August 19, 2018

PUCC eNews 618: Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together?

Cabinet Statement in response to Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold President Trump’s Travel Ban
Representing 30 St. Louis faith communities, the Cabinet of Interfaith Partnership strongly condemns the Supreme Court’s decision to restrict immigrants and visitors from six majority Muslim nations from entering the United States. 
This narrow 5-4 decision, overturning three lower-court rulings, is an affront to everything that our faith traditions cherish –
·    that, as human beings, we are all divinely created; 
·    that our sacred texts call upon us to be compassionate and just to one another;
·    that our religious pathways are united in the centrality of care for the stranger and all who are vulnerable and at risk.
 
We believe that there are not “others” in creation’s design. We are one humanity.
 
We believe this Supreme Court decision represents a dark moment in our nation’s history.
We cry out against its deeply troubling racist and Islamophobic implications – an anathema to our nation’s highest ideals that protect the freedoms and liberties of all people.
 
We call upon Congress – both Democrats and Republicans in a bipartisan spirit – 
to work together towards national security policies that are strong and compassionate, to confront and to prudently move to constrain the president’s power to act unilaterally on far-reaching immigration policy in our current climate. 
The fundamental checks and balances of a healthy Democracy are at stake.
 
We call upon people of faith and goodwill across America
to speak and act clearly and forcefully together, striving for a world grounded in love and justice.
 
(Kevin Cameron is our UCC presence on the Cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of St Louis.)

Keeping Families Together!
Some PUCCers want to put their faith and broken hearts into action about the families being separated at the US Border. Here is one such opportunity…
This Saturday, June 30th at 10:30am Keiner Plaza – Come demonstrate against separating families and child detention at the borders. Bring your handmade signs!

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday at 10:00am.
Join us this Sunday morning at 10:00am for Summer Worship (now through Labor Day) when our scripture focus will be Mark 6:1-13 when Jesus is not well received in his hometown and then he and the disciples spread out with their mission and ministry.
We are looking forward to being one family in worship all summer. The Worship Team has spent time preparing a faithful and creative theme. Come learn more. We want and need you here with us! Invite others to come with you.
Sunday School for children will be based on Psalm 23.
We will have Adult Education at 11:00am several Sundays this summer as well.

Summer Choir Needs YOU This Sunday! Ever thought you’d like to try singing in a choir, but can’t come to rehearsals, or can’t commit to singing regularly? Well, here’s something made especially for you! It’s the first Sunday of the month of Summer Worship, it’s a “one-and-done” and it couldn’t be more simple: we’re asking everyone who can sing, ALL ages, to show up in the Music Room at Parkway UCC at 9:00am this Sunday July 1st to learn one easily-singable song, and then sing it during the Summer Worship service at 10:00am! No experience necessary, no extra rehearsals, no special robes to wear . . . we’re asking YOU to just come as you are to have a good time with other singers while you MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!  

Prayer Updates
Andy Wilson – called to be the Pastor of St John UCC, Smithton, IL!
Family/friends of Mary Jo Cannon – grieving and giving thanks. Visitation at Schrader Funeral Home on Friday, June 29 from 4-8pm.
Saturday at PUCC – 9am Visitation followed by Family Burial in our Elm Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Service in our sanctuary at 10:30am.
Family/Friends of Doug Watson – Memorial Service July 7th at 11am. Pray for wife Mary; daughters Jenna, Julia, Erica; sisters Susan & Linda.
Jean Mueller and family as they grieve & give thanks for her brother.
Bill and Gail Haack & Family – grieving and giving thanks for his mother… she died while they were here from TX for relative’s mem svc.
Lori Connors – struggling with pain from rheumatoid arthritis.
Bill Darland – hospitalized in St Louis.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week
Kirkwood UCC – kirkwooducc.org

Adult Education for PUCC & the Community!
Help Yourself and Others: 4E Training
Sunday, July 22 | Lunch 11:00am | Class 11:30am-1:30pm | Parkway UCC
Please come to this class, open to all, taught by the Town and Country Police Department. There is no charge for attending, and a free will offering will be accepted to cover the cost for lunch. 4E means “Educate, Evade, Evacuate, Engage” and it is a method to respond to an active attack on people with the potential to harm or kill. This response method is now in use county wide and community police are educating schools, businesses, churches, and any organization where people gather. Attending this class is the first “E” of the method: Educate. What you learn will increase your chance of surviving an attack anywhere it may occur. Please sign up for the class by sending an email with the name or names attending to treasurer@parkwayucc.org. Presented by the Emergency Procedures Team.

