August 21, 2018

Recap of Jesus Has Left the Building 7

Jesus Has Left the Building 7

We went out into the community to serve. Here are the details…

 

NJFM and Sustainability Seekers to tour Alberici Headquarters in Overland June 5

Do You Like Seeing Green? NJFM and Sustainability Seekers to tour Alberici Headquarters in Overland.
June 5, 2018 |10:00am | Carpool from church at 9:30am for a 10:00am tour

Come see for yourself the amazing “green” approach that Alberici took in constructing their new corporate headquarters in Overland. The site satisfies the LEED Platinum criteria, including Sustainability Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Material and Resource, Indoor Air Quality and Innovation. We will have lunch in the area following the tour. Please RSVP: Harold Cobb, 314-965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com.

Community Interfaith Iftar (Please Register!)

Tue, Jun 5 | 7:30pm

Intertwine: “to be connected so as to be difficult to separate.”

The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwinean interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities. We strive to celebrate both our similarities and our differences with members of various faiths and backgrounds. In this time when divisiveness may seem like the norm, we strive to celebrate both our similarities and our differences with members of various faiths and backgrounds. 

With the help of Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest, we are launching the Intertwine initiative with three events this year. People of all faiths (or no faith) and all ages are encouraged to attend.

 

Interfaith Iftar is our next event with the help of friends from the Turkish American Society of MO (TASOM). What’s an iftar? During the month of Ramadan, a month of reflection and spiritual growth, Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. The fast is broken together with the prayer said at sunset. TASOM is honored to share this important time with interfaith friends and will bring traditional food to enjoy the breaking of the fast together. Come learn the meaning of Ramadan and explore shared values of hospitality with informal discussions during the meal. There will also be brief presentations of how interfaith interactions have impacted youth and TASOM. Participants are encouraged (not required) to donate $5 per person to cover the cost of food. RSVP to Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest (314-662-2928)by May 30.

 

Other Ramadan opportunities:

Fast-a-Thon Experience—abstaining from food and drink for one day to experience and understand the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Consider donating the money that would have been spent on food to TASOM. These funds will help support a refugee family to show hospitality to newcomers.

 

Family Iftar Dinners—Share an iftar between families. As the Holy Month of Ramadan approaches, Turkish American Society of Missouri and Niagara Foundation invite you to attend a Home-Based Family Iftar Dinner with local Muslim host families. The meals will be in individual homes between May 17 and June 13. Please sign up for the Iftar and the family dinner through these links. In the field that asks for “title/organization” please type “Parkway UCC.”  

https://www.niagarafoundation.org/community-iftar-dinner-parkway-united-church-of-christ/

Building a Bigger Table June 1-3 (Please Register!)

We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be presenting a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June!

 

How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

 

May 2, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kevin Cameron, Pastor, Parkway United Church of Christ (314) 872-9330; Kevin@parkwayucc.org

Author John Pavlovitz events hosted by Parkway UCC June 1-2

St. Louis, MO – Parkway United Church of Christ (UCC) is proud to host author John Pavlovitz for three events for the St. Louis community.

 

John Pavlovitz is a pastor, writer, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years, his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. He lives his commitment to energized, all-inclusive, and authentic interfaith relationships. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, Pavlovitz is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. He is the author of A Bigger Table, and his new book Hope and Other Superpowers will be published in November 2018.

 

The public is encouraged to attend these interfaith conversations focused on building compassionate, inclusive community. The events are free and will be held at Parkway UCC, 2841 N. Ballas Road, St. Louis 63131 (near Missouri Baptist Medical Center); please register via Eventbrite for planning purposes.

 

Building a Bigger Table -Friday, June 1, 7:00-9:00 pm
H
ow can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? How can we create spiritual communities that are big enough for everyone? What is the path forward in days that seem more hostile to diversity? Join Pavlovitz for a hopeful time of storytelling, encouragement, and honest conversation, about setting the table for a new, more loving expression of faith and community.  

