April 19, 2018

Parkway UCC enews 4-5-2018: On the Road Again

 

Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
April 5, 2018

Worship with Us this Sunday!

Join us this Sunday for One Family Worship at 10am!
 
Our scriptures pick up where we left off last week on Easter Sunday…
 
Luke 24: 13-35
That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened…..
 
John 20:19-29
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side…..
 
Our sermon is entitled On the Road Again. What do we do now? Where do we go with all of this?

 

Give-a-Meal Sunday has been extended to include this Sunday as well. Bring your non-perishable goods for Isaiah 58 Ministries.
Vitality – Start Your Engines! 
Sunday, April 8 | 10:00am
John Wimberly, our Vitality Consultant, will be back with us the weekend after Easter. Read more…

 

 

Prayer List Updates
We are EASTER PEOPLE!
 
Denyse SchrenkerPeace Corps volunteer in Tanzania… home soon!
 
Andy Wilson – in midst of interviews as seminary graduation nears!
 
Gloria and Don Wandless – moving to Creve Coeur (see below).^^
 
Pattie Herpel -rehab hospital for a week or two.
 
Sisters Ruth Peace, Mary Whitney, Pinky Wilcoxen – healing.
(Mary has further testing this week to discern cancer treatment plan.)
 
Joyce Yakel – healing after fall and hip surgery (Doug’s mother).
 
Lieve – completed chemo; follow-up scan this week (Stifel).
 
Eric McDowell – healing after heart attack (Tallyn cousin).
 
StL Assn Covenant Partner of the Week: First Congregational UCC, St Louis – on Wydown in Clayton
 
^^ Gloria & Don Wandless
Kingslanding Apartments
618 North New Ballas Road
Bldg. #1, Apt. # 202
St. Louis, MO 63141 

 

Announcements
Youth Night April 4: Movie Night
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall | Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
New TED study begins April 10. Details…
Work Day to Clean Old Cemetery & Main Grounds
April 21 | 9:00am until finished | Meet at main building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community

 

 

 

Expanding Our Table June 1-3
We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be magnifying a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June! presentations at Parkway. More info…

 


Save the Date for JHLTB Sat, Apr 28, | 9:15am – 1:15pm

 

 

Intertwine Interfaith Initiative Announced
The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwine-an interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Humor

 

 

 

Four high schoolers afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire. Much to their relief the teacher smiled and said, “Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.” Still smiling, the teacher waited for them to sit down…”First Question: Which tire was flat?” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration 

 

 

 

There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that might could render void:
Thou – Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed. 
   ~Emily Bronte

 

 

 

 

 

Video

 

Sappy four minutes! One way to be part of the Easter people!

 

View…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 
Worship with Us this Sunday!

 
Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday. Remember to move you clocks ahead one hour the night before!

Join us this weekend on the fourth Sunday of Lent at 9:30am Traditional Worship and/or 11:00am Informal Worship where our scripture lessons will be Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; and Luke 18:35-43 with a sermon entitled From Lovers to Fools with Our Voice. The scriptures are instances of people speaking up and what happens next. There are a variety of reasons and different responses/consequences – positive and negative. 
 
We will extinguish another Lenten candle as we move further into Lent and closer to the (temporary but deep) darkness of the tomb.
 
We will hear more about our mission partners this 2nd Mile Lent/Easter …. Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses), Heifer Project, Lydia’s House and Eden Seminary.

CANstruction “field trip”
Sunday, March 11 | 2:00pm | Saint Louis Science Center bridge
Questions or carpooling interest? ask Lisa Mason (lmason624@sbcglobal.net)

PUCC is taking a “field trip” to see the completed CANstruction mural and a video about the collaborative process. The tour will be led by Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest. 
 
CANstruction is a mural created with canned goods to create an image of interfaith cooperation. This mural is assembled by local high school teens (including some PUCCers) representing, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths. Youth rotate through stations that include mural assembly, team building skills (led by Saint Louis Science Center’s YES teens), and interfaith interaction. As part of the interfaith interaction, teens are asked to bring quotes from their sacred text around shared values concepts. 
 
As always, you are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors! Please let Lisa Mason know if you plan to attend, and whether you are interested in carpooling from PUCC.

 
Prayer List Updates
New Members: Jo Grove and Molly Grisham! WELCOME!
John Linder – at Barnes Hospital, St Peter’s with respiratory issues.

Kristin Edmonds and family as they grieve/give thanks for her father.

