July 30, 2014

Missions

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Christian Services Commission

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.

 

We share our financial gifts with OCWM – Our Church’s Wider Mission; St Louis Association; Eden Seminary; Pastors’ Discretionary Fund; various 2nd Mile Giving, including Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter, Japan Earthquake, Spring Storms and Joplin; four other UCC offerings – Strengthen the Church, One Great Hour of Sharing,

Neighbors in Need and the Christmas Fund; and more!

 

Service is integral to our congregational vitality. Whether it is serving each other or those in the local or global community, Parkway offers many ways to get involved in the community beyond the Sunday morning worship service. Some activities are occasional, others regularly scheduled. Because the Church has a small paid staff, much of the work that sustains our community life comes from volunteers within the community.

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.

We have YOU to thank for generously supporting these other causes:

 

School Supply collection benefiting

Circle of Concern and Joint Neighborhood Ministries

 

Mitten drive (including hats and gloves) benefitting St. John’s,

Neighborhood Houses, and Joint Neighborhood Ministries

 

Hugs and Kisses at the Food Panty – Epiphany UCC, St Louis

 

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato pies benefitting Friedens Neighborhood Foundation

 

The Christmas Store for Every Child’s Hope

 

Work day at Habitat for Humanity

 

Pot O Gold for St Patrick’s Center in St Louis

 

Valentine’s Day pictures and drawings for Holy Joe’s Café military personnel

 

Give-A-Meal Sundays throughout the year on the first Sunday of the month

 

Used cell phones benefitting Lydia’s House

 

Ready Reader volunteers for Headstart preschools

 

Offering of Letters for Bread of the World

 

We look forward to trying some new things next year – including Special Olympics and K9 Rescue Rehab.  Stay tuned for more details on these efforts!

 

Last but not least, we continued to provide care, love and support to our Burundi family which included donations of diapers, used children’s clothing, quarters for their laundry, computer tutoring, driving lessons, taking the children for their shots and doctor’s visits, and many more.

 

You opened your hearts and unselfishly supported all these causes on behalf of Parkway UCC. Though these words are not enough to express it, we sincerely thank you for all you have done!

 

From Christian Services Commission:

Reggie Boon | Meera Williams | Florence Simonson

Mike Stolze | Cindy Wessel | Dave Schatz, Council liaison