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Youth Night, 5-16-18, Outside Games!

Youth Night, 5-16-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night! 

 Outside Games!

 Wednesday, May 16



Weather permitting we will head outside to play some games.
Capture the Flag, Hide and Seek, Kick the Can? Whatever you desire! It should be fun, hope to see you there!

Candy Bowl, Snacks and Door Prizes!  

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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PUCC E-News 5/11/2018: Listen Up!

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday.
Join us this Sunday for breakfast and worship! Our annual Mother’s Day Breakfast (free for women and girls) begins at 8:30am and continues through 11am.
Traditional Worship begins at 9:30am and our Informal Worship starts at 11:00am. Our Hebrew Scripture Lesson is Psalm 47—overflowing with praise for God. Our New Testament Lesson is the story of the Ascension from Acts 1:1-11 when Jesus wraps up his forty days of post-resurrections appearances and is carried away to be with God completely. Jesus gives us a final promise, blessing and charge. The sermon is entitled Listen Up!
We are excited to welcome the Emmaus Homes Bell Choir, share a meaningful and memorable Litany for Mother’s Day and be inspired by Faith Sharing of PUCC artist Angela Chostner. 
Please join us and bring a relative, friend, neighbor with you!
Prayer Updates
Wyatt Orum Watkins Baptism this Sunday at 11am
Doug Watson – beginning another regimen of chemotherapy.
Millicent Guerri – recent diagnosis of lung cancer
Mary Maxeiner – healing from foot surgery on Tuesday, May 8.
Peggy & Mike Mohl – for peace and healing while waiting for pathology report after endometrial cancer surgery last week.
Pattie Herpel – at Surrey Place for rehab after hospital stay.
John Williams – NHC Healthcare in St Charles for more rehab.
Karen and Mike Scalion – as she awaits medical tests and next steps.
Elena – 16 yr old niece of Marsha and David Peek – home after kidney surgery.
Alyssa Toal & family – grieving her father (Alyssa is in PUCC Yth Grp).
Bejoy Kurian (Mar Thoma) – as he grieves/gives thanks for his mom this wkend at her memorial service here at PUCC.
St Louis Association UCC Covenant Partner of Week:
Holy Trinity Community UCC – Memphis, Tennessee
Announcements
Attention All Ministry Leaders: Annual Reports are due Monday, May 14 to mona@parkwayucc.org
Prayer Corner
Tue, May 15 | 8:00-10:00am | Sanctuary
Pastor Kevin is available to pray with you during this time. The Prayer Corner–with a perpetual candle–has a current prayer list, prayer books, journal, kneeler and chairs.
Youth Night May 16: Outside Games
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
Would you like to have lunch with John Pavlovitz?
Saturday, June 2 | 12:00pm | Heritage Room
An open invitation to anyone who is interested in learning more about John, his book, A Bigger Table. RSVP to Carol Cobb 314 965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com. To help underwrite the lunch, we ask for a donation at the lunch. We will cater sandwiches, etc. from a local establishment. 
Community
Take me out to the ballgame!
Come support Miriam Academy this spring at their upcoming baseball games:
Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00pm
Wednesday, May 16 at 8:00pm
All games on Field #1 | Ballwin Athletic Association
baapark.org | 636-394-2159 (option 1 for Rainout Line)
1 Ballpark Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021
(South of Manchester Rd between Ries Rd/Seven Trails Dr & Holloway Rd)
Dear Friends of Eden’s International student community,
This year’s Masters Candidates (including PUCC friend Luke Mani from Sri Lanka) will be presenting their papers on Tuesday May 15.
You are welcome to come hear what work they have done and presented as their final project.
There are some amazing projects – with the understanding that for all of the internationals this was done in a second or third language – amazing theologians all!
Hope you can join us – especially as Luke presents at 10am in the Chapel.
Eden Seminary is located in Webster Groves at 475 E Lockwood.
The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwine—an interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities. Our next event is a community Iftar dinner on June 5.
Humor
What month of the year is the shortest? May (only 3 letters)
Inspiration
Big-heartedness always draws close to the other, always draws the other close. Francis of Assisi, Benedict, Dorothy Day, Jean Vanier—like Jesus himself—draw people naturally into relationship. And the hunger of the human heart that God put in us is not just for casual and recreational relationships. We long for relationships of meaning. We long to be connected, for healing, for vocation, and for mission. . . ~Richard Rohr
Video
We hope you are able to spend some time outside these May days soaking up some of the amazing gifts of Creation!

