The worship theme for October is
Sunday, October 6 – 9:30 & 11:00 am
“Creeps, Freaks, Geeks, & Fiends: Creating a Community of Radical Belonging” – Cory Lovell, guest speaker
In an era of social, political, economic, and spiritual upheaval it is vital to have our religious communities reflect an abundant openheartedness. Let’s talk about how to be outcast together.
Cory Lovell is a poet, photographer, and filmmaker currently attending Eden Theological Seminary and working toward ministerial fellowship with the UUA and Chaplain Candidacy with the US Air Force.
Featured musicians: Kathryn Rouse, guitar and vocals; Chamber Singers; Dr. David Nalesnik, piano.
Sharing the Offering
, we will be sharing our plate with the
Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project
(MICA Project). MICA Project is a community organization committed to working with low-income immigrants to overcome barriers to justice. The MICA Project utilizes legal services, organizing, advocacy, and education to promote the voice and human dignity of immigrant communities. Their vision is that we live in a safe and welcoming community for immigrants, demonstrating a shared understanding of the dignity and worth of all people.
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.
11:00, children who are in kindergarten through 6th grade attend the first 15 minutes of the worship service. Nursery children (age 4 and younger) and youth in 7th-12th grade go directly to their class.
Sunday at a Glance
Chamber Singers - 8:30 am in the Music Room
Children’s Chalice Choir – 10:35 am in the Music Room
Saunders Covenant Group – 12:15 pm in the Bergfried Room
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
Madrigal Actors – 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Parenting as a Spiritual Practice – 1:00 pm in Room 006
Internet at Eliot
Please do not use the Eliot Guest 5 network connection in the Sanctuary during the Sunday services. It is in use by the AV team and they need all the bandwidth. Please use Eliot Guest 2 instead. The password for Eliot Guest 2 has not changed.
Democracy and Government Opportunity
Our Eliot team of signature collectors for the Medicaid Expansion ballot petition needs more volunteers. Please contact
to let us know if you would be interested in this comprehensive yet flexible collecting of signatures to get critical initiatives on the November 2020 ballot.
Two New Groups Offered at Eliot this Fall
Amy Stark and Peter Wilson are offering a Christian Covenant Group. The group offers members the opportunity to renew and/or deepen a shared practice of being Christian within the Unitarian Universalist tradition. The group meets on the first Monday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Triplett Room.
Toni Saunders is offering a covenant group based on the 7 Principles of UU. The group will meet the first Sunday of every month 12:15 to 1:45 pm in the Bergfried Room. The group plans to meet for seven months, November through May 2020.
New members or those interested in joining Eliot are welcome.
Diaper Drive Success
We did it! Our goal was 2,500 diapers for the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank and we collected 3,436! How generous our community is when we work together to help "the bottom line." Because of our work, 70 families will have diapers and the dignity that brings so that they can take care of their children. Warmest thanks for supporting this cause. BOTTOMS UP!
Parking Spot Raffle
Congratulations to Dotty Storer who won the October parking spot! Chances for November will be on sale in Adams Hall each Sunday. Winter is coming! Take a chance for $10!
Children’s Clothing Drive for KAEChP:
Kirkwood Area Every Child Promise
KAEChP provides a variety of services to assure that all children and families in the Kirkwood school district communities are ready for success in Kindergarten. Among these services is Promise Place. Promise Place is a room at the Webster Groves Christian Church which has clothes for children. Clothes are organized by size and type. KAEChP has a need for more clothing items for sizes 2T-4T (fall/winter and spring/summer). Promise Place usually takes new clothes but will take used clothes that are in very good shape with no stains or tears. Also, gift cards (Aldi, Wal-Mart, Gas, Uber/Lift) are much appreciated. These are given to families as needed throughout the school year.
Watch for a donation box in Adams Hall. Thank you for your support.
