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Eliot Events 

Men’s Advance
The Men’s Advance takes place every spring at Bergfried, Eliot Chapel’s 600-acre site near Hermann, Missouri, and welcomes all individuals who identify at the male end of the gender spectrum. Traditionally held on the first weekend in May, participants gather for a weekend of fellowship, fun, relaxation, spirituality, and community. The group celebrates with a communal dinner on Saturday evening. 

Contact: Shawn Cummings
Email: mensadvance@eliotchapel.org 

 

Women’s Weekend
Women’s Weekend is a retreat for women of Eliot Chapel along with their friends and family. Women from Unitarian churches in the surrounding area are also welcome to share this time to relax, have fun, and build community. We enjoy the beauty of nature and enhance spirituality through our Sunday morning worship service on-site. We provide a variety of activities which include workshops, a silent auction, BYO wine tasting, massage, Friday night icebreaker activity, crafts, hiking, bonfire, and songs, along with great food and camaraderie. Visit the Women's Weekend website for more details.

Contacts:
Jennifer Stewart
Karen Gottschalk
Women's Weekend Co-Chairs
Email: womensweekend@eliotchapel.org

Sunday Morning Volunteer Opportunities

Greeters welcome members and friends to Eliot on Sunday morning. They arrive early to offer orders of service and hymnals, and they record attendance and collect the offering during the service. Most important, they welcome people and help them feel at home – it’s a great way to meet other members of the community. If you can’t commit to a regular schedule, consider joining the substitute list for this rewarding volunteer position.

Contact:  Betsey Comfort & Nancy Russell
Email:  greeterinfo@eliotchapel.org

 

The Guest Center Team offers a warm welcome and friendly face for visitors to Eliot on Sunday mornings. They volunteer time in the Guest Center in Adams Hall after every service, answering questions and providing informational handouts. Members of the team serve as the first connection for many visitors to Eliot Chapel. If this sounds like volunteer work you would enjoy, please do let us know. 

Contact: Jeanne Olson
Email: frontoffice@eliotchapel.org

 

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."
~ Luther Burbank

The Flower Team delivers and displays one floral arrangement (cut, live, or artificial) for each Sunday worship service. The flowers help beautify the Sanctuary, and the team members get to offer their talents in floral design. Flower arrangements can also be a way to celebrate a life, milestone, anniversary, or remembrance of a person or event. If you are interested in joining the team or have a Sunday you would like to provide flowers, please contact Carolyn Burke.

Contact:  Carolyn Burke
Email:  flowers@eliotchapel.org
                            

 

The Coffee Team: Sunday morning coffee hour in Adams Hall is a longtime Eliot tradition. Members, friends, and guests mingle after services and have time to catch up with each other and with what is going on at Eliot. It is a vital part of fellowship at Eliot and an important link to welcome visitors. And what is coffee hour without coffee?! We NEED volunteers who would like to set up, make coffee, replenish the supply, and help with clean-up. The time commitment for you is one Sunday a month.

Contact:  Christie Lee, Administrative Assistant
Email: frontoffice@eliotchapel.org

Better Marriages

St. Louis Gateway Chapter

Better Marriages – it’s not just for married folks! We welcome ALL loving committed couples, married or unmarried, who want to strengthen their relationship through learning and practicing communication skills and having fun.

Our goal is to help deepen personal relationships through enrichment opportunities and resources to strengthen couple bonds, increase intimacy, enhance personal growth, mutual fulfillment and family wellness.

The Better Marriages Gateway Chapter began in 1983 as part of the national Better Marriages organization which was founded in 1973. Both provide speaker forums, marriage enrichment groups, workshops, conferences, and other experiences to promote joyful, loving relationships.

Gateway Chapter activities for 2019 include a Couple Communication Skills Workshop, Marriage Enrichment Groups, Educational Forum, and Movie Discussion Nights. More information can be found at www.bettermarriagesSTL.org.

Contacts:  Linda Techner

Email:  bettermarriages@eliotchapel.org
 

 

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Interested in getting more involved at Eliot? Find out about all the ways you can pursue personal enrichment, give back to the church community by volunteering, and show up for love and justice in Getting Involved at Eliot Chapel

Get Involved 

Eliot Chapel is a very active congregation. Getting involved is a great way to spend time with old friends and make new ones. If you are new to Eliot or would just like to get more involved, we have a group for you. Please check the calendar here on the website or in the order of service for meeting times – you will be warmly welcomed.

If you are a new member, we invite you to take some time to look through this page or the booklet above and consider the different opportunities. We are glad you are here!

