July 18, 2018

PUCC eNews 618: Throw Away Stones or Gather Stones Together?

Cabinet Statement in response to Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold President Trump’s Travel Ban
Representing 30 St. Louis faith communities, the Cabinet of Interfaith Partnership strongly condemns the Supreme Court’s decision to restrict immigrants and visitors from six majority Muslim nations from entering the United States. 
This narrow 5-4 decision, overturning three lower-court rulings, is an affront to everything that our faith traditions cherish –
·    that, as human beings, we are all divinely created; 
·    that our sacred texts call upon us to be compassionate and just to one another;
·    that our religious pathways are united in the centrality of care for the stranger and all who are vulnerable and at risk.
 
We believe that there are not “others” in creation’s design. We are one humanity.
 
We believe this Supreme Court decision represents a dark moment in our nation’s history.
We cry out against its deeply troubling racist and Islamophobic implications – an anathema to our nation’s highest ideals that protect the freedoms and liberties of all people.
 
We call upon Congress – both Democrats and Republicans in a bipartisan spirit – 
to work together towards national security policies that are strong and compassionate, to confront and to prudently move to constrain the president’s power to act unilaterally on far-reaching immigration policy in our current climate. 
The fundamental checks and balances of a healthy Democracy are at stake.
 
We call upon people of faith and goodwill across America
to speak and act clearly and forcefully together, striving for a world grounded in love and justice.
 
(Kevin Cameron is our UCC presence on the Cabinet of the Interfaith Partnership of St Louis.)

Keeping Families Together!
Some PUCCers want to put their faith and broken hearts into action about the families being separated at the US Border. Here is one such opportunity…
This Saturday, June 30th at 10:30am Keiner Plaza – Come demonstrate against separating families and child detention at the borders. Bring your handmade signs!

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday at 10:00am.
Join us this Sunday morning at 10:00am for Summer Worship (now through Labor Day) when our scripture focus will be Mark 6:1-13 when Jesus is not well received in his hometown and then he and the disciples spread out with their mission and ministry.
We are looking forward to being one family in worship all summer. The Worship Team has spent time preparing a faithful and creative theme. Come learn more. We want and need you here with us! Invite others to come with you.
Sunday School for children will be based on Psalm 23.
We will have Adult Education at 11:00am several Sundays this summer as well.

Summer Choir Needs YOU This Sunday! Ever thought you’d like to try singing in a choir, but can’t come to rehearsals, or can’t commit to singing regularly? Well, here’s something made especially for you! It’s the first Sunday of the month of Summer Worship, it’s a “one-and-done” and it couldn’t be more simple: we’re asking everyone who can sing, ALL ages, to show up in the Music Room at Parkway UCC at 9:00am this Sunday July 1st to learn one easily-singable song, and then sing it during the Summer Worship service at 10:00am! No experience necessary, no extra rehearsals, no special robes to wear . . . we’re asking YOU to just come as you are to have a good time with other singers while you MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE!  

Prayer Updates
Andy Wilson – called to be the Pastor of St John UCC, Smithton, IL!
Family/friends of Mary Jo Cannon – grieving and giving thanks. Visitation at Schrader Funeral Home on Friday, June 29 from 4-8pm.
Saturday at PUCC – 9am Visitation followed by Family Burial in our Elm Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Service in our sanctuary at 10:30am.
Family/Friends of Doug Watson – Memorial Service July 7th at 11am. Pray for wife Mary; daughters Jenna, Julia, Erica; sisters Susan & Linda.
Jean Mueller and family as they grieve & give thanks for her brother.
Bill and Gail Haack & Family – grieving and giving thanks for his mother… she died while they were here from TX for relative’s mem svc.
Lori Connors – struggling with pain from rheumatoid arthritis.
Bill Darland – hospitalized in St Louis.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week
Kirkwood UCC – kirkwooducc.org

