December 10, 2018

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Sugar Plum Bazaar Nov 10

Sugar Plum Bazaar
Saturday, November 10 | 9:00am – 1:00pm
Get some of your Christmas shopping done early! Come out to the 5th Annual Sugar Plum Bazaar! We’ll have over 25 vendors ready to provide you with unique handcrafted gift ideas and the delicious cookie walk!

Vendor book

 

More info: sugarplumbazaar@parkwayucc.org

We are no longer accepting vendor applications for the 2018 bazaar.

Journey With Us to Bethlehem 12/2

JOURNEY WITH US TO BETHLEHEM

Vitality has come to Christian Education! A twist on the traditional Advent workshop, something new and different for Parkway children and community!

Sunday, December 2 | 2:00-4:00pm

A new and exciting interactive Advent Adventure for the entire family! With passport in hand you will travel back in time and learn about the arrival of the Christ child. You will visit Nazareth, Bethlehem and all the important places and people who played a part in Jesus birth. Learning the meaning of Advent through games and crafts and a petting zoo. As you travel you will see how Hope, Peace, Joy and Love are all a part of the Advent experience as we wait and prepare for the coming of Christ, God’s Gift from God. This is open to the community so we invite you to come and bring your friends and neighbors.

Trunk or Treat 10/27

Trunk or Treat! Sat, Oct 27 | 5:30-6:30PM | Front Parking Lot

Make plans to attend our annual Trunk or Treat with a decorated trunk filled with candy for our ghost and goblins. Games, Crafts and of course a Halloween Parade! This spooktacular evening is so fun it’s scary! There’s something for everyone: tall or short, young or old, Disney or Super Hero! Bring your friends too! Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org

PUCC Vitality Update – April 29, 2018

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VITALITY INITIATIVE UPDATE
 
Dear Members and Friends of Parkway UCC,
 
I wanted to provide an update on our current Vitality efforts and next steps. Additionally, I wanted to thank so many of you who have participated in small and large group activities over the last year. Special thanks go to the Vitality Committee Leadership (Karen Boyd, Doug Dischinger and Mark Sableman) and the entire planning committee.
 
We kicked things off with our consultant, Rev. John W. Wimberly, Jr., in September. Our first task was to identify our congregation’s purpose. Through small and large group efforts, we identified our purpose:
 
Parkway United Church of Christ
strives to be an inclusive community embracing:
  • Spiritual nourishment
  • Open-minded inquiry
  • Courageous action, and
  • Interfaith partnerships
To fulfill God’s calling to create a just world for all.
 
In 2018 we’ve had a number of group discussions, large and small, first to develop a set of goals around the purpose and then strategies to achieve those goals. The most recent and visible activity was the Vitality Workshop held on Sunday, April 8th. That session followed a leadership planning meeting on April 7 with Rev. Wimberly, members of Church Council and Commission members, to identify strategies to accomplish our goals. As a result, we’ve identified the following goals and strategies:
 
Goal 1:  Create and maintain a more inclusive community
  • Develop and leverage Parkway’s brand:  what are the words, images and graphics we can use in signs, print, social media and our language that tells people who we are?
  • Rebuild the website to communicate our mission to our members and the community.
  • Create visible communication of our values such as inclusiveness with rainbow banners “All Are Welcome”
Goal 2: Develop opportunities for spiritual nourishment and inquiry that meets a wide variety of needs
  • Revive and revise our worship (structure, staffing, style, etc.) and the entire Sunday morning experience.
  • Experience – try new things in worship, beginning with a recommendation to have a single blended Summer Worship at 10am for a set number of weeks during the summer – timing and scheduling to be determined by Pastor Kevin and the Worship Commission.
Goal 3:  Take on courageous mission and community activities
 
  • Take some risks to choose an area of mission that will become a signature program where people can get involved hands-on to make a difference and we will see the results
 Goal 4:  Engage in interfaith partnerships to create a just world for all.
  • Organize a workday with different faith groups and make it accessible for youth involvement.
Goal 5:  Craft a leadership and organizational structure which is inclusive, sustainable, and flexible that aligns with our purpose. Note: This will likely lead to a number of changes in our governance (Council, Commissions, etc.). However, until we get to that point the current organizational structure remains.
  • Streamline church governance, including Council, commissions, and committees to create a more flexible organizational culture.  Revise by-laws accordingly.
  • Make recommendations to the Council quickly regarding the staff design.
Following the recommendations of the Planning Team leadership (Sableman, Dischinger, and Boyd), Council has reviewed the goals and strategies and voted to proceed with the initiative. The following are our next steps: 
 
