September 21, 2014


We have wonderful music at Parkway. From the the great canon of western music, the classical sacred repertory, chant, gospel and folk to contemporary songs and global influences, there is something for everyone here. We are blessed to have Barbara Raedeke, accomplished organist and director of the Adult Choir. We enjoy participation from St. Louis Symphony musicians in our congregation and several talented youth and adults. We also periodically bring in local groups to provide special music and/or to lead our informal worship service. Join us and engage in hearing, singing or playing music that inspires, comforts and energizes your faith. [Scroll down to view older posts.]

Church Orchestra Rehearsal 9/21

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3rd Sundays | 6:30-8:00pm | Heritage Room

The Parkway Church Orchestra resumes its monthly rehearsals. We are rehearsing Christmas music. We are seeking more instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion) to join us. If you have not participated recently and would like to, contact us.

Choir Call Fall 2014

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Every year in September when the choir returns to our 9:30 service, I invariably hear many people say how great it is to have them back. I agree! I miss them over the summer, and I think everyone else does too. They provide a very important ministry as they sing hymns and anthems which enrich our understanding of the Scriptures and move us as only music can.

Have you ever thought about joining our ranks? If you enjoy singing, we would love to have you sing with us. The choir is a warm and welcoming group—we work hard, have fun, and enjoy making music together. Our rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m., and we sing for the 9:30 worship service on Sundays, with a warm up at 8:45. Child care is provided on Wednesday evenings and before the service on Sundays. This fall our rehearsals begin on Wednesday, August 27, and we will sing for the 9:30 worship services beginning on Sunday, September 7. We very much need additional singers! If you would like to join us, please contact Barbara Raedeke at, or just come to the first rehearsal on August 27. You will be most welcome!

Orchestra Rehearsal

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Orchestra Rehearsal

Sunday, July 20 | 6:30 – 8:00pm | Heritage Room

The Parkway Church Orchestra will rehearse this evening from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the Heritage Room. Additional players are welcome to join us!

Orchestra Rehearsal

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Sunday, May 18 | 6:30-8:30pm | Heritage Room

Join us! All skill levels welcome!

Summer Music 2014

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During the summer months when the choir does not sing, we invite members, both adults and youth, to provide special instrumental or vocal music for the 9:30 service. If you would like to share your musical gifts with us over the summer, please speak with Barbara Raedeke or contact her at We are blessed with so many musically talented members here at Parkway, and we hope they will make this important contribution to our worship!

Come sing with us at Voices of Grace!

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Have you considered joining our youth choir?  We welcome all Middle School and High School youth to join Voices of Grace this season!  We meet for rehearsals every Sunday from 10:40 to 11:10. Please contact for more information.

Choir Call for Easter

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If you would like to sing with the choir but can’t come on a regular basis, please consider joining us for Holy Week and Easter. We will present special music on Palm Sunday (April 13), Good Friday (April 18), and Easter (April 20). We’ll rehearse this music on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm beginning April 2. If you’d like to sing with us, please contact Barbara Raedeke at, or simply come to choir rehearsal on Wednesday evenings. You are most welcome!

Position filled – Job/Ministry Opportunity: Informal Worship Music Director

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April 2014 – This position has been filled.

Parkway United Church of Christ, a faithful and progressive, warm and inclusive congregation at Ballas & I-64/40 seeks a part-time (approx 8 hours/week) Music Director for our Informal Worship Service. If you feel that we could be a good fit for you and your gifts, please send a cover letter and resume to by Friday, January 24th and we will send you a job summary. This is a great opportunity!

Church Orchestra Concert 12/15

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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.

Parkway to Host Jazz Nativity December 8

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Sunday, December 8 | 2:00pm | Parkway UCC

An all-new production of Follow That Star: A Jazz Nativity will be presented at Parkway UCC and two other area United Church of Christ settings. The concert program, produced by Cliff Aerie and Oîkos Productions offers a contemporary retelling of the Christmas story through jazz, America’s original art form.

The music of the Oîkos Ensemble will feature guest vocalist Kim Fuller. Kim has captivated St. Louis audiences for more than 30 years with a vocal style reminiscent of Nancy Wilson and Dinah Washington. She is currently the vocalist for the renowned Jazz Story presented by the Shelton Concert Series. Kim has been the opening act for jazz greats Ramsey Lewis, the Jazz Crusaders and Smokey Robinson. “I’m thrilled to be invited to sing at this year’s jazz nativity,” she says. You too will be thrilled by Kim’s clear voice and contagious spirit.

The Oîkos Ensemble is a national jazz ministry under the direction of saxophonist, the Rev. Cliff Aerie. The band includes St. Louis musicians: Arianna Aerie (voice), Daniel Campbell (trumpet), Carolbeth True (piano), Dave Troncoso (bass), and Kevin Gianino (drums). The story of Christmas will be “re-imagined” through the storytelling of two on-the-scene angels portrayed by actors Marsha Cann and Larissa Forsythe.

Jazz Nativity is pleased to announce its partnership with the Deaconess Foundation. Providing assistance to many local organizations, the Deaconess Foundation helps to insure essential services to children, youth and families in need. Through the generous sponsorship of Deaconess and the financial support of our host churches and donors, all performances of Follow That Star are free to the public.

In the spirit of Christmas giving, a free-will offering will be received at each performance to benefit local charities.  Concertgoers are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to help restock the shelves of area food pantries.

No reservations are required, and ample parking is available at each church location.. For additional information visit:!jazz-nativity-follow-that-star/c2fb


Three United Church of Christ congregations will be hosting this year’s Jazz Nativity:

  • Saturday, December 7 at First Congregational UCC, Webster Groves -7:00pm
  • Sunday, December 8 at Parkway UCC, St Louis County – 2:00pm
  • Saturday, December 14 at St. Peter’s UCC, Washington – 7:00 pm

Jazz Nativity is pleased to announce its partnership with the Deaconess Foundation. Providing support to many local organizations, the Deaconess Foundation helps to ensure essential services to children and youth in need. Through the generous support of Deaconess and the financial sponsorship of our three host churches, all performances of Follow That Star:

All Jazz Nativity performances are free to the public. An offering will be received to benefit local charities.