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PUCC Lenten Devotion – Sunday, February 18, 2018

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For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
   and do not return there until they have watered the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
   giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
   it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
   and succeed in the thing for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:10-11

It’s 7am on Saturday morning and I am watching the snow fall onto our backyard. I was aware of the potential for snow in the forecast – but I doubted it would actually come to pass and I thought the possibility was for later in the day. I am so excited!
 
A childlike enthusiasm is springing up in me. How much will we get!? Will it be enough to go sledding? Is it sticky snow that we can create with… or wimpy snow that will disappoint kids of all ages – including me? Will we have hot chocolate later … and soup… and will we bake cookies? This snow is such a gift to me right now – and it is watering the earth for spring and summer!
 
It looks so beautiful coming down – majestic. It blankets all things. I’ve been reading some Lenten pieces about the Holy covering up all of our mistakes and iniquities. Grace. Amazing grace.

This snow is so gorgeous and so awe inspiring. It also has such a great place in my childhood memories. I LOVE IT! Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

At the same time, I realize it will be slushy and sloppy and most likely problematic later – already is in some places… I am sure… and will Tavis’ 10am outdoor soccer game be canceled? No matter. This is great!

At the same time, I understand that what I see as enjoyable and even thrilling looks like something entirely different to others. What I see may be very different from what you see.
 
If your anxiety and fears rise when there is winter weather like this, you aren’t feeling excited. If you don’t have heat where you live or a warm coat, gloves or hat and you have to walk to work soon, you aren’t feeling the way that I am about the snow.
 
If you have Raynaud’s disease or are experiencing other chronic or temporary illnesses or conditions that make you susceptible to this weather, you are dreading today. If you have had a bad accident – or worse – on a day that looked like this, you may be haunted today.
 
It is incredible how differently we can see things that are right in front of both of us… situations and circumstances we are both in together.
 
Prayer: Holy One, help me to see that we don’t all see things the same way. May I be gracious enough to remember this truth as I relate with others. Amen.

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PUCC Lenten Devotion – Saturday, February 17, 2018

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This story helps explain a bit more about our theme for Lent —
From Lovers to Fools. Some of the things that Jesus asks us to do seem either impossible or foolish – or both. How can we get ahead in life, how can we succeed if we are doing the upside down and foolish things that Jesus did and/or told us to do? Foolish

The Easter Chicken
Written by Anthony Robinson on January 05, 2018 

“But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.” – Luke 6: 27-29

I once heard a story about an “Easter Chicken.” A cute little chick was given to a child on Easter. The chick had been dyed some bright color – like pink or yellow.

After Easter, when the chick’s novelty had worn off, it was tossed into the chicken coop with the rest of the birds. The bigger chickens pecked away mercilessly at the odd, little bird. He didn’t even have the good sense to defend himself.

But after a week or two had passed, the Easter Chicken had grown out its feathers to the point that it was beginning to look like the others. And it had begun to join the fray in the coop, giving as good as it got. Soon it was indistinguishable from the rest.

The guy telling the story said the Easter Chicken was like the church. “How so?” I asked. “Well, we started out different but it wasn’t long before we were acting just like everyone else – like that Easter chicken.” 

Whatever else you may think about the words of Jesus above, it’s pretty clear that they are seriously at odds with the way the world works. They remind us just how subversive of the world Christianity is.

Most of the time the church, and we who call ourselves “Christian,” are a lot like the Easter Chicken. Our color fades and we play by the same rules as everyone else. It’s hard to tell any real difference.

But the world needs Christians to be different, to not be just the same as everyone else. A good start on that path may be to simply listen to Jesus’ strange words and to let them stand. Resist the impulse to explain them away. Let them haunt you and maybe even change you.

Prayer: Save us, good Lord, from fitting in so damn well. Amen.


**
Tony Robinson, a United Church of Christ minister, is a speaker, teacher, and writer. He is the author of many books, including What’s Theology Got to Do With It: Convictions, Vitality and the Church. You can read Tony’s “Weekly Meditation” and “What’s Tony Thinking?” at his website, 
www.anthonybrobinson.com

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PUCC Lenten Devotion – Friday, February 16, 2018

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Psalm 23 – Four Versions

King James Version (KJV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
 
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;                                                                  he leads me beside still waters; 
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil; for you are with me;
your rod and your staff – they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.

The Message (MSG)
God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
Even when the way goes through Death Valley,
I’m not afraid when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.

