The worship theme for December is Mystery .

Sunday, December 2 - 9:30 and 11:00 am 
“Deep Listening: the Spirit of Ubuntu” - Billie Mayo
Why is listening to one another so difficult? How do we trust other people enough to be our true selves? Ubuntu is a practice of building community and creating a place where people feel safe, empowered, valued, know they can continue to grow. In order to create that space of Ubuntu, we need to learn how to listen deeply to one another. Join us for an introduction to this practice. 

Our guest speaker, Billie Mayo, is a longtime Bahá'í and a recognized leader in racial justice. She has taught deep listening in school districts and other settings all over the United States and in South Africa. She currently serves in the cabinet of the St. Louis Interfaith Partnership.

Featured musicians: Pamela Triplett, soprano; Dr. David Nalesnik, piano & Chamber Singers.
Sharing the Offering
In December we will be sharing our Sunday collections with Room at the Inn.

Sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence, Room at the Inn provides emergency shelter and a stabilizing support system to women and families in need in St. Louis County, using a collaborative, interfaith effort of congregations and organizations throughout the St. Louis region. The program, which involves more than 60 churches in the St. Louis area, provides shelter for up to 20 persons per week. Most of the guests are single women and women with children.

During the day, the shelter in Bridgeton, Missouri, helps adults find work and housing and provides daycare for young children, transportation to school for older children, and personal counseling. Each evening, the guests are divided between two of the churches, which provide an evening meal and sleeping quarters.

Eliot has been participating in this program since 1992. Every Thursday, except
the fourth Thursday of the month, Eliot drivers pick up our guests at the shelter
and bring them to Eliot where our cooks serve a delicious home-cooked meal. Two
Eliot hosts spend the night and provide a light breakfast Friday morning. Our drivers then return the guests to the shelters. Eliot launderers pick up the sheets and towels and wash them. Please give generously to support RATI.


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 grades go directly to their class. 


Sunday at a Glance
Chamber Singers – 8:30 am in the Music Room
Eliot Choir – 9:00 am in the Music Room
Children’s Chalice Choir – 10:35 am in the Music Room
Inquirers Series – 11:00 am in the Triplett Room
Pageant Rehearsal – 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary
A Chosen Faith Covenant Group – 12:15 pm in the Bergfried Room
7th-9th Grade OWL Parent Orientation – 12:30 pm in Rooms 001/002
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
Friends of Music Concert – 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary
 
Church News
Gift Giving Tree Returns to Adams Hall
Eliot Chapel is sponsoring the Gift Giving Tree as part of Youth in Action’s outreach to area children and youth. The tree will be in Adams Hall after the 11:00 am service on Sunday, December 2. Select an ornament from the tree and buy a small gift for the child or youth whose information is noted on the ornament. Return the gift and ornament to Eliot by Friday, December 21. Thanks to the Junior High Youth who are setting up the tree this year!
Let There Be Light!
A BIG thank you to Jim Lyon and his trusty sidekick, Jim Gender, for installing the outdoor dusk-to-dawn lights on Adams Hall. They are energy-efficient (costs less to operate than regular lights) and LED. Things are a lot BRIGHTER at Eliot Chapel thanks to Eliot's two superheroes: Jim & Jim.
Montgomery Trip
Eliot is planning a field 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, 2019. See the December newsletter for details. Send questions and make reservations with March22@eliotchapel.org.
Easy Giving
Pick up your Schnucks eScrip card and iGive information outside the office on Sunday. Your everyday purchases can help Eliot Chapel, especially around the holidays! And for today (Friday, November 30) only, if you install the iGive Button and keep it for 90 days, they'll donate an extra $3! No other action is required on your part!
Kirk Care Could Use Some Help!
A non-profit organization, Kirk Care was formed by the Kirkwood Ministerial Alliance in 1982 to reduce hunger and poverty by feeding the hungry, providing emergency utility assistance, and other services to low income families and individuals living in the Kirkwood R-7 School District. There are at least four ways to help.

  • Contributions
  • Deliverers
  • Assessors
  • Stocking Shelves in the Pantry

This is really a ministry serving Basic Need. As Bryan Stevenson says, work like this helps you to “Stay Proximate” (to the problems and struggles of those not necessarily in your circle). If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Karen Gender at kirkcare@eliotchapel.org.
Inquirers Series
Eliot Chapel offers the Inquirers Series to visitors and newcomers. The Inquirers Series consists of eight one-hour sessions, one session each Sunday morning at 11:00 am (during second service) through December 16. The goals of the series are to introduce potential new members to the history of our church and religious tradition, to provide a safe space for them to meet each other in a small group setting, and to make our church values, culture, and expectations clear so they can make an informed decision about membership. This week’s topic is Social Justice.
Monday, December 3
Kwentus Covenant Group – 10:00 am in the Frederick-Gray Room
A Course in Miracles – 7:00 pm in Room 001
Earth-Based Covenant Group – 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
UU Christian Group – 7:00 pm in the Triplett Room


Tuesday, December 4
Women's Alliance Book Discussion – 9:30 am in Adams Hall
Vigil for Hope & Healing – 5:00 pm outside Eliot
Social Justice in Action Assembly – 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Attitudinal Healing – 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Avant Covenant Group – 7:00 pm in Room 006
Handbells – 7:30 pm in the Music Room


Wednesday, December 5
Women's Chorale – 7:30 pm in the Music Room


Thursday, December 6
Attitudinal Healing – 10:30 am in the Frederick-Gray Room
Room at the Inn – 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
Maryann Mace Covenant Group – 6:30 pm off-site
Justice on Earth All Read – 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room


Friday, December 7
Friday Freethinkers – 10:00 am in Adams Hall


Saturday, December 8
Stark Covenant Group – 11:00 am in the Frederick-Gray Room
Pageant – 4:30 pm in the Sanctuary
Sr. High Youth Group Holiday Party – 6:30 pm in the Sr. High Room
Equity in Education
Interested in equity in education? Consider these upcoming WE CAN - ASSIST events:

WE CAN ASSIST Monthly Update
Saturday, December 1 at 1:00 pm
Kaldi's in Chesterfield, 17211 Chesterfield Airport Rd.
Join us for an informal catch-up of what ASSIST has been doing recently.

ASSIST-Parkway Meeting
Monday, December 3 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Rd.
We'll work on skill development for effective casual conversations with school board candidates.

ASSIST-Kirkwood Meeting
Monday, December 10 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Kirkwood United Church of Christ, 1603 Dougherty Ferry Rd.
We'll build on last month's design thinking session to launch one or more of our ideas to ensure that Kirkwood's new discipline policy is one that every district wants to emulate.
Arianna String Quartet
Arianna String Quartet will perform a free concert in our Sanctuary on Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 pm as part of the Friends of Music series. Don't miss the opportunity to see this award-winning and internationally-known group of players!
Women’s Alliance Book Discussion
All Eliot women may join the discussion of Ariel Lawhon's Flight of Dreams on Tuesday, December 4. Susan Blandford will lead the discussion. Coffee and conversation begin at 9:30 am. Contact womensalliance@eliotchapel.org with questions.
Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #211
Tuesday, December 4 
at 5:00 pm outside Eliot. 
An Outrage Screening
Join the Social Justice in Action team on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm in our Sanctuary to watch the new documentary, An Outrage . An Outrage, a documentary film by Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, addresses the dark and painful history of lynching in the American South. Set against the backdrop of six lynching sites, An Outrage looks at this history through the eyes of community activists, scholars and descendants of victims. Following the 30 minute film, there will a discussion led by the Eliot book group, The Roustabouts. This team is planning a trip to Montgomery, AL on March 22-24 to visit the Civil Rights Memorial Center, and will be recruiting other members of Eliot for the trip.
Click on the links below to learn more about the events listed and sign-up information, or check the newsletter for more details.  
Justice on Earth  All Read
Sunday, December 9
12:30 to 2:00 pm
If you couldn’t commit to a three-session discussion group, but would still like to read and discuss it, we will have a single session. Sign up Sunday at the SJA table in Adams Hall, or email socialjustice@eliotchapel.org.


Eliot's Holiday Bazaar
December 9 and 16
HO HO HO....not yet but getting close! Come do some holiday shopping in Adams Hall. You will be dealing with each vendor directly, so bring checks or cash. If you're interested in having a table to peddle your goods at Eliot’s Annual Holiday Bazaar, please contact Christie in the Front Office at 314-821-0911 or email frontoffice@eliotchapel.org by December 13.


Bergfried Day Trip
Saturday, December 15
Don't miss our last day trip of 2018. Come out on your own 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 to bergfriedinfo@eliotchapel.org  by December 13 so we know to expect you.  


Deep Listening: the Spirit of Ubuntu
Sunday, December 16
1:00 pm in Rooms 001/002
If you were intrigued by Billie Mayo’s December 2 service, here is an opportunity to build more skills in deep listening. If you missed the service, you can still come! In this workshop, we will enhance our capacity to be empathic by connecting to one another and listening deeply to their story. Billie Mayo is a longtime Bahá'í and a recognized leader in racial justice. She has taught deep listening in school districts and other settings all over the United States and in South Africa. 
Sunday, December 9 - 9:30 & 11:00 am
“Pondering in the Heart” - Rev. Barbara H. Gadon 
When “Mary heard all these things and pondered them in her heart,” her life could not have felt less certain. Advent is a time of waiting and contemplating mystery, the uncertain things in our lives, and in the world. No one said it would be easy. How do we live in uncertain times with grace? Featured musicians: Children’s Chalice Choir, Eliot Choir & Gail Hintz, piano.
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 .
314.821.0911 |  frontoffice@eliotchapel.org