Announcements
Coffee & Conversation
Mon, Jul 2 | 10:00am | STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.

School Supply Drive now through July
Parkway UCC is supporting two worthy organizations this year to provide school and other supplies to children in the St. Louis area. This year the Little Bit Foundation is serving children in 37 schools in North St. Louis, 6 more than last year. Isaiah 58 Ministries is serving children, as well as adults, in South St. Louis. Please support, as you are able, these organizations. Place items in the yellow school bus in the Gathering Space. For questions, contact Evelyn Buretta, burettaevelyn@gmail.com
The following is a combined list of needs:
  • Socks and underwear for boys/men, all sizes needed
  • Socks and underwear for girls/women, all sizes needed
  • Colored pencils, 8 – 12 pack
  • Crayons, 24 pack
  • Markers, 8 – 12 pack
  • Highlighters
  • Wide-ruled notebooks/composition books
  • Wide-ruled loose-leaf note paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil box/pouch
  • Two-pocket folders
  • 1-inch binders
  • Gift cards
Community
Nathan Rauscher to Perform at MUSIC IN WEBSTER
Greetings friends and family! I have returned from two months studying in Vienna for my undergraduate degree and am excited to perform for you all. I have a great gig coming up with talented artists around St. Louis.
MUSIC IN WEBSTER at the Webster Groves Concert Hall Saturday 7/7 @7:30pm
103 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
$10 in advance, $15 at will call, Family Friendly
Buy tickets in advance at
(Contact Dominique via the email window at the bottom of the homepage.)
The Webster Groves Concert Hall offers a unique and classy concert atmosphere at the edge of Historic Webster. I will be joining my friend Dominique Price in his ensemble, Eldraco and the Free Nation, a ten-piece band featuring both classic and original music in the vein of names you know including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Nina Simone. Dominique is a remarkably talented artist recently graduated from Webster University and is excited to share his gift with the masses.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support,
~Nathan Rauscher

MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Summer Camp
July 23-27
Youth Mission Trip Sleep “away” in St Louis City to experience needs and strength of our city: July 30 — August 3. Contact Barb Kuhlmann (314-872-9330; barbk@parkwayucc.org) or Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813; cfbum@charter.net)

The Afterlife in Religious Traditions
Sunday, August 5 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | St Louis Art Museum
A panel of representatives from different religions will speak on beliefs about the afterlife in the auditorium of the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park.

Interfaith Art Tours—A free, drop-in tour…
Sunday, August 12 | 3:00pm | St Louis Art Museum | 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis Dr
We have received rave reviews for these tours, led by experienced and inspirational SLAM docents. These specially designed tours focus on artworks which reflect a wide range of faith traditions and inspire questions and conversations among the tour leaders and participants. The hour and one half-long tour will depart from the Museum’s Information Center in Sculpture Hall in the Main Building at 3:00 pm. The tours are free, no reservations required. 314-721-0072 | slam.org

Humor
What is a frog’s favorite summertime treat? Hopsicles!
Inspiration
God is not a noun, that demands to be defined, God is a verb that invites us to live, to love, and to be. ~John Shelby Spong

Video
A couple of minutes of inspiration!

PUCC eNews 618: Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together?

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday.
Join us this Sunday morning for Traditional Worship at 9:30am or Informal Worship at 11:00am when our scriptures will be 1Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 (David and Goliath) and Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus bringing calm in the boat while the disciples are anxious about the storm) with a sermon entitled Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together? What time is it in your life and our life together? (referencing Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 which is also part of our worship service)

Prayer Updates
Andy Wilson – approved for ordination in our UCC … Candidate Sunday this weekend to become the Pastor of a UCC church in Illinois!
Family/friends of Mary Jo Cannon – grieving and giving thanks. Visitation at Schrader Funeral Home on Friday, June 29 from 4-8pm. Saturday at PUCC – 9am Visitation followed by Family Burial in our Elm Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Service in our sanctuary at 10:30am.
Family/Friends of Doug Watson – Memorial Service here on July 7. Pray for wife Mary; daughters Jenna, Julia, Erica; sisters Susan & Linda.
Marsha Peek and Family – grieving/giving thanks for Cousin Doug.
Naomi Runtz – healing at home – recent shoulder replacement surgery. 