Common English Bible (CEB)
The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing.
God lets me rest in grassy meadows;
God leads me to restful waters; and keeps me alive.
God guides me in proper paths for the sake of God’s good name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me.
Your rod and your staff – they protect me.
You set a table for me right in front of my enemies.
You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over!
Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in the Lord‘s house as long as I live.

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2nd Mile Lent & Easter 2018—Go the 2nd Mile with us!

The Christian Services Commission is pleased to announce that Parkway will again support four worthy organizations with its Second Mile Giving for Lent and Easter. We believe this blend of support will help Parkway create a local, national and international impact with its gifts. Please remember that Second Mile Giving is over and beyond the Operational Budget and donations will be divided evenly among the organizations listed below. Please be generous as these organizations depend on our gifts.

 

Lydia’s House in St. Louis

Lydia’s House works in faith to end domestic violence by being a place of healing and a voice of hope for abused women and their children. The agency provides safe, confidentially-located furnished apartments for up to two years, assists women in creating and implementing goal plans that will help them live independently, and increases community awareness of domestic violence. For more information, please visit lydiashouse.org

 

UP—Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses)

For more than 100 years, Neighborhood Houses has loved children in St Louis. Currently, there are three main facets to their mission:

 

Early Childhood Education—Caroline Mission is a licensed and accredited Early Childhood facility operated by Neighborhood Houses. Our Mission is to provide quality affordable child care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Caroline Mission is a “home away from home.”

 

Girls’ Night Out: Neighborhood Houses and Parents as Teachers collaborated together in the design and execution of a program dedicated to supporting and assisting young mothers, ages 13-22.Girls Night Out  is designed to promote healthy individuals and families.

 

After School Programs: Neighborhood Houses is the #1 provider of after school programming with the St Louis Public Schools … fun & creative activities, homework assistance, character education, cultural awareness, health & fitness focus, arts & crafts, supervised recreation, and much more! For more information, please visit neighborhoodhouses.org

 

Heifer International

Heifer International does so much more than put food in the mouths of hungry people. Heifer helps people to feed themselves. The goal of every Heifer project is sustainability—project partners achieving self-reliance. And year after year, as partner families “pass on the gift” of knowledge and one or more of their animals’ offspring to others in need, they become links in a network of hope, dignity and self-reliance that helps hundreds of others care for themselves. For more information, please visit heifer.org

 

 

Eden Seminary

Eden Theological Seminary is a graduate school preparing women and men for ordained Christian ministry. One of the six seminaries of the United Church of Christ, Eden is a community that seeks God’s justice and peace in the world. Eden is welcoming, inclusive and ecumenically diverse.

Eden was established in the summer of 1850 at Marthasville, Missouri. It was established because a European education was not adequate to prepare pastors for Evangelical churches on the North American frontier. From its beginning, Eden has embodied an ecumenical spirit. Its first graduating class included six Evangelicals as well as a Methodist and a Mennonite.  

Eden admitted its first African American student in 1933. In 1965, the late Joseph Cardinal Ritter of the Saint Louis Archdiocese became the first Roman Catholic Cardinal to address a graduating class in a Protestant seminary.

Today, students from many different denominations are engaged in theological education at Eden. Eden remains committed to educating faithful and effective leaders for church and society. The seminary counts among its distinguished graduates Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr and Walter Brueggemann.

Eden Theological Seminary is committed to the study of theology in the context of the ecumenical Christian community and the contemporary world.

For more information, please visit eden.edu.

Please be sure to clearly mark your 2nd Mile gifts throughout the season of Lent/Easter. Thank you!

Don’t hide it under a bucket? NO!

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Hide it Under a Bucket, NO!
Vince Amlin

February 13, 2018

 

"No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light." – Luke 33:11

When I took my twin five-year old nieces down to the beach on Thanksgiving, I intended for all of us to just dip our toes into the water. I had been anxiously awaiting their arrival from Indiana all day, and I couldn’t wait to show them how close we were to the ocean. 

But as the gentle remnants of waves washed over our feet, we began to coax each other a little further out. Holding hands, we inched in until the water splashed our shins. The girls rolled their leggings up to their knees, careful not to get their clothes wet. But the crash of the waves in front of us proved too tempting, and soon we were soaked. I turned around to my sister-in-law and mouthed an apology.

