Chess Tournament

MRH Hosts 2nd Annual Gateway Chess Tournament

MRH will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Fall Gateway Chess Tournament this Saturday! Last year’s tournament brought over 30 schools to Maplewood, and over 300 student + faculty.   Volunteers are needed to help setup tables and chairs Friday (5 – 7 p.m.), if you can help please show up at the high school cafeteria around 5pm or shortly after, though we will always welcome help a little later if you can’t make until after 5:30 or so. This is a great way to show off our district and community – let’s pull off another successful tournament this year! More information on the fall tournament, this Saturday, November 4th can be found at



Blue Devils Girls Softball moves into 1st place!

The Maplewood Blue Devils Girls Softball (5th – 7th grade team), has dominated — winning their last game 27-5.  The team has won their last six games in a row, and has now pulled into first place in the Webster Softball league. Go Blue Devils! Have local sports news?  Send us your information – we would love to hear from you.

MRH Blue Devils Softball brings home 2 wins!

The MRH Blue Devils girls softball team brought home 2 wins  in their last double-header game of fall ball, playing in the Afton Athletic league. They played a double-header, winning the first game 22 – 17, and the second game was close to a shutout, winning 19 – 4. They played a great fall season (fall ball was a new thing this year), playing in the very competitive Affton league. We’re got a great group of girls who are die-hard about the sport! Do you have kids playing sports in MRH School District or in Brentwood?  I’d love to get more local sports news posted here on 40 South.

Serve 2015

Lawn Party! Free food & entertainment!

Join us this Saturday (September 12th) from 11am – 2pm at Maplewood United Methodist Church for our annual SERVE lawn party.  We are located at the corner of Sutton & Flora in Maplewood. Hotdogs, snowcones, a bouncy house for the kids and more!  Join us for the lawn part from 11am – 2pm on Saturday.  All are welcome!

MRH Blue Devils softball dominates!

The MRH Blue Devils Girls Softball team (4th – 6th grade) brought home another win on Sunday, winning 21-7, continuing their winning streak! Last year the team tied for 1st place, and is on track for another great season. Support local sports in Maplewood!  For more information on youth sports in Maplewood, visit MRH Youth Sports.

Holiday Happenin’ Craft Fair Saturday

Come one and all and join us for our first HOLIDAY HAPPENIN’ CRAFT FAIR tomorrow.  There will hundreds of items, handmade crafts of all types (great for Christmas & Holiday gifts), baked goods (perfect for eating now or freezing for Thanksgiving), a quilt silent auction and much more! The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Maplewood United Methodist Church, at the corner of Flora and Sutton (7409 Sutton Ave Maplewood, MO 63143). We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Maplewood United Methodist Church celebrates SERVE 2014 this Saturday!

Maplewood United Methodist Church will be participating in the national day of service along with other United Methodist Congregations this fall. On the morning of September 13th  MUMC will have several hands on mission opportunities:

Preparing meals for Shalom House, a women’s safe house
Bagging beans and rice for folks who need a nutritious meal
Volunteering at L’Arche Community on a variety of projects
Doing needed home repairs in Maplewood
Signing up to help with the Mosaic Services 5K Run on September 20
Helping with our Second Time Around Shop which will be open that day

MUMC will also host a lawn party during the day, providing a free lunch and fun activities. Folks in the community are invited to stop by for a free hot dog and snow cone from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.  Also our “Second Hand Shop” will be open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

MRH Middle School student bring in a ton of food for WOW

MRH Middle School students bring in carload of food for Weekend on Wheels

Maplewood United Methodist Church (MUMC) hosted a back to school dance party for area middle school students on Saturday, August 16th.  Admission was free, but students were asked to donate cash or non-perishable food items to Weekend on Wheels (WOW), a food program operated by students and faculty at the Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. On weekends, WOW sends nutritious food to the homes of children in the school district with a need.  MUMC was thrilled by the generous giving from the more than 40 students and families that attended the dance. 

Not only did this group donate a carload of food, but they also donated more than $100 in cash!  Their efforts will go a long way in helping get the shelves at the WOW re-stocked for the new school year. 

In addition to thanking the students who attended, MUMC would like express their gratitude to Get Happy Productions and the Green Family for donating the DJ services, lights and music for the dance!  

Calling all Superheroes!

Calling all Superheroes!

Over the past month we’ve been discussing Superheroes in our community, and how everyone can be a Super Hero in the life of faith. SUPERHEROES UNITE FOR YOUR MOST IMPORTANT MISSION YET! This coming Sunday (August 24th, 2014) is Rally Sunday at Maplewood United Methodist Church. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help celebrate RALLY SUNDAY–our opening celebration for fall Sunday school groups for children and youth. We’ve noticed your skills and called YOU into action!  Come and discover your inner Super Hero!

