November 29, 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.

Help Congo Refugees

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congola86-2Thomas Havyarimana has been helping seven families from the Congo in the same way we helped his family when they arrived in our country as refuges. The children of these families need clothes for the coming cold weather since they have come from a very hot climate and have none. So as your children try on winter items and feel they no longer fit, please place them in the appropriate container in the foyer.* The children range in age from 3 to 15. I will try to be more specific in the days to come. Should you wish to contribute financially, leave your envelope in the office. We will take our families to good will. If your family wishes to adopt a family and help with some of their needs, contact Carol Wilbois at 314- 569-1969 or Lynn Sableman at 314-609-6918 or

*This clothing drive has been approved by the Christian Services

Encourage Victims of Arson

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churcharsonOur Sacred Conversations on Race PLUS Action Committee encourages you to sign the cards in the Gathering Space for the churches listed below. These are the St Louis churches that have been victims of arson in the last two weeks. You may also want to send your own blessing or call them with a word of love/encouragement/solidarity. You might even want to send a financial gift to help fund repairs and/or security systems for their church.


Bethel Nondenominational Church

6380 Lillian Ave

St. Louis, MO 63136



New Northside Missionary Baptist Church

8645 Goodfellow Blvd

St. Louis, MO 63147


Rev. Roderick K. Burton


St. Augustine Catholic Church

1371 Hamilton Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63112


Msgr. Robert Gettinger


New Testament Church of Christ

5740 Minerva Avenue

St Louis, MO 63112



New Life Missionary Baptist Church

4569 Plover Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63120



Ebenezer Lutheran Church

1011 Theobald Street

St. Louis, MO 63147



Shrine of St Joseph

1220 N. Eleventh St.

St Louis, MO 63106-4614

314.231.9407 Fax: 314-231-0802

Reverend Dale P. Wunderlich


Ronald McDonald House

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ronald-mcdonald-kids-240Ronald McDonald House
Lisa Mason, CRR
To provide a “home-away-from-home” to families of seriously ill children and support to organizations that serve the needs of children.

The RMH website ( explains the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ beginning:
In 1973, Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill and his wife, Fran, learned that their daughter, Kim, had leukemia. While traveling into Philadelphia for treatment, they met other families who drove hours to the hospital to be with their children, only to sleep in waiting room chairs and to eat from vending machines. Hill and his team partnered with local McDonald’s Owner/Operators to raise money and purchase a house near the hospital where these families could stay. Since that time, more than 300 Houses have been built worldwide.
Local History

In 1981, the first St. Louis Ronald McDonald House was opened on West Pine Boulevard in the Central West End. A second House on Park Avenue was opened in 1996 near SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, and in 2003, eight apartments became available for long-term stays. In 2010, a third Ronald McDonald House (the 300th in the world) was built on the campus of Mercy Children’s Hospital on Ballas to serve West County hospitals.

These Houses provide a comfortable home for families to stay near the hospital treating their children. Families are asked for a $15 donation per night, but no family is turned away based on ability to pay. Families with a child 18 or younger who live at least 50 miles from St. Louis are eligible for referral by the hospital’s social services department to stay at a House.
Each family staying at RMH has a private bedroom; the West Pine facility has community bathrooms, and the Park Avenue and West County facilities have private bathrooms. Free laundry facilities, community TV rooms and playrooms accommodate basic needs and encourage support through others in similar situations. As families travel from around the world for treatment in St. Louis, limited transportation is also available.

Volunteers provide dinner each night, and breakfast is provided on weekends. This is the third year Parkway UCC youth and adults have prepared dinner for the West County House guests. Although many families are still at the hospital during the dinner hour, the leftovers are waiting for their return after visiting hours. Our youth have also enjoyed playing with some patients (who are recuperating or receiving treatments that do not require constant hospitalization) and their siblings. We sincerely appreciate the congregation’s support to fund the food purchases for the 50-60 guests.

