June 20, 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.

Recap of Jesus Has Left the Building 7

Jesus Has Left the Building 7

We went out into the community to serve. Here are the details…

 

NJFM and Sustainability Seekers to tour Alberici Headquarters in Overland June 5

Do You Like Seeing Green? NJFM and Sustainability Seekers to tour Alberici Headquarters in Overland.
June 5, 2018 |10:00am | Carpool from church at 9:30am for a 10:00am tour

Come see for yourself the amazing “green” approach that Alberici took in constructing their new corporate headquarters in Overland. The site satisfies the LEED Platinum criteria, including Sustainability Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Material and Resource, Indoor Air Quality and Innovation. We will have lunch in the area following the tour. Please RSVP: Harold Cobb, 314-965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com.

Community Interfaith Iftar (Please Register!)

Tue, Jun 5 | 7:30pm

Intertwine: “to be connected so as to be difficult to separate.”

The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwinean interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities. We strive to celebrate both our similarities and our differences with members of various faiths and backgrounds. 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.

 

Interfaith Iftar is our next event with the help of friends from the Turkish American Society of MO (TASOM). What’s an iftar? During the month of Ramadan, a month of reflection and spiritual growth, Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. The fast is broken together with the prayer said at sunset. TASOM is honored to share this important time with interfaith friends and will bring traditional food to enjoy the breaking of the fast together. Come learn the meaning of Ramadan and explore shared values of hospitality with informal discussions during the meal. There will also be brief presentations of how interfaith interactions have impacted youth and TASOM. Participants are encouraged (not required) to donate $5 per person to cover the cost of food. RSVP to Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest (314-662-2928)by May 30.

 

Other Ramadan opportunities:

Fast-a-Thon Experience—abstaining from food and drink for one day to experience and understand the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Consider donating the money that would have been spent on food to TASOM. These funds will help support a refugee family to show hospitality to newcomers.

 

Family Iftar Dinners—Share an iftar between families. As the Holy Month of Ramadan approaches, Turkish American Society of Missouri and Niagara Foundation invite you to attend a Home-Based Family Iftar Dinner with local Muslim host families. The meals will be in individual homes between May 17 and June 13. Please sign up for the Iftar and the family dinner through these links. In the field that asks for “title/organization” please type “Parkway UCC.”  

https://www.niagarafoundation.org/community-iftar-dinner-parkway-united-church-of-christ/

Read & discuss with us this summer!

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) Summer Offerings

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

Paperback copies are available in the church office.

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue will meet in June and July, and then take “August off” until we reconvene again after Labor Day. Books are available in the church office.

 

On June 12 and 26, TED will discuss Why I Left; Why I Stayed, by Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo. The book is described as “conversations on Christianity between an evangelical father and his humanist son.” Tony Campolo is a retired professor and best-selling author and speaker on Christian topics. Bart Campolo is a counselor and humanist chaplain at USC. At a family Thanksgiving dinner several years ago, Bart disclosed that he no longer believed in God. That family dilemma developed into an opportunity for a dialog in which father and son each had to reconsider his personal journey of faith, and the two found themselves discussing central questions of faith and belief across their differences. This book resulted from that dialogue. In the preface, the authors suggest that their dialogue “can make room for our readers to think through and mediate on some of life’s ultimate issues.”

 

In July, TED will shift to a lighter reading, as it takes up Philip Gulley’s Home to Harmony on July 10 and 24. Gulley, a Quaker pastor, writes in his Harmony series of novels (of which this is the first) about a small Indiana congregation with a diverse set of members, each with his or her own personality quirks, special interests, and regular reasons to seek personal attention from the pastor—that is, a congregation most decidedly unlike ours! Gulley paints amusing but loving pictures of all of the church members, while turning a gimlet eye on many church traditions (Is the Friendly Women’s Circle’s annual Chicken Noodle Dinner really the most sacred event of the church year?), all through the eyes of a caring and patient (well, most of the time) pastor.

 

Sharing God’s love with our community

 

Both individually and through activities organized by Parkway UCC, we support a variety of important organizations and causes with our time, financial contributions, and gifts-in-kind. Many PUCCers actively support social justice initiatives throughout St. Louis, the United States, and the world.

