As Unitarian Universalists, this day perhaps offers us an opportunity to ask ourselves, “In what ways are we living as persons entombed? How might we break free in thought and spirit and live a new life?”
Featured Musicians: Eliot Choir and Children’s Chalice Choir
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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