The flowers on the alter this morning are presented by Dan Smith in memory of his mother Maxine Jaco Smith.
If you would like to purchase alter flowers in honor of or in memory of someone contact María at firstname.lastname@example.org. Place your check for $25 in the offering box with the memo “alter flowers”. Please take your flowers home after worship and leave the vase.
DOWING OF THE GREENS- Jan. 8th 9am
Scott Thomas will lead us as we all help take down Christmas Decorations.
CHURCH COUNCIL-Jan 11th 6pm
Our next Church Council meeting will take place on Tues., Jan. 11 at 6 pm in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to join us as we discuss church business and news.
BOOK STUDY-Jan 26th 6pm
The next book study will be on Wednesday January 26 at 6 pm in Fellowship Hall. The book is "My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She is Sorry" by Fredrik Backman, feel free to join us. Future studies include the February book is "Black is the Body: Stories from my Grandmother's Time" by Emily Bernard.
PASTOR'S NEW EMAIL
Pastor Kathleen has a new church email. Please contact her at email@example.com
NEW FOOD PANTRY
Spread the word, AlBarka Food Pantry is open every 3rd Saturday from 10am until noon. They are located at Dar AlJalal Mosque, 8945 Dunn Road in Hazelwood.
NEW STOVE FUNDRAISER
The UMW would like to raise funds in order to purchase a new, much needed, stove for the kitchen. The stove is used often for our breakfasts and dinners.
St. Louis Winter Outreach is a group of volunteers who provide resources and emergency shelters on the coldest of nights. Here are some ways LPUMC folks can help: Donations:
- Twin & queen size blankets and sleeping bags (no Afghans or knit blankets, please); adult size socks;
- Financial donations used for purchasing supplies and emergency hotels: checks made to St. Louis Winter Outreach. Please note that because STL Winter Outreach is not a 501c3, these donations are not tax deductible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please talk with Kristen Leslie. Please give checks to Kristen Leslie or Maria Lawrence.
- Host a donation drive through your school or organization.
Volunteer options (see Kristen Leslie for more details):
- Transportation: transport guests in your vehicle to our shelters
- Shelter work: volunteer at one of the over-night shelters (shifts include evening and overnight)
- Outreach work: join experienced volunteers who check on unhoused folks around the downtown area.
The Anchor Room Coffeehouse is looking for much needed volunteer help for a Wednesday morning shift. If you or someone you know is interested or would like to learn more, please contact Cassie Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org, at 314-488-7571, or on Facebook Messenger. To learn about this awesome non-profit, visit anchor-stl.com.
A NOTE FROM OUR CHOIR DIRECTOR
Choir rehearsals will be held on Sunday mornings, January 2nd, 9th, 23rd. & 30th at 8:15am. Please contact Cassie Allen if you would like more information at 314-488-7571 or email@example.com.
Ready to prepare your home with Fall or Christmas decorations, stop by the Boutique, and see what the United Methodist Women have put together. You can also pick up some Christmas gifts for your family and friends. The Boutique is open every Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or you can visit after worship service.
Stephen’s Ministers are a group of men and women dedicated to help fellow Christians through life’s rough patches. Not counselors, ministers meet with care receivers weekly to listen and pray. Contact Dee Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-802-6771 for more information.
LOAVES & FISHES
Loaves & Fishes is a fund which helps those in need with utility bills, groceries etc. If anyone approaches you for this type of need, you may have them call Pastor Kathleen, at 314-771-9214, or Maria at 618-334-2131. If you would like to contribute to this fund, you may write Loaves & Fishes in the memo line of your check
NEW BEGINNINGS-A NEW YEAR . . . There is a freshness in the air, a kind of new start, “do over” feeling to it! So many of our friends who are who are getting new homes and apartments are having that exact feeling. We are so blessed to be able to support them in this hope filled time of their lives. And we pray that God continues to grace and strengthen them on their journey. We pray too, that all the love you’ve shared with those we been privileged to serve will return to fill your hearts and homes this Holy Season and each day of the coming year.
