March 5, 2015

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.

Jesus Has Left the Building March 29

Jesus Has Left the Building
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Sunday, Mar 29 | following 8:30am worship | the community

Jesus Has Left the BuildingThis 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 where we will sing, pray, hear scripture, share communion and be commissioned to be Christ-like…sent to put our faith into action right away!

2nd Mile Lent & Easter 2015

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Go the second mile with us this spring!

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 info, please visit


Neighborhood Houses

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 Education 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


Heifer International

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


More Mo-Val Campers!

Where did you learn to sing Kum bah Yah? For many of us the answer would be our first church camp experience. Church camp also brings memories of outdoor activities from boating and swimming to hiking, campfires and roasted marshmallows. We met new friends, gained fresh perspective on ourselves and our faith. Church camp can be a special time of both introspection and commitment to serve. Our Missouri Mid-South Conference has a wonderful facility at Camp Mo-Val. We will make full scholarships ($440) available to clients of UCC organizations (Emmaus Homes, Every Child’s Hope and Neighborhood Houses) and need-based scholarships to children of PUCC members. What better way to support an outstanding UCC facility and make a difference in a young person’s life!

Please be sure to clearly mark your 2nd Mile gifts throughout the season of Lent/Easter. Thank you!

Sacred Conversations on Race

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It’s time for Sacred Conversations on Race!


Hopefully you’ve heard that Metropolitan Congregations United gathered over 350 people a couple of weeks ago to kick-off Sacred Conversations that are now being held in all kinds of faith communities in the St Louis area.


Parkway UCC is inviting anyone in our St Louis Association to gather on Thursday, February 12th from 6-9pm and again on Thursday, March 12th from 6:30-8:30pm   We will meet in our Fellowship Hall. 

It’s time for us to talk. We are fortunate to have a dynamic duo, Lorren Buck and David Gerth, facilitating our time together (see below). They come with passion, perspective and prayer. This will be an interactive time that will open our eyes, minds, hearts and spirits.


This is a two-part conversation. We need you to come to both – please! Consistency of participants from one session to another is important. Having different groups for each session limits the effectiveness.


Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly… (314-872-9330).

Everyone engaging in Sacred Conversations around the region is invited back together on the afternoon of Sunday, March 15 (details TBA) for additional reflection and next steps.

Thank you for engaging in this important dialogue.




David Gerth is the Executive Director of Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU), an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and an Associate Minister at St. John’s UCC, North Grand. Prior to joining MCU, David served as a local church pastor in South Bend, Indiana where he led clergy through the founding of a new Gamaliel affiliate. MCU was thrust into Ferguson work, helping to organize clergy and safe spaces. David grew up in O’Fallon, the son of Rev. Walter Gerth and Betty Gerth. He and his wife, Lisa Williams, live in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis.


Lorren Buck, a native of St Louis,is an educator and community leader. She is the Coordinator for Diversity, Summer Programs and Community Outreach at Wash U Med School. She is an ordained minister and motivational speaker. Lorren’s work history includes non-profit development and management on the local and state level.  As a former health educator, Lorren’s passion has led her to address systemic oppression and disparities surrounding inclusion. Lorren’s civil attachments include being the Chief Ministry Officer for a local church and has been instrumental in its growth and development.  

2841 N Ballas Road | Saint Louis, Missouri 63131
314-872-9330 |



Gathering of Toys for BRO

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178808_Toys-everywhere-lousy-weather-doing-things_4236x2803Gathering of Toys for BRO

The Board of Religious Organizations is grateful for all toys that we have donated during the past year. After serving about 5000 children with toys at Christmas, their supply has been depleted and they want to restock for next Christmas.

During the month of February we will be gathering used and new toys for Santa’s helpers to begin refurbishing. Look for a box in the Gathering Space and thanks so much.


Donate Your Change to Help Ronald McDonald House!

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souper_change2Super Bowl…Souper Change!

Sunday, February 1 | All Morning | Gathering Area

On Super Bowl Sunday, you will find two large soup pots that represent the two teams participating in the Super Bowl that afternoon. We are asking for donations in change for the Ronald McDonald House dinner in the spring. Who’s going to win the super bowl? Place your donation in the super pot of your choice in the gathering area! This will pay for the food we will prepare and serve to the Ronald McDonald House residents.

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: