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Parkway UCC will support a school supply drive in July for Circle of Concern, Joint Neighborhood Ministry and other local charities. Please help these agencies provide new school supplies to children who could not otherwise afford them. Specifically, the call is for:
Please bring your donations to Parkway and look for the Yellow School Bus collection box in the Gathering Space. Please drop off before Sunday, August 5. Thank you for your support!
Dave Schatz, Christian Services Commission
firstname.lastname@example.org | 314.749.1532
Worship with us on Sunday at 9:30am Traditional or 11am Informal…scriptures Job 38:1-11 & Mark 4:35-41 with a sermon entitled Theodicy. The texts reflect chaotic situations where we easily forget God is still God. How does the culture of violence and uncertainty that surrounds us inform our concept of God? How do we make sense of a God that is considered good who “allows” violence and trauma to occur?
Fill the Pantry this June at Pilgrim UCC (one block north of Delmar on Union). Pilgrim supports nearly 100 people every month.Please bring your non-perishable food items and add them to the food sculpture in the Gathering Space. Pilgrim especially needs canned meats/meals (tuna, chicken, ham, (chili, stew, ravioli, etc.) Thanks very much! More info from Dave Schatz:email@example.com 314-749-1532
Children and Youth this Sunday….
Pre-K (9:30): Praising God Together!
Pathways of Faith (9:30): k – 5th: The Joyful Path at Children’s Church downstairs!
Youth (9:30): Mission Possible!
Stories and Songs (all ages) (11:00): Chosen by God
Please join us for Informal Worship – Informal Lunch – Informal Conversation from 12-1:30pm this Sunday. Our June 10 session was well attended & productive. Please come to Part 2 whether you were here last week or not…. After twelve years of Informal Worship with different participants and different leadership, it is time to come together again to look at what is meant by ‘informal’. Join the Informal Worship Team as we reflect on your valuable input from last summer, our first six months with new leadership and as we begin planning for the future. Questions? RSVP Please contact Marsha Peek(314-413-1440 firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coffee & Conversation on Monday 10am at Bread Co. – Manchester & 270
Tuesday Evening Dialogue this week at 6pm – potluck and sharing; childcare.
SportsFusion on Sunday, July 8 for Middle and Senior High – stay after church!
Inquirers’ Gathering on Thursday, July 19 from 6:30-8:00pm… childcare provided. Join us for a meaningful and informative night – whether you are considering membership or simply want to know more about Parkway we want to get to know you and have the chance to express gratitude for your presence among us. Please RSVP.
VBS SKY: Every kid wishes they could fly…July 22-26 from 6:00-8:10pm Imagine kids trusting God forever…the sky’s the limit! At Sky VBS, kids discover that by trusting God, everything is possible. Sign up now! Registration forms are in the Gathering Space.
PUCC Child Care Position Opening! We are seeking a part time child care provider. Our current provider is graduating from college and will be leaving us.
Please invite any interested and qualified individuals from outside of the PUCC community to provide a resume to Karen Nolte at email@example.com
Summer Music at 9:30am. We invite both adults and youth to provide special instrumental or vocal music while the Choir is on summer break. Contact Barbara Raedeke BRaedeke@aol.com.
Please remember to wear your nametag this summer.
Need a new one? Just let us know on the clipboard by the nametag cabinets.
Wanna go fishing at Des Peres Park, walk at Millenium Park, chat over lemonade or pray in my office? As has been my custom, I have placed June-July-August calendars on the ledge of Mona’s desk. Please sign-up to spend an hour or so together. I look forward to it! – Kevin.
Prayers: John Williams – long-awaited shoulder surgery on Friday.
Karla Shelton – one year cancer survivor!
Bill Klein –returning home from rehab this weekend.
Sera Watkins – leaves for US Army Basic Training on Monday.
Ruth Murray – cataract surgery next Tuesday.
Quote: Late have I loved You, Beauty so ancient and so new! Late have I loved You. You were within me, but I was outside myself, and there I searched for you. - St. Augustine
June 23-24 | 11:00am – 7:30pm | Pride Parade – Sunday Noon | Tower Grove Park
To foster an understanding and tolerance of the LGBT Community in the general population by raising awareness through educational programs and events.
Join PUCCers as we affirm the LGBT Community.
