April 23, 2018

Not Just for Men: Let’s go back in time! April 26

Not Just for Men: Let’s go back in time!

Thursday, April 26 | carpool at church 10:40am for 11:10am tour

Not Just for Men will be visiting The Hawken House located in Webster Groves, 1155 South Rock Hill Road


The Historic Christopher Hawken House is the oldest house in suburban Webster Groves. Christopher Miller Hawken built this elegant Federal/Greek Revival style farmhouse in 1857 for his bride, Mary Ann Kinkead Eads. The house originally stood on Big Bend Boulevard along Grant Road, and was moved to Southwest Park in 1970 in order to preserve the structure. It was the first home in Missouri to receive federal funds for restoration, which matched the amount raised by the citizens of Webster Groves and is listed on the National Historic Register. It is now maintained and operated by the Webster Groves Historical Society. The charge for the tour is $4.00 for adults. We will visit a fine dining establishment after touring the house. RSVP Harold Cobb at 965-4147 or email ccjcobb@aol.com.

Labyrinth Prayer

Labyrinth—Pray in Motion

Tue, Apr 24 | 2:00-3:00pm | Meet in Pastor Kevin’s Office

Pray in motion with us as we walk the labyrinth at the Mercy Center at 2039 Geyer Road—just a hop, skip and a jump from church.

Spring is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and bathe in the Spirit!

Come walk the labyrinth!


In a labyrinth there is a clear path in and out. The labyrinth is an opportunity for meditation and prayer. In the Middle Ages the labyrinths were used as a way for people to participate in a pilgrimage without the expense or time required in actually going to another place.


A labyrinth is a patterned path, most often circular in form, used as a walking meditation or spiritual practice. A labyrinth’s walkway is arranged in such a way that the participant moves back and forth across the circular form through a series of curves, ending at the labyrinths’ heart or center.


We will meet in the Gathering Space at church, talk a bit about labyrinths and then head over to the Mercy Center on Bopp Road to walk their outdoor labyrinth.

Work Day to Clean Old Cemetery & Main Grounds 4/21

April 21 | 9:00am until finished | Meet at main building

Contact: Mike Mason | (314) 971-4446 | mmason_family@yahoo.com

To honor those who came before (as well as respect our neighbors), we are asking for your help to clean growth, limbs, and debris from the old cemetery. In addition, we are also looking for volunteers willing to collect trash from the north side of our property. This will be a great way to prepare for Earth Day on the following day. Please bring gloves, appropriate work dress, rakes, saws, and a pick-up truck if you have one.

Earth Day Wkend at PUCC – Adult Education and Vegetarian Luncheon

Parkway UCC invites you to our Earth Day events on Sunday, April 22nd.
Guest speaker, Sylvester Brown, founder of the Sweet Potato Project, will present at our Adult Education sessions at 9:30am and 11:00am. Read more…
Eco-Friendly Fundraiser!
Sunday, April 22 | 12:00pm | Fellowship Hall
We are hosting a vegetarian luncheon featuring homemade lasagna, salad and rolls. Come and celebrate at noon and help us raise funds for a new eco-friendly dishwasher!The event will be both paperless and meatless.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and kids 5 and under eat free.



New TED Study begins April 10

A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community

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

Paperback copies are available in the church office.


The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) welcomes YOU to join us for our informal potluck supper and book club. The next book TED we will read and discuss is in the anticipation of the author John Pavlovitz’s visit to Parkway UCC in June: A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community. John, after an attempt at being an artist decided to attend seminary and ended up first in a large church where, as the assistant minister, he didn’t have to share his “real” theology.  After getting a church where he was the head minister he began to question his authenticity. Was he trying to be the “perfect” minister or could he share his foibles as well as his doubts and still be a spiritual leader? Could he lead a life sharing his table as Jesus had done with all kinds of diverse peoples. Come read the book with us and see how he met this challenge. We will begin reading Part I. Books available for purchase in the church office.


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! For more details contact Joan Brannigan: joanbran@mac.com

Gather and Scatter April 28

Saturday, April 28 | 8:15-8:30am Gather and Scatter! Communion and commissioning service in the Gathering Space • Followed by three projects in the community


PUCC will share God’s love with our community in meaningful ways! This JHLTB will offer a limited number of projects to focus our efforts on projects that need a significant number of volunteers. Enjoy experiencing new ways to share our mission of love.


Let’s share God’s love and compassion with our community through our seventh annual JHLTB! Please wear your PUCC t-shirt or another red shirt if possible. 

Unable to attend JHLTB7 day?



Please bake cookies to donate and leave the cookies on the back counter of the kitchen on Thursday or Friday (April 26 or 27), clearly labeled “JHLTB.” These treats will be shared with a variety of groups to show our appreciation for serving the community.

