May 25, 2017

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.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Just Mercy

New TED Book May 9


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

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of casual potluck suppers and book discussions.

We are currently discussing the compelling true story by Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy: A story of Justice and Redemption. Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School.  He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color.  He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

TED welcomes everyone interested in delicious POTLUCKS and interesting, informal BOOK DISCUSSIONS!  We hope you will join us!

Contact Karen Boyd: 314-878-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com

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!

Fracking 101 March 30

Fracking 101

Thu, Mar 30 | 7:30-9:00pm | Heritage Room. 

Sustainability Seekers & Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is sponsoring a talk entitled Fracking 101. Fracking is the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas. Fracking has lowered the domestic price of oil. However, it has a poor environmental impact. Environmentalists say potentially carcinogenic chemicals used may escape and contaminate groundwater and the air around the fracking site. Fracking is causing earth tremors. Our speaker, Connie Gray, will share her experiences living near fracking sites and the impact on her family. Contact Joan Brannigan for more information: 314-997-7698 | joan@mac.com

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

PUCC’s Fourth Annual COMMUNITY Easter Egg Hunt

Community Easter Egg Hunt April 8

Saturday, April 8 | 9:30am crafts & refreshments | 10:00am hunt | ages 0-11

Join us for basket decorating/crafts, refreshments, egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny!  Rain or shine and all are welcomed so invite your neighbors, friends, and family!  The Easter Egg Hunt will be divided into three age categories: 0-3, 4-6, 7-11. Don’t miss this event.

 

Ash Wednesday Worship


Ash Wednesday Worship

Wednesday, March 1 | 7:00pm | Sanctuary

All ages are invited to join us as we begin our Lenten Journey toward Holy Week and Easter. We celebrate the sacrament of communion and give you an opportunity to have ashes (last year’s palms) placed on your forehead or back of your hand. The choir sings and we hear Jesus’ words about being more faithful as recorded in Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. We also light our Lenten candles of courage, vulnerability, patience, flexibility, receptivity, advocacy, generosity. Each time we worship during Lent, we will extinguish one candle as we get closer to the darkness of Good Friday. We light all of the candles again on Easter morning as nothing can extinguish God’s light or love.

The Grand Blvd Hug-In

 

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Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Hillbilly Elegy—Jan 9

Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Hillbilly Elegy—Starting Jan 9

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

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of casual potluck suppers and book discussions with the hotly discussed 2016 book: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. This book has gained much attention during the contentious 2016 election cycle, often cited as shining a light on the populist vote that emerged in our recent general election. Join the TED discussion group as we tackle this title and many others in 2017! Books are available for purchase in the church office or purchase it yourself, print or electronic!

Contact Karen Boyd: 314-878-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com

AWOL to see Hidden Figures 1/14

AWOL (Adventurous Women Out Late) to see Hidden Figures

Sat, Jan 14 | Carpool from church 6:30pm or meet at theater (TBA).

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the true life stories of three of these women, “human computers,” we follow them as they rose the ranks of NASA specifically tasked with calculating the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

Christmas Worship

joy-to-the-worldChristmas Morning

Sunday, December 25| 10:00am worship

The hope, peace, joy and love of Advent are coming to fruition! Join us as we begin to care for this baby that has been born to us! We sing Christmas carols and reflect on how and why God has come to live among us.

 

Christmas Dinner

Dec 25 | Gather 5:00pm | Dinner 6:00pm | Heritage Rm

Dine with us on Christmas evening! All are welcome. Bring a dish or just yourself. There will be plenty!  RSVP to Pam Walker (314-520-8546 | pamandbrenda95@yahoo.com) or Gerry  Rogers (314-434-7122 | gcr123055@gmail.com).