November 21, 2018

Go Green for Thanksgiving

Go Green for Thanksgiving

How about having a green, eco-friendly Thanksgiving celebration this year, and doing your small bit to help Mother Nature in the process. Here are some easy tips to have a green Thanksgiving, and to vindicate that you care. Remember to share this page in your social site networks.

1. Plant a tree:

It may seem very trivial at first, but it is one of the best you can do to help nature. If you do not have your own garden, organize a tree planting festival at a public garden taking the required permissions, or at an interested friend’s garden. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, about 26 pounds a year, and gives enough oxygen a family of four may need in an year to survive.


2. Shop for locally grown items

Try to shop for food items that are packed within 100 miles of your place of consumption. This is will ensure lesser traveling of the ingredients, and hence less carbon print.


3. Go Organic

Organic is the way to grow. Shop for organic food (the package should announce it), or organically fed turkeys, or both. They are a tad expensive, but you are making a big difference and are also buying healthier food.


4. Celebrate at home

This will ensure less traveling and hence less pollution. Also invite your neighbors for a joint celebration and multiply the good effect.


5. Cook as per requirement

Remember what happened last year. You had a host of leftovers. Use that experience, and cook judicious amounts, so that there is less waste. Do not store the leftovers; instead feed them to people and animals who needs them. You will have the double benefit: the pleasure of feeding the hungry and not using the refrigerator and saving on electricity consumption.


6. Vegetarian Thanksgiving:

If you can withstand the lure of roasted turkey, then this is a very good option, both for your health and for nature.


7. Reuse, Recycle

Recycle as if there is no tomorrow, and reuse as much as possible.



Although leaf blowers may seem cool and convenient, they are extremely polluting, and much less green than simply raking fallen leaves the old-fashioned way.

In one year’s time, that little leaf blower engine you hear buzzing up the street pumps out as much smog-forming pollution as 80 cars, each driven 12,500 miles, according to a California air quality agency. Fortunately, regulators have taken notice, and are encouraging manufacturers and the buying public to upgrade to newer, cleaner (as well as quieter) models. But it is still cleanest of all to hand out the rakes.

Raking leaves is a simple task that can be shared by the whole family, and it’s a good way to get some exercise while enjoying the crisp autumn air. Why not reward your helpers with a steaming cup of fair trade cocoa or mulled local cider?

Stewardship Notes

Stewardship Notes: The 2019 Pledge Campaign is centered on “Gratitude” with a quote from Albert Schweitzer: “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us” and the beautiful painting “Gratitude” by Angela Chostner.

The 2019 Pledge Campaign was blessed on Consecration Sunday, November 11 at the 10:00 Service! Pledge letters and cards were mailed the end of October! However, if you didn’t receive a letter, pledge cards are available on the center table in the Gathering Place. Should you have any questions please contact any member of the Stewardship Commission – Harold Cobb, Linda Tossing, Amy Yakel, Ross Livengood, Tom Maxeiner or Rich Race (Council Liaison)

A Christmas Memory 11/27

Tuesday Evening Dialogue

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

Tuesday Evening Dialogue (TED) has two sessions remaining before Christmas: Nov. 27 and Dec. 11. On the Nov 27 we will be sharing responses to Truman Capote’s beloved holiday story drawn from his childhood titled A Christmas Memory. On the Dec 11 we will be examining one of scriptures’ most praised passages, Mary’s Magnificat, (“The Song of Mary” recorded in the Gospel of Luke 1:46 – 55) and other Christmas poems. Free copies of the readings will be available in the church office.

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:

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

Fall Fun Night Hayride! 11/17

Sat, Nov 17 | meet 6:45pm | ride 7:00pm | Queeny Park Mason Rd Entrance

$5/person; $15/family | Sign up before space is gone! Limit 20.

We’ve reserved a wagon for a hayride! When the hayride is over, we’ll come back to a nice, toasty bonfire ready for us to cap off the evening in a delicious way! All the ingredients for s’mores will be there for us to further enjoy the atmosphere and fellowship. Hope to see you there!

(Be sure to claim one spot per person so we don’t go over the 20!)


Parking: All hayride participants must enter on the Mason Rd. side. You will see the tractors from the parking lot. There is no access to the hayride location from Weidman Road.


Directions: To reach Queeny Park – from Manchester Rd. North on Mason Road 1 mile to the park entrance on left. The park entrance can also be reached by taking the Mason Road exit off of Highway 64/40, south for 2 ½ miles, turn right into Queeny Park.


Questions? Contact Jean Mueller from our Membership Care Commission at or 314-662-2161

Journey With Us to Bethlehem 12/2


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.

PUCC Anniversary Radio Hour Play Nov 18

PUCC Anniversary Radio Hour Play

Sunday, November 18 | 10:00am | Presented by the Vitality Network

Parkway Kids and Youth will perform to celebrate our three special anniversaries: 10th as ONA, 20th in our new sanctuary, and 180th for our church.

Please join us on Sunday November 18, 2018 at 10am for a special radio play spotlighting all the events in our history that have led us to this Vitality year.

We have found a sponsor for the radio program: Wanda’s Wonderful Wedding Cakery. They service ALL weddings ALL the time. The Parkway studio chorale will be providing the commercials.

A reception will follow immediately following the service. There is a rumor that there will be cake.

Audio/Visual Help Needed

Can You Hear Me Now!?

As we continue to live into the vitality focus on operating as teams, we are expanding the team that takes care of the sound system on Sunday mornings. Are you willing to pitch in for a while? We are beginning to review and update our sound equipment which has been in place for the 20 years we have been here in this ‘New’ Sanctuary. For now we need a few people to learn the basics for this important task. We will have a training on Sunday, November 18th from 11:15am-12:15pm in the sanctuary if we have at least three people sign up! Please contact Val Detjen (Convener of the Worship Commission) at 636-230-0222 or Kevin Cameron at 314-872-9330 today if you’re up for this! [This is one of the myriad functions that all come together so that we can be the church on Sundays and other days. We give heartfelt thanks—past, present and future—for all of the individuals who make this place hum!] 

Tuesday Evening Dialogue 10/23

Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book Oct 23

2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

TED discusses The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland over three sessions: Oct 23, Nov 13 (chapters 2 & 3), Nov 27 (chapters 4-6). Books available for purchase in the church office through your preferred vendor.


“When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town…of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours…they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news…”


ALL WELCOME! Contact Karen Boyd with questions: