June 28, 2017

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.]

St. Louis 2017 PrideFest Volunteers Needed

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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.

SIGNUP

 

CROP Hunger Walk October 11

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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

PUCC Mission Trip to Rebuild Homes and Lives October 5—9

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October 5—9 (Mon—Fri)

Where can you stay for 6 nights, 5 days, room and board, for $29.00 / day? In a recently renovated house? Three meals a day. That’s only $174!

On the fall 2015 New Orleans Mission Trip, that’s where. A group of folks will be heading to New Orleans to work with the St. Bernard Project (www.stbernardproject.org) and we hope you will join us! All skill levels are welcome and needed, still cleaning up after Katrina. Come learn or teach, or probably both. Come be God’s hands in this world. For more information, please contact Tom McKenzie at: mckenzie1947@att.net 314-567-0429

Sunday School Teachers Workshop 8/15

teachers workshopParkway UCC Teacher’s Workshop

Saturday, August 15 | 9:30am | Heritage Room | Childcare provided

Come and meet us for a morning of information, inspiration and great fellowship! Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. Let’s get together and share our experiences as teachers. Also, let Barb know if you can or cannot be a part of our teaching team this year. A big thank you for all your time, talents and willingness to teach our Parkway kids!

Bake Apple Pies with Us October 17

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Saturday, October 17 | 9:00am | Kitchen

Looking for folks to help make and bake some apple pies as a fundraiser for other PUCC activities. This a one-time commitment. We only need one morning of your time to help. The proceeds from selling the apple pies will help support other PUCC activities.

Contact Peggy Mohl: peggymohl@gmail.com | 636-227-9995

Work Day 9/19

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Saturday, September 19, 2015| 9:30am to 1:00pm (11:30am lunch)

You are invited to a fall work-cleaning-organizing day at Parkway UCC. Bring work gloves and be prepared to clean, organize, and even discard. Have you ever wondered how visitors view our beautiful building? If we take a minute to look closely, we can see areas that need tidying or cleaning out.

 

If commissions could send volunteers for that day to focus on areas they use that would be fantastic. The kitchen needs a good cleaning and the closet near by needs organizing. Heritage Room bookshelf could be tidied as well as that kitchen area scrubbed.

 

Lunch will be served around 11:30am and rumor has it that donuts might be available with coffee as you arrive.

 

Contact Ben McDougall or Carol Cobb with questions or suggestions.