Two Lesser-Known RMH Services
Ronald McDonald Family Rooms provide rest, snacks and other support in the hospital itself for families with a hospitalized child. St. Louis has these Family Rooms at Mercy Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon.
In 2013, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile was created through a partnership with the Eye Care Charity of Mid-America. The Care Mobile travels to schools throughout the St. Louis area to provide eye exams and glasses to children of low-income households.
A wish list of household needs is located on the website: if you would like to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis.

An Oasis

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An Oasis
Kevin Cameron

We never thought we would be on the receiving end of the mission that is Ronald McDonald House charities!
On and off for decades–in Boston, Bridgeport (CT), Kansas City and St Louis–I had volunteered with meals, landscaping, games/activities for kids and fundraisers.

Then a few years ago one of our kids ended up in the hospital for several days at Mercy Hospital up the street from church. A couple of days into it, our child was able to move about freely and we were given a quick tour of the Ronald McDonald Family Room just off the pediatric wing of the hospital. It’s a mini version of the Ronald McDonald House with a fully stocked kitchen, sitting areas, lounge areas, movie areas, game areas, computer areas…an amazing space for kids in the hospital to forget that they are patients for a while.

Our child was able to visit with some friends from the neighborhood and school in this warm and welcoming space. The rest of our family was able to spread out and have their needs met without being in the cramped quarters of the patient room. It was an oasis. We give thanks for the original dreamer of this kind of space.

We give thanks for the incredible hospitality of the volunteers there. Wow. It was just what we needed in a time of stress and strain.

[Next time you happen to be at Mercy, you should check out the Ronald McDonald Family Room and offer a blessing while you do!]

Neighbors in Need

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Neighbors in Need
Kevin Cameron

IMG_2705We have a Trail of Tears statue in our living room. It was a wedding gift from my bride’s father. It reminds me how important it is not to forget where we have been. It inspires me to be more faithful to others in the present and the future. My mind travels to the time I was on a Youth Mission Trip to a Native American Reservation in Arizona. I see the faces of the kids and adults and recall their stories.
When I look at our youngest son Dexter—spilling his orange juice at breakfast, procrastinating over homework, bouncing on the trampoline, snoring at night…I think about some of the other nine year olds that look like him in St Louis and other places across the metro and the world. I pray about their lives and how much they matter. I also think about what we can do to help unburden others, bless them and set them free.
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM).* Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM)** to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants.
NIN grants are awarded to churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. Funding is provided through donations to NIN. To get a sense of some of the grants awarded recently, that have been
PUCC receives this offering each autumn. We hear about some of the important work that is happening through our UCC family and respond with our financial gifts.
Experience some of the transformational stories here:
It would be great for PUCC to apply for a NIN Grant in 2016! Interested? Let us know!
*The Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM) is the voice for American Indian people in the UCC. CAIM provides Christian ministry and witness to American Indians and to the wider church. Justice issues that affect American Indian life are communicated to the whole UCC by CAIM.
Historically, the forebears of the UCC established churches and worked with Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara, and Hocak in North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and northern Nebraska. Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. CAIM supports these local churches and their pastors. In addition, CAIM strives to be a resource for more than 1,000 individuals from dozens of other tribes and nations who are members of other UCC congregations and to strengthen their participation in the life of the church.
** JWM’s Vision is a just, compassionate and peaceful world that honors all of God’s creation.

Our Mission: To speak and act prophetically through community mobilization, leadership training, issues education, public witness, and public policy advocacy.
Guiding Principles – JWM is:
Inspired by God’s grace and through the prayerful discernment and courageous witness of God’s people.
Grounded in biblical and theological understandings of God’s mission and the justice and compassion to which the gospel calls us.
Rooted in the conviction that all forms of oppression and injustice can be overcome.
Committed to full inclusion and to creating institutional structures and practices that support the self-determination of those who have been marginalized and silenced.
Called by God to have a transforming impact on local, national, and global communities.
Encouraged by the prophetic witness of the United Church of Christ in the past and present, and dedicated to sustaining this witness into the future.
Convinced that God’s vision – “Another World is Possible”

Every Child’s Hope Ladies Aid Society Fall Market & Lunch 10/21

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Autumn-leaves-autumn-on-treeEvery Child’s Hope Ladies Aid Society Fall Market & Lunch

Wednesday, October 21 | 11:00am Market opens | 12:00pm lunch

Grab a friend and join us for a fun afternoon of food and

fellowship, while supporting the children, youth, and

families served by ECH Every Child’s Hope.


