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Welcome to Eliot Chapel's Sunday service!

 

Sunday, December 4 – 10:00 am

The Wonder of It All – The Rev. Doug Wadkins 

As we begin our December theme of Wonder, we will explore the many ways that wonder may be a revitalizing part of our lives. We may also struggle to recapture a sense of wonder. As we start our month of exploring and continue through the holidays, this service will invite us to find our own meaningful journeys through this important topic.  

Featured musicians: Beth Curtiss, songleader; David Nalesnik, piano; Eliot Chapel Choir.

 

Eliot Chapel worships in person in our Sanctuary as well as offering a livestream option online. Our in-person service take place at 10:00 am on Sunday morning. The livestream service will appear here on the website and on our YouTube channel for viewing.

 

You may download an order of service here which includes lyrics to our hymns.

 

 

If you are a guest or newcomer, we welcome you! Email welcome@eliotchapel.org to get connected right away. You may also sign the guest book where you can choose to opt in to our communications list, find out about religious education programming for children, or talk to someone about any questions you have about Eliot Chapel or Unitarian Universalism. Thanks for joining us today!

 

Every Sunday, Eliot Chapel shares half of the offertory with an organization in the community whose work reflects our shared values. This is one way that we care for our community and our neighbors. 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. Eliot Chapel has supported Room at the Inn for more than 30 years. Learn more at roomstl.org.

 

Here’s how you can give:

  • Online: Click here. Make sure “Shared Plate” is your chosen fund.
  • By Mail: Please write “RATI” in the memo line of your check and mail it to Eliot Unitarian Chapel, 100 South Taylor Ave., Kirkwood, MO 63122. 
  • By Text: Text "Eliot SharedPlate $(enter the amount)" to 73256. A link in the reply text will take you to our secure database webpage where you can complete your transaction. Please note, "SharedPlate" must be entered as one word to reach that preferred option.
 

December 4, 2022

Upcoming Services

Paths of Wonder

 

Sunday, December 4 – 10:00 am

The Wonder of It All – The Rev. Doug Wadkins 

As we begin our December theme of Wonder, we will explore the many ways that wonder may be a revitalizing part of our lives. We may also struggle to recapture a sense of wonder. As we start our month of exploring and continue through the holidays, this service will invite us to find our own meaningful journeys through this important topic.  

Featured musicians: Beth Curtiss, songleader; David Nalesnik, piano; Eliot Chapel Choir.

 

 

Sunday, December 11 – 10:00 am

The Five Shining Stars – The Rev. Doug Wadkins 

As we prepare for a new calendar year, we will consider some of the essential strengths of the Eliot community, as you have expressed over the interim's first months. This is a meaningful time for the congregation to honor its strengths and challenges alike. In the spirit of Appreciative Inquiry, discern how your strengths and the community's strengths are crucial to building a meaningful future.  

 

 

Sunday, December 18 – 10:00 am

Wonder as a Path to Liberation – Rev. Krista Taves  

We are in the season of wonder, surrounded by the lights of the holidays as the earth appears to go dormant. And yet, life continues to pour from the earth, into us, and back, an unending circle of mutual renewal. It is, indeed, wondrous, and it can and does free us.

 

 

Friday, December 23 – 6:00 pm

Christmas Pageant Service – Rev. Krista Taves

This “no rehearsal-no mistakes” service is a great opportunity to celebrate the season with children, families, and other Eliot friends of all ages, and to explore the meanings of this story which connect with Unitarian Universalism. We anticipate this service will run approximately 30 minutes.   

 

 

Saturday, December 24 – 4:30 and 8:00 pm

Christmas Eve: Starlight and Candles – The Rev. Doug Wadkins

A perennial favorite of the season, we will offer two services this year. The first service will focus more on a family-friendly gathering, and the second will be more contemplative. Both services end with candlelight and singing. Because we have yet to determine how many people will attend this year, please sign up for the service you prefer (4:30 or 8:00); if needed, we can add a third service.  


Sunday, December 25 – 10:00 am

Christmas Day Brunch and Contemplation

Join us on Christmas Day at the usual 10 am time for a time of connection, community, and then quiet. We invite you to bring a favorite brunch dish to share and, if you are able, a place-setting to keep the time together simple for set up and clean-up and earth-friendly. We will end our time with a simple worship time that focuses on a bit of time to quiet our minds and connect as a community in contemplation. 

 

Please let us know you are coming by signing up; it will help us set up the space for our brunch. This will be an excellent way to have a meaningful start for Christmas Day.

 

New COVID-19 Policy

 

At Eliot Chapel, we follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19. Currently, we are at the yellow or medium level in St. Louis County, so we will:

  • Encourage each person to make their own decisions about masking, and if you are at high risk for severe illness, talk with your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Stay home from church events and get tested if you have symptoms.
  • Resume coffee hour.

Five leaders in the Eliot community met on September 3 to craft a new COVID policy. Watch the video above to hear from Rev. Krista and Rev. Doug about the policy and how it affects Ingathering, Coffee Hour, and other gatherings at Eliot Chapel going forward.

 

You may access the policy document on Eliot Chapel's website to read more of the details.

 

 

 

Support for Ukraine

 

In March, many were asking how we could support the people struggling for their freedom and their lives in Ukraine. The Partner Church Council reached out to our partner church in Romania, asking if we could help refugees entering their country. Unitarians in Transylvania were already volunteering their help through the Hungarian Unitarian Church. You can read Rev. Sandor Kiss’s message in a recent This Week at Eliot. Eliot Chapel decided to dedicate the collection for the two following Sundays to aid Ukraine through this effort, and in early April, we wired $7,500 to the Hungarian Unitarian Church's Providence Aid Association for Ukrainian Assistance. We have recently learned of the impact of this gift. Watch the video above to hear directly from the aid workers and see photos and read reports to learn more.

 

Ukrainian Emergency Response Report, March 2022

Ukrainian Emergency Response Report, April 2022

 

Ukraine emergency response March 2022 p1

 

Ukraine emergency response April 2022 p2

 

Ukraine emergency response April 2022 p3

 

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