August 17, 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.

Sharing God’s love with our community



Both individually and through activities organized by Parkway UCC, we support a variety of important organizations and causes with our time, financial contributions, and gifts-in-kind. Many PUCCers actively support social justice initiatives throughout St. Louis, the United States, and the world.


We encourage you to learn more about these initiatives and opportunities to share God’s love.


Jesus Has Left the Building (JHLTB) – Twice a year, Parkway organizes a day of service to our community. Members and friends choose from a variety of projects to benefit those served by various organizations focused on educating and empowering, nourishing the hungry, appreciating those who serve, and loving ALL of our neighbors. Engaging in these projects also highlights opportunities to continue serving throughout the year.

Recap of JHLTB 6

Recap of JHLTB 7



Circle of Concern Serving west St. Louis County within the Parkway, Rockwood, and Valley Park school districts, Circle of Concern is much more than a food pantry blessing 2,000 people with groceries each month. The organization also offers emergency financial assistance for clients, children’s programs, holiday programs, and scholarships for both high school seniors and adult clients to help break the cycle of poverty. PUCCers serve as the President of the Board, participate in fundraising events like trivia nights, and include the organization in our annual Advent giving.




International Institute Saint Louis Welcoming and helping new Americans acclimate to St. Louis and become self-sufficient within our community, and championing the cultural and economic benefits of ethnic diversity drive the efforts of the International Institute. Families are provided with essential clothing and house wares, short-term housing, English classes, and introductions to practical resources, including transportation, medical, computer, and employment skills. Four area farms offer the opportunity to grow nutritional food, adapt farming traditions to the Missouri climate and market, and gain economic opportunities. The International Institute also sponsors the popular Festival of Nations each year to celebrate the culture and foods of numerous countries. PUCC participates in adopt-a-family programs and potluck lunches in partnership with our friends at Shaare Emeth, donates English books with strong female role models, and assists with various events to welcome new Americans. Individual PUCCers also babysit, help with apartment set-up, and participate in various other programs.




Lydia’s House With 22% of women in St. Louis impacted by domestic violence each year, Lydia’s House provides individual and group services to approximately 50 women and 80 children who have been victims of domestic abuse. Safe transitional housing, education, employment training, and other resources empower women to create goals and implement life plans. Lydia’s Ladle provides employment and training while cooking and marketing delicious chicken potpies and berry pies through various St. Louis grocers. In addition to enthusiastically buying Lydia’s Ladle pies, Parkway members serve on the Board of Directors, participate in fundraisers, and donate to an annual Lent offering.




The Little Bit Foundation What began as a coat drive for an elementary school in 2001 has grown into an organization focused on removing the barriers poverty places on education for children. Dignity, self-esteem, health, and wellbeing are at the forefront of all programs provided by The Little Bit Foundation. The organization efficiently coordinates resources, fills gaps, and eliminates duplication of services to help the whole child. Basic needs such as school uniforms, socks, underwear, shoes, books and school supplies are complemented by nutritious meals, personal hygiene instruction/supplies, and medical screenings. Parkway UCC participates by collecting school supplies and warm winter accessories each year.





Unleashing Potential (UP)/formerly Neighborhood Houses One of St. Louis’ oldest charities continues to uplift St. Louis families, with fresh energy and direction. UP focuses on early childhood and family education (as Caroline Mission), after school programs in 19 city and county schools, breakfast in 11 schools, youth development, and enrichment camps to build strong children, families, and neighborhoods. Parkway supports UP through service projects with Caroline Mission, donations of preschool items, and an annual offering and a member serves on the board.




Give-a-Meal Sunday The first Sunday of each month, PUCCers bring nonperishable food to donate for distribution by Isaiah 58 food pantry.




Emmaus Homes fosters independence, inclusion, and self-advocacy for adults with cognitive or developmental disabilities by providing around-the-clock residential, recreational, and spiritual services. Founded in 1893, Emmaus now serves more than 280 adults living in more than 70 homes throughout the greater St. Louis area. Parkway UCC enjoys hosting the Emmaus Christmas party each year, providing both our space and volunteers. Parkway has also engaged in various leisure activities and maintenance projects with Emmaus Homes throughout the years.