MRH Farmers Market rivaled many in town

Last week Seed-to-Table teachers, Chef Almut Marino (ECC), Melissa Breed-Parks (Middle School) and her students, and High School Chef Robert Rusan and his Teen Cusine Team collaborated with the students of the Maplewood ECC make a wonderful and professional Farmers Market. The weather was sunny and students sold everything from flower bouquets and herbs, to tomato plants, kale and other vegtables.Live music was provided by Mr. Pentecost and spring and summer themed arts and crafts were also sold, (including laminate flower bookmarks, beautiful stepping stones for your garden, and other items), and popcorn and lemonade was available as well.  

I was amazed and how professional and knowledgable all of the students were about all the herbs and vegtables they were selling. The same day Maplewood was also involved in setting a new Guiness World record on Friday, for the most participants in a cooking lession in a 24-hour period (mulitple venues). Both events were part of a world-wide celebration of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day (this is their 3rd year participating).

Girls Scouts - April Showers

Girls Scouts – April Showers

Thank you to all in the community who donated personal care items for Girls Scouts April Showers.  If your bag of donated items got missed or you forgot to fill it you may drop off your bag at any Dierbergs in St. Louis (for a list of available Dierbergs stores and drop-off dates click here). We would also like to thank Immaculate Conception Parish for donating their gym as a central drop-off point for girl scouts collecting in the area.

A Big Thank you to all the MRH Teachers & Staff!

As we enjoy this lovely weather today – I’d like to take a moment to thank all of the teachers and staff that have put themselves out every morning of this long winter to help get our kids safely inside – whether it be directing traffic, putting down salt, driving buses or helping students inside. Though the winter has taken a toll on everyone – many teachers and staff have been up bright and early standing out in the cold to help our kids.  Thank you!

Maplewood Girl Scouts host Cookie Booth at J&E Office City/CAT Computers

Our local Maplewood Girl Scouts will be hosting a cookie booth at 7326 Manchester across from Shop and Save.  If you missed ordering your Girl Scout cookies – or just need to order more (for yourself or your business).. join the Girl Scouts of Maplewood at CAT Computers / J & E Office City this Saturday. The cookie booth will run from 12pm – 4pm or until the girls run out of cookies.

Local Maplewood Christmas Lights that will amaze you and your kids!

If you’re new to the area, and haven’t had an opportunity to visit the house at the end of Ellis Ave (visible from Manchester & Big Bend) – be sure and check out the Christmas lights.  Ellis avenue is a one-way street  that is accessible only via Oakland (see attached map), which the street across the ECC. Many of the houses on the street are decorated with lights, but the show is at the end of the street towards Manchester. This family has been decorating their house and yard for a number of years now and it’s quite a sight to see.  It’s kind of Maplewood’s winter wonderland (just in one yard). -Robert Chandler

Girl Scouts Carolling outside J & E Office City this Saturday!

Come out and shop, and listen to the girl scouts sing Christmas Carols before the weather gets bad.. Local Maplewood girl scouts will be singing Christmas carols outside J & E Office on Saturday starting at 11am on behalf of the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association (proceeds go to benefit approximately 30 local charities). Come out and shop in downtown Maplewood and take in the holiday spirit! -Robert Chandler


Childrens Christmas Pageant at Maplewood United Methodist Church

Join us for our Children’s Christmas Pageant!

Please come and warm the spirit by joining us for our annual Children’s Christmas Pageant at Maplewood United Methodist Church. This is a beloved tradition of Maplewood United Methodist Church, where the Christmas story is acted out during worship in December by the children of the church. When possible, a real child plays the baby Jesus. It is particularly heartwarming to see children who have never attended our church, warmly welcomed into the pageant. The pageant starts promptly at 11 am this Sunday – December 15th, but if you arrive a little earlier you’re welcome to fresh coffee and morning treats before the pageant.  Everyone is welcome! Maplewood United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Sutton & Flora at: 7409 Flora Ave.

Get out in Maplewood for Small Business Saturday, Shop, Save & Support the community!

Maplewood offers a wide variety of Small Businesses to suit your needs, tempt your palate, or to finish your holiday shopping. J & E Office City and CAT Computers will have a Salvation Army bell-ringer outside, and will be providing hot coffee and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, along with coupons and in-store discounts. While you’re visiting historic downtown Maplewood, be sure to check out the vinegars, wines, single malt scotches, or freshly made chocolates and other sweet treats. Be sure to check out all the local gift store, shop for your cooking needs and spices, and much more. As you shop stop in for lunch or have a drink at one of the many coffee shops or restaurants.