February 23, 2019

Let the Sun Shine

Parkway Speaker Series Inaugural Event: Let the Sun Shine—A Sunday Adult Ed Opportunity

Sunday, February 24 | 11:15am | Heritage Room

Solar Power: What is it and how much does it cost?

A presentation and conversation with our own Kent Tallyn.


With the increasing interest in sustainable energy and the gradual expansion of the solar power installation industry, many people are wondering if it is right for them. This discussion will center on how the sun’s energy is harnessed and how it can reduce your carbon footprint as well as the economic viability and installation costs of solar power in your home. Come with your questions.


*Kent went through some training so he could be prepared to be a home owner that is using solar power.


February 2019 Green Tips

This month’s CREATION CARE IN ACTION TIP deals with losing the PAPER TRAIL!!!!!

One specific paper trail that has bothered me is at a pharmacy where I shop.  With each purchase the register spits out gobs and gobs of coupons, a few feet long, (I’m not kidding).  I have now opted out of the paper receipts and have them sent to my email, including all the coupons.  This is something small, but it’s just an example of the many things we could do to make a difference.

NOW – how about getting rid of all that extra JUNK MAIL?  You may have done this in the past, but after a while they start showing up again.  SO, if you’d like to try that again, here is some info:

One place to start is to use this link and sign up via “directmail” preference.  This is a “National Do Not Mail List and is a free service.



Opt out for junk emailshttps://www.ims-dm.com/cgi/optoutemps.php and follow the instructions.

I signed up via both.

This first link will provide valuable information for not getting ON these lists to begin with.


The link will lead you to the link listed below, to sign up with the DMA (Direct Marketing Association) to be taken off lists.  There is a $2 charge, which is good for 10 years.




Here is a summary of how to register via the above link online or by snail mail:


If you want to be taken off as many national mailing lists as possible, contact the Direct Marketing Association’s DMA Choice program. DMA Choice represents about 80% of the total volume of marketing mail in the United States. When you register, your name and address are placed in a “do not mail” file which is updated monthly. DMA members are required to update their lists at least quarterly, and some do it monthly.

Register online.  You may sign up online at the DMA Choice website for a processing fee of $2 for a period of ten years.  Registering online is the fastest way to see results.

Register by mail. Send the DMA Choice Registration Form available on the DMA Choice website  (under “Register by Mail”) plus a $3 check or money order to:

DMA Choice
Direct Marketing Association
PO Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512


January 2019 Green Tips and Resolutions

January’s Green Tip:  Caring for Creation in Action!

Perhaps you’ve already made New Year’s resolution centered on health and wellness for 2019. The Parkway Sustainability Seekers ask you to consider making a “green” resolution this year and share it with us.  There will be a poster in the “Gathering Space” this Sunday with post it notes and pens for you to post your favorite, or what you consider your most important, “Green Resolution”.

Here are a few resolutions from your Sustainability Committee:

  • Buying and using metal straws to have when ordering a drink out
  • Having my reusable cup with me when filling a drink at a fast food type restaurant
  • Planting a tree in the coming year
  • Attempting to contact catalogue companies and get off their mailing lists
  • Making sure to use reusable bags in stores and be sure to keep some in every car I use
  • If you forget your “reusable bag”, ask for a paper bag – not great, but better than plastic – baby steps.  Sometimes I forget and leave the bags in my car, then you can just wheel the cart out to the car and load up your bags there.  Depends on how dedicated you are!!!
  • Trying to buy in bulk more to cut down on packaged food purchases
  • Making sure there is a bag with containers in both cars to take into restaurants rather than use their carry-out containers
  • Continue with the compost pile I started in my back yard
  • Keep the thermostat lower and throw on a sweat shirt or sweater if needed
  • Write to local and national leaders to support green legislation
  • Don’t use any throw away, disposable, recyclable plastic water bottles in 2019!
  • Goals we have for our fellow PUCC members are to:
  • Attend one of our meetings
  • Attend our upcoming movie event on February 17th
  • Continue steps to becoming an Energy Star Congregation!
  • Leave us your Green Resolutions and


Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution Feb 17 Adult Ed

HAPPENING: A Clean Energy RevolutionSpecial Adult Ed

Sunday, February 17 | 11:15am | Heritage Room

“Can we make enough renewable energy to supply the world and replace fossil fuels? HOW can we do that, and WILL we do that?” That is the question film maker Jamie Redford asks in the HBO documentary titled: HAPPENING: A Clean Energy Revolution. The Parkway Sustainability Seekers and Interfaith Power and Light will present this 71-minute film during adult education on February 17 in the Heritage Room. A light lunch will be provided during the movie and discussion. Preview the film at


“The Borrower” Book Discussion starting Feb 12

Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book Feb 12

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

On February 12 and 26 we will discuss The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai.

“Lucy Hull, a children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri, finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian Drake, runs away from home. Ian needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother, who has enrolled Ian in weekly anti-gay classes. Desperate to save him from the Drakes, Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian when she finds him camped out in the library after hours, and the odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip. But is it just Ian who is running away? And should Lucy be trying to save a boy from his own parents?”

Books are available for purchase in the church office or through your own vendor or library! TED is a great place to enjoy the fellowship of friends, new and old! All welcome!

EDUCATED: A MEMOIR Book Study beginning Mar 12

Tuesday Evening Dialogue New Book Mar 12
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion

We will discuss the much heralded Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Books will be available after February 17 in the church office while supplies last! Or purchase through your own vendor or borrow from the library!

“An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University
Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.”

TED is a great place to enjoy the fellowship of friends, new and old! All welcome!

Families Connect 3/31

Families Connect! Sun, Mar 31 | 3:00-4:30pm | Heritage Room

Want a place for fellowship, fun and discussion of family issues today? We want to bring our families together! There will be family games, time for parent discussions and fun crafts for children and youth as well. Hope to see you all there! Questions? Contact Barb at barbk@parkwayucc.org.

Parkway Concert Series Continues

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Concert

Sun, Feb 10 | 2:30pm | Parkway United Church of Christ

The program on February 10 will feature German pianist, Andreas Boelcke. He will perform the Bach Concerto in D Minor and the Concerto #1, composed by our new bass player David Ackerman. Also featured on the concert will be Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #6. Joy Floyd (oboist) with perform Gabriel’s Oboe, and the concert concludes with Pucinni’s The Chrysanthemums. Please join us for a very enjoyable concert that will have you tapping your toes.

Intertwine Interfaith Tu B’Shevat Jan 23

Intertwine Interfaith Tu B’Shevat

January 23 | Congregation Shaare Emeth | 11645 Ladue Road

Doors open at 6:45pm; program & dessert begin at 7:00pm

RSVP’s required at Bit.ly/2FYNT4w

Questions? Contact Lisa Mason: lmason624@sbcglobal.net, cell (217) 257-0525


Congregation Shaare Emeth, Parkway United Church of Christ, and TASOM invite you to celebrate an interfaith Tu B’Shevat. Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the New Year of the Trees. The holiday celebrates the beauty and gifts we receive from trees. In modern times, themes around the environment and ecology have been included in the celebration. As an interfaith community, together we will experience what our Jewish, Christian and Muslim neighbors see in their own sacred texts about caring for nature and thus each other.


When you make your reservation, you will be asked to bring a fruit or vegetable-themed dessert to serve 6-8 people. We will share these desserts as part of the evening. There is no dinner.


Please also bring fresh fruits and vegetables that do not require refrigeration. We will donate these offerings to Project Downtown, an organization that dedicates each Saturday to feeding neighbors in need.


This program is partially underwritten by the Harvey and Leanne Schneider Interfaith Forum and is offered through Intertwine Interfaith Initiative, founded by PUCC, in cooperation with Interfaith Quest.

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