November 28, 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.

Sugar Plum Bazaar December 6

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Over 30 vendors will be selling their creative, interesting and useful wares and goodies. Invite your friends and neighbors and relatives. A raffle will be held every hour. A bountiful Cookie Walk will be featured where your favorite cookies can be selectively chosen and boxed for gifts or your personal consumption. Also Sarah’s Cupcake Food Truck will be on the premises selling delicious cupcakes, coffee and hot cocoa. Share the fun shopping excursion with us!

Come shop at booths of local handcrafted and commercial products. A wonderful holiday tradition and a great resource for Christmas shopping! Take part in a Cookie Walk if you love to give baked goods! See the flyer here!
[Booth space is on a first come, first serve basis; contact us at if you’re interested in being a vendor. Download the vendor application here.]

Ferguson Response

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FERGUSON_RESPONSE_640Want to do something tangible for the people of Ferguson? We have reached out to our UCC family in an effort to help them extend the love of Christ. Our UCC Parish Nurse Network is preparing to serve in a variety of ways. Back in the summer and early fall when there was such tumult, the nurses went in and helped people get their medicine and take care of other medical needs. They are poised to help again. They have asked for $5 gift cards to Schnucks and/or Walgreens. These are two stores that are located in an area that was protected last time and the prayer is that this will be so again – should things erupt. The nurses also gave out, and would need a stockpile, of Ensure, Boost and Glucerna.




We also connected with St Peter”s UCC in Ferguson to find out how we could be with them in all of this …

Check out this response based on an email from one of their pastors, Josh Privitt:


Thanks so much for getting in touch. It is always good to hear that other churches are still thinking and praying for us and the broader Ferguson community.


First of all, the support of the Safe Sanctuary Spaces (see below re: Mt Carmel across from Christ the King UCC) is a HUGE way to be supportive. Outside of that, I think one of the biggest ways people can be helpful and supportive is just being present. St. Peter”s, among many others, will be open during the day and into the evening the day the grand jury comes back for prayer, pastoral care, meditation, etc. We would love to have anyone who is comfortable to join us. Also, just encouraging cards, messages like yours are always good as well.


Besides these things, I suggest one more thing — supporting Ferguson Burger Bar and More (9120 W Florissant Ave, St Louis, MO 63136). They are a wonderful business owned by an African-American couple who are truly committed to supporting and lifting up the whole community in the ways they can as small business owners. Just great people.




Thirdly, we reached out to Christ the King UCC in Florissant. They suggest we help the good people of Trinity Mt Carmel Baptist Church at 11755 Mehl Ave, Florissant, MO 63033 (314) 837-7878 Mt Carmel (which is located right across the street from Christ the King) as they are a Safe Sanctuary beginning right after the Grand Jury announcement comes – read more about that mission and their needs here — … a list of items they need to be effective can be found on this website.



We are committed to getting any gifts you bring to the right places, so please read through these suggestions above and bring your contribution to PUCC on Sunday.

Youth Night, November 19: Thanks a Lot!

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thanks_a_lotYouth Night, November 19: Thanks a Lot!

Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30 | Fellowship Hall | Snacks & Door Prizes

What are we Thankful for? Should we celebrate even the hard things that come our way with Thanksgiving? We will discuss being thankful and how it enriches our life if we do! There will also be some turkey games to play.

Contact Barb Kuhlmann:

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