July 18, 2018

Help Yourself and Others: 4E Training July 22

Help Yourself and Others: 4E Training

Sunday, July 22 | Lunch 11:00am | Class 11:30am-1:30pm | Parkway UCC

Please come to this class, open to all, taught by the Town and Country Police Department. There is no charge for attending, and a free will offering will be accepted to cover the cost for lunch. 4E means “Educate, Evade, Evacuate, Engage” and it is a method to respond to an active attack on people with the potential to harm or kill. This response method is now in use county wide and community police are educating schools, businesses, churches, and any organization where people gather. Attending this class is the first “E” of the method: Educate. What you learn will increase your chance of surviving an attack anywhere it may occur. Please sign up for the class by sending an email with the name or names attending to treasurer@parkwayucc.org. Presented by the Emergency Procedures Team.

VBS is MAD Camp! Sign up now! July 23-27

MAD Camp
Monday, July 23- Friday, July 27
Click on this link for online registration! 

 

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc or 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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Calling ALL SAINTS to TREAT THE TRICKED 10/28 – 11/3

Calling ALL SAINTS to TREAT THE TRICKED 10/28 – 11/3

Adult Mission Trip | Back Bay Mission, Mississippi

Tom or Kris McKenzie | 314-567-0429 | mckenzie1947@att.net

Please commit to helping the homeless and financially challenged people of the Back Bay, Mississippi, area, near Biloxi.  In affiliation with The UCC Back Bay Mission we will be helping those in need of shelter, food and general needs.  We will be staying at Back Bay Mission’s deluxe bunkhouse and combining efforts with 3 other UCC church groups from Michigan and Texas.
For more information visit thebackbaymission.org and/or see the sign-up board in the Gathering Space. Sign-up soon; space is limited.

Muny Memories—100 Years on Stage July 31

Celebrate St. Louis Muny Opera at a special Exhibit:

Muny Memories—100 Years on Stage

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, |9:30 carpool| 10:00 Missouri History Museum

The Not Just for Men Group will visit the 6000 square foot exhibit celebrating 100 years of Musical Theater. We will carpool from the church at 9:30 to arrive at 10am.  Admission is free.  We will visit a fine dining establishment after the visit.  Call Harold Cobb (314) 965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com with questions or plan to attend.

Clang, clang, clang, we are off to The Muny! August 11

Clang, clang, clang, we are off to The Muny!

Sat, Aug 11 | 6:20pm backstage tour | 8:15pm performance| tickets $11.25

Based on the heartwarming 1944 MGM film, Meet Me In St. Louis paints a wholesome portrait of a turn of the century American family. Set in the summer of 1903, the Smiths eagerly await the grand opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. With hits such as “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Boy Next Door” and the title number, this is the perfect finale to our 100th season, and will evoke nothing but love and pride…right here in St. Louis.

We have reserved a block of tickets to the Muny for Meet Me in St. Louis. In past years they have had fireworks in Forest Park. Please rsvp to Dan Connors (314-651-0279 | connorsd@aol.com) before July 27.

PUCC eNews 618: 10am Summer Worship

Cabinet Statement in response to Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold President Trump’s Travel Ban
Representing 30 St. Louis faith communities, the Cabinet of Interfaith Partnership strongly condemns the Supreme Court’s decision to restrict immigrants and visitors from six majority Muslim nations from entering the United States. 
This narrow 5-4 decision, overturning three lower-court rulings, is an affront to everything that our faith traditions cherish –
·    that, as human beings, we are all divinely created; 
·    that our sacred texts call upon us to be compassionate and just to one another;
·    that our religious pathways are united in the centrality of care for the stranger and all who are vulnerable and at risk.
 
We believe that there are not “others” in creation’s design. We are one humanity.
 
We believe this Supreme Court decision represents a dark moment in our nation’s history.
We cry out against its deeply troubling racist and Islamophobic implications – an anathema to our nation’s highest ideals that protect the freedoms and liberties of all people.
 
We call upon Congress – both Democrats and Republicans in a bipartisan spirit – 
to work together towards national security policies that are strong and compassionate, to confront and to prudently move to constrain the president’s power to act unilaterally on far-reaching immigration policy in our current climate. 
The fundamental checks and balances of a healthy Democracy are at stake.
 
We call upon people of faith and goodwill across America
to speak and act clearly and forcefully together, striving for a world grounded in love and justice.
 
