August 24, 2017

Why We Joined Parkway

IMG_1331Why We Joined Parkway

Pat and Bill Owens

We moved to St. Louis from Natick, MA in 1973. We joined Parkway UCC over 40 years ago by transfer from Plymouth Congregational Church in Framingham, MA. This was the church home of the hymn Battle Hymn of the Republic and our daughter Susan was baptized in that church. Parkway was attractive to us for its youth activities. One of those activities after Pastor Lewellan came to PUCC was Habitat for Humanity when Habitat was in its infancy. Pat went on three Habitat for Humanity youth trips along with Pastor Lewellan. This was in the early years of Habitat and Millar Fuller, the founder of Habitat, visited PUCC twice in the 1970’s. The two oldest of our children were privileged to spend a summer at the headquarters of Habitat in Plaines, Georgia and meeting former President Carter as well as attending his Sunday School classes.

In 198?, Pat served on the search committee that selected John Nourse as our pastor. All three of our children, Pamela, David, and Susan, were confirmed by Pastor Lewellan while the two girls were married by Pastor Nourse.
Bill was raised in Gerald, MO and had all Christian rights bestowed on him at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church—now St. Paul’s UCC in Gerald. Pat was raised in Detroit, MI and did not have a church home but visited many churches (and denominations) with her friends. Pat and Bill were married in a Bethel Congregational Church in Detroit, MI in 1964.

We are blessed to have 7 grandchildren, 6 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Our oldest daughter, Pamela, and her husband, Grant Doty, are members of Parkway along with their three sons, Ian, Nathaniel, and Alexander. Our son, David, and his wife, Amy, live in Seattle with their son, Brady. The third child, Susan, and her husband, Matthew Ring, as well as their three children, Colin, Owen, and Catherine, live in Chesterfield and are active members of the Central Presbyterian outreach church in the “valley.”
To us, being members of Parkway UCC and its family has been a blessing. Pastor Lewellan, Pastor John, and now Pastor Kevin have always been there when we needed them as we, as all of us, are often in need of spiritual support. In addition, Pastor Kevin is helping us continue to grow in our faith.