December 15, 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.

Four Ways to Christmas: Christmas Eve Worship at Parkway

Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24

10:00am worship Four Ways to Christmas—The hope, peace, joy and love of Advent are coming to fruition! Join us as we receive the gift of Jesus. We will sing Christmas carols and reflect on how and why God has come to live among us. Celebrate!

 

4:30pm Family Friendly Worship—A lively and spirited service with Nativity scriptures, carols and contemporary reflections. We will sing Silent Night by candlelight as we prepare to go out into this holy night.

 

7:30pm Candlelight & Communion—This traditional service includes the Christmas Gospel, choir, carols as we ponder what this love story means for us today. We will share Communion at our open table and sing Silent Night by candlelight.

MONTH OF GRACE + PRAYER

MONTH OF GRACE + PRAYER (A Retreat in Everyday Life)

MONTH OF GRACE + PRAYER (A Retreat in Everyday Life)

Start the New Year with Prayer – The Month of Grace + Prayer starts on Sunday, January 14. Throughout the month each participant will be invited to pray privately each day and then meet confidentially with an experienced spiritual companion for one hour each week. Meetings with spiritual companions take place on Monday mornings, afternoons or evenings, at the convenience of each participant. Committed couples also have the option to participate as a couple. Spiritual companions are not members of our church. Brochures and registration forms are available on the round table in the Gathering Space, and for even more information, visit www.momentsofgraceandprayer.org or contact PUCCer Sue Stolze (314-209-6057; scstolze75@gmail.com)

 

Brochure and Registration…

Slipped into Prayer—Clarence Heller

 

I slipped into prayer,

stopped for a moment,

in the quiet,

stopped and allowed God to catch me,

and to welcome that,

no agenda,

no hopes,

just being with myself in God,

and then I begin to notice…

the surroundings…

and what is within…

and the connection…

and the love…

and the invitation…

to slip into prayer,

to slip into myself in God.

 

Please consider participating in the Month of Grace + Prayer as one way to slip into prayer and deeper relationship with God. This spiritual adventure starts on Sunday, January 14. Throughout the month each participant will be invited to pray privately each day and then meet confidentially with an experienced spiritual companion for one hour each week. Meetings with spiritual companions take place on Monday mornings, afternoons or evenings, at the convenience of each participant. Committed couples also have the option to participate as a couple. Spiritual companions are not members of our church. Brochures and registration forms are available on the round table in the Gathering Space, and for more information, visit www.momentsofgraceandprayer.org or contact PUCCer Sue Stolze (314-209-6057; scstolze75@gmail.com) Registration encouraged by January 5.

 

 

 

 

Adopting Families in need from International Institute

Parkway United Church of Christ and Congregation Shaare Emeth are adopting two families in need from the International Institute again this year. Please bring all gifts to PUCC by December 19. Contact Lisa Mason (lmason624@sbcglobal.net) if you have questions. Read about the two families we have adopted:

 

Congolese Family C-Bembe Ethnicity: The Congolese Bembe are a displaced group from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Conflict in the DRC has been going on for more than 18 years. Moise, Wanyema, and their children arrived in St. Louis in 2016. Currently, they are in financial distress living on one income with a large family. Moise works full time and unfortunately doesn’t have time to take English classes since he takes advantage of overtime opportunities. However, his goal is to re-enroll when possible. The children, except for Mbukani, are all currently enrolled in school. With winter approaching, all family members are in need of winter shoes. They would really benefit from a grocery gift card (about $300), utility assistance ($300), and rent assistance ($800). Additionally, they would enjoy warm winter wear for the children and bedding or blankets. For the toddler, the best gift would be diapers (size 4). The mother will also need NB-1 diapers as she is expecting another child. Other great items include children’s toys and games.

 

Somali Family-R : In 1991, Somalia entered a long, terrible period of civil war. The increasingly totalitarian reign of Major General Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown by a number of resistance militias, and the central government collapsed. Halima and her children fled Somalia and lived in Kenya until coming to the United States. The mother and one of her children suffer from severe medical conditions. However, Halima has still been attending English class regularly and just obtained employment. She knows that life in America as a single mother will be difficult, but is confident she can do it. Although Halima now has employment, her sole income will barely meet the needs of a family of seven. Thus, the family is in need of rent assistance ($650) and utility assistance ($200). They would love some queen-size blankets to keep warm over the winter. The children would enjoy toys including puzzles and outside games, as well as some books. Lastly, a shoe store/Target gift card to cover needs for winter boots would be extremely helpful.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) welcomes YOU to our informal potluck supper and book club. We are starting Borg and Crossan’s, The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’ Birth. We will read this book over Nov 14, 28, and Dec 12. Books are available at your favorite bookseller or online.  ALL WELCOME!

Advent Workshop 12/3

BRO Closing

BRO Closing

The Board of Religious Organizations will be distributing toys to 5500 children after Thanksgiving. The sad news is that the BRO will close after providing mission to the St. Louis Area for 95 years. To help with toy distribution, call the BRO at 314-865-1677. I have signed up for Wed, Nov 29; 12:00-3:30. Naomi Runtz: 314-993-0469 | naomiruntz@sbcglobal.net

Lunch Bunch Informal Gathering 11/19

Lunch Bunch Informal Gathering

Sunday, November 19 |12:30pm | Three Kings Pub Des Peres | Dutch Treat

11925 Manchester Rd | Des Peres, MO 63131

Join us for casual conversation, catch up with old friends, and get to know new ones. All are welcome—whether you are a first-time guest or a long time member! More info, contact Steffanie Rauscher: 314-994-9577

The First Christmas book study Tuesday evenings

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) Nov 14

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

Please consider joining in the Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) which starts a new book discussion on Nov 14th:  from Borg and Crossan –  The First Christmas:  What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’ Birth.  From the introduction:  “Because of the importance of Christmas, how we understand the stories of Jesus’s birth matters. What we think they’re about— how we hear them, read them, interpret them— matters. They are often sentimentalized. And, of course, there is emotional power in them. They touch the deepest of human yearnings: for light in the darkness, for the fulfillment of our hopes, for a different kind of world. Moreover, for many Christians, they are associated with their earliest memories of childhood. Christmas has emotional power. But the stories of Jesus’s birth are more than sentimental. The stories of the first Christmas are both personal and political. They speak of personal and political transformation. Set in their first-century context, they are comprehensive and passionate visions of another way of seeing life and of living our lives.”

We will read this book over 3 sessions (Nov 14, 28, and Dec 12).  

ALL WELCOME! Contact Karen Boyd: at

kkseib@gmail.com

Accidental Saints: Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)

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

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) welcomes YOU to join us for our informal potluck supper and book club.

 

Our current selection is the recent publication by Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber entitled Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People. We discuss this book (and whatever else that comes up….) on Tuesday evenings, Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 24. We start with a potluck supper and then convene for “discussion” usually finishing by about 8:00pm. We have one copy left in the church office ($11) or download on your e-reader or visit the library! Here’s just one review –

 

“Besides the fact that she is an amazing writer, my friend Nadia understands more than most that we are messed up people living in a messed up world with other messed up people…She understands that God meets our messed-up-ness with his mercy over and over and over again. I couldn’t put this book down.”

 

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!

ALL WELCOME! Contact Karen Boyd with questions atkkseib@gmail.com

RECAP of Jesus Has Left the Building 6

Jesus Has Left the Building 6

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