(Kevin Cameron is our UCC presence on the Cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of St Louis.)
Keeping Families Together!
Some PUCCers want to put their faith and broken hearts into action about the families being separated at the US Border. Here is one such opportunity…
This Saturday, June 30th at 10:30am Keiner Plaza – Come demonstrate against separating families and child detention at the borders. Bring your handmade signs!
This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday at 10:00am.
Join us this Sunday morning at 10:00am for Summer Worship (now through Labor Day) when our scripture focus will be Mark 6:1-13 when Jesus is not well received in his hometown and then he and the disciples spread out with their mission and ministry.
We are looking forward to being one family in worship all summer. The Worship Team has spent time preparing a faithful and creative theme. Come learn more. We want and need you here with us! Invite others to come with you.
Sunday School for children will be based on Psalm 23.
We will have Adult Education at 11:00am several Sundays this summer as well.
Summer Choir Needs YOU This Sunday! Ever thought you’d like to try singing in a choir, but can’t come to rehearsals, or can’t commit to singing regularly? Well, here’s something made especially for you! It’s the first Sunday of the month of Summer Worship, it’s a “one-and-done” and it couldn’t be more simple: we’re asking everyone who can sing, ALL ages, to show up in the Music Room at Parkway UCC at 9:00am this Sunday July 1st to learn one easily-singable song, and then sing it during the Summer Worship service at 10:00am! No experience necessary, no extra rehearsals, no special robes to wear . . . we’re asking YOU to just come as you are to have a good time with other singers while you MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!  
Prayer Updates
Andy Wilson – called to be the Pastor of St John UCC, Smithton, IL!
Family/friends of Mary Jo Cannon – grieving and giving thanks. Visitation at Schrader Funeral Home on Friday, June 29 from 4-8pm.
Saturday at PUCC – 9am Visitation followed by Family Burial in our Elm Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Service in our sanctuary at 10:30am.
Family/Friends of Doug Watson – Memorial Service July 7th at 11am. Pray for wife Mary; daughters Jenna, Julia, Erica; sisters Susan & Linda.
Jean Mueller and family as they grieve & give thanks for her brother.
Bill and Gail Haack & Family – grieving and giving thanks for his mother… she died while they were here from TX for relative’s mem svc.
Lori Connors – struggling with pain from rheumatoid arthritis.
Bill Darland – hospitalized in St Louis.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week
Kirkwood UCC – kirkwooducc.org
Adult Education for PUCC & the Community!
Help Yourself and Others: 4E Training
Sunday, July 22 | Lunch 11:00am | Class 11:30am-1:30pm | Parkway UCC
Please come to this class, open to all, taught by the Town and Country Police Department. There is no charge for attending, and a free will offering will be accepted to cover the cost for lunch. 4E means “Educate, Evade, Evacuate, Engage” and it is a method to respond to an active attack on people with the potential to harm or kill. This response method is now in use county wide and community police are educating schools, businesses, churches, and any organization where people gather. Attending this class is the first “E” of the method: Educate. What you learn will increase your chance of surviving an attack anywhere it may occur. Please sign up for the class by sending an email with the name or names attending to treasurer@parkwayucc.org. Presented by the Emergency Procedures Team.
Announcements
Coffee & Conversation
Mon, Jul 2 | 10:00am | STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.
School Supply Drive now through July
Parkway UCC is supporting two worthy organizations this year to provide school and other supplies to children in the St. Louis area. This year the Little Bit Foundation is serving children in 37 schools in North St. Louis, 6 more than last year. Isaiah 58 Ministries is serving children, as well as adults, in South St. Louis. Please support, as you are able, these organizations. Place items in the yellow school bus in the Gathering Space. For questions, contact Evelyn Buretta, burettaevelyn@gmail.com
The following is a combined list of needs:
  • Socks and underwear for boys/men, all sizes needed
  • Socks and underwear for girls/women, all sizes needed
  • Colored pencils, 8 – 12 pack
  • Crayons, 24 pack
  • Markers, 8 – 12 pack
  • Highlighters
  • Wide-ruled notebooks/composition books
  • Wide-ruled loose-leaf note paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil box/pouch
  • Two-pocket folders
  • 1-inch binders
  • Gift cards
Community
Nathan Rauscher to Perform at MUSIC IN WEBSTER
Greetings friends and family! I have returned from two months studying in Vienna for my undergraduate degree and am excited to perform for you all. I have a great gig coming up with talented artists around St. Louis.
MUSIC IN WEBSTER at the Webster Groves Concert Hall Saturday 7/7 @7:30pm
103 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
$10 in advance, $15 at will call, Family Friendly
Buy tickets in advance at
(Contact Dominique via the email window at the bottom of the homepage.)
The Webster Groves Concert Hall offers a unique and classy concert atmosphere at the edge of Historic Webster. I will be joining my friend Dominique Price in his ensemble, Eldraco and the Free Nation, a ten-piece band featuring both classic and original music in the vein of names you know including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Nina Simone. Dominique is a remarkably talented artist recently graduated from Webster University and is excited to share his gift with the masses.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support,
~Nathan Rauscher
MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Summer Camp
July 23-27
Youth Mission Trip Sleep “away” in St Louis City to experience needs and strength of our city: July 30 — August 3. Contact Barb Kuhlmann (314-872-9330; barbk@parkwayucc.org) or Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813; cfbum@charter.net)
The Afterlife in Religious Traditions
Sunday, August 5 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | St Louis Art Museum
A panel of representatives from different religions will speak on beliefs about the afterlife in the auditorium of the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park.
Interfaith Art Tours—A free, drop-in tour…
Sunday, August 12 | 3:00pm | St Louis Art Museum | 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis Dr
We have received rave reviews for these tours, led by experienced and inspirational SLAM docents. These specially designed tours focus on artworks which reflect a wide range of faith traditions and inspire questions and conversations among the tour leaders and participants. The hour and one half-long tour will depart from the Museum’s Information Center in Sculpture Hall in the Main Building at 3:00 pm. The tours are free, no reservations required. 314-721-0072 | slam.org
Humor
What is a frog’s favorite summertime treat? Hopsicles!
Inspiration
God is not a noun, that demands to be defined, God is a verb that invites us to live, to love, and to be. ~John Shelby Spong
Video
A couple of minutes of inspiration!