I treasure time with my nieces especially for these moments that feel like bringing my light out of a hidden place. Much of adulthood can seem like weaving a bushel basket around my lamp, tempering its dazzling radiance to a more respectable glow. Trading laser light show for luminary.

At the beach I remembered again how it feels to let it shine. I turned that light-hiding bucket over and used it to collect the prettiest shells or get a closer look at the crabs we discovered secreted beneath the sand. And I came home beaming.

Prayer: Sacred Brilliance, unweave my basket. Remove the impediments of coolness and respectability, self-seriousness, and let me shine like a child.

 

Photo: Book Sunday!

I guess we should have added Ezra Jack Keats’ THE SNOWY DAY to our treasure of books!

Let us know if you were unable to be here so we can set one aside for your child (birth – 8th grade)!
We love Book Sunday each February!

PUCC … We’re here! – February 11, 2018

 

 

Warm greetings on this wintry morning!

 

We are here!

 

The parking lot and walkways have been prepped for your arrival …. even as we understand that some of your driveways and side streets aren’t as well treated.

 

BE SAFE — whether you get out on the roads and come to worship or stay snug at home.

 

Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11am.
It’s the last Sunday before Lent begins – our journey to Holy Week and Easter. This Sunday is also called Transfiguration Sunday as Jesus changes in a burst of light on the mountain top. He mingles with prophets of old and forges a bright path forward. This story is described in Matthew 17:1-8. We will also look at 2Kings 2:1-12 … when Elisha promises Elijah that he will not leave him. Our sermon is ‘From the Mountain to the Valley Below – and Back Again’. Peter wants to stay on the mountaintop with Jesus, Moses and Elijah but he has to go back to the people in the valley below or they’ll never know that they can go to sacred places such as this. Light and warmth and spirit and inspiration and revelation!
It’s Book Sunday!
We will also experience our monthly Faith Sharing – this time by Kevin Hogarty (Council President).
Plan to be with us Wednesday evening (Feb 14) at 7pm for our Ash Wednesday worship service…

 

All ages are invited to join us as we begin our Lenten Journey toward Holy Week and Easter: From Lovers to Fools: Making Sense of the Lenten Journey. We celebrate the sacrament of communion and give you an opportunity to have ashes (last year’s palms) placed on your forehead or on the back of your hand. The choir sings and we hear Jesus’ words about being more faithful as recorded in Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. We will also light our Lenten candles to signify all the ways that we go From Lovers to Fools with our eyes, ears, hands, voice, heart, head and feet. Each time we worship during Lent, we will extinguish one candle as we get closer to the darkness of Good Friday. We will light all of the candles again on Easter morning as nothing can extinguish God’s light or love. This gift is to be experienced with our whole selves and shared with others abundantly.

 

Blessings

 

Peace

 

2841 N Ballas Road | Saint Louis, Missouri 63131
314-872-9330 | www.parkwayucc.org

Transfiguration Sunday Parkway UCC enews 2-9-2018

Parkway United Church of Christ 
E-news
February 9, 2018

Worship with Us this Weekend!

Join us on Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am.

It’s the last Sunday before Lent begins – our journey to Holy Week and Easter. This Sunday is also called Transfiguration Sunday as Jesus changes in a burst of light on the mountain top. He mingles with prophets of old and forges a bright path forward. This story is described in Matthew 17:1-8. We will also look at 2Kings 2:1-12 … when Elisha promises Elijah that he will not leave him. Our sermon is From the Mountain to the Valley Below – and Back Again. Peter wants to stay on the mountaintop with Jesus, Moses and Elijah but he has to go back to the people in the valley below or they’ll never know that they can go to sacred places such as this. Light and warmth and spirit and inspiration and revelation!
Children and youth through 8th grade, make sure to attend because this Sunday is also Book Sunday. Details…
We will also experience our monthly Faith Sharing – this time by Kevin Hogarty (Council President).

 

Inclement Weather Policy
If we need to cancel church on a Sunday morning due to wintry weather, we will communicate with you in a variety of ways:
  • Church wide email
  • Facebook/Twitter post
  • KSDK.com listing
  • Voicemail at church
Judgment whether to come to church rests with the individual. If you feel it is unsafe to drive, please don’t risk it. Stay safe. Stay home.

