December 15, 2017

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.

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

Neighbors helping Neighbors: Adopt a Family from the International Institute Through December 16


neighbors-helping-neighborsNeighbors helping Neighbors: Adopt a Family from the International Institute Through December 18

PUCC is partnering with Shaare Emeth to help two refugee families feel welcome and prepare for their first Missouri winter. 

 

When refugee families arrive in St. Louis, the International Institute provides basic household items, furniture, and bus passes using a small government allocation received on the individual’s behalf. However, families’ initial apartments are quite sparse and budgets are tiny so the Institute looks to the community for additional help. In addition to winter accessories, blankets, art and school supplies and easy books (to learn English), the families need monetary assistance to pay for their apartment and utilities.

 

Let’s show these refugee families the generosity and love of our community —any help will be greatly appreciated. Visit the following website for the list of needs and to sign up to help: www.sestl.org/neighbors

 

Contact Lisa Mason:  lmason624@sbcglobal.net | 314-395-4444  or Jill Schatz: jdschatz@msn.com | 636-821-3478

Help the Residents of Emmaus Homes Usher in the Holiday Season!

christmas-570767_960_720Help the Residents of Emmaus Homes Usher in the Holiday Season!

Join in the Christmas fun on Thursday, December 15 | Fellowship Hall

Get in touch with your INNER ELF as you decorate tables, dance the Hokey-Pokey, serve dinner, or hand out gifts to our Emmaus guests. Please sign up for a time slot that works best for you, and prepare yourself for an evening of merry-making. Not able to join us for the event? Consider donating festive cookies. (Volunteers must be in Grade 6 or above. There is no upper age limit.) Contact Jill Schatz: jdschatz@msn.com | 636-821-3478

Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/emmaus-sign-up

SIGNUP

St. Louis Metro Crop Hunger Walk 9/25

CROP-Logo-page-001_editedSt. Louis Metro Crop Hunger Walk

September 25 | Meet @church 12:30pm | Eden Seminary

Once again Parkway will recruit walkers and solicit donations for the Church World Service CROP Hunger Walk at Eden Seminary on September 25. Our church goal this year is $2000. The Crop Hunger Walk raises funds to alleviate hunger around the world. With all the turmoil around the world right now, there is a huge need to feed millions of refugees. Church World Service is the avenue for churches to participate in this.

We are asking for members who are able to walk the one or three mile route through Webster Groves and secure financial sponsors who will donate in the walker’s name. All walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a Crop t-shirt. Parkway will award its top fund raiser with a special gift and recognition.

Walkers register online at www.crophungerwalk.org. Find Parkway in the list and either register or donate. There is also a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CropWalk 2016. Or you can sign up as a walker or donor on the poster in the Gathering Space and we will contact you with the details.

CROP is the hunger fighting wing of Church World Service which is supported by many denominations including the United Church of Christ. The Walk is ecumenical, interfaith and community wide, 25% of the funds raised stay in St. Louis.

For more information or for help with signing up to walk or sponsor talk with Sue Moellering, 636 949 2925 or susieqslp@sbcglobal.net