Gloria Wandless – recovering from carpal tunnel surgery yesterday, Thursday.

Polly Rutherford – healing at home after recent back surgery.

Pat Owenspreparing for shoulder replacement surgery on March 14.

Mary – mastectomy next week (sister of Pinky Wilcoxen & Ruth Peace). She’d be blessed/buoyed by cards… Mary Whitney – Stonebridge Room 252; 2963 Doddridge Ave., Maryland Hts, MO 63043.

Ruth Peace – additional medical tests this week.

Sue Houser – at Surrey Place with heart concerns.

Jim Houser – at Surrey Place for healing of shingles and RSV.

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of WeekEpiphany UCC, St Louis

 
Announcements

PUCC Easter Candy 
Parkway’s children are looking forward to the annual church Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 1 after both Worship Services. Donations of individually wrapped candy will be gratefully accepted in the Gathering Area until Palm Sunday, March 25. Thanks for supporting a beloved tradition!

Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org. (Not to be confused with our Community Easter Egg Hunt on March 24.)
 

The Sustainability Seekers will sell Fair Trade chocolate and coffee throughout this month.

Consider buying some plastic Easter eggs filled with Fair Trade mini-chocolates. Funds raised will be used for a dishwasher and mugs for the Fellowship time.

 

The sign-up sheets are now in the Gathering Space for
Easter lilies and fern baskets. The lilies are $9.50 and the ferns are $13.30.We must turn in the order by March 12, so please order soon.
Thank you from the Sanctuary Committee.


Tuesday Evening Dialogue March 13
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) a reading/discussing a book by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan entitled The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem. “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.” This is the second of three sessions. Order your book from your favorite vendor!
 
Please consider joining us for delicious potluck supper, stimulating discussion and great fellowship. Questions? Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com)


Youth Night March 14: Record Breakers
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
 

Lenten Opportunity: Laumeier Sculpture Park
Engaging the Community through Art and Nature
Friday, March 16 | 1:00-2:30pm | Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Rd, St. Louis, MO | laumeiersculpturepark.org/
 
Laumeier Sculpture Park is a 105-acre open-air museum and sculpture park located in Sunset Hills.
 
Meet here at church to carpool at 12:30pm or meet us out there at the Visitor Center at 1:00pm. Contact Kevin@parkwayucc.org (314-872-9330).
 

Lenten Opportunity: Spring Singing
Saturday, March 17 | 9:30am-12:00pm | Meet in the Gathering Space
Spring Singing (like Christmas Caroling) to shut-ins and other loved ones from PUCC. We’ll grab our songsheets and warm up our voices before we carpool to area nursing homes to share our faith with old and new friends.
Info? Contact Kevin Cameron: 314-872-9330 | kevin@parkwayucc.org
 

Pizza! Pizza! Pizza 
Sat, Mar 17, 3:30pm | CiCi’s 9745 Manchester
Please join us at to celebrate Christopher Haack’s birthday. This is an annual Parkway tradition that is fun for all ages. Cici’s all-you-can-eat buffet has pizza, salad bar, pastas, soup and dessert. The cost is +/- $5.99. RSVP is helpful, but not required: billhaack@aol.com | 314-344-8580


Earth Day Celebration Luncheon
Sunday, April 22 | 12:00pm | Fellowship Hall
The Sustainability Seekers invite you to celebrate Earth Day 2018 by attending an Eco-friendly luncheon. A variety of homemade vegetarian lasagnas will be served along with salad, rolls and dessert. The event will be both paperless and meatless. Forgoing meat even one day a week can have a positive environmental impact, not to mention the potential health benefits of a more plant-based diet. Parkway vegetarians will be available to answer questions or share recipes.
 
Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for children age 6-12, with 5 and under free. The goal is to COMPLETE fund raising so that we can soon install a dishwasher in the fellowship area and switch to mug use. Help us live into the United Church of Christ’s commitment to the Three Loves, one of which is caring for Creation. Tickets can be purchased at the Fair Trade products table between services.





 
Community

The Return of John Wimberly! Please mark your calendar for Sunday, April 8

when John Wimberly will be back again to help us prioritize the strategies (well over 100) that we have all been generating to help us live into the goals from the refreshed purpose statement we all created.

 

Save some room on your calendar for John Pavlovitz

the first weekend of June when he comes to be with us at PUCC. 

Join Kevin after Easter for a couple of conversations about John’s latest book –

A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic and Hopeful Spiritual Community.