 

Plan to be with us Wednesday evening (Feb 14) at 7pm for our Ash Wednesday worship service…

 

 

 

Prayer List Update
Transfiguration Sunday
the last Sunday before Lent begins.
Carol Clifford
and family as they grieve/give thanks for her mother.
Ron Wilbois
strengthening at Mason Pointe Rehab Center.
Cherie Stolze
– surgery a week ago Friday for broken ankle from a fall.
Cassie Rosenberger’s father
at Barnes Hospital – multiple concerns.
Ruth Peace
– awaiting test results; additional testing on the horizon.
Polly Rutherford
– preparing for back surgery on March 2.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week:
Christ the King UCC
in Florissant

 

 

Announcements
 
Youth to Flying Spider! Feb 11
Sun, Feb 11 |11:00am Pizza 12:00pm Flight
Prayer Corner 

Tuesday, February 13 | 8:00-10:00am | Sanctuary

Details…

We wrap up our discussion of
The Book of Joy 
this Tuesday. 
Then we will start a new book for 3 sessions during Lent (Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 27) by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan entitled The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem.
“Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’ final week of life. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church’s traditional teachings.
Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.”
Books are available in the Church office while supplies last – $10/book. Or you can order from your favorite vendor!
Please consider joining this informal book discussion and delicious potluck supper, routinely convening the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month in the Heritage Room.
For questions ask Pastor Kevin or Karen Boyd (
kkseib@gmail.com
)
Sing with us on Sunday, February 25th at noonish!

 

The Core Music Project Team has been at work for many moons-whistling while we work…meandering through melodies, humming harmonies, looking at lyrics, mindful of memories, daring to dream. Please join us for a light lunch and lots of singing on Sunday, February 25th at noon. We will share some of our process and progress with you. We’re eager to share this with you and to hear your voice!

 

 

Open &Affirming: Living Openly – A Public & Visible Church

Gateway ONA’s Seventh Annual Convocation
Saturday, Mar 3 | 9:00am-4:00pm (registration 8:00am) | Parkway UCC
Come be in conversation with others, learn what it means to be Open and Affirming and how to fully express extravagant welcome to all God’s children. New workshops and new leaders this year! Registration forms with more info…
Human Trafficking in Our Area
We would like to invite you to join St. Charles Outreach Coalition against Human Trafficking (SCCAT)

 

on Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Trinity Church located at 3515 Shackelford Road., Florissant, MO 63031 to learn about human trafficking in our area especially in North County.

 

During the event, we will hear from the St. Louis County Police Department (Human Trafficking Task Force). We also are honored to have Chief Belmar of the St. Louis County Police Department joining us for the opening session. This organization will discuss their important work responding to human trafficking and the support available for victims and their families in the Greater St. Louis Area and beyond.
This is a Free Event; thus, your RSVP will help our event organizers to provide a better service for you during the event. For RSVP, please email
stltrinitychurch@gmail.com Or contact 314.838.8820 or register from the link below:

This event was primarily scheduled on January to observe the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day that is every year on January 11. However, because of some unavoidable circumstances in weather situation, we canceled it and rescheduling our event on February 15th, 2018. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day’s observance was started in 2011 by Presidential Proclamation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The anniversary of this proclamation became known as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Currently, many countries in the world including the USA are the source, transit and destination country for trafficked children, women, and men. These people can be of foreign nationalities or the citizens of the USA, but they are all subjected to injustices of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, forced marriage and debt bondage. Many mass campaigns are organized to observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This helps raise public awareness of the crime of human trafficking and helps protect some vulnerable members of our community.

We hope you/everyone is available and comfortable to participate in this new schedule on Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pmat Trinity Church located at 3515 Shackelford Road., Florissant, MO 63031.

 

Further reading…

 

 

 

Inspiration

To put it simply: the Holy Spirit bothers us. Because it moves us, it makes us walk, it pushes the Church to go forward. And we are like Peter at the Transfiguration: ‘Ah, how wonderful it is to be here like this, all together!’ … But don’t bother us. We want the Holy Spirit to doze off … we want to domesticate the Holy Spirit. And that’s not good. because the Holy Spirit is God, that wind which comes and goes and you don’t know where. It is the power of God, it is the one who gives us consolation and strength to move forward. The Holy Spirit says, ‘Move forward!’ And this bothers us. It’s so much nicer to be comfortable. ~
Pope Francis
 

  
Humor

How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

Just one, but the bulb has to want to change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfiguration Sunday: Parkway UCC enews 218

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
February 9, 2018

 
Worship with Us this Weekend!

 
Join us on Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am. 