Every Child’s Hope has evolved from its beginning as Evangelical Children’s Home, an orphanage for children of immigrants who died from cholera. Today, Every Child’s Hope offers Early Head Start and Head Start options, as well as K-12 education, state-of-the-art residential care for up to 55 children (many of whom have endured trauma, abuse, or neglect), outpatient services for children and families, foster care case management, and a Steppingstone program for individuals age 16-21 transitioning to independent living. Parkway collects donations for the organization’s Christmas store, allowing the children to choose gifts for their families and friends. PUCC also hosts the annual ECH Fall Luncheon and Bazaar as well as collect a special Thanksgiving offering each year to honor the church’s long-standing connection with ECH.




Interfaith Youth CANstruction brings together teens of various spiritual backgrounds to create a mural out of canned foods, while engaging in team building and discussions of faith and shared values. CANstruction is a partnership of Interfaith Quest, The Center for Indian Cultural Education – Bal Vihar of St. Louis, and the Saint Louis Science Center. Parkway is an event sponsor and youth participate in the CANstruction.





Concordance Academy of Leadership provides a wide range of re-entry services, such as an entry-level job, housing, transportation, and life skills to ease the transition for formerly incarcerated individuals returning to the community after prison. Several PUCC members serve on teams to provide continuing life skills training, friendship, other support resources, encouragement for obtaining a living wage job, and accountability toward reaching the participants’ goals. Individual teams have a 12-month commitment but many continue beyond that time period.





CROP Hunger Walk began in 1969 as one of the first charity walks. Today, more than 1,000 annual CROP Hunger Walks are held across the United States to raise money to fight hunger domestically and worldwide. Sponsored by Church World Service, money raised by the walks provides food, water, seeds, tools, and other resources to help people become self-sufficient. Local walks can choose to contribute up to 25% of the funds raised to programs fighting hunger in their own communities. A representative of Parkway UCC helps organize the St. Louis CROP Hunger Walk, while others participate by walking on our team or sponsoring walkers.





Heifer International began empowering women, families, and communities to end hunger and poverty through the gift of farm animals more than 70 years ago. Resources, training, mentoring and programs are provided to help attain economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods. Parkway UCC includes Heifer International in our special giving each year.





Eden Theological Seminary was established in 1850 and is one of six UCC seminaries preparing men and women for ordained Christian ministry, regardless of denomination. Eden promotes an ecumenical approach to progressive Christianity, strong academics, social justice, and interfaith unity to build authentic community. Parkway UCC has been blessed to host international students worshiping with us while attending Eden, and a special offering is collected for Eden each year.



The Back Bay Mission strives to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice and transform lives. Serving communities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a housing rehabilitation ministry empowers and educates community members, as well as volunteers from across the country (many connected through the United Church of Christ). Advocacy for marginalized populations, education regarding the realities of poverty, and encouragement of community involvement are important aspects of The Back Bay Mission. Mentoring, emergency assistance, and homelessness outreach are offered to the communities. A few hard-working, faithful PUCC volunteers have dedicated their time and talents to a mission trip to The Back Bay Mission.



Holy Joe’s Café sends coffee to hundreds of U.S. military bases in 70 countries, offering troops an opportunity for relaxation, conversation, and the knowledge that their service is appreciated. Military chaplains in makeshift chapels bring coffee to service personnel, including NATO troops from other countries that share the same base, as well as people of all religious faiths and backgrounds 24/7/365. Parkway UCC supports this mission through a special offering annually.



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



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

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
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



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



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



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 or email

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, 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.

Giving Flight to the Dreams of All

Angel Paintings at Parkway Starting May 13, Angela Chostner is showing her Reiki Angel Painting, Unity, in the Sanctuary, where it will be on display until July. A different painting will be displayed every 2 months.