We knew that Eliot Chapel wanted to “do something” for immigrants, and you have proven us right. Thank you to all who have signed up with our Asylum Seeker Sponsorship project. But if we are to commit to sponsor a detainee, we will need more help. You can
sign up here
read answers to common questions here
. Email us at
and we will be happy to contact you. Thank you for opening your hearts, doors, and wallets for those who have had to leave their country to seek a better and safer life.
Share your Eliot Chapel Anniversary Memories with Us!
We hope you’ve been enjoying the tidbits of history in the newsletter the past few months. What are your favorite memories of Eliot Chapel? Or what are you curious about?
Let us know!
Maybe we could share your memories or satisfy your inquiries.
Please be aware:
Care of Your Minister After Lung Transplant
I am now taking medications to suppress my immune system to avoid rejecting my brand-new lungs. This makes me very vulnerable to viruses, especially in crowds of people. Here are some precautions I will need to take and need your help with. Instead of doing the receiving line and the coffee hour, I will remain on the chancel near the pulpit after worship. If you would like to talk with me, please come up, but please also keep some distance. If you are sick, even with a tiny cold, I ask you to stay home from church if I am preaching that day. If you have come to church and find yourself coughing, sneezing, etc., please sit in the back. As I've said earlier, I need to avoid shaking hands with and hugging people. This is wisdom I have received from people who have been transplanted years ago, and are thriving today. Thank you for your continued care of me.
– Rev. Barbara
Room at the Inn Needs Drivers!
Room at the Inn is an emergency day shelter, located in Bridgeton, for women and families from St. Louis County experiencing homelessness. They will house up to 20 individuals at any given day. In the evening, two night sites of the consortium of almost 60 churches and synagogues pick up 10 of the guests, take them to their respective place of worship, feed the guest a nice dinner, provide overnight lodging and a breakfast, and then take the group back to the shelter at 6:30 am. We, here at Eliot, do this on the first, second, third, and if there is a fifth Thursday of every month, and we have for 32 years!!!
Each of the steps in the process includes opportunities for volunteers from Eliot. We are currently in need of another driver or two to take a turn in the rotation. Drivers typically drive their own car to Bridgeton at 5:00 pm on Thursday, take the Room at the Inn van (15 person – does NOT require a chauffeur’s license) with the 10 guests to Eliot Chapel, take the van to your own home and return to Eliot at 6:30 am on Friday morning to return the guests to the shelter. Here, you pick up your car and are finished by about 7:00. Our desire is to have enough volunteers that each driver takes a turn every two months or so. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and to explain the other volunteer opportunities to you; contact us at
Read more about the
All Read selected titles
on Eliot’s website or stop by the SJA table in Adams Hall to find out how to join a book discussion group. This fall, we're reading
Democracy in Chains
by Nancy MacLean.
Waking Up White
by Debby Irving will remain as our racial justice book selection and is recommended as an introduction to understanding white privilege. Email
with questions or to sign up.
Reservations are now available! Download the form and see details of the invitation on the
Our annual fundraising festival of theater, music, and merriment leading into the holiday season will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, December 5-7.
Monday, October 7
Kwentus Covenant Group – 10:00 am in the Frederick-Gray Room
A Course in Miracles – 7:00 pm in Room 001
UU Christian Group – 7:15 pm in the Triplett Room
Tuesday, October 8
Vigil for Hope & Healing – 5:00 pm outside Eliot
Board Meeting – 7:00 pm in Adams Hall
Eliot Choir – 7:00 pm in the Music Room
Madrigal Greenleaf – 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Spirit in Practice – 7:00 pm in Rooms 001/002
Wednesday, October 9
Meneely Covenant Group – 7:00 pm in the Bergfried Room
Madrigal Actors – 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Women's Chorale – 7:00 pm in the Music Room
Thursday, October 10
Room at the Inn – 5:30 pm in Adams Hall and Rooms 001-006
Humanist Covenant Group – 7:00 pm in the Frederick-Gray Room
Friday, October 11
Fall Family Campout – All day at Bergfried
Friday Freethinkers – 10:00 am in Adams Hall
Knitting Group – 1:00 pm in the DuBois Library
Saturday, October 12
Fall Family Campout – All day at Bergfried
Stark Covenant Group – 11:00 am in the Frederick-Gray Room
Artist Presentation Series Concert – 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Please remember Bruce MacKenzie and family as they mourn the loss of Jennifer MacKenzie on October 1. You are invited to the graveside ceremony at Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum on Monday, October 7. A memorial service will be held at Eliot Chapel on Saturday, October 19.
