The worship theme for June is Beauty

Sunday, June 10 - 10:00 am 
"Sources of UU: To Love Your Neighbor as Yourself"
Rev. Barbara H. Gadon and the All Souls Tulsa Children's and Youth Choirs
The fourth source of Unitarian Universalism is "Jewish and Christian teachings which call us respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves." Come for a lively service of poetry and song about this demanding and delightful challenge of living. Featured musicians: Children's and Youth Choirs from All Souls Unitarian Church of Tulsa

Sharing the Offering
Eliot's June offering will be shared with the Meacham Park Scholars Award . The Meacham Park Scholars Award is sponsored each year by the Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association (MPNIA). In the southeastern corner of Kirkwood, just across Big Bend, sits the historic neighborhood of Meacham Park. The neighborhood developed independently in 1892 as a predominantly black community. It was later annexed to Kirkwood in 1992. The Meacham Park Scholars Award recipients are African American Kirkwood High School seniors and Meacham Park residents who attend college or are college bound. Awardees achieve academic excellence, are leaders and are committed to community service. The award is announced each January at Kirkwood's Martin Luther King celebration.

Religious Education
Childcare is provided in the Eliot Chapel nursery during this morning's worship service for children in preschool and younger .

Multiage Activities  for children ages 5-8 are offered in the Frederick-Gray Room .

All other children and youth attend the worship service with their family. Activity Bags are available at the back of the sanctuary.

Sunday at a Glance:
Rubin Covenant Group  meets at 2:00 pm off-site.

Church News

The 2017 - 2018 church year is coming to a close on June 30.  If you have completed your pledge for this year, we say
If not, will you please fulfill your pledge by the end of this month? If you have  any questions, contact the front office at or  314-821-0911.

Sanctuary in the News
Our courage is showing! This week, we issued an Eliot Chapel sanctuary press release. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Riverfront Times, and Fox 2 News all picked up the story. Now we should capitalize on this attention. Here are a few ways YOU can help do just that:
  • Write a letter to the editor/news team. See tips and a sample letter
  • Share the news stories on your Facebook page or other social media, along with a heartfelt note asking for support in the form of letters to the editor, shares on friends and family pages, and offers of help to Eliot's Immigration Justice team.
We need your help here at Eliot, too. This week the Immigration Justice team met to begin assessing specific tasks to create our sanctuary space. Please consider volunteering your time and talents. We anticipate needing people who can do basic remodeling/home maintenance work, organizational tasks (e.g. creating a call list or project spreadsheet), decorating, sourcing (not funding!) furnishings, and hauling and installing furnishings, home appliances and supporting fixtures - but that's just a guess. Be creative and contribute what skills and time you can give to this important work. Send your response to

If you have questions, remember you can find the sanctuary FAQ on our website, and you can speak with Rev. Barbara or members of the Immigration Justice team.

Our Guest Musicians on Sunday
We will welcome the All Souls Unitarian Church Children's and Youth Choirs as our featured musicians. Their Children's Choir is from grades 4-7 and their Youth Choir is from grades 8-12, so there are some recent high school graduates among them! They go on a musical tour each year and this is their second visit to Eliot Chapel. You may recall their first was a concert in 1988. Come out and give them a big welcome!

Connect with General Assembly
Visit the GA table in Adams Hall on Sunday!  Check in if you're going so we can keep in touch in Kansas City. Check it out if you have questions. Online, contact Jan Chamberlin at We have an AMAZING 50 people registered to attend GA - WOW! Anyone who stays home can watch online because all of GA will be broadcast at

Correction: Last week in  This Week at Eliot , we welcomed new members to Eliot Chapel but unfortunately, we misspelled the name of one of our newcomers. We apologize for the error and hope that you will welcome Louisa Salvin to Eliot whenever you see her! Thank you.


Musicians Sought 
Musicians are needed for summer services.  Contact Jan Chamberlin if you previously have not provided music at Eliot.

Nominate A Shared Plate Recipient
The Social Justice Steering Committee has a limited number of slots for shared plate recipients for the 2018-19 church year and welcomes nominations from the congregation by June 30. Preference will be given to local organizations with possibility for Eliot volunteer partnership and with missions aligned with Eliot's social justice priorities. Make your nominations online at
Please Remember
Please remember Shannon and Greg Davis and their children Addison, Harrison, and Jonah  as they mourn the recent loss of Shannon's mother, Marilyn Sue Matthiesen.  