PUCC eNews 618: Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together?

Cabinet Statement in response to Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold President Trump’s Travel Ban
Representing 30 St. Louis faith communities, the Cabinet of Interfaith Partnership strongly condemns the Supreme Court’s decision to restrict immigrants and visitors from six majority Muslim nations from entering the United States. 
This narrow 5-4 decision, overturning three lower-court rulings, is an affront to everything that our faith traditions cherish –
·    that, as human beings, we are all divinely created; 
·    that our sacred texts call upon us to be compassionate and just to one another;
·    that our religious pathways are united in the centrality of care for the stranger and all who are vulnerable and at risk.
 
We believe that there are not “others” in creation’s design. We are one humanity.
 
We believe this Supreme Court decision represents a dark moment in our nation’s history.
We cry out against its deeply troubling racist and Islamophobic implications – an anathema to our nation’s highest ideals that protect the freedoms and liberties of all people.
 
We call upon Congress – both Democrats and Republicans in a bipartisan spirit – 
to work together towards national security policies that are strong and compassionate, to confront and to prudently move to constrain the president’s power to act unilaterally on far-reaching immigration policy in our current climate. 
The fundamental checks and balances of a healthy Democracy are at stake.
 
We call upon people of faith and goodwill across America
to speak and act clearly and forcefully together, striving for a world grounded in love and justice.
 
(Kevin Cameron is our UCC presence on the Cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of St Louis.)

Keeping Families Together!
Some PUCCers want to put their faith and broken hearts into action about the families being separated at the US Border. Here is one such opportunity…
This Saturday, June 30th at 10:30am Keiner Plaza – Come demonstrate against separating families and child detention at the borders. Bring your handmade signs!

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday at 10:00am.
Join us this Sunday morning at 10:00am for Summer Worship (now through Labor Day) when our scripture focus will be Mark 6:1-13 when Jesus is not well received in his hometown and then he and the disciples spread out with their mission and ministry.
We are looking forward to being one family in worship all summer. The Worship Team has spent time preparing a faithful and creative theme. Come learn more. We want and need you here with us! Invite others to come with you.
Sunday School for children will be based on Psalm 23.
We will have Adult Education at 11:00am several Sundays this summer as well.

