January 19, 2018

Vitality Initiative Update and Invitation!

Vitality Initiative Update and Invitation!

Our Vitality Initiative, which opened on the weekend of September 15-17, led by our consultant, Rev. John Wimberly, is proceeding on schedule.


This fall, more than 90 members and friends took part in drafting, discussing, and revising a new Purpose Statement. The Vitality Initiative planning team initially drafted a statement. Then about 10 focus groups were held, many of which made suggestions for revising the purpose statement. The planning team met in late November, and updated the purpose statement in light of those suggestions. The final purpose statement (which our Church Council blesses and consultant, Rev. Wimberly, calls “very, very good”) is shown below:


Parkway United Church of Christ strives to be an inclusive community embracing:

  • spiritual nourishment
  • open-minded inquiry
  • courageous action, and
  • interfaith partnerships

to fulfill God’s calling to create a just world for all.


After breaking for the holiday season, the Vitality Initiative is resuming as we select goals and strategies, and then, with Rev. Wimberly’s help, prioritize the strategies. We need your help developing all possible strategies on Sunday, January 28 immediately following the 10:00am Annual Budget Meeting and One Family Worship Service. Please join us as all members and friends help in strategy development and enjoy a light lunch together.


Planning Team Co-chairs: Mark Sableman: msableman@att.net | Karen Boyd: kkseib@gmail.com | Doug Dischinger: doug@cwreains.com

Inquirers’ Gathering Thu, Jan 25

Inquirers’ Gathering Thu, Jan 25 | 6:30-8:00pm | Heritage Room

As we arrive in the new year, you may be reassessing your life and priorities—where you spend your time and resources…how it is that you are healthy in body, mind, spirit and relationship. As a visitor to PUCC, you want to learn more about who we are and who we are becoming.


We’d love to get to know you better too. Please come to the upcoming Inquirers’ Gathering. We will have dessert and great conversation. Childcare can be arranged if you need it… just ask!


Please RSVP to Kevin Cameron—kevin@parkwayucc.org; 314-872-9330.

Karen Boyd—Karen kkseib@gmail.com; 314-378-7575.

Not Just For Men Group to Visit First MO Capitol in St Charles

Let’s Go Back in Time: NJFM Visit first Missouri Capitol 1/25
Thursday, January 25 | 10:00am|Carpool from church 9:30am
Not Just for Men will visit the first Missouri Capitol in St. Charles. We will carpool from the church at 9:30am and go to lunch afterwards. Call or email Harold Cobb for reservations. 314 965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue reads The Book of Joy

Tuesday Evening Dialogue
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Contact Karen Boyd for more information at kkseib@gmail.com

Start the new year by joining Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)-a twice monthly potluck/book discussion that is informal, open, and fun! Books are available in the church office for purchase or you may order your own.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmund Tutu

Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships-or, because of them-they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy. This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing week together.

We are Open and Affirming


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.



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.