Adult Education
Adult Education Class 
Help Yourself and Others, June 24th at 9:45 and 11:15.
Description: What happens in the first minutes of an emergency could reduce the number of injuries and possible fatalities. After Pastor Kevin and several council members attended a seminar at Manchester Methodist in November 2017, Parkway formed a team in March 2018 to enhance the safety readiness of Parkway. Find out what the team learned, including county wide emergency response when they met with Town and Country Operational Support Officer Alex Pflueger, and Town and Country Fire Marshal David Phipps. What you learn at Parkway could increase your confidence about what to do in an emergency at work or in a public place.
Presented by the Emergency Procedures team: Joe Biondo, Molly Grisham, Barb Kuhlmann, Rich Race, Kevin Rauscher, and Jack Sieber. For info contact Rich Race: treasurer@parkwayucc.org 314-401-5790, or Jack Sieber: jack.sieber@yahoo.com 314-556-5658. 

Announcements
Summer Worship around the corner!
We will continue our usual Sunday schedule of Traditional Worship at 9:30am and Informal Worship at 11am on June 10, 17 and 24 then do a new thing for the rest of the summer.
As with a great number of churches across the land, we will have a different summer schedule. From July 1 – September 2 we will worship at 10:00am.
Sunday School for children of all ages (focused on Psalm 23) will take place just after the Children’s Time.
Barry will be working with a variety of singers, ringers and instrumentalists throughout the summer.
The Worship Commission looks forward to having all of us together this summer as we grow deeper in love with the Holy and one another.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) June 26
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Paperback copies are available in the church office.
This June we are discussing 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.” Books available for purchase in the church office.
In July, TED will shift to a lighter reading, with Philip Gulley’s Home to Harmony on July 10 and 24.
For more information, contact Karen Boyd: kkseib@gmail.com

School Supply Drive now through July
Parkway UCC is supporting two worthy organizations this year to provide school and other supplies to children in the St. Louis area. This year the Little Bit Foundation is serving children in 37 schools in North St. Louis, 6 more than last year. Isaiah 58 Ministries is serving children, as well as adults, in South St. Louis. Please support, as you are able, these organizations. Place items in the yellow school bus in the Gathering Space. For questions, contact Evelyn Buretta, burettaevelyn@gmail.com
The following is a combined list of needs:
  • Socks and underwear for boys/men, all sizes needed
  • Socks and underwear for girls/women, all sizes needed
  • Colored pencils, 8 – 12 pack
  • Crayons, 24 pack
  • Markers, 8 – 12 pack
  • Highlighters
  • Wide-ruled notebooks/composition books
  • Wide-ruled loose-leaf note paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil box/pouch
  • Two-pocket folders
  • 1-inch binders
  • Gift cards
Summer Choir! Volunteers of ALL AGES are needed for a special one-rehearsal Summer Choir singing at the 10:00am Summer Worship services on Sunday July 1, Sunday August 5, and Sunday September 2. All volunteer singers will gather at 9:00am in the Music Room to learn one quick song to sing in the 10:00am service that Sunday! See music man Barry for more information! 
Community
Pridefest will be here before we know it…JUNE 23 & 24…and signing up to participate has gotten easier. Just visit the newly updated Gateway Open & Affirming Coalition’s website: www.gatewayona.com
 
There you can do the following:
 
1. Purchase our latest designs of the comma shirts. (and there are other AWESOME items available as well)
2. Sign-up up for a shift for helping with the UCC Pridefest booth on the festival grounds.
3. Sign-up to participate in the parade.
 
Please sign-up for the above #2 & #3 before June 13. 
Questions? Call Greg Schmelig at 314-308-1868. As I have said it is such a blessing to be a part of a church body which welcomes and affirms who I am as well as the entire LGBTQIA community. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Holocaust Tour
Sunday, June 24 | 2:00 – 4:00pm | St. Louis Holocaust Museum
12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146
Tour led by David Oughton, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, Member of the Holocaust Museum’s Education Committee and Board Member of Interfaith Partnership. After viewing the many exhibits, we will hear a Holocaust survivor. Everyone is welcome.