Summer Choir Needs YOU This Sunday! Ever thought you’d like to try singing in a choir, but can’t come to rehearsals, or can’t commit to singing regularly? Well, here’s something made especially for you! It’s the first Sunday of the month of Summer Worship, it’s a “one-and-done” and it couldn’t be more simple: we’re asking everyone who can sing, ALL ages, to show up in the Music Room at Parkway UCC at 9:00am this Sunday July 1st to learn one easily-singable song, and then sing it during the Summer Worship service at 10:00am! No experience necessary, no extra rehearsals, no special robes to wear . . . we’re asking YOU to just come as you are to have a good time with other singers while you MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!  

Prayer Updates
Andy Wilson – called to be the Pastor of St John UCC, Smithton, IL!
Family/friends of Mary Jo Cannon – grieving and giving thanks. Visitation at Schrader Funeral Home on Friday, June 29 from 4-8pm.
Saturday at PUCC – 9am Visitation followed by Family Burial in our Elm Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Service in our sanctuary at 10:30am.
Family/Friends of Doug Watson – Memorial Service July 7th at 11am. Pray for wife Mary; daughters Jenna, Julia, Erica; sisters Susan & Linda.
Jean Mueller and family as they grieve & give thanks for her brother.
Bill and Gail Haack & Family – grieving and giving thanks for his mother… she died while they were here from TX for relative’s mem svc.
Lori Connors – struggling with pain from rheumatoid arthritis.
Bill Darland – hospitalized in St Louis.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week
Kirkwood UCC – kirkwooducc.org

Adult Education for PUCC & the Community!
Help Yourself and Others: 4E Training
Sunday, July 22 | Lunch 11:00am | Class 11:30am-1:30pm | Parkway UCC
Please come to this class, open to all, taught by the Town and Country Police Department. There is no charge for attending, and a free will offering will be accepted to cover the cost for lunch. 4E means “Educate, Evade, Evacuate, Engage” and it is a method to respond to an active attack on people with the potential to harm or kill. This response method is now in use county wide and community police are educating schools, businesses, churches, and any organization where people gather. Attending this class is the first “E” of the method: Educate. What you learn will increase your chance of surviving an attack anywhere it may occur. Please sign up for the class by sending an email with the name or names attending to treasurer@parkwayucc.org. Presented by the Emergency Procedures Team.

Announcements
Coffee & Conversation
Mon, Jul 2 | 10:00am | STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.

School Supply Drive now through July
Parkway UCC is supporting two worthy organizations this year to provide school and other supplies to children in the St. Louis area. This year the Little Bit Foundation is serving children in 37 schools in North St. Louis, 6 more than last year. Isaiah 58 Ministries is serving children, as well as adults, in South St. Louis. Please support, as you are able, these organizations. Place items in the yellow school bus in the Gathering Space. For questions, contact Evelyn Buretta, burettaevelyn@gmail.com
The following is a combined list of needs:
  • Socks and underwear for boys/men, all sizes needed
  • Socks and underwear for girls/women, all sizes needed
  • Colored pencils, 8 – 12 pack
  • Crayons, 24 pack
  • Markers, 8 – 12 pack
  • Highlighters
  • Wide-ruled notebooks/composition books
  • Wide-ruled loose-leaf note paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil box/pouch
  • Two-pocket folders
  • 1-inch binders
  • Gift cards
Community
Nathan Rauscher to Perform at MUSIC IN WEBSTER
Greetings friends and family! I have returned from two months studying in Vienna for my undergraduate degree and am excited to perform for you all. I have a great gig coming up with talented artists around St. Louis.
MUSIC IN WEBSTER at the Webster Groves Concert Hall Saturday 7/7 @7:30pm
103 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
$10 in advance, $15 at will call, Family Friendly
Buy tickets in advance at
(Contact Dominique via the email window at the bottom of the homepage.)
The Webster Groves Concert Hall offers a unique and classy concert atmosphere at the edge of Historic Webster. I will be joining my friend Dominique Price in his ensemble, Eldraco and the Free Nation, a ten-piece band featuring both classic and original music in the vein of names you know including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Nina Simone. Dominique is a remarkably talented artist recently graduated from Webster University and is excited to share his gift with the masses.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support,
~Nathan Rauscher

MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Summer Camp
July 23-27
Youth Mission Trip Sleep “away” in St Louis City to experience needs and strength of our city: July 30 — August 3. Contact Barb Kuhlmann (314-872-9330; barbk@parkwayucc.org) or Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813; cfbum@charter.net)

The Afterlife in Religious Traditions
Sunday, August 5 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | St Louis Art Museum
A panel of representatives from different religions will speak on beliefs about the afterlife in the auditorium of the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park.

