April 22, 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.

Intertwine Interfaith Initiative Announced

The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwinean interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities. 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.

 

Sun. March 11 we held a field trip to the Saint Louis Science Center to learn about the CANstruction mural created by Interfaith youth and what each faith tradition shared in the process.

June 5: Iftaar at PUCC to break the Ramadan fast one evening with the Turkish American Society of MO (TASOM)

 

Fall: event focused on Jewish traditions, possibly Sukkot

 

The intent is to perpetuate these opportunities into the future, sharing planning and participation with various faith communities. Please enjoy these unique experiences as we create new friendships. 

No Youth Night, 318, BUT there is something for YOU!

No Youth Night, 3-28-18!
BUT come at 7:00-8:00 PM


No Youth Night! 

BUT… Come at 7:00-8:00 PM

 Wednesday, March 28



Join us in Fellowship Hall 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.



contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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Holy Wells April 14

Easter Worship

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.]

 

Expanding Our Table June 1-3

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! It’s our Annual Meeting weekend and a Communion Sunday—the perfect time to celebrate our Open Table and to think more about our renewed purpose statement and strategies in our Vitality Adventure.

 

John was recently at Central UCC in Jefferson City, MO. Several PUCCers were there last Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday to experience his leadership and call to love like Jesus. They came back pumped and fired up for our own planning!

 

As we move forward with our visioning for this time with John, please consider reading his book, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community – which will be at the core of one of his presentations at Parkway.

 

Please add a note to your calendar for the first weekend of June now, because you’ll want to be part of this! Trust us! The weekend will have many facets—an event for PUCC in particular, an event for the community, an event for area youth!?

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

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24 | Rain or Shine! | Doors open at 9:00am

Bring your little ones out to enjoy refreshments, crafts, a fun egg hunt with three age divisions, and to meet the Easter Bunny! For any questions or if you would like to volunteer, contact Cassie Rosenberger: (314) 323-6781 or cj.rose18@yahoo.com. (This community event is in addition to our Easter egg hunts after services on Easter Sunday.)

Adult Education: April 2018

Effective Communication Strategies

An Education Program by the Alzheimer’s Association

Sunday, April 15 | 9:30 & 11:00am | Heritage Room

Communication is more than just talking and listening—it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and their ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

 

Sylvester Brown & the Sweet Potato Project

Sweetpotatoprojectstl.org

Sunday, April 22| 9:30 & 11:00am | Heritage Room

Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Sylvester Brown grew up on the streets of north St. Louis, neighborhoods where drug dealing is often the definition of being an entrepreneur. In 2012, Brown began “The Sweet Potato Project,” a summer program aimed at teaching “at-risk” youth entrepreneurial skills. Students plant sweet potatoes that they turn into a viable, marketable product—a sweet potato cookie.

 

“We recruit inner-city youth to plant sweet potatoes on vacant lots. We provide them with a 10-week summer job where they learn marketing, branding, sales, product development and more. At the end of the summer job, they turn their produce into products. At this time, the students sell sweet potato cookies. The whole idea is to show our kids how to become entrepreneurs in their own neighborhoods. As we demonstrate that young people in our community can be self-sustainable and facilitate the lifecycle of products created from locally grown produce, the concept will be expanded.” 

 

The mission of the Sweet Potato Project is to restore economic activity in North St. Louis by creating alternative and progressive ways of producing and distributing locally grown products and to teach young men and women sustainable business and entrepreneurial skills that can change their lives. 

 

Join us immediately following this 11:00am Adult Ed session for a yummy vegetarian luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. Details…

Tuesday Evening Dialogue; The Last Week

 

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

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) will start a new book for 3 sessions during Lent (Feb 27, Mar 13, Mar 27) by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan entitled The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’ Final Days in Jerusalem.

 

“Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus’ final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church’s traditional teachings.

The Last Week depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to do the same when they are confronted by similar issues. 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.”

 

Books are available in the Church office while supplies last – $10/book. Or you can order from your favorite vendor!

 

Please consider joining us for delicious potluck supper, stimulating discussion and great fellowship.

 

For questions ask Pastor Kevin or Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com)