June 20, 2018

Community Service

Parkway is involved in the local and global community in so many ways. The Christian Services Commission (CSC) facilitates outreach in the Church by recommending annual budget amounts for Missions, choosing Second Mile Mission recipients and setting goals for the collections; recommending additional giving opportunities to the congregation, and disseminating topical information regarding Christian social concerns to the congregation.

As the Christian Services Commission of Parkway UCC, our 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 Christian Services Commission wants to express that the giving opportunities we suggest 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…

 

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/

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.

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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JHLTB7 – Special OLYMPICS

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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.

Youth Night, 318, Record Breakers!

Youth Night, 3-14-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night! 

 Record Breakers!

 Wednesday, March 14



   Come and try to break some simple but unusual feats of human achievements listed in the Guinness World Records. Longest, smallest, heaviest, fastest things on the planet. This is a great night to bring lot’s of your friends. Hope to see you there!

Candy Bowl, Snacks and Door Prizes!  

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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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!