Register at https://bit.ly/2HO6ReV

 

 

Rebounding from Compassion Fatigue – Saturday, June 2, 9:30-11:30 am
To be compassionate is to bleed, to feel deeply for the damage around you and to be moved to respond. This is a beautiful and invaluable instinct, but it is costly, too. There is a toll the trauma of the world takes on us when we seek to step into that dangerous space and to work for healing and justice. In days when so much need is at our doorsteps and on our news feeds, how do we attend to it all without becoming overwhelmed and consumed by it? How do we avoid becoming martyrs of our own hearts? Join this workshop-style authentic conversation on how to be safely burdened with the pain of this world, and what to do when you’ve exhausted your resources. Check in 9:00-9:30 am.

Please register in advance at https://bit.ly/2HMWFmy

 

 

Uniting Student Activists – Saturday, June 2, 7:30-9:30 pm
The efforts of student activists are finally being recognized on a national level. How do you engage activism that embraces your values? We will also talk about youth disillusionment, frustration, and hope surrounding our country’s social and political climate. The evening will include food, coffee, music, and opportunities to connect, heal, and plan.

Register at https://bit.ly/2rhu8vm

 

 

Parkway United Church of Christ is a joyful, compassionate, and inclusive community located at 2841 North Ballas Road, St. Louis 63131, just south of the intersection of Highways 270 and 40, and just north of the intersection of Ballas and Clayton Roads. Please visit our website at www.parkwayucc.org or email kevin@parkwayucc.org.

The United Church of Christ and Parkway UCC celebrate an extravagant welcome for all, “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open to all, not closed to any, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable,” according to UCC.org, the denomination’s website. “We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God’s mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Because God is still speaking.” The United Church of Christ is a mainline denomination with more than one million members in 5,000 congregations in the United States.

Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast May 13

The Parkway men are serving a pancake breakfast on Mother’s Day, May 13, from 8:30 to 11:00am. The meal will consist of pancakes, bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and apple sauce. Girls and ladies may eat for free. Men pay $6.00 and boys under 12 pay $4.00.

Men, please plan on joining us to produce this fun event. This is a good chance to get to know your fellow church-goers a bit better. We will be gathering at 7:00am on Sunday, May 13 to set up the tables etc. and will need cooks, servers, etc. throughout the event. Come spend an hour or all morning. Please let me know if you are available. If you have any questions, please contact Tom McKenzie at 314-567-0429 or mckenzie1947@att.net.

Earth Day Wkend at PUCC – Adult Education and Vegetarian Luncheon

Parkway UCC invites you to our Earth Day events on Sunday, April 22nd.
Guest speaker, Sylvester Brown, founder of the Sweet Potato Project, will present at our Adult Education sessions at 9:30am and 11:00am. Read more…
 
Eco-Friendly Fundraiser!
Sunday, April 22 | 12:00pm | Fellowship Hall
We are hosting a vegetarian luncheon featuring homemade lasagna, salad and rolls. Come and celebrate at noon and help us raise funds for a new eco-friendly dishwasher!The event will be both paperless and meatless.
 
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and kids 5 and under eat free.

 

 

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.

Holy Wells April 14

Holy Week 2018

Holy Monday Morning Devotion
Mon, Mar 26 | 10:00am | Historic Sanctuary

Devotion followed by cleaning & preparing the holy space for noon Good Friday service. Contact Marsha Peek: 314-413-1440 | mjpeek@earthlink.com

 

Chocolat for Holy Week!
Monday, March 26 | 6:30pm | Gathering Space

Even if you gave up chocolate for Lent, you can still come for some CHOCOLAT on Monday night of Holy Week – March 26 at 6:30pm in the Gathering Space! This well-received PG-13 film was nominated for many awards in 2000, including five Academy Awards, one of which was Best Picture. The setting is Lent!

 

Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche), an expert chocolatier who drifts across Europe with her daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol), follows the north wind. At the beginning of the Lenten season in 1959, “fifteen years after the War,” they travel to a quiet French village that closely adheres to tradition, as dominated by the village mayor, the Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina). Just as the villagers begin observing the forty days of Lent, Vianne opens a chocolate shop, much to Reynaud’s displeasure.

