June 21, 2018

Summer Worship around the corner! Jul 1 – Sep 2

We will continue our usual Sunday schedule of Traditional Worship at 9:30am and Informal Worship at 11am on June 10, 17 and 24 then do a new thing for the rest of the summer.

 

As with a great number of churches across the land, we will have a different summer schedule. From July 1 – September 2 we will worship at 10:00am.

Sunday School for children of all ages (focused on Psalm 23) will take place just after the Children’s Time.

Barry will be working with a variety of singers, ringers and instrumentalists throughout the summer.

 

The Worship Commission looks forward to having all of us together this summer as we grow deeper in love with the Holy and one another.

Read & discuss with us this summer!

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) Summer Offerings

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

Paperback copies are available in the church office.

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue will meet in June and July, and then take “August off” until we reconvene again after Labor Day. Books are available in the church office.

 

On June 12 and 26, TED will discuss Why I Left; Why I Stayed, by Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo. The book is described as “conversations on Christianity between an evangelical father and his humanist son.” Tony Campolo is a retired professor and best-selling author and speaker on Christian topics. Bart Campolo is a counselor and humanist chaplain at USC. At a family Thanksgiving dinner several years ago, Bart disclosed that he no longer believed in God. That family dilemma developed into an opportunity for a dialog in which father and son each had to reconsider his personal journey of faith, and the two found themselves discussing central questions of faith and belief across their differences. This book resulted from that dialogue. In the preface, the authors suggest that their dialogue “can make room for our readers to think through and mediate on some of life’s ultimate issues.”

 

In July, TED will shift to a lighter reading, as it takes up Philip Gulley’s Home to Harmony on July 10 and 24. Gulley, a Quaker pastor, writes in his Harmony series of novels (of which this is the first) about a small Indiana congregation with a diverse set of members, each with his or her own personality quirks, special interests, and regular reasons to seek personal attention from the pastor—that is, a congregation most decidedly unlike ours! Gulley paints amusing but loving pictures of all of the church members, while turning a gimlet eye on many church traditions (Is the Friendly Women’s Circle’s annual Chicken Noodle Dinner really the most sacred event of the church year?), all through the eyes of a caring and patient (well, most of the time) pastor.

 

Sharing God’s love with our community

 

Both individually and through activities organized by Parkway UCC, we support a variety of important organizations and causes with our time, financial contributions, and gifts-in-kind. Many PUCCers actively support social justice initiatives throughout St. Louis, the United States, and the world.

 

We encourage you to learn more about these initiatives and opportunities to share God’s love.

Jesus Has Left the Building (JHLTB) – Twice a year, Parkway organizes a day of service to our community. Members and friends choose from a variety of projects to benefit those served by various organizations focused on educating and empowering, nourishing the hungry, appreciating those who serve, and loving ALL of our neighbors. Engaging in these projects also highlights opportunities to continue serving throughout the year.

Read about one of these community service days here…

Recap of JHLTB 7

 

Circle of Concern
Serving west St. Louis County within the Parkway, Rockwood, and Valley Park school districts, Circle of Concern is much more than a food pantry blessing 2,000 people with groceries each month. The organization also offers emergency financial assistance for clients, children’s programs, holiday programs, and scholarships for both high school seniors and adult clients to help break the cycle of poverty. PUCCers serve as the President of the Board, participate in fundraising events like trivia nights, and include the organization in our annual Advent giving.

 

 

International Institute Saint Louis  Welcoming and helping new Americans acclimate to St. Louis and become self-sufficient within our community, and championing the cultural and economic benefits of ethnic diversity drive the efforts of the International Institute. Families are provided with essential clothing and house wares, short-term housing, English classes, and introductions to practical resources, including transportation, medical, computer, and employment skills. Four area farms offer the opportunity to grow nutritional food, adapt farming traditions to the Missouri climate and market, and gain economic opportunities. The International Institute also sponsors the popular Festival of Nations each year to celebrate the culture and foods of numerous countries. PUCC participates in adopt-a-family programs and potluck lunches in partnership with our friends at Shaare Emeth, donates English books with strong female role models, and assists with various events to welcome new Americans. Individual PUCCers also babysit, help with apartment set-up, and participate in various other programs.

 

 

Lydia’s House  
With 22% of women in St. Louis impacted by domestic violence each year, Lydia’s House provides individual and group services to approximately 50 women and 80 children who have been victims of domestic abuse. Safe transitional housing, education, employment training, and other resources empower women to create goals and implement life plans. Lydia’s Ladle provides employment and training while cooking and marketing delicious chicken potpies and berry pies through various St. Louis grocers. In addition to enthusiastically buying Lydia’s Ladle pies, Parkway members serve on the Board of Directors, participate in fundraisers, and donate to an annual Lent offering.

 

 

The Little Bit Foundation
What began as a coat drive for an elementary school in 2001 has grown into an organization focused on removing the barriers poverty places on education for children. Dignity, self-esteem, health, and wellbeing are at the forefront of all programs provided by The Little Bit Foundation. The organization efficiently coordinates resources, fills gaps, and eliminates duplication of services to help the whole child. Basic needs such as school uniforms, socks, underwear, shoes, books and school supplies are complemented by nutritious meals, personal hygiene instruction/supplies, and medical screenings. Parkway UCC participates by collecting school supplies and warm winter accessories each year.

