April 19, 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 42018: The Light of Christ

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
April 13, 2018

Interim Music Director Barry Luedloff is appearing in the Trinity Catholic High School Alumni Players presentation of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” this Friday April 13th (8pm) and Sunday April 15 (2pm). Barry is Music Director for the show, as well as appearing in the musical as the King. Trinity High School is located at 1720 Redman (North County), St. Louis, MO 63138. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students (HS and under). The Alumni Players presentations benefit Trinity High School and their Drama program. It’s a fun presentation for the whole family! (. . . and when you come to the show, stay after a moment to say “hi” to Barry) 

 
Worship with Us this Sunday!
Join us this Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am where our scripture passages will be several pieces from the Hebrew Bible focused on LIGHT —
 
Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
 
Isaiah 60:19-20 – The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.
 
Psalm 43:3 – O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
 
Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
 
The Gospel Lesson is from John 1:6-9
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
 
The sermon is entitled The Light of Christ as we ponder bearing witness to the light of Christ within us, particularly during what can be the dark moments of our lives. The Light of Christ within us is what keeps us going and often what guides our way during those dark times. Jesus shined a light hope unto others. John the Baptist played and important role in the ministry of Jesus, which was to bear testimony to who Jesus was, the light of the world. John’s sole role was to bear witness to the light, no matter what and at all costs.

Adult Education

Next week:
Sylvester Brown & the Sweet Potato Project
Sunday, April 22| 9:30 & 11:00am | Heritage Room
Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown grew up on the streets of north St. Louis, neighborhoods where drug dealing is often the definition of being an entrepreneur. In 2012, Brown began “The Sweet Potato Project,” a summer program aimed at teaching “at-risk” youth entrepreneurial skills. Students plant sweet potatoes that they turn into a viable, marketable product-a sweet potato cookie.
 
“We recruit inner city youth to plant sweet potatoes on vacant lots. We provide them with a 10-week summer job where they learn marketing, branding, sales, product development and more. At the end of the summer job, they turn their produce into products. At this time, the students sell sweet potato cookies. The whole idea is to show our kids how to become entrepreneurs in their own neighborhoods. As we demonstrate that young people in our community can be self-sustainable and facilitate the lifecycle of products created from locally grown produce, the concept will be expanded.” 
 
The mission of the Sweet Potato Project is to restore economic activity in North St. Louis by creating alternative and progressive ways of producing and distributing locally grown products and to teach young men and women sustainable business and entrepreneurial skills that can change their lives. 

 
Prayer List Updates
Kelly Shelton & Will – expecting their first child in the fall.

Evelyn Buretta – joining the Franklin County Honor Flight on April 21 along with her veteran brothers Gene Buretta and Richard Buretta. They will be accompanied by two nephews and a niece as their guardians. Another veteran brother Bryan passed away in 2009.

Andy Wilson – in midst of interviews as seminary graduation nears!

Gloria and Don Wandless – just moved to Creve Coeur (see below).^^

Ron Wilbois – infection has returned.

Meridith Rosenberger – ICU numerous medical complications.

Quentin Crayton – US Military stationed in Syria (Rosenberger).

Barbara Eggebrecht – home after a brief hospital stay late last week.

Pattie Herpel -just home from rehab hospital.

Sisters Ruth Peace, Mary Whitney, Pinky Wilcoxen – healing.
(Mary in in midst of figuring out cancer treatment plan.)

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of the Week:
First Congregational UCC – Webster Groves

 
^^ Gloria & Don Wandless
Kingslanding Apartments
618 North New Ballas Road
Bldg. #1, Apt. # 202
St. Louis, MO 63141 

 
Announcements
Coffee & Conversation
Mon, Apr 16 | 2:00pm| STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.
 
Youth Night April 18: Big Ball Night
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330

Work Day to Clean Old Cemetery & Main Grounds
April 21 | 9:00am until finished | Meet at main building


 
Community

Time to Choose: Worldwide challenges with positive alternatives
Sun Apr 15 |3:00pm | POPCORN | Discussion following movie
St John‘s UCC | 15370 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
(Large parking lot by church entrance)
Join us at the start of Earth Day week for a free showing of Charles Ferguson’s movie: Time to Choose.
 
“Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside JobNo End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE. Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.” (timetochoose.com)
 

Expanding Our Table June 1-3
We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be magnifying a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June! presentations at Parkway. More info…


Save the Date for JHLTB Sat, Apr 28, | 9:15am – 1:15pm




Humor

I’m not going to pay taxes. When they say I’m going to prison, I’ll say ‘No, prisons cost taxpayers a lot of money. You keep what it would have cost to incarcerate me, and we’ll call it even.’ ~Jimmy Kimmel

 

 

Inspiration 

We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. ~J.K. Rowling


Video
It’s SPRING and the animals are frolicking! Spend less than a minute with a baby giraffe here!

 


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Coffee & Convo @St Louis Bread CO 4/16

Mon, Apr 16 | 2:00pm| STL Bread Co

Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions?

Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.

 

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 11am. 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.