Angela’s paintings are a reflection of her spiritual journey. Her approach is

to set an intention, infuse the process with the healing energy of Reiki and see where the act of creation takes her. All of the angels are virtue based, and inspired by nature, quantum physics, her children, and dreams.

The painting Unity, featured on Mother’s Day, reflects on the bridges we build in our lives, and how, according to her daughter Anastasia,

“We are all unique, united in love.”


Angela’s statement on her work: “Within us all is the capacity to love without reservation, express ourselves fully and to recognize the beauty in each other and ourselves. We are all specks of light in an ocean of time. If only we could see that we are all connected, and when one of us dares to dream, it gives flight to the dreams of all.”

For further information, contact Angela at (314) 308-5349

More of Angela’s artwork can be seen at

Family Forward Receives Donation

Representatives of Parkway United Church of Christ and Parkway Preschool present a check of  $7000 to the Theraputic Preschool at Family Forward, formally known as Children’s Home Society to continue the mission for preschool education. The Parkway United Preschool is closing after 47 years in providing childhood education.  

JHLTB7 – Homemade cookies for FIRST RESPONDERS

Sent from my iPhone


Sent from my iPhone

Not Just for Men: Let’s go back in time! April 26

Not Just for Men: Let’s go back in time!

Thursday, April 26 | carpool at church 10:40am for 11:10am tour

Not Just for Men will be visiting The Hawken House located in Webster Groves, 1155 South Rock Hill Road


The Historic Christopher Hawken House is the oldest house in suburban Webster Groves. Christopher Miller Hawken built this elegant Federal/Greek Revival style farmhouse in 1857 for his bride, Mary Ann Kinkead Eads. The house originally stood on Big Bend Boulevard along Grant Road, and was moved to Southwest Park in 1970 in order to preserve the structure. It was the first home in Missouri to receive federal funds for restoration, which matched the amount raised by the citizens of Webster Groves and is listed on the National Historic Register. It is now maintained and operated by the Webster Groves Historical Society. The charge for the tour is $4.00 for adults. We will visit a fine dining establishment after touring the house. RSVP Harold Cobb at 965-4147 or email

Vegetarian Recipes


Samantha’s Cheese Lasagna     for 12                                 Jeanne Clauson          


12 Lasagna noodles cooked

3   6 oz. cans tomato paste

1  cup red wine

3  T.  butter

1  cup chopped onion

3  tsp. garlic powder

3  tsp. salt

3  tsp. sugar

1 1/2  tsp. oregano

3  cups cottage cheese

3/4  lb. sliced mozzarella cheese

¾  cup  grated parmesan cheese


Combine tomato paste, wine, butter, onion, garlic powder, salt, sugar and oregano in sauce pan.  Stir and cook over low heat until blended.

Spread small amt. of sauce over bottom of greased baking dish.  Top with 4 lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, cottage cheese, mozzarella and parmesan.  Repeat layers.   Bake at 350 degrees for 30 + minutes.


From The New Classics Cookbook: Family Favorites Made Healthy for Today’s Lifestyle by Anne Egan

Submitted by Lynn Sableman


Lasagne with Soy Protein Meat substitute and Marinara Sauce

Polly Winkelmann


1 box lasagna noodles

1 T olive oil

1 medium onion diced

1 pound soy crumbles

½ cup white wine, optional

2  24-ounce jars  Marinara sauce, divided

1  15-ounce  container fresh ricotta cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese, diced

½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (reserve 1 tablespoon for top)

Salt and black pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile in a skillet sauté onion in oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add soy crumbles, salt, pepper, cook through until crumbly.  (No need to drain as meat substitutes are not greasy.)
  3. If desired, add wine and continue cooking until liquid has reduced by half.
  4. Add 3/12 cups sauce to the crumbles mixture, bring to a boil.
  5. Spray 9 by 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Pour 1 cup sauce on the bottom.
  6. Cover with 5 cooked sheets of lasagna, top with 1 cup “meat” mixture, ½ cup ricotta and 2 tablespoons of Parmigiano cheese. Repeat for 2 more layers.
  7. On the top layer, pour the remaining sauce and Parmigiano cheese. Add mozzarella; cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Uncover and bake for 5 minutes more. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.


