Make a Difference Day

Saturday morning, October 10th , (rain day Saturday October 17th) Holy Communion will participate in the 2020 SHED (Safe Homes for the Elderly and Disabled as part of University City’s 2020 Month of Service. The event is being organized in collaboration with the City of University City, the University City School district, and other local churches. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help with gardening, home maintenance and repairs.  No advanced skills needed. All work will be outside and volunteers will wear masks and be socially distanced.
For over a decade SHED has helped coordinate this community-wide effort to assist seniors and disabled residents with home maintenance and repairs. Past events have drawn hundreds of volunteers to work on as many as 40 homes in one day, addressing code violations, health and safety issues, as well as supporting seniors to age in place and maintain the value of their homes.

Worship in a Pandemic

Our pandemic advisory committee continues to monitor the state of the virus. Until the numbers go down significantly in Missouri, we have postponed planning to worship together again in our building. In the meantime you are invited to worship with us online each Sunday at 10:30am. Our homepage puts out a high quality stream from a service called Vimeo. If you don’t have the strongest internet signal the video may skip. If you’re having issues, try streaming from our YouTube or Facebook pages. (On facebook a number of our parishioners comment live, and it’s fun to say “hi” to one another and pass the peace virtually).

Outdoor Worship

On the some Sundays and Feast days, in addition to our morning livestream, we have an outdoor Eucharist service at 4pm at Jackson Park elementary’s parking lot. Registration is required, and there are limited spaces. Click here for more and to register.

Here is an archive of past services:

Worship and Gatherings September Update

Dear People of Holy Communion,

Our Bishop’s prohibition on in-person worship now officially ends in mid-September. As a condition to take any step forward, the bishop has asked churches to name a “re-gathering committee.” Our committee will be made up heavily on members of the congregation who are scientists and medical doctors. The group will submit recommendations to the vestry at the end of September.

I know I am not alone is wanting to see folks. While the re-gathering committee meets, the vestry has approved a set of guidelines for groups from Holy Communion to gather safely outside. You can see all of those guidelines in the graphic below. We will be following the guidelines at our drive-in services on September 13 and October 11. We will also have some other gatherings outside like Theology on Tap on Wednesday September 9.

The vestry and other key leaders are also preparing for a campaign to speak with every member of Holy Communion. As we prepare for our fall Stewardship season, we will be initiating a series of conversations about your hopes for Holy Communion. Please take time to talk with us.

We have to move slowly in such a diverse community. Out of care for one another, we have to be intentional. Know of my prayers for each of you in these days. I ask you to pray for me, your vestry, and regathering committee folks as well.

In Christ,

Regathering Committee:

  • The Rev. Mike Angell, Rector
  • Susan Norris, PhD, Junior Warden
  • Allison Nash M.D.
  • Rebecca Rugen M.D.
  • Sarah Stanage M.D.
  • Rachel Penczykowski PhD
  • Karen Prechtl, local small business owner

Parking Lot Services

Parking lot services will begin at 4pm.

On certain Sundays and Feasts, in addition to our livestream services, you are invited to join us in the parking lot of Jackson Park Elementary School in University City. The service of Holy Eucharist will happen live in the parking lot and the sound will be broadcast to you from within the comfort and safety of your car via your FM radio station. We keep the service short (30-40 mins), to make sure we are conscious of resource usage.

You can also bring a portable FM radio with you, and sit in lawn chairs or on your bicycle. If you are outside of a car, we ask that you remain masked.

For communion, prepackaged and sanitized bags containing consecrated wafers will be brought to your car window by clergy who will be wearing masks and using hand sanitizer.

In order to maintain social distancing, and to enable contact tracing, we require everyone to register. Please do so using the link below. Limited spaces are available, so please register early.

We will announce 2021 Parking Lot service dates soon.

