The worship theme for March is Journey .

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.
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-age children (3 and younger) go directly to the nursery.

Note:  Elementary-age children (K-6) and any youth (7th grade and older) wishing to participate will gather at 9:45 and 11:15 in Room 001 for an all-ages “Popcorn Theology” session which explores Leadership for Children. The featured film is The Lion King .

Note: The 11:00 5th & 6th Grade Class, the Junior High Group, and the Senior High Youth Group are not in session this morning. Youth may attend the worship service with their family, OR participate in the all-ages movie session at 11:15 in Room 001, featuring the film The Lion King .


Sunday at a Glance
Women's Chorale – 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
Saunders/McVoy Covenant Group – 12:15 pm in the Bergfried Room
Living the Pledge Accountability – 12:30 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
 
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Fire of Commitment – Lighting Our Way

It all begins this Sunday! Join us for the first of 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, and 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.

Stop by the DuBois Library on Sunday to turn in your pledge card and talk to the Stewardship Team OR mail your pledge card anytime!


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 so sign up today! If you're interested in being a delegate for Eliot, contact the front office.

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!


Open Space Council Speaker at April Social Justice Assembly
Plan to attend April's Social Justice Assembly on Tuesday, April 2 to hear from Caitlin Zera of the Open Space Council. The Open Space Council works to conserve and sustain land, water, and other natural resources throughout the St. Louis region. Founded in 1965 to halt efforts to dam the Meramec River, the Open Space Council continues to protect and restore land throughout the St. Louis region. Please join us in Adams Hall at 7:00 pm to hear what they have been doing recently and what they hope to accomplish in the future.


Speak Up! Workshop Registration Open
Have you signed up for the Speak Up! Workshop? Can you dedicate one morning to honing your skills at anti-racism work? Designed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, this workshop on Saturday, April 27 will help you recognize everyday bigotry and give you the tools – and the courage – to speak up when you 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 from 9:00 am to noon. Registration is strictly limited to 16 people. To reserve your place, please sign up on the bulletin board or  online here.


Firebugs Wanted
We are looking for folks who can help with occasional prescribed burns. See details in the March newsletter and contact bergfriedinfo@eliotchapel.org if you can help.
Updated Sabbatical Brochure Available
We have updated the brochure with information about Rev. Barbara's sabbatical. You can see paper copies at Eliot, or be green and take a look at it here.
Monday, March 18
A Course in Miracles – 7:00 pm in Room 001
UU Christian Group – 7:00 pm in the Triplett Room

Tuesday, March 19
Women's Alliance – 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
Attitudinal Healing 10-Week Session – 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, March 20
Larson Covenant Group – 7:15 pm in Room 006
Women's Chorale – 7:30 pm in the Music Room

Thursday, March 21
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, March 22
Montgomery, Alabama Trip – 7:00 am departure
Friday Freethinkers – 10:00 am in Adams Hall

Saturday, March 23
Amy Camie Concert – 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
 
WE CAN Vigil
Join our WE CAN 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.


Women's Weekend Registration
The Women's Weekend registration table will be in Adams Hall following both services on Sunday, March 17. There will also be a bake sale to benefit the scholarship fund for Women's Weekend attendees. Don't miss it!


Covenant Group Sign Up
Come to Adams Hall this Sunday, March 17, 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. 


No Meditation This Week
Eliot Meditation will not meet on Sunday, March 17. Plan to join them on the third Sunday at 7:00 pm in future months.

Women's Alliance
Women’s Alliance will see a short film and discuss children in trauma on Tuesday, March 19 in Adams Hall. Coffee and conversation begin at 9:30 am. All Eliot women are welcome.


Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #226
Tuesday, March 19 
at 5:00 pm outside Eliot. 
Soul’s Journey
Celebrate the spring equinox with a Soul’s Journey led by Amy and John Camie. On Saturday March 23 from 7:00-8:00 pm, come to Eliot Chapel and let John’s lyrical meditations and Amy’s healing harp wash your winter blahs away! Prepare for a new season of growth!
Click on the links below to learn more about the events listed and sign-up information, or  check the newsletter  for more details.  
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. 


Immigration Justice Meeting
Tuesday, March 26
7:15 pm in Room 006
Attend the next team meeting to discuss ways to further the cause of sanctuary.


Hidden Figures Potluck
Saturday, March 30
6:30 pm in Adams Hall
Come to dinner and a movie 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.


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.


First Unitarian of St. Louis Clark Lecture
Sunday, April 7
7:00 pm at First Unitarian Church of St. Louis
First Unitarian Church of St. Louis will present their 2019 Clark Lecture with speaker Brittany Packnett 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.


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 24 – 9:30 and 11:00 am
“Doing Something Else” – Rev. Terry Davis
Economist and Harvard professor Sendhil Mullainathan wrote, “Habits are powerful. Experimentation is an act of humility, an acknowledgment that there is simply no way of knowing without trying something different.” As we continue to address challenges in our world and personal lives, how will we know when our familiar way of doing things has run its course? How will we know when it’s time to do something else? Featured Musicians: Amy Camie, Harp & Eliot 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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