  1. We now move to implementation of the strategies prioritized.   This requires teams to be assembled for each of the strategies. Remember that Rev Wimberly taught us that teams need to be nimble, with a well-defined a beginning and a much-desired end!  And he advised that we keep these teams to 3-5 individuals, leveraging the experience within our membership to various topics, while seeking a diversity of thoughts.  
  2. Based on their role in the vitality planning to date along with knowledge of our membership, Council has commissioned the following individuals to call members to the strategy teams:  Karen Boyd, Doug Dischinger, Mark Sableman, Carol Cobb, Carol Russell, Kevin Hogarty and Pastor Kevin.  As this work gets underway I encourage you to get involved where and when you may be called and to pray for all those who are called to this important task for PUCC’s future.
  3. Once formed, teams will develop specific action plans along with time lines and costs to produce the desired outcomes, reporting back to Council with their specific recommendations to implement the strategies.
  4. As teams accomplish this first set of strategies, be prepared that other strategies will emerge.  The need for the membership to remain engaged and available to this effort continues.  To be transformational we will likely take on new activities and occasionally with some risk to our comfort that comes with “the familiar”.    We thank you in advance for your prayers and support as we challenge ourselves and move forward to guarantee the Vitality of Parkway UCC! 
Blessings,
Kevin Hogarty
Council President

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After-Easter Vitality (and Pizza) at Parkway this Sunday

 

 

 

After-Easter Vitality (and Pizza) at Parkway this Sunday!
 
Dear Parkway members and friends:
 
We are continuing with exciting events at Parkway in the days following Easter, and hope that you will join us. Next Sunday, April 8, we will have a One Family Worship Service at 10 am, followed by a pizza luncheon with our Vitality Initiative consultant, Rev. John Wimberly of Washington, D.C.
 
This event will wrap up the planning portion of our Vitality Initiative and begin the implementation phase. The Vitality Planning Committee, Church Council, and commission conveners will meet with Rev. Wimberly on Saturday, primarily to prioritize strategies. At Sunday’s lunch, you are encouraged to be a part of the dialog with Rev. Wimberly about Parkway, our strategies, and how we can best carry them out. We expect an informative and stimulating discussion, as we had in our first all-church meeting with Rev. Wimberly last September.
 
As you will recall, the Vitality Initiative is Parkway’s response to the wider forces working on churches today, and make our mission and ministry as effective and vital as possible. A majority of our church members worked together in the fall to create a renewed purpose statement (below)and this spring we have been working on the goals (also below) and strategies that will bring those purposes to life.
 
Pizza will be provided for the lunch, and members who attend are invited to bring a salad or desserts – with the understanding that you are welcome whether you bring something or not!
 
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, and to working together thereafter, revitalized, to fulfill God’s calling to create a just world for all.
 
– Karen Boyd, Doug Dischinger, and Mark Sableman, 
  Vitality Planning Team co-chairs
 
 ***
 
PUCC Purpose Statement
 
Parkway United Church of Christ strives to be an inclusive community embracing:
  • spiritual nourishment
  • open-minded inquiry
  • courageous action, and
  • interfaith partnerships
to fulfill God’s calling to create a just world for all.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

The goals identified in our process are set forth below. (Remember, a goal is an aspirational objective; strategies are specific means to accomplish those goals.)
  1. Create and maintain a more inclusive community.
  2. Develop opportunities for spiritual nourishment and inquiry that meets a wide variety of needs.
  3. Take on courageous mission and community activities.
  4. Engage in interfaith partnerships to create a just world for all.
  5. Craft a leadership and organizational structure is inclusive, sustainable, and flexible that aligns with our purpose.

 

See you this Sunday beginning at 10am with our One Family Worship Service!

 

 

2841 N Ballas Road | Saint Louis, Missouri 63131
314-872-9330 | www.parkwayucc.org
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Calling all YOUTH, It’s Easter and we need YOU! Sunday, April 1

 

This Sunday is Easter! April 1
Calling all youth to help with the children
during Sunday school.
Eggs, crafts and leading the egg hunt!
Be in Fellowship hall NO LATER than 9:00 AM!


Please plan on being with us to help make this a special morning for the little ones. You will hide eggs, help with crafts and lead them through the egg hunt.  

Thanks for always helping us when we ask! You are the best! 

See you Sunday at 9:00 AM!

 

 

Questions?

barbk@parkwayucc.org

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No Youth Night, 318, BUT there is something for YOU!

No Youth Night, 3-28-18!
BUT come at 7:00-8:00 PM


No Youth Night! 

BUT… Come at 7:00-8:00 PM

 Wednesday, March 28



Join us in Fellowship Hall we craft expressions of our appreciation to send to local first responders,  public servants and our interfaith partners. Gratitude is a spiritual discipline. Refreshments provided.



contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
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Parkway UCC enews 318: PALM SUNDAY

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Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
March 22, 2018

TONIGHT! Thursday, March 22
 
Bible Study Friday at 10:00am
Holy Week Preview — Bible Study this Friday, March 23rd at 10:00am in Kevin’s office.
Join us as we have a conversation about some of the scripture texts that we will share in worship on Palm Sunday through Holy Week and on Easter morning. Beware: Spoiler Alert!

Saturday, March 24 | Rain or Shine! | Doors open at 9:00am
Bring your little ones out to enjoy refreshments, crafts, a fun egg hunt with three age divisions, and to meet the Easter Bunny!
(This community event is in addition to our Easter egg hunts after services on Easter Sunday.)

Greetings, Peace Activists!
PLEASE join in the ‘Students March for our lives ‘in support of gun laws. March 24,2018 at 10:00 am, Market Street at Union Station. We will march to the Arch.

Contact Lynn Sableman: lynsableman@att.net

More info…


 
Worship with Us this Sunday!
 

Join us this weekend on the sixth Sunday of Lent = Palm Sunday 

 at 9:30am Traditional Worship and/or 11:00am Informal Worship where will start in the Gathering Space and process with palms into the sanctuary as the crowd did on that day when Jesus came into Jerusalem. As they waved palms and threw cloaks/garments on the ground to become a red carpet of welcome and honor for Jesus, we are asking you to bring a new shirt/blouse/sweater to spread on the ground (more directions upon arrival this Sunday)

[Note: the clothing will be donated to folks in need next week.]

Our scriptures will be Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 and Matthew 21:1-11 with a sermon entitled From Lovers to Fools with our Heads. We have a great deal to ponder today as we transition from Lent into Holy Week. How much can we grasp? What makes sense to us and what is foolish, unbelievable, unwanted?

 
We will extinguish our sixth Lenten candle as we move further into Lent and closer to the (temporary but deep) darkness of Good Friday and the tomb.

 
We will hear more about our mission partners this 2nd Mile Lent/Easter …. Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses), Heifer Project, Lydia’s House and Eden Seminary.

Morning and evening worship/events/opportunities each day. Details…


 
Prayer List Updates

Rosanna Hogarty & family as they celebrate her mother’s 96th Bday!
Kristin Edmonds and family as they grieve/give thanks for her father.

Family and friends of John Linder – remembering/celebrating him.

Greg Schmelig & Douglas Reynolds – at death of Douglas’ mother.

Bejoy Kurian & family – on way to India to mourn/celebrate his mom

Pat Owensrecuperating from recent shoulder replacement surgery.

Polly Rutherford – healing at home after recent back surgery.

Kathleen Tarr and family as they grieve/give thanks for her brother.

Sisters Ruth Peace, Mary Whitney, Pinky Wilcoxen healing.

Sue and Jim Houser – while he is still at Surrey Place.                                              

Rev Francis and Marge Rath – healing in Albuquerque (Engel).

St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week — Faith UCC in Little Rock, Arkansas

 
Announcements

PUCC Easter Candy 
Donations of individually wrapped candy will be gratefully accepted in the Gathering Area until Palm Sunday, March 25. Thanks for supporting a beloved tradition! Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org
 

AWOL Opportunities in April
  • GEOGRAPHY OF GRACE Saturday, April 14th 9am-12pm- “Holy Wells” w/new member Mollie Grisham @PUCC $37
  • Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses) TRIVIA NIGHT April 21st 7pm @ The Den $30
  • Also- look for signups for RACE FOR THE CURE JUNE 9th! Coming soon!
Contact Carmen Bumgarner at cfbum@charter.net for more information.