Interfaith Art Tours—A free, drop-in tour…
Sunday, August 12 | 3:00pm | St Louis Art Museum | 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis Dr
We have received rave reviews for these tours, led by experienced and inspirational SLAM docents. These specially designed tours focus on artworks which reflect a wide range of faith traditions and inspire questions and conversations among the tour leaders and participants. The hour and one half-long tour will depart from the Museum’s Information Center in Sculpture Hall in the Main Building at 3:00 pm. The tours are free, no reservations required. 314-721-0072 | slam.org

Humor
What is a frog’s favorite summertime treat? Hopsicles!
Inspiration
God is not a noun, that demands to be defined, God is a verb that invites us to live, to love, and to be. ~John Shelby Spong

Video
A couple of minutes of inspiration!

PUCC eNews 618: Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together?

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday.
Join us this Sunday morning for Traditional Worship at 9:30am or Informal Worship at 11:00am when our scriptures will be 1Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 (David and Goliath) and Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus bringing calm in the boat while the disciples are anxious about the storm) with a sermon entitled Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together? What time is it in your life and our life together? (referencing Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 which is also part of our worship service)

Prayer Updates
Andy Wilson – approved for ordination in our UCC … Candidate Sunday this weekend to become the Pastor of a UCC church in Illinois!
Family/friends of Mary Jo Cannon – grieving and giving thanks. Visitation at Schrader Funeral Home on Friday, June 29 from 4-8pm. Saturday at PUCC – 9am Visitation followed by Family Burial in our Elm Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Service in our sanctuary at 10:30am.
Family/Friends of Doug Watson – Memorial Service here on July 7. Pray for wife Mary; daughters Jenna, Julia, Erica; sisters Susan & Linda.
Marsha Peek and Family – grieving/giving thanks for Cousin Doug.
Naomi Runtz – healing at home – recent shoulder replacement surgery. 

Adult Education
Adult Education Class 
Help Yourself and Others, June 24th at 9:45 and 11:15.
Description: What happens in the first minutes of an emergency could reduce the number of injuries and possible fatalities. After Pastor Kevin and several council members attended a seminar at Manchester Methodist in November 2017, Parkway formed a team in March 2018 to enhance the safety readiness of Parkway. Find out what the team learned, including county wide emergency response when they met with Town and Country Operational Support Officer Alex Pflueger, and Town and Country Fire Marshal David Phipps. What you learn at Parkway could increase your confidence about what to do in an emergency at work or in a public place.
Presented by the Emergency Procedures team: Joe Biondo, Molly Grisham, Barb Kuhlmann, Rich Race, Kevin Rauscher, and Jack Sieber. For info contact Rich Race: treasurer@parkwayucc.org 314-401-5790, or Jack Sieber: jack.sieber@yahoo.com 314-556-5658. 

Announcements
Summer Worship around the corner!
We will continue our usual Sunday schedule of Traditional Worship at 9:30am and Informal Worship at 11am on June 10, 17 and 24 then do a new thing for the rest of the summer.
As with a great number of churches across the land, we will have a different summer schedule. From July 1 – September 2 we will worship at 10:00am.
Sunday School for children of all ages (focused on Psalm 23) will take place just after the Children’s Time.
Barry will be working with a variety of singers, ringers and instrumentalists throughout the summer.
The Worship Commission looks forward to having all of us together this summer as we grow deeper in love with the Holy and one another.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) June 26
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Paperback copies are available in the church office.
This June we are discussing Why I Left; Why I Stayed, by Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo. The book is described as “conversations on Christianity between an evangelical father and his humanist son.” Books available for purchase in the church office.
In July, TED will shift to a lighter reading, with Philip Gulley’s Home to Harmony on July 10 and 24.
For more information, contact Karen Boyd: kkseib@gmail.com

