2nd Mile Lent & Easter 2016
Go the second mile with us this season!
The Christian Services Commission is pleased to announce that Parkway will again support four worthy organizations with its Second Mile Giving for Lent and Easter. We believe this blend of support will help Parkway create a local, national and international impact with its gifts. Please remember that Second Mile Giving is over and beyond the Operational Budget and donations will be divided evenly among the organizations listed below. Please be generous as these organizations depend on our gifts.
Lydia’s House in St. Louis
Lydia’s House works in faith to end domestic violence by being a place of healing and a voice of hope for abused women and their children. The agency provides safe, confidentially-located furnished apartments for up to two years, assists women in creating and implementing goal plans that will help them live independently, and increases community awareness of domestic violence. For more information, please visit lydiashouse.org
For more than 100 years, Neighborhood Houses has loved children in St Louis. Currently, there are three main facets to their mission:
Early Childhood Education – Caroline Mission is a licensed and accredited Early Childhood facility operated by Neighborhood Houses. Our Mission is to provide quality affordable child care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Caroline Mission is a “home away from home.”
Girls’ Night Out: Neighborhood Houses and Parents as Teachers collaborated together in the design and execution of a program dedicated to supporting and assisting young mothers, ages 13-22.Girls Night Out is designed to promote healthy individuals and families.
After School Programs: Neighborhood Houses is the #1 provider of after school programming with the St Louis Public Schools … fun & creative activities, homework assistance, character education, cultural awareness, health & fitness focus, arts & crafts, supervised recreation, and much more! For more information, please visit neighborhoodhouses.org
Heifer International does so much more than put food in the mouths of hungry people. Heifer helps people to feed themselves. The goal of every Heifer project is sustainability – project partners achieving self-reliance. And year after year, as partner families “pass on the gift” of knowledge and one or more of their animals’ offspring to others in need, they become links in a network of hope, dignity and self-reliance that helps hundreds of others care for themselves. For more information, please visit heifer.org
The International Institute of St. Louis offers comprehensive adjustment services for refugees and immigrants in our community. In turn, these newcomers expand the richness of St. Louis’ diversity and help revitalize our economy. Contrary to many other metropolitan areas around the nation, St. Louis owes a significant portion of its growth in foreign-born populations to refugee resettlement, rather than to general immigration. These newcomers who have fled war-torn countries around the world benefit from top notch welcoming services, including English, computer training, job readiness and search, counseling and social work, refugee resettlement, technical assistance, micro-finance funds, translation and interpretation.
Our PUCC Christian Services Commission is in conversation with the II about being of support to a refugee family from Syria. We also let the II know that we are a church of extravagant welcome and would be open to loving a family of Muslim faith and/or from the LGBTQ community – knowing that not all churches are that open and there could be a great need. For more information, please visit iistl.org
Please be sure to clearly mark your 2nd Mile gifts throughout the season of Lent/Easter. Thank you!