Overnight Lasagna


Carol Cobb


8 ounces lasagna noodles, uncooked

2 teaspoons Italian herb seasoning

1 carton (16 ounces) low fat cottage cheese

1 package (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

1 jar (26 to 30 ounces) prepared

spaghetti sauce


Break noodles in half; set aside. Stir Italian seasoning into cottage cheese. Reserve ½ cup of the mozzarella cheese. Spread enough of the spaghetti sauce on bottom of 8-inch square baking dish to cover entire surface. Cover with 1/3 of noodles, breaking and overlapping as needed to fit dish. Spread half of the cottage cheese mixture over noodles; sprinkle with half of the remaining mozzarella cheese and one-third of the remaining sauce. Repeat layering, starting with noodles and ending with sauce. Top with remaining noodles and sauce. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Uncover and bake in 350º F oven for 1 hour. Top with reserved mozzarella and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6-9 servings.


Potato Lasagna of Wild Mushrooms with Herb Sauce


Submitted by Joan Brannigan


Serves 4

Prep. Time 30 min.


4 large Idaho potato

1/2 C butter

1/2 C shiitake mushrooms, chopped

1/3 C oyster mushrooms, chopped

1/3 C white mushrooms, chopped

1/3 C chanterelle, chopped (optional)

1 large chalet, chopped fine

3/4 C celery broth

1/2 bunch parsley, chopped

1 Roma tomato, diced


Cut the potatoes in rectangular shapes of 3”x1 1/2”. Slice each potato into cubes in 5 slices. Place the slices on a buttered sheet pan and bake in the oven at 300 degrees for a few minutes until soft. Saute the mushrooms in half the butter over low heat.  Add the shallot and cook until soft. Set aside.

Warm the celery broth over medium heat until broth begins to reduce. Add remaining butter to the broth in a blender and finish with the parsley and tomatoes. In 4 alternate layers, place the potato slices and the mushrooms in a loaf type pan. To serve, place the potato lasagna in a soup plate and cover with the warm herb sauce.



Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant stands in for pasta sheets in this lusciously layered entrée.


Submitted by Kris McKenzie


2 eggplants (about 1 pound each), peeled and sliced lengthwise ¼” thick

1 teaspoon coarse salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 container (10 ounces) thick marinara sauce (divided)

5 ounces (1-1/4 cups) finely shredded Italian six-cheese blend (divided)


Place eggplant slices in single layer on paper towels.  Sprinkle salt over top; let stand 30 minutes.  Using paper towel, blot moisture from eggplant.  Place eggplant slices in single layer on foil-lined jellyroll pan.  Brush olive oil over both sides of eggplant; lightly season with pepper.  Broil 3 inches from heat source until tender and slightly charred, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.


In medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, egg and basil.  Lightly coat 9-inch square baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.  Spread ½ cup of the marinara sauce on bottom of pan.  Place 3 eggplant slices over sauce in pan.  Top with 3 tablespoons shredded cheese, half of the ricotta mixture and 3 tablespoons shredded cheese.  Repeat layers with eggplant, cheese, ricotta mixture and cheese.  Top with remaining 3 eggplant slices, marinara sauce and remaining shredded cheese.  Cover and bake in 375 degree F. oven for 40 minutes.  Uncover and bake until sauce is bubbly, about 20 minutes.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Makes 6 servings


Per serving:

Calories 345 <> Fat 25g <> Cholesterol 81mg <> Sodium 585mg <> Carbohydrate 14g <> Fiber 5g <> Protein 16g


Recipe from Dierbergs Markets, Inc.

Tip:  Dierbergs Kitchen Signature Marinara is thick and rich – and ideal for this recipe.