Saturday, March 24 | Rain or Shine! | Doors open at 9:00am
Bring your little ones out to enjoy refreshments, crafts, a fun egg hunt with three age divisions, and to meet the Easter Bunny! For any questions or if you would like to volunteer, contact Cassie Rosenberger: (314) 323-6781 or cj.rose18@yahoo.com
(This community event is in addition to our Easter egg hunts after services on Easter Sunday.)







Time to Choose: Worldwide challenges with positive alternatives
Sun Apr 15 |3:00pm | POPCORN | Discussion following movie
St John’s UCC | 15370 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
(Large parking lot by church entrance)
Join us at the start of Earth Day week for a free showing of Charles Ferguson’s movie: Time to Choose.
 
“Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside JobNo End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE. Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. Ferguson explores the comprehensive scope of the climate change crisis and examines the power of solutions already available. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.” (timetochoose.com)
 

Humor

Have you ever tried to eat a clock? It’s very time consuming.

 

 

Inspiration 

In times of uncertainty, wait. Always, if you have any doubt, wait. Do not force yourself into any action. If you have a restraint in your spirit, wait until all is clear, and do not go against it. ~Anonymous


Video
As we wrap up the week when we have been thinking about our hands – bringing our whole selves to this Lenten Journey – check out this brief video that will make you think more about your hands.
(Thanks to Gloria Wandless for sharing this with me.)



 


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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
March 2, 2018

AWOL (Adventurous Women Out Late)

Icy rain foiled our Philadelphia Story outing, so maybe we’re more suited for a Phantom Thread tonight, March 2 at Plaza Frontenac 6:40pm. Meet in the lobby by 6:30pm! RSVP to Carmen Bumgarner: cfbum@charter.net

 
Jazz for the Journey
Oîkos Ensemble performs a free concert TONIGHT at Eden Seminary with a keynote address by Rev Geoffrey Black. Details…

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…

 
Worship with Us this Sunday!

 
Join us this weekend on the third Sunday of Lent at 9:30am Traditional Worship and/or 11:00am Informal Worship where our scripture lessons will be Exodus 20:1-17 and John 2:13-22 with a sermon entitled From Lovers to Fools with Our Hands. The ten commandments guide us and challenge us as we live more faithfully with the Holy and with one another. How we use our hands is just one way to measure our effectiveness. What was going through Jesus’ heart and mind when he flipped over the table in the Temple that day? Do you ever feel that way? What do you do then?
 
We will extinguish another Lenten candle as we move further into Lent and closer to the (temporary but deep) darkness of the tomb.
 
Gather at our open table for the sacred and simple meal of communion. 

We will hear more about our mission partners this 2nd Mile Lent/Easter …. Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses), Heifer Project, Lydia’s House and Eden Seminary.

Please remember to bring your gifts of non-perishable food items for hungry individuals and families in St Louis as this is a Give-A-Meal Sunday.

Sunday is our annual Chili/Brownie Cook-off after each service.
The annual Chili/Brownie cook-off smackdown is here! Bring a crockpot of your best chili and/or a plate of brownies. Will last year’s winners be knocked off their thrones? Taste and pick your favorite. Donations will benefit our youth summer mission trip.

 

 
Adult Education
9:30 & 11:00am in the Heritage Room

The Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel

Significant problems in the American justice system include: (i) the challenge to find jury trials for young lawyers and (ii) overworked and underpaid public defenders.  
 

To jointly address these two concerns, a number of senior lawyers in the St. Louis Area, including Richard Scherrer, founded The Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel. The Coalition’s mission is to enroll private sector law firms in a program, wherein the firms commit to assigning younger lawyers to represent indigent defendants currently represented by the Missouri State Public Defender. At Adult Ed on March 4, 2018, Richard will speak about the work of the Coalition and the state of the public defender system in Missouri.

 
Prayer List Updates
New Members: Jo Grove and Molly Grisham! WELCOME!
Family & Friends of Lucille Arft – celebrated her life here on 2/28.

Polly Rutherford – preparing for back surgery on March 2.

Andrea Barnes – in conversation with legislators about MO Statute of Limitations on child sex abuse.

Cherie Stolze – healing from complications after recent surgery.

Mary – recent cancer diagnosis; biopsy now (sister of Pinky Wilcoxen & Ruth Peace). She’d be blessed and buoyed by cards… Mary Whitney – Stonebridge Room 252; 2963 Doddridge Ave., Maryland Hts, MO 63043.

