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.

Carol with Us December 17!

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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!

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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

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St. Louis Metro Crop Hunger Walk 9/25

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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

Join Us For Jesus Has Left the Building 4: Sun, Jul 31

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We will meet in the sanctuary from 8:30 – 9:00am for communion and a short service. After the commissioning, we will follow the example Jesus set for us by heading out into the world to spread God’s love.

This year’s activities include gardening at Caroline Mission, making sandwiches for the St. Patrick Center, interacting with clients at the Children’s Home Society, baking cookies for law enforcement officers, singing at an area nursing home, offering cheer to veterans, and more.

Click on the link below to sign up for the activity of your choice on JHLTB4 Sunday:

SIGNUP

For those who prefer NOT to use Sign-up Genius, paper sign-up sheets are located in the Gathering Space.
Please note: Times listed are approximate.

 

 

Oxymoron

oxymoronIt is heartwarming when we find out we are making a difference. Last week  we received this wonderful email about our outdoor sign and have to share with everyone:

I drive past your signs every morning on my way to work. The words you put on your board are things that make you smile, think and nod in agreement.

I’m not religious and I stay away from churches because, well as a lesbian woman I am not typically welcome.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw your board… It was right after they legalized gay marriage. I saw your board, “We believe in Marriage, equality, and marriage equality.” I was beaming after that. It was nice to see religious organizations standing by our side.

The one you have on display now is just amazing. Even if I’m having a bad morning, this always puts a smile on my face. Such powerful words.

I’m sure it’s not the most popular board in town, but it certainly the one with the most truth. I just wanted to say thank you.

Youth Mission Week! July 11-15

youth mission weekYouth Mission Week!

Monday-Friday, July 11-15 | 9:00-3:00 | Each day a different mission

Each day we will go into our community to help those in need. You can choose a day to help or come all week! Here is what is scheduled:

Monday, July 11: church work day

Tuesday, July 12: shop and deliver groceries to a local food bank

Wednesday, July 13: Emmaus traveling car wash and bowling

Thursday, July 14: Neighborhood House, Caroline Mission

Friday, July 15: Make lunch for those in need, have lunch and a movie

We are in need of adults to help so please consider a day during this week you can be with the best kids around! Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org.

Parkway UCC presents A DAY IN THE LIFE 4/17

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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).

 

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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
storytelling.*

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
action.

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

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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