February 18, 2018

Get Involved

At Parkway United Church of Christ, there are limitless opportunities to get involved. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to share your God-given talents, dig deeper into your own understanding of God’s will or looking for fellowship, you’ll find it here. No matter who you are or where you are in life's journey, we have a place for you.

The Christian Services Commission of Parkway UCC facilitates much of our congregational and community service. The goal is to educate the congregation on the needs of our church, our community, and the world. Some of the church’s participation in giving is included in the general budget. Other opportunities of giving are choices suggested throughout the year. As our congregational vision statement says, “we shall seek the way of God in today’s world through joyful worshiping, inclusive caring and compassionate serving.”

The giving opportunities suggested are by no means meant to be obligations. It is our desire that it be your choice as to which you support and how you support them. We recognize it is difficult to give to all those in need and that many of us also have favorite charities outside our church. Please give as you are able, faithful to your own heart.

Parkway UCC enews 218: From Lovers to Fools with Our Eyes

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
February 16, 2018


Note Date Change:
The Nathan Rauscher Quartet 

Fri, Feb 16 | 9:00pm | $10

The Kinda Blue Club, 6101 Idaho Ave, St. Louis
The Kinda Blue Club is a small house that has been renovated to accommodate small music ensembles in a comfortable, living room-like atmosphere. The event is family friendly, and guests are invited to bring their owns snacks and drinks. I recommend bringing warm clothes, as the house can be a bit chilly in the winter.
I’m always grateful for the opportunity to work with my band–these are dear friends, and the players I call first because they are so unbelievably skilled, attentive, and fun to work with. We’ll be programming standards from the American Songbook, bebop, and original music.

Worship with Us this Sunday!

Join us on Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am where our scripture lessons will be Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 1:9-15 with a sermon entitled From Lovers to Fools with Our Eyes. We see the rainbow after the flood. We see the dove descending as Jesus comes up out of the water at his baptism. We see the wild animals and the angels with Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days. What do you see then and there? Now and here?

We will light our Lenten Candles and hear about our Second Mile Lent Offering.

Inclement Weather Policy
If we need to cancel church on a Sunday morning due to wintry weather, we will communicate with you in a variety of ways:
  • Church wide email
  • Facebook/Twitter post
  • KSDK.com listing
  • Voicemail at church
Judgment whether to come to church rests with the individual. If you feel it is unsafe to drive, please don’t risk it. Stay safe. Stay home.


Prayer List Updates
The season of Lent.
April & Jameson Tallyn and big sister Evelyn – expecting twins!   
Carol Clifford and family as they grieve/give thanks for her mother.
Memorial Service this Friday afternoon in Creighton, Missouri.
Andrea Barnes – just back from Jeff City where she spoke with legislators about MO Statute of Limitations on child sex abuse.
Pattie Herpel healing at home after recent hospitalization.
Pam Walker – back to work today after a few days in the hospital.
Ron Wilboisstrengthening at Mason Pointe Rehab Center.
Cherie Stolze – healing from surgery after a broken ankle.
Cassie Rosenberger’s father moved to Rehab Ctr in St Louis.
Polly Rutherford – preparing for back surgery on March 2.
Wallace Family – baby & mother need healing (Mason Ridge School).
The families grieving and aching in Florida after yesterday’s tragedy.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of the Week: Christ UCC in Maplewood


Sing with us on Sunday, February 25th at noonish!

The Core Music Project Team has been at work for many moons-whistling while we work…meandering through melodies, humming harmonies, looking at lyrics, mindful of memories, daring to dream. Please join us for a light lunch and lots of singing on Sunday, February 25th at noon. We will share some of our process and progress with you. We’re eager to share this with you and to hear your voice!

Open &Affirming: Living Openly – A Public & Visible Church

Gateway ONA’s Seventh Annual Convocation
Saturday, Mar 3 | 9:00am-4:00pm (registration 8:00am) | Parkway UCC
Come be in conversation with others, learn what it means to be Open and Affirming and how to fully express extravagant welcome to all God’s children. New workshops and new leaders this year! Registration forms with more info…
Human Trafficking in Our Area

We would like to invite you to join St. Charles Outreach Coalition against Human Trafficking (SCCAT)

on Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Trinity Church located at 3515 Shackelford Road., Florissant, MO 63031 to learn about human trafficking in our area especially in North County.

During the event, we will hear from the St. Louis County Police Department (Human Trafficking Task Force). We also are honored to have Chief Belmar of the St. Louis County Police Department joining us for the opening session. This organization will discuss their important work responding to human trafficking and the support available for victims and their families in the Greater St. Louis Area and beyond.
This is a Free Event; thus, your RSVP will help our event organizers to provide a better service for you during the event. For RSVP, please email
stltrinitychurch@gmail.com Or contact 314.838.8820 or register from the link below:
This event was primarily scheduled on January to observe the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day that is every year on January 11. However, because of some unavoidable circumstances in weather situation, we canceled it and rescheduling our event on February 15th, 2018. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day’s observance was started in 2011 by Presidential Proclamation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The anniversary of this proclamation became known as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Currently, many countries in the world including the USA are the source, transit and destination country for trafficked children, women, and men. These people can be of foreign nationalities or the citizens of the USA, but they are all subjected to injustices of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, forced marriage and debt bondage. Many mass campaigns are organized to observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This helps raise public awareness of the crime of human trafficking and helps protect some vulnerable members of our community.

We hope you/everyone is available and comfortable to participate in this new schedule on Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pmat Trinity Church located at 3515 Shackelford Road., Florissant, MO 63031.