School Supply Drive now through July
Parkway UCC is supporting two worthy organizations this year to provide school and other supplies to children in the St. Louis area. This year the Little Bit Foundation is serving children in 37 schools in North St. Louis, 6 more than last year. Isaiah 58 Ministries is serving children, as well as adults, in South St. Louis. Please support, as you are able, these organizations. Place items in the yellow school bus in the Gathering Space. For questions, contact Evelyn Buretta, burettaevelyn@gmail.com
The following is a combined list of needs:
  • Socks and underwear for boys/men, all sizes needed
  • Socks and underwear for girls/women, all sizes needed
  • Colored pencils, 8 – 12 pack
  • Crayons, 24 pack
  • Markers, 8 – 12 pack
  • Highlighters
  • Wide-ruled notebooks/composition books
  • Wide-ruled loose-leaf note paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil box/pouch
  • Two-pocket folders
  • 1-inch binders
  • Gift cards
Summer Choir! Volunteers of ALL AGES are needed for a special one-rehearsal Summer Choir singing at the 10:00am Summer Worship services on Sunday July 1, Sunday August 5, and Sunday September 2. All volunteer singers will gather at 9:00am in the Music Room to learn one quick song to sing in the 10:00am service that Sunday! See music man Barry for more information! 
Community
Pridefest will be here before we know it…JUNE 23 & 24…and signing up to participate has gotten easier. Just visit the newly updated Gateway Open & Affirming Coalition’s website: www.gatewayona.com
 
There you can do the following:
 
1. Purchase our latest designs of the comma shirts. (and there are other AWESOME items available as well)
2. Sign-up up for a shift for helping with the UCC Pridefest booth on the festival grounds.
3. Sign-up to participate in the parade.
 
Please sign-up for the above #2 & #3 before June 13. 
Questions? Call Greg Schmelig at 314-308-1868. As I have said it is such a blessing to be a part of a church body which welcomes and affirms who I am as well as the entire LGBTQIA community. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Holocaust Tour
Sunday, June 24 | 2:00 – 4:00pm | St. Louis Holocaust Museum
12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146
Tour led by David Oughton, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, Member of the Holocaust Museum’s Education Committee and Board Member of Interfaith Partnership. After viewing the many exhibits, we will hear a Holocaust survivor. Everyone is welcome.

Nathan Rauscher to Perform at MUSIC IN WEBSTER
Greetings friends and family! I have returned from two months studying in Vienna for my undergraduate degree and am excited to perform for you all. I have a great gig coming up with talented artists around St. Louis.
MUSIC IN WEBSTER at the Webster Groves Concert Hall Saturday 7/7 @7:30pm
103 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
$10 in advance, $15 at will call, Family Friendly
Buy tickets in advance at
(Contact Dominique via the email window at the bottom of the homepage.)
The Webster Groves Concert Hall offers a unique and classy concert atmosphere at the edge of Historic Webster. I will be joining my friend Dominique Price in his ensemble, Eldraco and the Free Nation, a ten-piece band featuring both classic and original music in the vein of names you know including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Nina Simone. Dominique is a remarkably talented artist recently graduated from Webster University and is excited to share his gift with the masses.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support,
~Nathan Rauscher

MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Summer Camp
July 23-27
Youth Mission Trip Sleep “away” in St Louis City to experience needs and strength of our city: July 30 — August 3. Contact Barb Kuhlmann (314-872-9330; barbk@parkwayucc.org) or Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813; cfbum@charter.net)

Humor
What is a shark’s favorite sandwich? Peanut butter and jellyfish!
Inspiration
“…legitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to feel like they have a voice–that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same as the rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another.” 

Video
Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge – about a minute video.

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PUCC eNews 618: Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together?

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday.
Join us this Sunday morning for Traditional Worship at 9:30am or Informal Worship at 11:00am when our scriptures will be 1Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 (David and Goliath) and Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus bringing calm in the boat while the disciples are anxious about the storm) with a sermon entitled Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together? What time is it in your life and our life together? (referencing Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 which is also part of our worship service)

Prayer Updates
Andy Wilson – approved for ordination in our UCC … Candidate Sunday this weekend to become the Pastor of a UCC church in Illinois!
Family/friends of Mary Jo Cannon – grieving and giving thanks. Visitation at Schrader Funeral Home on Friday, June 29 from 4-8pm. Saturday at PUCC – 9am Visitation followed by Family Burial in our Elm Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Service in our sanctuary at 10:30am.
Family/Friends of Doug Watson – Memorial Service here on July 7. Pray for wife Mary; daughters Jenna, Julia, Erica; sisters Susan & Linda.
Marsha Peek and Family – grieving/giving thanks for Cousin Doug.
Naomi Runtz – healing at home – recent shoulder replacement surgery. 