 

We encourage you to learn more about these initiatives and opportunities to share God’s love.

Jesus Has Left the Building (JHLTB) – Twice a year, Parkway organizes a day of service to our community. Members and friends choose from a variety of projects to benefit those served by various organizations focused on educating and empowering, nourishing the hungry, appreciating those who serve, and loving ALL of our neighbors. Engaging in these projects also highlights opportunities to continue serving throughout the year.

Read about one of these community service days here…

 

Circle of Concern
Serving west St. Louis County within the Parkway, Rockwood, and Valley Park school districts, Circle of Concern is much more than a food pantry blessing 2,000 people with groceries each month. The organization also offers emergency financial assistance for clients, children’s programs, holiday programs, and scholarships for both high school seniors and adult clients to help break the cycle of poverty. PUCCers serve as the President of the Board, participate in fundraising events like trivia nights, and include the organization in our annual Advent giving.

 

 

International Institute Saint Louis  Welcoming and helping new Americans acclimate to St. Louis and become self-sufficient within our community, and championing the cultural and economic benefits of ethnic diversity drive the efforts of the International Institute. Families are provided with essential clothing and house wares, short-term housing, English classes, and introductions to practical resources, including transportation, medical, computer, and employment skills. Four area farms offer the opportunity to grow nutritional food, adapt farming traditions to the Missouri climate and market, and gain economic opportunities. The International Institute also sponsors the popular Festival of Nations each year to celebrate the culture and foods of numerous countries. PUCC participates in adopt-a-family programs and potluck lunches in partnership with our friends at Shaare Emeth, donates English books with strong female role models, and assists with various events to welcome new Americans. Individual PUCCers also babysit, help with apartment set-up, and participate in various other programs.

 

 

Lydia’s House  
With 22% of women in St. Louis impacted by domestic violence each year, Lydia’s House provides individual and group services to approximately 50 women and 80 children who have been victims of domestic abuse. Safe transitional housing, education, employment training, and other resources empower women to create goals and implement life plans. Lydia’s Ladle provides employment and training while cooking and marketing delicious chicken potpies and berry pies through various St. Louis grocers. In addition to enthusiastically buying Lydia’s Ladle pies, Parkway members serve on the Board of Directors, participate in fundraisers, and donate to an annual Lent offering.

 

 

The Little Bit Foundation
What began as a coat drive for an elementary school in 2001 has grown into an organization focused on removing the barriers poverty places on education for children. Dignity, self-esteem, health, and wellbeing are at the forefront of all programs provided by The Little Bit Foundation. The organization efficiently coordinates resources, fills gaps, and eliminates duplication of services to help the whole child. Basic needs such as school uniforms, socks, underwear, shoes, books and school supplies are complemented by nutritious meals, personal hygiene instruction/supplies, and medical screenings. Parkway UCC participates by collecting school supplies and warm winter accessories each year.

 

 

Unleashing Potential (UP)/formerly Neighborhood Houses
One of St. Louis’ oldest charities continues to uplift St. Louis families, with fresh energy and direction. UP focuses on early childhood and family education (as Caroline Mission), after school programs in 19 city and county schools, breakfast in 11 schools, youth development, and enrichment camps to build strong children, families, and neighborhoods. Parkway supports UP through service projects with Caroline Mission, donations of preschool items, and an annual offering and a member serves on the board.

 

 

Give-a-Meal Sunday
The first Sunday of each month, PUCCers bring nonperishable food to donate for distribution by Isaiah 58 food pantry.

 

 

 

Emmaus Homes fosters independence, inclusion, and self-advocacy for adults with cognitive or developmental disabilities by providing around-the-clock residential, recreational, and spiritual services. Founded in 1893, Emmaus now serves more than 280 adults living in more than 70 homes throughout the greater St. Louis area. Parkway UCC enjoys hosting the Emmaus Christmas party each year, providing both our space and volunteers. Parkway has also engaged in various leisure activities and maintenance projects with Emmaus Homes throughout the years.

