February 18, 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.

Parkway UCC enews 218: From Lovers to Fools with Our Eyes

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
February 16, 2018

 

Note Date Change:
The Nathan Rauscher Quartet 

Fri, Feb 16 | 9:00pm | $10

The Kinda Blue Club, 6101 Idaho Ave, St. Louis
The Kinda Blue Club is a small house that has been renovated to accommodate small music ensembles in a comfortable, living room-like atmosphere. The event is family friendly, and guests are invited to bring their owns snacks and drinks. I recommend bringing warm clothes, as the house can be a bit chilly in the winter.
 
I’m always grateful for the opportunity to work with my band–these are dear friends, and the players I call first because they are so unbelievably skilled, attentive, and fun to work with. We’ll be programming standards from the American Songbook, bebop, and original music.
 

 
Worship with Us this Sunday!

 
Join us on Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am where our scripture lessons will be Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; Mark 1:9-15 with a sermon entitled From Lovers to Fools with Our Eyes. We see the rainbow after the flood. We see the dove descending as Jesus comes up out of the water at his baptism. We see the wild animals and the angels with Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days. What do you see then and there? Now and here?


We will light our Lenten Candles and hear about our Second Mile Lent Offering.


Inclement Weather Policy
If we need to cancel church on a Sunday morning due to wintry weather, we will communicate with you in a variety of ways:
  • Church wide email
  • Facebook/Twitter post
  • KSDK.com listing
  • Voicemail at church
Judgment whether to come to church rests with the individual. If you feel it is unsafe to drive, please don’t risk it. Stay safe. Stay home.

 

 
Prayer List Updates
The season of Lent.
April & Jameson Tallyn and big sister Evelyn – expecting twins!   
Carol Clifford and family as they grieve/give thanks for her mother.
Memorial Service this Friday afternoon in Creighton, Missouri.
Andrea Barnes – just back from Jeff City where she spoke with legislators about MO Statute of Limitations on child sex abuse.
Pattie Herpel healing at home after recent hospitalization.
Pam Walker – back to work today after a few days in the hospital.
Ron Wilboisstrengthening at Mason Pointe Rehab Center.
Cherie Stolze – healing from surgery after a broken ankle.
Cassie Rosenberger’s father moved to Rehab Ctr in St Louis.
Polly Rutherford – preparing for back surgery on March 2.
Wallace Family – baby & mother need healing (Mason Ridge School).
The families grieving and aching in Florida after yesterday’s tragedy.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of the Week: Christ UCC in Maplewood

 
Announcements

Sing with us on Sunday, February 25th at noonish!

The Core Music Project Team has been at work for many moons-whistling while we work…meandering through melodies, humming harmonies, looking at lyrics, mindful of memories, daring to dream. Please join us for a light lunch and lots of singing on Sunday, February 25th at noon. We will share some of our process and progress with you. We’re eager to share this with you and to hear your voice!


Open &Affirming: Living Openly – A Public & Visible Church

Gateway ONA’s Seventh Annual Convocation
Saturday, Mar 3 | 9:00am-4:00pm (registration 8:00am) | Parkway UCC
Come be in conversation with others, learn what it means to be Open and Affirming and how to fully express extravagant welcome to all God’s children. New workshops and new leaders this year! Registration forms with more info…
Human Trafficking in Our Area

We would like to invite you to join St. Charles Outreach Coalition against Human Trafficking (SCCAT)

on Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Trinity Church located at 3515 Shackelford Road., Florissant, MO 63031 to learn about human trafficking in our area especially in North County.

 
During the event, we will hear from the St. Louis County Police Department (Human Trafficking Task Force). We also are honored to have Chief Belmar of the St. Louis County Police Department joining us for the opening session. This organization will discuss their important work responding to human trafficking and the support available for victims and their families in the Greater St. Louis Area and beyond.
 
This is a Free Event; thus, your RSVP will help our event organizers to provide a better service for you during the event. For RSVP, please email
stltrinitychurch@gmail.com Or contact 314.838.8820 or register from the link below:
 
 
This event was primarily scheduled on January to observe the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day that is every year on January 11. However, because of some unavoidable circumstances in weather situation, we canceled it and rescheduling our event on February 15th, 2018. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day’s observance was started in 2011 by Presidential Proclamation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The anniversary of this proclamation became known as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Currently, many countries in the world including the USA are the source, transit and destination country for trafficked children, women, and men. These people can be of foreign nationalities or the citizens of the USA, but they are all subjected to injustices of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, forced marriage and debt bondage. Many mass campaigns are organized to observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. This helps raise public awareness of the crime of human trafficking and helps protect some vulnerable members of our community.

We hope you/everyone is available and comfortable to participate in this new schedule on Thursday February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pmat Trinity Church located at 3515 Shackelford Road., Florissant, MO 63031.

 

Further reading…


Inspiration 

The unexamined life is not worth living. ~Socrates

 

Humor

Your Facebook friends are praying that you will give up social media for Lent.

Video


 


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!

No Youth Night, 2-14-18

 

No Youth Night, 2-14-18!


No Youth Night!

Ash Wednesday

 Wednesday, February 14


 
Join us as we begin the Lenten Season with the
Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 in the Sanctuary.
 
See you next week, Wednesday, February 21! 

 

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc

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

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…

 

How you can help with Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Sept. 3-24 • Gathering Space • Lisa Mason or Julie Stappenbeck

We’ve been in touch with friends in Houston who have helped identify the most crucial needs to assist with the long recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey. 

 

  • new socks and underwear— all sizes 
  • plus size clothing
  • diapers & wipes
  • toiletries
  • large trash bags
  • disposable plates & silverware
  • granola bars/non-perishable snacks
  • gift cards (Visa, Walmart, Target, fuel,) or financial donations clearly designated for Hurricane Harvey Relief

 

 

If you’d like to help, please leave contributions in the designated bin in the gathering space. Thank you for your generosity!

Lisa: lmason624@sbcglobal.net | 314- 569-0095

Julie: jstappenbeck@yahoo.com | 314-504-0785 

St. Louis 2017 PrideFest Volunteers Needed

st. louis pride fest

June 23-25 | Soldiers Memorial Park, St. Louis

 

We would like to have people in the tent to spread extravagant hospitality to visitors.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ron Hill at hill4716@gmail.com.

It looks great when we have 100 people or more in comma or Parkway UCC t-shirts walking in the parade with signs for each ONA or ONA-Friendly church.  Once again, First Congregational Church of St. Louis has agreed to coordinate Gateway’s participation in the parade.  For more parade details and to volunteer to walk in the parade, contact Hannah Rice at hrice@firstcongregational.org.

There will be an ecumenical and interfaith service on Sunday morning as part of the PrideFest event.  More details will be worked out and announced soon.

Thank you, in advance, for volunteering to be a part of the United Church of Christ’s participation in the St. Louis 2017 PrideFest.

 

Lorin Cope, Convener: Gateway Open and Affirming Churches

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

Carol with Us December 17!

christmas-carolersCarol with Us December 17!

Saturday, December 17 | 9-11am and/or 12:30-2:30pm | Pizza 12:30pm

Two opportunities —come to one or both! We’ll have a pizza lunch at Parkway UCC between shifts from 11:30am-12:30pm.

 

We’ll serenade fellow PUCCers and friends who have difficulty coming to church or just need a visit from friendly faces. We meet at Parkway and go from there. No singing experience required. Just be prepared to have fun and brighten people’s days. Kids are welcome!
 

We will have songbooks and everything else you will need!

 

Please RSVP to Paul Roesler if you will be with us for lunch—so we know how much PIZZA to order. proesler@charter.net | 314-629-8367