Nathan Rauscher to Perform at MUSIC IN WEBSTER
Greetings friends and family! I have returned from two months studying in Vienna for my undergraduate degree and am excited to perform for you all. I have a great gig coming up with talented artists around St. Louis.
MUSIC IN WEBSTER at the Webster Groves Concert Hall Saturday 7/7 @7:30pm
103 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
$10 in advance, $15 at will call, Family Friendly
Buy tickets in advance at
(Contact Dominique via the email window at the bottom of the homepage.)
The Webster Groves Concert Hall offers a unique and classy concert atmosphere at the edge of Historic Webster. I will be joining my friend Dominique Price in his ensemble, Eldraco and the Free Nation, a ten-piece band featuring both classic and original music in the vein of names you know including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Nina Simone. Dominique is a remarkably talented artist recently graduated from Webster University and is excited to share his gift with the masses.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support,
~Nathan Rauscher

MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Summer Camp
July 23-27
Youth Mission Trip Sleep “away” in St Louis City to experience needs and strength of our city: July 30 — August 3. Contact Barb Kuhlmann (314-872-9330; barbk@parkwayucc.org) or Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813; cfbum@charter.net)

Humor
What is a shark’s favorite sandwich? Peanut butter and jellyfish!
Inspiration
“…legitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to feel like they have a voice–that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same as the rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another.” 

Video
Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge – about a minute video.

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PUCC eNews 618: Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together?

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday.
Join us this Sunday morning for Traditional Worship at 9:30am or Informal Worship at 11:00am when our scriptures will be 1Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 (David and Goliath) and Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus bringing calm in the boat while the disciples are anxious about the storm) with a sermon entitled Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together? What time is it in your life and our life together? (referencing Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 which is also part of our worship service)

Prayer Updates
Andy Wilson – approved for ordination in our UCC … Candidate Sunday this weekend to become the Pastor of a UCC church in Illinois!
Family/friends of Mary Jo Cannon – grieving and giving thanks. Visitation at Schrader Funeral Home on Friday, June 29 from 4-8pm. Saturday at PUCC – 9am Visitation followed by Family Burial in our Elm Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Service in our sanctuary at 10:30am.
Family/Friends of Doug Watson – Memorial Service here on July 7. Pray for wife Mary; daughters Jenna, Julia, Erica; sisters Susan & Linda.
Marsha Peek and Family – grieving/giving thanks for Cousin Doug.
Naomi Runtz – healing at home – recent shoulder replacement surgery. 

Adult Education
Adult Education Class 
Help Yourself and Others, June 24th at 9:45 and 11:15.
Description: What happens in the first minutes of an emergency could reduce the number of injuries and possible fatalities. After Pastor Kevin and several council members attended a seminar at Manchester Methodist in November 2017, Parkway formed a team in March 2018 to enhance the safety readiness of Parkway. Find out what the team learned, including county wide emergency response when they met with Town and Country Operational Support Officer Alex Pflueger, and Town and Country Fire Marshal David Phipps. What you learn at Parkway could increase your confidence about what to do in an emergency at work or in a public place.
Presented by the Emergency Procedures team: Joe Biondo, Molly Grisham, Barb Kuhlmann, Rich Race, Kevin Rauscher, and Jack Sieber. For info contact Rich Race: treasurer@parkwayucc.org 314-401-5790, or Jack Sieber: jack.sieber@yahoo.com 314-556-5658. 

Announcements
Summer Worship around the corner!
We will continue our usual Sunday schedule of Traditional Worship at 9:30am and Informal Worship at 11am on June 10, 17 and 24 then do a new thing for the rest of the summer.
As with a great number of churches across the land, we will have a different summer schedule. From July 1 – September 2 we will worship at 10:00am.
Sunday School for children of all ages (focused on Psalm 23) will take place just after the Children’s Time.
Barry will be working with a variety of singers, ringers and instrumentalists throughout the summer.
The Worship Commission looks forward to having all of us together this summer as we grow deeper in love with the Holy and one another.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) June 26
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Paperback copies are available in the church office.
This June we are discussing 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.” Books available for purchase in the church office.
In July, TED will shift to a lighter reading, with Philip Gulley’s Home to Harmony on July 10 and 24.
For more information, contact Karen Boyd: kkseib@gmail.com