Hands on Kirkwood (HOK) Is Tomorrow!
HOK, the annual one-day mission blitz of the Kirkwood community, takes place Saturday morning, October 5. Local churches, including Eliot Chapel, community organizations, businesses, and service groups will work together to serve our neighbors needing a hand. Eliot people have already helped place donation bags in neighborhoods, will help pick them up, and others will sort the food and supplies for Kirk Care and Nurses for Newborns. Some will assist with needed yard work or help clean up the historic Father Dickson Cemetery. Eliot’s donations of adult and children’s winter clothing are ready at the HOK free store where an Eliot family will assist the shoppers. Our congregation's donated travel size hand lotions have been delivered for inclusion in senior gift bags. The HOK volunteers are ready. Let the day begin!
Want to know more about the Environmental Justice Team and Green Sanctuary certification? Stop by the Social Justice in Action table in Adams Hall after service on
Sunday, October 6 and talk to one of the team members. Or come to our meeting on
Monday, October 14 at 7:00 pm in Room 005. We always welcome visitors and new members.
Join us for
Vigil for Hope and Healing #255
Tuesday, October 8
at 5:00 pm outside Eliot.
Please note the time change.
Spirit in Practice Fall Offerings Begin
In spring, the first four sessions of the Spirit in Practice curriculum (adapted from the UUA to Eliot Chapel by the Adult Spirituality Task Force) were offered. A second set of four sessions begin this week.
Tuesday, October 8 from 7:00-8:30 pm in Rooms 001/002 – This session will encourage participants to reflect upon experiences of communal worship as well as suggest ways to enhance its meaning. We will also discover ways in which lay leadership – serving with others in the church – might be experienced as a spiritual practice.
The Spirit in Practice series is an introduction or “sampler” of spiritual practices that you might consider including in your daily / weekly / monthly routine. See the October newsletter for the full listing of classes. Look for sign-up sheets in the hallways or
sign up online
The Eliot Gardeners will be on the grounds
Wednesday, October 9. Please join us as we work on the Memorial Garden and review the information provided by the Audubon Society's Bring Conservation Home program. Can't make it on Wednesday? Come by the Social Justice table in Adams Hall after service on 10/6 and see the document provided by the Audubon Society, or sign up for the Garden Team.
Bergfried Fall Campout
Hiking, fun activities, singing, guitars, ukuleles, and fellowship can all be had
October 11 to 13.
Eliot members and friends are welcome. Camp or just come out to spend time in the beauty of Bergfried! There's still time to sign up for the weekend – contact
Click on the links below to learn more about the events listed and to sign up, or
check the newsletter
for more details.
Racial Justice Team Presentation
Sunday, October 13
During coffee hour in Adams Hall
Please check out what Racial Justice is doing and how you can get involved as the last of the four teams of Social Justice in Action presents opportunities with one or more of our teams. Social Justice in Action has committed action on many issues for the November 2020 election that impact all areas of social justice. Working together will make us more effective on the changes that we want to see after November 2020.
Environmental Justice Meeting
Monday, October 14
7:00 pm in Room 005
Want to know more about the Environmental Justice Team and Green Sanctuary certification? Come to our meeting – we always welcome visitors and new members.
