December 17, 2017

Four Ways to Christmas: Christmas Eve Worship at Parkway

Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24

10:00am worship Four Ways to Christmas—The hope, peace, joy and love of Advent are coming to fruition! Join us as we receive the gift of Jesus. We will sing Christmas carols and reflect on how and why God has come to live among us. Celebrate!

 

4:30pm Family Friendly Worship—A lively and spirited service with Nativity scriptures, carols and contemporary reflections. We will sing Silent Night by candlelight as we prepare to go out into this holy night.

 

7:30pm Candlelight & Communion—This traditional service includes the Christmas Gospel, choir, carols as we ponder what this love story means for us today. We will share Communion at our open table and sing Silent Night by candlelight.

MONTH OF GRACE + PRAYER

MONTH OF GRACE + PRAYER (A Retreat in Everyday Life)

MONTH OF GRACE + PRAYER (A Retreat in Everyday Life)

Start the New Year with Prayer – The Month of Grace + Prayer starts on Sunday, January 14. Throughout the month each participant will be invited to pray privately each day and then meet confidentially with an experienced spiritual companion for one hour each week. Meetings with spiritual companions take place on Monday mornings, afternoons or evenings, at the convenience of each participant. Committed couples also have the option to participate as a couple. Spiritual companions are not members of our church. Brochures and registration forms are available on the round table in the Gathering Space, and for even more information, visit www.momentsofgraceandprayer.org or contact PUCCer Sue Stolze (314-209-6057; scstolze75@gmail.com)

 

Brochure and Registration…

Slipped into Prayer—Clarence Heller

 

I slipped into prayer,

stopped for a moment,

in the quiet,

stopped and allowed God to catch me,

and to welcome that,

no agenda,

no hopes,

just being with myself in God,

and then I begin to notice…

the surroundings…

and what is within…

and the connection…

and the love…

and the invitation…

to slip into prayer,

to slip into myself in God.

 

Please consider participating in the Month of Grace + Prayer as one way to slip into prayer and deeper relationship with God. This spiritual adventure starts on Sunday, January 14. Throughout the month each participant will be invited to pray privately each day and then meet confidentially with an experienced spiritual companion for one hour each week. Meetings with spiritual companions take place on Monday mornings, afternoons or evenings, at the convenience of each participant. Committed couples also have the option to participate as a couple. Spiritual companions are not members of our church. Brochures and registration forms are available on the round table in the Gathering Space, and for more information, visit www.momentsofgraceandprayer.org or contact PUCCer Sue Stolze (314-209-6057; scstolze75@gmail.com) Registration encouraged by January 5.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Caroling Oppotunities

Join Us for Christmas Caroling!

Sat Dec 9 | 9:30am – noon | Sat Dec 16 | 12:30-3:00pm

All ages, all singing abilities invited! We will run through a couple of songs and head out. We will be visiting special friends of Parkway to usher in the season with songs and fellowship. Contact Kevin: kevin@parkwayucc.org

 

More Caroling! We have packaged 97 bags of candy for the children who live in a complex of immigrant families off Hodiamont. On Dec 16 we will leave the church at 3:00pm—along with Santa—to deliver the candy you so generously supplied. If you wish to join us we will be singing Santa songs. If anyone has a Guitar that would be great. 

Adopting Families in need from International Institute

Parkway United Church of Christ and Congregation Shaare Emeth are adopting two families in need from the International Institute again this year. Please bring all gifts to PUCC by December 19. Contact Lisa Mason (lmason624@sbcglobal.net) if you have questions. Read about the two families we have adopted:

 

Congolese Family C-Bembe Ethnicity: The Congolese Bembe are a displaced group from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Conflict in the DRC has been going on for more than 18 years. Moise, Wanyema, and their children arrived in St. Louis in 2016. Currently, they are in financial distress living on one income with a large family. Moise works full time and unfortunately doesn’t have time to take English classes since he takes advantage of overtime opportunities. However, his goal is to re-enroll when possible. The children, except for Mbukani, are all currently enrolled in school. With winter approaching, all family members are in need of winter shoes. They would really benefit from a grocery gift card (about $300), utility assistance ($300), and rent assistance ($800). Additionally, they would enjoy warm winter wear for the children and bedding or blankets. For the toddler, the best gift would be diapers (size 4). The mother will also need NB-1 diapers as she is expecting another child. Other great items include children’s toys and games.

 

Somali Family-R : In 1991, Somalia entered a long, terrible period of civil war. The increasingly totalitarian reign of Major General Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown by a number of resistance militias, and the central government collapsed. Halima and her children fled Somalia and lived in Kenya until coming to the United States. The mother and one of her children suffer from severe medical conditions. However, Halima has still been attending English class regularly and just obtained employment. She knows that life in America as a single mother will be difficult, but is confident she can do it. Although Halima now has employment, her sole income will barely meet the needs of a family of seven. Thus, the family is in need of rent assistance ($650) and utility assistance ($200). They would love some queen-size blankets to keep warm over the winter. The children would enjoy toys including puzzles and outside games, as well as some books. Lastly, a shoe store/Target gift card to cover needs for winter boots would be extremely helpful.

Fair Trade Coffee & Chocolate for Christmas Gifts

Do you need a last-minute gift? Consider buying a bag of Fair Trade mini-chocolates from the Parkway Sustainability Seekers in a holiday gift bag. Both milk and dark chocolate minis are available at the reduced price of $4.00 per dozen. Both chocolates and coffee will be available after both services. Proceeds will be used for a dishwasher and mugs for the gathering area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Still Need Stocking Stuffers? Why not Fair Trade chocolates and coffee—available in the Gathering Space following both worship services? Proceeds assist the Parkway Sustainability Seekers in their efforts to purchase a dishwasher and mugs for our coffee nook. Purchasing Fair Trade products also helps promote sustainable farming practices and equitable wages for farm workers in developing countries.

Decorate the Church with Beautiful Poinsettias

Please share your Christmas spirit by purchasing a beautiful poinsettia to decorate the Sanctuary this Christmas Season. Sign up in the Gathering Space. (Please make out your check to PUCC with “flowers” in the memo section: $7.00 for each poinsettia.) Thank you for your support in purchasing these flowers.

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 our informal potluck supper and book club. We are starting Borg and Crossan’s, The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’ Birth. We will read this book over Nov 14, 28, and Dec 12. Books are available at your favorite bookseller or online.  ALL WELCOME!

WOMEN’S WOUNDS…WOMEN’S WISDOM

Unreasonable? Unseasonable? Our scripture lesson for mid-November was Easter morning when the women come to the tomb. They make quite a miraculous and significant discovery and yet the disciples do not believe them. Our guest preacher, Kevin’s mentor from many moons ago, delivers a sermon that calls us to listen to women’s wounds and women’s wisdom. You will want to read and pray this sermon… and pass it along.

 

Read now…

Advent Workshop 12/3

Every Child’s Hope (ECH) Christmas Store

Every Child’s Hope (ECH) Christmas Store

Every Child’s Hope (ECH) is requesting items for its Christmas Store so that children of all ages at ECH can give gifts to their loved ones, parents, staff, siblings, and to each other. Children and teens are given small amounts of money to buy gifts from the Christmas Store. Especially needed are gifts for men. ECH is asking for new items only. A list of suggested items is attached to the ECH Christmas Store Box in the gathering space.  Items will be delivered to ECH on December 1. Contact burettaevelyn@gmail.com for any questions.