Adult Education
Adult Education Class 
Help Yourself and Others, June 24th at 9:45 and 11:15.
Description: What happens in the first minutes of an emergency could reduce the number of injuries and possible fatalities. After Pastor Kevin and several council members attended a seminar at Manchester Methodist in November 2017, Parkway formed a team in March 2018 to enhance the safety readiness of Parkway. Find out what the team learned, including county wide emergency response when they met with Town and Country Operational Support Officer Alex Pflueger, and Town and Country Fire Marshal David Phipps. What you learn at Parkway could increase your confidence about what to do in an emergency at work or in a public place.
Presented by the Emergency Procedures team: Joe Biondo, Molly Grisham, Barb Kuhlmann, Rich Race, Kevin Rauscher, and Jack Sieber. For info contact Rich Race: treasurer@parkwayucc.org 314-401-5790, or Jack Sieber: jack.sieber@yahoo.com 314-556-5658. 

Announcements
Summer Worship around the corner!
We will continue our usual Sunday schedule of Traditional Worship at 9:30am and Informal Worship at 11am on June 10, 17 and 24 then do a new thing for the rest of the summer.
As with a great number of churches across the land, we will have a different summer schedule. From July 1 – September 2 we will worship at 10:00am.
Sunday School for children of all ages (focused on Psalm 23) will take place just after the Children’s Time.
Barry will be working with a variety of singers, ringers and instrumentalists throughout the summer.
The Worship Commission looks forward to having all of us together this summer as we grow deeper in love with the Holy and one another.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) June 26
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Paperback copies are available in the church office.
This June we are discussing Why I Left; Why I Stayed, by Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo. The book is described as “conversations on Christianity between an evangelical father and his humanist son.” Books available for purchase in the church office.
In July, TED will shift to a lighter reading, with Philip Gulley’s Home to Harmony on July 10 and 24.
For more information, contact Karen Boyd: kkseib@gmail.com

School Supply Drive now through July
Parkway UCC is supporting two worthy organizations this year to provide school and other supplies to children in the St. Louis area. This year the Little Bit Foundation is serving children in 37 schools in North St. Louis, 6 more than last year. Isaiah 58 Ministries is serving children, as well as adults, in South St. Louis. Please support, as you are able, these organizations. Place items in the yellow school bus in the Gathering Space. For questions, contact Evelyn Buretta, burettaevelyn@gmail.com
The following is a combined list of needs:
  • Socks and underwear for boys/men, all sizes needed
  • Socks and underwear for girls/women, all sizes needed
  • Colored pencils, 8 – 12 pack
  • Crayons, 24 pack
  • Markers, 8 – 12 pack
  • Highlighters
  • Wide-ruled notebooks/composition books
  • Wide-ruled loose-leaf note paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil box/pouch
  • Two-pocket folders
  • 1-inch binders
  • Gift cards
Summer Choir! Volunteers of ALL AGES are needed for a special one-rehearsal Summer Choir singing at the 10:00am Summer Worship services on Sunday July 1, Sunday August 5, and Sunday September 2. All volunteer singers will gather at 9:00am in the Music Room to learn one quick song to sing in the 10:00am service that Sunday! See music man Barry for more information! 
Community
Pridefest will be here before we know it…JUNE 23 & 24…and signing up to participate has gotten easier. Just visit the newly updated Gateway Open & Affirming Coalition’s website: www.gatewayona.com
 
There you can do the following:
 
1. Purchase our latest designs of the comma shirts. (and there are other AWESOME items available as well)
2. Sign-up up for a shift for helping with the UCC Pridefest booth on the festival grounds.
3. Sign-up to participate in the parade.
 
Please sign-up for the above #2 & #3 before June 13. 
Questions? Call Greg Schmelig at 314-308-1868. As I have said it is such a blessing to be a part of a church body which welcomes and affirms who I am as well as the entire LGBTQIA community. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Holocaust Tour
Sunday, June 24 | 2:00 – 4:00pm | St. Louis Holocaust Museum
12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146
Tour led by David Oughton, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, Member of the Holocaust Museum’s Education Committee and Board Member of Interfaith Partnership. After viewing the many exhibits, we will hear a Holocaust survivor. Everyone is welcome.