Earth Day Celebration Luncheon
Sunday, April 22 | 12:00pm | Fellowship Hall





 
Community


Vitality – Start Your Engines! 
Sunday, April 8 | 10:00am
John Wimberly, our Vitality Consultant, will be back with us the weekend after Easter as we select and prioritize from our huge range of strategies you have suggested since our super session in late January and at our commission and committee meetings since then. These strategizes will help us live further into our new purpose statement! Please plan to be with us on Sunday, April 8 for our One Family Worship at 10am followed by a meal and strategizing!


We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be magnifying a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June! It’s our Annual Meeting weekend and a Communion Sunday – the perfect time to celebrate our Open Table and to think more about our renewed purpose statement and strategies in our Vitality Adventure.
 
John was recently at Central UCC in Jefferson City, MO. Several PUCCers were there last Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday to experience his leadership and call to love like Jesus. They came back pumped and fired up for our own planning!
 
As we move forward with our visioning for this time with John, please consider reading his book, A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community – which will be at the core of one of his presentations at Parkway.
 
Please add a note to your calendar for the first weekend of June now, because you’ll want to be part of this! Trust us! The weekend will have many facets-an event for PUCC in particular, an event for the community, an event for area youth!?






Humor

The Bishop visits local parish and asks a class of little kids, “What is Easter?” First kid says, “That’s when we eat turkey and watch football.” “No,” says the bishop, “That’s Thanksgiving.” Next kid, ” It’s when get presents and put up a tree and a manger scene.” “Nope, that’s Christmas,” replies the bishop. The local priest is getting embarrassed now and suggests the bishop call on the star pupil. The bishop does so and the kid comes through for the priest. “Easter is when we celebrate Jesus coming out of the tomb alive.” The bishop smiles her wide and wonderful smile and the priest let’s out a sigh of relief. Her class is learning something after all. But then the star pupil continues. “And if Jesus sees his shadow, he goes back in and we have six more weeks of winter.”

 

 

Inspiration 

Minds are like flowers, they only open when the time is right. ~Stephen Richards


Video
This is me! Very powerful, upbeat, positive… and only about four minutes.
 
A very unique way to gather people to celebrate their individuality together!

 


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Parkway UCC enews 318: From Lovers to Fools with Our Hearts

Parkway United Church of Christ E-news
March 16, 2018

 
Worship with Us this Sunday!

Lenten Opportunity: Spring Singing
Saturday, March 17 | 9:30am-12:00pm | Meet in the Gathering Space
Spring Singing (like Christmas Caroling) to shut-ins and other loved ones from PUCC. We’ll grab our songsheets and warm up our voices before we carpool to area nursing homes to share our faith with old and new friends.
Info? Contact Kevin Cameron: 314-872-9330 | kevin@parkwayucc.org
 

Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!
Sat, Mar 17, 3:30pm | CiCi’s 9745 Manchester
Please join us at to celebrate Christopher Haack’s birthday. This is an annual Parkway tradition that is fun for all ages. Cici’s all-you-can-eat buffet has pizza, salad bar, pastas, soup and dessert. The cost is +/- $5.99. RSVP is helpful, but not required: billhaack@aol.com | 314-344-8580


 
Join us this weekend on the fourth Sunday of Lent at 9:30am Traditional Worship and/or 11:00am Informal Worship where our scripture lessons will be be Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ephesians 3:14-21 with a sermon entitled From Lovers to Fools with our Hearts. These passages remind us of how the Holy is not something to read about or hear about but to be experienced and lived from the inside out. The early church at Ephesus understood that we cannot fully grasp the concept of God’s love but living with Jesus can give us true glimpses.

 
We will extinguish another Lenten candle as we move further into Lent and closer to the (temporary but deep) darkness of the tomb.
 
We will hear more about our mission partners this 2nd Mile Lent/Easter …. Unleashing Potential (formerly Neighborhood Houses), Heifer Project, Lydia’s House and Eden Seminary.


 
Prayer List Updates
Family/Friends of John Linder – visitation/funeral being planned now.