 

 

Unleashing Potential (UP)/formerly Neighborhood Houses
One of St. Louis’ oldest charities continues to uplift St. Louis families, with fresh energy and direction. UP focuses on early childhood and family education (as Caroline Mission), after school programs in 19 city and county schools, breakfast in 11 schools, youth development, and enrichment camps to build strong children, families, and neighborhoods. Parkway supports UP through service projects with Caroline Mission, donations of preschool items, and an annual offering and a member serves on the board.

 

 

Give-a-Meal Sunday
The first Sunday of each month, PUCCers bring nonperishable food to donate for distribution by Isaiah 58 food pantry.

 

 

 

Emmaus Homes fosters independence, inclusion, and self-advocacy for adults with cognitive or developmental disabilities by providing around-the-clock residential, recreational, and spiritual services. Founded in 1893, Emmaus now serves more than 280 adults living in more than 70 homes throughout the greater St. Louis area. Parkway UCC enjoys hosting the Emmaus Christmas party each year, providing both our space and volunteers. Parkway has also engaged in various leisure activities and maintenance projects with Emmaus Homes throughout the years.

 

 

Every Child’s Hope has evolved from its beginning as Evangelical Children’s Home, an orphanage for children of immigrants who died from cholera. Today, Every Child’s Hope offers Early Head Start and Head Start options, as well as K-12 education, state-of-the-art residential care for up to 55 children (many of whom have endured trauma, abuse, or neglect), outpatient services for children and families, foster care case management, and a Steppingstone program for individuals age 16-21 transitioning to independent living. Parkway collects donations for the organization’s Christmas store, allowing the children to choose gifts for their families and friends. PUCC also hosts the annual ECH Fall Luncheon and Bazaar as well as collect a special Thanksgiving offering each year to honor the church’s long-standing connection with ECH.

 

 

 

Interfaith Youth CANstruction brings together teens of various spiritual backgrounds to create a mural out of canned foods, while engaging in team building and discussions of faith and shared values. CANstruction is a partnership of Interfaith Quest, The Center for Indian Cultural Education – Bal Vihar of St. Louis, and the Saint Louis Science Center. Parkway is an event sponsor and youth participate in the CANstruction.

 

 

Concordance Academy of Leadership provides a wide range of re-entry services, such as an entry-level job, housing, transportation, and life skills to ease the transition for formerly incarcerated individuals returning to the community after prison. Several PUCC members serve on teams to provide continuing life skills training, friendship, other support resources, encouragement for obtaining a living wage job, and accountability toward reaching the participants’ goals. Individual teams have a 12-month commitment but many continue beyond that time period.

 

CROP Hunger Walk began in 1969 as one of the first charity walks. Today, more than 1,000 annual CROP Hunger Walks are held across the United States to raise money to fight hunger domestically and worldwide. Sponsored by Church World Service, money raised by the walks provides food, water, seeds, tools, and other resources to help people become self-sufficient. Local walks can choose to contribute up to 25% of the funds raised to programs fighting hunger in their own communities. A representative of Parkway UCC helps organize the St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk, while others participate by walking on our team or sponsoring walkers.

 

 

Heifer International began empowering women, families, and communities to end hunger and poverty through the gift of farm animals more than 70 years ago. Resources, training, mentoring and programs are provided to help attain economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods. Parkway UCC includes Heifer International in our special giving each year.

 

 

Eden Theological Seminary was established in 1850 and is one of six UCC seminaries preparing men and women for ordained Christian ministry, regardless of denomination. Eden promotes an ecumenical approach to progressive Christianity, strong academics, social justice, and interfaith unity to build authentic community. Parkway UCC has been blessed to host international students worshiping with us while attending Eden, and a special offering is collected for Eden each year.

 

 

The Back Bay Mission strives to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice and transform lives. Serving communities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a housing rehabilitation ministry empowers and educates community members, as well as volunteers from across the country (many connected through the United Church of Christ). Advocacy for marginalized populations, education regarding the realities of poverty, and encouragement of community involvement are important aspects of The Back Bay Mission. Mentoring, emergency assistance, and homelessness outreach are offered to the communities. A few hard-working, faithful PUCC volunteers have dedicated their time and talents to a mission trip to The Back Bay Mission.

 

Holy Joe’s Café sends coffee to hundreds of U.S. military bases in 70 countries, offering troops an opportunity for relaxation, conversation, and the knowledge that their service is appreciated. Military chaplains in makeshift chapels bring coffee to service personnel, including NATO troops from other countries that share the same base, as well as people of all religious faiths and backgrounds 24/7/365. Parkway UCC supports this mission through a special offering annually.

VBS is MAD Camp! Sign up now! July 23-27

MAD Camp
Monday, July 23- Friday, July 27
Click on this link for online registration! 

 

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc or 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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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

Intertwine Interfaith Initiative Announced

The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwinean interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities. 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.

 

Sun. March 11 we held a field trip to the Saint Louis Science Center to learn about the CANstruction mural created by Interfaith youth and what each faith tradition shared in the process.

June 5: Iftaar at PUCC to break the Ramadan fast one evening with the Turkish American Society of MO (TASOM)

 

Fall: event focused on Jewish traditions, possibly Sukkot

 

The intent is to perpetuate these opportunities into the future, sharing planning and participation with various faith communities. Please enjoy these unique experiences as we create new friendships.