Nathan Rauscher to Perform at MUSIC IN WEBSTER
Greetings friends and family! I have returned from two months studying in Vienna for my undergraduate degree and am excited to perform for you all. I have a great gig coming up with talented artists around St. Louis.
MUSIC IN WEBSTER at the Webster Groves Concert Hall Saturday 7/7 @7:30pm
103 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
$10 in advance, $15 at will call, Family Friendly
Buy tickets in advance at
(Contact Dominique via the email window at the bottom of the homepage.)
The Webster Groves Concert Hall offers a unique and classy concert atmosphere at the edge of Historic Webster. I will be joining my friend Dominique Price in his ensemble, Eldraco and the Free Nation, a ten-piece band featuring both classic and original music in the vein of names you know including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Nina Simone. Dominique is a remarkably talented artist recently graduated from Webster University and is excited to share his gift with the masses.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support,
~Nathan Rauscher

MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Summer Camp
July 23-27
Youth Mission Trip Sleep “away” in St Louis City to experience needs and strength of our city: July 30 — August 3. Contact Barb Kuhlmann (314-872-9330; barbk@parkwayucc.org) or Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813; cfbum@charter.net)

Humor
What is a shark’s favorite sandwich? Peanut butter and jellyfish!
Inspiration
“…legitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to feel like they have a voice–that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same as the rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another.” 

Video
Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge – about a minute video.

Keep Families Together – Powerful UCC Letter

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UCC Leaders: Keep Families Together
Condemning the unconscionable assertion that migrant children should be separated from their parents because of ‘orderly and lawful processes that protect the weak and lawful,’ – a Biblical statement used to justify U.S. immigration policies – United Church of Christ National Leadership has issued this pastoral letter, urging the people of the denomination’s almost 5,000 congregations to take action now! First, by contacting their Congressional representatives, and then by providing funds to keep families together. Money to be used to support the people sleeping in the streets at the borders of this country, or those parents and children separated upon entry!

“Still, when God saw the trouble they were in and heard their cries for help,
God remembered God’s Covenant with them, and, immense with love, took them by the hand. God poured out God’s mercy on them while their captors looked on, amazed.” Psalm 106:44-47 (The Message translation)

Friends, once again we stand at the brink of a moral precipice in our society and the question before us is will we choose to act in covenant with God on behalf of God’s people or will we sacrifice our soul. The United Church of Christ has long been a supporter of migrant families seeking refuge within our borders from intolerable and unsafe living conditions in their homelands. As people of God committed to the sacredness of all creation and the sanctity of every life, we are compelled to heed the cries of families now being violently torn apart at our borders for political expediency and profitability. Such violent acts are unnecessarily punitive and place at risk the physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and developmental stability of hundreds of families who now find themselves separated, caged, and commodified in a strange land.

All of our sacred texts, no matter the faith, identify the disregard of the humanity of the vulnerable as sin.

And God hears the cries of God’s people. The plight of black and brown migrant families whose children are ripped from their care cannot be the policy of a civilized land. We’ve been here before. Our nation’s history bears witness to a legacy of lost love. We separated the children of Native people from their families. We separated the children of enslaved people from their families. We separated the children of Japanese people from their families. Many of these families were never made whole again. This legacy of white supremacist ideology is idolatrous and leaves an indelible mark of evil that can only be redeemed by a conscious act of spiritual repentance and repair.

We must resist the evil of dehumanization enacted upon the vulnerable among us. The United Church of Christ strongly condemns the dismantling of families, the criminalization of the quest for freedom, and the caging of those whose only crime is to seek shelter from harm. How we treat those who seek shelter in our midst is a direct reflection of how we treat God. We call upon our 5,000 member churches to write letters to your representatives in Congress as an act of worship this month. Refugee Justice Sunday is June 17, World Refugee Day is June 20. Remind Congress there is a law that supersedes partisanship and political bantering, and that is the sanctity of all people of God.

Faithfully yours,
The National Officers of our United Church of Christ:
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President
The Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister, Justice and Witness Ministries
The Rev. James Moos, Executive Minister, Wider Church Ministries

The Council of Conference Ministers of the United Church of Christ

(including Ginny Brown Daniel, our Missouri Mid-South Conference Minister)
2841 N Ballas Road | Saint Louis, Missouri 63131
314-872-9330 | www.parkwayucc.org
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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