July 23, 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.

Parkway UCC presents A DAY IN THE LIFE 4/17


A DAY IN THE LIFE by Katie Cappiello

You are invited to—
A play inspired by the lives of teen trafficking survivors

Sunday, April 17, 2016
4:30 p.m. performance
Doors open at 4:00 – FREE Admission
Followed by a panel discussion

Parkway United Church of Christ
Clayton and Ballas
2841 N. Ballas Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

If you were challenged, enlightened, frustrated, inspired by recent plays at PUCC —Black and Blue (Black Lives Matter and Police Lives Matter) and/or A New World (New Immigrants in St Louis)—you will want to come to A Day in the Life here at Parkway UCC.

Continuing our new PUCC tradition of providing contemporary live theater—or Real Theater—where current events are portrayed using real stories and real language of real people…

A Day in the Life…A play inspired by the lives of teen sex trafficking survivors.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 – 4:30pm. Doors open at 4:00 – FREE Admission. The play will be followed by a panel discussion with experts in the area and some of the actresses.

This play is definitely not for everyone. We would rate it somewhere between PG-13 and R.

You will hear raw, unfiltered, and sometimes upsetting language of girls who were victims of sexual exploitation.

Parkway UCC is co-sponsoring this performance along with WILPF and AAUW in order to bring attention to an important social issue. It’s beyond time that we break the silence.



It can happen to anyone. That is one of the points of A Day in the Life, a one-act play drawing on the real experiences of ordinary teenage girls whose lives have intersected with the world of commercial sexual exploitation.

“Sex trafficking is a problem all over the world, including the United States,” said Yasmeen Hassan, the global director of Equality Now, the international human rights organization that sponsored the performance in New York. In introducing the play, she said that “98 percent of all sex trafficking victims are women and girls and 300,000 children in the United States are at risk of being sex-trafficked.”

This 45-minute play, written by Arts Effect founders Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney, focuses on the stories of four girls and how their lives were affected by the “pimp and ho” culture and entwined with trafficking.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Cameron (314-872-9330; kevin@parkwayucc.org).




A Day in the Life exposes the reality of American girls who have been exploited in and impacted by
the commercial sex trade. Sex trafficking is happening in our backyards and many of its victims are
American born women and girls.

Through this play we hope to create opportunities for audiences to gain knowledge about modern
day slavery and ignite community conversations that inspire change.

Throughout the 40 minute play the actresses relay survivors’ experiences through honest and simple

Linked by their vulnerability and by being in the wrong place at the wrong time these survivors’
stories are told by real persons telling their stories without victimizing the survivors.

Simple and straightforward the play invites playgoers to not only hear these stories but to take

After the show there will be a panel made up of community experts and some of the actresses.
*Recommended for 13+ with parental guidance due to language and content. For mature audiences.
Sponsored by:
-Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
-Creve Coeur Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW)
-Thyrsus Washington University
-Parkway United Church of Christ



2nd Mile Lent & Easter 2016

2nd Mile Lent & Easter 2016

Go the second mile with us this season!

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


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


International Institute

The International Institute of St. Louis offers comprehensive adjustment services for refugees and immigrants in our community. In turn, these newcomers expand the richness of St. Louis’ diversity and help revitalize our economy. Contrary to many other metropolitan areas around the nation, St. Louis owes a significant portion of its growth in foreign-born populations to refugee resettlement, rather than to general immigration. These newcomers who have fled war-torn countries around the world benefit from top notch welcoming services, including English, computer training, job readiness and search, counseling and social workrefugee resettlementtechnical assistancemicro-finance fundstranslation and interpretation.

Our PUCC Christian Services Commission is in conversation with the II about being of support to a refugee family from Syria. We also let the II know that we are a church of extravagant welcome and would be open to loving a family of Muslim faith and/or from the LGBTQ community – knowing that not all churches are that open and there could be a great need.   For more information, please visit iistl.org

Please be sure to clearly mark your 2nd Mile gifts throughout the season of Lent/Easter. Thank you!

