April 19, 2014

Community Service

Parkway is involved in the local and global community in so many ways. The Christian Services Commission (CSC) facilitates outreach in the Church by recommending annual budget amounts for Missions, choosing Second Mile Mission recipients and setting goals for the collections; recommending additional giving opportunities to the congregation, and disseminating topical information regarding Christian social concerns to the congregation.

As the Christian Services Commission of Parkway UCC, our goal is to educate the congregation on the needs of our church, our community, and the world. Some of the church’s participation in giving is included in the general budget. Other opportunities of giving are choices suggested throughout the year. As our congregational vision statement says, “we shall seek the way of God in today’s world through joyful worshiping, inclusive caring and compassionate serving.”

The Christian Services Commission wants to express that the giving opportunities we suggest are by no means meant to be obligations. It is our desire that it be your choice as to which you support and how you support them. We recognize it is difficult to give to all those in need and that many of us also have favorite charities outside our church. Please give as you are able, faithful to your own heart.

Community Easter Egg Hunt 4/12

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Easter-Eggs-Tsiplenok-Grass-Greeting-CardsCommunity Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 9:30am (basket decorating) | 10:00am Easter Egg Hunt

PUCC is hosting its First Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12. Join us for a basket decorating contest, refreshments, egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Please contact Cassie Rosenberger at 314-323-6781 or cj.rose18@yahoo.com for any questions.

 

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Spring Sing 4/26

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Saturday April 26 | 9:00am—carpool from church
We will go to homes of shut-ins to sing. This is a bit like Christmas Caroling but for the Easter season. We promise there will be no snow!
Paul Roeslar will lead the songs. Contact Paul at 314-629-8367

Be God’s Hands on Earth: Missions to Moore, OK

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In response to the tornado disaster on May 20, 2013 just South of Oklahoma City, Parkway UCC is sending two mission trips to Moore OK this summer. There is a youth trip scheduled from Sunday, June 29 to Saturday, July 5 for young folks 16 and up. There is meaningful work to be done by anyone, regardless of skill level or experience. You will benefit from the team building, friendships, experience and satisfaction. Also, there is an adult trip to Moore leaving Sunday, September 21 and returning 9/27. Same deal. All skill levels welcome and you will reap untold benefits. Guaranteed. (Rumor has it that there are already two cook/house parents signed up!) Contact Tom McKenzie at mckenzie1947@att.net or314-567-0429. Seems like a long time from now, but the organizers in Oklahoma are already asking for our information. Please take advantage of this opportunity.

Jesus Has Left the Building 2 March 30

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JESUShasLEFTtheBUILDING2_6404/3/2014 Update: See our pictures on Facebook!

 

Jesus Has Left the Building 2

Sunday, March 30 | following 8:30am worship | the community

This experience is back by popular demand!

Jesus has left the building in order to feed people; bless children; discover the stranger; provide healing; support and encourage those who were struggling; honor ancestors; appreciate and enjoy nature; and much more.

Join us for a brief worship service the next fifth Sunday, March 30 at 8:30am. We will sing, pray, hear scripture, share communion and be commissioned to be Christ-like…sent to put our faith into action right away!

 

As we gear up for JHLBT2 (Jesus Has Left the Building 2) please bring donations of toys, books, kitchenware, shoes – whatever your spring cleaning reveals – this Sunday, sometime during the week or next Sunday to the Gathering Space. Jesus has left the building in order to feed people; bless children; discover the stranger; provide healing; support and encourage those who were struggling; honor ancestors; appreciate and enjoy nature; and much more. Join us for a brief worship service the next fifth Sunday, March 30 at 8:30am. We will sing, pray, hear scripture, share communion and be commissioned to be Christ-like in the world (there will be options at the church and away from the building!) Look for an email this weekend and sign-up sheets on Sunday morning.

Cooking Up Compassion! Youth& Adult Service Project 3/26

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www.pappaspostCooking Up Compassion! Youth& Adult Service Project

Wednesday, March 26 | 4:00pm • Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Hospital

Parkway’s Middle and High School youth will again prepare dinner for the families and patients staying at the West County Ronald McDonald House. This is a rewarding opportunity for team work, hospitality, and appreciation. We need adults to help the youth prepare the meal for the guests. Please plan to meet at PUCC by 4:00pm to carpool; we’ll clean up after dinner and plan to be back at PUCC between 7:30 and 8:00pm. Please RSVP to Lisa Mason at lmason624@sbcglobal.net or Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org by March 19!

