September 5, 2015

Nourishing the Community: Youth Mission Week

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11755252_10204911617697489_5497384698254131008_nNourishing the Community: Youth Mission Week

“Nourish” may mean food and nutrients to most people, but sometimes I think nourish can imply nourishing the mind in different ways. Challenging our comfort zones and trying new things is one way to nourish the human spirit.

Recently Christian Education Commission sponsored a special week at Parkway. Mission Week was created for the youth of our church to participate in local ministries during one week. During the four days we focused on different areas of needs.

The second day of Mission Week involved spending their funds for the Food Pantry at Pilgrim UCC. Specifically they allotted about $800 from their fundraisers like car washes and the chili cook off to purchase canned goods to help families who come to the pantry once a month. Our youth, Drew Schatz, Iris Cameron, Evan Hasler, Daniel Hasler, Nathaniel Doty, Alison Yakel, Zoe Rutledge, Thomas Clifford, Emma Ross,Colton Kovell-Bratton, Ben Jason and Lydia Roesler, all headed to Aldi’s in Des Peres for the shopping trip. Teams were given lists of foods that Pilgrim’s Coordinator, Diane Yanczer, recommended for family bags, including canned goods and packaged dinners. Each team was asked to select enough food for 10 family bags. In addition we had ordered flats of canned goods to stock their shelves, which we were able to pick up that morning. We then checked out, packed all our cars and headed to Pilgrim. Adults who attended included Barb Kuhlmann, Pat Owens, Linda Tossing, Pat Klein, Georgia Herpel, Marv Herpel, Harold Cobb and Carol Cobb!

At the church we formed a line to get all the food to the basement level. Our youth did a fine job in the very hot weather. We met one of their youth who works during the summer in the food pantry and joined in all our activities that day.
Diane then gave us a brief history of the church and the mission of the lunches and the church food pantry. After a great lunch, their custodian, Vernon Billops, gave us a tour of the church from the fourth floor gymnasium to the Danforth Chapel, even giving us a peek behind the enormous pipes of their fabulous organ. We met their choir director and asked if we could hear the famous pipe organ, which is the second largest in the city. He generously gave us a wonderful concert on the organ to the delight of all of us. The rest of the afternoon was spent stocking shelves and finishing up our 40 donated family bags.

It was a great experience to visit an urban church, hear their history, and assist in a small way with their mission. We nourished their clients by replenishing their shelves, but also nourished our hearts and minds at the same time.

Carol Cobb
Convener Christian Education Commission

Come Jump with Us! Super Heroes Fair for Heifer June 7

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June 7, 2015 | Following the Church Annual Meeting | Fellowship Hall

Let’s raise funds for Heifer, International by having a grand time at a fair! Join the youth and Sunday school children at the festivities following the PUCC Annual meeting on Sunday June 7. You can jump in the bounce house and who knows, you might just win a prize or two! It was a great time last year and you know it will be even grander this year! Sign up to help on the poster in the gathering area now!

Youth Mission Week July 12-16

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July 12-16 | Times each day to be determined

What is a youth mission week? We can make a difference in our community; come and be a part of it! We are staying in the area and working to help others in need!

  • Sunday, July 12 we will rock out at the Karaoke Family game night and stay for a lock-in after.
  • Monday, July 13 work day at church.
  • Tuesday, July 14 Pilgrim Food Pantry.
  • Wednesday, July 15 Emmaus in St Charles.
  • Thursday, July 16 Walk or Bike for a cause at Creve Coeur Park.

Plan to be with us each day or choose a day you have free.

Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann, barbk@parkwayucc.org

Youth Prepare Meal for Ronald McDonald House! April 22

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April 22| 4:00-8:00pm| Ronald McDonald House

Make plans to be with us as we once again prepare a meal for the residents of Ronald Mc Donald House on the campus of Mercy Hospital. We will meet in fellowship hall at 4:00, load up and head over. There is a required number of people allowed in their kitchen so sign up now to help us with this great opportunity! To sign up or ask questions, contact Barb Kuhlmann, barbk@parkwayucc.org

Bless and be blessed by PUCC Youth this weekend! (April 12)

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Encourage youth!

It’s one of the most important things we can do in the church.

 

Please make special efforts to be with us this Sunday at 9:30am or 11am when our children and youth will lead us in a worship service filled with music, drama and dance – Life Bursts Forth

 

It will be a meaningful and memorable morning. You will have a hard time deciding which piece of the worship service was most inspiring and uplifting. 

 

Don’t miss the kids bell choir; Lauren and Alison Yakel’s piano/cello duet; Summer Lyons’ dance; the short skit “Despite Locked Doors”; Ryan Bowermaster and Dexter Cameron on the piano; Voices of Grace and much more.

 

Our youth need you and we need them! See you on Sunday! Bring a friend, relative, neighbor with you.

 

Life bursts forth!

Chili/Brownie SMACKDOWN March 8

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Sunday, March 8 | 10:30-12:30 pm | Fellowship hall

The annual Chili/Brownie cook off is coming and the pressure is building!

Join us and enjoy chili and delicious brownies then vote for your favorite. The donations will benefit our youth program.

Camp Sunday March 8

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Sunday, March 8, Camp Sunday!

Group Of Happy Kids Roasting Marshmallows On CampfireSunday, March 8 | 9:30 & 11:00 Worship Services | Fellowship Hall

Make plans to be with us on this special Sunday! Jeremy Force from MoVal will be with us to play camp games and sing around the campfire. Come and find out what a week at Camp MoVal is all about. Look in the Gathering area for the schedule and week themes.

Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann, barbk@parkwayucc.org

Parkway UCC Youth Bowling! 2/22

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Sun, Feb 22 | 1:00pm carpool | Brunswick Lanes 1254 Dougherty Ferry Rd (636) 225-2400    

Calling all Middle and High Schoolers! We know you like to bump, set , spike…how about roll, spare, strike!? Come bowling with us!

After worship services and lunch with Mar Thoma we will carpool to Brunswick Lanes.

Please arrange to be picked up from the bowling alley between 3:15-3:30pm

Cost: $15 for two hours of bowling (includes shoes).

Not sure this is in your family budget? Please let me know. We want everyone to come!

We need your RSVP. Kevin Cameron: kevin@parkwayucc.or | 314-330-0629

Sweet Treats for Sale, Sunday, February 15!

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Sunday, February 15 | All morning | Gathering Area

Coming Up! On February 15, Kids are going to be selling tasty treats! Can you guess what it is? Rice Krispy treats are going to be sold for 50¢ each. So get your money ready for something yummy. All the money is going to the Heifer Project.

The Heifer project is a family who gives animals to poor families. The Heifer project helps everybody. Remember you  can give money later but you will not get any Rice Krispy treats! [Written by Delaney Barclay]

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.