Adult Education for PUCC & the Community!
Help Yourself and Others: 4E Training
Sunday, July 22 | Lunch 11:00am | Class 11:30am-1:30pm | Parkway UCC
Please come to this class, open to all, taught by the Town and Country Police Department. There is no charge for attending, and a free will offering will be accepted to cover the cost for lunch. 4E means “Educate, Evade, Evacuate, Engage” and it is a method to respond to an active attack on people with the potential to harm or kill. This response method is now in use county wide and community police are educating schools, businesses, churches, and any organization where people gather. Attending this class is the first “E” of the method: Educate. What you learn will increase your chance of surviving an attack anywhere it may occur. Please sign up for the class by sending an email with the name or names attending to treasurer@parkwayucc.org. Presented by the Emergency Procedures Team.

Announcements
Coffee & Conversation
Mon, Jul 2 | 10:00am | STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.

School Supply Drive now through July
Parkway UCC is supporting two worthy organizations this year to provide school and other supplies to children in the St. Louis area. This year the Little Bit Foundation is serving children in 37 schools in North St. Louis, 6 more than last year. Isaiah 58 Ministries is serving children, as well as adults, in South St. Louis. Please support, as you are able, these organizations. Place items in the yellow school bus in the Gathering Space. For questions, contact Evelyn Buretta, burettaevelyn@gmail.com
The following is a combined list of needs:
  • Socks and underwear for boys/men, all sizes needed
  • Socks and underwear for girls/women, all sizes needed
  • Colored pencils, 8 – 12 pack
  • Crayons, 24 pack
  • Markers, 8 – 12 pack
  • Highlighters
  • Wide-ruled notebooks/composition books
  • Wide-ruled loose-leaf note paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil box/pouch
  • Two-pocket folders
  • 1-inch binders
  • Gift cards
Community
Nathan Rauscher to Perform at MUSIC IN WEBSTER
Greetings friends and family! I have returned from two months studying in Vienna for my undergraduate degree and am excited to perform for you all. I have a great gig coming up with talented artists around St. Louis.
MUSIC IN WEBSTER at the Webster Groves Concert Hall Saturday 7/7 @7:30pm
103 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
$10 in advance, $15 at will call, Family Friendly
Buy tickets in advance at
(Contact Dominique via the email window at the bottom of the homepage.)
The Webster Groves Concert Hall offers a unique and classy concert atmosphere at the edge of Historic Webster. I will be joining my friend Dominique Price in his ensemble, Eldraco and the Free Nation, a ten-piece band featuring both classic and original music in the vein of names you know including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and Nina Simone. Dominique is a remarkably talented artist recently graduated from Webster University and is excited to share his gift with the masses.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support,
~Nathan Rauscher

MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Summer Camp
July 23-27
Youth Mission Trip Sleep “away” in St Louis City to experience needs and strength of our city: July 30 — August 3. Contact Barb Kuhlmann (314-872-9330; barbk@parkwayucc.org) or Carmen Bumgarner (314-330-0813; cfbum@charter.net)

The Afterlife in Religious Traditions
Sunday, August 5 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | St Louis Art Museum
A panel of representatives from different religions will speak on beliefs about the afterlife in the auditorium of the St. Louis Art Museum in Forest Park.

Interfaith Art Tours—A free, drop-in tour…
Sunday, August 12 | 3:00pm | St Louis Art Museum | 1 Fine Arts Dr, St. Louis Dr
We have received rave reviews for these tours, led by experienced and inspirational SLAM docents. These specially designed tours focus on artworks which reflect a wide range of faith traditions and inspire questions and conversations among the tour leaders and participants. The hour and one half-long tour will depart from the Museum’s Information Center in Sculpture Hall in the Main Building at 3:00 pm. The tours are free, no reservations required. 314-721-0072 | slam.org

Humor
What is a frog’s favorite summertime treat? Hopsicles!
Inspiration
God is not a noun, that demands to be defined, God is a verb that invites us to live, to love, and to be. ~John Shelby Spong

Video
A couple of minutes of inspiration!