October 24, 2017

Accidental Saints: Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)

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

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) welcomes YOU to join us for our informal potluck supper and book club.


Our current selection is the recent publication by Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber entitled Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People. We discuss this book (and whatever else that comes up….) on Tuesday evenings, Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 24. We start with a potluck supper and then convene for “discussion” usually finishing by about 8:00pm. We have one copy left in the church office ($11) or download on your e-reader or visit the library! Here’s just one review –


“Besides the fact that she is an amazing writer, my friend Nadia understands more than most that we are messed up people living in a messed up world with other messed up people…She understands that God meets our messed-up-ness with his mercy over and over and over again. I couldn’t put this book down.”


Maybe you’re interested in this book but don’t want to get committed long-term to a book club…COME! Maybe you’ve never been in a book club but love to read…. COME! Maybe the idea of a PUCC potluck two evenings a month is too good to be true…. COME!

ALL WELCOME! Contact Karen Boyd with questions atkkseib@gmail.com

PUCC Nursery Staff

PUCC Nursery Staff

Do you know someone who LOVES taking care of small children? An immediate opening exists for a Nursery Staff Member on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 12:15. This person ideally has experience working with children 0-3 years of age. Any candidates are encouraged to contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org, 314.872.9330

Jesus Has Left the Building 6

Jesus Has Left the Building 6

Saturday, October 21, 2017 • Grassy area left of Historic Sanctuary -then throughout the Community! • Lisa Mason lmason624@sbcglobal.net

We are shifting JHLTB to a Saturday this time – please join us for all NEW projects! 


9:15-9:30 brief commissioning service at the grassy area to the left of the Historic Sanctuary


9:30 Teams head to chosen projects, followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant


Read about the projects here…JHLTB 6 Project list–Oct 2017

RECAP: Recycling Center Tour 9/14


Recycling Center Tour Recap

Parkway Sustainability Seekers and the Not Just for Men Group joined forces on September 14th for a tour of the Republic Services recycling center in Hazelwood. Twenty people attended the event, which was followed by lunch.


The take-away from our tour is that far more is recyclable than we realized and “when in doubt, recycle it,” is a helpful motto. Some facts we learned include:

  • Glass needs 1-2 million years to decompose in a landfill and when recycled, is back on the shelf in 30 days.
  • Yeah! – It is not necessary to thoroughly wash out aluminum or tinned steel cans. Just put the lid inside the can and recycle.
  • The paper recycling done at this plant alone saves more than 1 million trees a year.
  • Put the lids on plastic bottles and milk cartons before recycling, as the lids can clog or damage their machinery.

Our group asked what the best choice was for hot beverages at our fellowship time. The answer was unequivocally “MUGS.” Later this fall the Sustainability Seekers will begin selling Fair Trade coffee and chocolate to raise funds towards both mugs and a dishwasher for the coffee nook.


Recycling Center Tour

Learn how they do it and how you can help!

September 14 | 9:15am carpool for tour at 10

Recycling Tour Coming Soon to Parkway UCC sponsored by Parkway Sustainability Seekers and Not Just for Men Group! The tour is planned for Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10am. Meet for carpool from the church at 9:15am. The tour will be at Republic Services in Bridgeton, Missouri, 12976 Saint Charles Rock Road. The tour should take approximately 1 hour. (45 minutes is a presentation and 15 minutes of walking.) Thanks to Polly Winklemann for arranging the excursion. Lunch is following at a restaurant of our choosing. Call Harold Cobb at 965-4147 or Polly Winklemann at 636-220-8484 with questions and reservations. It is helpful to know who is planning to attend so there are no surprises.

Vitality Iniaitive 2017-2018

Dear Parkway Members and Friends,
As many you have heard from our recent announcements, we will be conducting a Vitality Initiative beginning in September. It will be 9-month program in which we will discuss and articulate in writing our congregation’s identity and mission [this might sound like we are rewriting what exists?]; focus on goals and strategies for the next few years; and decide on specific priorities and plans for achieving those goals.
You may recall that almost two years ago [18 months?], after many of us began reading Rev. John Dorhauer’s book, Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World, our Church Council put together a special committee to look at long-range issues.  After consulting with Parkway members and others, including Conference Minister Ginny Brown Daniel, the committee looked into consultants who could guide a vitality process.  The committee found and recommended a consultant, Rev. John Wimberly, who has extensive experience working with churches, to guide and lead that process, following a plan he has used with many other churches of varied denominations including our UCC.  Council considered the matter and approved hiring Rev. Wimberly. (His fee is reasonable and more than half of it has already been paid through special contributions.)
The heart of the Vitality Initiative will be a 9-month process, beginning on the weekend of September 15-17 with several sessions led by Rev. Wimberly.  After that, we’ll follow up, through our commissions and committees and special focus groups, with advice and guidance from Rev. Wimberly.  Rev. Wimberly will join us again in St. Louis next May, helping us develop a set of robust priorities and action plans, to guide us in moving forward.  He will also consult with us in the following year as we put our plans into action.
If this process sounds a bit business-like, it is, because the work of our church deserves the same quality attention and focus as occurs in the business world.  (It also may be influenced by the fact that our consultant, though a veteran pastor, is also the author of a book titled, The Business of the Church:  The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires Effective Management.)
Those of us who have talked with Rev. Wimberly have found him to be an engaging person who passionately cares about making churches strong, even amid difficult social-cultural trends.  He clearly relishes the opportunity to help an active and engaged church like Parkway move to the next level in ministry and mission.  And though he is a Presbyterian, he told us that he thinks that “if anyone is well positioned in Christendom, it is the UCC – it has the right message and the right history.”
We welcome everyone to participate as the Vitality Initiative begins next month.  On Friday, September 15, Rev. Wimberly will meet with Pastor Kevin, our church staff, and council leadership.  On Saturday, September 16, from 8am to 1pm he will conduct a program for our church leadership, the Vitality Initiative planning committee, and other involved church members.  (If you would like to attend, you qualify!)  And on Sunday, September 17, he will attend both services, and we will have a lunch afterward.  During the lunch, he’ll give a complete overview of the process and how each of us can participate.  We have sign-up sheets in the Gathering Space for the Saturday and Sunday sessions.
We look forward to the involvement of everyone at Parkway as we begin this initiative to strengthen our ministry and mission.
For a flavor of where this journey may lead us – see some of these articles on Church Vitality – includes a couple by our consultant, John Wimberly:
If you only read one of these VERY BRIEF ARTICLES, please read this one!2.
I think this one helps us with the WHY ARE WE DOING THIS CONSULTANT THING question.
This one was written by Wimberly himself.3.
In our US climate right now, this is a really helpful piece on a ‘culture audit’ for our church. Interesting …

How to structure ourselves and how to equip, send off and encourage our commissions/committees without micromanaging

Suggestions on how to make church committee meetings more productive

This is one of the reasons we are engaging in the Core Music Project – being more intentional about the songs we sing in worship! (Wimberly wrote this one as well.)

Mark Sableman, Vitality Initiative Committee                          Kevin Hogarty, Council President
msableman@att.net                                                                 kevin.hogarty@outlook.com
Kevin Cameron, Pastor