September 18, 2018

Warm Winter Accessories Drive 9/16 -10/14

Warm Winter Accessories Drive

September 16 through October 14

Autumn is coming soon, and along with it will be cooler days, then cold days. Children in the St. Louis area will be needing warmth for winter. New or very gently used gloves, mittens, caps, and scarves of any size will be most welcome and donated to the Little Bit Foundation, an organization that works with schools and their parents. This foundation has expanded its space and has increased its client base. Please give as you are able and place items in the hat-and-gloves box in the gathering area. Questions? Contact Evelyn Buretta, 636-220-1280,

Black Tulip Chorale Presents Frostiana


Tour the New Arch Museum

Let’s Celebrate America’s Pioneering Spirit with a tour of

The New Gateway Arch Museum.

Friday, September 21, 2018 | 9:00 carpool| 9:30 Museum

Not Just for Men will visit The Gateway Arch Museum, September 21, 9:30am. We will carpool from the church at 9:00am, an earlier time due to security processing prior to entering the museum. If you wish to take the tram ride to the top of the Arch, purchase the ticket as we enter prior to going through security. We will have lunch afterward at a fine dining establishment.

Call Harold Cobb at (314) 965-4147 if you wish to attend.


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Sunday, September 30, 2018 • 9:00-9:15 am Gather and Scatter! Communion and commissioning service at PUCC • Followed by projects to benefit the community


This JHLTB will embrace our Intertwine Interfaith Initiative – we are inviting our friends of other faiths to join us in sharing love and compassion with the St. Louis community. After the projects, we’ll all meet at Des Peres Park at 12:30 to share a picnic lunch. Please bring a cold dish to share – no pork please!


Projects on Sunday, September 30:

Cookie & treat bakingPUCC kitchen, 2841 N. Ballas Rd, Town & Country 63131 –limit 8 people

Join other bakers to whip up delicious cookies and treats in the Parkway UCC kitchen. Some of the recipes will be from our Turkish friends! These treats will be shared with a variety of groups to show our appreciation for serving the community.

Contact Linda Tossing ( with questions.

Gardening at International Institute – South Farm 4040 Folsom Ave. 63110 – no limit


The International Institute’s Global Farms Program provides opportunities for Refugee and Immigrant arrivals to more effectively adjust to life in America. Our program offers new Americans coming from subsistence agricultural lifestyles places where they can immediately engage in their traditional practice of farming and gardening. Your help to improve and maintain these sites is much needed and greatly appreciated.


Work may entail weeding, mulching, tilling garden berms, working with compost and/or cleaning up the site. More experienced persons may be asked to mow, weed, trim or perform maintenance of structures. You will be using hand tools


Volunteers will be asked to sign a Volunteer Agreement and Release form. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (long sleeves & long pants suggested), closed-toe shoes, and bring water to drink.


Contact:  Paul Roesler at or (314) 629-8367 with questions.


Creative cards of support

at PUCC Heritage Room, 2841 N. Ballas Rd, Town & Country 63131 – no limit


Coloring and creating cards offers relaxation benefits for the senders, as well as the recipients! You can color, stamp, and paste to your heart’s delight. Supplies are provided. The lovely finished products will be mailed to individuals on the prayer lists of all participating groups or other people who might need a bit of cheer or encouragement.


Contact: Sue Moellering [ or (314) 302-4373] for further details.

  Baitulmal, House of Goods

5911 Southwest, St. Louis 63139  – no limit


How it started: two Police Chaplains and members of the Islamic Foundation of Saint Louis got together and started a non-profit organization called Baitulmal, which translates to House Of Goods. This mission of the Islamic Foundation of St. Louis gathers thousands of donations for families in need. People from all over St. Louis volunteer and help sort, deliver and distribute donated items. Their passion is to help others and their hopes are to unite the community and inspire others to open their hearts and donate their time to help. 

How we can help:

  1. We will sort and organize goods in the warehouse.
  2. Bring clothing, furniture, household goods, or anything in between to donate to local refugee families or others in need, to PUCC on JHLTB morning.

Please contact Paige Penico with questions at (636) 346-5484.

  Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery clean up

7570 Olive Blvd, University City 63130 – no limit


Many people became familiar with the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery due to the heartbreaking anti-Semitic vandalism a couple years ago. We will be led by caretaker Woody to help with basic grounds maintenance including: cleaning up sweet gum balls, picking up sticks and debris, cleaning up the sidewalk along Hanley road, and sweeping sidewalks. Bathroom access is available on-site.


Contact Doug Yakel with questions at

  Soup kit assembly

Parkway UCC fellowship hall, 2841 N. Ballas Rd, Town & Country 63131 –limit 30 people


We will create dry soup kits, assembly-line style, using the recipe provided by the annual Jewish and Muslim Christmas Day of Service. Join us to scoop dry beans and seasonings and package for distribution. The soup kits will then be provided to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and the ICNA Relief Halal Food Pantry.


Contact Donna Ruzicka with questions at

The Hindu Temple of St. Louis projects

725 Weidman Road, Ballwin 63011 – no limit


Project highlights include weeding, planting perennials, and spring bulbs, and indoor storage space organization at the Temple. Please wear gardening gear and bring your own gardening gloves and tools. Teens from the Temple will join us and serve as our guides, including a tour and sampling some Indian food.


Contact Lisa Mason [ or cell (217) 257-0525] with questions.



Please share photos of your project (extending PUCC’s Photo and Personal Privacy Policy* of respect and permission for all photo subjects) on social media with #JesusHasLeftTheBuilding #ParkwayUCC


These projects offer tangible ways to do God’s work in our community; don’t miss this fulfilling and fun day in the life of our church!


* Parkway United Church of Christ Photo and Personal Privacy Policy: Photos should generally not be taken of children in church except as part of organized activities and programs, and any requests of children or their parents or guardians should be respected. Please be respectful of privacy and that this is a safe and sacred space for all who enter.



Fall Interfaith Events in the St Louis Community


Everyone is invited to attend the Interfaith Dialogue meetings in the lower level conference room at Aquinas Institute of Theology, 23 South Spring, 63108, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: September 4, 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16. At these meetings a group of Jews, Christians, and Muslims study the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospels, and the Qur’an together.


The Eighth Annual Arts and Faith Interfaith Concert “Great Music of Many Faiths” will be on Sunday, September 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., 63108. The concert is free. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.


The program “Compassion, Wisdom, and Inner Peace” by Venerable Guo Jiann will be on Saturday, September 29, at 2 p.m. at the Pure Mind Buddhist Center, 7825 Olive Blvd., 63130.


Interfaith Partnership’s Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 25, at 6 p.m. at the St. Charles Convention Center, 63303. This year’s dinner is being organized by the Muslim community. Tarek El-messidi will be the main speaker. Tickets are $85 per person; student tickets are $20. In order to register, go to To be a sponsor, contact Rev. David Mehl at


The next Parliament of the World’s Religions will be held from November 1 to 7 in Toronto, Canada. In order to register, go to Many thousands of people from all over the world representing hundreds of different religious groups will be participating in this parliament.


This year’s annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Program will be in the evening of Tuesday, November 20. Location and time will be announced later.


Anyone who is interested in being part of an interfaith trip to parts of Israel and the Palestinian Territories for about 10 days around mid-June of 2019 should contact me. This possible trip will be organized by Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis.


David Oughton

Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University

Board Member of Interfaith Partnership

Tuesday Evening Dialogue NEW Book 9/11

Tuesday Evening Dialogue Sep 11
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
We begin discussions of the Walter Bruggemann book A Gospel of Hope. Paperback copies are available in the church office.

Caring for Creation: September Green Tip

September’s Green Tip

Waste-free Lunches


It has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school.