Following our Guidelines for Gatherings, to keep us all safe:

  • Self-Monitor Symptoms: Please only attend this service if you are symptom free and fever free.
  • Distancing: If you do step out of your car, to sit on your tailgate or in lawn chairs, please do stay within your parking spot. As much as we wish we could greet one another, out of love for our neighbor we have to stay distanced. You are welcome to wave to one another!
  • Masks: If you step out of your car, or roll down your windows, please ensure all members of your household over age 2 are wearing a mask. Ushers have some masks available, if you forgot yours.
  • Singing: If you would like to sing, we ask that you stay in your car with the windows up.

Donations: We welcome donations to support the work of Holy Communion, whether a payment on a pledge or simply an offering. There will be large buckets available at the entrance to receive cash or checks. You can also make a gift online or by texting “GiveHoco” to 77977.

Formation Care Packages

Please sign up to receive your Children’s Formation Care Package, which will include a blessing sticker for your study space, and Formation materials for September through Advent. 

As a way of supporting families in their faith practices at home, we are putting together children’s formation bags for interested families in our parish. The items we plan on including are: a children’s bible, a ring of cards with illustrations and words to follow along with during the online services, prayers for the dinner table, and a canvas bag to keep it all in. We will add new items throughout the year, which will include new prayers each month and items for special Sundays, Advent, Lent, etc. Please let us know if you would like to receive a children’s formation bag for your family.

Notaries Needed!

Holy Communion is partnering with Grace UMC on Skinker Blvd to connect the public with notaries. If you are a certified Notary Public and would like to volunteer to notarize ballots for the upcoming general election please sign up below to let us know your availability:

If you would like to learn how to become a notary, click here:

Icon: “Mama” by Kelly Latimore

We are honored to be the home of the original icon “Mama” by local iconographer Kelly Latimore. The icon was written earlier this summer, after the death of George Floyd.

Holy Communion, through our commitment to becoming Beloved Community, continue to work to reflect the diversity of our congregation and our neighborhood in sacred art on display in the church. We are so grateful to Kelly Latimore for choosing our congregation to be the home of this icon.

You can buy prints of the icon through Kelly’s store. All proceeds go to these organizations: Mothers Against Police Brutality, ArchCity Defenders, Inc., and the NAACP legal defense fund.

Rector’s Book

Our rector has written a new book: “How Can I Live Peacefully with Justice? It’s part of the “Little Books of Guidance” series from Church Publishing. The book narrates several stories from the life of Holy Communion, talking about how the rector first came to know the church at a Ferguson protest, the development of our Laundry Love ministry and our relationship with El Salvador.

The book is dedicated: ““to all the folks with whom I’ve marched (in church or the streets), and especially to Ellis and Silas.”

Purposeful Pause

At the end of July, four and a half months since our community ceased worshipping in person, we are going to take a pause. During the summer, life in church usually slows down. It is the time when clergy, staff, and volunteers have space to dream, to talk about new ministry possibilities, and to rest.

While Sunday worship will continue, as will the Wednesday Bible Study, in the month of August, you will notice quite a bit more space open in Holy Communion’s calendar. We’re going to pause Godly Play, Bible 101, Monday Night Studies. I won’t hold a Theology on Tap. We are going to pause. 

As we pause, we also invite you to be in conversation. Get in touch with me, the clergy and staff, with our vestry. You’ll likely hear from ministry leaders asking about your hopes for our community in the coming months.

In invite you to pray with me as we take some time to discern. This virus isn’t going anywhere for awhile. We will all need to continue to adapt. I invite you to take some time to breathe, reflect, and move with intention to the next steps.

In Christ,

Trans 101 Training

Holy Communion partnered with St. Louis Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG) to provide a Trans 101 virtual training. The archived video is available below and on our YouTube Channel. 

This training is part of our ongoing work as a congregation around building “Beloved Community,” safe and welcoming space for justice and equity. The MTUG Trans 101 presentation is designed to answer basic questions about Trans people and experiences, and to clarify terminology and define best practices for Trans cultural competency. It does so with plenty of time for personal narrative from the facilitators and Q & A for the participants. The training is presented by the Director of MTUG, Sayer Johnson.

The slides are available here. (Please contact MTUG for any permission to use slides beyond your own education)