Contact Kevin Cameron (314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org) with questions.


Projects on Saturday, April 28:



Special Olympics Spring Games

Westminster Christian Academy 
800 Maryville Centre Dr., Chesterfield, MO

– no limit


LOTS of opportunities to work with athletes or running track and field events, scorekeeping, lunch companions, Victory Village (games and fun all day so athletes between events have fun stuff to do). Please use the link above to sign up for the time and activity that is best for you! (You may also sign up on the PUCC iPad between services on April 15 or 22).


Coffee or a meal will be coordinated as people choose their shift to volunteer – please let Kevin know in advance what time you’ll be volunteering.


Contact: Kevin Cameron for more details [kevin@parkwayucc.org or (314) 330-0629].




International Institute – REAP Farm

3636 Aldine Ave, St. Louis 63113

 – no limit



The International Institute’s Global Farms Program provides opportunities for Refugee and Immigrant arrivals to more effectively adjust to life in America. Our program offers new Americans coming from subsistence agricultural lifestyles places where they can immediately engage in their traditional practice of farming and gardening. Your help to improve and maintain these sites is much needed and greatly appreciated.


Work may entail weeding, mulching, tilling garden berms, working with compost and/or cleaning up the site. More experienced persons may be asked to mow, weed, trim or perform maintenance of structures. You will be using hand tools.


Volunteers will be asked to sign a Volunteer Agreement and Release form. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (long sleeves & long pants suggested), closed-toe shoes, and bring water to drink.


Lunch will be at the immigrant-owned Everest Café & Bar, serving Nepalese, Korean and Indian food; 4145 Manchester Rd. (between Vandeventer and Kingshighway).


Contact: Lisa Mason [lmason624@sbcglobal.net or cell (217) 257-0525] for further details.




Creative cards of support

at PUCC – no limit


Opportunity to join the card craze in creative ways.  You can color, stamp, paste to your heart’s delight.  Supplies are provided.  The lovely finished products will be mailed to members of the congregation, students at Parkland School,(Marjory Douglas Stoneham High School ) or other folks of your choosing who might need a bit of cheer or encouragement.


Lunch will be at Cafe Express at the Des Peres Schnuck’s (corner of Ballas & Manchester).


Contact: Sue Moellering [susieqslp@sbcglobal.net or (314) 302-4373] for further details.



*For the sake of planning, we ask that you PLEASE sign up for your favorite project in advance in the Gathering Space, or contact Lisa Mason at lmason624@sbcglobal.net or (314) 395-4444, cell: (217) 257-0525. For Special Olympics, please sign up using the link, then let Kevin know your plan.


Please share photos of your project (extending PUCC’s Photo and Personal Privacy Policy* of respect and permission for all photo subjects) on social media with #JesusHasLeftTheBuilding #ParkwayUCC


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! Not to worry, we have tricks up our sleeves and contingency plans if needed.



* Parkway United Church of Christ Photo and Personal Privacy Policy: Photos should generally not be taken of children in church except as part of organized activities and programs, and any requests of children or their parents or guardians should be respected. Please be respectful of privacy and that this is a safe and sacred space for all who enter.

Intertwine Interfaith Initiative Announced

The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwinean interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities. In this time when divisiveness may seem like the norm, we strive to celebrate both our similarities and our differences with members of various faiths and backgrounds. 


With the help of Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest, we are launching the Intertwine initiative with three events this year. People of all faiths (or no faith) and all ages are encouraged to attend.


Sun. March 11 we held a field trip to the Saint Louis Science Center to learn about the CANstruction mural created by Interfaith youth and what each faith tradition shared in the process.

June 5: Iftaar at PUCC to break the Ramadan fast one evening with the Turkish American Society of MO (TASOM)


Fall: event focused on Jewish traditions, possibly Sukkot


The intent is to perpetuate these opportunities into the future, sharing planning and participation with various faith communities. Please enjoy these unique experiences as we create new friendships. 

Expanding Our Table June 1-3

We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be presenting a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June! It’s our Annual Meeting weekend and a Communion Sunday—the perfect time to celebrate our Open Table and to think more about our renewed purpose statement and strategies in our Vitality Adventure.


John was recently at Central UCC in Jefferson City, MO. Several PUCCers were there last Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday to experience his leadership and call to love like Jesus. They came back pumped and fired up for our own planning!


As we move forward with our visioning for this time with John, please consider reading his book, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community – which will be at the core of one of his presentations at Parkway.


Please add a note to your calendar for the first weekend of June now, because you’ll want to be part of this! Trust us! The weekend will have many facets—an event for PUCC in particular, an event for the community, an event for area youth!?

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.