May 24, 2018

Youth Night, 518, Let’s Party!

Youth Night, 5-23-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night! 

 Let’s Party!

 Wednesday, May 23



This is it! Our last Wednesday together so lets party!
Hope to see you there!

Candy Bowl, Snacks and Door Prizes!  

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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Building a Bigger Table June 1-3 (Please Register!)

We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be presenting a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June!

 

How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

 

May 2, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kevin Cameron, Pastor, Parkway United Church of Christ (314) 872-9330; Kevin@parkwayucc.org

Author John Pavlovitz events hosted by Parkway UCC June 1-2

St. Louis, MO – Parkway United Church of Christ (UCC) is proud to host author John Pavlovitz for three events for the St. Louis community.

 

John Pavlovitz is a pastor, writer, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years, his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. He lives his commitment to energized, all-inclusive, and authentic interfaith relationships. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, Pavlovitz is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. He is the author of A Bigger Table, and his new book Hope and Other Superpowers will be published in November 2018.

 

The public is encouraged to attend these interfaith conversations focused on building compassionate, inclusive community. The events are free and will be held at Parkway UCC, 2841 N. Ballas Road, St. Louis 63131 (near Missouri Baptist Medical Center); please register via Eventbrite for planning purposes.

 

Building a Bigger Table -Friday, June 1, 7:00-9:00 pm
H
ow can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? How can we create spiritual communities that are big enough for everyone? What is the path forward in days that seem more hostile to diversity? Join Pavlovitz for a hopeful time of storytelling, encouragement, and honest conversation, about setting the table for a new, more loving expression of faith and community.  

Register at https://bit.ly/2HO6ReV

 

 

Rebounding from Compassion Fatigue – Saturday, June 2, 9:30-11:30 am
To be compassionate is to bleed, to feel deeply for the damage around you and to be moved to respond. This is a beautiful and invaluable instinct, but it is costly, too. There is a toll the trauma of the world takes on us when we seek to step into that dangerous space and to work for healing and justice. In days when so much need is at our doorsteps and on our news feeds, how do we attend to it all without becoming overwhelmed and consumed by it? How do we avoid becoming martyrs of our own hearts? Join this workshop-style authentic conversation on how to be safely burdened with the pain of this world, and what to do when you’ve exhausted your resources. Check in 9:00-9:30 am.

Please register in advance at https://bit.ly/2HMWFmy

 

 

Uniting Student Activists – Saturday, June 2, 7:30-9:30 pm
The efforts of student activists are finally being recognized on a national level. How do you engage activism that embraces your values? We will also talk about youth disillusionment, frustration, and hope surrounding our country’s social and political climate. The evening will include food, coffee, music, and opportunities to connect, heal, and plan.

Register at https://bit.ly/2rhu8vm

 

 

Parkway United Church of Christ is a joyful, compassionate, and inclusive community located at 2841 North Ballas Road, St. Louis 63131, just south of the intersection of Highways 270 and 40, and just north of the intersection of Ballas and Clayton Roads. Please visit our website at www.parkwayucc.org or email kevin@parkwayucc.org.

The United Church of Christ and Parkway UCC celebrate an extravagant welcome for all, “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open to all, not closed to any, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable,” according to UCC.org, the denomination’s website. “We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God’s mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Because God is still speaking.” The United Church of Christ is a mainline denomination with more than one million members in 5,000 congregations in the United States.




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PUCC E-News 5-17-2018 PENTECOST & CONFIRMATION