School Supply Drive now through July
Parkway UCC is supporting two worthy organizations this year to provide school and other supplies to children in the St. Louis area. This year the Little Bit Foundation is serving children in 37 schools in North St. Louis, 6 more than last year. Isaiah 58 Ministries is serving children, as well as adults, in South St. Louis. Please support, as you are able, these organizations. Place items in the yellow school bus in the Gathering Space. For questions, contact Evelyn Buretta, burettaevelyn@gmail.com
The following is a combined list of needs:
  • Socks and underwear for boys/men, all sizes needed
  • Socks and underwear for girls/women, all sizes needed
  • Colored pencils, 8 – 12 pack
  • Crayons, 24 pack
  • Markers, 8 – 12 pack
  • Highlighters
  • Wide-ruled notebooks/composition books
  • Wide-ruled loose-leaf note paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil box/pouch
  • Two-pocket folders
  • 1-inch binders
  • Gift cards
Summer Choir! Volunteers of ALL AGES are needed for a special one-rehearsal Summer Choir singing at the 10:00am Summer Worship services on Sunday July 1, Sunday August 5, and Sunday September 2. All volunteer singers will gather at 9:00am in the Music Room to learn one quick song to sing in the 10:00am service that Sunday! See music man Barry for more information! 
Community
Pridefest will be here before we know it…JUNE 23 & 24…and signing up to participate has gotten easier. Just visit the newly updated Gateway Open & Affirming Coalition’s website: www.gatewayona.com
 
There you can do the following:
 
1. Purchase our latest designs of the comma shirts. (and there are other AWESOME items available as well)
2. Sign-up up for a shift for helping with the UCC Pridefest booth on the festival grounds.
3. Sign-up to participate in the parade.
 
Please sign-up for the above #2 & #3 before June 13. 
Questions? Call Greg Schmelig at 314-308-1868. As I have said it is such a blessing to be a part of a church body which welcomes and affirms who I am as well as the entire LGBTQIA community. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Holocaust Tour
Sunday, June 24 | 2:00 – 4:00pm | St. Louis Holocaust Museum
12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146
Tour led by David Oughton, Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, Member of the Holocaust Museum’s Education Committee and Board Member of Interfaith Partnership. After viewing the many exhibits, we will hear a Holocaust survivor. Everyone is welcome.

Nathan Rauscher to Perform at MUSIC IN WEBSTER
Greetings friends and family! I have returned from two months studying in Vienna for my undergraduate degree and am excited to perform for you all. I have a great gig coming up with talented artists around St. Louis.
MUSIC IN WEBSTER at the Webster Groves Concert Hall Saturday 7/7 @7:30pm
103 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
$10 in advance, $15 at will call, Family Friendly
Buy tickets in advance at
(Contact Dominique via the email window at the bottom of the homepage.)
The Webster Groves Concert Hall offers a unique and classy concert atmosphere at the edge of Historic Webster. I will be joining my friend Dominique Price in his ensemble, Eldraco and the Free Nation, a ten-piece band featuring both classic and original music in the vein of names you know including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Nina Simone. Dominique is a remarkably talented artist recently graduated from Webster University and is excited to share his gift with the masses.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support,
~Nathan Rauscher

MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Summer Camp
July 23-27
Youth Mission Trip Sleep “away” in St Louis City to experience needs and strength of our city: July 30 — August 3. Contact Barb Kuhlmann (314-872-9330; barbk@parkwayucc.org) or Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813; cfbum@charter.net)

Humor
What is a shark’s favorite sandwich? Peanut butter and jellyfish!
Inspiration
“…legitimacy is based on three things. First of all, the people who are asked to obey authority have to feel like they have a voice–that if they speak up, they will be heard. Second, the law has to be predictable. There has to be a reasonable expectation that the rules tomorrow are going to be roughly the same as the rules today. And third, the authority has to be fair. It can’t treat one group differently from another.” 

Video
Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge – about a minute video.

Youth Night, 518, Let’s Party!

Youth Night, 5-23-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night! 

 Let’s Party!

 Wednesday, May 23



This is it! Our last Wednesday together so lets party!
Hope to 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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Youth Night, 418, You Pick!

 

 

Youth Night, 4-25-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night!

 You Pick!

 Wednesday, April 25
 


   It’s your turn to decide what we are going to do.
I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!
Hope to 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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Parkway UCC enews 318: PALM SUNDAY

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
March 22, 2018

TONIGHT! Thursday, March 22
 
Bible Study Friday at 10:00am
Holy Week Preview — Bible Study this Friday, March 23rd at 10:00am in Kevin’s office.
Join us as we have a conversation about some of the scripture texts that we will share in worship on Palm Sunday through Holy Week and on Easter morning. Beware: Spoiler Alert!

