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