November 20, 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.

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

9/27 UPDATE

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.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue 9/12

Tuesday Evening Dialogue 9/12

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

 

For our next gathering – we did not select another book, but instead we will read and discuss the John Wemberly articles (links below). Pastor Wemberly is an external coach who will be partnering with the congregation this year on a “vitality initiative.” In advance of his visit to Parkway Sept 15-17th, Pastor Wemberly provided some articles (some he authored) for our “pre-reading.” TED will read and discuss these articles, discussion facilitated by Kevin Hogarty.

Contact Karen Boyd for more information: kseib@gmail.com
http://www.congregationalconsulting.org/what-takes-vital-church/

Priorities Lost in the Madness

Aligning our Congregational Systems

Mobilizing for Ministry

How to Have a Better Conversation

Spiritual Formation as the Future of the Church

Coffee & Conversation 9/5

Coffee & Conversation Tue, Sep 5 | 2:00pm | STL Bread Co

We’re back! Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.

MAD Camp

July 31-August 4| 9:00-12:30PM (with the option of childcare until 3:00PM)

 

MAD CAMP! (Music | Arts | Drama)

 

It’s here again and it’s going to be so much fun! During the week of July 31 through August 4 we will learn the music and story of the musical, “Down by the Creekbank.” We will create our scenery, make our costumes and learn the lessons of God’s love for us. Stories around the campfire and outdoor fun will all be a part of this great adventure. There will be a special performance of the musical on Friday evening! The fee is $25.00 for the week. Any additional children in the family will pay $20.00 per child. The childcare after 12:30 PM will pay additional childcare $20 each afternoon session; $100 for the week. We will explore God’s great creation and how he loves each of us. Don’t miss out! Make plans come on this adventure with us,

 

Got friends? Bring them along!

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER…

 

For more information or questions contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org

Carol Cobb at ccjcobb@aol.com

Historic Sanctuary Evening Service | Potluck | Karaoke

Saturday, June 10 | 3-Part Event | Attend all or any portion of the event!

5:00 pm Worship service in the Historic Sanctuary: scripture, music, prayer, and a brief message.  Bring a candle or votive if you have one.  If not, we have some extras.

5:30-7:00 pm Potluck (finger foods and dessert): bring an appetizer or dessert to share!  Thanks to the Membership Care for their help.

7:00-9:00 pm Karaoke

The theme of this worship service is The Light. 

Individuals and families will light their candles together and leave them on the altar for the remainder of the worship service.  At the conclusion of the service, you will take a different candle home with you as a memory of the event.  Our goal is to provide a unique, spiritual, uplifting and memorable worship experience among the walls of our Historic Sanctuary followed by the warmth of friendship and fellowship.

 

Questions?  Contact Rosanna Hogarty, Worship Commission member,  rjhogarty@gmail.com or 314-265-7992.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Louis 2017 PrideFest Volunteers Needed

st. louis pride fest

June 23-25 | Soldiers Memorial Park, St. Louis

 

We would like to have people in the tent to spread extravagant hospitality to visitors.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact Ron Hill at hill4716@gmail.com.

It looks great when we have 100 people or more in comma or Parkway UCC t-shirts walking in the parade with signs for each ONA or ONA-Friendly church.  Once again, First Congregational Church of St. Louis has agreed to coordinate Gateway’s participation in the parade.  For more parade details and to volunteer to walk in the parade, contact Hannah Rice at hrice@firstcongregational.org.

There will be an ecumenical and interfaith service on Sunday morning as part of the PrideFest event.  More details will be worked out and announced soon.

Thank you, in advance, for volunteering to be a part of the United Church of Christ’s participation in the St. Louis 2017 PrideFest.

 

Lorin Cope, Convener: Gateway Open and Affirming Churches

PUCC Night at the Muny: Jesus Christ Superstar

PUCC Night at the Muny – Jesus Christ Superstar


Friday Night, June 16| 8:00pm | The Muny in Forest Park

Ticket includes a free backstage tour and carpooling from church if needed.  Price will vary from $11.25 to $15 per ticket depending on how many sign up.  The Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber phenomenon returns. Jesus Christ Superstar was an album that became a cultural phenomenon, then Broadway’s first rock opera and remains a world-wide favorite.  With classic songs like “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,”  “Heaven on Their Minds” and the title song, this bold and rocking retelling of the gospels will leave you singing nothing but heavenly praises.

Contact Dan Connors at connorsd@aol.com or 314-651-0279 by June 1 if you are interested.

 

Tuesday Evening Dialogue: Just Mercy

New TED Book May 9


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

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) continues its tradition of casual potluck suppers and book discussions.

We are currently discussing the compelling true story by Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy: A story of Justice and Redemption. Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School.  He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color.  He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

TED welcomes everyone interested in delicious POTLUCKS and interesting, informal BOOK DISCUSSIONS!  We hope you will join us!

Contact Karen Boyd: 314-878-1002 | kkseib@gmail.com

Jesus Has Left the Building April 30

Jesus Has Left the Building

Sunday, April 30 | 10:00am service followed by projects | Community-wide

Share God’s love and compassion with our community through our fifth annual JHLTB! Worship at PUCC at 10:00am, then live out our mission in a day of service. Wear your PUCC t-shirt or another red shirt if possible.

 

Eight rewarding projects are available; choose what most speaks to you:

 

  1. Emmaus Homes—indoor and/or outdoor projects depending on weather. UCC’s Emmaus Homes serves adults with developmental disabilities that live in homes in many neighborhoods all around the metro. emmaushomes.org
  2. Caroline Mission Early Childhood Education Center—painting, cleaning, yard work, sterilizing toys (please bring a sack lunch or snack so we can enjoy eating together while working on the project list) Caroline Mission is a part of our UCC’s Neighborhood Houses. Learn more at neighborhoodhouses.org
  3. Sustainability Seekers—clean up trash around PUCC and plant flowers; indoor options available if raining. Join the Green Team for the day!
  4. Big Brothers/Big Sisters party—Big/Little pairs will come to PUCC for a party including games, activities, crafts, treats and more. Explore this important mission at bbbsemo.org
  5. Missouri Veterans’ Home—perform a variety show for veterans and guests during their lunch; support crew also welcome!This is a great way to love a local veteran — mvc.dps.mo.gov/homes/stlouis.php
  6. Sandwiches for St. Patrick’s Center—make sandwiches at PUCC to be shared with those served by St. Patrick’s downtown at 800 N. Tucker—stpatrickcenter.org
  7. PUCC Homebound—visit & share our love with PUCCers who are no longer able to come to church. We will bring the church to them!
  8. Cookie baking—It’s cookie time! Join us in thePUCC kitchen as we mix, bake, package, and deliver cookies to area law enforcement officers and fire fighters.

 

For the sake of planning, we ask that you PLEASE sign up for your favorite project in advance in the Gathering Space (beginning April 9), or contact Lisa Mason at lmason624@sbcglobal.net or (314) 395-4444. Each project has aspects that are suitable for all ages. 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!