December 21, 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.

Ferguson Response

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Help us love the people of Ferguson this weekend!

We are pulling together small groups of people to go out for lunch in Ferguson—to five different restaurants—after worship this Sunday, December 21. We anticipate arriving at the restaurants at 12:45pm (Worship and Adult Ed here until noon!)

We invite people to go shopping own their own in Ferguson (maybe even to locally owned businesses) after lunch.

We have also asked three of our Ferguson area UCC siblings (St Peter’s UCC, Immanuel UCC and Christ the King UCC) to consider sending a small group from their faith family for lunch at each of the locations where we will dine. This is a season of getting together!

It’s not too late to sign-up and plan to carpool or caravan from church, departing a little bit after noon. See sign-up sheets in the Gathering Space on Sunday morning or just show up!


Celebrity Southern Soul Food

103 N Harvey Ave; St Louis, MO 63135



Ferguson Brewing Company

418 S Florissant; Ferguson, MO 63135



Marley’s Bar & Grill  (Sunday Brunch)

500 S Florissant; St Louis, MO 63135



Chinese Gourmet Restaurant 

42 S Florissant Rd; St Louis, MO 63135



Pasta House

11202 W Florissant

St Louis, MO 63033





Here are a few noteworthy, highly recommended restaurants that are not open on Sundays…. Please consider eating here during the week!


Cathy’s Kitchen

250 S Florissant Rd

St Louis, MO 63135




Whistle Stop

1 Carson Rd

St Louis, MO 63135




Ferguson Burger Bar & More

9120 W Florissant

St Louis, MO 63136



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:


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:


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:


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!

Join the Parkway UCC CROP Hunger Walk Team 10/12

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Join the Parkway UCC CROP Hunger Walk Team

Sun, Oct 12 | 12:30pm Registration | 1:30pm Walk | Eden Seminary

Be a part of the phenomena! Fight hunger! Last year we had a large team of walkers and raised over $1500 as a team. That means that we raised enough money to provide 4,000lbs of food for our local food pantries AND enough money to provide food packets for 10 displaced families to feed them for 5 months. Great job Parkway UCC! Let’s keep up the great work in the fight against hunger both here in our community and around the world.


You can walk and/or support our walkers by:

  1. Look for me, Stephanie DeLong, at church on Sunday morning. I can give you a walker envelope or sign you up as a sponsor.
  2. Email Stephanie DeLong at
  3. Telephone Stephanie DeLong at 636-236-7907.
  4. Go to this link to join the Parkway UCC CROP Walk Team and/or sponsor a walker:

Pilgrim UCC Requests Assistance in Food Pantry

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Wednesdays|10:00am – 12:00pm | Pilgrim UCC | 826 Union Blvd
Parkway Sweet Bakers have increased our baking days to two a month as Pilgrim UCC is hosting more visitors to their Neighborhood Wednesday Lunch. Diane Yanczer, Christian Education Director and Food Pantry Director is requesting assistance (4-6 people) in the Food Pantry on Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:00pm. She invites volunteers to stay for lunch and would appreciate a phone call to confirm when volunteers are coming. 314-497-6095.

Hat & Mitten Drive Oct 12 – Nov 16

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Scarf-Hat-Glove-Kit-19Hat & Mitten Drive

Oct 12 – Nov. 16 | Gathering Space | Contact Jill Schatz

Another harsher-than-usual winter is forecast for St. Louis. While this may mean more hot cocoa and snuggling up with a good book in front of the fireplace for some of us, for too many St. Louis children and adults it means exposure to the elements without the warm accessories we take for granted. Each year PUCC’s cold-weather contributions are distributed among several agencies that serve those in need. This year’s needs will be significant. Please donate new or like-new hats, gloves, mittens or scarves in any size in the collection box in the Gathering Space. Thank you! For further information contact Jill Schatz:

Turning Shoes into Water

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If you are buying new back-to-school shoes, you may have old ones to dispose of. That is why TED has placed a dark brown hamper in the Greeting Area. You can place old shoes in the hamper so that we can turn them into water for places in the world where water is not close to a village. The Shoe Man will use them to buy equipment to bring water to these villages. Any shoes, worn or barely used can be put in the hamper.

Donate to the Community Store in Ferguson

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2014-08-18 15.28.01We’re a collection center for donations to the “community store” in the Canfield area. Drop off baby formula, baby food and paper towels here!






The St. Louis Clergy Coalition is sponsoring a drive for non-perishable items that will be available to residents at a “community store” in the Canfield neighborhood of Ferguson. Many families have had their stream of income and source of goods disrupted this past week, so the Clergy Coalition is trying to establish the means by which families will have access to the basic goods they need.

Congregations in the United Church of Christ have been asked to supply these three items:

Baby food

Baby formula

Paper towels

If you are able to help in this way, please drop off your donation at one of the three local church collection sights as soon as possible.

Christ the King, United Church of Christ

11370 Old Halls Ferry Road

Florissant, Missouri  63033-7211


Parkway United Church of Christ

2841 North Ballas Road

Saint Louis, Missouri  63131-2312


First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, United Church of Christ

10 West Lockwood Avenue

Saint Louis, Missouri  63119-2932


Sweet Bakers Increase Contributions to Pilgrim Wednesday Lunches

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desserts-headerSweet Bakers have been stirring up delicious cakes, pies, and cookies for the guests who attend the Pilgrim Wednesday Lunch for two years. Each of us has funded the project by ourselves, but recently Diane Yanzser, who is heading the program, has sent a plea for more desserts more often. Funding has come from generous Parkway members to enable us to bake twice in August and September. The group invites anyone to join us in baking on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 10:00am. In addition, we are also looking for people to help underwrite the project for one week. We estimate the cost at about $30.00. If you are interested please put a check in the offering plate and note for Sweet Bakers. Call or email Carol Cobb (314) 965-4147 or for more information. We would love to have you join us in our beautiful refurbished kitchen.

Habitat for Humanity Build 9/13

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Saturday, September 13 | North St. Louis City

It’s that time again! We will be rehabbing a house and Parkway will be doing some framing work. The sign-up sheet is in the gathering space for workers and snack/drink donations. Questions? Please contact Marsha Peek at 314 991-4905 or

Help End the Cycle of Domestic Violence

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stop-domestic-violenceHelp End the Cycle of Domestic Violence

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. They are desperate for supplies. Christian Services is collecting cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and paper products to transport to Lydia’s House by Wednesday, July 16. Donations collected in the Gathering Space. Please visit their website to see a complete list of needed supplies and for opportunities to volunteer:

Lydia’s House website

Thanks so very much for your generosity and concern.


Update 7-16-2014: 

On behalf of Lydia’s house and Christian Services we wanted to thank everyone for your generous gifts of cleaning supplies and paper products. The response was overwhelming and the need was great. Rest assured that they will all be put to good use so thank you once again.