June 29, 2017

MAD Camp

July 31-August 4| 9:00-12:30PM (with the option of childcare until 3:00PM)

 

MAD CAMP! (Music | Arts | Drama)

 

It’s here again and it’s going to be so much fun! During the week of July 31 through August 4 we will learn the music and story of the musical, “Down by the Creekbank.” We will create our scenery, make our costumes and learn the lessons of God’s love for us. Stories around the campfire and outdoor fun will all be a part of this great adventure. There will be a special performance of the musical on Friday evening! The fee is $25.00 for the week. Any additional children in the family will pay $20.00 per child. The childcare after 12:30 PM will pay additional childcare $20 each afternoon session; $100 for the week. We will explore God’s great creation and how he loves each of us. Don’t miss out! Make plans come on this adventure with us,

 

Got friends? Bring them along!

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER…

 

For more information or questions contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org

Carol Cobb at ccjcobb@aol.com

Tuesday Evening Dialogue

New Book-Spiritual Defiance by Robin Meyers

On June 27th, we begin Spiritual Defiance: Building a Beloved Community of Resistance by Robin Meyers: “A leading voice of progressive Christianity makes a powerful case for faith as a radical way of being in the world.”

We will discuss this book until the end of July, then break for August.

TED welcomes everyone interested in delicious POTLUCKS and interesting, informal BOOK DISCUSSIONS!  Please consider joining us.

For more information, contact Karen Boyd: kkseib@gmail.com.

Write Children in Tanzania

Notes to Africa-A Note from Cheryl Schrenker

Denyse (who is volunteering in Africa) has mentioned that the children in her village love anything involving English words.  Most students in Tanzania attend Swahili-speaking primary schools, but then are instructed in English once they enter secondary school.  It’s a challenge for teachers and students.  I’m sure the kids in her village would love to receive a written note from someone in the United States.  I also thought they would love to receive that note on a postcard with a picture on the front.  So what I’m asking, if you are willing and interested, whether you travel this summer, or stay in town, grab a postcard and write a note on it.  We’ll put a box in the gathering space or church office to collect them.  Toward the end of summer I’ll send all of the postcards to Denyse and she can distribute them.

You are a generous group of people! I thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for Denyse while she is on this journey.  Your kindness is a blessing.  Thank you!

~Cheryl Schrenker

St. Louis 2017 PrideFest Volunteers Needed

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June 23-25 | Soldiers Memorial Park, St. Louis

 

We would like to have people in the tent to spread extravagant hospitality to visitors.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ron Hill at hill4716@gmail.com.

It looks great when we have 100 people or more in comma or Parkway UCC t-shirts walking in the parade with signs for each ONA or ONA-Friendly church.  Once again, First Congregational Church of St. Louis has agreed to coordinate Gateway’s participation in the parade.  For more parade details and to volunteer to walk in the parade, contact Hannah Rice at hrice@firstcongregational.org.

There will be an ecumenical and interfaith service on Sunday morning as part of the PrideFest event.  More details will be worked out and announced soon.

Thank you, in advance, for volunteering to be a part of the United Church of Christ’s participation in the St. Louis 2017 PrideFest.

 

Lorin Cope, Convener: Gateway Open and Affirming Churches

2017 Annual Report

Click here for the 2017 Annual Report.

 

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