Souper Bowl! 2/7

souper_change3Souper Bowl!

Sunday, February 7 | Gathering Area

Our youth will be in the Gathering area asking for your coins to fill our soup pots. Each pot will have the helmet of the Broncos or the Panthers so you can pick the winner with your change.

Every last dime will go towards the dinner the youth will make for the residents of Ronald McDonald House.

Who’s gonna win the super bowl? Let’s guess with our change for a wonderful cause! Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann, barbk@parkwayucc.org

Rice Crispy Valentine Treats for Sale! 2/14

valentines-day-rice-krispies-treatsRice Crispy Valentine Treats for Sale!

Sunday, February 14 | Both Services | Gathering Area

Once again this year our Pathways of Faith children will be making rice crispy treats to sell for Valentine’s Day. All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity. This was a fun project for the children last year and we hope you can help support the kids with buying a treat for friends and family!

Questions?  Contact Barb Kuhlmann, barbk@parkwayucc.org

Sacred Conversation on Race Ongoing in the St. Louis Association Dec 10

thumbnailSacred Conversation on Race Ongoing in the St. Louis Association Dec 10

2nd Thurs/month | 7:00pm | Eden Seminary library conference room

This work group is an organically-formed body, called for by members of our association churches. Churches, members, clergy, students, and institutions in the St. Louis metropolitan area that choose to affiliate with and support the mission of this group as it evolves are invited. The purpose for the group is to gather like-minded UCC folk to educate and inform ourselves and our communities about race, racism, and privilege, and to serve as a resource and a catalyst for churches and communities in embracing and proclaiming the diversity of God’s people as sacred. Witnessing that racism and white privilege are alive, deeply rooted, sinful, and harming God’s children throughout the Saint Louis area and country, the group will strive to engage a sacred conversation on race, racism, and the call of the church to stand up as a continuing testament of God’s inclusive love, justice, healing, and wholeness for all. It will share resources and challenge our Association to become more widely active in combating race bias and harm.

We believe the extravagant welcome of the United Church of Christ requires this, and our historic orientation toward abolition, education, and racial justice and inclusion, informs this. The monthly agenda and scope of the group reflect the interests and capacities of those that gather We discern together where God is calling us, month to month. Let’s talk, pray, weep, rage, lament, listen, learn, own our complicity, hope, plan, and do together.

Join Us for Christmas Caroling!

9035489-1Two dates! Two Times!

Sat, Dec 19 | 9:00am-noon | carpool from church

Sun, Dec 20 | 12:15-3:00pm | carpool from church after pizza lunch

All ages, all singing abilities invited! We will run through a couple of songs and head out. We will be visiting special friends of Parkway to usher in the season with songs and fellowship. On Sunday, Dec 19 before we head out we will have a pizza lunch in the kitchen just after worship and AE.

Contact Kevin: kevin@parkwayucc.org

Gathering of Toys for BRO

178808_Toys-everywhere-lousy-weather-doing-things_4236x2803Gathering of Toys for BRO

The Board of Religious Organizations is grateful for all toys that we have donated during the past year. After serving about 5000 children with toys at Christmas, their supply has been depleted and they want to restock for next Christmas.

During the month of January we will be gathering used and new toys for Santa’s helpers to begin refurbishing. Look for a box in the Gathering Space and thanks so much.