Philiphealing from corneal transplant (Tom Maxeiner).

Robert Cameron – grieving and giving thanks for his wife, Brenda.

StL UCC Covenant Partner of Week: Eden UCC, Affton

 
Announcements


PUCC Easter Candy Parkway’s children are looking forward to the annual church Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 1 after both Worship Services. 

Donations of individually wrapped candy will be gratefully accepted in the Gathering Area until Palm Sunday, March 25. Thanks for supporting a beloved tradition!

 

The Sustainability Seekers will sell their Fair Trade chocolate and coffee throughout this month.

Consider buying some plastic Easter eggs filled with Fair Trade mini-chocolates. Funds raised will be used for a dishwasher and mugs for the Fellowship time.

 
The sign-up sheets are now in the Gathering Space for
Easter lilies and fern baskets.

The lilies are $9.50 and the ferns are $13.30.

We must turn in the order by March 12, so please order soon.

Thank you from the Sanctuary Committee.

 
Youth Night March 7: Balloon Bonanza

Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall

Snacks | Games | Door Prizes

Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330


CANstruction “field trip” 3/11

Sunday, March 11 * 2:00 * Saint Louis Science Center * Questions or carpooling interest? ask Lisa Mason (lmason624@sbcglobal.net)

CANstruction is a mural created with canned goods to create an image of interfaith cooperation. This mural is assembled by local high school teens (including some PUCCers) representing, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths. Youth rotate through stations that include mural assembly, team building skills (led by Saint Louis Science Center’s YES teens), and interfaith interaction. As part of the interfaith interaction, teens are asked to bring quotes from their sacred text around shared values concepts. 
 
“Beyond Ourselves” is the theme for this year’s CANstruction, drawing inspiration from a new statue outside of the Planetarium of a figure of a person looking up, inspiring us to think of what is beyond. This year will mark the fifth year of a partnership between The Saint Louis Science Center,
 
The Center for Indian Cultural Education- Bal Vihar, and Interfaith Quest to create an interfaith CANstruction. 
 
Teens will lead us through exploring what the represented sacred texts say about thinking “Beyond Ourselves,” and how they were impacted in the sharing of each others sacred texts. The CANstruction will be on display through the month of March, then all canned goods used in the mural will be donated to Operation Food Search. 
 
PUCC is taking a “field trip” to see the completed CANstruction mural and a video about the collaborative process. On Sunday, March 11, we will meet at the bridge of the Saint Louis Science Center at 2:00pm for our interfaith tour. Enter on the Planetarium side. The tour will be led by Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest. 
 
As always, you are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors! Please let Lisa Mason know if you plan to attend, and whether you are interested in carpooling from PUCC.

Pizza! Pizza! Pizza

Sat, Mar 17, 3:30pm | CiCi’s 9745 Manchester

Please join us at to celebrate Christopher Haack’s birthday. This is an annual Parkway tradition that is fun for all ages. Cici’s all-you-can-eat buffet has pizza, salad bar, pastas, soup and dessert. The cost is +/- $5.99. RSVP is helpful, but not required: billhaack@aol.com | 314-344-8580


Community Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24 | Rain or Shine! | Doors open at 9:00am
Bring your little ones out to enjoy refreshments, crafts, a fun egg hunt with three age divisions, and to meet the Easter Bunny! For any questions or if you would like to volunteer, contact Cassie Rosenberger: (314) 323-6781 or cj.rose18@yahoo.com.

Further reading…



 
Community

The Return of John Wimberly! Please mark your calendar for Sunday, April 8 when John Wimberly will be back again to help us prioritize the strategies (well over 100) that we have all been generating to help us live into the goals from the refreshed purpose statement we all created.
 
Save some room on your calendar for John Pavlovitz the first weekend of June when he comes to be with us at PUCC. Join Kevin after Easter for a couple of conversations about John’s latest book – A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic and Hopeful Spiritual Community.




Dear Friends,
 
We are elated to announce that Isaiah 58 Ministries has been selected to be a part of the exciting and innovative Schnucks – Bags 4 My Cause program, which is specially designed to support local causes and hunger relief organizations.
 
For every Schnucks reusable Hunger bag purchased at the Schnucks located at 1060 Woods Mill Road, Ballwin, MO during the month of March, $1 is donated to our organization. And with $1 = 4 meals, this program has the potential to truly make a large impact!
 
