October 24, 2017

Accidental Saints: Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) welcomes YOU to join us for our informal potluck supper and book club.


Our current selection is the recent publication by Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber entitled Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People. We discuss this book (and whatever else that comes up….) on Tuesday evenings, Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 24. We start with a potluck supper and then convene for “discussion” usually finishing by about 8:00pm. We have one copy left in the church office ($11) or download on your e-reader or visit the library! Here’s just one review –


“Besides the fact that she is an amazing writer, my friend Nadia understands more than most that we are messed up people living in a messed up world with other messed up people…She understands that God meets our messed-up-ness with his mercy over and over and over again. I couldn’t put this book down.”


Maybe you’re interested in this book but don’t want to get committed long-term to a book club…COME! Maybe you’ve never been in a book club but love to read…. COME! Maybe the idea of a PUCC potluck two evenings a month is too good to be true…. COME!

ALL WELCOME! Contact Karen Boyd with questions atkkseib@gmail.com

PUCC Nursery Staff

PUCC Nursery Staff

Do you know someone who LOVES taking care of small children? An immediate opening exists for a Nursery Staff Member on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 12:15. This person ideally has experience working with children 0-3 years of age. Any candidates are encouraged to contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org, 314.872.9330

Jesus Has Left the Building 6

Jesus Has Left the Building 6

Saturday, October 21, 2017 • Grassy area left of Historic Sanctuary -then throughout the Community! • Lisa Mason lmason624@sbcglobal.net

We are shifting JHLTB to a Saturday this time – please join us for all NEW projects! 


9:15-9:30 brief commissioning service at the grassy area to the left of the Historic Sanctuary


9:30 Teams head to chosen projects, followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant


Read about the projects here…JHLTB 6 Project list–Oct 2017

Church Picnic 10/1

Church Picnic

Sunday, October 1 | 4:00-6:00pm | Des Peres Park

Live music, games, prizes and a cake walk. Fried chicken, lemonade and bottled water provided. Sign up in the Gathering Space!

Our famous Nathan Rauscher Jazz Band and children activities will round out this wonderful annual event. Easy access for wheelchairs and walkers.

If you can’t stop by the church to sign up please call and RSVP number of attendees so we have enough chicken. Identify if you are bringing a side dish or dessert. Contact is Stef Rauscher at 314-994-9577. Please leave your name, number attending, what you are bringing, and a call back number.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you!

World Communion Worship in Historic Sanctuary 9/30

Special Worship Service in the Historic Sanctuary & Fellowship EventSaturday September 30, 2017

5:00pm Worship Service Historic Sanctuary

5:30 to 7:00pm Potluck (pizza, salads and dessert)

7:00 to 9:00pm Board games


You are welcome to attend all of or any portion of the event.


This event will include a short worship service that includes scripture, music, prayer, message, and communion from 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm held in the Historic Sanctuary, followed by light meal consisting of salad/dessert and ordered pizza potluck in the Gathering Space. We will conclude with our fellowship time with board games. You are welcome and invited to participate in all or any portion of this Church event. So if you only have time for the service, attend that portion. If you have time for only the meal and/or fellowship, feel free to join just that portion of the event.


The theme of this worship service with be built around Psalm 25 about trust. The scripture will focus on that Psalm using different translations. You will learn a little about when the Psalm was written and its meaning. We will sing hymns based on this Psalm and others hymns related to this theme. A guest organist will provide the music. As we did in the last special service we will light candles together as we begin our worship together. Please bring a candle/votive that individuals/family will light together and leave on the altar for the remainder of the worship service. At the conclusion of the service, you will take a different candle home with you as a memory of the event. Our goal is to provide a unique, spiritual, uplifting and memorable worship experience among the walls of our Historic Sanctuary followed by the warmth of friendship and fellowship.


If you plan on attending, please bring a salad or dessert to share and a candle/votive for the service. (We will have extra candles in the event you forget to bring one to the service.) We will order pizza based on the number of attendees planning on staying for the potluck. The pizzas will be ordered so they are delivered at the end of the worship service. Membership Care will be providing the pizzas. This event is co-sponsored by the Worship and Membership Care Commissions.


Feel free to direct any questions to Rosanna Hogarty, Worship Commission member, rjhogarty@gmail.com or 314-265-7992.

September 2017 Worship Notes

Worship Notes – September 2017


September 3

Meditation   Don’t let someone keep putting out the flame God keeps re-lighting, we all have a purpose. As a wing to a bird. As wind that goes the destiny over the sea. -Anthony Liccione

Scripture      Exodus 3:1-12; Psalm 105:1-6; Romans 12:9-21

Sermon        We Have Work to Do

Theme         God lays out what God wants to do because of the needs of the people and then tells Moses to make it happen – God wants/needs us to act.

                    What is God asking us/you to do? Romans passages


us some clear direction.

Music ?        They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

                    I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

                    Every Move I Make

                    Jesu, Jesu

Special         Communion


September 10

Meditation   You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct

                    way, and the only way, it does not exist. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Scripture      Psalm 149; Matthew 18:15-20; Romans 13:8-14

Sermon        Day by Day

Theme         Passages about how to be in


with one another – esp when there is tumult, disagreement… the time is now to love one another

                    (a good primer for Vitality Initiative – Consultant KickOff next wknd)

Music?         Day by Day

                    Blest Be the Tie That Binds

                    Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

                    Where Charity and Love Prevail

                    Make Me A Channel of Your Peace

                    Bind Us Together

                    As We Gather

Special         Choir’s first Sunday back from summer break!