Saturday, March 24 | Rain or Shine! | Doors open at 9:00am
Bring your little ones out to enjoy refreshments, crafts, a fun egg hunt with three age divisions, and to meet the Easter Bunny!
(This community event is in addition to our Easter egg hunts after services on Easter Sunday.)

Greetings, Peace Activists!
PLEASE join in the ‘Students March for our lives ‘in support of gun laws. March 24,2018 at 10:00 am, Market Street at Union Station. We will march to the Arch.

Contact Lynn Sableman: lynsableman@att.net

More info…


 
Worship with Us this Sunday!
 

Join us this weekend on the sixth Sunday of Lent = Palm Sunday 

 at 9:30am Traditional Worship and/or 11:00am Informal Worship where will start in the Gathering Space and process with palms into the sanctuary as the crowd did on that day when Jesus came into Jerusalem. As they waved palms and threw cloaks/garments on the ground to become a red carpet of welcome and honor for Jesus, we are asking you to bring a new shirt/blouse/sweater to spread on the ground (more directions upon arrival this Sunday)

[Note: the clothing will be donated to folks in need next week.]

Our scriptures will be Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 and Matthew 21:1-11 with a sermon entitled From Lovers to Fools with our Heads. We have a great deal to ponder today as we transition from Lent into Holy Week. How much can we grasp? What makes sense to us and what is foolish, unbelievable, unwanted?

 
We will extinguish our sixth Lenten candle as we move further into Lent and closer to the (temporary but deep) darkness of Good Friday and the tomb.

 
We will hear more about our mission partners this 2nd Mile Lent/Easter …. Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses), Heifer Project, Lydia’s House and Eden Seminary.

Morning and evening worship/events/opportunities each day. Details…


 
Prayer List Updates

Rosanna Hogarty & family as they celebrate her mother’s 96th Bday!
Kristin Edmonds and family as they grieve/give thanks for her father.

Family and friends of John Linder – remembering/celebrating him.

Greg Schmelig & Douglas Reynolds – at death of Douglas’ mother.

Bejoy Kurian & family – on way to India to mourn/celebrate his mom

Pat Owensrecuperating from recent shoulder replacement surgery.

Polly Rutherford – healing at home after recent back surgery.

Kathleen Tarr and family as they grieve/give thanks for her brother.

Sisters Ruth Peace, Mary Whitney, Pinky Wilcoxen healing.

Sue and Jim Houser – while he is still at Surrey Place.                                              

Rev Francis and Marge Rath – healing in Albuquerque (Engel).

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week — Faith UCC in Little Rock, Arkansas

 
Announcements

PUCC Easter Candy 
Donations of individually wrapped candy will be gratefully accepted in the Gathering Area until Palm Sunday, March 25. Thanks for supporting a beloved tradition! Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org
 

AWOL Opportunities in April
  • GEOGRAPHY OF GRACE Saturday, April 14th 9am-12pm- “Holy Wells” w/new member Mollie Grisham @PUCC $37
  • Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses) TRIVIA NIGHT April 21st 7pm @ The Den $30
  • Also- look for signups for RACE FOR THE CURE JUNE 9th! Coming soon!
Contact Carmen Bumgarner at cfbum@charter.net for more information.


Earth Day Celebration Luncheon
Sunday, April 22 | 12:00pm | Fellowship Hall





 
Community


Vitality – Start Your Engines! 
Sunday, April 8 | 10:00am
John Wimberly, our Vitality Consultant, will be back with us the weekend after Easter as we select and prioritize from our huge range of strategies you have suggested since our super session in late January and at our commission and committee meetings since then. These strategizes will help us live further into our new purpose statement! Please plan to be with us on Sunday, April 8 for our One Family Worship at 10am followed by a meal and strategizing!


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! It’s our Annual Meeting weekend and a Communion Sunday – the perfect time to celebrate our Open Table and to think more about our renewed purpose statement and strategies in our Vitality Adventure.
 
John was recently at Central UCC in Jefferson City, MO. Several PUCCers were there last Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday to experience his leadership and call to love like Jesus. They came back pumped and fired up for our own planning!
 
As we move forward with our visioning for this time with John, please consider reading his book, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community – which will be at the core of one of his presentations at Parkway.
 