Youth Night, 518, Amazing Race!

Youth Night, 5-9-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night! 

 Amazing Race!

 Wednesday, May 9



We ended up exploring our neighborhood last week so… it’s Amazing race time!

We will travel the world with clues in hand and find challenges along the way. Get ready, get set, let’s go!

Candy Bowl, Snacks and Door Prizes!  

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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PUCC E-News 5/4/2018: Fruity Faith

This Upcoming Week at Parkway
Worship with us this Sunday.
Join us this Sunday for worship and communion at our open table.
Traditional Worship at 9:30am when our scripture lessons will be Psalm 98 and John 15:9-17 with a sermon entitled Fruity Faith. What does it mean when Jesus says, “I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from God. You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil.” What are we to do when Jesus names us ‘fruit bearers’? This is quite a responsibility and a joy!
Informal Worship at 11:00amBreak the Silence Sunday
We stand with our sisters and brothers who have been victims of rape and sexual assault – as children, teens and/or adults. We will witness to their pain, and their strength. We will learn how to be better advocates for them, and with them. We will start to speak out, to break the silence of complicity and fear, and through it all we will trust in the good news of God’s incredible love for us, and for all the world. 
Sunset Worship at 7:30pm – Sunset Service
Every quarter the Worship Commission has organized a special service to gauge the congregations interest in another time and type of worship. 
A sunset service is planned for Sunday night May 6 starting at 7:30 pm. The focus of the service will be the theme of sunset. The service content will focus on music, poems, sunset photos and contemplative thoughts on sunsets. Join us to view and enjoy our magnificent stained glass windows in our sanctuary while the sun sets. In addition, we will have communion at this service. Following the service join us in the Gathering Space for coffee, tea, lemonade and dessert. 
This is Give-a-Meal Sunday. Please bring your non-perishable goods to share with those in need.
Prayer Updates
Peggy & Mike Mohl – for peace and healing after endometrial cancer surgery on May 3.
Pattie Herpel – at Surrey Place for rehab after hospital stay.
John Williams – transitioning to NCH St Charles for now. %%
Karen and Mike Scalion – as she awaits more medical test results and plans next steps.
Mary Maxeiner – preparing for foot surgery on Tuesday, May 8.
Elena – 16 yr old niece of Marsha/Dave Peek… kidney surgery on May 7.
Alydia Brylowski – 4 year undergoing chemo (Rosenberger).
%% John Williams
NHC St Charles
35 Sugar Maple Ln
St Charles, MO 63303
NHC 636-946-8887
Cell phone 314-412-0954 
Announcements
Keeping You Posted: Musical Update
When we said farewell to our two music directors, Barbara Raedeke (Traditional) and Skyler Brussee (Informal) at the same time last summer and began our Vitality Initiative in the early fall, we thought it would be a good time to pause, review our music program and music needs. An Interim Music Director Search Team was established and we were fortunate to hire Barry Luedloff who took over both positions. We originally thought that we’d have a clearer vision of how the whole process would unfold within the first months of Barry’s ministry with us, but eventually came to realize two things. We hadn’t anticipated the realistic number of hours for this combined position nor a realistic length of time to know the outcomes of the Vitality Study. The Worship Commission (with help from the Personnel Committee) requested that our Church Council extend the Interim Music Director position through January 2019 with an increase of up to but not exceeding 30 hours per week. We also requested that we keep Barry Luedloff in this extended interim position because of Barry’s enthusiasm and contributions to our music program and communal life. The Council approved our request. This allows for musical planning time and continuity through the fall, Advent and Christmas. It is our intention to establish a Search Committee in the early fall. It is our hope that Barry will put his hat in the ring! Please join us in praying about our music and worship life as we live into our new purpose statement, goals and strategies we all came up with in our Vitality Initiative.