October Social Justice in Action Assembly
Tuesday, October 15
7:00 pm in Adams Hall
The increase in gun violence and the impact on St. Louis is a concern for all of us. This is the topic of Eliot Chapel’s next Social Justice Assembly. Two of our presenters will be Andrea Bauman, co-chair of the Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice Campaign for Common Sense Gun Solutions, who will talk about Lock It for Love, a program that provides free gun locks to people at community events who have unsecured guns in their home, and Moms Demand Action member, Gail Wechsler, JD, MLS, who will talk about SMART, the organization’s program to educate the public about common sense gun laws and responsible gun ownership. Additional panel members may still be added. Come to the Assembly and learn about some of the efforts being done to answer the question.
Luncheon for New Americans
Thursday, October 17
11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the International Institute of St. Louis
Plan to join the Immigration Justice Team to help provide and share lunch with new Americans at the International Institute of St. Louis. We will be one of several organizations collectively bringing American food for 200+ people. Needed will be meat (no pork), salads, fruit, vegetables, starch (rice is more popular than pasta), and desserts. Are you willing to make a dish to serve 10 or more, and carpool from Eliot to serve it? Please contact
to volunteer or ask questions.
Bergfried Women’s Autumn Weekend
Friday – Sunday, October 18-20 at Bergfried
All women are welcome! Bring your friends, daughters, granddaughters, mothers, nieces, your hairdresser, and pediatrician! Enjoy a potluck dinner Saturday evening. Lodging options include camping, cottage, and bunkhouses (mattress space available by reservation). Come for the weekend or come for the day for an informal gathering. October is a beautiful time at Bergfried! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi-Yo! Silver Away!
Saturday, October 26
9:00 to 11:30 am in Adams Hall
Donate your long unused and unpolished sterling (.925) silver (flatware, pitchers, trays, etc.) on Eliot Chapel's Silver Saturday. We will get it appraised and sold to benefit Eliot Chapel. Donations are not applied towards your annual pledge, but do count as a contribution for tax purposes. After your donation is sold, you will receive a receipt acknowledging your contribution for your tax records. In addition to sterling, we can accept “coin” silver items and silver or gold coins or jewelry. Silver plate items have no monetary value, but if you bring them in we will recycle them for you. We will be happy to have the boxes that your flatware is stored in. If you can’t make it to Eliot on Saturday,
make an appointment with Jim Lyon
to bring in your items before or after that. Email
with your questions.
The Gift of Inner Peace for the Holidays
Saturday, November 2
9:30 am to 12:30 pm in Adams Hall
Come to gain insight and tools for trading in the stress and embracing the holidays with a peaceful state of mind, one that looks forward to the connections possible and trusts that you can cultivate peace inside, regardless of what is transpiring in your outer world this season...or what has happened in the past. Many of the 12 principles of Attitudinal Healing will be woven into this morning conversation. It is the ultimate opportunity to learn, practice, and receive the gift of peace for the holiday season ahead. Sign up on the Eliot Chapel bulletin board. This workshop is open to all. Admission is free. A love donation is appreciated. The book on Attitudinal Healing
Teach Only Love
will be available to purchase for $16. Questions? Please email Corinne Esneault or Carole Glauser at
Partner Church Hungarian Dinner
Saturday, November 9
6:00 to 8:30 pm in Adams Hall
The Partner Church Hungarian Dinner will have delicious Hungarian food and entertainment. Besides providing a fun time, we hope to raise money towards bringing our partner church minister (and perhaps others) to Eliot in the summer of 2020. Our church has had a partnership with a Unitarian church in the Transylvanian area of Romania since 1990. The dinner will be a choice of Hungarian beef goulash or a vegan mushroom goulash, with noodles, Hungarian cucumber salad, dessert and wine. We will show slides taken this summer by three Eliot members who visited our partner village. And we will learn easy Hungarian dances. Watch for tickets to go on sale on Sunday, October 13.
Sunday, October 13 – 9:30 and 11:00 am
“Part of Us” – Rev. Barbara H. Gadon
What gives you the feeling of belonging in community – at Eliot Chapel in particular? How can you help others feel that way?
Featured Musicians: Women’s Chorale; Pam Triplett, soprano; Gail Hintz, piano
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