It’s the last Sunday before Lent begins – our journey to Holy Week and Easter. This Sunday is also called Transfiguration Sunday as Jesus changes in a burst of light on the mountain top. He mingles with prophets of old and forges a bright path forward. This story is described in Matthew 17:1-8. We will also look at 2Kings 2:1-12 … when Elisha promises Elijah that he will not leave him. Our sermon is From the Mountain to the Valley Below – and Back Again. Peter wants to stay on the mountaintop with Jesus, Moses and Elijah but he has to go back to the people in the valley below or they’ll never know that they can go to sacred places such as this. Light and warmth and spirit and inspiration and revelation!

Children and youth through 8th grade, make sure to attend because this Sunday is also Book Sunday. Details…

We will also experience our monthly Faith Sharing – this time by Kevin Hogarty (Council President).

Inclement Weather Policy
If we need to cancel church on a Sunday morning due to wintry weather, we will communicate with you in a variety of ways:
  • Church wide email
  • Facebook/Twitter post
  • KSDK.com listing
  • Voicemail at church
Judgment whether to come to church rests with the individual. If you feel it is unsafe to drive, please don’t risk it. Stay safe. Stay home.

Plan to be with us Wednesday evening (Feb 14) at 7pm for our Ash Wednesday worship service…

 

 
Prayer List Update
Transfiguration Sundaythe last Sunday before Lent begins.                                                                    
Carol Clifford and family as they grieve/give thanks for her mother.
Ron Wilboisstrengthening at Mason Pointe Rehab Center.
Cherie Stolze – surgery a week ago Friday for broken ankle from a fall.
Cassie Rosenberger’s father at Barnes Hospital – multiple concerns.
Ruth Peace – awaiting test results; additional testing on the horizon.
Polly Rutherford – preparing for back surgery on March 2.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week: Christ the King UCC in Florissant

 
Announcements

 

Youth to Flying Spider! Feb 11
Sun, Feb 11 |11:00am Pizza 12:00pm Flight 

Prayer Corner 
Tuesday, February 13 | 8:00-10:00am | Sanctuary
Details…
 
We wrap up our discussion of The Book of Joy this Tuesday. Then we will start a new book for 3 sessions during Lent (Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 27) by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan entitled The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem.
“Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’ final week of life. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church’s traditional teachings. Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.”
 
Books are available in the Church office while supplies last – $10/book. Or you can order from your favorite vendor!
 
Please consider joining this informal book discussion and delicious potluck supper, routinely convening the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month in the Heritage Room.
For questions ask Pastor Kevin or Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com)

Sing with us on Sunday, February 25th at noonish!

The Core Music Project Team has been at work for many moons-whistling while we work…meandering through melodies, humming harmonies, looking at lyrics, mindful of memories, daring to dream. Please join us for a light lunch and lots of singing on Sunday, February 25th at noon. We will share some of our process and progress with you. We’re eager to share this with you and to hear your voice!


Open &Affirming: Living Openly – A Public & Visible Church

Gateway ONA’s Seventh Annual Convocation
Saturday, Mar 3 | 9:00am-4:00pm (registration 8:00am) | Parkway UCC
Come be in conversation with others, learn what it means to be Open and Affirming and how to fully express extravagant welcome to all God’s children. New workshops and new leaders this year! Registration forms with more info…
Human Trafficking in Our Area

We would like to invite you to join St. Charles Outreach Coalition against Human Trafficking (SCCAT)

on Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Trinity Church located at 3515 Shackelford Road., Florissant, MO 63031 to learn about human trafficking in our area especially in North County.

 
During the event, we will hear from the St. Louis County Police Department (Human Trafficking Task Force). We also are honored to have Chief Belmar of the St. Louis County Police Department joining us for the opening session. This organization will discuss their important work responding to human trafficking and the support available for victims and their families in the Greater St. Louis Area and beyond.
 
This is a Free Event; thus, your RSVP will help our event organizers to provide a better service for you during the event. For RSVP, please email
stltrinitychurch@gmail.com Or contact 314.838.8820 or register from the link below:
 
 
This event was primarily scheduled on January to observe the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day that is every year on January 11. However, because of some unavoidable circumstances in weather situation, we canceled it and rescheduling our event on February 15th, 2018. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day’s observance was started in 2011 by Presidential Proclamation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The anniversary of this proclamation became known as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Currently, many countries in the world including the USA are the source, transit and destination country for trafficked children, women, and men. These people can be of foreign nationalities or the citizens of the USA, but they are all subjected to injustices of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, forced marriage and debt bondage. Many mass campaigns are organized to observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This helps raise public awareness of the crime of human trafficking and helps protect some vulnerable members of our community.