Please note: we are also scheduled to prepare a meal on October 22, 2014.

Backyard Mission Trip President’s Day Feb 17

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Backyard Mission Trip President’s Day Feb 17

Mon, Feb 17 | 8:30am-2:30pm (carpool from church) | Isaiah 58 Ministries

See the flier for all the details: parkwayucc.org/Documents/Backyard_Mission_Trip_2-17-14.pdf

No Wheels? No Cash? No Problem! If you need transportation or money to join us on this mission, just let me know. Neither of these reasons should be used for not joining in this day of giving and fun.

iStock_000001677319MediumRSVP to Christine Bratton by 2/09/14 if you can join us for this fun mission: 314-732-7601 | hcbratton@gmail.com

New Joys for Old Toys

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Now that your kids are enjoying their new toys, there’s a place to recycle those older toys. The Board of Religious Organizations (BRO) is waiting now for gently used toys to begin preparing and repairing toys for Christmas 2013 for distribution to various St. Louis agencies. Also watch for after Christmas bargains for toys and games to donate to this worthy cause. Gently used stuffed animals are welcomed. BRO has a special cleaning process to get those cuddly creatures ready for new little owners next Christmas. Especially needed are African-American dolls and books for any age with an African-American theme. Watch for the collection box in the gathering space in January.

Church Orchestra Concert 12/15

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cello-paintingChurch Orchestra Concert

Sun, Dec 15 | 7:00-8:00pm | Cape Albeon, Valley Park, third floor chapel

The Parkway Church Orchestra performs its first concert! Cape Albeon is a UCC affiliated retirement home. Family and friends are invited to attend this Christmas music program, in which audience members are invited to join in the singing of many Christmas carols.

2nd Mile Advent Giving

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Advent CalendarEmmaus Homes is a faith-based organization within our UCC that provides around the clock services to more than 250 adults in the St. Louis metro. Arising from faith in Jesus Christ, the mission of Emmaus Homes is to enhance the quality of life for adults who have cognitive, intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Understanding the changing needs of an aging population, Emmaus provides homes and programming for clients of all ages, based on their unique needs and goals. Emmaus serves nearly 50 homes throughout the community and at our two campuses. The program provides opportunities for clients to learn, make friends and become involved in their community through a variety of social, educational and recreational activities. For more information, please visit: www.emmaushomes.org

 

Circle of Concern: Circle of Concern feeds the hungry and provides long-term and emergency assistance to low-income families living in western St. Louis County. We create opportunities for needy families to re-establish themselves as productive members in our community. Through its Food Pantry, Circle feeds over 2,200 individuals each month and provides financial assistance to families on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please visit: www.circleofconcern.org

 

The Christmas Fund: The Christmas Fund provides a lifeline of hope to many lower-income active and retired clergy and lay employees in the United Church of Christ. Gifts from the Christmas Fund have often made a critical difference in the lives of people living literally on the edge. Gifts to the Christmas Fund help provide pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retirees and emergency assistance to the families of clergy and lay employees. For more information, please visit: www.pbucc.org/interior_art.asp?id=CF_Donate

 

Please clearly mark your gifts 2nd Mile Advent so we are sure to share them evenly with Emmaus Homes, Circle of Concern and The Christmas Fund.

We are most grateful for your generosity!

Help a Joplin family build a home!

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img_2239Rebuild Joplin asks you to help give a family a precious gift this holiday season: a home. Candie and Jim, along with their 13-year old daughter Brittney and 10-year old son Eli have been without a place to call home since May 22, 2011, when an EF-5 tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri. What greater gift can a stranger give, than a home for a family in need. Donate to Rebuild Joplin’s Home for the Holiday campaign by visiting www.RebuildJoplin.org and help us bring them Home for the Holidays! Feel free to ask Tom McKenzie for details. mckenzie1947@att.net or 314-567-0429.