Tomato & Pepper Lasagna


Serves: 8


Submitted by Lisa Mason



  • 24oz store bought marinara sauce
  • 1cup(s) canned diced tomatoes, fire-roasted, drained
  • 1cup(s) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1cup(s) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1cup(s)shredded parmesan cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano suggested
  • 14cup(s) regular liquid egg substitute
  • 14tsp table salt
  • 14tsp black pepper
  • 14tsp dried oregano
  • 6item(s)uncooked lasagna noodles, regular or whole-wheat
  • 12cup(s)roasted red peppers (packed in water), cut into thin strips


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a small pot, combine marinara sauce and tomatoes; set over low heat and simmer for 10 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses; stir to combine. Stir in egg substitute, salt, pepper and oregano.
  • Spoon 1 cup of sauce in bottom of an 11- X 7-inch glass baking dish. Arrange 2 lasagna noodles over sauce, down center of dish. Spread half of cheese mixture (about 1 1/2 cups) over noodles; top with pepper strips. Place 2 more noodles on top; spread with remaining cheese mixture. Top with 1 cup of marinara sauce; place remaining 2 lasagna noodles on top. Spoon remaining sauce over top and gently press down on lasagna.
  • Cover dish loosely with aluminum foil; bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake until sauce is lightly browned and noodles are tender when tested with a knife, about 10 to 15 minutes more. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes to firm up slightly. Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.


If you’re short on time, skip simmering the marinara sauce with the diced tomatoes. Vary the color and flavor of this recipe by adding a layer of tender baby spinach leaves or spicy arugula leaves with the pepper strips.




Marsha Peek

  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and chopped
  • 6-8 cups packed fresh spinach
  • Large container of ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups finely grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 6 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 3 1/2 cups Chunky Marinara Sauce, I use Chunky Garden which adds more vegetables


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook the lasagna noodles for 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the noodles and drizzle them with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, and then set the noodles aside for later use.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat and cook the shallots until softened and translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and zucchini, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted, 2 to 4 minutes.

In a large bowl, stir to combine the ricotta, Parmesan, salt, pepper and egg, and set aside for a later use.

To assemble the lasagna, spoon 1/2 cup of the Chunky Marinara Sauce into the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Top with 3 noodles, slightly overlapping. Spread one-third of the ricotta mixture over the noodles, then add one-third of the cooked zucchini and spinach, evenly distributing over the ricotta. Top with 2 cups of the mozzarella, then top with 1 cup of the sauce. Repeat the layering two more times, ending with a layer of noodles and a sprinkle of mozzarella.

Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Remove the foil and continue to bake until bubbling and cooked through, 10 to 20 minutes more. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.



VEGETARIAN LASAGNA                                 By Polly Rutherford


10 Lasagna Noodles

1 lb fresh spinach

2 cups (5 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms

1 cup grated carrot

½ cup chopped onion

1 t olive oil

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

1 (6 oz) can tomato paste

½ cup chopped, pitted, ripe olives

1 ½ t dried oregano

2 cups (16 oz) creamed style cottage cheese, drained; or sub ricotta; or ½  cottage and ½ ricotta

16 oz Monterey Jack cheese (or Mozzarella – or half of each), sliced

Grated Parmesan


Cook noodles according to directions, drain. Rinse spinach well. In saucepan, cook spinach, covered without water except for the drops that cling to the leaves. Reduce heat when steam forms. Cook 3-5 minutes, turning occasionally. In saucepan cook mushrooms, carrot, and onion in hot oil until tender, but not brown. Stir in tomato sauce, paste, olives and oregano. In greased baking dish layer ½ each of the noodles, cottage cheese, spinach, cheese and sauce mixture. Repeat layers, reserving several slices of cheese for top. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve with Parmesan.


