Before Sunday
Friday, October 1 at 10am
Visit the newly dedicated Dr. H. Phillip Venable Memorial Park
Grab a coffee or soda or water from home or a fave spot and meet at the park in Creve Coeur. We will tell the story of this space and reflect on where we have been and where we are going with things such as this… and then explore this sacred and playful space at 10630 Country View Dr, Creve Coeur 63141
Saturday, October 2 at 11am on YouTube or anytime after that
Celebrating Ruth Beckman Murray… September 11, 1936 – June 25, 2020
Please join us as we continue to grieve and give thanks for Ruth.
She was a remarkable person who was so nurturing, kind and committed to the health and wholeness of others. She knew how to love her neighbor! Her career as a nurse and nurse educator was such a fine fit. Ruth once said,

“My greatest interest is people; I love to listen to all kinds of people, to share ideas, and feel comfortable with adults from a variety of cultures. I enjoy the outdoors – flowers, gardening, bird watching, hiking, travel. I enjoy stamp collecting. I ‘dabble’ in genealogy. I enjoy reading, especially spiritual and biographical. I like being useful.”

Due to the ongoing challenges with COVID-19, we will not gather in person to celebrate Ruth. We had hoped since her death from Covid in June 2020 that we would soon arrive at a time when conditions were more favorable for a memorial service.... but since that hasn't happened yet, we decided to pre-record her Memorial Service. It will be premiere on YouTube on Saturday, October 2 at 11am CST.
The order of service can be found here:
We give thanks for all of the ways that you and others have loved her. Ruth's relationships grounded her, encouraged her and filled her with joy. 

Worship with us this Sunday!
Sunday, October 3
Worship In-Person in the Sanctuary or on Facebook Live… or later on YouTube

It’s World Communion Sunday! Please prepare your own simple, sacred meal if you won’t be here in person, otherwise we will have the pre-packaged wafer and grape juice waiting for you at the doors to the sanctuary. Our scriptures are Genesis 12:1-3; Galatians 2:11-14; and 1Corinthians 11:17-22. We will talk about the significance of our open table – how all are welcome in … and we will focus on the outward movement of the table too.

Last week, Dottie Dwyer was our Speaker Series Presenter. She shared some materials that are here: Poetry as Circumference

This link lists bulletin posts, with the top one as the most recent.
Livestream worship on Sundays. Look under videos for previous livestreamed services.
All our worship service videos in one place!
All Mid~Week Meditations that have been recorded on YouTube.
Sunday School Live and via Zoom
Sunday School for children through 5th grade:

Meeting ID: 383 733 977
Password: 819680
Sunday School for Youth/Teens each week:

Meeting ID: 815 6130 3581
Password: 702228
Share Joy with Flowers
Sign up to beautify worship services that are later shared with with homebound people in our congregation.
Tuesday Afternoon Dialogue October 5
1st & 3rd Tuesdays | 1:45 Fellowship | 2:00pm book discussion| via ZOOM
Please join us as we begin a new book, The Beekeeper of Aleppo, a novel by Christy Lefteri. It is a story about the refugee experience, full of hope and very timely as we welcome immigrants into our city and nation. We will meet and discuss on October 5th, 19th, and November 2nd. Each meeting will cover about 100 pages, first through page 100, next pages 101-206, and lastly page 207 until the end. Fellowship starts at 1:45, and book discussion starts at 2.
Join by phone: 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 836 7061 7428 Passcode: 480007

Tuesday Evening Dialogue October 12
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:45pm social time | 7:00pm Book discussion | via Zoom
Jesus and John Wayne has been reviewed as a sweeping, revisionist history of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, revealing how evangelicals have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism. A reexamination of perhaps the most influential subculture in this country, this author discusses how far from adhering to biblical principles, modern white evangelicals have remade their faith, with enduring consequences for all Americans.
Meeting ID: 861 7230 0024
(312) 626 6799 US
Passcode: BookClub

