The worship theme for February is Trust .

Sunday, February 10 – 9:30 and 11:00 am
Deep Gladness, Deep Needs – Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
Frederick Buechner describes ministry as the place where our “deep gladness meets the world’s deep needs.” This Sunday, we begin to say farewell to Dr. Leon Burke, our beloved choir director, honoring his 25 years of music ministry at Eliot Chapel. We will also send Rev. Barbara Gadon off on her sabbatical. What is ministry, and how do we recognize its many forms? How do we celebrate and nurture the ministry of all of us? Featured Musicians: "Home Remedy" and Chamber Singers 

Sharing the Offering
In February, we will share our offerings with Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU). Eliot Chapel is a member of this community organization that brings together religious congregations, community groups, and individuals to work for a common purpose: to create a better life for all residents. MCU acknowledges that the racism in the systems that order our society has created what we now understand as the School to Prison Pipeline. MCU has been working to change the policies and procedures of school districts, police departments, and the juvenile courts in the St. Louis metropolitan area. MCU wants to keep our students in school! The work continues with the following task forces:
  • Education Task Force
  • Police Reform Task Force
  • Juvenile Justice Task Force
For more information, visit .

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
There will be a reception for Leon Burke after each service – have some cake and sign a card!

Chamber Singers – 8:30 am in the Music Room
Eliot Choirs – 9:00 am in the Music Room
Women's Weekend Planning – 12:30 pm in the Bergfried Room
Church News
Montgomery Bus Trip
Join Eliot Chapel for the March 22-24 bus trip to Montgomery, Alabama to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice , The Legacy Museum , Rosa Parks Museum and the Freedom Rides Museum .
To be sure you have a seat on the bus and a room at the hotel, please make your reservation before February 18. We hope you’ll join us as we take this transformative journey into America’s dark past. The last seats are filling up fast. Get more information and register. If you have any questions, contact

Registration for MidAmerica Regional Assembly is now open. It will be held at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel the weekend of April 5 - 7. It would be wonderful for Eliot to have a large presence there so don't miss this opportunity to be a part of our larger UU world and register now before the early-bird discount ends Feb 28th!

Break the Pipeline
Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) will hold its first 2019 Break the Pipeline regular monthly mass meeting at 6:30 pm at First Unitarian Church of St. Louis on February 19. This monthly meeting is to coordinate efforts to bring racial equity to our education and juvenile justice systems. There is always a newcomers' orientation and carpooling from Eliot is possible.

Time for Us to Make Some Noise!
On February 5, friends and supporters of IFCLA (Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America) traveled to Jefferson City to testify against Senate Bill 64, an expansion of the anti-sanctuary legislation passed last year. The bill forbids any political subdivision from "requiring ICE to obtain a warrant or demonstrate probable cause” before taking anyone into custody or maintaining such custody until ICE arrives, or preventing local law enforcement from asking an individual their immigration status," whether by express policy or mere informal practice. CALL YOUR STATE SENATOR NOW TO INSIST THAT THIS BILL BE DEFEATED.  Find contact info for your senator.

Alex Belongs Here
Home, that is. Alex Garcia has been in sanctuary at Maplewood UCC since October, 2017. We must do everything we can to send him home to his family – his wife, Carly, and his five children. The fight continues. Here’s a list of actions from Maplewood UCC that YOU can take.

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Please Remember

Please remember the family of Stephen Rudolph. Stephen served as Eliot Chapel’s accountant for many years. He passed away on February 5.
Monday, February 11
A Course in Miracles – 7:00 pm in Room 001

Tuesday, February 12
Vigil for Hope & Healing – 6:00 pm outside Eliot
Attitudinal Healing 10-Week Session – 7:00 pm in Rooms 001/002
Board of Trustees – 7:00 pm in Adams Hall

Wednesday, February 13
Eliot Choirs – 7:30 pm in the Music Room

Thursday, February 14
Room at the Inn – 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006

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

Saturday, February 16
WE CAN – 12:30 pm in Rooms 001/002
Eliot Choirs – 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Membership Sunday
If you are interested in membership at Eliot Chapel, or just have questions, you're welcome to stop by Rev. Jim's office after services on Sunday, February 10 at 10:30 am and 12:00 pm for a conversation with him about Unitarian Universalism in general and Eliot Chapel in particular.
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Spring All-Read
Spring All-Read Groups are forming now! Read and discuss Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal by Aviva Chomsky. Check sign-up sheets on the bulletin board and add your name to a group that meets your schedule.

Women's Weekend
There will be a Women's Weekend planning session on Sunday, February 10 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Bergfried room. If you can't attend the meeting but have ideas/suggestions, please email them to .

Community Prayer Vigil
Kirkwood United Methodist Church will hold a Community Prayer Vigil on Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 pm for Healing, Hope, & Harmony. It will be a time of prayer, remembrance, and reflection as we look back and consider ways to move our community forward, free from violence and injustice.

Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #221
Tuesday, February 12 
at 5:00 pm outside Eliot. 
Bergfried Day Hike
Mark your calendar for some late winter nature communion on Saturday, February 16. All members and friends are welcome. Meet at the Eliot Chapel parking lot at 9:00 am to caravan or carpool. Email an RSVP at least 2 days before.

WE CAN in Kirkwood
Join our partners from WE CAN on Saturday, February 16 at 1:00 pm at Eliot Chapel for their annual Recharge + Recommit event to celebrate last year's progress and reflect on what 2019 holds. They will also be holding their monthly BLM Vigil in front of the Kirkwood City Hall at 11:30 am.
Click on the links below to learn more about the events listed and sign-up information, or  check the newsletter  for more details.  
Environmental Justice/Green Sanctuary Meeting
Monday, February 18
7:00 pm in Room 005
The Environmental Justice/Green Sanctuary team will meet to search for ways to combat climate change in our lives and in our actions at and through Eliot Chapel. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please come by the Social Justice in Action table in Adams Hall on Sundays or contact  

MIRA Lobby Day
Wednesday, February 20
8:30 to 4:30 pm in Jefferson City
Join Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA) for 2019 Lobby Day at the State Capitol in Jefferson City. This is a time to be emboldened to advocate for the rights of immigrants & refugees. We need your help to counter the growing trend of hatred in our nation. Transportation, lunch, and training will be provided. Please register here .

For Akheem
Friday, February 22
7:00 pm at Eliot
For Akheem, a coming-of-age story of a 17-year-old North St. Louis girl set against the backdrop of the Ferguson protests, will be shown at Eliot in partnership with Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice. Read more or RSVP .

Accompaniment Training
Wednesday, February 27
6:00 pm at St. Anselm Parish
Many of our neighbors are forced to appear at regular check-ins with immigration officials during their immigration case. When we “accompany” them, we offer community and comfort against the specter of unfair treatment and the threat of deportation. Eliot members who participate describe the experience as spiritual and deeply satisfying. IFCLA will hold its next no-obligation training February 27, from 6:00-9:00 pm at St. Anselm, 530 Mason Road. No registration is required. Get more information here.

Couple Communication Workshop
Saturday, March 9
Gateway Chapter of Better Marriages will be holding another workshop at Eliot. Learn to listen to your partner! Improved communication helps all relationships and ALL couples are welcome! For more info, contact Linda Techner at
Sunday, February 17 – 9:30 and 11:00 am
Music Sunday: Psalms of Praise – Dr. Leon Burke and Jan Chamberlin
“Psalms of Praise” including “Chichester Psalms” by Bernstein.
Featured Musicians: Combined Eliot Choirs
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 .
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