 

 

Every Child’s Hope has evolved from its beginning as Evangelical Children’s Home, an orphanage for children of immigrants who died from cholera. Today, Every Child’s Hope offers Early Head Start and Head Start options, as well as K-12 education, state-of-the-art residential care for up to 55 children (many of whom have endured trauma, abuse, or neglect), outpatient services for children and families, foster care case management, and a Steppingstone program for individuals age 16-21 transitioning to independent living. Parkway collects donations for the organization’s Christmas store, allowing the children to choose gifts for their families and friends. PUCC also hosts the annual ECH Fall Luncheon and Bazaar as well as collect a special Thanksgiving offering each year to honor the church’s long-standing connection with ECH.

 

 

 

Interfaith Youth CANstruction brings together teens of various spiritual backgrounds to create a mural out of canned foods, while engaging in team building and discussions of faith and shared values. CANstruction is a partnership of Interfaith Quest, The Center for Indian Cultural Education – Bal Vihar of St. Louis, and the Saint Louis Science Center. Parkway is an event sponsor and youth participate in the CANstruction.

 

 

Concordance Academy of Leadership provides a wide range of re-entry services, such as an entry-level job, housing, transportation, and life skills to ease the transition for formerly incarcerated individuals returning to the community after prison. Several PUCC members serve on teams to provide continuing life skills training, friendship, other support resources, encouragement for obtaining a living wage job, and accountability toward reaching the participants’ goals. Individual teams have a 12-month commitment but many continue beyond that time period.

 

CROP Hunger Walk began in 1969 as one of the first charity walks. Today, more than 1,000 annual CROP Hunger Walks are held across the United States to raise money to fight hunger domestically and worldwide. Sponsored by Church World Service, money raised by the walks provides food, water, seeds, tools, and other resources to help people become self-sufficient. Local walks can choose to contribute up to 25% of the funds raised to programs fighting hunger in their own communities. A representative of Parkway UCC helps organize the St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk, while others participate by walking on our team or sponsoring walkers.

 

 

Heifer International began empowering women, families, and communities to end hunger and poverty through the gift of farm animals more than 70 years ago. Resources, training, mentoring and programs are provided to help attain economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods. Parkway UCC includes Heifer International in our special giving each year.

 

 

Eden Theological Seminary was established in 1850 and is one of six UCC seminaries preparing men and women for ordained Christian ministry, regardless of denomination. Eden promotes an ecumenical approach to progressive Christianity, strong academics, social justice, and interfaith unity to build authentic community. Parkway UCC has been blessed to host international students worshiping with us while attending Eden, and a special offering is collected for Eden each year.

 

 

The Back Bay Mission strives to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice and transform lives. Serving communities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a housing rehabilitation ministry empowers and educates community members, as well as volunteers from across the country (many connected through the United Church of Christ). Advocacy for marginalized populations, education regarding the realities of poverty, and encouragement of community involvement are important aspects of The Back Bay Mission. Mentoring, emergency assistance, and homelessness outreach are offered to the communities. A few hard-working, faithful PUCC volunteers have dedicated their time and talents to a mission trip to The Back Bay Mission.

 

Holy Joe’s Café sends coffee to hundreds of U.S. military bases in 70 countries, offering troops an opportunity for relaxation, conversation, and the knowledge that their service is appreciated. Military chaplains in makeshift chapels bring coffee to service personnel, including NATO troops from other countries that share the same base, as well as people of all religious faiths and backgrounds 24/7/365. Parkway UCC supports this mission through a special offering annually.

Coffee & Convo @St Louis Bread CO 5/10

Thu, May 10 | 10:00am| STL Bread Co

Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions?

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

 

Building a Bigger Table June 1-3 (Please Register!)

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!

 

How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

 

May 2, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kevin Cameron, Pastor, Parkway United Church of Christ (314) 872-9330; Kevin@parkwayucc.org

Author John Pavlovitz events hosted by Parkway UCC June 1-2

St. Louis, MO – Parkway United Church of Christ (UCC) is proud to host author John Pavlovitz for three events for the St. Louis community.