Pat Owensrecuperating from shoulder replacement surgery.

Kathleen Tarr and family as they grieve/give thanks for her brother.

Kristin Edmonds and family as they grieve/give thanks for her father.

Mary – recent mastectomy (sister of Pinky Wilcoxen & Ruth Peace). She’d be blessed/buoyed by cards… Mary Whitney – Stonebridge Room 252; 2963 Doddridge Ave., Maryland Hts, MO 63043.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week: Peace UCC, 

Webster Groves (formerly Evangelical UCC)

 
Announcements

Town & Country Symphony Concert

Sunday, March 18 | 2:30pm | Sanctuary
PUCCer David Peek conducts works by Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi.

PUCC Easter Candy 
Parkway’s children are looking forward to the annual church Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 1 after both Worship Services. Donations of individually wrapped candy will be gratefully accepted in the Gathering Area until Palm Sunday, March 25. Thanks for supporting a beloved tradition!

Questions? Contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc.org. (Not to be confused with our Community Easter Egg Hunt on March 24.)
 

The Sustainability Seekers will sell Fair Trade chocolate and coffee throughout this month.

Consider buying some plastic Easter eggs filled with Fair Trade mini-chocolates. Funds raised will be used for a dishwasher and mugs for the Fellowship time.


Coffee & Conversation
Wed, Mar 21| 10:00am | STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.
 
 
Youth Night March 21: Glow in the Dark
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
 
Community Easter Egg Hunt

Asante (Thank You)
Denyse said the students loved receiving words from America! She divided the post cards into two groups; one group went to a primary school and the other group went to the secondary school. It was a special treat for these students. Denyse will be finishing her service on April 19 and then spend a couple weeks traveling. Her experience is almost over but I know she will carry her adopted country and the people she’s met in her heart. She is also thankful for all of the thoughts and prayers, (and post cards!) sent her way by her Parkway family. Thank you! ~Cheryl Schrenker

 


Earth Day Celebration Luncheon
Sunday, April 22 | 12:00pm | Fellowship Hall





 
Community


Saturday, March 24 | Rain or Shine! | Doors open at 9:00am
Bring your little ones out to enjoy refreshments, crafts, a fun egg hunt with three age divisions, and to meet the Easter Bunny! For any questions or if you would like to volunteer, contact Cassie Rosenberger: (314) 323-6781 or cj.rose18@yahoo.com
(This community event is in addition to our Easter egg hunts after services on Easter Sunday.)


The Return of John Wimberly! Please mark your calendar for Sunday, April 8 when John Wimberly will be back again to help us prioritize the strategies (well over 100) that we have all been generating to help us live into the goals from the refreshed purpose statement we all created.


Morning and evening worship/events/opportunities each day. Details…






Humor

Why don’t you iron 4-Leaf clovers? Because you don’t want to press your luck. 

 

 

Inspiration 

God the Creator is a deep root, Jesus the Son is the shoot that breaks forth into the world, and the Spirit is that which spreads beauty and fragrance. -Tertullian


Video
Celebrating St Patrick – quite a story in about 4 minutes.



 


PUCC Lenten Devotion – Saturday, March 17, 2018

 

 

For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.

– Esther 4:14

BE VOICEFUL by Sekou Andrews

 

Be Voiceful. Alright.

 

 