Attitudinal Healing
This spiritual curriculum is based on the book, Teach Only Love, by Dr. Gerald Jampolsky. It is taught via a 10-week series or a 1/2 day Saturday workshop. Both are offered 2-3 times a year. Those who complete either teaching session are then able to continue to learn more about the application of Attitudinal Healing in one's life through monthly meetings held at Eliot. More information on Attitudinal Healing is located online at www.ahstlouis.org

Contact: Corinne Esneault
Email: attitudinalhealing@eliotchapel.org

 

Bergfried Stewardship Team
The Bergfried Stewardship Team organizes and coordinates programs and campouts at Eliot’s Bergfried campus near Hermann, Missouri. The team also attends to the physical needs of the grounds and the cottage. Environmentally responsible stewardship of the property is a primary focus; the team coordinates with state agencies in efforts to sustainably manage Bergfried forests and meadows. Learn more on the Bergfried page.

Contact: Shawn Cummings
 
 
Choirs
Join a choir to make some friends, make some music and make a difference! Eliot Chapel has three adult choirs (Eliot Choir, Women’s Chorale & Chamber Singers) which take turns singing in worship services; a children’s choir (Chalice Choir); and a handbell choir (Chalice Chimes). Choirs are directed by Jan Chamberlin. You can learn more in our "Worship & Music" section under choirs here
 
Contact: Jan Chamberlin, Music Director
 
 

"A Course in Miracles" Study Group
This interactive study group meets every Monday evening at Eliot Chapel from 7:00 to 8:30. Its purpose is to learn about and discuss the principles and everyday application of the spiritual text, A Course in Miracles. This meeting is open to all. Further information on the Course can be found at www.acimstlouis.org

Contact:  Corinne Esneault
Email: miracles@eliotchapel.org

 
 
Covenant Groups
In Covenant Groups, six to ten people come together in a circle of trust, in covenant, to be in right relationship with one another. We share openly and care for one another in the highs and lows of our individual lives. We cultivate deep listening as each person takes a turn in a sacred space to express what stirs in them about the topic of the session. The careful listening enriches our connection and insight as we interweave our views in the open interchange that follows. 
In addition to the encouragement of personal growth and spiritual exploration, the Covenant Group promise contains an element of service, in which the group as a whole engages in a project serving the larger community and/or the church. 
For more information, click here or feel free to contact the Covenant Group Development Team at the email below.
 
Contacts: Kathy McVoy & Toni Saunders
Contact:  covenantgroups@eliotchapel.org
 
 
Friday Freethinkers
The Friday Freethinkers is a lively group that discusses religion, ethics, morality, philosophy, literature, film, and any other topic of interest. Drop by Friday morning at 10:00 am in  Adams Hall for a couple of hours of stimulating conversation. Newcomers are welcome. 
 
Contacts: Maryann Mace 
 
 
Grief Support Group
The Grief Education and Support Program is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one or is dealing with anticipatory grief. Watch the Eliot calendar and announcements for scheduled meetings.

Contacts: Rev. Jim Crawford, Minister of Pastoral Care 
Email: jcrawford@eliotchapel.org 

 
 
Kirk Care Volunteers
As a non-profit organization, Kirk Care was formed by the Kirkwood Ministerial Alliance in 1982 to reduce hunger and poverty by feeding the hungry and providing emergency utility assistance and other services to low-income families and individuals living in the Kirkwood R-7 School District. Eliot’s active Kirk Care volunteers welcome you to join them. There are at least three ways to help:
  • Contributions: You can support with food donations and financial aid. Eliot has a basket outside Adams Hall for non-perishable food donations. A list of the most needed items is available there.
  • Deliverers: Gather food and personal care items from the Kirk Care Pantry for delivery to clients during weekdays as needed. Volunteers are typically not called more than once per week.
  • Assessors: Visit client homes and assess needs to determine how Kirk Care can help. A brief training is given. Calls are made during the day or evening in teams of two.   
Contact: Karen Gender
 
 
Library Team
Eliot’s Library Team maintains the DuBois Library in Adams Hall and the Barbara C. Nutt Children’s Library located next to the nursery. The objective of the DuBois Library is to contribute to a strong religious community, with a collection focusing on liberal religion and Unitarian Universalism. The Children’s Library supports the needs of the religious education program and serves as a resource and fun reading space for our children.    
 
