May 7, 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.

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

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… (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 |



Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Concert 3/15

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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



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.

Jesus Has Left the Building March 29

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Sunday, Mar 29 | following 8:30am worship | the community

Jesus Has Left the Building3-20-25 Update:

As a part of JHLTB3, we are asking you to do some Spring Cleaning and bring donations of books, shoes, clothes, household items, sports equipment this Sunday, anytime during the week or next Sunday. Please place items in the corner of the Gathering Space by the light switches and History Tower. Thank you!

This 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!

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Pre-Post-Racial America: Continuation of Sacred Conversations on Race

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pre-post_racial_america_640Saturday, March 28 | 10:30am | Parkway United Church of Christ

Join Sandhya Jha, author of the upcoming book Pre-Post-Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines, as she addresses the hot topic in a way that is grounded in real people’s stories and that offers solid biblical grounding for thinking about race relations in America, reminding us that God calls us to build Beloved Community. Books are available in the church office.

Read the press release!

In the context of Ferguson and PUCC’s developing conversations on race, this is an event with a larger reach for the community to hear from a trained facilitator on anti-racism and reconciliation. We’ll be talking to mainline congregations, religious leaders, and laypeople interested in improving race relations in the community.

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!

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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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!