Holy Joe’s Café
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.
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.
Holy Joe’s Café
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
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.
May 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.
May 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
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: email@example.com | 314-629-8367
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: firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
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.
Sunday, Mar 29 | following 8:30am worship | the community
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!
View photos from JHLTB 2013 & 2014:
Jesus has Left the Building
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.
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.
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 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 lydiashouse.org
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 neighborhoodhouses.org
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 heifer.org
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!
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.