Please add a note to your calendar for the first weekend of June now, because you’ll want to be part of this! Trust us! The weekend will have many facets-an event for PUCC in particular, an event for the community, an event for area youth!?






Humor

The Bishop visits local parish and asks a class of little kids, “What is Easter?” First kid says, “That’s when we eat turkey and watch football.” “No,” says the bishop, “That’s Thanksgiving.” Next kid, ” It’s when get presents and put up a tree and a manger scene.” “Nope, that’s Christmas,” replies the bishop. The local priest is getting embarrassed now and suggests the bishop call on the star pupil. The bishop does so and the kid comes through for the priest. “Easter is when we celebrate Jesus coming out of the tomb alive.” The bishop smiles her wide and wonderful smile and the priest let’s out a sigh of relief. Her class is learning something after all. But then the star pupil continues. “And if Jesus sees his shadow, he goes back in and we have six more weeks of winter.”

 

 

Inspiration 

Minds are like flowers, they only open when the time is right. ~Stephen Richards


Video
This is me! Very powerful, upbeat, positive… and only about four minutes.
 
A very unique way to gather people to celebrate their individuality together!

 


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Youth Night, 318, Glow in the Dark Night!

 

 

Youth Night, 3-21-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night!

 Glow in the Dark Night!

 Wednesday, March 21
 


   Dexter keeps asking what this night is all about. I just tell him to come and find out! I can promise it will be FUN!
Hope to see you there!
 
Candy Bowl, Snacks and Door Prizes!  

 

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
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Help our Community Easter Egg Hunt!

We need your help with our Community Easter Egg Hunt!

Saturday, March 24, 9:00- 11:00 AM


We Need Your Help! 

 Community Easter Egg Hunt!

 Saturday, March 24, 9:00-11:00 AM


Calling all youth…we need your help!

Yep, we are hosting the community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24 from 9:00-11:00 AM. You will be asked to hide the eggs and help with crafts. If you need community service points this is an easy way to get some! 
Please let Barb know if you can help. 

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
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Youth Needed for Community Easter Egg Hunt!

Youth needed to help with our Community Easter Egg Hunt!

Saturday, March 24, 9:30- 11:00 AM


It’s Almost Here! 

 Community Easter Egg Hunt!

 Saturday, March 24, 9:00-11:00 AM


We need your help…AGAIN!

Yep,  we are hosting the community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 24 from 9:30-11:00 AM. You will be asked to help hide the eggs, help with crafts. Please consider marking your calendars now to help us make this the BEST event EVER!
There will be a sign up sheet in the youth room.

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Copy of Parkway UCC enews 218:From Lovers to Fools with Our Ears

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
February 23, 2018

TONIGHT!

  

Whose Streets? 
Friday, Feb. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Eliot Unitarian Chapel, 
100 S. Taylor, Kirkwood
 
This film explores the 2014 unrest in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown. Images captured by cell phone cameras, print and TV photojournalists and documentary filmmakers show the racial tension, grief and rage of residents as they confront police and national guard officers armed with military weapons.
 

 
Worship with Us this Sunday!

 
Join us this Sunday, the second Sunday of Lent, for Traditional Worship at 9:30am and/or Informal Worship at 11:00am where our scripture lessons will be Psalm 22:23-31; and Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 with a sermon entitled From Lovers to Fools with our Ears. What Bible stories from the Hebrew Bible do you think may have been important and influential to Jesus as he was growing up? As you look at your life and the life of our faith community, what stories of the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels shine through?
 
We will light our Lenten candles and hear about Heifer Project, one of our 2nd Mile Lent/Easter mission partners.

We also welcome new members at our 9:30 service.

The Sustainability Seekers are selling coffee and chocolate again after both services. Profits go towards fund raising towards a dishwasher and mugs for the coffee hour.  Even if you don’t need anything this week, please stop by their table to let them know your preferences for future orders. 
 
Sing with us Sunday at noonish!
The Core Music Project Team has been at work for many moons-whistling while we work…meandering through melodies, humming harmonies, looking at lyrics, mindful of memories, daring to dream. Please join us for a light lunch and lots of singing on Sunday, February 25th at noon. We will share some of our process and progress with you. We’re eager to share this with you and to hear your voice! 

