September 18, 2018

Open and Affirming in the UCC
Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ's (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

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Open and Affirming Celebration

On April 27, 2008 Parkway United Church of Christ joined nine other UCC churches in the area to become Open and Affirming. As that yearlong process came to an end, the committee published an A.A. Milne quote from Winnie the Pooh book.

 

“Have we reached the end?”

“Yes, I suppose it seems so… and yet,”

“Yes, Piglet?”

“It is also the beginning.”

 

Let’s now keep the faith and continue the conversation for human justice with our 10th anniversary of that vote which coincides with the 180th Anniversary of our church. The Team for 180th Anniversary of Parkway UCC and 10th anniversary for ONA consists of Greg Schmelig, Gale Haggard, Polly Winkelmann, Barb Eggebrecht, Kevin Cameron, Harold and Carol Cobb.

 

We have planned events and celebrations throughout September and October 2018 beginning on September 16, 2018 with a kick off service ending with a reception on Oct. 28th.

  • September 9 Eden Professor, Adam Plyod will present the sermon: Hosts: Cobbs
  • September 16 A congratulatory message from UCC President, Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer
  • September 23 Adult Education with Sharon Love, from Gateway ONA

               Host: Greg

  • September 30 Jesus Has Left the Building and Church Picnic
  • October 7 Adult Ed: Video by Matthew Vines on the Clobber texts with discussion following. Hosts: Gale and Harold
  • October 14 Adult Education Presentation by Lisa Brennen on Transgender children. Host: Polly
  • October 14: Black Tulip Concert 4 pm
  • October 21 Adult Education with Autumn representing the Q community.
  • October 28: Tyler Connelly, UCC Officer, presenting the sermon: ONA 201. What is next? Reception celebrating ONA 10th Refreshments will be served. Barb Eggebrecht

 

  • November 18: Celebration of 180th Anniversary with a short skit in Worship by children, youth, and adults about 20th Anniversary in the new sanctuary and PUCC History. Cake and punch reception following.

We are Open and Affirming

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Open and Affirming in the UCC

Open and Affirming (ONA) is the United Church of Christ’s (UCC) designation for congregations, campus ministries, and other bodies in the UCC which make a public covenant of welcome into their full life and ministry to persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Read more about what it means to be open and affirming on the (United Church of Christ) UCC website…

Parkway UCC is an Open and Affirming (ONA) church. No matter your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, you are welcome here.

 

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It is heartwarming when we find out we are making a difference. We received this wonderful email about our outdoor sign and have to share with everyone:

 

I drive past your signs every morning on my way to work. The words you put on your board are things that make you smile, think and nod in agreement.

 

I’m not religious and I stay away from churches because, well as a lesbian woman I am not typically welcome.

 

I’ll never forget the first time I saw your board… It was right after they legalized gay marriage. I saw your board, “We believe in Marriage, equality, and marriage equality.” I was beaming after that. It was nice to see religious organizations standing by our side.

 

The one you have on display now is just amazing. Even if I’m having a bad morning, this always puts a smile on my face. Such powerful words.

 

I’m sure it’s not the most popular board in town, but it certainly the one with the most truth. I just wanted to say thank you.

 

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