Welcoming New Members – Sunday, October 10
Our church family is constantly changing. People come and go. Babies are born. Children grow up. People commit themselves to one another. Loved ones and friends among us come to the end of their lives. Individuals move into our community and church life. Others leave us, moving away to new places, new experiences, new opportunities.
It is with joy, gratitude and excitement that we will welcome new members into our worship, work and witness on Sunday, October 10 during our 10am In-Person and Facebook Live worship service.
If you are interested, please contact; 314-872-9330.
Loving our Neighbors at Thanksgiving
We look forward to sharing Thanksgiving with loved ones near and far.
We will provide 200 1-pound bags/boxes of sugar for Isaiah 58 families. Please consider donating one or two or more bags/boxes through 7 November. Place your sugar in the marked box in the church entryway.
Circle of Concern is also gearing up for their big Thanksgiving Basket Program for 700 families. Just like last year, we are committing to supplying 150 boxes of food items that will go alongside a turkey, frozen pie, fresh fruit, vegetables and a gift card from Aldi's. It would be helpful if your donation contained all eight items for the box, but all donations are appreciated.
Items in each box: canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, canned fruit, chicken broth, boxed stuffing mix, jar of turkey or chicken gravy, cornbread muffin mix, boxed mashed potatoes.
Many thanks for your kindness and generosity!
Prayer List Updates
New grandson for Julie and Mark Harms; 10th great-grandchild for Marion Pleis… Finan Russell Harms
All the acts of kindness, justice and equity near and far!
Ruth Murray Memorial Service -
Mike and Lisa Mason - as they celebrate the life of Mike’s father.
Family and friends of Carol Aston - grieving and giving thanks.
Visitation - Friday, October 8th, 4-8pm at Schrader Funeral Home;
Memorial Service - Saturday, October 9th, 10am here at church;
Interment - Immediately at St. John UCC Cemetery, Manchester.
Jim and Polly Winkelmann - healing for her spinal stress fracture; healing for his arm and shoulder after a fall - things are not healing well so he had surgery on 9/30 to put in a metal plate. He is at Ascension Living Sherbrooke Village for now – in the Lodge #310…
4005 Ripa Ave, St. Louis, MO 63125.
Mona Herberg - hospitalized all of last week; working on tx plan.
Dan & Kim, Ben/Henry/Davis Weas - Dan’s cancer treatment. 
John Pavlovitz - surgery Oct 1 to remove a brain tumor; long recovery.
All impacted by Covid-19 - individuals, families, healthcare workers; If anyone needs support or if anyone vaccinated would like to be on the Care Team, please reach out to
Caregivers of all shapes and sizes.
People recovering from natural and human made disasters.

St Louis Assn UCC Covenant Partner
Week ending October 3 - St Martin’s UCC, Dittmer;
Week ending October 10 - St. Paul UCC (Giles), St. Louis;

Mary and Martha – How are you both?
What is Jesus saying to you this season?
You may want to experience this 1 minute video a few times in order to hear your own life...

What do you use to mend a jack-o-lantern?
A pumpkin patch.
Riane Eisler invites us to challenge our unconscious use of dominating language. She says:
  • Instead of saying "Fight injustice," say "Heal injustice."
  • Instead of saying "Killing time," say "Filling time."
  • Instead of saying "Killing two birds with one stone," say "Birthing two birds from one egg."
  • Instead of saying "I really crushed it," say "I really brought it to life."
These are little correctives. We create a world through our words that do not need to undermine our deepest held values
PUCC Mental Health Training - Bridges to Care

In honor and memory of Tyler Wessel and Gloria Wandless, we have applied to participate in some mental health training with other churches in St Louis. The program is called Bridges to Care and Recovery hosted by The Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis. The goals of the training are to reduce the stigma of mental illness in faith-based communities by equipping congregations to talk about behavioral healthy issues and increasing congregation participants' understanding and acceptance of behavioral health through training and education; establish partnerships between area mental health professionals that enable congregations to better access care and treatment; and equip congregations with tools needed to develop wellness ministries and volunteer companions for long-term sustainability.

We are looking for 5-7 PUCCers who would commit to this free training.
This training is all virtual and runs from October - May... most months it is from 6-8pm on the third Thursday of the month beginning on October 21.
If you would like to know more about this important opportunity/responsibility, please reach out to

The Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis is a collaborative effort of providers, advocacy organizations, government leaders and community members dedicated to developing an accessible and coordinated system of behavioral healthcare throughout the eastern region of Missouri.
Crop Walk 2021
Sunday, October 24
4:30 check in | 5:00pm walk Eden Seminary: 475 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves MO 63119
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Saturday, October 23
10:00am The Enterprise Center

Habitat Work Day 11/20
Welcoming Afghans to St. Louis 
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(314) 872 9330
2841 N Ballas Road,
St. Louis, MO 63131

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