April 18, 2018

Volunteer Opps

There are many ways to plug in and serve at Parkway. Browse the list below to see what might be a good fit for you. [Click on the titles to view the expanded posts.]

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 kevin@parkwayucc.org.
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: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 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.” (timetochoose.com)

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!


Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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Work Day to Clean Old Cemetery & Main Grounds 4/21

April 21 | 9:00am until finished | Meet at main building

Contact: Mike Mason | (314) 971-4446 | mmason_family@yahoo.com

To honor those who came before (as well as respect our neighbors), we are asking for your help to clean growth, limbs, and debris from the old cemetery. In addition, we are also looking for volunteers willing to collect trash from the north side of our property. This will be a great way to prepare for Earth Day on the following day. Please bring gloves, appropriate work dress, rakes, saws, and a pick-up truck if you have one.

PUCC Medical/Weather/Fire Procedure Inquiry


PUCC Medical/Weather/Fire Procedure Inquiry
Just a few questions for you!

PUCC Procedure team is currently evaluating the church membership capabilities to initiate CPR and other basic interventions in an emergency. Please respond to this email to answer the following questions.
1. Are you currently certified in CPR Heartsaver training? 
2. Are you interested in recieving training in CPR Heartsaver certification?
The Medical/Weather/Fire Team is assessing current resources within the membership and seeking individuals that maybe interested in becoming a resource for emergency help as needed. 
We are all responsible for each others safety and well being so please consider training so we have available membership trained on any given Sunday or church event.
Please respond to this email if you have the training currently or would be interested in becoming a resource for emergency help as needed. 
The Team is Rich Race, Kevin Rauscher,  Joe Biondo, Molly Grisham and Barb Kuhlmann

Questions? contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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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.

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

M.A.D. Camp VBS: A Barbeque for Ben

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August 1-5, 2016| 9:00-12:30 |aftercare:12:30-3:00|Parkway UCC

Come and join us to put on a musical play! The Parkway UCC 2016 Vacation Bible School, A Barbeque for Ben – The Prodigal Son, a musical, is planned for the week of August 1-5 (Monday to Friday), ending with a musical play on Friday night. The program will be from 9:00-12:30pm with after childcare- 12:30-3:00pm. (Bring a lunch)


Register Now! Download this form, fill out, and return to us: vbs_registration_2016


We need adult and youth volunteers to make this camp a success!

Last year we served many grateful community members and Parkway members who had a wonderful time.


SAVE THE DATE—Performance of The Prodigal Son: The Musical: Barbeque for Ben

Friday, August 5, 2016 | 7:00pm Sanctuary

Please come and support the children and youth of Parkway UCC and children from the community who will present: Barbeque for Ben, a musical about the prodigal son. The MAD Camp (Music, Art, Drama) kids will work all week creating scenery, costumes, learning Bible Stories, rehearsing music, practicing drama and generally have a great time. The joy on their face presenting their hard work will leave you smiling. A cake and punch reception follows the performance.

Design a Sanctuary Banner!

Design a Sanctuary Banner!

Have you ever been inspired by, or maybe we should say touched by the Holy Spirit through, a banner hanging in our sanctuary? Many have and it is the desire of the Worship Commission to expand our banner inventory. As you may expect, volunteer help is needed to do this.

Our first endeavor will be a banner for baptisms. At this time we are soliciting designs. If it will help your creative juices flow, feel free to study the existing banners. A common size is 30″ wide by 78″ high. Rough conceptual drawings are welcome.

We will also need helping hands to construct the winning design. Experience will of course be useful, but not necessary. We just want to commune in fun with a creative flair and produce an inspiring product.

Please submit your design by March 1, 2016, to the church office in care of the Worship Commission. Don’t forget to put your name on it. To volunteer to help with construction put your name and information on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space. To ask questions contact Kris McKenzie: 314-567-0429; kmck57@yahoo.com.

We’re in need of some additional Sweet Bakers…

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Helping others through food and fellowship is a very special time for all the sweet bakers. We meet once or twice a month on a Tuesday morning and bake desserts with a variety of easy recipes started with box mixes. While we bake to bring smiles to those less fortunate, we laugh, we bond, and we solve many of the world’s problems! Come join us and make a difference, not only for yourself, but for others!

Advent Workshop 12/6

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Sunday, December 6 | 4:00-6:00pm | Fellowship Hall

Parkway UCC Christmas Elves are bringing our annual Advent Workshop back this year. Come join us to make crafts for the holiday season. Mingle around the different booths for all types of activities, including making special holiday ornaments, a nativity set, bird feeders, yummy cookies to decorate, and other crafts. God’s Eyes will be special craft available. Our traditional soup dinner will be held as the craft booths close. We love to see families working together. A short Vesper service provided by our confirmation class will be held at the close of the evening.

Carol Cobb and Barb Kuhlmann, Head Elves this year, are recruiting dedicated Christmas Elves to run booths. Already signed up are Ingrid Scharf and Jill Schatz. We are still recruiting more helpers: Phone lines and email are now open.

Membership Care, along with Linda Tossing, will be providing Kitchen Elves and are recruiting special super cooks to make a pot of their favorite soup to share, to bring bread or crackers, or a dessert.

What a great way to kick off the holiday season in a special way. Please join us for this yearly Parkway event. Click below to view your sign-up options.



CROP Hunger Walk October 11

CROPLogo2010HiResCROP Hunger Walk October 11 | meet at church at 12:30pm

10-21-2015 Update:

Crop Hunger Walk Results

The Crop Hunger Walk was held on October 11 in Webster Groves.  Parkway had 31 walkers and raised $3,400 for Church World Service to equip farmers around the world to secure the tools, seeds and skills to support their families and sell their produce to their neighbors.  25% of the proceeds remain in St. Louis for use by Operation Food Search and Webster-Rock Hill Ministries.                 Parkway was the top fund raiser of all the churches and organizations in St. Louis.  Parkway member Karen Boyd raised the most funds of all the walkers in St. Louis ($1,690).  Thanks to all who walked and/or supported walkers!


10-8-2015 Update:

It’s not too late to fight hunger!

Crop Hunger Walk This Sunday (10/11)

Show your commitment to ending hunger in our country and the world! The Crop Walk to end hunger steps out at 1:30 on Sunday at Eden Seminary. Join the 13 Parkway members currently signed up to walk the one mile or three mile route. They already have sponsors for more than $1,200.

Or, sponsor one of these walkers by donating in their name. To walk or to donate go online to www.crophungerwalk.org. Once there, click on Missouri and then click on Metro St. Louis and then on Parkway UCC. Then you can choose to become a walker or to donate. You will find the names of all the Parkway walkers and you can select who you would like to sponsor. Then enter you credit card information. If you don’t want to do this online, simple make a check payable to CWS/CROP and give it or cash to your walker this Sunday.

The annual St. Louis Metro CROP Hunger Walk will take place at Eden Seminary on Sunday afternoon, October 11. Parkway will have a team of walkers who will recruit sponsors who will donate in the walker’s name to Church World Service to support programs to end hunger around the world. We need walkers and we need sponsors. Many of you will be contacted in the next couple of weeks to become a walker or a sponsor. There will be a signup sheet for walkers in the Gathering Space. For more information see Team Coordinator Tom Tupper (trtupper@yahoo.com) Tom Tupper: trtupper@yahoo.com | 636-458-3669