Contact: Sue Blandford
 
 

Meditation Group
Meditation is reported to have positive effects on physical and mental health by reducing anxiety and emotional-behavioral reactivity through fostering the ability to inhibit cognitive and emotional processes, such as rumination. Eliot Chapel has a meditation group meeting 7:00 to 8:00 pm on the third Sunday of the month in Adams Hall. Facilitated by Eliot member Jeanne Kloeckner, the group is structured towards exploring a wide variety of meditation styles. All are welcome as we explore these cost-effective and sustainable tools for fostering well-being. No prior experience is necessary. 

Contact:  Jeanne Kloeckner
Email: meditation@eliotchapel.org

 

Partner Church Link
Eliot Chapel has maintained a partnership since 1990 with Unitarians in Nyárádszentmárton (St. Martin-on-the-River), a rural village in Transylvania, a Hungarian-speaking region of Romania. Eliot’s partner church activities are part of a larger program (www.uupcc.org) affiliated with the UUA that encourages and supports congregational partnerships between North American Unitarians and UUs around the globe. 

The Partner Church Link spearheads Eliot’s efforts to maintain and deepen the ties between our two congregations.  In addition to promoting long-distant friendships and learning about our shared heritage, we also organize pilgrimages to Transylvania (the birthplace of Unitarianism in Europe) and encourage cultural exchange and travel between Eliot and St. Martin members.  

The Link welcomes new team members. Meetings are held as needed. See the Eliot calendar or contact Beth Rossow.

Contact: Beth Rossow 
 

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Religious Education (RE) Volunteer
Volunteers are a vital component of the RE program and are essential to ensuring the program's continued strength. Parents and family members of enrolled children and youth are expected to actively support the program through volunteering. It takes over 50 volunteer teachers and advisors each year to teach the Sunday morning classes alone.   
Teaching is a terrific way to meet other individuals in the church community, explore a variety of faith traditions and practices, enhance your own faith development and beliefs, and put values, such as love and service, into action. In addition to teaching, there are a variety of other ways to get involved in the program. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Substitute teaching
  • Nursery volunteer
  • Assisting with special fellowship events
  • Carpool driver for youth events
  • Greeting on Sunday
  • Assisting the chalice lighter on Sunday

For additional information and a more complete list of ways to participate in the Religious Education program, please contact:

Contact: Scott Stewart at scott@eliotchapel.org  
Contact: Christie Lee at christie@eliotchapel.org 


Room at the Inn (RATI)
Room at the Inn has been served by Eliot Chapel for over 25 years. Room at the Inn (RATI) provides immediate, temporary shelter to homeless women and families in the St. Louis region and works with them to create an individualized plan back to self-sufficiency, including referrals to other human services agencies. Each Thursday evening (except the fourth Thursday of each month), members of Eliot Chapel transport guests from the headquarters facility for Room at the Inn in Bridgeton to our Chapel. While at Eliot, our guests are fed a nutritious hot meal and offered the comfort and safety of a warm place to sleep. Breakfast is served in the morning by the overnight hosts prior to returning our guests to the Bridgeton facility for their daytime activities and to transfer children to their respective schools. We are always in need of loving hands to prepare meals, do laundry, stay overnight with our guests, and transport them to and from Eliot. For more details, contact Karen at the email address below.

Contacts: Karen Gender  

 

Social Justice in Action at Eliot Chapel
Eliot has a very active social justice organization with many opportunities to get involved. SJA is organized around five areas: Racial Justice, Economic Justice, Democracy and Government, Immigration Justice, and Environmental Justice. We especially welcome participation by our youth. Look for information in the order of service and the Eliot newsletter, on the bulletin board at church, in This Week at Eliot, attend an SJA Assembly (third Tuesday of the month in Adams Hall), or drop by the Social Justice table in Adams Hall any Sunday morning. We'd love to talk with you about your interests and how you might become involved in this enriching work. Learn more on the Social Justice page.

Contacts: Terry Jones

 

Women’s Alliance
Women’s Alliance provides the women of Eliot Chapel with an opportunity for fellowship, intellectual stimulation, involvement, and growth. The Alliance seeks, through a variety of programs, to be of service to members, friends, the church, and the community. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 9:30 am in Adams Hall to discuss books and provocative topics. On the fourth Tuesday, there is usually an outing to a local destination. All women are welcome.   

Contact: Barb Jones
 
 

Young Adult Group
The Young Adult group at Eliot is a group welcoming to young adults! The group serves as an outlet and resource for fellow young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. YAG meets every 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. If you are interested in getting involved in this eclectic community, please email for more information. We’d love the chance to meet and connect with you!

Contact: Noel Burke & Tim Bubb

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