Further reading…


The unexamined life is not worth living. ~Socrates



Your Facebook friends are praying that you will give up social media for Lent.



Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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Being Present to Creation

Wednesday, February 21 | 10:00am | Powder Valley Nature Center

Powder Valley Nature Center is tucked within the hills right next to Hwy 44 & Hwy 270 near Kirkwood, Powder Valley is a treasure. It has a fabulous free indoor nature museum with awesome paved trails to explore the outdoors. Let’s open our eyes and ears to experience creation here toward the end of winter!

Meet here at church to carpool at 9:30am or just meet us out there at the Visitor Center at 10:00am. Contact Kevin@parkwayucc.org (314-872-9330).


Powder Valley is located at 11715 Cragwold Rd. Kirkwood, MO 63122

Powder.val@mdc.mo.gov; 314-301-1500

2nd Mile Lent & Easter 2018—Go the 2nd Mile with us!

The Christian Services Commission is pleased to announce that Parkway will again support four worthy organizations with its Second Mile Giving for Lent and Easter. We believe this blend of support will help Parkway create a local, national and international impact with its gifts. Please remember that Second Mile Giving is over and beyond the Operational Budget and donations will be divided evenly among the organizations listed below. Please be generous as these organizations depend on our gifts.


Lydia’s House in St. Louis

Lydia’s House works in faith to end domestic violence by being a place of healing and a voice of hope for abused women and their children. The agency provides safe, confidentially-located furnished apartments for up to two years, assists women in creating and implementing goal plans that will help them live independently, and increases community awareness of domestic violence. For more information, please visit lydiashouse.org


UP—Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses)

For more than 100 years, Neighborhood Houses has loved children in St Louis. Currently, there are three main facets to their mission:


Early Childhood Education—Caroline Mission is a licensed and accredited Early Childhood facility operated by Neighborhood Houses. Our Mission is to provide quality affordable child care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Caroline Mission is a “home away from home.”


Girls’ Night Out: Neighborhood Houses and Parents as Teachers collaborated together in the design and execution of a program dedicated to supporting and assisting young mothers, ages 13-22.Girls Night Out  is designed to promote healthy individuals and families.


After School Programs: Neighborhood Houses is the #1 provider of after school programming with the St Louis Public Schools … fun & creative activities, homework assistance, character education, cultural awareness, health & fitness focus, arts & crafts, supervised recreation, and much more! For more information, please visit neighborhoodhouses.org


Heifer International

Heifer International does so much more than put food in the mouths of hungry people. Heifer helps people to feed themselves. The goal of every Heifer project is sustainability—project partners achieving self-reliance. And year after year, as partner families “pass on the gift” of knowledge and one or more of their animals’ offspring to others in need, they become links in a network of hope, dignity and self-reliance that helps hundreds of others care for themselves. For more information, please visit heifer.org



Eden Seminary

Eden Theological Seminary is a graduate school preparing women and men for ordained Christian ministry. One of the six seminaries of the United Church of Christ, Eden is a community that seeks God’s justice and peace in the world. Eden is welcoming, inclusive and ecumenically diverse.

Eden was established in the summer of 1850 at Marthasville, Missouri. It was established because a European education was not adequate to prepare pastors for Evangelical churches on the North American frontier. From its beginning, Eden has embodied an ecumenical spirit. Its first graduating class included six Evangelicals as well as a Methodist and a Mennonite.  

Eden admitted its first African American student in 1933. In 1965, the late Joseph Cardinal Ritter of the Saint Louis Archdiocese became the first Roman Catholic Cardinal to address a graduating class in a Protestant seminary.

Today, students from many different denominations are engaged in theological education at Eden. Eden remains committed to educating faithful and effective leaders for church and society. The seminary counts among its distinguished graduates Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr and Walter Brueggemann.

Eden Theological Seminary is committed to the study of theology in the context of the ecumenical Christian community and the contemporary world.

For more information, please visit eden.edu.

Please be sure to clearly mark your 2nd Mile gifts throughout the season of Lent/Easter. Thank you!

Adventurous Women Out Late to see Philadelphia Story FEB 21

Wed, Feb 21 Meet 6:30pm, movie 7:00pm | Marcus Theater, Des Peres.

RSVP Carmen Bumgarner cfbum@charter.net; 314-330-0813.


Join us, AWOL—Adventurous Women Out Late, for an old movie on the Big Screen! On the eve of Tracy Samantha Lord’s (Hepburn) wedding, her blue-blood ex-husband, C.K. Dexter Haven (Grant), returns. C.K. discovered that a national tabloid plans to do an expose on Tracy’s philandering father and has agreed to smuggle a reporter (James Stewart) into her wedding if the magazine kills the story on the elder Lord. But C.K. never expects that the woman he still loves will suddenly fall for the undercover reporter. Now, before the evening is over, Tracy will be forced to take an unflinching look at herself and to realize which of these three men she truly loves.


AWOL will travel to the fabulous FOX on March 31 to see The Color Purple. Tickets are approximately $50. RSVP Carmen Bumgarner cfbum@charter.net; 314-330-0813 by Feb 25.

Coffee & Conversation FEB 20

Coffee & Conversation Tue, Feb 20 | 2:00pm | STL Bread Co

We’re back! Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.

No Youth Night, 2-14-18


No Youth Night, 2-14-18!

No Youth Night!

Ash Wednesday

 Wednesday, February 14

Join us as we begin the Lenten Season with the
Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 in the Sanctuary.
See you next week, Wednesday, February 21! 


contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc


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

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

EXTRA SESSION! We are meeting on January 30 at 7:00pm for more in-depth discussion of the “Obstacles” section. No need to bring food!

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.