January 19, 2018

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.

Lunch Bunch Informal Gathering 11/19

Lunch Bunch Informal Gathering

Sunday, November 19 |12:30pm | Three Kings Pub Des Peres | Dutch Treat

11925 Manchester Rd | Des Peres, MO 63131

Join us for casual conversation, catch up with old friends, and get to know new ones. All are welcome—whether you are a first-time guest or a long time member! More info, contact Steffanie Rauscher: 314-994-9577

The First Christmas book study Tuesday evenings

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) Nov 14

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

Please consider joining in the Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) which starts a new book discussion on Nov 14th:  from Borg and Crossan –  The First Christmas:  What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’ Birth.  From the introduction:  “Because of the importance of Christmas, how we understand the stories of Jesus’s birth matters. What we think they’re about— how we hear them, read them, interpret them— matters. They are often sentimentalized. And, of course, there is emotional power in them. They touch the deepest of human yearnings: for light in the darkness, for the fulfillment of our hopes, for a different kind of world. Moreover, for many Christians, they are associated with their earliest memories of childhood. Christmas has emotional power. But the stories of Jesus’s birth are more than sentimental. The stories of the first Christmas are both personal and political. They speak of personal and political transformation. Set in their first-century context, they are comprehensive and passionate visions of another way of seeing life and of living our lives.”

We will read this book over 3 sessions (Nov 14, 28, and Dec 12).  

ALL WELCOME! Contact Karen Boyd: at


Accidental Saints: Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) welcomes YOU to join us for our informal potluck supper and book club.


Our current selection is the recent publication by Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber entitled Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People. We discuss this book (and whatever else that comes up….) on Tuesday evenings, Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 24. We start with a potluck supper and then convene for “discussion” usually finishing by about 8:00pm. We have one copy left in the church office ($11) or download on your e-reader or visit the library! Here’s just one review –


“Besides the fact that she is an amazing writer, my friend Nadia understands more than most that we are messed up people living in a messed up world with other messed up people…She understands that God meets our messed-up-ness with his mercy over and over and over again. I couldn’t put this book down.”


Maybe you’re interested in this book but don’t want to get committed long-term to a book club…COME! Maybe you’ve never been in a book club but love to read…. COME! Maybe the idea of a PUCC potluck two evenings a month is too good to be true…. COME!

ALL WELCOME! Contact Karen Boyd with questions atkkseib@gmail.com

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…


Church Picnic 10/1

Church Picnic

Sunday, October 1 | 4:00-6:00pm | Des Peres Park

Live music, games, prizes and a cake walk. Fried chicken, lemonade and bottled water provided. Sign up in the Gathering Space!

Our famous Nathan Rauscher Jazz Band and children activities will round out this wonderful annual event. Easy access for wheelchairs and walkers.

If you can’t stop by the church to sign up please call and RSVP number of attendees so we have enough chicken. Identify if you are bringing a side dish or dessert. Contact is Stef Rauscher at 314-994-9577. Please leave your name, number attending, what you are bringing, and a call back number.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you!

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 

AWOL Goes to the Rep!

Join AWOL (Adventurous Women Out Late) at the Rep for


Fri, Sep 22 | :008pm. Tickets approx $40

RSVP to Carmen Bumgarner asap: cfbum@charter.net (314-330-0813)

The Broadway production debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in October 2014 and closed in September 2016. It won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.


The story concerns a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog that is investigated by young Christopher Boone, who has an autism spectrum condition, and his relationships with his parents and school mentor. The play reworked the source material by changing its voice and presenting the story as a play-within-a-play. The play has received a generally warm reception, with most critics impressed by its ability to convey the point of view of the young protagonist and the compassion of his school mentor.

Drivers Needed!

Rides for Luke

Anyone interested in driving Luke Mani, a theological student at Eden, to/from PUCC on Sundays please sign up here now… Luke would like to attend a mix of both 9:30 and 11:00 services throughout the school year, until he graduates from Eden in May.

Sugar Plum Bazaar 2017

Sugar Plum Bazaar

Saturday, November 11 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

Get some of your Christmas shopping done early! Come out to the 4th Annual Sugar Plum Bazaar! We have over 25 vendors ready to provide you with unique handcrafted gift ideas and the delicious cookie walk!

View all the vendors that will display at this event:

Vendor book




RECAP: Recycling Center Tour 9/14


Recycling Center Tour Recap

Parkway Sustainability Seekers and the Not Just for Men Group joined forces on September 14th for a tour of the Republic Services recycling center in Hazelwood. Twenty people attended the event, which was followed by lunch.


The take-away from our tour is that far more is recyclable than we realized and “when in doubt, recycle it,” is a helpful motto. Some facts we learned include:

  • Glass needs 1-2 million years to decompose in a landfill and when recycled, is back on the shelf in 30 days.
  • Yeah! – It is not necessary to thoroughly wash out aluminum or tinned steel cans. Just put the lid inside the can and recycle.
  • The paper recycling done at this plant alone saves more than 1 million trees a year.
  • Put the lids on plastic bottles and milk cartons before recycling, as the lids can clog or damage their machinery.

Our group asked what the best choice was for hot beverages at our fellowship time. The answer was unequivocally “MUGS.” Later this fall the Sustainability Seekers will begin selling Fair Trade coffee and chocolate to raise funds towards both mugs and a dishwasher for the coffee nook.


Recycling Center Tour

Learn how they do it and how you can help!

September 14 | 9:15am carpool for tour at 10

Recycling Tour Coming Soon to Parkway UCC sponsored by Parkway Sustainability Seekers and Not Just for Men Group! The tour is planned for Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 10am. Meet for carpool from the church at 9:15am. The tour will be at Republic Services in Bridgeton, Missouri, 12976 Saint Charles Rock Road. The tour should take approximately 1 hour. (45 minutes is a presentation and 15 minutes of walking.) Thanks to Polly Winklemann for arranging the excursion. Lunch is following at a restaurant of our choosing. Call Harold Cobb at 965-4147 or Polly Winklemann at 636-220-8484 with questions and reservations. It is helpful to know who is planning to attend so there are no surprises.