 

Vianne wears more colorful clothing than the village women, is an atheist, and has an illegitimate child. She does not fit in well with the townspeople but is nevertheless optimistic about her business. Her friendly and alluring nature begins to win the villagers over one by one,

causing Reynaud to openly speak against her for tempting the people during a time of abstinence and self-denial. There are other characters in town including Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Lena Olin.

 

Join us for Chocolat… and yes, we will have both chocolate and popcorn to share with you!

 

Holy Tuesday—Join the Sweet Bakers
Tuesday, March 27 | 10:00am | Parkway Kitchen

Contact Carol Cobb: ccjcobb@aol.com | 314-965-4147

Sweet Bakers invites you to help make cakes for Neighborhood Lunch at Pilgrim UCC & make soup for Parkway Shut-in Mary Maxeiner.

 

Tuesday Evening Dialogue March 27
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) wrapping up a book by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan entitled The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem. “Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.”

Please consider joining us for delicious potluck supper, stimulating discussion and great fellowship. Questions? Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com)

 

Holy Wednesday Dutch Meal
Mar 28 | 11:30am | Egg & I | Manchester & Lockett

Contact Carol Cobb: ccjcobb@aol.com | 314-965-4147

Enjoying one another’s company and pondering the meaning of this week.

 

Holy Wednesday March 28 | 7:00-8:00pm
Join us in the Fellowship Hall as we craft expressions of our appreciation to send to local first responders, public servants and our interfaith partners. Gratitude is a spiritual discipline. Refreshments provided.

 

Join NJFM for Maundy Thursday Morning Communion
March 29, 2018| 10:00am|New Sanctuary

Not Just for Men will celebrate communion with Pastor Kevin on Maundy Thursday in the Sanctuary at 10am. After communion we will spend a few minutes aligning the pews for Holy Week Services and tidying up the pew racks to be followed by a light breakfast in the Gathering Space. RSVP: Harold Cobb at 314-965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com.

 

Maundy Thursday
Dinner & Worship Fellowship Hall |
6:30pm

Agape Love Feast! Gather ‘round tables in the Fellowship Hall as we recall Jesus and the disciples celebrating Passover in that upper room in Jerusalem the night of Jesus’ arrest. We will sing, pray and reflect on scripture within the context of a delicious meal. We will celebrate the sacrament of communion as we move From Lovers to Fools with our Feet. We will end up outside as we remember Jesus’ arrest and the disciples fear and flight into the night.

 

Good Friday Prayer Service Mar 30 | 12:00pm | Historic Sanctuary

Spend some time with scripture, silence, hymns and prayers. Face the emptiness of Good Friday in the sacred setting of the Historic Sanctuary.

 

Good Friday Evening Worship
Mar 30 |
7:00pm | New Sanctuary

We have been present to this personal and communal journey of Lent with our whole selves. We’ve engaged the world and one another with our eyes, ears, hands, voices, hearts, head and feet. Now on Good Friday we are depleted and paralyzed. Jesus is taken from us. What do we do right now? What will we do next? Join us as we worship on this dark night. [There will be a Children’s Sermon and the Choir will sing.]

 

Easter Prayer Vigil
Mar 30 | Good Friday through Easter Sunrise!
Please sign up to be in prayer for at least one of the 36 hours at your home or elsewhere—not at church. Devotion materials are available in the Gathering Space. There
are a great deal of helps in this booklet—even activities and discussion starters for families with children/youth. Please make a plan—which may include a walk through the Devotion booklet—so you can hit the ground running when your specific time rolls around.

 

Easter Sunrise Service
April 1 | 6:30am | Elm Lawn Cemetery
(Behind the Historic Sanctuary across the street)
Gathering in the darkness like the women did long, long ago, we will be literally warmed and encouraged by the “new fire.” The Day of Resurrection will dawn on us as we see the empty tomb and decide for ourselves what we’ll do next.

 

Easter Worship
April 1 | 9:30 Traditional & 11:00am Informal
Lilies all around, snuffed Lenten candles now ablaze again, fresh flowers being placed in the cross, stirring music in the air, eager kids everywhere you look…Come celebrate the most important day of the year! [Special Easter activities for the kids during worship—Easter Egg Hunt after both services.]

 

School Board Candidate Conversation with the Interfaith Community

Parkway School District Board of Education Candidate Discussion