July 26, 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.

Help End the Cycle of Domestic Violence

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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. They are desperate for supplies. Christian Services is collecting cleaning supplies, laundry detergent and paper products to transport to Lydia’s House by Wednesday, July 16. Donations collected in the Gathering Space. Please visit their website to see a complete list of needed supplies and for opportunities to volunteer:

Lydia’s House website

Thanks so very much for your generosity and concern.

 

Update 7-16-2014: 

On behalf of Lydia’s house and Christian Services we wanted to thank everyone for your generous gifts of cleaning supplies and paper products. The response was overwhelming and the need was great. Rest assured that they will all be put to good use so thank you once again.

Help Kids Prepare for Learning: School Supply Drive

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July 13-August 3 | PUCC Gathering Space

Joint Neighborhood Ministry has asked for our help in collecting school supplies to make sure all children have a positive start to the school year. Specifically, the children need:

 

backpacks/book bags | calculators | loose-leaf paper

spiral-bound notebooks | folders | three-ring binders | crayons/markers #2 pencils | colored pencils | black, blue and red pens | highlighters scissors | rulers | glue/glue sticks | pencil cases | protractors | compasses

gift cards for Payless Shoes, Shoe Carnival, etc.

socks: all sizes from kindergarten to high school (adult)

underwear: (boys prefer boxers rather than briefs)

 

Please place any donations in the gathering space bins marked for the School Supply Drive before August 3. We understand that many organizations are requesting your support; please give as you are able, faithful to your own heart. PUCC youth will volunteer to organize and distribute these items at Joint Neighborhood Ministry’s School Fair on August 8-9. Thank you! Contact Jill Schatz with questions 636-821-3478 or jdschatz@msn.com

Spring Sing 4/26

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Saturday April 26 | 9:00am—carpool from church
We will go to homes of shut-ins to sing. This is a bit like Christmas Caroling but for the Easter season. We promise there will be no snow!
Paul Roesler will lead the songs. Contact Paul at proesler@charter.net

Community Easter Egg Hunt 4/12

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Easter-Eggs-Tsiplenok-Grass-Greeting-CardsCommunity Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 9:30am (basket decorating) | 10:00am Easter Egg Hunt

PUCC is hosting its First Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 12. Join us for a basket decorating contest, refreshments, egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Please contact Cassie Rosenberger at 314-323-6781 or cj.rose18@yahoo.com for any questions.

 

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Be God’s Hands on Earth: Missions to Moore, OK

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Be God’ s Hands on Earth: Missions to Moore, OK

Adult Mission:Sept. 21 – 27

In response to the tornado disaster on May 20, 2013 just South of Oklahoma City, Parkway UCC is sending a mission trip to Moore OK

leavingSunday, September 21and returning9/27. All skill levels welcome and you will reap untold benefits. Guaranteed.

Contact us.

Jesus Has Left the Building 2 March 30

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JESUShasLEFTtheBUILDING2_6404/3/2014 Update: See our pictures on Facebook!

 

Jesus Has Left the Building 2

Sunday, March 30 | following 8:30am worship | the community

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 the next fifth Sunday, March 30 at 8:30am. We will sing, pray, hear scripture, share communion and be commissioned to be Christ-like…sent to put our faith into action right away!

 

As we gear up for JHLBT2 (Jesus Has Left the Building 2) please bring donations of toys, books, kitchenware, shoes – whatever your spring cleaning reveals – this Sunday, sometime during the week or next Sunday to the Gathering Space. 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 the next fifth Sunday, March 30 at 8:30am. We will sing, pray, hear scripture, share communion and be commissioned to be Christ-like in the world (there will be options at the church and away from the building!) Look for an email this weekend and sign-up sheets on Sunday morning.

Cooking Up Compassion! Youth& Adult Service Project 3/26

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www.pappaspostCooking Up Compassion! Youth& Adult Service Project

Wednesday, March 26 | 4:00pm • Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Hospital

Parkway’s Middle and High School youth will again prepare dinner for the families and patients staying at the West County Ronald McDonald House. This is a rewarding opportunity for team work, hospitality, and appreciation. We need adults to help the youth prepare the meal for the guests. Please plan to meet at PUCC by 4:00pm to carpool; we’ll clean up after dinner and plan to be back at PUCC between 7:30 and 8:00pm. Please RSVP to Lisa Mason at lmason624@sbcglobal.net or Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org by March 19!

Please note: we are also scheduled to prepare a meal on October 22, 2014.

Backyard Mission Trip President’s Day Feb 17

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Backyard Mission Trip President’s Day Feb 17

Mon, Feb 17 | 8:30am-2:30pm (carpool from church) | Isaiah 58 Ministries

See the flier for all the details: parkwayucc.org/Documents/Backyard_Mission_Trip_2-17-14.pdf

No Wheels? No Cash? No Problem! If you need transportation or money to join us on this mission, just let me know. Neither of these reasons should be used for not joining in this day of giving and fun.

iStock_000001677319MediumRSVP to Christine Bratton by 2/09/14 if you can join us for this fun mission: 314-732-7601 | hcbratton@gmail.com

New Joys for Old Toys

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Now that your kids are enjoying their new toys, there’s a place to recycle those older toys. The Board of Religious Organizations (BRO) is waiting now for gently used toys to begin preparing and repairing toys for Christmas 2013 for distribution to various St. Louis agencies. Also watch for after Christmas bargains for toys and games to donate to this worthy cause. Gently used stuffed animals are welcomed. BRO has a special cleaning process to get those cuddly creatures ready for new little owners next Christmas. Especially needed are African-American dolls and books for any age with an African-American theme. Watch for the collection box in the gathering space in January.

Church Orchestra Concert 12/15

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cello-paintingChurch Orchestra Concert

Sun, Dec 15 | 7:00-8:00pm | Cape Albeon, Valley Park, third floor chapel

The Parkway Church Orchestra performs its first concert! Cape Albeon is a UCC affiliated retirement home. Family and friends are invited to attend this Christmas music program, in which audience members are invited to join in the singing of many Christmas carols.