We hope you/everyone is available and comfortable to participate in this new schedule on Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pmat Trinity Church located at 3515 Shackelford Road., Florissant, MO 63031.

 

Further reading…


Inspiration 

To put it simply: the Holy Spirit bothers us. Because it moves us, it makes us walk, it pushes the Church to go forward. And we are like Peter at the Transfiguration: ‘Ah, how wonderful it is to be here like this, all together!’ … But don’t bother us. We want the Holy Spirit to doze off … we want to domesticate the Holy Spirit. And that’s not good. because the Holy Spirit is God, that wind which comes and goes and you don’t know where. It is the power of God, it is the one who gives us consolation and strength to move forward. The Holy Spirit says, ‘Move forward!’ And this bothers us. It’s so much nicer to be comfortable. ~Pope Francis  

  

Humor

How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?

Just one, but the bulb has to want to change.


 


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Prayer and Poetry: Parkway UCC enews 2-1-18

 

Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
February 1, 2018

Worship with Us this Weekend!

 

Gather with us in the Historic Sanctuary for our quarterly Saturday evening worship service at 5:00pm where we will focus on healing. Voices of Grace will sing and Colleen Haviland will play her harp. We will celebrate the sacrament of communion and then come across the street to enjoy soup and salad over conversations about healing.
Join us on Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am where our scripture lessons will be Isaiah 40:21-31 and Psalm 147:1-11 with a sermon entitled The Power of Prayer and Poetry. It’s not too late to send us a prayer and/or poem that has significance for you… kevin@parkwayucc.org
We will celebrate the sacrament of communion at our open table.
It’s Give-A-Meal Sunday! Please bring gifts of non-perishable food items for our hungry neighbors.

 

Souper Bowl Sunday! 
Sun, Feb 4 | After Each Service
Big Soup Pots with the 2 super bowl team’s helmets will be out in the Gathering area for you to bet who will win. How? By throwing in extra change or dollar bills! The change will benefit our youth mission trip this summer. Who’s gonna win the super bowl? Take a chance and bet on your guess! Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org.

 

Sunday Adult Education at 9:30am and 11:00am in the Heritage Room will focus on the powerful witness of one of our sibling churches providing “Sanctuary”for Alex from Honduras. This congregation feels the call of the gospel to love our neighbor and to stand with those suffering and oppressed in the midst of the current immigration crisis.Christ Church UCC has signed the Declaration of Sacred Resistance in the St Louis Coalition on Sanctuary with multi-ethnic, interfaith congregations and community organizations in our area. Come meet Jan Roddy and Christy Chassere, members of Christ UCC in Maplewood, as they tell us their story and Alex’s story.

Prayer List Update
Carol Clifford’s mother – nearing the end of her life.
Cherie Stolze – surgery last Friday for a broken ankle from a fall.
Ron Wilbois – strengthening at Mason Pointe Rehab Center.
Cassie Rosenberger’s father at Barnes Hospital – multiple concerns.
Barry Luedloff & family as they grieve/give thanks for Uncle Bobby.

 

 

 

Announcements

 

Check out this flyer submitted by the Sustainability Seekers:
Did you know that Parkway hosts three Alzheimer’s support groups?
We Do! The first Tuesday of each month three groups meet from 7:00-8:30pm. The largest group is for adult children of people with Alzheimer’s disease. This group is open to anyone who fits that description. If you would like to attend, please contact Doug Orms: MOHoser@gmail.com.

Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for people with memory loss and care partners to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. They also educate and inform participants about dementia and help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. 

 
Youth Night Feb 7 – Bible Minute to Win It
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
Inclement Weather Policy
If we need to cancel church on a Sunday morning due to wintry weather, we will communicate with you in a variety of ways:
  • Church wide email
  • Facebook/Twitter post
  • KSDK.com listing
  • Voicemail at church
Judgment whether to come to church rests with the individual. If you feel it is unsafe to drive, please don’t risk it. Stay safe. Stay home.

 

Further reading…

 

 

 

Talent comes in all shapes and sizes – with all kinds of back stories. Check this out – a must see 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 

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All the great leaders of history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Gandhi, and Dorothy Day all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them toward the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let’s live with hope. -Henri Nouwen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humor

 

 

 

 

 

How did Jack Frost get to work?
By icicle.