Monday, June 11
A Course in Miracles - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
Tuesday, June 12
Vigil for Hope & Healing - 6:00 pm outside Eliot
Board of Trustees Meeting - 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
Wednesday, June 13
Bridges - 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Meneely Covenant Group - 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room

Thursday, June 14
Grief Group - 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Room at the Inn - 5:00 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
PCA Team Meeting - 7:00 pm in Rev. Jim's office
Young Adult Group (YAG) - 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room

Friday, June 15
Friday Freethinkers - 10:00 am in Adams Hall

Saturday, June 16
WE CAN - 12:30 pm in Rooms 001-002
Make war on weeds and socialize in Fillmore Park!  
Come lend a hand in community service as we help to maintain this recently rebuilt and replanted pocket park at 410 S. Fillmore, about half a mile south of Eliot in a multi-racial neighborhood. Eliot folks work together for an hour or two weeding, deadheading if needed, and doing a "once over" for usually minimal trash. June dates are Saturday, June 9, Thursday, June 21, and Saturday, June 30, all at 9:00 am. July dates are Thursday, July 12 and Saturday, July 21. Meet in the shelter. Sign up on the Adams Hall bulletin board, at the Social Justice table, or by emailing Claire Robertson at

Gay Games - Games Night
In honor of Pride month, everyone is welcome to enjoy a games night at Eliot this Saturday, June 9 starting at 6:30 pm. This is a family-friendly event. Please bring a snack to share. You are welcome to wear goofy attire such as a rainbow wig, rainbow shirt, etc. to celebrate the occasion. We want everyone to have a "gay old time" and come play. Fun door prizes will be given. A love donation would be appreciated and will be given to Promo to assist them in their mission: PROMO is Missouri's statewide organization advocating for LGBTQ equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education. PROMO Fund promotes equality and protects the human and civil rights of LGBTQ people in Missouri. For further information, contact Lynn Murphy who is hosting this event.

Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #186
Tuesday, June 12 
at 6:00 pm  outside Eliot.

Party Like It's 1999! 
Please join Metropolitan Congregations United for their annual fundraiser on Thursday, June 14. Eliot Chapel is a member congregation of MCU! Tickets ($25 for one, $40 for two, $30 each at the door) will be available after service on Sunday at the Social Justice table. You can also purchase them online. Raffle tickets for a movie, dinner, and hotel night out on the town can also be purchased. You don't have to attend to win but you wouldn't want to miss the fun! Enjoy live music from The People's Key and celebrate the success of the CLEAN/RUM campaigns while you support the work of MCU. See the flyer for all the details.

WE CAN Vigil comes to Kirkwood
Join our WE CAN friends in vigil in front of Kirkwood City Hall on Saturday, June 16 at 11:30 am. The group stands vigil in Kirkwood on the third Saturday of every month and then meets at Eliot for a brown-bag lunch and brief meeting. This is a good opportunity to support and get to know some of our social justice partners.
Click on links below to learn more about the events listed.

Women's Alliance Lunch
Tuesday, June 19
The Women's Alliance will have lunch at a local winery. Maryann Mace is coordinating. All Eliot women are welcome to attend.

Summer Solstice Ceremony and Drum Circle
Wednesday, June 20
6:30 - 8:00 pm pm in Adams Hall
You are invited to join together on the day of the Summer Solstice. We will hold a Summer Solstice ceremony and drum circle to celebrate the longest day of the year, the Sun at its highest point, and the season of warmth and energy. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack to share which is associated with the color of the sun. Please bring a drum if you have one. Organizer Lynn Murphy will bring some drums, too. No experience is required.

Sacred Music for Our Time
Thursday, June 21
7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Svetla Kalcheva returns to the Heartland to perform the rarely-heard Mystical Music of Beinsa Douno. Presented by PanEuRhythmy: Circle of Joy. Free and Open to All!

Summer Solstice Day Trip to Bergfried
Saturday, June 23
Join us for a summer solstice day trip to Bergfried! An optional guided hike or two will be offered, but feel free to come out and do your own thing or do nothing! If the weather is hot, we can focus on less rigorous activities like visiting our cypress grove or reading by the river. 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 at least 48 hours in advance to let us know you are coming.

Walk With Pride
Sunday, June 24
Eliot Chapel will once again participate in this year's Gay Pride Parade downtown. We will walk together with the other three UU churches in the area to show our support for the LGBT community. Look for a table in Adams Hall in May and June where you can sign up to walk with us that day. More details to follow. A sign up sheet will be available at that time. All are welcome to participate including families and youth. Hope you will be able to join us!

Golf Fundraiser for RATI
Monday, September 24
Lake Forest Golf & Country Club
Lake St Louis, Mo
Mark your calendar for the fifth annual golf tournament to benefit Room at the Inn. Registration is $200 Individual and $750 Foursome. For more information, go to, call 314-209-9181 ext. 100, or email Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available!

Sunday, June 17 - 10:00 am
"Universalism for Unitarians" - Steven Bain
Universalism was once the fourth largest denomination in the US. Steven has been interested in what components of that faith survived after the merger with the Unitarians in the mid-20th century. He'll take a brief look at the history of Universalism, and explore how a god who saves all and condemns none influenced the thinking and spirituality of Universalists - and of Unitarians. Can a focus on forgiveness make us better people and our world a better world?
Featured musicians: TBA.
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