May 23, 2017

Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Just Mercy

New TED Book May 9


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

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of casual potluck suppers and book discussions.

We are currently discussing the compelling true story by Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy: A story of Justice and Redemption. Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School.  He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color.  He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

TED welcomes everyone interested in delicious POTLUCKS and interesting, informal BOOK DISCUSSIONS!  We hope you will join us!

Contact Karen Boyd: 314-878-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com

Church Farewell to Parkway United Nursery School

Sunday, June 4, 2017 | Following Annual Meeting | 10:45 AM

Parkway Church Council will sponsor a morning tribute to the students, teachers, board members past and present at the 10:45 worship service on June 4.  All are invited to join us for a lunch with picnic fare following the service.  If you know of any former students, past teachers, and board members, please send their names and contact information to Carol Cobb at 314-965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com.  We would like to honor their service and attendance to this fantastic preschool.

 

 

 

Blessing of the Pets

Blessing of the PetsBlessing of the Pets
Sunday, May 21st at our Informal Worship Service at 11am.

If you aren’t able/comfortable enough to bring your dog, cat, bird, rabbit, mouse, snake, mouse, etc … please feel free to bring a photo of your pet – whether they are in your home today or were in the past – even your childhood. [I know of a family that will be bringing a photo of a puppy they are waiting to be old enough to come live with them!] This is our first pet blessing adventure! Thanks to our Confirmation Class for their help in planning and providing zookeeper support during the service.

We are Open and Affirming

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Open and Affirming in the UCC

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Read more about what it means to be open and affirming on the (United Church of Christ) UCC website…

Parkway UCC is an Open and Affirming (ONA) church. No matter your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, you are welcome here.

 

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It is heartwarming when we find out we are making a difference. We received this wonderful email about our outdoor sign and have to share with everyone:

 

I drive past your signs every morning on my way to work. The words you put on your board are things that make you smile, think and nod in agreement.

 

I’m not religious and I stay away from churches because, well as a lesbian woman I am not typically welcome.

 

I’ll never forget the first time I saw your board… It was right after they legalized gay marriage. I saw your board, “We believe in Marriage, equality, and marriage equality.” I was beaming after that. It was nice to see religious organizations standing by our side.

 

The one you have on display now is just amazing. Even if I’m having a bad morning, this always puts a smile on my face. Such powerful words.

 

I’m sure it’s not the most popular board in town, but it certainly the one with the most truth. I just wanted to say thank you.

 

#puccsafespace

#openandaffirming

 

#puccsafespace

safety_pin_safespace_lo_resParkway United Church of Christ (PUCC) is a safe space for all – including those who are marginalized in our society. We proclaim this in our Congregational Statement:

Parkway United Church of Christ, with God’s grace, seeks to be a congregation that includes all persons, regardless of race, ethnic, or socio-economic background while respecting differences of gender, marital status, age, sexual orientation, and mental and physical ability. We aspire to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. We invite all to share in the life and leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our open and affirming congregation.

Let everyone know that we are a church that welcomes the marginalized in our community! This is the place to come just as you are and be who you are. Use the hashtag #puccsafespace in Facebook and Twitter posts. We are a safe space! #puccsafespace

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From one of our members:

Dear Parkway United Church of Christ,

First, thank you for literally being a sanctuary where I can reflect on my faith, purpose, and how to live my life in a way that is pleasing to our God.

Secondly, and most importantly, thank you for being a beautiful light of hope following the example of Jesus by demonstrating love, acceptance, and unity with our brothers and sisters in our church community, our neighborhoods, our nation, and our world.

I am proud to be part of this church family.

With love, Peggy Mohl

 

 

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