Help Congo Refugees

congola86-2Thomas Havyarimana has been helping seven families from the Congo in the same way we helped his family when they arrived in our country as refuges. The children of these families need clothes for the coming cold weather since they have come from a very hot climate and have none. So as your children try on winter items and feel they no longer fit, please place them in the appropriate container in the foyer.* The children range in age from 3 to 15. I will try to be more specific in the days to come. Should you wish to contribute financially, leave your envelope in the office. We will take our families to good will. If your family wishes to adopt a family and help with some of their needs, contact Carol Wilbois at 314- 569-1969 orrpwilbois@aol.com or Lynn Sableman at 314-609-6918 or lynnsableman@att.net

*This clothing drive has been approved by the Christian Services

Encourage Victims of Arson

churcharsonOur Sacred Conversations on Race PLUS Action Committee encourages you to sign the cards in the Gathering Space for the churches listed below. These are the St Louis churches that have been victims of arson in the last two weeks. You may also want to send your own blessing or call them with a word of love/encouragement/solidarity. You might even want to send a financial gift to help fund repairs and/or security systems for their church.


Bethel Nondenominational Church

6380 Lillian Ave

St. Louis, MO 63136



New Northside Missionary Baptist Church

8645 Goodfellow Blvd

St. Louis, MO 63147


Rev. Roderick K. Burton


St. Augustine Catholic Church

1371 Hamilton Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63112


Msgr. Robert Gettinger


New Testament Church of Christ

5740 Minerva Avenue

St Louis, MO 63112



New Life Missionary Baptist Church

4569 Plover Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63120



Ebenezer Lutheran Church

1011 Theobald Street

St. Louis, MO 63147



Shrine of St Joseph

1220 N. Eleventh St.

St Louis, MO 63106-4614

314.231.9407 Fax: 314-231-0802

Reverend Dale P. Wunderlich


Ronald McDonald House

ronald-mcdonald-kids-240Ronald McDonald House
Lisa Mason, CRR
To provide a “home-away-from-home” to families of seriously ill children and support to organizations that serve the needs of children.

The RMH website (rmhcstl.com) explains the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ beginning:
In 1973, Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill and his wife, Fran, learned that their daughter, Kim, had leukemia. While traveling into Philadelphia for treatment, they met other families who drove hours to the hospital to be with their children, only to sleep in waiting room chairs and to eat from vending machines. Hill and his team partnered with local McDonald’s Owner/Operators to raise money and purchase a house near the hospital where these families could stay. Since that time, more than 300 Houses have been built worldwide.
Local History

In 1981, the first St. Louis Ronald McDonald House was opened on West Pine Boulevard in the Central West End. A second House on Park Avenue was opened in 1996 near SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, and in 2003, eight apartments became available for long-term stays. In 2010, a third Ronald McDonald House (the 300th in the world) was built on the campus of Mercy Children’s Hospital on Ballas to serve West County hospitals.

These Houses provide a comfortable home for families to stay near the hospital treating their children. Families are asked for a $15 donation per night, but no family is turned away based on ability to pay. Families with a child 18 or younger who live at least 50 miles from St. Louis are eligible for referral by the hospital’s social services department to stay at a House.
Each family staying at RMH has a private bedroom; the West Pine facility has community bathrooms, and the Park Avenue and West County facilities have private bathrooms. Free laundry facilities, community TV rooms and playrooms accommodate basic needs and encourage support through others in similar situations. As families travel from around the world for treatment in St. Louis, limited transportation is also available.

Volunteers provide dinner each night, and breakfast is provided on weekends. This is the third year Parkway UCC youth and adults have prepared dinner for the West County House guests. Although many families are still at the hospital during the dinner hour, the leftovers are waiting for their return after visiting hours. Our youth have also enjoyed playing with some patients (who are recuperating or receiving treatments that do not require constant hospitalization) and their siblings. We sincerely appreciate the congregation’s support to fund the food purchases for the 50-60 guests.

Two Lesser-Known RMH Services
Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide rest, snacks and other support in the hospital itself for families with a hospitalized child. St. Louis has these Family Rooms at Mercy Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon.
In 2013, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile was created through a partnership with the Eye Care Charity of Mid-America. The Care Mobile travels to schools throughout the St. Louis area to provide eye exams and glasses to children of low-income households.
A wish list of household needs is located on the website: http://www.rmhcstl.com/page.aspx?pid=371 if you would like to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis.