December 15, 2017

175th Annversary

2013 Marks the 175th Anniversary of Parkway United Church of Christ. Join us for a series of celebrations!

The Year that Was, Our 175th

The Year that Was, Our 175th
Barbara Eggebrecht

The spirit of our church was so powerful this year. So many members and visitors contributed
time and talents, baked goods and many hours.

Our committee was incredible with everyone doing their part. Carol’s leadership was faultless.

As I try to pick one event to single out I just think of another that I loved just as much.

The play, John and Audrey Nourse coming,the wonderful catered lunch (I wondered how we would do it but Marilyn worked with the caterer and he was splendid), Goeffrey Black was the icing on the cake. Betty, Naomi and Ruth worked tirelessly.

Being on this committee was a joy.

This was a blessed year.

175 Years of God’s Love!

175 Years of God’s Love!
Carol Cobb, chairperson to 175th Anniversary of PUCC 2013

January 2014

Parkway UCC is at the end of a year of celebration…175 years of God’s Love!
Anniversaries of all kinds tend to make one reflective and sentimental over the past, but also help us look to the future. Parkway United Church of Christ has evolved over the past 175 years into a unique, relevant and resilient church. From its modest beginnings in 1838, to the cherished Historic Sanctuary, to our new sanctuary on the west side of Ballas reflecting a simple design, yet elegant sanctuary design, the church has endured and prospered.

This year we celebrated the wisdom of our forefathers and mothers as they shaped the little church into something greater by eventually merging two denominations into one, United Church Christ, by deciding what they could agreed upon. The Evangelical and Reformed Church brought their ideas of charity work; the Congregational Christian Church brought their ideas of social justice to bear. Together these missions have merged and our denomination makes it clear we can choose how we use our time and money. We have tried to provide many activities for our members with both of those focuses in mind.

The anniversary celebrations throughout the year were planned so that members would have a variety of activities in which to participate. We kicked off with a Three Act Play in February, Through the Decades, spotlighting how the church began, through the 1800’s into the 1900’s and into current times. Church adults, youth, and children participated as they wore period costumes.

Another anniversary activity was creating a church “paper” quilt with patches of different families showing their loves and activities. It is displayed in the hallway. Throughout the year, Naomi Runtz provided Sunday visitors with different displays of memorabilia, artwork of the churches, and ancestry information.

The spring of 2013 brought John and Audrey Nourse back for a wonderful visit, a sermon from our former minister, and a wonderful brunch organized by Barb Eggebrecht. As a tribute to Nid Phongvanit, and her time with us, her family donated 200 beautiful chairs to Parkway. Marilyn McDougal spearheaded the task of choosing and ordering them in time for our September celebration with Eden president, David Greenhaw. A very generous and giving member, Ruth Murray, helped kick off our fund raising by underwriting several aspects of the celebrations.

Betty Scherrer continually organized many aspects of each event, especially the reception on December 8, 2013 honoring Dr. Black’s visit. She brought warm pretzels in the shape of commas especially for this reception. I was thrilled to provide a watercolor of the Historic Sanctuary for notecards we sold to help fund our activities.

This has been an exhilarating experience to be a member of the 175th committee and we also give thanks to Kevin for his consistent guidance during the year—including our Jesus Left the Building Sunday when we put our faith into action in many places in the St Louis community. We thank members of the congregation who have participated in the activities and given funds to assist in the events. Now onto our 176th year and many more achievements.

Christmas Eves in Historic Sanctuary Naomi Runtz

Christmas Eves in Historic Sanctuary
Naomi Runtz

My father, Oscar Hoch, a life-time member of Parkway, used to recall his early memories of Christmas Eve in our historic sanctuary. A huge Christmas tree from their woods was installed in the church and of course it was lit with candles. He remembered that a person had to be on guard with a bucket of water and a long pole with wet rag on it to douse any wayward flames.

My memories, besides the tree now with electric bulbs, were about all the Sunday School children presenting a Christmas Program. Each class or department sang a song. Then most of the children said poems or stories. They stood alone in the front of the crowd and said their “piece” which they had been practicing for weeks. The older classes presented a Nativity Scene with Mary, Joseph and a baby Jesus.

At the end of the program, Santa came with his jolly “Merry Christmas” and a small box of candy and an orange for each child.
One year, Mr. Frank Ritter was Santa. But he couldn’t fool his grandson, who after hearing Santa’s voice and touching Santa’s hands, was heard to say “Grandpa!”

First Woman on Church Council

Ancestry Tree

In addition to some of our member’s genealogy that were on display in September, we have a beautiful Ancestry Tree with the surnames of all those who have passed through our doors to their eternal resting place. Burials are dated from 1839 to the present. Deceased pastors are also remembered. Most of the names will be unfamiliar, but keep looking as there will be many names that you will recognize.

First Woman on PUCCChurch Council

My Aunt Linda Hoch was the first woman to be elected to the church council. She was a life-time member, who was a dedicated Sunday School teacher and leader of the Young People’s League. I remember her as working with the sweets; she was a candy-dipper at Scruggs Vandervoort Barney department store in downtown St. Louis. She studied to be a “practical nurse” which led to her caring for newborn babies and their mothers. Her attachment to these babies lasted for many years.

Here is one of her famous cookie recipes:

Aunt Linda’s Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup shortening

1 cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 egg

1-1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1-1/2 cups quick rolled oats

¾ cup chopped nuts

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix shortening, sugar and egg. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon and add to mixture. Add oats, nuts and vanilla. Mix and chill for 1 hour. Roll to walnut-size and place on greased  cookie sheet. Butter bottom of small glass, dip in granulated sugar and flatten cookies (Mash flat). Re-sugar each time.

Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

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