NCC Laments Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem, Deaths of Palestinians
WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches laments the move of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We have previously warned that such an unwise and prejudicial action would make a peace settlement even more difficult to achieve and would indeed lead to violence. Today’s deadly violence bears out the truth of this warning. Read more…
You are most cordially invited to
St Louis WILPF’s Annual Meeting and Dinner
Parkway United Church of Christ
2841 N Ballas Rd
Saturday, May 19, 2018
5:00-8:00pm
5:00pm: Gathering for refreshments and conversation
5:30pm: Annual Meeting, with reports from Chair and Treasurer; and the Jane Addams Award books
6:00pm: Catered vegetarian dinner ($15, call or text Lynn Sableman for reservations – 314-609-6918)
6:45pm: Dance performance by Alice Bloch
7:00pm: Member Arlene Zarembka and Zulema Tang-Martinez explain MOmentum (Missouri Moving Forward, a grass-roots, non-artisan organization that attempts to fight the right wing agenda) with opportunities for discussion.
This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday.
Join us this Sunday for Pentecost – the day the gift of the Holy Spirit blew into town to bless people and help them belong to one another! Wear red if you like – a symbol of the fire and passion of the Holy Spirit! Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am.
Our Hebrew Scripture Lesson is Psalm 104 and the Pentecost story is from Acts 2:1-13… Read it here…
Pentecost – the gift of the Holy Spirit – is the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise that he would not leave us alone… we will receive a reassuring comforter that will root us in love and set us free for love!
We will celebrate the Rite of Confirmation at 9:30am service with
Ryan Theodore Bowermaster
Iris Isabella Cameron
Nathaniel William Doty
Meredith Claire Downing
Summer Carissa Lyons
Abigail Marie Sperry
William Thaddeus Stappenbeck
Tyler Jacob Wessel
Emily Lillian Wilson
As always, please feel free to bring a relative, friend, neighbor with you!
This is Give-a-Meal Sunday. Please bring your non-perishable goods to share with those in need.
Prayer Updates
Wyatt Orum Watkins Baptism last Sunday at 11am.
Peggy Mohl – positive prognosis! No further treatment needed!
Molly Grisham – settling into her new home in Hazelwood.
PUCC Confirmands – this Sunday PENTECOST.
Millicent Guerri – recent diagnosis of lung cancer
Mary Maxeiner – healing from last week’s foot surgery.
Doug Watson – has begun another regimen of chemotherapy.   
Pattie Herpel – at Surrey Place for rehab after hospital stay.
John Williams – NHC Healthcare in St Charles for more rehab.
Karen and Mike Scalion – as she awaits medical tests and next steps.
Elena – 16 yr old niece of Marsha/Dave Peek -home after kidney surgery.
The Scharfs – grieving and giving thanks for Grandma Gertie (101 yrs).
Alyssa Toal & family – grieving her father (Alyssa is in PUCC Yth Grp).
Chloe – 18 yr old granddaughter of Eggebrechts hospitalized after ATV accident … toes on right foot amputated immediately, likely removal of leg below calf this Saturday. Her graduation from Westminster is Monday. She was baptized at PUCC.
The people of the Middle East, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week: Hope UCC in DeSoto, MO
Announcements
The Parkway Church Orchestra resumes third Sunday rehearsals this Sunday, May 20, 6:30 to 8:00pm in the choir room. If you did not play in the orchestra at our December, 2017 concert contact the director, Roger Fagerberg, 314-878-7646, before coming to rehearsal.
Tuesday Evening Dialogue
May 22
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Paperback copies are available in the church office.
TED will continue to discuss the John Pavlovitz book “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Hopeful and Authentic Spiritual Community. This month, we will focus the discussion on Part 3: Under Construction. All are welcome to join in the potluck supper and discussions as we prepare for Pavlovitz’s visit to Parkway UCC on June 1-3rd! For more details contact Joan Brannigan: joanbran@mac.com
Youth Night May 23: PARTY! 
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall a
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
Would you like to have lunch with John Pavlovitz?
Saturday, June 2 | 12:00pm | Heritage Room
An open invitation to anyone who is interested in learning more about John, his book, A Bigger Table. RSVP to Carol Cobb 314 965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com. To help underwrite the lunch, we ask for a donation at the lunch. We will cater sandwiches, etc. from a local establishment. 
Community
Sunday is the last day to sign up! PUCC Pink Angels
20th Anniversary of Komen Race for the Cure
Sat, Jun 9 | Site opens 6:30am | Downtown STL
See flyer and sign up in the Gathering Space. Komenmissouri.org/stlrace
Four tickets remain to sing the national anthem…at the St. Louis Football Club on Wednesday, May 30! Great European-style soccer experience right here off I-44 and 270. Anyone can come sing (or not sing). Family event for all ages. See Music Man Barry for more information.
The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwine—an interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities. Our next event is a community Iftar dinner on June 5.
Humor
I didn’t graduate with honors. I was honored just to graduate. ~Melanie White
Inspiration
I am saddened by how people treat one another and how we are so shut off from one another and how we judge one another, when the truth is, we are all one connected thing. We are all from the same exact molecules.
~Ellen DeGeneres
Video
This is Pentecost!  View the video…

Youth Night, 5-16-18, Outside Games!

