February 23, 2019

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.

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.


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.

Interfaith Talks

New TED Book Discussion Jan 8

Tuesday Evening Dialogue Jan 8

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

We kick off 2019 with a discussion of We Were the Lucky Ones. Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. Books are available in the church office ($14) or use your local library or vendor of choice! Join us! Contact Karen Boyd with questions at kkseib@gmail.com

Christmas Brunch for NJFM & friends Dec 20

Thu, Dec 20 | 11:30am | Egg and I: 1692 Manchester Des Peres at Lockett

Not Just for Men Group will meet for a Dutch Treat Brunch or Lunch to celebrate the season and plan for the coming year adventures in St. Louis. If you have never joined us for a field trip and lunch, come to brunch and find out how much fun we are having. We will have a brief advent devotion. RSVP by Dec. 18 to Harold Cobb ccjcobb@aol.com or 314 965-4147.