September 1, 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.

PUCC Mission Trip to Rebuild Homes and Lives October 5—9

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PUCC Mission 2015Katrina 10: Resilient New Orleans—PUCC Mission Trip to Rebuild Homes and Lives

October 5—9 (Mon—Fri)

Where can you stay for 6 nights, 5 days, room and board, for $29.00 / day? In a recently renovated house? Three meals a day. That’s only $174!

On the fall 2015 New Orleans Mission Trip, that’s where. A group of folks will be heading to New Orleans to work with the St. Bernard Project (www.stbernardproject.org) and we hope you will join us! All skill levels are welcome and needed, still cleaning up after Katrina. Come learn or teach, or probably both. Come be God’s hands in this world. For more information, please contact Tom McKenzie at: mckenzie1947@att.net 314-567-0429

We Need Your Shoes!

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Old-ShoesTED is still taking old used shoes to pass on to the Water Man who uses the money from old shoes to help poor families and poor towns bring water to their area. With school about to start and new shoes on our agendas, bring the old ones to the gathering space. It doesn’t matter how worn out they are. Summer sandals worn out, put them in the brown bin. Need new shoes for work? Put the old ones in the bin in the gathering space. A small way we can help to water to those who don’t have easy access. For more info contact Joan Brannigan: joanbran@mac.com

Parkway UCC Sacred Conversations on Race + Action

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July 15, 2015

 

At Parkway UCC we have been holding sacred conversations on race for many months.

We have been talking about sacred actions for a couple of months. We are ready to act.

 

As we approach the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death on August 9, we want to take some action now. We want to be a part of a community that has shared values which include racial justice. Black lives matter. All lives matter.

 

A committed group of PUCCers has been engaged in all kinds of conversations with and through MCU – Metropolitan Congregations United (mcustl.com). MCU has suggested three possible areas for us to focus on as a congregation in Metro St Louis…

 

Municipal Courts; Children’s Service Fund (Steve Stenger, County Exec); Policing

 

The group of PUCCers that has been most engaged in this has discerned – with much back and forth – that we would like to focus on policing by connecting with the Town and Country Police. [We had an initial lack of enthusiasm because none us live in Town and Country but we realized quickly that since we all live in different areas, we need to be active where PUCC is located.] Our Church Council is aware of our passion and work.

 

A few from our group have attended traffic court to see firsthand what is happening with Town and Country police and judges since the available statistics of stops by race are problematic. They witnessed a variety of things and more questions were raised as a result of their experience.

 

We believe that building personal healthy relationships is the very best way to create the kind of community we all want and need. We will find ways to partner with Town and Country leaders (initially with the police*) to create a stronger, safer, healthier community that is based on mutual respect, trust and teamwork. This is our goal – a just community.

 

There are some in the wider community that would like to go after the police. Instead, we feel called to work together with police. We want to counter the demonizing of police officers and the police department that we have witnessed locally and in other places. We can do better than point fingers and play the blame game. We all have things we need to improve in our relationships as individuals and institutions. Let’s work together!

 

We realize that this is not something that we want to do (nor should be doing) on our own, so we are reaching out to find other people in Town and Country – those who claim a faith and those who do not – to join us as we move ahead with our mission to help to create a healthier Town and Country. We are working at a brisk pace over the summer so we can be ready to connect with the Police Department soon after Labor Day.

We are inspired by what we read on the Town and Country Police website,

(town-and-country.org/196/Police), quoted as follows:

 

“Welcome! On behalf of the men and women of the Town and Country Police Department, welcome to our website. Our professional, progressive and proactive police department is among the finest in the State of Missouri and consists of 29 sworn officers and an administrative staff of 1 civilian. Our men and women are dedicated to keeping our community safe and providing 1st-class service and protection 24 hours a day. The City of Town and Country proudly remains one of the safest places in St. Louis County. 

“Our Vision is a community where the citizens and general public are secure in their homes, schools, houses of worship, places of employment and all public places; knowing that the Town and Country Police serve without prejudice as guardians and agents of justice, in opposition to those who violate the law; while standing firm to restore order, safety and peace of mind for those who are exploited and victimized.

“Mission Statement. Our mission, collectively as a department, and individually as officers, is to provide an exemplary level of service and protection to the City of Town and Country, its residents, businesses, and to all those who may visit, work in, or travel through our community, by virtue of professional conduct at all times and the enforcement of criminal and traffic laws without prejudice or bias, with respect for the rights of all people, to effectuate a safe and secure environment for all.”

 

We would like to know more about the training, oversight and budget that helps the Town and Country Police Department create and sustain this vision and mission. We want to be supportive of their work as community partners.

 

How can you be a part of this?

Join us on Wednesday, August 5 from 7-8:30pm at PUCC as we welcome folks from other faith communities in Town and Country to gather more partners for this journey.

 

** Questions? Please connect with our Team – Joan Brannigan, Evelyn Buretta, Pam Manning, Florence Simonson, Gloria Wandless or Kevin Cameron.

Back-to-School Drive in July

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Back-to-School Drive

month of July | Gathering Space

Please help St. Louis children have the supplies they need to begin the school year. We have been notified that the following items are needed:

  • Colored pencils—8-12 pack
  • Crayons -24 pack
  • Markers—8-12 pack
  • Wide-ruled notebooks
  • Wide-ruled loose leaf paper (150 sheets)
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil boxes/pouches
  • 2-Pocket folders
  • Backpacks/Bags—especially larger back packs for middle school-age and messenger bags
  • Underwear—boys’ and girls’ size XS—XL (boys’ underwear supply is particularly low)
  • Socks—boy, girl, men and women sizes

These items will be distributed by The Little Bit Foundation and Joint Neighborhood Ministries to children in need. Donations will be collected in the PUCC Gathering Space throughout the month of July. Thank you for your generosity.