 

 

PUCC Medical/Weather/Fire Procedure Inquiry

 

PUCC Medical/Weather/Fire Procedure Inquiry
Just a few questions for you!


PUCC Procedure team is currently evaluating the church membership capabilities to initiate CPR and other basic interventions in an emergency. Please respond to this email to answer the following questions.
 
1. Are you currently certified in CPR Heartsaver training? 
 
2. Are you interested in recieving training in CPR Heartsaver certification?
 
The Medical/Weather/Fire Team is assessing current resources within the membership and seeking individuals that maybe interested in becoming a resource for emergency help as needed. 
We are all responsible for each others safety and well being so please consider training so we have available membership trained on any given Sunday or church event.
 
Please respond to this email if you have the training currently or would be interested in becoming a resource for emergency help as needed. 
 
The Team is Rich Race, Kevin Rauscher,  Joe Biondo, Molly Grisham and Barb Kuhlmann

Questions? contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
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Parkway UCC enews 318: EASTER

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
March 29, 2018

Join us tonight!

Good Friday Evening Worship
Mar 30 | 7:00pm | New Sanctuary

We have been present to this personal and communal journey of Lent with our whole selves. We’ve engaged the world and one another with our eyes, ears, hands, voices, hearts, head and feet. Now on Good Friday we are depleted and paralyzed. Jesus is taken from us. What do we do right now? What will we do next? Join us as we worship on this dark night. [There will be a Children’s Sermon and the Choir will sing.]
 
Easter Prayer Vigil

We still have several one hour time slots we need to cover in our 36 Hour Prayer Vigil which extends from the end of our Good Friday Service at 8pm through our Easter Sunrise Service. If you are available to pray where you are (not at church), please let us know now… kevin@parkwayucc.org… Thank you!
Saturday 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 6pm, 7pm; Sunday 1am, 3am, 7am

 
Worship with Us this Sunday!
 


 
The palms have been removed and so have the nails. Come add a flower to the cross in our sanctuary! Life and love could not be snuffed out! Everything is transformed!

Join us for worship on Easter morningSunrise Service at 6:30am in our cemetery behind the Historic Sanctuary; Traditional Worship at 9:30am; Informal Worship at 11am. We will come with our whole selves – no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey! Our scriptures are Isaiah 25:6-9 and John 20:1-18 with a sermon entitled Bringing It All Together. We have been on quite a journey this Lent and Holy Week. It’s time to pull it all together and figure out what to do next. We are Easter People!
 
Give-A-Meal Sunday this weekend and again on April 8. Bring your non-perishable items.

 
Prayer List Updates

The season of Lent with our whole selves… in midst of Holy Week… Easter.

Donna and Roger Fauss – celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary!

Denyse Schrenker – Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania… home soon!

Pattie Herpelhas moved from hospital to rehab hospital for a week?

Greg Schmelig & Douglas Reynolds – at death of Douglas’ mother.

Sisters Ruth Peace, Mary Whitney, Pinky Wilcoxen healing.

Joyce Yakel – healing after fall and hip surgery (Doug’s mother).

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of WeekFirst Congregational UCC, Bonne Terre
 

 
Announcements
Youth Night April 4: Movie Night
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall | Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330

Vitality – Start Your Engines! 
Sunday, April 8 | 10:00am
John Wimberly, our Vitality Consultant, will be back with us the weekend after Easter. Read more…

New TED study begins April 10. Details…


 
Community

Expanding Our Table June 1-3
We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be magnifying a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June! presentations at Parkway. More info…


Save the Date for JHLTB Sat, Apr 28, | 9:15am – 1:15pm

Intertwine Interfaith Initiative Announced
The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwine-an interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities.















Humor

What kind of bunny can’t hop? A chocolate one! 

 

 

Inspiration 

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. -Thomas Merton (Maundy Thursday)
 
We are to write the words of Scripture upon our hearts, said the rabbi, so that when our hearts break, God’s word falls into them. -Tony Robinson (Good Friday)
 
 
The person should look for peace within and not depend on it in any other place. There are no waves in the depths of the ocean, it is still and unbroken. – Buddha (Holy Saturday)
 
There is no situation so chaotic that God cannot from that situation create something that is surpassingly good. God did it at the creation. God did it at the cross. God is doing it today. – Handley Moule (Easter Sunday)


Video
How would you answer these questions … chocolate, cross, Christ?

View…

 


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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?

YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE!

 

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

https://somo.volunteerhub.com/lp/stlmetro?format=Calendar&filter=All

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

https://www.iistl.org/globalfarm.html

 

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. 

No Youth Night, 318, BUT there is something for YOU!

No Youth Night, 3-28-18!
BUT come at 7:00-8:00 PM


No Youth Night! 

BUT… Come at 7:00-8:00 PM

 Wednesday, March 28



Join us in Fellowship Hall we craft expressions of our appreciation to send to local first responders,  public servants and our interfaith partners. Gratitude is a spiritual discipline. Refreshments provided.



contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
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