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Prayer List Updates
The season of Lent.
Harrison Lee and Sterling James born to April & Jameson Tallyn and big sister Evelyn on 2/16!     
Lucille Arft – receiving hospice care at Evelyn’s Hospice (Barnes West).
Andrea Barnes – just back from Jeff City AGAIN where she spoke with legislators about MO Statute of Limitations on child sex abuse.
Cherie Stolze – healing from complications after recent surgery.
Ron Wilboismaking progress with his health.
Cassie Rosenberger’s father home after six weeks of hospitalizations.
Polly Rutherford – preparing for back surgery on March 2.
Wallace Family – baby & mother need healing (Mason Ridge School).
The families grieving and aching in Florida after school tragedy.
Barry Luedloff’s father – recovering from recent hospitalization.
Mary – awaiting test results (sister of Pinky Wilcoxen & Ruth Peace).
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of the Week: Church of the Master UCC, Florissant

 
Announcements

Poetry & Conversation Lenten Opportunity
Tues, Feb 27 | 6:30-8:00pm | Choir Room OR
Mon, Mar 12 | 10:30am-noon | Choir Room
Based on Kneeling in Jerusalem: Poetry for Lent and Easter by Ann Weems. Night and day options-same experience…Come with open mind heart spirit. Contact Pastor Kevin for more info: keven@parkwayucc.org
 
Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book Feb 27
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) starats 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. “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.” Order your book from your favorite vendor!
 
Please consider joining us for delicious potluck supper, stimulating discussion and great fellowship. Questions? Karen Boyd (kkseib@gmail.com)
 
Let’s visit Missouri History Museum for “Reflections”
Wednesday, February 28, 2018|9:30 carpool| 10:00 Museum
What high school did you attend? Not Just for Men will be visiting the Missouri History Museum to tour Reflections, a permanent display on the second floor. The display is in two parts visiting the older aspects of St. Louis history on one side and more recent elements of Saint Louis life on the other side. We will visit a fine dining establishment after touring the exhibit. RSVP Harold Cobb at 314 965-4147 or email ccjcobb@aol.com.
 
Youth Night February 28: Pictionary
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
 
Prayer Corner
Thu, Mar 1 | 5:00-7:00pm| Sanctuary
Pastor Kevin is available to pray with you during this time. The Prayer Corner-with a perpetual candle-has a current prayer list, prayer books, journal, kneeler and chairs.


Open &Affirming: Living Openly – A Public & Visible Church

Gateway ONA’s Seventh Annual Convocation
Saturday, Mar 3 | 9:00am-4:00pm (registration 8:00am) | Parkway UCC
Come be in conversation with others, learn what it means to be Open and Affirming and how to fully express extravagant welcome to all God’s children. New workshops and new leaders this year! Registration forms with more info…
CANstruction “field trip” 3/11
Sunday, March 11 * 2:00 * Saint Louis Science Center * Questions or carpooling interest? ask Lisa Mason (lmason624@sbcglobal.net)

CANstruction is a mural created with canned goods to create an image of interfaith cooperation. This mural is assembled by local high school teens (including some PUCCers) representing, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu faiths. Youth rotate through stations that include mural assembly, team building skills (led by Saint Louis Science Center’s YES teens), and interfaith interaction. As part of the interfaith interaction, teens are asked to bring quotes from their sacred text around shared values concepts. 
 
“Beyond Ourselves” is the theme for this year’s CANstruction, drawing inspiration from a new statue outside of the Planetarium of a figure of a person looking up, inspiring us to think of what is beyond. This year will mark the fifth year of a partnership between The Saint Louis Science Center,
 
The Center for Indian Cultural Education- Bal Vihar, and Interfaith Quest to create an interfaith CANstruction. 
 
Teens will lead us through exploring what the represented sacred texts say about thinking “Beyond Ourselves,” and how they were impacted in the sharing of each others sacred texts. The CANstruction will be on display through the month of March, then all canned goods used in the mural will be donated to Operation Food Search. 
 
PUCC is taking a “field trip” to see the completed CANstruction mural and a video about the collaborative process. On Sunday, March 11, we will meet at the bridge of the Saint Louis Science Center at 2:00pm for our interfaith tour. Enter on the Planetarium side. The tour will be led by Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest. 
 
As always, you are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors! Please let Lisa Mason know if you plan to attend, and whether you are interested in carpooling from PUCC.

 

Further reading…



Humor

I just replaced the can of air freshener with an air horn. Now we wait…


 

 

Inspiration 

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”  ~C.S. Lewis


 


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