It is, quite simply, a magical place
A universal womb that births each of our days
With an act shared across
This planet’s face.
From the moment the nylon curtain is raised
And you step, butt naked
Onto your porcelain stage
Your hot and cold background singers engage
You lift that soapy, loofah microphone to your face
And let your mighty bellow set this world ablaze
With “And I-I-I-I will always love yoooooooooou”
And every single human on the planet
Each shares a singular, universal truth
“I sound freakin’ amazing in here! Right?”
There is a science to why we all sound good in the shower
It’s in the echo
Something about the compact quarters
Of porcelain, metal and wood
That reverberate
Sound waves erupting from our throats
Transpose them into major chords
From minor notes
As if the walls themselves join in on your song
Like the bathroom just agrees with you
And sings along
“I sound freakin’ amazing in here, sound freakin’ amazing in here
Sound freakin’ amazing
And with your talent now affirmed
Beyond all reasonable doubt, you settle down
Toss towel off and suit up into this, huhhhh
Buzz kill of a world
And it’s comments on your skills
Something about nails on a chalk board
Whatever
And a cat being killed
Whatever
And you not quitting your day job
And so you don’t
Instead you quit your daydreams
You abort your purpose
You divorce your passion
You call off the search for your power
You quit believing you sound good outside of the shower
And that is not actually to say, Lewis
That you can’t sing
Okay, let’s just be clear
It is entirely possible that you, my friend
Are never, ever supposed to be singing in the shower
Ever
But rather
Dancing
Or drawing
Or designing
Maybe you’re supposed to be designing an event
That will shower your community
With leadership
Right?
Or creating a new product to bathe your company
In liquid gain
Or crafting a new strategy to wash away
Your greatest fears
Or creating a new magic trick for your kids
Using bath beads
Finishing the final chapter of your book
On clean water, right?
Designing and inventing a new, cutting edge tile
That can heat an entire room
With clean, sustainable energy, converted from
The bold sound waves of bathroom singers worldwide!
Maybe what you are supposed to be doing
In your daily sound booth
Is reaching down into your throat for the sound of your truth
And pulling out the proof
In the echoes
Of a story
A post
A blog
A pure wet post
A strategy
A slogan
A vote that so many viral building blocks
That drive the building blocks
Of a voice
Create a voice
Try to enrol the world into your vision
Or a catalytic voice
That accelerates your mission
An authentic voice that grants your future access
A poetic voice that narrates your passage
In the lexicon of your life
Helping you to say you
How you want to be heard
When you don’t have the clarity
When you can’t find the words
When the cacophony in your head
Drowns out the symphony of your heart
With a bed of white noise
Saying
Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
It’s not that you can’t hear you voice
It’s not that you can’t hear your thoughts
It’s that none of them
Sound like you
You don’t recognise the sound
Of your own voice
You can’t believe your words
So you bathe your throat in silence
Waiting for your throat to clear
Ugh-ugh
Like a shotgun cocked
Ugh-ugh
A door unlocked
Ugh-ugh
A needle dropped onto a whirlwind of thoughts
Ugh-ugh-ugh, ugh-ugh-gh, ugh-ugh-ugh
This way!
This is the full expression of
What you were born to do
This is the how-to to do it
That is uniquely you
This is the how-to-say-it with
This voice
These words
This is the how-to-live-it
To be joined by those you serve as the
Voice  of your customers
Your community
Your cause
But you are still your most important audience member
Of all
If your truth calls in the middle of life’s forest
And you ain’t even there to
Hear it
It will not make
A sound
A mark
Or a difference
So what is the point of showing up
To life
If you don’t announce you’re there
What’s the point of having a story if it never
Get’s shared
‘Cause you’re too scared
To talk your walk
Own what you do different
The first step to having, to finding
Your true voice
Is to listen to voices other than your own
Then print your edition
Let the similarities help you define
Your divisions
Then say you to the world
And when met with resistance
When they tell you
Talk is cheap
You tell ’em
Silence is unaffordable
Be voiceful
Because you are what you say
So don’t say what you do
Until you do what you are
Only when your actions move with your words
Will your words move others to action
Maybe it’s time to hit the showers
Like vocal booth
And climb back in until your future
Recognises your voice
And it unlocks your doors wide
Your fate’s GPS speaks in your voice
And announces
You have arrived
And you step outside into life’s voice booth
Of earth
And seas
And skies
And prove your voice sounds just as
Freakin’ amazing
As it did inside
As you announce to this world
I am here
Right here
And I’m finally the right me
And it echoes off everyone around you
Till the universe responds
I agree
And your future
Uhg-ugh
Clears its throat for good
And joins in
On your song
And your voice becomes an anthem
And the whole world
Sings along

 

Prayer: Holy One, help me to be voiceful in the shower, streets and everywhere I go. Amen
 
[Sekou Andrews is an actor, a musician and a National Poetry Slam Champion, an entrepreneur, and now, award winning poetic voice. And on any given day you may find Sekou presenting an original talk for international marketing executives, giving a keynote speech at a leadership conference, or performing pieces on ABC World News, HBO, Good Morning America, Showtime, MTV, BET or performing privately.]
2841 N Ballas Road | Saint Louis, Missouri 63131
314-872-9330 | www.parkwayucc.org