April 19, 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.

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!

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