Tickets are $10 per person and includes lunch, dessert, and shopping at the market. Raffle tickets for a variety of items will be available

1 for $2 or 3 for $5.


To register please call Carol Lewis at 636-294-3621. Please call Ashley Hendley at ECH at 314-427-3755 with any

questions or to donate a raffle item.

Angels’ Arms Halloween Costume Drive

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angel_arms_costume_driveAngels’ Arms Halloween Costume Drive

Sundays, September 13 & 20

Donate new & gently used costumes to Angels’ Arms, a local charity dedicated to providing and supporting loving homes for foster children by keeping brothers and sisters together within a nurturing family until a forever home is found. This drive is sponsored by the National Charity League, a non-profit organization comprised of mothers & daughters which provides volunteer service to local St. Louis charities. PUCCer Kate Bowermaster is a member of the 2018 class.

See the bin in the Gathering Space.

Habitat Work Day 10/3

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habitat_work_dayHabitat Work Day

Saturday, October 3 | 7:00am-3:00pm | Habitat Rehab House St. Louis

Join us for our work day for Habitat for Humanity. There is a poster in the Gathering Space for folks to sign-up to work at the rehab house. We also need folks willing to provide snacks and drinks for our workers. 

Winter Accessories Drive October 4 – November 15

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Red knitted cap, scarf and gloves

Winter Accessories Drive October 4 – November 15

Oh, the Weather Outside…is (not yet) frightful. But it soon will be!

If it pains you to think of any child suffering from numb fingers, icy toes, or frosty ears, please consider donating items to this year’s Winter Accessories Drive. Hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves will be gratefully accepted in the Gathering Space collection box starting in October. Thanks to your generosity, the children and youth served by The Little Bit Foundation and Joint Neighborhood Ministry can look forward to warmer extremities this winter. 

CROP Hunger Walk October 11

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CROPLogo2010HiResCROP Hunger Walk October 11 | meet at church at 12:30pm

10-21-2015 Update:

Crop Hunger Walk Results

The Crop Hunger Walk was held on October 11 in Webster Groves.  Parkway had 31 walkers and raised $3,400 for Church World Service to equip farmers around the world to secure the tools, seeds and skills to support their families and sell their produce to their neighbors.  25% of the proceeds remain in St. Louis for use by Operation Food Search and Webster-Rock Hill Ministries.                 Parkway was the top fund raiser of all the churches and organizations in St. Louis.  Parkway member Karen Boyd raised the most funds of all the walkers in St. Louis ($1,690).  Thanks to all who walked and/or supported walkers!


10-8-2015 Update:

It’s not too late to fight hunger!

Crop Hunger Walk This Sunday (10/11)

Show your commitment to ending hunger in our country and the world! The Crop Walk to end hunger steps out at 1:30 on Sunday at Eden Seminary. Join the 13 Parkway members currently signed up to walk the one mile or three mile route. They already have sponsors for more than $1,200.

Or, sponsor one of these walkers by donating in their name. To walk or to donate go online to Once there, click on Missouri and then click on Metro St. Louis and then on Parkway UCC. Then you can choose to become a walker or to donate. You will find the names of all the Parkway walkers and you can select who you would like to sponsor. Then enter you credit card information. If you don’t want to do this online, simple make a check payable to CWS/CROP and give it or cash to your walker this Sunday.

The annual St. Louis Metro CROP Hunger Walk will take place at Eden Seminary on Sunday afternoon, October 11. Parkway will have a team of walkers who will recruit sponsors who will donate in the walker’s name to Church World Service to support programs to end hunger around the world. We need walkers and we need sponsors. Many of you will be contacted in the next couple of weeks to become a walker or a sponsor. There will be a signup sheet for walkers in the Gathering Space. For more information see Team Coordinator Tom Tupper ( Tom Tupper: | 636-458-3669