October 16, 2018

Get Involved

At Parkway United Church of Christ, there are limitless opportunities to get involved. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to share your God-given talents, dig deeper into your own understanding of God’s will or looking for fellowship, you’ll find it here. No matter who you are or where you are in life's journey, we have a place for you.

The Christian Services Commission of Parkway UCC facilitates much of our congregational and community service. The goal is to educate the congregation on the needs of our church, our community, and the world. Some of the church’s participation in giving is included in the general budget. Other opportunities of giving are choices suggested throughout the year. As our congregational vision statement says, “we shall seek the way of God in today’s world through joyful worshiping, inclusive caring and compassionate serving.”

The giving opportunities suggested are by no means meant to be obligations. It is our desire that it be your choice as to which you support and how you support them. We recognize it is difficult to give to all those in need and that many of us also have favorite charities outside our church. Please give as you are able, faithful to your own heart.

JHLTB8/Intertwine Interfaith RECAP

CLICK HERE to read all about an amazing interfaith day of sharing God’s love with the community.

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

Coffee & Convo @St Louis Bread CO 10/9

Tue, Oct 9 | 2:00pm| STL Bread Co

Located at Manchester & 270. Join us! Questions?

Contact: Pastor Kevin: 314-872-9330 or kevin@parkwayucc.org.


Jesus Has Left the Building 8

Jesus Has Left the Building 8

Sunday, September 30, 2018 • 9:00-9:15 am Gather and Scatter! Communion and commissioning service at PUCC • Followed by projects to benefit the community


This JHLTB will embrace our Intertwine Interfaith Initiative – we are inviting our friends of other faiths to join us in sharing love and compassion with the St. Louis community. After the projects, we’ll all meet at Des Peres Park at 12:30 to share a picnic lunch. Please bring a cold dish to share – no pork please!


Projects on Sunday, September 30:

Cookie & treat bakingPUCC kitchen, 2841 N. Ballas Rd, Town & Country 63131 –limit 8 people

Join other bakers to whip up delicious cookies and treats in the Parkway UCC kitchen. Some of the recipes will be from our Turkish friends! These treats will be shared with a variety of groups to show our appreciation for serving the community.

Contact Linda Tossing (ltossing@aol.com) with questions.

Gardening at International Institute – South Farm 4040 Folsom Ave. 63110 – no limit



The International Institute’s Global Farms Program provides opportunities for Refugee and Immigrant arrivals to more effectively adjust to life in America. Our program offers new Americans coming from subsistence agricultural lifestyles places where they can immediately engage in their traditional practice of farming and gardening. Your help to improve and maintain these sites is much needed and greatly appreciated.


Work may entail weeding, mulching, tilling garden berms, working with compost and/or cleaning up the site. More experienced persons may be asked to mow, weed, trim or perform maintenance of structures. You will be using hand tools


Volunteers will be asked to sign a Volunteer Agreement and Release form. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (long sleeves & long pants suggested), closed-toe shoes, and bring water to drink.


Contact:  Paul Roesler at proesler@charter.net or (314) 629-8367 with questions.


Creative cards of support

at PUCC Heritage Room, 2841 N. Ballas Rd, Town & Country 63131 – no limit


Coloring and creating cards offers relaxation benefits for the senders, as well as the recipients! You can color, stamp, and paste to your heart’s delight. Supplies are provided. The lovely finished products will be mailed to individuals on the prayer lists of all participating groups or other people who might need a bit of cheer or encouragement.


Contact: Sue Moellering [susieqslp@sbcglobal.net or (314) 302-4373] for further details.

  Baitulmal, House of Goods

5911 Southwest, St. Louis 63139  – no limit



How it started: two Police Chaplains and members of the Islamic Foundation of Saint Louis got together and started a non-profit organization called Baitulmal, which translates to House Of Goods. This mission of the Islamic Foundation of St. Louis gathers thousands of donations for families in need. People from all over St. Louis volunteer and help sort, deliver and distribute donated items. Their passion is to help others and their hopes are to unite the community and inspire others to open their hearts and donate their time to help. 

How we can help:

  1. We will sort and organize goods in the warehouse.
  2. Bring clothing, furniture, household goods, or anything in between to donate to local refugee families or others in need, to PUCC on JHLTB morning.

Please contact Paige Penico with questions at (636) 346-5484.

  Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery clean up

7570 Olive Blvd, University City 63130 – no limit



Many people became familiar with the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery due to the heartbreaking anti-Semitic vandalism a couple years ago. We will be led by caretaker Woody to help with basic grounds maintenance including: cleaning up sweet gum balls, picking up sticks and debris, cleaning up the sidewalk along Hanley road, and sweeping sidewalks. Bathroom access is available on-site.


Contact Doug Yakel with questions at da_yakel@att.net.