Youth Night, 5-16-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night! 

 Outside Games!

 Wednesday, May 16



Weather permitting we will head outside to play some games.
Capture the Flag, Hide and Seek, Kick the Can? Whatever you desire! It should be fun, hope to see you there!

Candy Bowl, Snacks and Door Prizes!  

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
Sent by barbk@parkwayucc.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact

PUCC E-News 5/11/2018: Listen Up!

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday.
Join us this Sunday for breakfast and worship! Our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast (free for women and girls) begins at 8:30am and continues through 11am.
Traditional Worship begins at 9:30am and our Informal Worship starts at 11:00am. Our Hebrew Scripture Lesson is Psalm 47—overflowing with praise for God. Our New Testament Lesson is the story of the Ascension from Acts 1:1-11 when Jesus wraps up his forty days of post-resurrections appearances and is carried away to be with God completely. Jesus gives us a final promise, blessing and charge. The sermon is entitled Listen Up!
We are excited to welcome the Emmaus Homes Bell Choir, share a meaningful and memorable Litany for Mother’s Day and be inspired by Faith Sharing of PUCC artist Angela Chostner. 
Please join us and bring a relative, friend, neighbor with you!
Prayer Updates
Wyatt Orum Watkins Baptism this Sunday at 11am
Doug Watson – beginning another regimen of chemotherapy.
Millicent Guerri – recent diagnosis of lung cancer
Mary Maxeiner – healing from foot surgery on Tuesday, May 8.
Peggy & Mike Mohl – for peace and healing while waiting for pathology report after endometrial cancer surgery last week.
Pattie Herpel – at Surrey Place for rehab after hospital stay.
John Williams – NHC Healthcare in St Charles for more rehab.
Karen and Mike Scalion – as she awaits medical tests and next steps.
Elena – 16 yr old niece of Marsha and David Peek – home after kidney surgery.
Alyssa Toal & family – grieving her father (Alyssa is in PUCC Yth Grp).
Bejoy Kurian (Mar Thoma) – as he grieves/gives thanks for his mom this wkend at her memorial service here at PUCC.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week:
Holy Trinity Community UCC – Memphis, Tennessee
Announcements
Attention All Ministry Leaders: Annual Reports are due Monday, May 14 to mona@parkwayucc.org
Prayer Corner
Tue, May 15 | 8:00-10:00am | Sanctuary
Pastor Kevin is available to pray with you during this time. The Prayer Corner–with a perpetual candle–has a current prayer list, prayer books, journal, kneeler and chairs.
Youth Night May 16: Outside Games
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
Would you like to have lunch with John Pavlovitz?
Saturday, June 2 | 12:00pm | Heritage Room
An open invitation to anyone who is interested in learning more about John, his book, A Bigger Table. RSVP to Carol Cobb 314 965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com. To help underwrite the lunch, we ask for a donation at the lunch. We will cater sandwiches, etc. from a local establishment. 
Community
Take me out to the ballgame!
Come support Miriam Academy this spring at their upcoming baseball games:
Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00pm
Wednesday, May 16 at 8:00pm
All games on Field #1 | Ballwin Athletic Association
baapark.org | 636-394-2159 (option 1 for Rainout Line)
1 Ballpark Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021
(South of Manchester Rd between Ries Rd/Seven Trails Dr & Holloway Rd)
Dear Friends of Eden’s International student community,
This year’s Masters Candidates (including PUCC friend Luke Mani from Sri Lanka) will be presenting their papers on Tuesday May 15.
You are welcome to come hear what work they have done and presented as their final project.
There are some amazing projects – with the understanding that for all of the internationals this was done in a second or third language – amazing theologians all!
Hope you can join us – especially as Luke presents at 10am in the Chapel.
Eden Seminary is located in Webster Groves at 475 E Lockwood.
The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwine—an interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities. Our next event is a community Iftar dinner on June 5.
Humor
What month of the year is the shortest? May (only 3 letters)
Inspiration
Big-heartedness always draws close to the other, always draws the other close. Francis of Assisi, Benedict, Dorothy Day, Jean Vanier—like Jesus himself—draw people naturally into relationship. And the hunger of the human heart that God put in us is not just for casual and recreational relationships. We long for relationships of meaning. We long to be connected, for healing, for vocation, and for mission. . . ~Richard Rohr
Video
We hope you are able to spend some time outside these May days soaking up some of the amazing gifts of Creation!