MARY & MARTHA
The Mary & Martha team is a small group of women that helps put together Starter Baskets for New Beginnings tenants as well as gather and sort bed sheets, towels, dishes, glassware, etc. They have a great time, while doing this worthwhile ministry at the same time. If you would like to join the fun and meet this lovely group of ladies, come to fellowship hall on a Wednesday between 9 a.m. and noon.
Bridge Bread Bakery is a non-profit social enterprise that employs individuals experiencing homelessness and provides them with marketable skills and reliable employment. At Bridge Bread, we make a difference in the lives of the individuals who work for us. Did you know you can order Bridge Bread online for pickup or free delivery? Use this link: https://bridgebread.square.site/
Fresh Start is a ministry that began at LPUMC. This ministry employs people who need a helping hand by showing them how to make dog food and dog treats. To purchase a special treat/surprise for your pup, contact Larry Turner at 314-295-8417.
HOME FIRST STL
Home First provides housing and a guided path to independent living. To date, 2 four family houses have been rehabbed providing initial shelter, help in finding jobs and counseling along the way. A number of individuals have successfully passed through the Home First program. For more information check out their website at homefirststl.org
PLEASE PRAY FOR….
Rochele Addison, Kenny Allgeyer, Amelia, Laura Arnt, Dorothy Bauman, family of Bob Beane, Birdsong family (Jennifer, Andy, William, Thomas), Jeannett Sodowsky, Steve James, Cole family (Wendy, Rob, Mathias, Micah), Dickey families (Jeff & Shelly, Eddie, Tabitha, Emma, Weston, Betty & Tilford, KK), Gloria Bonton, Louise Brannon, Jane Brockwell, Kacie Brooks & family, Joann Brown, family of Nick Brown, Suzanne Brown, Belinda Calhoun, Hannah Caputa, Gwen Casson, Gemma Chappell, Denise Cohen, Henry Copeland, our country/restore compassion & inclusion as public values, Dorothy Dilling, LeAnn Dixon, family of Delton Dixon, Angie Dixon, Steph Donnette, Kristina Drollinger, Stephanie Franco, family of Doris Beuckman Gagen, Allen Guess, Hafsa, John Hamblin, Amber Hansen, Asia Harris, Krystal Hernley, Emily Heugatter, Dorothy Hill, Shelby Hileman & Sheryl Smothers, Anthony Howard, Don Howard, Thomas & Shontia Howard, Ellen Johnson, Joyce Johnson, Reginal Johnson, Bee Jones, Margaret Jones, Brenda Juhl, Stacy Juhl, Bob Kessel, Jackson Kostecki, Jim Lawson, LoCigno family, Preston Mathews, Rick Matthews, John McFarland, Steve McNeal, Jessica Meade, Joseph Mehan, Terry Mehan, Tiffany & Ray Moland, Olivia Natwick, Judy & Jim Neels, Diana Neilson, Robert O’Brien, Steve Palmer, Linda Pfeil, family of Mark Pillow, Angela Platt, family of Judy Lawrence Purvis, Nedra Queen, family of Melissa Quennoz, Bennett Rehkemper, Maria Reyes & children, Anthony Rohnen, Angie Rolan, April Roth, Dennis Russom, Mary Ann Ryan, Benson Schliesser, Richard Shanks, Norma Sillery, Herman Simpson, Anna Smith, Hope Smith, Jackie Snead, Stephen Ministry Care Receivers, Randy Stover, Raffella Stroile, John Strupel, Dena Summers, Ethel Thomas, Meghan Tierney, Harold Toney, Norma Tynes, Liz Vaccariello, Mary Wagner, Sharon Wagner, Kaylee Watson, the Watson family, Andrew Watts, Hattie Weaver, Elias Joseph Weidner, Jessie Weils, Andrew Westphal, Scott Whiteaker, Dave Whittington, Michelle Wilson, Sharon Wright, Jeff Yeast, Deb