We continually appreciate all the support you give, which has allowed Isaiah 58 Ministries to maintain the work we do in our community.  The Schnucks – Bags 4 My Cause program is a simple and fun way to continue this support!
 
Please visit the Schnucks store located at 1060 Woods Mill Road, Ballwin, MO during the month of March and buy the specially designed bag with the message “Every Bag Feeds a Neighbor in Need.”  With a longstanding history of nourishing peoples’ lives, Schnucks takes pride in their commitment to community and hunger relief giving more than $13 million dollars annually to area food banks and pantries!
 
Imagine if every one of our supporters purchases just ONE bag! What if everyone bought TWO! Purchasing these beautiful Schnucks reusable Hunger bags will support us while also helping to eliminate paper/plastic use!
 
Please pass this exciting news on to your friends and family. Let them know that the Hunger bags are located on the specially designed reusable bag rack.
 
Thank you so much for your continued support of Isaiah 58 Ministries.
 
Blessings,
 
Rev. Brenda Booth
Executive Director
Isaiah 58 Ministries


Humor

What is the favorite month of many UCCers?
March!

 

 

Inspiration 

Don’t live with a closed fist but with an open hand. Be all about the openhanded kindness of Christ. ~John Pavlovitz


Video
When this school realized many kids wouldn’t have anyone to attend a breakfast with dad event, a local pastor stepped in to help. He never imagined how…



 


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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Inspiration 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Email

Prophets Wanted 1-26-18

 

Second Chances 1-18-18

 

Can You Hear Me Now? 1-11-2018

 

 

We Are Three+, January 6, 2018

 

 

Looking Back and Looking Ahead: December 29, 2017

 

 

4 Ways to Christmas: December 21, 2017

 

 

Seeing and Being Joy 12-14-2017

 

 

Seeing and Being Peace 12-8-2017

 

 

Seeing and Being Hope 12-1-2017

 

 

Holy Harvest 11-26-2017

 

 

Women’s Wounds, Women’s Wisdom 11-16-2017

 

 

Pockets of Faith 11-10-2017

 

 

God’s Fire Alarm 11-5-2017

 

 

500th Anniversary of the Reformation 10-26-2017

 

 

I Love Paying Taxes 10-19-2017

 

 

Direction Change 10-12-2017

 

 

Why Laws? 10-5-2017

 

 

Scarcity or Abundance 9-22-2017

 

 

What’s Not Being Said 9-15-2017

 

 

Day By Day, September 7, 2017

 

 

We Have Work To Do: August 31, 2017

 

 

Birth Plans August 25, 2017

 

 

Mending August 17, 2017

 

 

 

 

August 10, 2017

 

 

 

 

Struggles of the Spirit August 3, 2017

 

 

 

 

Pray July 27, 2017

 

 

 

 

In This Place July 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

Soil and Light July 13, 2017

 

 

 

The Struggle Within July 5, 2017

 

 

 

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them June 29, 2017

 

 

 

Our UCC @60! June 22, 2016

 

 

 

 

To Laugh or Not to Laugh June 16, 2016

 

 

 

 

BYOL June 8, 2017

 

 

 

 

Daughters & Sons June 1, 2017

 

 

 

 

May 28, 2017

 

 

 

 

Known & Unknown May 18, 2017

 

 

 

 

Sorry May 12, 2017

 

 

 

 

Spirit Math May 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

Let’s Do It…JHLTB5 4-30-2017

 

 

 

 

It’s Still Easter 4-20-2017

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Sunday Worship 4-13-2017

 

 

 

 

Palm Sunday 4-6-2017

 

 

 

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent 3-30-2017

 

 

 

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent 3-23-2017

 

 

 

 

Third Sunday of Lent 3-16-2017

 

 

 

 

Second Sunday of Lent 3-9-2017

 

 

 

 

First Sunday of Lent 3-3-2017

 

 

 

 

Transfiguration Sunday 2-24-2017

 

 

 

 

Love is the Center of the Universe 2-17-2017

 

 

 

 

Rising and Falling 2-9-17

 

 

 

 

Spices, Lights and Lamps: Parkway United Church of Christ E-news February 3, 2017

 

Is this the Real World? Parkway UCC E-news 1-27-2017

 

Immediately: Parkway UCC E-news 1-19-2014

 

Baptism of Christ: Parkway UCC E-news 1-13-2017

 

Epiphany: ParkwayUCC E-news 1-6-2017