Community Interfaith Iftar (Please Register!)

Tue, Jun 5 | 7:30pm

Intertwine: “to be connected so as to be difficult to separate.”

The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwinean interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities. We strive to celebrate both our similarities and our differences with members of various faiths and backgrounds. In this time when divisiveness may seem like the norm, we strive to celebrate both our similarities and our differences with members of various faiths and backgrounds. 

With the help of Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest, we are launching the Intertwine initiative with three events this year. People of all faiths (or no faith) and all ages are encouraged to attend.

 

Interfaith Iftar is our next event with the help of friends from the Turkish American Society of MO (TASOM). What’s an iftar? During the month of Ramadan, a month of reflection and spiritual growth, Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. The fast is broken together with the prayer said at sunset. TASOM is honored to share this important time with interfaith friends and will bring traditional food to enjoy the breaking of the fast together. Come learn the meaning of Ramadan and explore shared values of hospitality with informal discussions during the meal. There will also be brief presentations of how interfaith interactions have impacted youth and TASOM. Participants are encouraged (not required) to donate $5 per person to cover the cost of food. RSVP to Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest (314-662-2928)by May 30.

 

Other Ramadan opportunities:

Fast-a-Thon Experience—abstaining from food and drink for one day to experience and understand the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Consider donating the money that would have been spent on food to TASOM. These funds will help support a refugee family to show hospitality to newcomers.

 

Family Iftar Dinners—Share an iftar between families. As the Holy Month of Ramadan approaches, Turkish American Society of Missouri and Niagara Foundation invite you to attend a Home-Based Family Iftar Dinner with local Muslim host families. The meals will be in individual homes between May 17 and June 13. Please sign up for the Iftar and the family dinner through these links. In the field that asks for “title/organization” please type “Parkway UCC.”  

https://www.niagarafoundation.org/community-iftar-dinner-parkway-united-church-of-christ/

Giving Flight to the Dreams of All

Angel Paintings at Parkway Starting May 13, Angela Chostner is showing her Reiki Angel Painting, Unity, in the Sanctuary, where it will be on display until July. A different painting will be displayed every 2 months.

 

Angela’s paintings are a reflection of her spiritual journey. Her approach is

to set an intention, infuse the process with the healing energy of Reiki and see where the act of creation takes her. All of the angels are virtue based, and inspired by nature, quantum physics, her children, and dreams.


The painting Unity, featured on Mother’s Day, reflects on the bridges we build in our lives, and how, according to her daughter Anastasia,

“We are all unique, united in love.”

 

Angela’s statement on her work: “Within us all is the capacity to love without reservation, express ourselves fully and to recognize the beauty in each other and ourselves. We are all specks of light in an ocean of time. If only we could see that we are all connected, and when one of us dares to dream, it gives flight to the dreams of all.”

For further information, contact Angela at chostner@gmail.com (314) 308-5349

More of Angela’s artwork can be seen at facebook.com/AngelaLChostner

Prayer Corner May 15

Prayer Corner
Tue, May 15 | 8:00-10:00am | Sanctuary

Pastor Kevin is available to pray with you during this time. The Prayer Corner–with a perpetual candle–has a current prayer list, prayer books, journal, kneeler and chairs.

Youth Night, 518, Amazing Race!

Youth Night, 5-9-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night! 

 Amazing Race!

 Wednesday, May 9



We ended up exploring our neighborhood last week so… it’s Amazing race time!

We will travel the world with clues in hand and find challenges along the way. Get ready, get set, let’s go!

Candy Bowl, Snacks and Door Prizes!  

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
Sent by barbk@parkwayucc.org in collaboration with
Constant Contact