May 26, 2017

Get Involved

At Parkway United Church of Christ, there are limitless opportunities to get involved. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to share your God-given talents, dig deeper into your own understanding of God’s will or looking for fellowship, you’ll find it here. No matter who you are or where you are in life's journey, we have a place for you.

The Christian Services Commission of Parkway UCC facilitates much of our congregational and community service. The 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 giving opportunities suggested 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.

Christmas Worship

joy-to-the-worldChristmas Morning

Sunday, December 25| 10:00am worship

The hope, peace, joy and love of Advent are coming to fruition! Join us as we begin to care for this baby that has been born to us! We sing Christmas carols and reflect on how and why God has come to live among us.

 

Christmas Dinner

Dec 25 | Gather 5:00pm | Dinner 6:00pm | Heritage Rm

Dine with us on Christmas evening! All are welcome. Bring a dish or just yourself. There will be plenty!  RSVP to Pam Walker (314-520-8546 | pamandbrenda95@yahoo.com) or Gerry  Rogers (314-434-7122 | gcr123055@gmail.com).

Christmas Eve at Parkway Saturday, December 24

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4:30pm—Family Oriented Worship

This service will be alive and spirited with many children present. The traditional nativity scripture will be shared as we mingle Christmas carols and contemporary reflections. We will sing Silent Night by candlelight at the close of the service.

 

7:30pm—Candlelight Communion Worship

Prelude music for flute and organ begins at 7:105pm. This is a quieter and more contemplative service than the earlier one. We hear the Christmas Gospel, sing traditional carols and reflect upon what all of this means for us today. The choir will sing. We will celebrate the sacrament of communion at our open table and sing Silent Night by candlelight.

 

Christmas Memory Tree

clear-ornamentChristmas Memory Tree

You are invited to fill an ornament with a note or a small significant item in honor of a loved one to be remembered during this season. Ornaments are in a basket beneath the tree in the Gathering Space.

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

Advent/Christmas Choir Call 2016

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If you enjoy singing but can’t make a regular commitment to the choir, consider joining us for the Christmas season! We present a Service of Lessons and Carols at the 9:30am worship service on Sunday, December 11, and sing special music for the 7:30pm worship service on Christmas Eve. We rehearse this music on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm beginning November 16. If you would like to participate, please contact Barbara Raedeke at Braedeke@aol.com | 314-495-8696, or simply come to choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings. You are most welcome!

Parkway Sustainability Seekers 12/15

Parkway Sustainability Seekers

Thu, Dec 15 | 2:30pm | Library

Have ideas to help us become a greener congregation? Come and share them with our group. Contact Polly Winklemann: winkwoods@charter.net | 636-220-8484

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

SIGNUP

Holiday Brunch at First Watch…Ho-Ho-Ho!

Holiday Brunch at First Watch…Ho-Ho-Ho!

Thursday, December 15 | 11:00am | First Watch in Creve Coeur on Ballas

PUCC Not Just for Men’s Annual Christmas Brunch. All are welcome. It is a good time to plan activities for the coming year. Contact Harold Cobb to RSVP ccjcobb@aol.com | 314 965- 4147.

Advent Workshop 12/4

advent-workshop-2016Come to the Advent Workshop & meet our own PUCC Elves

Sun, Dec 4 | 4:00pm Crafts | 5:15pm Soup Supper | 6:00pm Vespers

Our long time tradition of hosting Advent Workshop is right around the corner. Come join us for making crafts, creating ornaments, decorating cookies, making bird feeders and gifts, and even putting together a present for Santa’s reindeer. We meet on Sunday, December 4 at 4pm in Fellowship Hall. Stay for the delicious Soup Supper following and end with a Vesper Service in the Sanctuary. Sign up on the poster in the Gathering Space to bring soup, dessert, cheese and crackers for the soup. Sponsored by Christian Education Commission and assisted by many elf volunteers.