Understanding the Problem

The Typical Lunch:

If you walk around at lunchtime and take a good look at the lunches our children bring to school, here’s what the typical lunch will look like:

  • sandwiches in disposable plastic bags
  • fruits and vegetables in plastic bags
  • prepackaged chips, cookies, fruit bars, granola bars, cheeses, and fruit leathers
  • single-use yogurts, applesauces, and puddings
  • crackers, pretzels, chips, and other snack foods sealed in plastic bags
  • disposable juice boxes, juice pouches, juice cans, water bottles, and milk cartons
  • plastic forks and spoons
  • paper napkins
  • reusable lunchboxes and disposable paper and plastic bags

A Waste-free Lunch:

  • sandwiches and other main dishes, fresh fruits and, fresh vegetables, and treats in a reusable lunch container or containers
  • cloth napkins
  • stainless-steel forks and spoons
  • reusable drink containers
  • reusable lunchboxes

In this scenario very little trash is generated because foods are bought in bulk or in larger packages. The packaging is left at home for reuse or recycling. Food waste also decreases because with a reusable lunch container, children can re-pack uneaten food instead of dumping it, packaging and all, into the school trash can.


Earth Day – Every Day

You Can Make a Difference!

Fall Workday 9/15

Fall Workday at Parkway UCC 10/15

Saturday, September 15 | 9:00am-11: 30am | Lunch provided 11:30am

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Work we go! Join us for an annual workday for lots of camaraderie and fun. We are focusing on the front yard and Jenifer Lane, trimming trees, bushes, weed pulling and hauling. We will be seeding the ground at the southeast corner where the honeysuckle bushes were.

We are working in the kitchen, cleaning out cabinets and freezer, reorganizing drawers and supplies. Several closets in the church need reorganizing and weeding out equipment we no longer use.

Sign on the signup wall. We need lots of willing hands. A special shout out to the younger members of our church as well as all others. If you can help furnish part of lunch, contact Carol Cobb, (314) 965-4147.

Coffee & Convo @St Louis Bread CO 9/10

Mon, Sep 10 | 10:00am| STL Bread Co

Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions?

Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or


Open and Affirming Celebration

On April 27, 2008 Parkway United Church of Christ joined nine other UCC churches in the area to become Open and Affirming. As that yearlong process came to an end, the committee published an A.A. Milne quote from Winnie the Pooh book.


“Have we reached the end?”

“Yes, I suppose it seems so… and yet,”

“Yes, Piglet?”

“It is also the beginning.”


Let’s now keep the faith and continue the conversation for human justice with our 10th anniversary of that vote which coincides with the 180th Anniversary of our church. The Team for 180th Anniversary of Parkway UCC and 10th anniversary for ONA consists of Greg Schmelig, Gale Haggard, Polly Winkelmann, Barb Eggebrecht, Kevin Cameron, Harold and Carol Cobb.


We have planned events and celebrations throughout September and October 2018 beginning on September 16, 2018 with a kick off service ending with a reception on Oct. 28th.

  • September 9 Eden Professor, Adam Plyod will present the sermon: Hosts: Cobbs
  • September 16 A congratulatory message from UCC President, Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer
  • September 23 Adult Education with Sharon Love, from Gateway ONA

               Host: Greg

  • September 30 Jesus Has Left the Building and Church Picnic
  • October 7 Adult Ed: Video by Matthew Vines on the Clobber texts with discussion following. Hosts: Gale and Harold
  • October 14 Adult Education Presentation by Lisa Brennen on Transgender children. Host: Polly
  • October 14: Black Tulip Concert 4 pm
  • October 21 Adult Education with Autumn representing the Q community.
  • October 28: Tyler Connelly, UCC Officer, presenting the sermon: ONA 201. What is next? Reception celebrating ONA 10th Refreshments will be served. Barb Eggebrecht


  • November 18: Celebration of 180th Anniversary with a short skit in Worship by children, youth, and adults about 20th Anniversary in the new sanctuary and PUCC History. Cake and punch reception following.