Memories of PrideFest
by Carol Cobb
The experience of working at the UCC Booth at PrideFest in Tower Grove Park under beautiful June skies was profound in more ways than one for my husband and me. First, we met so many wonderful UCC members from area churches, straight and gay, who were there to help educate the LGBT community that there are churches in the city and the county that will welcome them into our faith communities.
As Parkway is one of the 1000 United Church of Christ Churches in the United States which has voted to be Open and Affirming, we felt a kindred spirit among the attendees. Although they may have appeared a little different from us in some ways, it was shocking to know some of them have avoided church involvement due to the hatred they hear from other corners of the Christian world.
The festivities included bands, all kinds of wonderful refreshments cooking over fire pits throughout the park. It was obvious to Harold and me that the park was filled with both the gay and straight individuals who were looking for the commonality of love between all peoples.
It was a happy day for children of gay parents who came to our booth to make beautiful rainbow style buttons with examples of the different types of families. We both came away with a pride that the United Church of Christ is on the right side of this issue with our extravagant welcome.
Monday, April 30 | Saturday, May 12 It’s that time of year when we begin looking forward to Habitat for Humanity work day. Things will be just a little different this year, as we will be joining other folks from other UCC churches to help with the first day of the Blitz. We’ll need to provide 15 workers for Monday, April 30 to assemble and put up walls. Then on Saturday, May 12 we need 10 workers to continue work on exteriors and begin work on interiors. Sign up poster is in the Gathering Space and I hope one of those dates will work for you! Questions? Contact Marsha Peek 314 991-4905 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PUCC is pleased to help Special Olympics athletes at this year’s track & field and aquatics events! Please sign up on the poster in the Gathering Space. Questions? Please see Kevin (314-872-9330 email@example.com).
A government sponsored training program of 20 hours teaching how to respond in a community emergency. Classes are given by local police and fire fighters and a session will start May 8 at Mason and Manchester. Trained church members would be a nice addition to our church that serves as a potential shelter in case of emergency. Contact us if you wish to attend.
Please consider purchasing an extra box or two, so that we may send some Spring Care packages to our PUCC college students. When the cookies come in, just look for the basket in the gathering space and drop them in! Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Donate your new and gently used toys for the BRO (Board of Religious Organizations) Toy Collection during the month of January. This non-profit service organization provides holiday gifts for needy children through various St. Louis agencies. The majority of recipients are referred by our UCC Neighborhood Houses.
Take advantage of post Christmas sales or recycle your gently used toys. Look for the collection box in the Gathering Space. These toys will be renewed and given to needy families in Christmas 2012.
We are so grateful for your participation these 11 days for Mission:1. Since we have engaged in this mission with sibling UCC persons and congregations from around the denomination, we want to connect you on this final day.
Please follow these hyperlinks (or copy and paste them into your browser) so you will experience the Spirit that weaves us together.
Write A Letter to Congress
As of 11:11 a.m. (ET) on Day 11 of Mission: 1, we’ve received 1802 ‘report your efforts’ submissions. Remember, you can report partial results along the way. This tally board will remain up until 8 a.m.
Monday morning, Nov. 14.
PAYING IT FORWARD WITH MISSION:1
Cleveland UCC church, local farms nurture Mission:1 year-round.
Lessons learned about hunger, food and faith.
STAND UP FOR HUNGRY FAMILIES
45.3 million Americans rely on Food Stamps. Tell Congress not to cut this vital program.
BLESS! WITH US THIS AFTERNOON!
Join us TODAY AT 4 p.m. for a live webstreaming service of blessing to celebrate and conclude Mission:1.
LIVING INTO ‘THAT WE MAY ALL BE 1′
Florida Conference Minister Kent Siladi believes we’ve made a measurable difference together.
Local pastor to walk 111 miles for the fight against hunger
Illinois church’s mission – feeding hungry
St. Pauls Food Pantry and Kitchen
ONE ADDITIONAL PIECE re: VETERANS DAY ….
As you know, we are inviting PUCCers to set a goal of donating $11 for East Africa Famine Relief [checks payable to Parkway UCC with Mission:1 in the memo line] and 11 non-perishable food items for local food pantries during these first 11 days in November. We will receive your gifts thru this Sunday, November 13th
Thank you! See you Sunday at 9:30am or 11am.
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