September 17

Meditation   Always


twice. First to what is being said and then to what isn’t.

– unknown

Scripture      Exodus 14:19-31; Matthew 18:23-35

Sermon        What’s Not Being Said

Theme         Parting of Red Sea – focus on safe passing or drowning of



                    Parable of forgiven slave that doesn’t forgive right after he is forgiven

                    What assumptions are there when we say one thing without mentioning another? What assumptions do we make about others’ words and ways?

Music ?        Lead On, O Cloud of Presence

                    There’s A Wideness in God’s Mercy

In the Midst of New Dimensions

Special         Consultant Weekend; Faith Sharing by Member/Friend


September 24

Meditation   For me, the opposite of scarcity is not abundance. It’s enough. I’m enough. – Brene Brown

Scripture      Psalm 105: 1-6, 37-45; Matthew 20:1-16

Sermon        Scarcity or Abundance?

Theme         Parable of the laborers in the vineyard – all arriving at different times

yet landowner paying them the same wage – which causes outrage then and now. What is it about us wanting to limit God’s lavish love?

Music ?        I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me

Ubi Caritas

                    God Will Take Care of You

                    Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing

                    Make Me A Servant

                    Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord

Special         Elin Patel Baptism at


; Skyler’s final Sunday


October 1





Music ?

Special         World Communion Sunday with Marthoma


How you can help with Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Sept. 3-24 • Gathering Space • Lisa Mason or Julie Stappenbeck

We’ve been in touch with friends in Houston who have helped identify the most crucial needs to assist with the long recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey. 


  • new socks and underwear— all sizes 
  • plus size clothing
  • diapers & wipes
  • toiletries
  • large trash bags
  • disposable plates & silverware
  • granola bars/non-perishable snacks
  • gift cards (Visa, Walmart, Target, fuel,) or financial donations clearly designated for Hurricane Harvey Relief



If you’d like to help, please leave contributions in the designated bin in the gathering space. Thank you for your generosity!

Lisa: lmason624@sbcglobal.net | 314- 569-0095

Julie: jstappenbeck@yahoo.com | 314-504-0785 

Youth Night Fall, 2017

Middle School 6:00-7:00 PM Senior High 7:00-8:00 PM


Wednesday, September 6, Let’s Get Together!

Youth Night is a time to get together and have fun! Hope to see you there and bring a friend along! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM


Wednesday, September 13, Big Balloon Bop!

Oh my, balloons will be the theme and popping will be the dream! Come join us for a night of fun and fellowship. Snacks, games and door prizes are all part of this fun evening. Hope to see you there! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, September 20, Go Bananas!

Don’t slip on the peel! Banana games you’ve never played as we meet in the fellowship hall, Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 27, Big Game Night!

What game? Come find out! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM. Who knows, we’ll shoot some baskets or play some volleyball, you decide. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 4, Disney Night!

Who’s your favorite character? What’s your favorite movie? You’ve got to come and see what this night is all about. Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, October 11, Newspaper Night!

What can we do with a stack of newspapers? Come and find out! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM. Youth Night is a blast, come and bring a friend along!

Wednesday, October 18, Pumpkin Ball!

Yes, we will use pumpkins to play ball! Come and see what that means! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.  We’ll see what else we can do with these pumpkins, let’s get creative!

Wednesday, October 25, Halloween Fun!

Masks and candy and fun, oh my! Halloween is coming and now we can pretend to be someone else! Let’s create a character to be for Halloween.

Wednesday, November 1, Oh Baby!

Ever changed a diaper? Baby games and baby bottle chug will all be a part of this fun evening. Hope to see you there! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 8, Invention Convention

What kind of Thingamajig can you make with a bunch of “stuff?” We can’t wait to see! It will all be here for you to create! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 15, Secret Stash!

You will be on the search for hidden items. Don’t worry, there will be a check list to help you through. Come and see how fast you can find them. Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.


Wednesday, November 22, No Youth Night, Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, December 6, Trivia Night

Let’s see how much you know about Christmas! Lots of fun, snacks and you could even win a door prize! Come and bring a friend! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Christmas Gift Bags

Wednesday, December 13, Finding the Christmas Spirit!

Let’s put together bags of goodies for children in need. We’ll have a great time as well as putting a smile on little one’s faces. Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, December 20, Youth Christmas Party!

Let’s bake some cookies and enjoy time together before Christmas. The candy bowl will be out , games to play and you could even win a door prize! Middle School, 6:00-7:00 PM, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 PM.

Wednesday, December 27, No Youth Night, Christmas Break

AWOL Goes to the Rep!

Join AWOL (Adventurous Women Out Late) at the Rep for


Fri, Sep 22 | :008pm. Tickets approx $40

RSVP to Carmen Bumgarner asap: cfbum@charter.net (314-330-0813)

The Broadway production debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in October 2014 and closed in September 2016. It won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.


The story concerns a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog that is investigated by young Christopher Boone, who has an autism spectrum condition, and his relationships with his parents and school mentor. The play reworked the source material by changing its voice and presenting the story as a play-within-a-play. The play has received a generally warm reception, with most critics impressed by its ability to convey the point of view of the young protagonist and the compassion of his school mentor.

Drivers Needed!

Rides for Luke

Anyone interested in driving Luke Mani, a theological student at Eden, to/from PUCC on Sundays please sign up here now… Luke would like to attend a mix of both 9:30 and 11:00 services throughout the school year, until he graduates from Eden in May.