~The Worship Commission
Coffee & Conversation
Thu, May 10 | 10am| STL Bread Co
Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions? Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.
Tuesday Evening Dialogue
May 8 & 22
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
Paperback copies are available in the church office.
TED will continue to discuss the John Pavlovitz book “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Hopeful and Authentic Spiritual Community. This month, we will focus the discussion on Part 3: Under Construction. All are welcome to join in the potluck supper and discussions as we prepare for Pavlovitz’s visit to Parkway UCC on June 1-3rd! For more details contact Joan Brannigan: joanbran@mac.com
Youth Night May 9: Scavenger Hunt 
Wednesdays | Middle High 6-7pm | Sr High 7-8pm | Fellowship Hall
Snacks | Games | Door Prizes
Contact Barb Kuhlmann: barbk@parkwayucc.org | 314-872-9330
Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast May 13
Community
Take me out to the ballgame!
Come support Miriam Academy this spring at their upcoming baseball games:
Saturday, April 28 at 2:00pm
Sunday, April 29 at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 5 at 4:00pm
Sunday, May 6 at noon
Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00pm
Wednesday, May 16 at 8:00pm
All games on Field #1 | Ballwin Athletic Association
baapark.org | 636-394-2159 (option 1 for Rainout Line)
1 Ballpark Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021
(South of Manchester Rd between Ries Rd/Seven Trails Dr & Holloway Rd)
Dear Friends of Eden’s International student community,
This year’s Masters Candidates (including PUCC friend Luke Mani from Sri Lanka) will be presenting their papers on Tuesday May 15.
You are welcome to come hear what work they have done and presented as their final project.
There are some amazing projects – with the understanding that for all of the internationals this was done in a second or third language – amazing theologians all!
Hope you can join us – especially as Luke presents at 10am in the Chapel.
Eden Seminary is located in Webster Groves at 475 E Lockwood.
Humor
What happens to grapes when you step on them? They wine.
Inspiration
What we really need to be understanding is that all of these things matter and they all stem from the fact that certain people live with power and authority and they want to maintain it. ~Anita Hill
Video
Empowering for all of us – be you! Don’t try to be someone else. View the video…

Youth Night, 5-2-18, Our Amazing Race!

Youth Night, 5-2-18!
Middle School, 6:00-7:00 pm, Senior High, 7:00-8:00 pm


Youth Night! 

 Our Amazing Race!

 Wednesday, May 2



   We will travel the world with clues in hand and find challenges along the way. Get ready, get set, let’s go!

Candy Bowl, Snacks and Door Prizes!  

contact Barb Kuhlmann at barbk@parkwayucc
 
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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JHLTB7 – more Special Olympics

I helped with Special Olympics with set-up and break-down for the VIP breakfast area where dignitaries who provided financial or other support for Special Olympics were honored with mementos. The volunteers, between tasks, also heard present and past Special Olympics participants give testimonies about how much they appreciated these events. I also had a good time working with the volunteers. – Evelyn Buretta

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

2841 N Ballas Road | Saint Louis, Missouri 63131
314-872-9330 | www.parkwayucc.org
Parkway United Church of Christ, 2841 N Ballas Road, Saint Louis, MO 63131
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JHLTB7 – Dexter and Daniel at Special Olympics

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JHLTB7 – Young Athletes of Special Olympics

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JHLTB7 – Homemade cookies for FIRST RESPONDERS

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