June 21, 2018

Book/Bible Studies

There is something for everyone here. Our Sunday morning Adult Ed focuses on topical issues with films and speakers from Parkway and the community. Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) discusses books while enjoying a potluck meal. And the Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study (TABS) looks at scripture.

Read & discuss with us this summer!

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) Summer Offerings

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

Paperback copies are available in the church office.

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue will meet in June and July, and then take “August off” until we reconvene again after Labor Day. Books are available in the church office.

 

On June 12 and 26, TED will discuss Why I Left; Why I Stayed, by Tony Campolo and Bart Campolo. The book is described as “conversations on Christianity between an evangelical father and his humanist son.” Tony Campolo is a retired professor and best-selling author and speaker on Christian topics. Bart Campolo is a counselor and humanist chaplain at USC. At a family Thanksgiving dinner several years ago, Bart disclosed that he no longer believed in God. That family dilemma developed into an opportunity for a dialog in which father and son each had to reconsider his personal journey of faith, and the two found themselves discussing central questions of faith and belief across their differences. This book resulted from that dialogue. In the preface, the authors suggest that their dialogue “can make room for our readers to think through and mediate on some of life’s ultimate issues.”

 

In July, TED will shift to a lighter reading, as it takes up Philip Gulley’s Home to Harmony on July 10 and 24. Gulley, a Quaker pastor, writes in his Harmony series of novels (of which this is the first) about a small Indiana congregation with a diverse set of members, each with his or her own personality quirks, special interests, and regular reasons to seek personal attention from the pastor—that is, a congregation most decidedly unlike ours! Gulley paints amusing but loving pictures of all of the church members, while turning a gimlet eye on many church traditions (Is the Friendly Women’s Circle’s annual Chicken Noodle Dinner really the most sacred event of the church year?), all through the eyes of a caring and patient (well, most of the time) pastor.

 

New TED Study begins April 10

UPDATE 5-4-2018

TED will continue to discuss the John Pavlovitz book “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Hopeful and Authentic Spiritual Community. This month, we will focus the discussion on Part 3: Under Construction. All are welcome to join in the potluck supper and discussions as we prepare for Pavlovitz’s visit to Parkway UCC on June 1-3rd! For more details contact Joan Brannigan: joanbran@mac.com

 

A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community

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

Paperback copies are available in the church office.

 

The Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) welcomes YOU to join us for our informal potluck supper and book club. The next book TED we will read and discuss is in the anticipation of the author John Pavlovitz’s visit to Parkway UCC in June: A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community. John, after an attempt at being an artist decided to attend seminary and ended up first in a large church where, as the assistant minister, he didn’t have to share his “real” theology.  After getting a church where he was the head minister he began to question his authenticity. Was he trying to be the “perfect” minister or could he share his foibles as well as his doubts and still be a spiritual leader? Could he lead a life sharing his table as Jesus had done with all kinds of diverse peoples. Come read the book with us and see how he met this challenge. We will begin reading Part I. Books available for purchase in the church office.

 

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! For more details contact Joan Brannigan: joanbran@mac.com

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)

Youth Night, 318, Balloon Bonanzna!

Youth Night, 3-7-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night! 

 Balloon Bonanza!

 Wednesday, March 7



   What kind of fun can we get into with balloons everywhere?
Join us tomorrow night for all kind of games with balloons.
Everyone welcome! See you there!

Candy Bowl, Snacks and Door Prizes!  

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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Tuesday Evening Dialogue reads The Book of Joy

EXTRA SESSION! We are meeting on January 30 at 7:00pm for more in-depth discussion of the “Obstacles” section. No need to bring food!

Tuesday Evening Dialogue
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Contact Karen Boyd for more information at kkseib@gmail.com

Start the new year by joining Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED)-a twice monthly potluck/book discussion that is informal, open, and fun! Books are available in the church office for purchase or you may order your own.

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmund Tutu

Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships-or, because of them-they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy. This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing week together.

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 our informal potluck supper and book club. We are starting Borg and Crossan’s, The First Christmas: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus’ Birth. We will read this book over Nov 14, 28, and Dec 12. Books are available at your favorite bookseller or online.  ALL WELCOME!

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

kkseib@gmail.com

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

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/

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