October 16, 2018

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

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

https://www.iistl.org/globalfarm.html

 

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

http://www.islamstl.org/daarulislam/history/baitulmal

 

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

https://chesedshelemeth.org/

 

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

www.hindutemplestlouis.org

 

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.


 

 

Black Tulip Chorale Presents Frostiana

 

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!

More info: sugarplumbazaar@parkwayucc.org

We are currently accepting vendor applications.

Recap of Jesus Has Left the Building 7

Jesus Has Left the Building 7

We went out into the community to serve. Here are the details…

 

NJFM and Sustainability Seekers to tour Alberici Headquarters in Overland June 5

Do You Like Seeing Green? NJFM and Sustainability Seekers to tour Alberici Headquarters in Overland.
June 5, 2018 |10:00am | Carpool from church at 9:30am for a 10:00am tour

Come see for yourself the amazing “green” approach that Alberici took in constructing their new corporate headquarters in Overland. The site satisfies the LEED Platinum criteria, including Sustainability Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Material and Resource, Indoor Air Quality and Innovation. We will have lunch in the area following the tour. Please RSVP: Harold Cobb, 314-965-4147 or ccjcobb@aol.com.

Community Interfaith Iftar (Please Register!)

Tue, Jun 5 | 7:30pm

Intertwine: “to be connected so as to be difficult to separate.”

The Christian Services Commission is launching Intertwinean interfaith initiative to build positive relationships while learning more about other faith communities. We strive to celebrate both our similarities and our differences with members of various faiths and backgrounds. In this time when divisiveness may seem like the norm, we strive to celebrate both our similarities and our differences with members of various faiths and backgrounds. 

With the help of Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest, we are launching the Intertwine initiative with three events this year. People of all faiths (or no faith) and all ages are encouraged to attend.

 

Interfaith Iftar is our next event with the help of friends from the Turkish American Society of MO (TASOM). What’s an iftar? During the month of Ramadan, a month of reflection and spiritual growth, Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. The fast is broken together with the prayer said at sunset. TASOM is honored to share this important time with interfaith friends and will bring traditional food to enjoy the breaking of the fast together. Come learn the meaning of Ramadan and explore shared values of hospitality with informal discussions during the meal. There will also be brief presentations of how interfaith interactions have impacted youth and TASOM. Participants are encouraged (not required) to donate $5 per person to cover the cost of food. RSVP to Beth Damsgaard-Rodriguez of Interfaith Quest (314-662-2928)by May 30.

 

Other Ramadan opportunities:

Fast-a-Thon Experience—abstaining from food and drink for one day to experience and understand the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Consider donating the money that would have been spent on food to TASOM. These funds will help support a refugee family to show hospitality to newcomers.

 

Family Iftar Dinners—Share an iftar between families. As the Holy Month of Ramadan approaches, Turkish American Society of Missouri and Niagara Foundation invite you to attend a Home-Based Family Iftar Dinner with local Muslim host families. The meals will be in individual homes between May 17 and June 13. Please sign up for the Iftar and the family dinner through these links. In the field that asks for “title/organization” please type “Parkway UCC.”  

https://www.niagarafoundation.org/community-iftar-dinner-parkway-united-church-of-christ/

Building a Bigger Table June 1-3 (Please Register!)

We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be presenting a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June!

 

How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

 

May 2, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kevin Cameron, Pastor, Parkway United Church of Christ (314) 872-9330; Kevin@parkwayucc.org

Author John Pavlovitz events hosted by Parkway UCC June 1-2

St. Louis, MO – Parkway United Church of Christ (UCC) is proud to host author John Pavlovitz for three events for the St. Louis community.

 

John Pavlovitz is a pastor, writer, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years, his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. He lives his commitment to energized, all-inclusive, and authentic interfaith relationships. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, Pavlovitz is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. He is the author of A Bigger Table, and his new book Hope and Other Superpowers will be published in November 2018.

 

The public is encouraged to attend these interfaith conversations focused on building compassionate, inclusive community. The events are free and will be held at Parkway UCC, 2841 N. Ballas Road, St. Louis 63131 (near Missouri Baptist Medical Center); please register via Eventbrite for planning purposes.

 

Building a Bigger Table -Friday, June 1, 7:00-9:00 pm
H
ow can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? How can we create spiritual communities that are big enough for everyone? What is the path forward in days that seem more hostile to diversity? Join Pavlovitz for a hopeful time of storytelling, encouragement, and honest conversation, about setting the table for a new, more loving expression of faith and community.  

Register at https://bit.ly/2HO6ReV

 

 

Rebounding from Compassion Fatigue – Saturday, June 2, 9:30-11:30 am
To be compassionate is to bleed, to feel deeply for the damage around you and to be moved to respond. This is a beautiful and invaluable instinct, but it is costly, too. There is a toll the trauma of the world takes on us when we seek to step into that dangerous space and to work for healing and justice. In days when so much need is at our doorsteps and on our news feeds, how do we attend to it all without becoming overwhelmed and consumed by it? How do we avoid becoming martyrs of our own hearts? Join this workshop-style authentic conversation on how to be safely burdened with the pain of this world, and what to do when you’ve exhausted your resources. Check in 9:00-9:30 am.

Please register in advance at https://bit.ly/2HMWFmy

 

 

Uniting Student Activists – Saturday, June 2, 7:30-9:30 pm
The efforts of student activists are finally being recognized on a national level. How do you engage activism that embraces your values? We will also talk about youth disillusionment, frustration, and hope surrounding our country’s social and political climate. The evening will include food, coffee, music, and opportunities to connect, heal, and plan.

Register at https://bit.ly/2rhu8vm

 

 

Parkway United Church of Christ is a joyful, compassionate, and inclusive community located at 2841 North Ballas Road, St. Louis 63131, just south of the intersection of Highways 270 and 40, and just north of the intersection of Ballas and Clayton Roads. Please visit our website at www.parkwayucc.org or email kevin@parkwayucc.org.

The United Church of Christ and Parkway UCC celebrate an extravagant welcome for all, “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open to all, not closed to any, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable,” according to UCC.org, the denomination’s website. “We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God’s mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Because God is still speaking.” The United Church of Christ is a mainline denomination with more than one million members in 5,000 congregations in the United States.

Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast May 13

The Parkway men are serving a pancake breakfast on Mother’s Day, May 13, from 8:30 to 11:00am. The meal will consist of pancakes, bacon or sausage, scrambled eggs, orange juice and apple sauce. Girls and ladies may eat for free. Men pay $6.00 and boys under 12 pay $4.00.

Men, please plan on joining us to produce this fun event. This is a good chance to get to know your fellow church-goers a bit better. We will be gathering at 7:00am on Sunday, May 13 to set up the tables etc. and will need cooks, servers, etc. throughout the event. Come spend an hour or all morning. Please let me know if you are available. If you have any questions, please contact Tom McKenzie at 314-567-0429 or mckenzie1947@att.net.