  Soup kit assembly

Parkway UCC fellowship hall, 2841 N. Ballas Rd, Town & Country 63131 –limit 30 people


We will create dry soup kits, assembly-line style, using the recipe provided by the annual Jewish and Muslim Christmas Day of Service. Join us to scoop dry beans and seasonings and package for distribution. The soup kits will then be provided to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and the ICNA Relief Halal Food Pantry.


Contact Donna Ruzicka with questions at DRuzicka@Polsinelli.com.

The Hindu Temple of St. Louis projects

725 Weidman Road, Ballwin 63011 – no limit



Project highlights include weeding, planting perennials, and spring bulbs, and indoor storage space organization at the Temple. Please wear gardening gear and bring your own gardening gloves and tools. Teens from the Temple will join us and serve as our guides, including a tour and sampling some Indian food.


Contact Lisa Mason [lmason624@sbcglobal.net or cell (217) 257-0525] with questions.



Please share photos of your project (extending PUCC’s Photo and Personal Privacy Policy* of respect and permission for all photo subjects) on social media with #JesusHasLeftTheBuilding #ParkwayUCC


These projects offer tangible ways to do God’s work in our community; don’t miss this fulfilling and fun day in the life of our church!


* Parkway United Church of Christ Photo and Personal Privacy Policy: Photos should generally not be taken of children in church except as part of organized activities and programs, and any requests of children or their parents or guardians should be respected. Please be respectful of privacy and that this is a safe and sacred space for all who enter.



October 2018 Adult Education

PUCC October Adult Education Opportunities


Video Lecture by Matthew Vines

Sunday October 7, 2018

We will show Matthew Vines’ video lecture on the texts in the Bible that appear to support anti-gay feelings. He discusses his journey as a gay man and his interpretation of the scriptures. Join the ONA team for a light lunch while we watch part of the presentation and follow up with discussion. A written transcript will be available. RSVP to sign up on the poster in Gathering Space.


Treasuring a Transgender Child

presenter October 14, 2018 11:15am

Lisa Brennan

Lisa Brennan is the proud daughter of a UCC pastor, married to her husband for 30 years. In January of 2018, Lisa started a new chapter of life, as her youngest child shared with the family that she is a transgender woman. After some adjustment, the Brennan family has found that when you treasure someone for who they are, it is magical and sacred. Lisa wrote a beginner’s guidebook for family and friends, and to her surprise it was widely shared, with several groups asking her to share her story.


Learning about Gender and Sexuality

October 21 11:15 am Autumn Dennis, presenter,

In this session, we will be sharing our stories and experiences of how we “know” our gender and sexuality. We will discuss how gender and sexuality are different, various key terms that are helpful to know, and will discuss how to use neutral pronouns in conversation.



Warm Winter Accessories Drive 9/16 -10/14

Warm Winter Accessories Drive

September 16 through October 14

Autumn is coming soon, and along with it will be cooler days, then cold days. Children in the St. Louis area will be needing warmth for winter. New or very gently used gloves, mittens, caps, and scarves of any size will be most welcome and donated to the Little Bit Foundation, an organization that works with schools and their parents. This foundation has expanded its space and has increased its client base. Please give as you are able and place items in the hat-and-gloves box in the gathering area. Questions? Contact Evelyn Buretta, 636-220-1280, burettaevelyn@gmail.com

Black Tulip Chorale Presents Frostiana


Tour the New Arch Museum

Let’s Celebrate America’s Pioneering Spirit with a tour of

The New Gateway Arch Museum.

Friday, September 21, 2018 | 9:00 carpool| 9:30 Museum

Not Just for Men will visit The Gateway Arch Museum, September 21, 9:30am. We will carpool from the church at 9:00am, an earlier time due to security processing prior to entering the museum. If you wish to take the tram ride to the top of the Arch, purchase the ticket as we enter prior to going through security. We will have lunch afterward at a fine dining establishment.

Call Harold Cobb at (314) 965-4147 if you wish to attend.

email ccjcobb@aol.com.

Tuesday Evening Dialogue NEW Book 9/11

Tuesday Evening Dialogue Sep 11
2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 6:00-8:30pm | Heritage Room | Potluck & Discussion
We begin discussions of the Walter Bruggemann book A Gospel of Hope. Paperback copies are available in the church office.

Fall Workday 9/15

Fall Workday at Parkway UCC 10/15

Saturday, September 15 | 9:00am-11: 30am | Lunch provided 11:30am

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off to Work we go! Join us for an annual workday for lots of camaraderie and fun. We are focusing on the front yard and Jenifer Lane, trimming trees, bushes, weed pulling and hauling. We will be seeding the ground at the southeast corner where the honeysuckle bushes were.

We are working in the kitchen, cleaning out cabinets and freezer, reorganizing drawers and supplies. Several closets in the church need reorganizing and weeding out equipment we no longer use.

Sign on the signup wall. We need lots of willing hands. A special shout out to the younger members of our church as well as all others. If you can help furnish part of lunch, contact Carol Cobb, ccjcobb@aol.com (314) 965-4147.