April 23, 2017

Jesus Has Left the Building April 30

Jesus Has Left the Building

Sunday, April 30 | 10:00am service followed by projects | Community-wide

Share God’s love and compassion with our community through our fifth annual JHLTB! Worship at PUCC at 10:00am, then live out our mission in a day of service. Wear your PUCC t-shirt or another red shirt if possible.

 

Eight rewarding projects are available; choose what most speaks to you:

 

  1. Emmaus Homes—indoor and/or outdoor projects depending on weather. UCC’s Emmaus Homes serves adults with developmental disabilities that live in homes in many neighborhoods all around the metro. emmaushomes.org
  2. Caroline Mission Early Childhood Education Center—painting, cleaning, yard work, sterilizing toys (please bring a sack lunch or snack so we can enjoy eating together while working on the project list) Caroline Mission is a part of our UCC’s Neighborhood Houses. Learn more at neighborhoodhouses.org
  3. Sustainability Seekers—clean up trash around PUCC and plant flowers; indoor options available if raining. Join the Green Team for the day!
  4. Big Brothers/Big Sisters party—Big/Little pairs will come to PUCC for a party including games, activities, crafts, treats and more. Explore this important mission at bbbsemo.org
  5. Missouri Veterans’ Home—perform a variety show for veterans and guests during their lunch; support crew also welcome!This is a great way to love a local veteran — mvc.dps.mo.gov/homes/stlouis.php
  6. Sandwiches for St. Patrick’s Center—make sandwiches at PUCC to be shared with those served by St. Patrick’s downtown at 800 N. Tucker—stpatrickcenter.org
  7. PUCC Homebound—visit & share our love with PUCCers who are no longer able to come to church. We will bring the church to them!
  8. Cookie baking—It’s cookie time! Join us in thePUCC kitchen as we mix, bake, package, and deliver cookies to area law enforcement officers and fire fighters.

 

For the sake of planning, we ask that you PLEASE sign up for your favorite project in advance in the Gathering Space (beginning April 9), or contact Lisa Mason at lmason624@sbcglobal.net or (314) 395-4444. Each project has aspects that are suitable for all ages. These projects offer tangible ways to do God’s work in our community; don’t miss this fulfilling and fun day in the life of our church!

Tuesday Evening Dialogue: It’s Never Too Late

New TED Book March 29


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

Desperate to avoid his 100th birthday party, Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of his room at the nursing home and heads to the nearest bus station, intending to travel as far as his pocket money will take him. But a spur-of-the-moment decision to steal a suitcase from a fellow passenger sends Allan on a strange and unforeseen journey involving, among other things, some nasty criminals, a very large pile of cash, and an elephant named Sonya. It’s just another chapter in a life full of adventures for Allan, who has become entangled in the major events of the twentieth century, including the Spanish Civil War and the Manhattan Project. As Allan’s colorful and complex history merges with his present-day escapades, readers will be treated to a new and charmingly funny version of world history and get to know a very youthful old man whose global influence knows no age limit. An international best-seller, this is an engaging tale of one man’s life lived to the fullest.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of casual potluck suppers and book discussions with the quirky and charming book: The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. We hope you will join us! Contact Karen Boyd: 314-878-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com

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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