Submitted by Sue Moellering










Combine cottage cheese, two eggs and Italian seasoning

Put uncooked shells into 9/13 oven proof pan

Cover shells with the cottage cheese mixture

Cover with red sauce

Place mozzarella cheese on top of red sauce/casserole

Bake at 350 until heated through and cheese is melted, approximately 30 minutes

Let stand a few minutes prior to serving





Further Recipes

Parkway UCC enews 42018: The Light of Christ

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
April 13, 2018

Interim Music Director Barry Luedloff is appearing in the Trinity Catholic High School Alumni Players presentation of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” this Friday April 13th (8pm) and Sunday April 15 (2pm). Barry is Music Director for the show, as well as appearing in the musical as the King. Trinity High School is located at 1720 Redman (North County), St. Louis, MO 63138. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students (HS and under). The Alumni Players presentations benefit Trinity High School and their Drama program. It’s a fun presentation for the whole family! (. . . and when you come to the show, stay after a moment to say “hi” to Barry) 

Worship with Us this Sunday!
Join us this Sunday for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am where our scripture passages will be several pieces from the Hebrew Bible focused on LIGHT —
Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Isaiah 60:19-20 – The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, or your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.
Psalm 43:3 – O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
The Gospel Lesson is from John 1:6-9
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
The sermon is entitled The Light of Christ as we ponder bearing witness to the light of Christ within us, particularly during what can be the dark moments of our lives. The Light of Christ within us is what keeps us going and often what guides our way during those dark times. Jesus shined a light hope unto others. John the Baptist played and important role in the ministry of Jesus, which was to bear testimony to who Jesus was, the light of the world. John’s sole role was to bear witness to the light, no matter what and at all costs.

Adult Education

Next week:
Sylvester Brown & the Sweet Potato Project
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. 

Prayer List Updates
Kelly Shelton & Will – expecting their first child in the fall.

Evelyn Buretta – joining the Franklin County Honor Flight on April 21 along with her veteran brothers Gene Buretta and Richard Buretta. They will be accompanied by two nephews and a niece as their guardians. Another veteran brother Bryan passed away in 2009.

Andy Wilson – in midst of interviews as seminary graduation nears!

Gloria and Don Wandless – just moved to Creve Coeur (see below).^^

Ron Wilbois – infection has returned.

Meridith Rosenberger – ICU numerous medical complications.

Quentin Crayton – US Military stationed in Syria (Rosenberger).

Barbara Eggebrecht – home after a brief hospital stay late last week.

Pattie Herpel -just home from rehab hospital.

Sisters Ruth Peace, Mary Whitney, Pinky Wilcoxen – healing.
(Mary in in midst of figuring out cancer treatment plan.)

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of the Week:
First Congregational UCC – Webster Groves

^^ Gloria & Don Wandless
Kingslanding Apartments
618 North New Ballas Road
Bldg. #1, Apt. # 202
St. Louis, MO 63141 

Coffee & Conversation
Mon, Apr 16 | 2:00pm| STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or
Youth Night April 18: Big Ball Night
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: | 314-872-9330

Work Day to Clean Old Cemetery & Main Grounds
April 21 | 9:00am until finished | Meet at main building


Time to Choose: Worldwide challenges with positive alternatives
Sun Apr 15 |3:00pm | POPCORN | Discussion following movie
St John‘s UCC | 15370 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
(Large parking lot by church entrance)
Join us at the start of Earth Day week for a free showing of Charles Ferguson’s movie: Time to Choose.
“Academy Award®-Winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson (Inside JobNo End in Sight) turns his lens to address worldwide climate change challenges and solutions in his new film TIME TO CHOOSE. Featuring narration by award-winning actor Oscar Isaac, TIME TO CHOOSE leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can to be done to fix this global threat. Through interviews with world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, thought leaders and brave individuals living on the front lines of climate change, Ferguson takes an In-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.” (

Expanding Our Table June 1-3
We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be magnifying a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June! presentations at Parkway. More info…

Save the Date for JHLTB Sat, Apr 28, | 9:15am – 1:15pm


I’m not going to pay taxes. When they say I’m going to prison, I’ll say ‘No, prisons cost taxpayers a lot of money. You keep what it would have cost to incarcerate me, and we’ll call it even.’ ~Jimmy Kimmel




We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. ~J.K. Rowling

It’s SPRING and the animals are frolicking! Spend less than a minute with a baby giraffe here!


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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