 

John Pavlovitz is a pastor, writer, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years, his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. He lives his commitment to energized, all-inclusive, and authentic interfaith relationships. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, Pavlovitz is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. He is the author of A Bigger Table, and his new book Hope and Other Superpowers will be published in November 2018.

 

The public is encouraged to attend these interfaith conversations focused on building compassionate, inclusive community. The events are free and will be held at Parkway UCC, 2841 N. Ballas Road, St. Louis 63131 (near Missouri Baptist Medical Center); please register via Eventbrite for planning purposes.

 

Building a Bigger Table -Friday, June 1, 7:00-9:00 pm
H
ow can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? How can we create spiritual communities that are big enough for everyone? What is the path forward in days that seem more hostile to diversity? Join Pavlovitz for a hopeful time of storytelling, encouragement, and honest conversation, about setting the table for a new, more loving expression of faith and community.  

Register at https://bit.ly/2HO6ReV

 

 

Rebounding from Compassion Fatigue – Saturday, June 2, 9:30-11:30 am
To be compassionate is to bleed, to feel deeply for the damage around you and to be moved to respond. This is a beautiful and invaluable instinct, but it is costly, too. There is a toll the trauma of the world takes on us when we seek to step into that dangerous space and to work for healing and justice. In days when so much need is at our doorsteps and on our news feeds, how do we attend to it all without becoming overwhelmed and consumed by it? How do we avoid becoming martyrs of our own hearts? Join this workshop-style authentic conversation on how to be safely burdened with the pain of this world, and what to do when you’ve exhausted your resources. Check in 9:00-9:30 am.

Please register in advance at https://bit.ly/2HMWFmy

 

 

Uniting Student Activists – Saturday, June 2, 7:30-9:30 pm
The efforts of student activists are finally being recognized on a national level. How do you engage activism that embraces your values? We will also talk about youth disillusionment, frustration, and hope surrounding our country’s social and political climate. The evening will include food, coffee, music, and opportunities to connect, heal, and plan.

Register at https://bit.ly/2rhu8vm

 

 

Parkway United Church of Christ is a joyful, compassionate, and inclusive community located at 2841 North Ballas Road, St. Louis 63131, just south of the intersection of Highways 270 and 40, and just north of the intersection of Ballas and Clayton Roads. Please visit our website at www.parkwayucc.org or email kevin@parkwayucc.org.

The United Church of Christ and Parkway UCC celebrate an extravagant welcome for all, “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open to all, not closed to any, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable,” according to UCC.org, the denomination’s website. “We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God’s mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Because God is still speaking.” The United Church of Christ is a mainline denomination with more than one million members in 5,000 congregations in the United States.

Giving Flight to the Dreams of All

Angel Paintings at Parkway Starting May 13, Angela Chostner is showing her Reiki Angel Painting, Unity, in the Sanctuary, where it will be on display until July. A different painting will be displayed every 2 months.

 

Angela’s paintings are a reflection of her spiritual journey. Her approach is

to set an intention, infuse the process with the healing energy of Reiki and see where the act of creation takes her. All of the angels are virtue based, and inspired by nature, quantum physics, her children, and dreams.


The painting Unity, featured on Mother’s Day, reflects on the bridges we build in our lives, and how, according to her daughter Anastasia,

“We are all unique, united in love.”

 

Angela’s statement on her work: “Within us all is the capacity to love without reservation, express ourselves fully and to recognize the beauty in each other and ourselves. We are all specks of light in an ocean of time. If only we could see that we are all connected, and when one of us dares to dream, it gives flight to the dreams of all.”

For further information, contact Angela at chostner@gmail.com (314) 308-5349

More of Angela’s artwork can be seen at facebook.com/AngelaLChostner

Family Forward Receives Donation

Representatives of Parkway United Church of Christ and Parkway Preschool present a check of  $7000 to the Theraputic Preschool at Family Forward, formally known as Children’s Home Society to continue the mission for preschool education. The Parkway United Preschool is closing after 47 years in providing childhood education.  

JHLTB7 – Homemade cookies for FIRST RESPONDERS

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