~Jill Schatz, Convener of Christian Services Commission             

Holy Joe’s Café

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The United Church of Christ military chaplains sponsor Coffee House Ministries to invite military men and women to a safe and informal place where they can receive spiritual care and good coffee.
Special thanks to First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wallingford, Connecticut, for creating this ministry and supporting it in an ongoing way.
Holy Joe’s Café is a place where chaplains are able to bring a taste of home to the tired, the anxious, the lonely and the wounded. The gourmet coffee is a reminder that the world they willingly left behind still cares.
Our contributions will add a dose of comfort to our military and help the chaplains supporting them. Please support our troops generously on May 24.

Adult Education – May 2015

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childhood_hunger_in_USMay 3:
Childhood Hunger in the United States by Tom Tupper

Did you ever experienced hunger as a child?  Do you know any children who
don’t get enough to eat? Is there are relationship between childhood
obesity and hunger?  What is being done to eliminate hunger in our country
and what can you do to be a part of the solution? We will explore the facts
about childhood hunger in our country, look at the
federal children’s

feeding programs and celebrate what they have accomplished, review what
Bread for the World does, what it has accomplished and what it is asking us
to do through our annual offering of letters—when we share our faith and
Christ-like voices with our legislators.

MD pancake breakfastMay 10: Mother’s Day (Breakfast in Fellowship Hall)

New-tch_logo_vert4-2-800x328sex_traffickingMay 17: Sex Trafficking 101 presentation by Dedee Lhamon. Dedee is the founder and Executive Director of The Covering House. Come and learn about modern day slavery and what The Covering House is doing to fight it. Dedee will speak on the issue of domestic human sex trafficking with a
focus on the St. Louis area. She will also share the history of how The
Covering House started, what they are currently doing and what they plan to
do in the future.

10-health-care-benefits-covered-in-the-Health-Insurance-MarketplaceMay 24: Need for Medicaid Expansion—Mary Jane Schutzius
“I would urge you to think in terms of justice and health care as a human
right; the spiraling costs, especially of pharmaceuticals; and of all
people, not only children, the elderly, the working poor, the unemployed,
the chronically ill, the uninsured or underinsured, since we will all fall
into one or more of these categories sooner or later.” -Mary Jane
Schutzius, Missourians for Single Payer Health Care

May 31: 5th Sunday – One Family Worship

Spring Singing (aka Spring Caroling) May 23

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pT7KkdoBcSpring Singing (aka Spring Caroling)

Saturday, May 23 | 9:15am-12:00pm | Meet in the Gathering Space

Spring Singing (like Christmas Caroling) to shut-ins and other loved ones from PUCC. Christmas in May!? We’ll grab our songsheets and warm up our voices before we carpool to area nursing homes to share our faith with old and new friends.

Info? Contact Paul Roesler: proesler@charter.net | 314-629-8367

Bread for the World Sunday May 31

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Updated 5-22-2015

Next Sunday is Offering of Letters Sunday  5/31

Next Sunday we will write letters to our members of Congress asking them to continue funding the School Breakfast, School Lunch and other child nutrition programs. For our fifth annual Offering of Letters we will have tables set up before and after the one Family Service with sample letters, envelopes and instructions.  In the Gathering Space there are instructions for you to take with you today so you could write your letters during the week and bring them next week or on June 7.  There will also be a letter from all who wish to sign it that will go to all our area legislators on this subject.  You also can take a look at it in the Gathering Space today. www.bread.org    

Contact Tom Tupper: trtupper@yahoo.com | 636-458-3669

Bread for the World Sunday: May 31

On Sunday, May 31, we will have our fifth annual Offering of Letters to our members of Congress asking them to continue funding the child nutrition programs like the School Lunch Program and the Summer Food Service Program. These programs all have to be reviewed and renewed every 5 years. 2015 is the year this must be done. Cuts to these programs are threatened. We can advocate for continuing these programs at their current levels. See the May issue of Intersections for details.      

Sacred Conversations on Race

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It’s time to continue 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… kevin@parkwayucc.org (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.

 

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Co-Facilitators:

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 | www.parkwayucc.org
 
 

 

 

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Concert 3/15

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shutterstock_93227572Town & Country Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, March 15 | 2:30pm | FREE

David Peek, Conductor

Concerto for 4 Violins—Vivaldi

Pelleas and Melisande—Faure

Rapsodie por Orchestre et Saxophone in E—Debuassy

Symphony #39 in Bb—Mozart

Prairie Night & Celebration Dance (From Billy the Kid)—Copland

 

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The Town and Country Symphony is partnering with the Food Pantry at Pilgrim Congregational located at 826 Union Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108.

While the Town & Country Symphony feeds your soul with music, art and culture, we recognize that there are many less fortunate in our community who require more basic needs for immediate sustenance of food. The orchestra thanks you for your donation of non-perishable food items, and knows that all will be blessed by these gifts.  Since June of 2014, the Food Pantry at Pilgrim has served 678 families which consisted of nearly 2000 recipients.

Donations will be accepted at the door.